Transition to Sixth Form is looking different this year. While we hope to see you all in September, we can't have you in school for settling-in sessions. Instead, we've put together lots of information on this page to help you get familiar with the Sixth Form staff and with your subjects. Take a look at it all before Year 12 starts, make sure you continue to work on the Bridging Tasks, and enjoy the welcome videos from our Head Girl and Head Boy.
We are aware that, for those students starting Sixth Form in September, there is uncertainty about what work should and shouldn't be done at the moment. Our Heads of Department have made some bridging projects available to you, to help you manage the transition to Sixth Form more easily. Follow the link below to access the projects for your chosen subjects.
Hagley Catholic High School and Sixth Form Bridging Projects (Please note that to gain access to the Hagley Catholic High School bridging tasks, you will need to use the following login details: Username: student Password: Student)
Our Sixth Form team are the ones who support you throughout your time with us. Take a look at their factfiles to get to know them a little better.
We've asked some of our students to tell you a little more about their courses. Don't forget you can get more detailed course information on our subject pages, which include links to the exam board websites.
|Subject||Welcome from the Head of Department||Student Testimonial|
|Applied Science BTEC||Applied Science is a course taught at Hagley Catholic High School. Please see their website for further information.||
My name is Kate Poole and I studied Applied Science, PE and Psychology at Sixth Form. When looking at my different options of subjects to take, I had decided I wanted one subject which wasn’t completely exam based. I did this because personally, I am not the best when it comes to exams so having a subject that wasn’t completely exam based was important for me. I knew I wanted to complete a science subject during my A Levels but I know I would have found A Level Biology very difficult as it didn’t come naturally to me at GCSE. So, I looked into what my university course would take and looked at the range of subjects Haybridge offered. I was instantly intrigued into Applied Science as it showed to be 50% coursework and 50% exams and I saw it was a combination of all 3 sciences which interested me.
In the first year, we focused on the 3 sciences content and coursework as well as looking into science in the modern world which was really interesting. During the course, I have found that the respiration and the heart topics in Biology are difficult to begin with but, for me, the most interesting. I personally performed best in the Chemistry section, however Physics was something that I struggled with more at GCSE, but with help and support from the teachers, I was able to complete the work to a high standard. For me, the coursework element was the best style of assessment throughout the course as I could take time to really think about everything that needs to be involved and I would work with my teachers to get the highest grade.
My class was a small class; however I preferred this as it gave me the opportunity to have more one-on-one talks and support from my teachers during lesson time. Due to the classes being small, the lessons were very interactive and there were numerous class discussions and student involvement throughout. Some lessons would be focused on learning new content and others would be in computer rooms working on our coursework. It was nice having that variety of lesson types.
I took this subject at the Hagley RC School over the road. At first, I was nervous as it was a new building with new teachers and students. However, I fit in straight away and felt comfortable. It’s a 2 minute walk out of Haybridge across to Hagley RC so it was easy enough to get there and back. I did have to get used to the timings as they are slightly different however, the teachers are so nice and supportive, just like the Haybridge staff, so I really enjoyed having my subject there.
A piece of advice I will give if taking this subject is keeping on top of your coursework as there is a lot and can quite easily become overwhelming if not maintained, however the teachers are really helpful if you ever need to ask questions or need help in understanding certain topics. Also, keeping all the work organised in folders so it’s easy to find if needed, but I guess that is needed for all subjects at A-level! This for me was a really good and interesting subject to take as it did include A-level content from each science but also had mixed assessment types.
|Art & Design||Welcome to the Haybridge Art Department! Experienced teachers, purpose-built studio spaces and an A-Level Art room will allow you the opportunity to develop your art skills, knowledge and understanding to a level of mastery and independence. You will be taught a range of new techniques and skills to develop creativity and resilience, with opportunities to develop your portfolio on themes and topics of your own choice along the way. You will find an inspirational climate for learning which is purposeful, and challenging, but we can promise you fun and laughter along the way too. We look forward to meeting you!||
Hello, I’m Ashley Gregory and I take Criminology, Art and Media studies for my A Level subjects. When I leave Haybridge I would like to go to Art college to do a one year art course and depending on how I find that will either go to university to become an Art teacher or to be a Criminal Psychoanalyst. Art is the one specific subject I came into Haybridge to pursue. I enjoy Art at Haybridge because unlike other colleges, Art at Haybridge lets you be your own creative leader. You are set work to do, for example a tonal piece, and you can approach it with your individual flare. The Art teachers encourage you and present new ideas and approaches to your artwork.
I have personally learnt so many new techniques to better my artwork at Haybridge that has changed my approach to creativity. One of my favourite things about the Art department is the use of the Sixth Form Art room. It’s super useful when you have study periods and I personally dedicate my whole Thursday to sit in the classroom and do my coursework. It really reduces the load of homework you have to take home. Usual lessons are structured so the first 15 minutes the class gathers around and discusses progress in our work and the lesson objective, and then we pursue our individual projects with support from our teacher. Advice I have if you’re going to take A Level Art is that it isn’t an easy subject (no A Level is!), there is a lot of work and you will need to meet deadlines on time. But most importantly to take Art you should have an open mind set and a genuine passion for the subject.
|Biology||Welcome to A Level Biology! You will be taught by two teachers, one of which will teach you modules B1 and B3 in Year 1, then B5 and B7 in Year 2. The other teacher will teach you modules B2 and B4 in Year 1, then B6 and B8 in Year 2. At the beginning of the course we start with B1 (Biological Molecules) and B2 (Cells). We begin the course with these modules because they underpin the rest of the course. We hope you enjoy the course as much as we enjoy teaching it, and we look forward to seeing you in September!||
My name’s Elizabeth Baxter and I take Biology, Chemistry and Maths with the aspiration to study Medicine at University. I enjoyed Biology at GCSE and it is often a required subject for Medicine courses at universities so deciding to take Biology was a no-brainer! The Biology department at Haybridge is fantastic, they are supportive and ensured the transition from GCSE to A Level was as easy as it could be. Biology is by no means an easy subject, but the broad range of the new content allows you to see far more connections in every corner of the specification so that the learning is progressive and you’re not constantly bombarded with foreign concepts. For me, this is the best thing about A Level Biology, as it is rewarding to understand concepts such as DNA replication to a far greater depth than at GCSE.
