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Course Information

Please use the presentations below, alongside the Course Information Booklet, to find our more about the Sixth Form courses offered at Little Heath School.

COURSE INFORMATION BOOKLET

THE ARTS

Art

 

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Drama

 

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Music

 

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Music Technology

 

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Film & Media

 

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I have always enjoyed consuming forms of media and studying film means I can transfer film from a hobby to an art form. My favourite unit while studying film has been looking at global film; this introduced me to a new form of cinema. Studying film is mostly enjoyable because the teachers love to teach the subject which creates a fantastic classroom environment.

Mason, Year 13 student of Film

BUSINESS AND IT

Business A Level

 

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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Business

 

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Personally, the idea of learning about business in the real world was an insightful opportunity to help pave my way to part time employment and the awareness of different opportunities after education in the business sector. Studying this as a double subject at A level allows me to combine my passion for business I grasped from GCSE as well as a want of taking a subject which allowed me to complete the combination of coursework and exams. The teachers’ enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge about the course helped me enjoy and grow in my final years of education.

Thomas, Year 13 student of Business (Cambridge Technical Diploma)

Economics

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Economics is a social science which looks at how limited resources are allocated when there are unlimited consumer wants and needs. When studying this subject, you will soon realise that economics affects our lives because we are decision making all the time. I find the macroeconomics branch very interesting as you get to learn about how governments and national banks operate globally. If you are considering a career in the business/finance sector, then I would highly recommend this subject!

Zarah, Year 13 student of Economics 

Computer Science

 

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To me computer science is the mechanics of the modern era. By studying this A level, I am not only learning how computers run and work but also why they work and are useful. The combination of learning about the materialistic and bodiless components is a complex advancement from GCSE. My teachers add a considerable amount of enjoyment to the subject because of the way they teach the subject. I enjoy computer science because it is the coming of the new world/way of life. After sixth form I plan to carry on my studies in this subject by learning software development so I can therefore make life easier for anyone who decides to use my software. 

Ben, Year 12 student of Computer Science 

Computer science is an amazing topic for me as it’s fascinating how such a small piece of equipment can do so many things. What I love about doing it for A levels is that you can go into even more depth than what we did for GCSE. What I also love about computer science is that you don’t have to have been amazing at it in GCSE to do it for A levels (some people in my class don’t have a computer science GCSE), as you get to consolidate what you’ve done, before doing something new. I think my teacher has been really good at supporting all of us depending on which levels we are at and it also helps that the classes are smaller.

Safya, Year 12 Student of Computer Science

Level 3 Cambridge Technical IT

 

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I feel by taking IT Cambridge Technical it will be beneficial to whatever career path that I choose to do.  By studying this course, I am getting a more in depth understanding of computers and it can help me use IT in all platforms through life. I find Unit 2: Global Information the most interesting, so far learning about how different information is stored and in what format is best for different types of data. A-levels are different and better compared to GCSE as you can get a more in depth understanding on a subject that you enjoy.

Annabelle, Year 12 student of IT (Cambridge Technical) 

ENGLISH

English Language

 

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English Literature

 

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Studying English Literature has been really enjoyable because we can craft personal, creative pieces of writing, in relation to literary texts about social and political protest. This is a fascinating genre where I have learnt about the struggles people have endured globally for their freedom. Our teachers are passionate about English Literature and provide engaging class discussions. I am looking forward to learning more about English Literature over the coming years.

Natasha, Year 12 student of English Literature 

HUMANITIES

Geography

 

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History

 

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I chose history at A level as I enjoyed learning it at GCSE. A level has elevated that enjoyment even more, with more interesting topics and engaging lessons. My favourite topic is Russia and its rulers as it’s a turning point in history that has impacted so much of the world. This subject has inspired me to learn more about history outside of school, attending lectures with some of my classmates to enrich my knowledge of the subject. The teachers of A level history teach areas that they specialise in and their passion for the topics makes the lessons very enjoyable.

Bradley, Year 13 student of History

Studying history enables us to understand and learn about the rich past of the world. By studying this A Level, I am able to develop my analytical and writing skills, both of which will be immensely helpful in later life. My favourite topic is Russia, as we look at the Tsars and the revolutions that caused a change in regime. My teachers’ enthusiasm makes me really look forward to their lessons, and they’ve inspired me to pursue history in further education, by doing a History and Politics degree.

