Stafford Grammar 6th Form prospectus

Sixth Form prospectus

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The Head of the Sixth Form

Thank you for your interest in Stafford Grammar

School Sixth Form.

We are incredibly proud of our Sixth Form students.

At its heart, the purpose of our Sixth Form is to give

students the necessary life skills to empower them to

make informed decisions. Our students’ outstanding

success at A-level is never accidental. With graduate

teachers passionate about their subjects and small

classes, students are closely guided and supported to

gain the qualifications and study skills necessary for

Higher Education.

To really understand what it is like to be part of

our Sixth Form, prospective students would benefit

from experiencing it first-hand by visiting the

school for a tour or arranging a taster day on an

ordinary school day.

I look forward to meeting you.

“I would not swap the last two

years for anything.”

“There’s always help at hand

when students need care and


Mr. C. D. Anderson

Head of the Sixth Form

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A team of specialist tutors guides students through the

entire UCAS process and professional careers advice

is available. The expertise of academic staff provides

the best possible support for students with their HE

or career aims. Individual student attention is at the

very centre of what we do. Your tutors will monitor

your academic progress, listen to your concerns and

support you in your personal development. Students

who wish to apply for Oxford or Cambridge and

medical/veterinary-based courses will benefit from

specialist advice and support.

The extensive tutor programme is tailored to the

needs of our students and we aim to develop selfconfidence

and encourage all students to actively

participate in the life of the whole school and the local

community. It includes:

• Selected guest speakers including universities and


• Visits to a Higher Education Fair and Oxbridge


• Workshops with former pupils

• Effective study skills

• Drugs awareness

• Driving awareness

• Basic Russian

• Mock Interviews

• Debates

• First aid and health at university

• Student finance

• Studying abroad

• Food for university

• Stress management

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Sixth Form students develop effective leadership and

team working skills and are encouraged to initiate

their own groups and societies. Recently, this has

led to the development of the debating and medical

societies. Students also volunteer to lead various music

and drama groups, as well as supporting pupils in the

Preparatory School.

There many more opportunities for Sixth Form

students to develop personal skills and experiences


• Mentoring younger pupils in the Senior School

and Preparatory School

• The Duke of Edinburgh Award

• Young Enterprise

• Target 2.0 Interest Rate Challenge

• School plays and musicals

• The Sixth Form pantomime

• Volunteering in the community

• Orchestra, Concert band, Big Band

• Many varied music ensembles

• Chamber groups and Choir

• House and School sports teams

• School Magazine

Students also have the opportunity to complete an

Extended Project Qualification and a Teaching English

as a Foreign Language Qualification.

“I haven’t looked back since

moving to Stafford Grammar

Sixth Form. The teaching is

excellent and I have become

involved in extra curricular

activities such as Gold Duke of

Edinburgh and music.”

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The Prefect team is led by the Senior Prefects,

including the Head of School. They are all integral

to school life and support staff whilst playing an

active role in the School’s community. Sixth Form

students may also be elected as a key member of

their House Committee, perhaps as House Captain

or Sports Captain.

Every student has the potential to gain some level of

responsibility, which proves invaluable when crafting

a strong application to university. There are many


• A member of the Common Room Committee.

• Head of the School Council.

• Head of pupils new to the School.

• Head of Prefects’ Detentions.

• A member of the Duty Team.

• A Form Manager.

• Assist in directing a school play

• Run a sport club

• Lead a music ensemble

• Support others at the Maths Clinic

• Support younger pupils with their reading skills

• Become an Assistant Duke of Edinburgh Leader

• An AGT English, Maths or Science Mentor

• Sixth Form Librarian

• Sixth Form Photographer

and many more…

“Staff and students are so welcoming.

The atmosphere is great.”

“I definitely made the right choice in

coming to Stafford Grammar. The

facilities are excellent.”

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The Sixth Form Centre comprises of three main

rooms. The Green room is the large common room,

complete with a kitchen area with tables and chairs,

table tennis and comfortable chairs for relaxation

and recreational use. The Amber room is for quiet

studying, equipped with an extensive and up to date

careers and UCAS library and computing and printing

facilities. For silent studying, there is the Red room.

Students also benefit from a wireless broadband

connection throughout the Sixth Form Centre.

The Sixth Form has established a formidable academic

reputation as a centre of excellence. Our students are

supported to become independent learners and are

provided with guidance and advice to manage their

own time effectively. We closely monitor each student’s

academic progress and effort and are quick to respond

if students fall below expectations. Independent study

time will be supervised if necessary.

We provide a broad, balanced and stimulating

education which enables students to excel

academically. Inspirational teachers, small classes, a

traditional yet caring environment and enthusiastic,

ambitious students lead to outstanding academic

achievement. We strive to foster a love of learning and

encourage all students to reach their full potential at

A-level. The majority of our students achieve a place at

their first choice university.

“The sixth form has encouraged

my confidence to grow and enabled

me to help and support pupils in the

younger years at the school.”

“From the first day I was made to

feel so welcome.”

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Academic Subjects

At Stafford Grammar School the vast majority of students

choose four academic subjects in the Lower Sixth. These are

usually studied for eight periods each in the two week timetable.

The choice of A-level subjects that we offer is shown below:

In all subjects students will sit separate AS examinations, but these

will not contribute to the final A-level grade.

In the Upper Sixth most students will choose to continue to study

three of their chosen A-level courses or:

• Continue with all four A-level subjects.

Art & Design




Computer Science

Design and Technology

Drama and

Theatre Studies


English Literature





Further Mathematics

Modern Foreign






Sports Studies

• Continue with three of their chosen A-level subjects

complemented by an additional AS subject or an Extended

Project Qualification.

• Continue with three of their chosen A-level subjects

supplemented by voluntary community service or additional

enrichment activities.