A typical lesson starts with a knowledge quiz (to consolidate previous lessons) which would be followed by the main body of a lesson and then some exam questions to finish. The small class size has meant that there is a great community, this also means that there is plenty of time for any questions to be answered. Biology is a subject that is great for people who have a curiosity for how living things work, although it can be tricky, it is also highly rewarding so if you enjoyed it at GCSE, chances are you’ll love it at A Level.
|Business BTEC||Welcome to BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business. The course is taught over two years preparing you for employment or higher education in this area. The course is divided into four units over the two years, made up of internally and externally set coursework and controlled assessment with one exam in Finance. The vocational nature of the course means that you will be required to investigate and apply your knowledge to real business situation and gain appropriate work experience. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to achieve the highest grade you can and to accomplish a range of employability skills throughout your study. Once again welcome to the course and hope you find it enjoyable. We wish you every success!||
Hello, I'm Zara Baker-Phillips. I take English Literature, Media Studies and BTEC Business. With these courses, I plan to obtain a joint honours degree in English Literature and Journalism, and then go on to qualify as an English teacher. Despite not wanting to pursue a career that needs experience of Business Studies, it is an interesting subject to study and explore, whilst showing versatility on a CV. A subject like Business helps to develop an understanding of things that we use every day, for example I really enjoyed exploring one of my favourite businesses and being able to write about something that I'm truly interested in. The aspects of the BTEC course that I felt was more favourable was the level of coursework involved. This coursework meant that the whole course is more essay-based (which fits perfectly with my other essay-based subjects) and it takes the pressure off at the end of year 13 because most of the work is done (and some of the grade is guaranteed)! My best piece of advice for a subject like this is, make sure you edit and proof-read all your coursework before submitting and make sure you start revising early - the exams come around quicker than you think!
|Business||A warm welcome to all of you who have made the choice to study Business and/or Economics. You are joining a subject that will help you understand the world around you and there has never really been a more important time for that than now. Whether you are joining Business, which is the most studied subject at university in the world, or Economics, which is the most studied university subject by the world’s leaders, you are joining a subject of increasing importance that has never been as crucial as it is now. I hope we will see you soon but in the meantime I write to welcome you to a rich and rewarding subject and one which I hope will give as much to you as it has given me.||Hi! After previously taking Business as a GCSE, coming to terms with the basics was much more straight forward as not only did I already have a decent basis of key aspects, but also previous knowledge on how the subject is examined. I would definitely recommend A level Business to anyone who has taken and enjoyed it at GCSE. The subject consist of 3 papers that are tested at the end of year 13, 2 of which are worth 35% and the other, 30%. Each paper is 2 hours long and marked out of 100. The exams comprise of 4 themes: 1.Marketing and the people, 2.Managing business activities, 3.Business decisions and strategy and 4.Global business. One and two are taught in year 1 and three and four are taught in year 2. A Level Business could lead to degrees and careers in Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, Audit, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship as well as Business itself. However, most of these, if not all, also require an A Level in Maths which is something to bear in mind as a potential subject combination. Lessons are split across 2 days with one teacher covering theme one over 3 continuous periods and theme 2 being taught by another teacher over a double period. Structurally, lessons are the same each week so there is little confusion about where you need to be and what you need to do. Undoubtedly, the main piece of advice I could offer would be to get to lessons on time! In the first few months, I was late quite a bit, which meant I would spend the entire lesson catching up and spend my own time copying up from my partner’s notes. Being on time, as obvious as it sounds, means you can actually listen to the teacher’s explanation, something you'll wish you did when you get your first mocks! However if any content is missed, or misunderstood teachers are more than willing to help with any queries both in and outside of lessons. Overall, A Level Business was a sound choice, one that would go hand in hand with A Levels in both Economics and Maths.|
Welcome to A Level Chemistry and congratulations on making the astute decision to study the one true science!
Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of?’ It is the search for this answer that makes Chemistry so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless. Chemistry is an important, challenging and stimulating subject which constantly plays a major role in understanding our surroundings and improving living standards around the world.
Studying A Level Chemistry will develop transferable skills in areas such as numeracy, literacy, research, analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and team work, and is the gateway into careers as diverse as medicine and meteorology, pharmacy and petrochemicals, and cosmetics and craft distilling.
At Haybridge, studying Chemistry involves a wide and varied range of activities including links to prior knowledge from GCSE, formal presentation of new ideas and concepts through direct instruction, modelling and deliberate practice, which is then embedded through the use of discussion, experimental work, structured independent study and bespoke individual support. Where appropriate, opportunities to stretch and challenge, such as extend understanding beyond the course or link the content to university applications and courses are also included.
The keys to success in Chemistry are to listen and read carefully, work hard (but efficiently), pay attention to the details and utilise the support that is available. We look forward to welcoming you to begin your study in Chemistry in September!
My name is Zainab Afzal and I am currently taking Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics for my A Levels and I intend on going to university to study Medicine. When deciding on what I wanted to take I mainly based my decision on the subjects that I was strongest in and the ones I most enjoyed and I also thought about what potential route I wanted to go down and I came to the conclusion that the healthcare sector was where I wanted to end up. I enjoyed GCSE Chemistry immensely, and having been taught by all of the Chemistry teachers at some point in lower school I already had an understanding of their teaching styles and how classes were conducted.
In the classroom, lessons are comprised of three main tasks which include, going through the content and making notes, which would be followed by exam questions and if required practicals are done also. The class sizes are much smaller than at GCSE which provides a calm atmosphere in the classroom and enables the teachers to work their way around the room and provide individual help if necessary. Also, you are always able to ask for help or ask questions outside of lessons. I really enjoy the environment that is created when we work as everyone is focused but lessons do not feel draining or long and as students we are able to ask for help whenever we want and the efficiency of the teachers allows them to possibly change the lesson plans to allow us to have a bit longer when studying certain topics that the whole class is finding slightly trickier than the rest. The teaching style is very interactive as we are able to ask, and answer, questions and we are given support in guiding us in how to spend our time effectively when completing work outside of lessons that will be most beneficial to us. My favourite topic that we have studied so far would be Nomenclature, which is a part of Organic Chemistry and involves naming and drawing organic compounds.
My personal advice for anyone considering taking Chemistry would be to ask as many questions as you want, as understanding the content is crucial and leaving it for any duration of time will make it much harder when you come to review the content for a test.
|Computer Science||Computer Science is a course taught at Hagley Catholic High School. Please see their website for further information.||
Hi! My name is Olivia Hulston, currently I’m taking Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science, and ICT. When I leave Haybridge I hope to go into the Cyber Security industry through a CyberFirst Degree Apprenticeship with GCHQ. I chose Computer Science for my love and passion for the subject, I find it really interesting, and the ability to learn about this ever-growing technological industry is important! I personally love the lessons, they’re interesting and interactive, with great teachers who offer lots of support if you’re unsure or if you just want to learn more information!
There are two teachers for Computer Science, both lessons are different but the teachers are very helpful and do everything they can to get the best out of their students; the lessons themselves can be a lot of theory or they can be super interactive with programming challenges and Kahoot quizzes made by the teachers. As I mentioned before, I love the security section of Computer Science, but I am also a keen programmer, so I love all of the coding tasks and challenges we get set to stretch our knowledge. I also really love this subject because of how amazing the computers are at HCHS, the monitors are pretty amazing!