Emma, Year 13 student of History 

For my A levels I am doing Politics, History and English Language.  I am aspiring to study law at university and become a barrister. History is really fascinating and the topics we cover are engaging and very enjoyable. The learning in lessons and having more class discussion is great; the teachers are passionate about their topic, making the whole experience really fun.  The class work is detailed, allowing you to cover the great back stories that weren’t taught in GCSE. Furthermore, we are bought into a greater world of understanding, which brings the whole thing to life.

Hope, Year 12 student of History 

Politics

 

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Politics is a wonderful course that I’m so glad to have taken. The teachers are absolutely amazing, making each lesson supremely interesting and engaging. I’ve learnt so many concepts that have not only aided in the study, but my life outside of school – for example, the examination of world politics has allowed me to really engage in the world of today, and form my own opinions on matters. The best thing about politics is that it is an ever changing study – especially in the last year, we’ve been able to see politics in action, something you cannot say about every class.

Michael, Year 13 student of Politics 

Politics is fascinating because it is a subject we see in the news every day. One of my favourite things about it is that we can use present examples to support our arguments in essays, which is a refreshing chance to include knowledge from outside the specification. My favourite topic is global governance, as we learn about institutions such as the EU, UN and NATO. My teachers’ passion for the subject makes it a pleasure to study, so much so that I am applying for a degree in History and Politics.

Emma, Year 13 student of Politics  

Philosophy 

 

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Most people know philosophy for being the study of ethics, but the studies of knowledge are extremely interesting – even leading me to reconsider many things I believed to know innately. For example, the very unclear definition of what we would class as knowledge. As the first thing studied in philosophy, it is a perfect introduction into a course, leaving me excited for the rest of the A Level. I’m loving every single lesson, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Michael, Year 13 student of Philosophy

Philosophy is, at its core, a subject about analysis and argument and provides useful skills for the real world. Studying philosophy has inspired me to go on and aim to study political philosophy as university.

Mason, Year 13 student of Philosophy 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
 

 

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Studying a language at A Level doesn’t just simply give you a new language, but also communication and analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of a culture outside of the UK. German A level is different from GCSE as there is less of a focus on yourself, but instead we learn about life in Germany. We cover up-to-date topics such as immigration and youth culture. We also study a book and a film which allows us to improve our reading skills and understanding of the history of the country. The teachers are enthusiastic and genuinely want us to do well and will use different teaching strategies in the lesson to appeal to different learning styles. It is because of these reasons and the great MFL department that taking a language at A level is worth it.

Hannah, Year 13 student of German 

I believe that modern foreign languages are a really important part of the modern world as technology has evolved so rapidly allowing us to communicate with people all around the world. As a foreign speaker myself, I still find the lessons so fun and engaging. Moreover, learning about the history and culture of the subject is also super interesting, as well as getting the chance to study a book and movie in the certain language as well. The amazing thing about languages at Little Heath is that the sizes of the classes tend to be very small, allowing you to really engage with your teacher and the whole class to all help each other get better. Equally, if you do take a language it can open the doors to so many opportunities in the future after your A levels and beyond.

Claudia, Year 12 student of Modern Foreign Languages 

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics

 

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Studying maths at A Level has been fascinating. Not only do you learn a variety of interesting topics, but you also become familiar with how to go about solving problems in a logical way. My favourite topic we have done so far is proofs, because it’s less about the numbers involved and more about figuring out what you need to do and how you can manipulate the numbers to do it which, although challenging, I find incredibly fun.

Joe, Year 13 student of Mathematics 

The main thing that I enjoy about A level Maths is the new added level of complexity, which is perfect for those who love a challenge as it makes for some really engaging lessons in class with our brilliant A level Maths teachers. During GCSE, I always felt like I was fairly good at maths, so taking it as an A Level was an easy choice, but whether you feel like you’re a Maths person or not, taking it as an A Level is always a good choice since it is relevant to everything in one way or another!