FORM PERIOD: The Head of Sixth Form, works closely with,

the four specialist Sixth Form tutors and the UCAS co-ordinator

to provide an extensive tutor programme. There is a form period

each week when the students are timetabled with their tutors.

SIXTH FORM GAMES: All Sixth Form students have one

period of Games each week and are offered a wide range of

sporting activities.

These include zumba, salsa, badminton, basketball, cricket, fitness,

football, hockey, netball, rugby and tennis. Those with a particular

interest in sports will have the opportunity to assist staff with the

coaching of younger school pupils.

All subjects are studied over the two years of the A level course. All

students will take AS level examinations at the end of the Lower

Sixth year in all of their chosen subjects and must pass at this level

to be accepted onto the second year of the A-level course.

Subjects will only run if there is sufficient demand.

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Art ART & DESIGN Design







What is covered?

Students will develop practical and theoretical knowledge and

understanding of: relevant materials, processes, technologies and

resources, how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and

interpreted in images and artefacts, how images and artefacts

relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their

social and cultural contexts, continuity and change in different

genres, styles and traditions, a working vocabulary and specialist


Why study Art and Design at SGS?

Many businesses benefit from having a creative mind as part

of their team. We teach you to be innovative, experimental,

enquiring, and flexible. If you enjoy being creative and practical,

then this course will give you very useful skills and a great deal of

personal satisfaction.

What skills can I gain from studying Art and


A highly developed sense of creativity and design capability

together with the skills needed to produce work both outstanding

and intriguing. You will be given the skills necessary to be able to

choose the most appropriate media when tackling a piece of work

which could include; oils, pastels, gouache, watercolour, mixed

media and also photography combined with digital manipulation.

What career paths would this subject be suitable


Career options include, advertising, architecture, stage design,

interior design, fashion design including management and

journalism, photography, product design, the film and television

industry, the full range of fine art industries, conservation, art

teaching and lecturing.

What trips occur during the course?

Students regularly visit the National Gallery, National portrait

Gallery, Victoria and Albert museum. Trips to Barcelona and

Madrid are also being planned.

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Examination Board: EDUQAS

Providing the opportunity to study the stunning diversity of

living organisms, their structures, systems and interdependence,

this course is a tantalising journey through the living world; it

reveals some of the marvel and the majesty of its complexity to a

new generation of biologists.

What topics are covered?

We study the comparative physiology of a wide range of

organisms from single celled amoeba through flatworms and

annelids to insects, fish, mammals and flowering plants. An

understanding of the variety of systems used for gaseous

exchange, nutrition and transport within these groups enables

us to have a better appreciation of the evolution of terrestrial

organisms from their aquatic ancestors. An investigation into the

biodiversity of an ecosystem and the need to classify organisms,

bio, microbiology, genetics, genetic engineering, homeostasis

and Man’s impact on the environment are all discussed. Students

keep abreast of new developments and consider benefits, hazards

and ethical implications of scientific advances.

Why do Biology at SGS?

Biology at SGS has a long history of success. Since 2015 over 70%

of all candidates have attained A*-B grades at A level.

What will I gain from studying Biology? Will it support my

career path?

Biology is a subject that suits both science and arts students

alike, drawing on chemistry, physics and mathematics to explain

the structure and behaviour of living organisms. In doing so it

develops and enhances analytical and evaluative skills, whilst

remaining interesting and relevant to the real world. As an

academic subject Biology is highly regarded by Universities

and whilst it is particularly relevant to the study of Medicine,

Dentistry, Physiotherapy, all branches of Nursing, Environmental

Science, Conservation, Sports and Natural Sciences , its skills are

transferrable to virtually any discipline.

Is it difficult?

Even the best of students can find the transition from GCSE to

A level harder than anticipated. The AS level aims to bridge the

gap, with material examined at an intermediate level between

A level and GCSE, but there is still a significant workload

to complete. Constantly busy and challenged by frequent

homework, it will be absolutely essential to spend time reading

around the subject to underpin your learning. Good grades

require commitment and discipline; but if you talk to the Sixth

Form who study Biology then you will find that, despite the

rigours, it is one of their favourite subjects!

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“Business lessons are always different. You learn something new each time,

valuable things about businesses and the outside world. It is very enjoyable”

BUSINESS Art & Design







What topics are covered?

• Marketing Strategies

• Operations Strategies

• Human Resource Strategies

• Financial Strategies

• Corporate Aims and Objectives

• Managing Change

• The Business Environment

Why study Business at SGS?

• Consistently impressive examination results.

• Enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable teaching staff.

• Teaching staff with extensive AQA examining experience.

• A very popular department.

• Lessons are interesting and enjoyable.

• Whatever you do in your professional life, it will involve

some ‘business’.

• Business is a real, relevant and valuable subject.

• You may wish to start your own business one day.

• You want to study a completely different subject.

• You want to broaden your learning and keep your future

options open.

• It combines very well with many other subjects.

• It can be studied in isolation or alongside almost all other

subjects at most universities.

• Choosing Business may open up a whole new world of

education and career possibilities that you did not even

know existed.

What skills will I gain from studying Business?

You will develop analytical, evaluative, problem solving and

decision making skills.

An ability to apply your theoretical understanding to real

business scenarios and problems.

What career paths would Business be suitable


• Management

• Marketing/Advertising


• Running your own business

• Banker

• Buyer

• Management Consultant

What trips are available?

• Tutor2U Revision Workshops

Do I need to have studied Business at GCSE?

No. The course is perfectly accessible to students with no

formal business knowledge and understanding.

Can I study Business and Economics at A level?

Yes, Economics and Business are treated as separate A-level

subjects by most universities.

• Human Resource Manager

• Retail Management

• Sales Executive

• Law

• Accountancy

• Teacher/Lecturer

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Examination Board: OCR

What topics are covered:

AS level

CH1 Controlling and Using Chemical Change

Development of Practical Skills

Foundations in Chemistry

Periodic Table and Energy

Core organic chemistry

A level - all of the above plus:

Physical chemistry and transition elements

Organic chemistry and analysis

Practical endorsement

Why do Chemistry at SGS?