This subject is taught at Hagley Catholic High School meaning you will have to walk across the road and sign in to another school, but this transition is easy; in the morning you just leave right after tutor time and will wait outside (their tutor time doesn’t end until 9:15am so you get some extra time to get there), or in the afternoon you have to leave the lunch break a little early to be able to attend lessons at 1:00pm – but this becomes a routine eventually and you don’t think twice about it. And finally, a top tip for studying Computer Science: be prepared to work hard and cover lots of content, if you’re diligent and complete work on time you will excel in this subject, a lot of it is about perseverance and an open mind to new concepts and ideas!
|Criminology Diploma||Criminology is a course taught at Hagley Catholic High School. Please see their website for further information.||
Hello, I’m Ashley Gregory and I take Criminology, Art and Media studies for my A Level subjects. When I leave Haybridge I would like to go to Art college to do a one year art course and depending on how I find that will either go to university to become an Art teacher or to be a Criminal Psychoanalyst. Criminology is a very fascinating subject; my favourite thing is learning how a criminal is made by learning about social inequalities and biological factors. Criminology lessons are taught by using booklets and following a PowerPoint; you also do your own research for case studies and any other key information you may need.
Criminology is taught at HCHS and even though the timetable is different than Haybridge your timetable will be designed to enable you to get there on time. Your lessons at HCHS are longer than Haybridge but you get frequent 5-minute breaks and in the Sixth Form Centre they have a hot drinks dispenser and a vending machine which you are free to use. The students and staff at HCHS are compassionate and helpful if you’re ever lost or need help. I would highly encourage you to take Criminology as an A Level as the teachers will support you and encourage you; the course Is made to get more interesting and involved as the time goes on and the amount of work is enough to get you high grades but not push you past your limits. Criminology is not an easy subject but it’s really interesting and that’s important if you’re going to study it for two years.
|Economics||A warm welcome to all of you who have made the choice to study Business and/or Economics. You are joining a subject that will help you understand the world around you and there has never really been a more important time for that than now. Whether you are joining Business, which is the most studied subject at university in the world, or Economics, which is the most studied university subject by the world’s leaders, you are joining a subject of increasing importance that has never been as crucial as it is now. I hope we will see you soon but in the meantime I write to welcome you to a rich and rewarding subject and one which I hope will give as much to you as it has given me.||
I’m Sam Bache and I’m currently studying Maths, History, and Economics. In the future I hope to go to university, and eventually enter the world of politics and possibly become a Member of Parliament. Economics is the subject we see all around us, it’s the buying and selling of everything from shoes to food. Importantly Economics is the study of people around us and the decisions we make. Economics at Haybridge will really change the way you look at the modern world. I chose Economics because parts of it can be compared to Human Geography, the idea of learning about GDP and inflation all interested me, which means when politicians or the public bandy around such terms you can not only understand them, but you can put forward your point of view. I enjoy Economics because it is modern, it is current, and you can see it happening all around us.
In terms of assessment, generally at the end of each topic we will complete an assessment or test on the knowledge covered, and often homework will be to write a 10 mark question which can further your writing technique. Economics essays in general rely on chains of thinking, skills which you can apply in the practical world. Lessons will often be around 9 lessons a fortnight with 4 lessons of macro-economics which is the ideas of inflation, GDP, unemployment and many other concepts; and Micro-Economics which is the principal of supply and demand and the individual consumer which will make up 5 lessons out of the fortnight. Economics isn’t as maths-heavy as many may think, and often those who are comfortable with GCSE maths will be perfectly fine, however don’t be scared of all the graphs and large words; Economics is, in principle, about people, meaning it can be easily applied to everyday life.
Welcome to BTEC Engineering at Haybridge! Why are technology subjects important? James Dyson suggests that “we must gear up a generation to develop tangible ideas and exportable products. Hands-on learning combined with academic rigour creates these people; Technology has the potential to do this well.”
Engineering involves studying from different perspectives the design, development and manufacture of products. In Engineering the focus is towards the systems that underpin the manufacture of products. For example, industrial technologies and mathematics. In this subject you will find that high-level academic work is combined with practical activity, which is a unique and rewarding combination at this level.
My name is Tom Paradise and I chose to study Engineering, Physics and Maths as my A Level subjects. Engineering gives you a wide variety of different Engineering opportunities, so you know what module of Engineering is best suited to you. You’ll study the endless world of mechanical, electrical and structural engineering just to name a few, with structural being my personal favourite, where you will get to learn about different material properties and how they are used to support certain structures.
In my opinion, at the end of the 2-year Engineering course you will remember long-term 70-80% of what you have been taught, which is a great credit to the Engineering department’s teaching methods. No lesson is ever boring, even when doing the maths side of Engineering (which isn’t anything too complicated) the maths is linked to real life situations. For example: pressure on a dam wall, fluid pressure in pipes or capacitance in a capacitor. In lessons you will also get to learn CAD skills which is a vital part of the design application in modern Engineering, as well as developing your drawing and creativity skills. Practical work occurs very often which is great for developing knowledge of different equipment and fabrication processes where you’ll make a lamp and a small BBQ.
Engineering is the most exciting subject at school, the thrilling topics you learn and the great bond the students and teachers develop help create an environment unrivalled in any other subject I’ve ever been taught. Studying Engineering you won’t just acquire educational skills but life skills, names and uses of different tools, names and uses of different woods, plastics and metals, finishes you can put on those materials, drawing skills and CAD skills. These are a just a small example of the skills I will always remember and potentially need when I am older. For the skills you will learn and the great chemistry between you and your classmates/teachers then study Engineering at A Level, you won’t regret it!
|English Language||Welcome to English Language at Haybridge. As you'll already know, English Language is an exciting study of real life language, covering how different people both speak and write - a complete study of humans and communication. We are a caring and nurturing department and also slightly obsessed with linguistics - something we're sure you'll share soon. You'll learn a new toolkit to help you analyse different aspects of language and there will be plenty of chances for raising your opinions and debating those of others, both in discussion and in journalistic-style writing. We are looking forward to you joining us.||
My name is Josie Porter and I take A Levels in Biology, History and English Language and will hopefully be beginning my History MA Hons in September at the University of St Andrews. English was one of my favourite subjects at GCSE, so I decided to carry it through to A Level. I read through the OCR A Level English Language specification and discovered that the A Level goes so much deeper than the GCSE subject. You learn the rules of grammar, lexis and semantics; a greater understanding of accents; the link between language, gender and power; historical knowledge; and how children learn to speak. English Language goes so much further than words in a text; you gain a deeper understanding of society, politics and psychology along with society as a whole.
One of my favourite topics was language and the media as it brought a new perspective to how I viewed society and language within it, aided by the multiple theories we studied from various linguist and psychologists. One of the incredibly special aspects of studying this A Level are how the lessons are carried out. They involve in-depth class discussions, group work, content overviews, as well as methodical and frequent essay practice to help you feel completely prepared for the exam. Additionally, the teachers are always welcoming and will help you through any problem you have. If you’re considering taking English Language, consider this: Language has an incredibly broad relatability to numerous other academic disciplines such as aiding your understanding of words in Law, strong links to History from Language Change, similarities with Media, overlaps with Politics, and connections with Psychology and Sociology. At any rate, it greatly helps in developing your writing and essay skills which future employers find invaluable.
|English Literature||Welcome to English Literature at Haybridge. You'll be joining a very experienced department with a wide range of knowledge and a love of the subject that keeps us looking for new ideas every year. You'll be working in a friendly, supportive and nurturing environment but one with plenty of challenge along the way. We will teach you a range of texts which should allow you to develop your own interests and we positively encourage open-minded thinking and a bit of risk-taking in your interpretations of books as well. You will have lots of opportunity to share your thoughts and interpretations across the two years with us. We look forward to you joining us.||
My name is Amara Kwahin and I study Criminology, English Literature and Spanish, which I don’t believe is a common combination however I think choosing subjects that you enjoy and have a passion for is very important to be successful at the end of A Levels. I chose to study English Literature because I absolutely love reading and refining the technique of exploring texts through the viewpoints of readers at different points in time with conflicting perspectives. For me the style of teaching of English Literature is what helps fuel my passion even more as activities and discussions that are begun by the teachers spark new and innovative ideas from the class as students bounce off each other. You will find that an English Literature classroom contains the best atmosphere.
