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JC6 has had a 100% pass rate in 23 subjects for four years running

 

Applied Science

BTEC Applied Science is a vocational Science course focused on developing the knowledge and practical skills required by people working in a range of scientific fields.

A multi-discipline subject covering elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you’ll gain extensive, hands-on experience of the current applications of science by learning laboratory techniques and investigation alongside studying scientific theory.

You can choose Applied Science as a one-year full-time course (Certificate) or a full two-year programme (Extended certificate) complementing many other Level 3 qualifications. Applied Science supports progression to higher education, to an apprenticeship or employment.

Assessment: Coursework and examinations in Y12 and Y13.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5/5 in combined science or 5 in 2 separate science subjects; 5 in Mathematics; 5 in English is an advantage.

Art

A Level Art is a practical, creative subject, which enables you to use a wide range of artistic techniques and develop your own creativity. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with a range of resources, media and materials, ultimately building a broad portfolio of work which can be used for interviews.

Art and Photography share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style.

Assessment: Coursework portfolio and an end of course examination.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus Merit at Art Level 2 or 5 for GCSE. Please note, if you’ve not studied Art at Level 2 you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your interest and skills.

Biology

A Level Biology focuses on the detailed study of living things in the world around us. Biology students consider controversial scientific issues and look at how science contributes to our economy and our society.

Biology combines well with other science subjects, as well as social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology. It is an important qualification for careers in science, including medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy.

JC6 has had a 100% pass rate in 23 subjects for four years running.
With an average of 54% of students securing top A* to B grades in Biology.

Assessment: End of course examinations, and ongoing assessed practicals.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 6/6 in higher tier Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Biology. GCSE Maths grade 5.

Business

The A Level Business course introduces students to the world of commerce and entrepreneurship. Students will explore marketing, operations, human resources, finance and leadership in the context of real business situations.

The course prepares students for university courses such as business, management, law, accountancy, economics and marketing, as well as equipping students with the skills and knowledge to start up their own business.

Assessment: Three two hour synoptic written exams taken at the end of the two year course.

Subject Entry: Minimum of 5 in GCSE Business if taken; 5 or above in GCSE English.

Chemistry

A Level Chemistry is a challenging subject that requires a variety of skills. You’ll develop analytical techniques, discover what is in a chemical, and try out industrial processes. Some topics build on GCSE work, some are completely new.

The course covers: Physical Chemistry – kinetics and thermodynamics; Inorganic Chemistry - the elements and how they react; and Organic Chemistry – carbon and the molecules made from carbon.

Chemistry combines well with Maths and other science subjects requiring similar logical thinking skills and problem solving approaches. It’s an essential qualification for anyone wanting to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

Assessment: End of course examinations, and ongoing assessed practicals.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 6/6 in higher tier Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Chemistry. GCSE Maths grade 6.

Computer Science

Computer Science is a practical subject, where you’ll apply academic principles learned in the classroom to real world computer systems. It is a creative subject that combines invention and excitement.

You’ll focus on programming and extend your computational thinking and develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

Computing works well with other logical and mathematical subjects, including sciences, Business and Economics.

It is an invaluable qualification for careers and university courses in the expanding world of IT, providing students with the IT and analytical skills valued by a wide range of employers and universities.

Assessment: is by end of year exams and a coursework task in year 13.

Subject entry: GCSE Maths at 6 or above, GCSE Computer Science at 5 or above if taken.

Criminology

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology is a qualification which combines elements of Psychology, Law and Sociology. It aims to explore all aspects of our contemporary criminal justice system: criminological theories both contemporary and historical, the processual stages from the crime scene to court room, plus wider issues of the way society as a whole approaches crime and punishment, and how this has changed, and indeed is constantly changing.

Students will be encouraged to think critically, to engage in problem solving exercises, and to apply their skills and knowledge to practical criminal scenarios. The course is suited to students with enquiring minds and a willingness to study and think independently.

Assessment: Examination and teacher marked assessments in Year 12 and Year 13.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in GCSE English.

Drama and Theatre 

A Level Drama and Theatre is a fantastic opportunity to develop performance, designer and directorial skills as well as developing an understanding of the theatre and the theory which underpins staging a play. You will be working collaboratively and practically putting theory into practice as you work towards performance or stage design projects. This course provides a balance of practical performing and reading, analysing and acting from recognised texts.

A Level Drama and Theatre offers an engaging and challenging route for anyone wanting to study performance at university or college as well as opportunities to develop invaluable skills in communication, collaboration and confidence for any future career or course of study.

On average, 83% of Drama students achieve top A* to B grades at JC6. 

Assessment: End of course written examination and school-based practical assessments.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements. A GCSE qualification for Drama is preferable, but not essential.

Economics

A Level Economics is a social science that looks at the economy and its effects on the wider social environment. Studying Economics will enable you to develop enquiring, critical and evaluative opinions about economic issues in the UK and the global economy. You’ll look at the economic forces that affect our lives: employment, prices, international trade and poverty.

Economists are often in healthy debate with each other and it is these discussions which make Economics lively and interesting, encouraging you to make your own judgements and form your own opinions. Economics links well with other social science and humanities subjects. It is a useful qualification for future careers or study in finance, business, management.