Chemistry is involved in most processes; from the functioning

of the human body, the manufacture of everyday materials

and the creation of elements within stars. A knowledge of

Chemistry helps us to understand the world around us.

At SGS we teach Chemistry with an emphasis on practical

skills. We also have small class sizes and an excellent track

record of success.

What skills will I gain studying Chemistry?

Chemistry develops analytical and problem solving skills,

encouraging students to answer questions in a concise and

logical fashion. Practical skills are learned whilst carrying

out experiments, and evaluative skills are developed by

considering the quality of resultsand how to improve

experimental methods.

Career paths

Chemistry can be used for scientific careers such as Medicine,

Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Engineering,

Forensics and Biological Studies.

Chemistry can also be used to embark on a career in

other subjects such as Accounting, Law and Business and



Students spend a day at Keele University, analysing the

aspirin that they have synthesised using chromatography and


Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I study Chemistry having taken Double Award


A. Yes. Both Double Award and Triple Award Science are

good preparation for A- level.

Q. Which subjects does Chemistry combine well with?

A. Any. Chemistry is a particularly useful for students who

study Biology; however students frequently study subjects

such as

Geography, Foreign Languages, English or Business in

combination with Chemistry.

Q. Isn’t A-level Chemistry really difficult?

A. A-level Chemistry is a demanding subject, however

students who are prepared to work hard find it very


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Art & Design


Examination Examination Board: Board: AQA OCR

Why take Computer Science?

Computer Science is both a practical and academic subject

where students can apply the principles learned in the

classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative

subject that combines invention and excitement.

The aim of the course is to develop:

• An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental

principles and concepts of computer science, including:

abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data


• The ability to analyse problems in computational terms

through practical experience of solving such problems,

including writing programs to do so.

• The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically,

logically and critically.

• The capacity to see relationships between different aspects

of computer science.

• Mathematical and logical skills.

• The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social

(ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of

digital technology.

What skills will I gain from studying

Computer Science?

It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer

science works, stimulating curiosity and encouraging you to

engage with computer science in your everyday lives and to

make informed choices about further study or career choices.

The key features of Computer Science include:

• An emphasis on problem solving using computers.

• An emphasis on computer programming and algorithms.

• An emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express

computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/

logic and algorithm comparison

• Less emphasis on ICT.

Being amongst the most technologically educated population

will put you in a great position for many careers or further

fields of study.

What careers or further study would this

subject be suitable for?

Computer Science is suitable for students intending to pursue

any career in which an understanding of technology is

needed. It will provide students with a range of transferable

skills which will facilitate personal growth and has links in

areas such as maths, science and design and technology.

Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as

problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and

explored as students progress through the course.

What trips occur during the course?

Bletchley Park - the ‘birthplace’ of Computing

Do I need to have done GCSE Computer


It is not essential but we do require students to have achieved

a grade 6 in Mathematics or Computer Science (or equivalent


Can I take Computer Science just as an

AS Level?

Yes. An AS level qualification will give you a sound grounding

in the fundamentals of computing and programming


What subjects does Computing go well with?

Computing has traditional links to mathematics, physics,

chemistry and design technology but the skills gained will be

useful no matter what path you follow.

Staff delivering the course Mr Johnson.

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Examination Board: EdExcel

What topics are covered?

AS level:

Topic 1: Materials

Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials

Topic 3: Processes and techniques

Topic 4: Digital technologies

Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products

Topic 6: Effects of technological developments

Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment

A2 level:

Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries

Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner


Topic 10: Current legislation

Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and

forward planning

Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.

Principles of Design and Technology Topics 1-7 are common

topics to both AS and A level.

Why study product design at SGS?

In studying product design at SGS, students will benefit from

a range of highly experienced design staff that is able to offer

,them the experience of designing and making products to a

high commercial quality. All aspects of modern and traditional

technology are considered and it is envisaged that the students

will be able to make discerning choices as to which techniques

are fit for purpose. The broad range of knowledge that

students gather will enable them to critically evaluate designs

of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. This will give

them the skills to design and make their own products which

in every way are equal to or better than those which can be

purchased commercially

What skills can I gain from studying

product design?

In studying product design at Stafford Grammar School,

students will develop a clear understanding of design in

society and how in the creation process, aestheticism and

sustainability must be considered at all times. Students are

given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and

practical skills as well as considering social, moral, spiritual

and cultural values inherent in design and technology

activities. All aspects of designing and making are taught

which include such topics as; plastics fabrication, wood and

metal construction, computer graphic design, architectural

modelling, interior design, commercial packaging and


What career paths would this subject be

suitable for?

Product Design A level offers a vast range of career

opportunities which can include; architecture, commercial

product design, interior design and computer graphic design,

as well as film, television and theatre set design. What trips

occur during the course? Students regularly visit the Design

Museum, Victoria and Albert museum and the Design

Technology show at the NEC. Collaborative courses are run

with local universities and architectural visits to Barcelona and

Venice are planned.

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‘Developing an understanding to then produce an entirely original

piece of your own is highly rewarding… and lots of fun.’

Art & Design


Examination Board: AQA

Drama & Theatre Studies is one of the most varied, exciting and

challenging A Level subjects. You’ll develop skills and confidence

that will stand you in good stead whatever your career ambitions.

The Course

Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level allows students to study

the theoretical aspects of drama combined with a practical

application of skills through performance. The qualification

is designed to enable you to acquire a knowledge and

understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to

develop as an individual performer your analytical skills. You will

practically explore plays, create original pieces of theatre, analyse

your own work along with live productions in order to develop

your understanding of the social, historical and cultural context

of theatre.

