Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 3 ART & DESIGN (AQA specification) Leader of Learning: Mr D Questa A Level - FINE ART or ARTTEXTILES This is a 2 year A Level course where students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of art media, processes and techniques dependent on their chosen specialism. Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design specialisms. Students’ responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions as well as an understanding and an application of artistic processes such as the use of line, tone, form and colour. Year 12 Component 1 Introductory Project/ Portfolio Candidates produce a portfolio of work based upon a theme set by the department. The focus is on developing work which shows the exploration, research and acquisition of techniques and skills in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and ICT.Work should also include evidence of students’ ability to research and develop ideas and to link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical / contextual materials. Method of Assessment Set and marked by the centre.This first unit forms an introduction to the A Level course where students develop their skills, experiment with processes and develop their ideas. Year 13 Component 1 - Personal Investigation Candidates are required to conduct a ‘personal investigation’ based on an idea, issue, concept or theme of the student’s own choice.This is predominantly a practical project comprising experimentation and development towards a final outcome or outcomes. It will be supported by written material documenting the student’s research into their chosen theme and to relevant contextual sources such as the work of other artists. (1000 – 3000 words). Method of Assessment All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre. Coursework: 96 marks;Weighting 60% of total A Level marks. Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment For this unit students select one question from a range of starting points set by AQA.They have a preparatory period to plan and prepare their response. Preparatory period from 1st February. Supervised time - 15 hours In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or outcomes informed by the preparatory work. All work must be submitted at the end of the controlled assessment time. Method of Assessment All the work for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by a visit to the centre. Externally Set Assignment: 96 marks;Weighting 40% of total A Level marks. BIOLOGY (OCR AS Biology Specification A) Curriculum Leader: Mrs J Briggs Year 12 AS Module 1: Development of practical skills Practicals carried out contribute to the ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification awarded at the end of Year 13. Module 2: Foundations in Biology Biological molecules and cells. Module 3: Exchange and transport Transport systems and exchange surfaces in plants and animals. Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease Classification, biodiversity and ecology, communicable disease and immunity. Year 12 Assessment Paper 1 ‘Breadth’ and Paper 2 ‘Depth’ (both 1 ½ hr). Year 13 A2 Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy Nervous system, hormonal control, the liver and kidney, plant responses, photosynthesis and respiration. Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems Genetics, inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability. Year 13 Assessment Paper 1: Biological processes (Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5) 2hrs 15mins, 37%. Paper 2: Biological diversity (Modules 1, 2, 4, 6) 2hrs 15 mins, 37%. Paper 3: Unified Biology (Modules 1-6) 1hr 30mins, 26%. CPAC “Practical Endorsement” (Practical skills internally assessed). Please note – if you are studying A Level Biology and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option.