On average, 65% of Economics students achieve top A* to B grades at JC6.

Assessment: Three two hour synoptic written exams taken at the end of the two year course.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in GCSE English and 6 in GCSE Maths.

Engineering

BTEC Engineering is a skills-based course, which will challenge you to design for real-world scenarios and applications. You will explore how Engineering impacts on our world today.

The course is designed to enhance your understanding of engineering practices, applications and working routines within the industry. Engineering works well with any Sixth Form Science or Maths course to prepare you for Engineering courses at University or competitive higher level apprenticeships. Its blend of theory and project-based learning means Engineering also combines well with other BTEC courses.

Our students benefit from the use of unrivalled facilities, including computer suites, laser cutter, woodwork and metal work machinery.

Assessment: Exams in Engineering principles and Engineering design; plus six coursework tasks.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in a Science subject. 6 in GCSE Maths is preferred, 5 is essential.

English Language

A Level English Language takes you on a journey, from learning how we acquire language in infancy, to exploring how we use language as adults. You’ll discover how factors such as gender and age impact on our language choices, studying how we speak and write in a wide variety of contexts.

You will become confident at analysing all the finer details of written and spoken texts and have a deeper understanding of how writers and editors use language to communicate. English Language sets you up for any career that involves written communication and a confident grasp of the English language.

Assessment: End of course examinations and an independent coursework investigation.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in GCSE English Language AND Literature.

English Literature

If you love reading and analysing a range of literary texts, A Level English Literature is for you. You’ll be taken on an historical literary journey, examining texts from the Middle Ages to the Elizabethan period, from a Victorian novel to texts written in the 21st century.

You’ll explore connections across these literary texts, examine the contexts in which they were written and respond critically and creatively to their themes and ideas.

A ‘facilitating’ subject, favoured by universities for a range of degree courses, English Literature is an important choice for careers in journalism, teaching, public relations, publishing, law and more.

Assessment: End of course examinations and one coursework task.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in GCSE English Language AND
Literature.

Geography

A Level Geography engages you with the world around you: you’ll consider water and carbon cycles, hot desert systems and landscapes, global systems and governance, changing places, hazards, population, and the environment. Field work is a key element in geographical study and you'll take part in visits. You’ll need an open and enquiring mind, an interest in topical issues of the day and a willingness to collect and manipulate data from fieldwork.

Geography works well with a broad range of Sixth Form subjects and is unusual in being considered as both an arts and a science subject. It is a great choice for developing a range of skills highly valued by universities and employers: data handling and interpretation, practical and analytical thinking and clear communication.

Assessment: End of course examinations, including multiple choice and written answers, and coursework.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in Geography or another Humanities subject preferred.

Health and Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification that relates to all aspects of health and social care in the UK. The programme prepares you to pursue a career in health care, social care or childcare, giving you knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for employment or further study.

Health and Social Care explores similar themes to social science subjects such as Psychology and Sociology, but with a vocational focus. It is a well-considered qualification for applications to study Nursing, Social Work, Paramedic Sciences, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Radiography and Podiatry.

Assessment: Course work and examinations in both Year 12 and Year 13

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements.

“I am passionate about my Health and Social Care lessons as they are always different and interesting. I have learnt about a range of professionals and organisations and how they support people in our community. I have also gained a range of skills, including research, organisation and time management that will be useful in the future.”
- Shannon, Class of 2020, Now completing a degree in Nursing with Registration (Child Nursing)

History

A Level History is an interesting and challenging subject that analyses change and continuity in human societies. We begin by focussing on ‘Industrialisation and the People: Britain, 1783-1885’, examining developments in politics and foreign policy and analysing events from the point of view of ordinary people. Then you’ll study a time of dramatic change: ‘The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945—1980’. You’ll go on to produce a historical investigation into the origins of the French Revolution and study further historical periods.

Students develop an enquiring and analytical mind, as well as the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Assessment: End of course written examinations and a coursework essay.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 5 in GCSE History, and 5 or above in English.

Information Technology

By studying IT BTEC you’ll explore a subject at the core of our everyday lives, developing your understanding and skills in data processing for business as well as using IT to communicate and share information. You’ll explore and develop your skills in creating and using databases, social media applications and websites. The extended certificate in IT complements any Level 3 subject.  

IT BTEC students become active researchers, independent learners and skilled users of information technology, providing them with skills which can be utilised in a wide range of jobs and which are of real value on courses of further study.

Assessment: Coursework and examinations in Year 12 and Year 13.

Entry requirements: General JC6 entry requirements.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a challenging and exciting course covering topics in pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. You’ll use and apply advanced mathematical techniques, learn to reason, interpret and communicate ideas mathematically, and also develop skills in solving increasingly complex mathematical problems.

To fit a swiftly developing and fast-paced world, the course emphasises the use of IT and software to help solve problems. Students will develop analytical skills and logic, and add in a bit of creativity, giving them a set of skills which make them desirable for almost any job.

On average, 62% of Maths students achieve top A* to B grades at JC6.

Assessment: End of course examinations. 