In regards to classwork and what you can expect, you will study and explore the themes, motifs, contextual background and criticism of different types of literature such as novels, plays and poetry, with the aim of comparing them within an exam as well as preparing for coursework. The transferrable skills you will gain from English Literature will allow you to read beyond the words of a page and uncover their true meaning or meanings, as there’s never just one interpretation or idea to be discovered. Don’t feel intimidated or unknowledgeable, you don’t have to have read every classic literature book or have a whole library as your inventory. If you enjoy reading and unpicking pieces of a puzzle to create a larger picture, then this subject is the one for you!
|EPQ||The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an enrichment qualification that you can apply to take, in addition to your three A Levels.||Hello my name is Channan Randhawa. I am currently in Year 12 and am taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and EPQ. I didn’t initially go to Haybridge High School but have joined Sixth Form as an external student and am loving it! I hope to obtain a degree at university after completing my A-levels at Haybridge Sixth Form. At first, I was a little unsure about taking the EPQ as it involves essay writing and my English skills aren’t marvellous – but after some further investigating, I went for it and I’m so glad I did! I enjoy the independence that EPQ offers me; I am able to write an essay on a topic that interests me and receive helpful feedback along the way. I have one hour of EPQ each fortnight and in that our teacher will outline where we should be in our production log and will let us get on with it, offering support if needed. If you are considering taking EPQ I would say give it a go even if your essay writing skills aren’t amazing, you can still do well.|
|French||Welcome to MFL at King Charles. Studying French is an exciting but challenging course. Led by experienced teachers, you will develop your linguistic skills and confidence. There's so much more to learning French than the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will expand your knowledge of all things French: the culture, the French speaking world, food, traditions, films, politics, social issues, and become a real expert. You'll also study the 90s film La Haine along with reading the short novel Bonjour Tristesse. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our French department in September.||My name is Charlotte Pearson and the subjects I take are English Literature, Maths and French. Hopefully, I will get a place at my dream university to study English Literature, other than that I’ll just see where life takes me! The reason I chose French was because not only did I enjoy learning how the language is constructed, I also love French culture and its rich history. Doing French A Level gave me access to such a distinctive language and way of life. We study two different types of literature (obviously my favourite part of the course!) which are a book and a film, alongside learning the grammar and flow of the language itself. The lessons themselves are taught at King Charles 1 Sixth Form in Kidderminster, where I catch the train with other students from across the road at Hagley RC. Lessons are interactive and the group is ‘petit’ – there are only 5 of us – which is conducive to a friendly and productive work atmosphere. Expect to be thrown into the language and have confidence; French isn’t a subject to doze through, I would recommend a mixture of a good memory and a good knowledge of the English language too if you’re thinking of taking French. Despite the labour that goes into the subject, it really is worth it.|
|Geography||You will know Geography A level is the subject for you if you care about issues affecting people and the environment, and enjoy finding out about other cultures, places and landscapes. We complete the OCR Geography A Level qualification. This specification offers engaging topics which are relatable to the places you live and also teaches you about places and cultures from around the world. You will study about dilemmas facing the world which have an impact on your life, including climate change, tectonics, glaciation and human rights. You will also learn about earth’s life support systems, looking at the vital role of the carbon and water cycle in supporting our planet, and migration, learning where and why people move around the world. You will develop a wide variety of skills, from data interpretation and critical thinking skills, to evaluative writing. You will be supported to achieve your best, with access to a range of learning materials including textbooks and GIS. By completing the bridging activities on the Haybridge website, you will gain a good insight into the topics you will be taught, starting to develop knowledge and skills required for A level Geography. You will need to bring these completed activities with you when you start the course. You will also need two lever arch folders (one for the human and one for the physical side of the course), plenty of dividers and an enthusiastic attitude. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon.||My name is Jasmin Knight, and for A Level I took Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Art. After Sixth Form, I plan to study Geography at university. The main reason I chose to study Geography is due to how broad the subject is, and the huge range of topics we get to cover. I love how everything about Geography – both human and physical – relates to the world, and how what I learn in class can be seen in real life. Once such example that is taught at Haybridge is Migration, which was one of my favourite units because of how relevant it is today – just reading the news daily gave me new case studies and examples of how this part of Geography exists in the real world. I found that the nature of this subject meant that every lesson was unique and I often left having learned something I previously had no idea about – for example, how glaciers shape the land. Lesson time is spent learning new topics, completing case studies and completing practice exam questions, which is great when it comes to exams because exam technique comes naturally. The teachers are so enthusiastic and invested in helping the students, so you never feel as if you can’t get help, and the support I had from them for my university application was invaluable. If you’re considering taking Geography A Level, I would ask the teachers about the topics we cover and think about if you would enjoy studying them. The great thing about Geography is that it’s such a broad subject, so it’s guaranteed you’ll find something interesting!|
|German||Welcome to MFL at King Charles. Learning German is a demanding but thoroughly rewarding course. Your experienced teachers will help you to expand your linguistic skills as well as your ability to express your own ideas in German. We will go beyond the language, and study the culture and traditions of the German speaking world including music, television, technology, the former East Germany and even Brexit. Great for those who like a good debate! During the course we'll watch the award winning film Goodbye Lenin and read Der Vorleser together. We are really looking forward to meeting you in September.||My name is Ben Sutton. I study German, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I chose to study German because I think the ability to communicate in another language is an incredibly useful and rewarding skill. Over the course of two years, I have encountered many interesting topics and my love for the subject has continued to grow. For me, listening to German radio has proved to be a good way to immerse myself in the language and culture of the country. Perhaps my favourite aspect of the course has been the opportunity to put my speaking skills into practice on a work experience trip. I worked for a week in a kindergarten in Dortmund at the end of year 12 and it was an incredible experience. If you would enjoy studying a challenging and fulfilling subject and would love to engage in debate on a wide variety of subject matter (ranging from the influence of social media in modern society to the fall of the Berlin Wall) then German is a great choice.|
|Health & Social Care BTEC||
Welcome to Health & Social Care at Haybridge! You will be joining a successful course which is recognised widely within the industry & in higher education. There are many roles available in the H&SC sector, providing varied opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives in a positive way and the demand for skilled people is growing rapidly.
