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6th Form Prospectus

Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus

HISTORY Examination

HISTORY Examination Board: AQA What topics are covered? Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964. This unit allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence through the following key questions: How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop? Why did opposition develop and how effective was it? How and with what results did the economy develop and change? What was the extent of social and cultural change? How important were ideas and ideology? How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments? In Year 12, students will study the problems faced by Tsarist Russia and the explosive revolution of 1917. In Year 13, students will explore the consolidation of the Communist regime under Lenin and Stalin as well as the changes brought about by Stalin’s successor, Khrushchev. Unit 2: Wars and Welfare: Britain in transition, 1905-1957. This option provides for the study of a transformative period of British history, during which democratically elected government faced a series of challenges, both internally and externally, and British society underwent fundamental change. It develops concepts such as reform and retrenchment, patriotism and pacifism, social status and cultural values. It also encourages students to reflect on the process of economic and social change and the impact of that change for both governments and the people. In Year 12, students will look at issues such as the growth and decline of Liberalism, the impact of the First World War and the development of the media. Year 13 students will explore the Great Depression, Winston Churchill, the impact of the Second World War and the establishment of the welfare state. In Year 13, students also complete an historical investigation of no more than 3,500 words on Witchcraft. Why study History at SGS? Whilst we are sure that students will find the history course on offer here at SGS interesting and engaging, they will also be provided with a wide variety of transferable skills. Principally, students develop the ability to understand and analyse issues and events to a high level of competence. Other marketable skills include: • a talent for clear expression, both oral and written; • putting forward ideas and arguments in a concise manner; • gathering, investigating and assessing material; basing conclusions on research and generating ideas; • organising material in a logical and coherent way. What career paths would this subject be suitable for? The skills you have gained will prepare you well for numerous careers. A significant number of those who take A level history go on to study Law, where their analytical and critical reasoning skills are highly valued. Politics, publishing, journalism, media and writing in all its forms are similarly suitable, alongside business and commerce, public sector administration and the charity and voluntary sectors. What trips occur during the course? Sixth form students have visited Auschwitz on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, as well as visiting the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre in Nottingham where they have had the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 25

MATHEMATICS Examination Board: OCR “Mathematical ability is a very valuable asset – if extending the standard A level in both breadth and depth.” Mathematics is a traditionally academic subject held in high regard as one of the more challenging subjects available to study at A level. For some students, it is a chance to finally meet a challenge within their Mathematical education. Many of our Sixth Form students opt for Mathematics making it very popular, with more than three quarters of our AS Mathematics students continuing to A Level. Why do Mathematics at SGS? As a department we have the staff with experience and knowledge to teach all branches of Mathematics: Pure, Further Pure, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision. You will be part of a small class where individual attention is frequent. You can be sure that you will be supported individually in a unique way appropriate to you. We welcome students who wish to develop their logic and understanding of this subject, and encourage them to share their love of the subject with lower school students, with our Sixth Formers playing an important role in helping the department make the subject accessible to all students in the lower school through mentoring and tutoring. Our department aims are to encourage students to: • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques • apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly How is the course structured and what will I learn? The new AS level course, planned for first teaching in September 2017, provides a broad and widely applicable base of mathematical knowledge, including rigorous treatment of calculus and proof alongside statistics and mechanics, preparing learners for a wide range of destinations in Higher Education and employment. Pure Mathematics develops topics such as algebra, trigonometry and geometry but new topics such as differentiation and integration are also covered. Mechanics looks mainly at the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them. Statistics looks at data handling, analysis, presentation and probability. AS examination is through two papers of equal length with equal weighting: ‘Pure Mathematics and Statistics’ and ‘Pure Mathematics and Mechanics’. The full A level course is examined through 3 papers with equal weighting. ‘Pure Mathematics’, ‘Pure Mathematics and Statistics’ and ‘Pure Mathematics and Mechanics’. These papers cover all topics taught during the 2 years of Sixth Form and will also include use of a pre-release data set for Statistics. Is this course suitable for me? Students should have confidently completed the Higher GCSE Tier examination, with a grade 7 as a minimum requirement for entry onto the Mathematics AS Level course at SGS. What career paths can this lead to? An A level in Mathematics is a valuable qualification that is always in demand in both the employment markets and universities. Career opportunities range from financial and economic planning through management services, to scientific, medical and industrial research, engineering and computing. Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 26

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