Why choose Drama and Theatre Studies

The course is aimed at those who have a genuine interest

in theatre and the process by which theatre is made: the

progression a script goes through in its transfer from page

to stage; the roles of the director, actor and designer, and the

influence that various practitioners of theatre through history

have had on modern theatre practice. This is a demanding

subject that requires in depth research, attendance to live theatre

and critical and evaluative skills.

Personal Development

The communication and inter-personal skills acquired through

drama are becoming increasingly sought after by employers. The

skills you will build working with others are transferable to any

work or study context.

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Examination Board: AQA

What topics are covered?

The operation of markets and market failure.

-The national economy in a global context.

Why study Economics at SGS?

Enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable teaching staff.

Experience a completely different subject.

A very popular department.

Develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories

that affect everyday life.

Learn to think like an economist.

Economics is a real, relevant, valuable, respected and traditional


It combines very well with many other subjects, including

Mathematics, Geography, History, Science and Business.

Choosing Economics may open up a whole new world of

education and career possibilities that you did not even know


What skills will I gain from studying Economics?

An ability to analyse and evaluate decision making by

governments, businesses, households and consumers.

An ability to apply your understanding of Economics to aspects

of the recent performance of the UK, EU and world economy.

Develop a well informed opinion on the big issues that matter.

An ability to solve complex problems.

What career paths would Economics be

suitable for?

Funds manager


Banker, Retail/Investment/Commercial


Economic Advisor / Consultant



Financial Analyst


Environmental Planning

Economic Researcher


What trips are available?

Tutor2U revision workshops.

Do I need to have studied Business at GCSE?

No. The course is perfectly accessible to students with no formal

economic or business knowledge and understanding. However,

a grade 6 in GCSE English and a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics

would be an advantage.

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‘Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society

and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of

the tale, of the imagination and of the heart’.

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human. They tell one why it

matters to read.

Art & Design


Examination Board: AQA OCR

English Literature is a popular and constantly growing A-level

at SGS. It appeals to a diverse range of students, all with

differing interests and aspirations. The balance of the course

means that students are able to study modern texts along with

classics from the English literary heritage.

What topics are covered?

Year 1 (AS)

Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900

Students study a Shakespeare play such as The Tempest,

Richard III or Hamlet. In addition they will study poetry from

poets such as Coleridge or Rossetti.

Drama and prose post-1900

This unit will include the study of American drama including

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and an

introduction to modern gothic prose with Angela Carter’s The

Bloody Chamber.

Year 2 (A-level)

Shakespeare and Poetry and Drama pre-1900

Students will revise the Shakespeare play from Year 1 and

then compare the AS poetry text with a new drama text, such

as The Duchess of Malfi, She Stoops to Conquer, An Ideal

Husband or A Doll’s House

Comparative and Contextual Study – The Gothic

Students undertake a specialist study of the gothic genre,

through the study of set texts (Dracula, Frankenstein, The

Bloody Chamber and wider reading of other gothic fiction).

Literature post 1900 and post 2000 (non-exam assessment)

This unit enables students to compare the play from AS study

(A Streetcar Named Desire) with another modern text, such as

On Chesil Beach or Rebecca. They are also required to analyse

modern poetry.

Who should study English Literature?

People are at the centre of English Literature; if you want to

develop an understanding of humanity within and beyond

your own experience, then English Literature is for you. The

course will appeal to those who have an interest in reading a

wide variety of literature from the past and present; by both

British and American authors; who enjoy expressing their

opinions and developing independent ideas; who would

be stimulated by a subject which draws upon their own

experiences; and who want to keep their opinions open for

further study.

What skills will I gain studying English Literature?

Students of English Literature learn to express their

enthusiasm for novels, poems and plays in carefully crafted

prose of their own. You will learn to express your informed

personal opinions with maturity and sophistication. You will

also learn to engage with and debate critical material.

What career paths would this subject be suitable for?

English Literature combines well with many subjects. The

subject attracts students with career aspirations ranging from

medicine and business to law and journalism.

The course is delivered by all of the subject specialists within

our lively department.

We aim to bring the subject alive and to engage our students

by fostering within them the same enthusiasm for literature.

Pleased be advised that students wishing to study English

at A-level must choose either English Literature or English

Language and Literature combined. Both courses cannot

be taken.

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Examination Board: AQA

Why choose Geography at SGS?

Year 1 (AS)

Water and carbon cycles

The cycling of water has obvious and significant implications

for the health and prosperity of society. Carbon is everywhere:

in the oceans, in rocks and soils, in all forms of life and in our



The atmosphere and the lithosphere intermittently but regularly

present hazards to human populations, often in a dramatic and

sometimes catastrophic fashion.

Changing places

Place can be seen as a definite location. Place differs to the

abstract notion of space because places have meaning to people.

Space becomes place as we get to know it better.

Year 2 (A-level)

Glacial systems and landscapes

Glaciated landscapes are present even in the UK. Globally, glacial

erosion and deposition are altering our planet. Fragile cold

environments are being threatened and humans are unlikely to

adapt in time to this change.

Global systems and global governance

The global economy and society have altered significantly in

recent years as a result of the process of globalisation. There

are few subjects either as controversial or as in need of better

awareness than attempts to manage and govern human affairs on

a global scale.

Contemporary urban environments

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this more evident

than in urban areas. The future survival of cities depends on

sustainable growth and their ability to tackle the major issues.

What trips occur during the course?

Geographical skills and associated fieldwork are an essential part

of the course. In year 1 this is assessed in an examination worth

25% of the AS. In year 2 a 3000 word individual investigation

which must include data collected in the field is completed which

is worth 20% of the A level.

The department provides many opportunities which help to bring

the subject alive. Sixth form students have visited the Isle of Arran,

Jurassic Coast; London Olympic Park; Gnosall and Birmingham.

What career paths would Geography be suitable for?

Geographers are highly employable because they have the skills

of research, analysis and synthesis, can take a balanced view and

have been trained to apply their skills in real world situations.