You will be studying a range of units which will enable you to gain the skills that will be valuable in future study & your chosen profession. You will learn about the human body & how it changes over time, what it means to work in the H&SC sector & the skills & behaviours you will need to demonstrate. Additionally, you will learn about the principles of safe practice when working in the sector & the importance of respecting the individual differences & needs of service users.
You will find dedicated & supportive teachers in the Department who will challenge you to achieve to the very best of your ability, both academically & personally. We very much look forward to meeting you soon!
I’m Sophie, I am a student at Haybridge taking English Language, Business Studies and Health and Social Care. I chose Health and Social care because I would like a job when I’m older which involves working with people. I thought that Health and Social Care would give me a broad range of options for when I leave Haybridge. This could include furthering my education on at university and then going on to make a career in anything from nursing, social working or counselling. Health and Social Care will also provide me with the skills and abilities to work with people professionally and have a substantial knowledge of health.
Another reason why I chose Health and Social Care is because of the layout of learning, it is a mix of exams and coursework which I feel helps me to express my knowledge better as the coursework allows me to write in detail. I feel that this works well as I find it easier to convey my knowledge focusing on a particular situation in my coursework as it seems very realistic. I particularly enjoy learning about human lifespan development. I like this topic as I find it interesting to learn about how we as humans grow physically and how our mental and social ability improves as we get older. I also enjoy learning about what different theorists say about the way we grow and develop as this provides contrasting perspectives which I find intriguing. I like the style of teaching in Health and Social Care as we learn the content through PowerPoints and then consolidate our learning by doing activities which normally include applying the content to a scenario. I also like how our teacher prepares us for any exams as we are able to do many exam questions and get them marked so we can discuss feedback as a class which I feel helps. I find lessons are stimulating as we do different activities to improve our learning such as watching video clips, I think this is important as it’s helpfulto watch a real situation as well as learning the content because it’s good to see what we are learning being demonstrated realistically. A piece of advice I would give to any student considering Health and Social Care as a subject is to think whether a mixture of coursework and exams would suit you, and whether this would get the best out of your learning.
|History||Welcome to A Level History. We hope that you will enjoy your time studying with us. Be ready to embrace your intellectual side! We encourage research, discussion and deep thinking. But above all we want you to develop and share our enthusiasm for History.||
I’m Sam Bache and I’m currently studying Maths, History, and Economics. In the future I hope to go to university, and eventually enter the world of politics and possibly become a Member of Parliament. I chose History because I felt at GCSE that it was an important traditional subject to have under my belt, it was good since it was critical thinking and takes some thought to it, but also it’s very interesting to learn about civilisations and groups of people that came before us and see how they changed the modern landscape we live in today. Whether that be with Stuart Britain and the establishment of a Parliament with power or American History and seeing how it defines what America is today. I enjoy History since I like the way it can have such an imprint on our lives and you can see evidence of it today, but more so because I enjoy finding out about those who came before us, whether that be 10, 100 or 1000 years ago. History is a writing-heavy subject and that’s what you must expect, but the critical thinking of analysing sources, and writing in a way that can give you another look on life, is valuable for adulthood. In terms of assessment, all the exam questions are either essays or source analysis where each question can carry up to 30 marks.
As I found in History A Level, there are some comparisons with GCSE, but some stark differences, there is an emphasis on expressing your opinion on what a source might be saying, and expressing your opinion on a certain topic. However, similarly with GCSE, there is an element of structure towards the lessons with research tasks taking a centre stage, as well as knowledge quizzes and assessment questions every half term. In terms of advice I would say that History as a subject is difficult and your hand will start to ache from writing! However, it’s an invaluable subject, which can further your own understanding of the world around you and can really prepare you for university or your next steps. But importantly, consider your choice, because if any establishment sees you have an A level in History, I’m in no doubt it will further your career prospects.
|IT BTEC||Welcome to the Haybridge ICT Department. Over the past few months it has become even more obvious how much of a role IT plays in our everyday lives. Whether working from home, communicating with family or just keeping yourself entertained, we have all become reliant on IT, now more than ever. If you join us to undertake the BTEC in IT you will learn more about how the technologies we use work and how data is transferred from one location to another. You will also analyse the impacts of IT on our individual lives as well the impacts on businesses. You will also further develop your IT skills through a range of coursework units including databases, web design, game design and programming. The course will be delivered in fully equipped ICT suite by qualified ICT teachers with many years of experience. You do not need a great deal of IT experience to succeed on this course just a willingness to learn as we open your eyes to the digital world behind the screen.||Hi, I’m Archie Collins and I study BTEC ICT, Applied Business and Geography and when I leave Sixth Form, I am planning to go to university to study a course which incorporates Business and ICT. I chose to study BTEC ICT because it offered a wide variety of content, which offers good preparation for many university courses and future job opportunities. I enjoy BTEC ICT because it offers a much more practical learning style compared to traditional A Levels and a mix of coursework, written exams and computer-based exams. In the lessons, you can expect a mix of practical and theory based tasks, as well as support from helpful and encouraging teachers. For students considering studying this subject, I would suggest researching the subject and what it offers, as well as considering whether the varied assessment styles suit you.|
|Law||Welcome to Law at King Charles! You will be taught this fascinating subject by a qualified solicitor and experienced teacher. You might see yourself as a barrister or solicitor for which the course provides excellent base knowledge. Alternatively, you will develop transferable skills such as analytical ability, decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving. All these skills are highly sought after by higher education and employers. Studying law will give you an understanding of the role of law in today's society and raise your awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. You will study the operation of the English legal system and about the law making process, with a chance to explore themes such as whether the law actually upholds moral values, notions of justice and society and how it deals with modern technology. Predominantly, you will study particular crimes and defences within the criminal law; tort law which includes looking at areas such as negligence, nuisance, occupiers' liability and contract law such as how a contract is formed to be legally binding and how a contract can be breached. Exciting stuff! I look forward to meeting you!||
My name is Bushra Kousar and I am currently a year 12 student studying Product design, Geography, and Law. A Level Law is taught at King Charles I and therefore this means that whenever I have lesson, I would normally leave school a few minutes early to catch the train. At first, I thought it would be a pain travelling but honestly, it’s just a 10 min journey and especially as I’m enjoying the subject, I look forward to going there twice a week. A Level Law is not just for students who want to enter the legal professions or want to do a law career. It is a well-respected subject and I feel that it links with many science subjects and humanities. I feel that Law is a good A Level as it builds on public speaking, reading, and writing skills. A Level Law is a great way to decide if law is the path for you, and an even better way to start off an education in law. I feel that the study of law is extremely challenging but also a rewarding option. Throughout my course I have learnt how to analyse situation and apply legal rules and principle to a scenario (and that’s exactly what lawyers do!)