Mustafa, Year 13 student of Mathematics 

Mathematics is the basis of a lot of how the world operates. Studying it at A Level has shown me just how much it is used for almost everything. At GCSE, mathematics was almost entirely pure mathematics (topics such as geometry and trigonometry), whereas at A Level we also study statistics and mechanics. Mathematics has also recently helped me with developing a video game, as I had to use vectors to calculate which direction to move objects. The teachers are very passionate about the subject and offer a lot of support with any issues you have with work.

Isaac, Year 13 student of Mathematics 

Further Mathematics

 

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SCIENCES

Biology

 

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Biology is more than just learning about the human body. It is learning the complexities and discovering every role involved to help us and other organisms survive. At first when I began A level biology, I was stunned by the amount of work I had in comparison to GCSE. Even though this educational shift was challenging, the teachers involved provided continuous assistance and encouragement which is what drove me to continue my course. With the knowledge and interests I have gained from biology, I have decided to study cardiac physiology in uni.

Annalisa, Year 13 student of Biology 

Chemistry

 

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I’m going to start off with the truth; there is a big jump from GCSE to A Level Chemistry. You start to discover things you thought never existed. How intriguing it is, though, to discover and understand the depth of chemistry. For example what’s in a medicine. Chemistry enhances your abilities, particularly with calculations, to understand complex problems and thinking critically. I find the practical side of chemistry to be the most fascinating, since it helps you to actually apply your chemistry knowledge. You go through a lot of practicals, probably over 30 but it’s beneficial as it helps with your dexterity skills. Doing A Level Chemistry also unlocks a wide range of courses to study in your further education (especially in the health field). Finally, the chemistry teachers at Little Health School are amazing, not only do they teach the content, they also invest their time to provide additional support outside of school hours just to help you achieve the best grade.

Hilary, Year 13 student of Chemistry 

Physics

 

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I would highly recommend Physics because the subject will give a better understanding of how the world works around us, from energy to space, to time and matter. There is no doubt this subject is challenging, but I feel supported and inspired as the teachers do their best to explain things in a simplified manner and make the lessons fun and interesting. In the end, it’s a rewarding qualification to attain, as you get to strengthen your mathematical and logical skills, which is useful for any industry you enter.

Zarah, Year 13 student of Physics 

BTEC Science

 

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BTEC Health & Social Care

 

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Health and Social Care is a great subject to study as it can be used in all types of careers and can lead to many opportunities. So far, my favourite unit has been Unit 1 which is about the human lifespan development and I find it interesting because we study the psychological and sociological effects on a person's life through their different ages. The subject has inspired me to work in mental health care so I can support and care for more young people with mental health illnesses. I am looking forward to continuing this subject and further study in Health and Social Care.

Olivia, Year 12 student of Health and Social Care

Psychology

 

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There is a reason why Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study at A level. It seems almost trivial to put it down to the fascination of its topics, but that’s precisely where the enjoyment comes from. Have you ever questioned the reasons we conform to social norms? Or how to profile criminals? Or even how to get over your deepest phobias? By studying psychology, you are delving into detail about the way society works, while opening up many career opportunities due to its wide range of knowledge.

Katie, Year 13 student of Psychology 

Psychology not only explains human behaviour, but also the causes of it. It allows us to understand large historical events and gives answers to questions such as: why did so many Nazis obey Hitler when they knew what they were doing was wrong? The teachers are passionate about their subject and explain how best to approach exam questions. The exam consists of varying question lengths, from multiple choice questions to long essay style 16 markers, so be prepared to write a lot! The topic of Relationships allowed us to explain the factors affecting attraction and how a relationship can be maintained. The course has many case studies which help us to deepen our knowledge of what we are learning. All of this makes Psychology a very interesting subject to study.

Hannah, Year 13 student of Psychology

SPORT

BTEC Sport

 

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PE

 

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A Level PE is more theory based than practical in comparison to GCSE. I enjoy taking PE especially the psychological factors affecting performance as I can relate this to my chosen sport of cricket. It goes into a lot more depth about certain topics, but most of what you learn in GCSE you build on at A Level. The teachers make it enjoyable by linking what we are learning to our sports to understand it. After A Level I am considering going to University and potentially becoming a PE teacher.

Lauren, Year 12 student of PE 

TECHNOLOGY

Food & Nutrition

 

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