Common career opportunities for geographers are in planning,

travel and tourism, the environment, housing management,

law, water supply, earth sciences, sustainable development,

oceanography and many, many more.

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Art HISTORY & Design

Examination Board: Board: AQA AQA

What topics are covered?

In Year 12, students undertake two units:

1E. Russia 1917 – 91: from Lenin to Yeltsin.

This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students

will learn about the key political, social and economic features

of communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century, an

era that saw its authority and influence rise to the status of a

superpower, only to diminish and decline later in the century.

Topics include:

• Communist government in the USSR, 1917–85: includes

establishing Communist party control under Lenin; the

elimination of opponents under Stalin, Khrushchev’s

attempts to reform the government; the return of stability

under Brezhnev and political stagnation, 1982-85.

• Industrial and agricultural change, 1917–85: including the

Five Year Plans for agriculture and industry.

• Control of the people, 1917–85: includes media,

propaganda and religion; the personality cults of Stalin,

Khrushchev and Brezhnev; the secret police: attacks on

opponents of the government; the state and cultural change.

• Social developments, 1917–85: includes women and the

family; education and young people

• What explains the fall of the USSR, c1985–91?

2E. 1: Mao’s China’s 1949-76

This option comprises a study in depth of the transformation of

communist China in the years 1949–76. The aftershocks of these

changes are still being felt today as China emerges as a great

economic and political power on the world stage. Students will gain

an in-depth understanding of the nature and extent of change in

this period, the effects of Mao Zedong’s policies on the lives of the

Chinese people, and Mao’s role in driving dramatic political, social

and economic changes.

Topics include:

• Establishing Communist Rule: includes China in 1949; the

emergence of the CCP; defeating opponents and China and

the Korean War.

• Agriculture and industry, 1949–65: including the Great

Famine and Mao’s Great Leap Forward.

• The Cultural Revolution and its aftermath 1966-76:

including the Red Guards and the Red Terror.

• Social and Cultural Changes 1949-76: including women

and the family; education and health; cultural change and

attacks on religion.

In Year 13, students undertake a third examined unit as well as

completing coursework, which is worth 20% of their overall mark at

A level.

They study:

34.1: Industrialisation and social change in Britain, 1759: 1928:

forging a new society.

This unit explore ways in which Britain changed from the mideighteenth

to the early twentieth century by looking at some of

the industrial inventions and innovations that changed the lives of

British men, women and children, alongside broader changes in the

workplace and the profound changes in attitudes to children and

childhood. Whilst mainly social and economic, this option also enables

students to explore the impact of key political events and legislation.

Topics include:

Changing patterns of adult work and working conditions; the world

of childhood; Josiah Wedgewood: china and canals, 1759 – 87;

Samuel Greg: cotton and cottages, 1784–1816; Isambard Kingdom

Brunel: railways and ships, 1833–59; John Kemp Starley: cycles,

cycling clubs and emancipation, 1885–1901 and Herbert Austin:

creating and adapting to market forces, 1905–28.

What trips occur during the course?

History students visit Keele University in the Upper Sixth to

learn about research methods and skills to assist them with their

coursework. We have also visited the Beth Shalom Holocuast

Centre in Nottingham where students have had the opportunity

to hear the testimony of a Holocaust survivor.

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Examination Board: OCR

What topics are Covered?

Performing – Composition – Historical Study (to include

Instrumental music of the Classical period, Jazz, Religious Music

of the Baroque period, Programme Music of the Romantic

period and innovations in Music (1900 to the present day.)

Why study music at SGS?

The A-Level course enables our pupils to study varied musical

genres in depth, whilst continuing to develop their performing

and composing skills. Studying music at Stafford Grammar School

also affords pupils the opportunity to be taught by one of our

experienced instrumental staff and competing in our annual

Music Festival. In addition to this pupils perform with our highly

respected ensembles that regularly perform in concerts in school,

around the county of Staffordshire and even on foreign tours.

What skills will I gain from studying the subject?

As all three components (performing, composing and historical

study) are assessed, it allows pupils to gain more experience in

their favourite discipline at a much deeper level and explore

areas of the subject that may have previously gone undiscovered

at GCSE. From harmonising melodies and writing for large

ensemble, to in-depth harmonic analysis and contextual

study, a variety of skills are developed. There is also a strong

emphasis on performance and pupils are expected to develop

their performance practice improving their stage presence and

awareness of period performance as much as their own technical


What career paths would this subject be suitable for?

Music A-Level is particularly suitable for those who wish to

go into Music performance, teaching or composing. It is also

suitable to therapists, dramatists and primary school teachers. It

should also be noted that Universities admire the skills that are

developed through studying music. The discipline, dedication

and ability to work as part of a team are skills which are beneficial

in all careers.

What trips occur during the course?

Sixth Form students have attended concerts including trips

to orchestral concerts, the Opera, and Musical Theatre. The

department also have strong links with professional orchestras

and theatres and often secure opportunities for students to “sit

in” on rehearsals or performances with musicians in professional

ensembles. The music department tours abroad biannually with

recent tours to France, Italy, Spain, Czech Rep. and Croatia.

Outside Guests and Speakers?

Our annual music festival is adjudicated by well known musicians

and over the last few years we have had Alan Thomas (Principal

Trumpet of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and

Julian Lloyd-Webber (International Cello Soloist). We also invite

professional musicians in to play with our A-Level musicians for

their recital (if appropriate) and give our pupils the invaluable

opportunity to do a mock examination with an OCR examiner

every year.

Frequently asked questions: What grade do I

need to be?

In order to access the upper marks in the Performance element

you need to perform to approximately Grade 7 standard.

Do I need to have done GCSE music?

Whilst it will be an advantage, it is not a necessity. If you have

considerable musical experience and have passed Grade 5 theory

of music you should cope with the demands of A-Level Music.