One of my favourite topics was learning about criminal law where we learnt about fatal offences such as murder and manslaughter and non-fatal offences such as Assault, Battery and GBH. This has been one of the interesting and exciting topics to learn about. Another topic I really enjoyed learning about was the English legal system where we studied criminal courts, role of judges and legal professionals; the training of and the routes to qualify as a solicitor and barrister. This really helped to boost my understanding of the legal system and it was fascinating. The lesson is well structured, and we have 2 lessons every week. In the first lesson which is a double lesson we normally start of by doing retrieval (creating a splurge) of what we have previously done and this is a great way as it helps us to aid our revision and also great way to test our memories and we also have a quiz once every week and get homework set every week. This is very useful as it allows us to identify any gaps in our revision and especially Law being a subject with load of content frequently quizzing has really helped me to remember the large amount of content. One top tip and piece of advice I would give to anyone studying Law is to do all the lesson work and homework on time. As I feel that once you miss a lesson or you do not do your homework on time it is hard to do catch up due to so much content and things to revise. Also, another top tip I would highly recommend is to revise as you go along and do not leave your revision last minute. This is because revising as you go along will help you retain the information in your long-term memory.
Welcome to A Level Mathematics! In choosing this subject you are opening the door to hundreds of degree courses and career options, all of which value not just the advanced mathematical skills you will acquire, but also the logical reasoning and deductive skills you will gain as you go on.
Throughout your two years with us you will learn about some fundamental ideas in the world of mathematics, including number theory, algebra, calculus, trigonometry and functions. You will learn how to apply mathematics to the physical world, in the way an engineer or an architect would, and you will learn how to use statistics to analyse and interpret data, something that is increasingly important in this digital age.
We love mathematics here at Haybridge, for its beauty and for its usefulness. By the time you have finished your course, we hope you will love it too.
Hello my name is Channan Randhawa. I am currently in Year 12 and am taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and EPQ. I didn’t initially go to Haybridge High School but have joined Sixth Form as an external student and am loving it! I hope to obtain a degree at university after completing my A-levels at Haybridge Sixth Form. I chose to undertake A Level Maths as I loved it at GCSE. Haybridge has a great maths department and I enjoy maths lessons and the style of teaching.
A usual maths lesson entails the teacher going through the examples outlined in the textbook for each chapter and supporting us as we practice the skills needed to solve set problems. There are so many A Level Maths teachers that you can always get support when you need it, and I’d strongly encourage you to work down in the Maths department in your study periods. Be prepared to work hard as there are tests every time we finish a whole chapter, so that we know exactly how we’re doing on different parts of the course. Go for it, A Level Maths is great!
|Mathematics - Further||
Welcome to A Level Further Mathematics! Here you will find yourself amongst a particular group of likeminded people - those who love mathematics for its beauty, its challenge and its unique way of looking at the world.
During your course you will begin to meet ideas that few people encounter during school. You will explore numbers you never knew existed, you will draw graphs in ways you never knew possible, and you will discover links between parts of mathematics you never realised were joined. You will apply mathematics to nature and physics in advanced ways and you will learn how maths is used to optimise processes and decision-making in the modern worlds of business and computing.
We are looking forward to exploring mathematics with you and can't wait to get started.
My name is Elizabeth Sprason and currently I am studying Maths, Biology, Physics and Further Maths. When I leave Haybridge, I hope to go to university either in the US or the UK and study Biophysics or Natural Sciences. I decided to study Further Maths as a fourth subject as I believe it will make my university application stand out and help me to be a more competitive candidate. Most universities don’t require Further Maths but it’s a good way to show your interests and dedication. What I like about the subject is how it crosses over with Physics and Maths with some topics like mechanics being present in all three. This is really useful as if you don’t get it in one lesson, you have two other teachers that can help explain it in their different ways and through application in different subject areas.
Some of the topics seem hard, but all the Further Maths teachers explain the topics really well and once you’ve done enough practice questions, you’ll find the subject as just more maths rather than harder maths! You’re taught in a similar way to Maths A Level and the Maths Department loan you all the textbooks you’ll need for the course. Because you’re taking four subjects you will get plenty of homework with topic tests every couple of weeks. This means you need to be organised and I recommend you make your revision timetable as soon as you get your subject timetable to ensure you don’t fall behind on all your work.
|Media Studies||Hi Year 12 Media students! You are joining a dynamic and interesting subject, surrounded by enthusiastic and committed students and staff. We are very much looking forward to meeting you in September; in the meantime, have a go at the bridging activities provided. They are all designed to equip you will the skills and knowledge you will need to thrive as a Media student. Have fun learning some new skills!||My name is Hannah Clubley and I joined Haybridge from another school and chose to study Media Studies, English Language and Music Technology – of which I enjoy all three! I aim to pursue a career in the media industry, and I am planning on taking an apprenticeship with a company like the BBC, ITV or Channel 4 when I leave Haybridge. I would definitely recommend taking Media as it’s such a fun and enjoyable subject, and very different from anything I’ve studied before! The topics are always really interesting, for example we study the likes of Stranger Things, Disney, music videos and magazines. It’s a very interactive and engaging subject, and there are lots of exciting trips too!! In a typical lesson you can expect to be making notes, watching video clips, analysing texts and of course getting involved with making your own content too- whether that’s magazine covers or recreating a video! Both of the media teachers are fun, friendly and easy to approach, and always willing to help if you have any queries or dilemmas. If you are considering taking Media Studies my top tip would be to put yourself out there and get involved, if you throw yourself into all of the tasks I’m sure you will really enjoy it!|
|Music||Welcome to A level Music at Haybridge High School! At Haybridge, we are very fortunate to have a large and vibrant Music department. You will have the opportunity to take part in a mixture of practical lessons, listening and appraising lessons and researching lessons. Around half your time will be spent performing and composing. Teaching is in small groups with students heavily involved in discussion and presentation. Students are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively. There is also a wide range of extra-curricular activities for example: Swing Band, Choir (with around 60 members), Soul Band, Orchestra as well as the opportunity to set up your own smaller bands or groups. We look forward to you joining us!||Hi, my name’s Sophia and I’m currently studying A level Music, Psychology and Biology. The reason I chose Music A level as it allows me to study a more creative subject where I can further explore a topic I love and enjoy. My favourite part of the music course is studying The Beatles album as they were one of my favourite bands growing up, however the course covers a wide range of styles so there really is something for everybody! I also enjoy composition and performance tasks which allow you to demonstrate your own style through the music you choose to compose/perform. Within a lesson we normally spend half the time learning a new set work or recapping an old one, this includes going through a PowerPoint, hearing the set work and making notes. Usually we then spend the second half of our lesson on the practical side of the course beginning arrangements or compositions to help us improve our technique. I think Music A Level is a great option especially if you are passionate about music. My advice would be to listen to all music, wherever you are as you never know when you might be able to use it as wider listening!|