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Examination Board: OCR

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 Discrete. 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, which was introduced 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


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.

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“Mathematical ability is a very valuable asset – if you have some, make

the most of it! Mathematics is so important that it is the only subject with a

second A level, extending the standard A level in both breadth and depth.”


Examination Board: OCR

Further Mathematics is an opportunity for you to touch upon

some of the Mathematics sometimes studied in the first year

at University. You can access new areas of Mathematics which

you may never have heard of, such as imaginary numbers and

matrices, and obtain a qualification in a subject which most

people hold in awe.

How is the course structured and what will I


The course runs alongside the single Mathematics course and

is designed to complement the topics and skills you learn in the

single Mathematics course. You have to choose both Mathematics

and Further Mathematics as 2 of your AS Level options.

The new AS and A level course, planned for first teaching

in September 2017, provides a broader and wider range of

Mathematics than the single Mathematics course. As well as Pure

Mathematics, you will study 2 further modules from a choice of

Mechanics, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics and Additional Pure

Mathematics. The modules taken are chosen in the best interests

of the students taking part in the course that year and their

potential future direction of work or study.

AS examination is through three papers of equal length with

equal weighting: ‘Pure Core Mathematics’ and then 2 further

modules from the choices available.

The full A level course is examined through 4 papers with equal

weighting. ‘Pure Core 1’, ‘Pure Core 2’ and then 2 further

modules from the choices available.

Is this course suitable for me?

Students should thoroughly enjoy Mathematics if taking the

Further Mathematics course as 50% of their timetable will be in

this subject. There is a heavy workload of practice as this proves

to generate the best results. It allows a student to extend their

mathematical knowledge beyond the normal boundaries. The

work deals with new areas of Mathematics, rather than extending

current topics further.

Why should I study Further Mathematics?

An AS Level in Further Mathematics is undoubtedly an asset

when looking for Further Education courses in many areas,

including Sciences, Economics, Technology and Computing. An

A level in Further Mathematics is of great advantage if planning

to study Mathematics beyond Sixth Form. Study of this course

shows determination and perseverance, as well as traditionally

being associated with students of the highest academic calibre.

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French and German – Examination board: EDEXCEL

Staff delivering the courses:

FRENCH: Madame Weetman;

GERMAN: Frau Smith.

From September 2020 languages will be taught as a

full 2 year A-level course. There will no longer be the

opportunity to take languages as an AS. This has some

benefits for language students, as you have much longer to

prepare for your examination and are much more skilled

and much more prepared when you tackle your A-level



Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Translation into English

Paper 2 Two Essays one on a film and one on a book or

play as well as a translation into French or German

Paper 3 Speaking

Task 1 Students discuss one of the themes from year 1

and 2 using a stimulus card containing two different

statements. Students select one of the 2 statements to


Task 2, Part 1 independent research presentation Part 2

discussion of independent research.


Theme 1:

• Changes to family life.

• Education System

• World of Work.


Theme 3:

• Positive Impact of Immigration

on French society.

• Challenges of Immigration and


• Rise of the far right


Theme 1:

• Nature and the Environmental


• Education

• World of Work.


Theme 3:

• The positive effects of


• The challenges of immigration

and integration

• The public and social response to


Theme 2:

• Changes in music.

• Media and politics

• Festivals and Traditions

Theme 4:

• Occupation of France during

World War 2

• The Vichy Regime.

• The Resistance

Theme 2:

• Music

• Media

• Role of Festivals and Traditions

Theme 4:

• Society in East Germany before


• Events leading to reunification.

• Germany since reunification.

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“Will I really be able to speak French like that one day”

Year 7 pupil having witnessed a conversation between an

Upper Sixth student and a teacher.

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know

nothing of their own”


Why learn French? Why learn German? Everyone

speaks English!!

We have heard this so many times but we still cannot deny the fact

that there is a desperate need for Modern Linguists at all levels of

society. As such an A level language is a very valuable commodity

indeed. These days many university departments are short of

linguists – you will definitely be wanted! Many students who have

studied a language in the Sixth Form choose to continue their

language, either as a qualification in its own right, or as part of a

degree course in another subject e.g.: Business plus a language, or

a Science subject with a language, allowing you the opportunity to

study for a year abroad.

There are many varied career paths for a language student within

education, business, the civil service, law, journalism. (A former

Stafford Grammar School linguist was offered the opportunity to

work for the British intelligence and security agency GCHQ as a

translator). The attractions of being able to work abroad are also a

strong incentive; a modern language definitely looks good on your


What skills will I gain by studying a language at

Stafford Grammar School?

Besides refining your GCSE language skills you will develop your

debating and discussion skills and will be able to tackle topics

relevant to the life of a young adult today. Lesson activities will

include sharing ideas, having debates, listening to and reading texts

followed by discussion, language manipulation, presentations etc.

Students are encouraged to watch foreign language films both for

pleasure and as part of the course.

Students embarking on a post-16 language course will be

encouraged to visit the relevant country during the course. The

department also encourages visits to lectures and seminars offered

by organisations such as the Gœthe Institut and French and

German departments of local universities.


The speaking test terrifies me. Is it really difficult?

The Speaking test at A-Level currently takes only 15 minutes –

hardly any longer than at GCSE – and is conducted by your own

teacher. You will know well in advance what to expect and will be

able to prepare yourself thoroughly. It is a scary experience, yes,

but we try to make it as stress-free as possible!

Do I have to speak French/German all the time?

We do try to conduct the lessons using a significant amount of the

target language, but you will be taught the language you need to

ask for help and we will constantly check that you understand what

is going on and explain if you don’t.

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“Be a free thinker and don’t accept everything you hear

as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.”

Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE)


Examination Board: AQA

What is Philosophy?

Quite literally, the term “philosophy” means, “love of wisdom.”

Philosophy, then, is about seeking to understand the fundamental

truths about ourselves, the world in which we live, and our

relationship to the world and to each other. Those who study

philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking, answering, and

arguing, in an attempt to find answers to life’s most basic questions.

Why study Philosophy?

Students who learn philosophy get a great many benefits from

doing so. The tools taught by philosophy are of great use in

further education, and in employment. Despite the seemingly

abstract nature of the questions philosophers ask, the tools

philosophy teaches tend to be highly sought-after by employers.

Philosophy students learn how to write clearly, and to read

closely, with a critical eye; they are taught to spot bad reasoning,

and how to avoid it in their writing and in their work.

What topics are covered in Year 12?

All students will be expected to sit the AS paper towards the end

of their first year. The paper (3 hours) consists of two sections:

• Section A – Epistemology: Epistemology is concerned with

the theory of knowledge. It starts off with the question

“What is knowledge?”, moving on to looking at how

we acquire knowledge, the problem of relying on our

perception of the world, comparing this to the use of reason

and the limits of what actually might be knowable.

• Section B - Moral philosophy: Moral philosophy, or ethics,

looks at how we determine what is right and wrong.

The course critically looks at three ethical frameworks;

Utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics and Aristotelian

virtue ethics. The course also covers Meta-ethics which deals

with ethical language and what we actually mean when we

use the terms “right” and “wrong”.

What topics are covered in Year 13?

Students going on to study the A level qualification will have

needed to have covered all the work in Year 12 for the AS course.

This forms the bases for the first of two papers (both 3 hours). In

the second year of their A level studies they will cover two further

units of work which is assessed on their second paper:

• Section A: Metaphysics of God: Metaphysics deals with

abstract ideas and concepts. The question of God’s existence

is one which philosophers have been wrestling with for

thousands of years. The course critically looks at three

traditional arguments for the existence of God: Ontological,

Teleological and Cosmological. Students then go on to

examine whether or not the proposition of God’s existence

is incoherent especially with regards to the problem of evil

in the world.

• Section B: Metaphysics of mind: Philosophers have always

been interested in human consciousness. It has raised questions

about where consciousness come from and what makes

humans unique. The course looks at how traditional dualism,

physicalism and functionalism treat the mind-body problem.

What subjects at GCSE do I need for the course?

The course is perfectly accessible to all students. However, since

it is a written examination, a grade 6 or higher in GCSE English

would be advantageous.

What is Philosophy suitable for?

Philosophy has many applications and is sought after by many

academic courses. Philosophy continues to be a popular course

at degree level at university. Many students are attracted to

doing PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) especially if they

are interested in pursuing a career in politics. People who do

philosophy find themselves in a variety of work; from business to

entertainment. Philosophy is useful for those who are thinking

about furthering their studies in either science and technology or

the arts.

“The un-examined life is not worth living.” Socrates (470 – 399 BCE)

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Examination Board: OCR Specification A

What topics are studied?

After an introductory module which sets up the mathematical

and practical skills needed, we study:

Forces & Motion, Electricity, Light and Waves in the first year,

forming the AS qualification;

Fields, Particles, Astrophysics and Medical Physics in the second

year, completing the A level.

Practical work is continually assessed, and forms part of the full A

level qualification. There is no practical examination.

Will I cope?

A lot of the work is based on familiar GCSE material, but goes

beyond GCSE level to give you a more complete understanding.

Some new topics are covered such as Quantum Physics, giving

a glimpse of the limits of what is possible to know about the

Universe. The second year stretches you further, ranging from

the unimaginably small world of subatomic particles to the very

edges of space and time.

There is plenty of practical work throughout the course.

Theoretical Physics must always be tested by experiment, and

we teach you to design, carry out and evaluate experiments that

reveal more about the way the world works. We believe that this

practical emphasis makes studying Physics here an interesting

and enjoyable experience. Our laboratories are modern and very


What about the maths?

A level Mathematics is not necessary to study A level Physics.

Certainly Physics is a mathematical subject and we need to do

calculations. However, the vast majority of the mathematics

needed is GCSE level, so as long as you achieved a good grade

at GCSE Mathematics, it won’t be a problem. In the second year

you need a bit extra, but we teach that as part of the course.

Both of our fully qualified Physics teachers have also taught

Mathematics previously.

Why should I study Physics?

Physics is a fascinating subject and gives you a better

understanding of the laws which govern our Universe. It is

Science’s last word in the quest to know ‘Why?’, and takes us

to the edge of knowledge, and the border with Philosophy.

Many Arts and Humanities students take Physics to broaden

their studies for this reason. Students of the other Sciences and

Mathematics find that Physics complements their subject areas

as well.

Physics develops a logical and analytical way of thinking which is

valued by many professions such as Economics, Law, Medicine,

Management and Engineering. You will develop a clear, precise

and considered communication style which will find wide


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Examination Board: EDEXCEL

Why study Politics at SGS?

Politics is a living, breathing subject and in light of the Scottish

referendum, the Brexit campaign and divisions within the

Labour and Conservative parties, there has never been a

better time to study Politics at A level! Politics offers students

the opportunity to understand the events happening around

you by studying people, politics and participation and the

governance of modern Britain and through debate, discussion

and disagreement you will shape your own views and opinions

of the modern political landscape and your place within it. A

level Politics offers transferable skills such as analytical and

evaluative skills and the ability to select relevant material and

construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently.

Such skills complement a wide range of A levels, particularly

subjects such as Economics, History, Business and English.

In fact, Politics complements most subjects because of its

immediate relevance and focus on current affairs.

What topics are covered?

At AS Level students will gain a broad understanding of the

history and development of government and politics in the

UK in order to understand in detail contemporary politics in

the UK. Topics include: the nature and sources of the British

constitution; the structure and role of Parliament; the Prime

Minister and Cabinet; the origins, ideas and development of

the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties; the

role of pressure groups and the European Union.