|Music Technology||Music Technology is a course taught at Hagley Catholic High School. Please see their website for further information.||My name is Mili Venross and I take Music Technology, English Language and Psychology. I chose Music Technology because I really enjoyed the coursework element as well as the more modern conventions of music during GCSE. Music Tech offers a lot more freedom with producing and recording our own work and the theory we do is more appealing to people who prefer more current music. It is also very practical if you want to work towards a career in music or production as a lot of useful skills are taught and you get to know the software and the way sound is engineered in the music industry. What I enjoy particularly is the work we do throughout the year towards the written exams which is various listening tasks every week for homework in which we gather a lot of data on the different styles. We have a lot of support with these homework sheets but at the same time we are given an opportunity to do our own research. The majority of lessons are coursework based where you can expect to do multiple practices of the recordings and compositions that you will mix and edit for a deadline in May. However, there is always a new topic taught every week in terms of theory where you will learn about the use of technology and the names of key types of equipment for live performances, recording and mixing. Everything worked on will be tested at the end of the unit and homework for that is always to revise the topic. The subject is taught at Hagley Catholic High School and you will be taken over and shown the classroom where the lesson is taught and you will be given an overview of the subject from your teacher. My advice for taking this subject is to be prepared for the amount of information but not be put off by the workload because the majority of what is taught is actually really fun and extremely useful for the future.|
|Physical Education||Welcome to A Level Physical Education! The department are eager to teach and assist in your learning over the next couple of years. We aim to make lessons as interesting as possible and try to relate each topic to current sporting themes. There are of course challenging elements to the course, however, with hard work, resilience and enthusiasm these can be mastered with confidence. The department look forward to meeting you all in September.||My name is Eve Bayliss and I take English Lit, English Lang, PE (although this is not a common combination) I chose to take A level PE at Haybridge due to my interest in the subject at GCSE and the great opportunities the Sixth Form seemed to present in terms of facilities, teaching quality and enrichment opportunities. My favourite section of the course would have to be ‘contemporary studies’ as it delves into what is happening within the sporting community, globally, right now, whilst also exploring what can still be done to increase participation and entertainment value for sport. The lessons themselves are split between teachers, who each teach a different section of the course. I found this especially helpful as you have one teacher dedicated to each section, meaning if you need assistance with one specific area you know exactly who to go to, for guidance. During Year 12, lessons are dedicated to learning the theory specification through group activities, note taking and regular assessments, whereas, Year 13 is centred around revision and preparation for your EAPI – which is a speech you present about a performance on your chosen sport. A tip I would give to those choosing PE for this September, is to take the monthly tests very seriously and revise for them thoroughly so you can see where the real gaps in your knowledge are. Also, make sure you are taking note of each competition or practise session in your sport outside of school and start recording your practical evidence as soon as possible. My experience has been that the PE department is committed to helping every student, in any way it can, so never be afraid to email asking for more resources or to spend some more time on a specific area; they will be genuinely happy to help.|
Congratulations on your decision to study physics at A level! Physics is one of the most challenging and important areas, I would say the most challenging and important area, of science.
Physics is about trying to understand the universe on every scale from the tiniest quantum phenomena to stars and galaxies, and lots in between. During your A-level studies you will study a wide range of topics that that convey the breadth and excitement of contemporary physics.
The course is structured to help you learn about fundamental physical concepts and about physics in everyday and technological settings. The development of practical skills is embedded within the specification and you are expected to carry out practical work in preparation for a written examination that will specifically test these skills. Even if you don't go on to study Physics after your A-levels, learning to think like one will equip you with transferrable skills are in demand in other subjects such as logical thinking and problem-solving.
We look forward to seeing you at the start of the Physics A-level and hope that you can immerse yourself in the subject and develop a life-long interest in it.
|My name is Elizabeth and currently, I am studying Maths, Biology, Physics and Further Maths. When I leave Haybridge, I hope to go to university either in the US or the UK and study Biophysics or Natural Sciences. For me Physics is a really exciting subject as it covers such a range of topics. My favourite topic is Particle Physics and it goes into so much more detail than at GCSE. Hopefully, next year, Physics students will be able to go on a trip to CERN and observe the particle colliders in Geneva for ourselves. There is also a variety of practicals using lasers, circuits and radioactive sources. Since class sizes are small, there’s enough equipment for us all to work individually on experiments. I would definitely advise you keep going over the topics and making sure you fully understand as there’s a lot of content. I would also say that you should consider taking Maths A Level along with Physics because many of the topics overlap and it would help you with your understanding.|
|Product Design||Welcome to Product Design at Haybridge! Why are technology subjects important? James Dyson suggests that “we must gear up a generation to develop tangible ideas and exportable products. Hands-on learning combined with academic rigour creates these people; Technology has the potential to do this well.” Product Design involves studying from different perspectives the design, development and manufacture of products. In Product Design the emphasis is on creativity and its application to commercial product development. In this subject you will combine high-level academic work with practical activity, which is a unique and rewarding combination at this level.||My name is Miles Gaynor. I study A Levels in Psychology, Business, and Product Design. One of the main reasons why I chose to attend Haybrige Sixth Form is because there was an option to choose Product Design as an A Level. Product Design was one of the only options I genuinely enjoyed doing for my GCSEs, therefore it seemed logical to pick it as an A Level option. I love that Product Design really brings out my creative side. The Product Design lessons at Haybridge are really hands-on and practical. The teachers encourage you to be independent and think outside the box. I enjoy both the practical and theory side of the subject as the teachers make the lessons interesting by giving us mini projects to work on, to help develop our skills. You can expect to be working with metals, woods and plastics, in depth, which will broaden your knowledge of various materials. If you are creative, innovative and a hands-on sort of person, I strongly recommend you to consider choosing Product Design as an A Level.|
|Psychology||Hello and welcome to A level Psychology! As a sixth form only teaching department with specialist teaching, you can be certain that you are in the most capable hands to succeed in this subject. The reason behind why humans behave the way they do fascinates many (perhaps now more than ever!). Psychology aims to explore the science behind our behaviour. We will address this aim during our lessons by replicating studies into theories of such behaviours and critically analysing the success of these experiments. This will ensure you develop vital skills regarding application and discussion that will be guided by your teacher who is an examiner for this exam board. These skills will not only enable you to succeed within this subject but are also valuable skills in everyday life. We look forward to welcoming you into the department soon!||My name is Aneesha Mandair and I take Psychology, Sociology, and Maths. Currently, my favourite subject is Psychology. I decided to take Psychology as it was something I’d never studied before, and I had an interest in learning about the way people act. So far, I have enjoyed learning about psychopathology (the study of mental disorders) the most as it is prominent in so many people’s everyday lives. In terms of approaches to learning, we have independence in how we prefer to learn. For example, we have time to create our revision resources and lots of opportunities to find out information pro-actively. Materials to produce our notes are provided, but we are encouraged to ask questions and interact with it in different formats. Furthermore, we are assessed at the end of each unit to see what areas we aren’t comfortable with so we can go over these parts. The most useful piece of advice I have received is to make revision resources throughout the year, so there isn't a rush when exams come around.|