In the second year of the A Level students look beyond

Britain in their study of the politics of the USA. They examine

US elections, the policies of the Democrat and Republican

parties, US pressure groups, racial and ethnic politics, as

well as exploring the Constitution of the USA, the Congress,

the presidency and the Supreme Court. They also compare

different political ideas, examining the core ideologies of

Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism and one other.

What qualifications do I need to study

Politics at A level?

A good standard of English is important, but the main

qualification is curiosity about how society works, and an

interest in current affairs. To get the most out of the subject

you will need to keep up to date with current events through

newspapers, TV, radio and the internet. Students must learn to

question the accuracy of all the information they are presented

with, whether in class, Parliament or in any form of media.

What career paths would this subject be

suitable for?

Well regarded by universities, Politics A- Level can lead directly

to single subject degrees in Politics or International Relations,

and to a wide variety of combined courses. The knowledge

and skills you gain will prepare you for a wide range of

careers, including journalism and the media, the law, the

home and diplomatic civil service, local government, business

management, political research and working in the charity and

voluntary sectors.


Students attend the A Level Politics Student Conference in

London, where past speakers have included John Bercow, Sir

Keir Starmer, Kenneth Clarke, Nigel Farage, Anna Soubry,

Chukka Umunna and Jacob Rees Mogg, to name but a

few. L6th students also visit the Houses of Parliament for a

guided tour and to meet their local MP. In April 2019, we

went on a five day visit to Washington DC, a visit designed to

complement the US Politics unit studied in the U6th.

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Examination Board: AQA

What topics are covered?


1. Social influence

2. Memory

3. Attachment

4. Psychopathology

(all assessed in Paper 1)

5. Approaches in

6. Biopsychology

7. Research Methods (all

assessed in Paper 2)

8. Issues & Debates in

Why do Psychology at SGS?

Think! Who are you? What makes you and others tick? Who

are you going to be? Psychology is the subject that can teach

you how to investigate these questions and open your mind to a

whole spectrum of ideas. Psychology is the science of mind and


At SGS small class sizes means plenty of discussion time, reflection

and tailored feedback to enable you to develop valuable skills that

are transferable across all other subject areas.

What skills will I gain doing Psychology?

Studying Psychology is very useful in helping you to understand

not only how your own mind works but also how this impacts on

the functioning of others.

Psychology can explain how you learn and how to improve your

memory. This will make you a much more effective student.

You will also get a thorough grounding in scientific analysis

and evaluation, opportunities to strengthen your application of

mathematical statistics to the real world, whilst learning about

different ‘levels of explanation’.

Option 1: choice of

1. Relationships

2. Gender

3. Cognition & Development

Option 2: choice of

4. Schizophrenia

5. Eating behaviour

6. Stress

Option 3: choice of

7. Aggression

8. Forensic Psychology

9. Addiction

(8 + 3 options assessed in Paper3)

What career paths would this be a suitable subject for?

Psychology is an invaluable subject for anyone. It is especially

useful for those wishing to go into teaching, management or

business in general and also for those who may like to pursue

a career in the health, social care or criminal justice sectors.

Psychology is the best preparation for anyone wishing to work with

people. More specifically you need the subject for the applied areas

of Clinical Psychology, any of the therapies (e.g. psychoanalysis,

CBT, counselling), Forensic Psychology, Law, Human Resources,

Educational Psychology, Sport and Motivational Psychology etc...

What trips are available?

There will be the opportunity for students to attend revision

seminars, to help further develop their Psychological

understanding and skills, attended by speakers specialising in the

examinations. There will also be the opportunity to attend an

annual Psychology A-level conference in London that will include

well-known and respected Psychologists lecturing in the relevant

topic areas that students will be studying.


Psychology is a demanding subject that requires students to be

able to draw on a wide range of abilities but at the same time it

will also complement any other A-level subject chosen. Places

at undergraduate level at university are often competitive due

to Psychology remaining a continuously growing and evolving

subject. You need a keen interest and desire to understand how

the human mind works and you must be prepared to dedicate

time and effort to the learning of, for many, a brand new subject

with very little prior knowledge of the content. You do not need

to have studied Psychology at GCSE in order to study it at A-level.

It is however, advantageous to have a good grade at GCSE for

Mathematics (at least grade B) and an understanding of Biology

would also prove useful.

A willingness to evaluate theories and analyse data is essential, but

most importantly is the desire to understand the behaviour and

basic mechanics of the human mind and its evolution.

Psychology is both valuable and captivating!

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Examination Board: AQA

What topics are covered?

The Sports Studies specification contains: applied anatomy and

exercise physiology, biomechanical principles, skill acquisition,

sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in

sport. There is a practical element to the course where students

are assessed in one activity in a fully competitive context in the

role of performer or coach.

Students also analyse their own practical performance and

formulate methods to improve this.

Why do the subject at Stafford Grammar School?

• Thriving physical education department - the polyathlon

provides an inter house sporting competition involving all year

groups in a variety of sports. Sport is played to a high level

against other independent schools in a wide range of sports.

• The elite sports programme which caters for our County,

Regional and National athletes.

• To supplement our success in District, County, Regional and

National competitions.

What career paths would this be suitable for?

Professional sportsman/sportswoman

A career in the leisure industry (the biggest developing industry

in the world)

• Teacher/Lecturer

• Personal Trainer

• Fitness Instruction and Training

• Fitness Management

• Leisure Management

• Physiotherapy

• Sports Coaching and Instruction

• Sports Development

• Business Management

• Physical Training Instructor

• Excellent teaching staff - excellent knowledge and skill base.

• Superb record in GCSE and A level examinations using

existing sporting skills in the practical aspect of the course.

What skills will I gain doing Sports Studies?

Developing coaching and management skills.

Understanding in-depth physiology to enable you to create

a physical training programme to improve both aerobic and

anaerobic performance.

Analysis of basic and elite performance to improve your own and

others sporting technique.

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