|Psychology - Applied BTEC||Welcome to the King Charles I Psychology Department! Over the two years of the course, you will study a range of aspects relating to the mind and human behaviour. There is still lots we do not know about the brain and its functioning and this course will fascinate you with the wonders of the complexity of the brain; how does stress affect us? What is crime and why do some people commit crimes? How can we use what we know about crime to catch criminals? How does psychology affect sporting achievement? How do the minds of children develop? We will also be studying psychology experiments and learning how to conduct ethical experiments, leading on to you carrying out experiments of your own. Your knowledge will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and external examinations throughout the two years. Look forward to seeing you in September!||BTEC Psychology is a brand new addition to our Sixth Form course offer from September 2020!|
|Religious Studies||Religious Studies is a course taught at Hagley Catholic High School. Please see their website for further information.||Hi, my name is Immy Roff. I have just finished year 13 and I took History, English Language and RE for A levels. I chose RE as I really enjoyed taking it at GCSE and wanted to further my knowledge on religion and different ideologies that they have influenced around the world. RE at A Level is split into three topics, Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics (I personally love the ethics side of RE as we look into different controversial issues such as abortion and the death penalty and see what people around the world think about these subjects.) Most of the time we discuss and debate in our lessons. However, there is quite a lot of note writing and learning so you have to keep on top of your revision or you can fall behind very easily. Finally, getting to lessons is very easy as it is only across the road at the RC school. However, be aware that the timings of the school day are slightly different. RE is a very interesting subject and has helped me understand two sides of an argument which is a very useful skill to have in life. Enjoy!|
|Sociology||Hello and welcome to A Level Sociology! My name is Miss Forward and I will be your Sociology teacher next year. I am a sociology specialist and an examiner for the papers you will sit, so you are in knowledgeable and safe hands. Sociology encourages us to look at things in a different way to what you are used to. To ask questions, to challenge existing views on issues that we often have an assumed knowledge on. We will study a variety of topics in the A level course, all of which will encourage you to think critically and develop a better understanding of society and the groups within society. I look forward to meeting you soon!||
My name is Grace Bremner and I study Sociology, English Literature and Geography at A Level at Haybridge High School and Sixth Form. Sociology is one of my most enjoyable subjects as it involves quite a lot of class discussion as well as independent work. I think that class discussion enables you to voice your opinion on a subject whilst also gaining everyone else’s which allows you to develop and progress your understanding of the subject further. My favourite topic in Sociology at the moment is ‘Education’ as this really looks into the inequalities faced within modern society, as well as previous decades, within the education system and also discusses a wide range of factors that may cause these inequalities such as the class system and gender. Furthermore, this topic allows you to look into the different perspectives on education, such as Marxism and Functionalism, which I particularly find interesting as it is something which I have never studied before. Sociology is also one of my favourite subjects as it is something completely new to learn about as I did not choose this subject as a GCSE choice and therefore, when choosing my A Level options I wanted to choose something new and further my knowledge in an unknown subject.
Sociology is the study of society and I would highly recommend studying this subject if you are interested in matters such as equality. It is an essay-based subject and pairs well with English as well as many other social sciences. A top piece of advice I would give is to just make sure that you are staying on top of your work in Sociology as there is quite a lot of information you need to know. However, if you have a clear plan of how you are going to learn this, it will be relatively easy to maintain a plan and keep on top of all your work for Sociology as well as your other chosen subjects. At first, I struggled to keep track of all my work however, the teachers were incredibly supportive and helped me to maintain a timetable I could stick too and now I really enjoy studying these subjects.
|Spanish||¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Haybridge Spanish Department! Our very experienced A Level Spanish teachers are looking forward to turbo-charging the language skills you have developed at GCSE to make you sound fluent and feel confident in understanding and expressing yourself in Spanish. Small teaching groups will provide fantastic opportunities to converse solely in the target language on a wide range of engaging and topical topics and any areas where you may have felt that you needed more work at GCSE such as grammar can be easily covered. From debating controversial topics to studying film, exploring literature to listening to new forms of music, you will always find something on the A Level Spanish course to challenge you and widen your horizons.||
My name is Rahul and I am in Year 13. During my time at Haybridge I took 4 A Levels: Spanish, History, English Literature and Maths. I’d like to assure you that studying Spanish at Haybridge Sixth Form provides a fantastic opportunity to be taught such an invaluable subject from excellent teachers in such small class sizes. The advantageousness of having a language A Level is unrivalled. Consistently small language cohorts across the country means that pursuing Spanish at A Level puts you at a significant advantage when applying for university, apprenticeships or jobs. I chose to take Spanish A Level specifically for this reason and it allowed me to pursue a law degree that has a Spanish component and a study abroad component in Barcelona. This is just one example of how taking Spanish A Level could meaningfully open your horizons.
The teachers at Haybridge will help nurture your confidence in your Spanish ability as they did for me. I found that the small class sizes encouraged class involvement and the sharing of ideas, this being something that I particularly enjoyed. You can therefore expect a lot of individual teacher attention and feedback from your Spanish classes allowing you to make leaps and bounds of progress in the skills required: reading, listening, translation and essay writing. Furthermore, from Spanish festivals and music to the influence of the social medias in Spanish society, the wide variety of topics you cover means that there is something for everyone. I’ll end on a couple top tips for you guys who are considering taking Spanish at A Level. Firstly, while it is easy to default to speaking English, try to make the most of your Spanish lessons to speak Spanish; even just everyday questions. Secondly, and most importantly, do not worry at all about your current level of Spanish ability! In my experience a small class encourages a sense of community amongst students which means that you should never feel judged; quite the contrary. A Levels can feel daunting but just remember that Spanish A Level, like all the other A Levels, is whatever you make of it. For me, Spanish was both a fulfilling and enjoyable subject and I sincerely hope it is for you too. ¡Saludos!
|Sport BTEC||Welcome to the King Charles 1 PE Department! Our team will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physical Education concepts, striving for mastery within our subject area. You will be taught a range of topics areas, including Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness, Leadership. Over the two year course you will experience a variety of assessment methods. External exams and Assignments based around scenarios. This course is challenging however, is extremely rewarding. We look forward to meeting you!||
My name is Emily Bate and I study Health and Social Care, BTEC Sport (which I travel to King Charles I High School to study) and Psychology. After my time at Haybridge I intend to go on to a paramedic apprenticeship preferably with the West Midlands Ambulance Service. I chose the apprenticeship as I get a lot more hands on experience and would gain some extra money which would be useful for later in life. I chose BTEC sport because I’m very sporty, being a competitive swimmer and I also enjoyed athletics. I travelled to King Charles to study this subject but the journey was very short and simple and all paid for by the school. The train station is a 2 minute walk from both Haybridge and King Charles, so there should be no worry about travelling to and from schools.
I would most definitely say BTEC Sport was one of my favourite subjects to study, this is due to it being 50% exams and 50% coursework. The first year was based on exams and the second year was based on coursework. Year one was full of lots of activities such as visiting universities and teaching younger children lessons. As well as this you got to learn a lot about the human body and different types of sports and training sessions. Year two was based on coursework on human psychology of sport which in my opinion was very interesting. The style of teaching was very comfortable and friendly as are the teachers. I was given a warm welcome from King Charles l as they gave me a lot of help and attention even though I was a Haybridge student. The teachers at King Charles were very thorough and made sure your work was up to standards and ensure that you got the best grade you could. My advice for taking this subject is to keep updated on all of the content and your revision notes and do not miss a deadline as there is a fair bit of work. However if you stick to the deadlines you will receive the best grade possible.