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics is advised, applications are considered with a 6.

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is an extension of the A Level Mathematics course which can only be studied by those already doing A Level Mathematics.

It is a challenging qualification, which extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding in the areas of mechanics, pure and discrete mathematics.

The subject is offered at JC6 as both a one year AS and a two-year A Level.

Assessment: three exams at the end of Year 13 for A Level or two at the end of Year 12 for AS. 

Subject Entry: Grade 8 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

Media Studies

How are groups of people represented to us in the media? Is it morally right to make a film out of tragic events? Can the media be blamed for violence in society? How far does the media control our thoughts about issues in the world today?

The A Level Media course will explore these and many other questions through contemporary and historical media texts, from the UK and other parts of the world, and productions from outside the commercial mainstream.

Assessment: A mixture of coursework tasks (30%) and examinations 70%).

Subject Entry:  General JC6 entry requirements, including grade 4 or above at GCSE English.

Music

BTEC Music is a specialised course which allows students to study music conventions and traditions in detail. Practical tasks provide a range of choices to suit the individual performance strengths of each student.

Students at JC6 can work on iMacs for their coursework with specialist Music software. Studying Music will exercise your creative mind and enhance your skills as a musician, instrumentalist and composer. Music is an essential qualification for a Music degree at university or a specialist performance programme at a music school or college.

Assessment:

Unit 6: Solo performance

Unit 3: Ensemble performance

Unit 1: Notation, theory and harmony

Unit 2: Professional practice in the music industry

Within the two years, there will be a combination of articles, diaries, and written responses in exam conditions as well as recordings of performances, practice sessions, presentations, interviews, tutorials, and compositions. 

Subject Entry: GCSE Music grade 4 pass or above and a keenness to perform on your instrument. 

Philosophy and Ethics 

 

Philosophy and Ethics allows students with enquiring minds to ponder some of the big questions in life: Is there a God?  How did the universe come about?  What is right and wrong?  Why do pain and suffering exist?  Do miracles really happen? 

The course is challenging: we explore the views of philosophers and religious thinkers as well as your own interpretations.  You will look at ethical theories and at applied ethics, covering such topics as euthanasia, environmental ethics, sex and relationships, genetic engineering and war, peace and justice.  You need to be prepared to question, think, criticise, analyse and take on board a wide range of ideas and opinions.

Philosophy and Ethics combines well with other humanities, science and mathematics based subjects, encouraging you to develop essay writing and discussion skills, an enquiring mind and a reflective approach to learning. It is a useful qualification for progression to a wide range of university courses and career pathways.

Assessment: by end of course exams.

Subject entry:  Grade 5 or above at GCSE RE OR a humanities subject.

Photography

An A Level course which enables you to develop your photography skills by experimenting with materials and techniques, working towards a personal investigation on an area or topic you are passionate, and experimenting with a range of resources and image manipulation techniques.

Photography and Art share a creative curriculum in Year 12, when students explore and develop a broad range of creative skills. In Year 13 you specialise, working with a tutor to further develop your own distinctive style.

Assessment: is by coursework portfolio and end of course exam. 

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus Merit at Art Level 2 or 5 for GCSE. Please note, if you’ve not studied Art at Level 2 you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your interest and skills.

Physical Education

Through the Physical Education course you will develop knowledge of both physiological and psychological theories within sport as well as learning about the impact of sport on current and historical society issues. You will study a range of topics including the causes and treatment of sports injuries, how personality and anxiety affect performance and how modern technology has impacted on 21st century sport.

This course is an excellent pre-requisite if you are considering studying sport at university or pursuing a future career within the sports industry.

Assessment: is in one practical area of sport, including a verbal analysis and evaluation of performance, and through a mixture of short answer and essay style exam questions in two end of course examinations.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus grade 5 or above in the GCSE PE theory paper or 5 in a GCSE Science.

Physics

A Level Physics enhances your understanding of the universe. It is a challenging, but inspiring course, ranging from the Newtonian concepts that govern the macroscopic world, down to the laws of Einstein that govern the microscopic.

You will further your knowledge in the topics of Kinematics, Electricity, Radioactivity, Simple Harmonic Motion and Cosmology. Physics at A Level will provide you with the opportunity to link your mathematics knowledge directly to physics concepts as evidence for their existence.

Assessment: is by end of course examinations and ongoing practical assessments. 

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus 6 in GCSE Maths. Minimum of 6/6 in Combined Science or 6 in two single science GCSEs, including Physics. 

Psychology

Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do? Why we behave and think in certain ways? How our biology affects our behaviour? A Level Psychology aims to explore these questions through many paradigms: biological, social, psychodynamic, evolutionary, cognitive, behavioural and humanistic. You’ll tackle thought-provoking topics such as Memory, Social Influence, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology and study how to carry out a scientific research project, interpret statistics and write a report.

Assessment: is all through end of course examinations.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, including grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths. A higher pass grade in English is an advantage.

Uniformed Protective Services

This subject is targeted at learners who would like to gain employment in the uniformed protective services sector such the Police, Fire service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. 

It gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life as well as being designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

You will develop leadership and teamwork, confidence, independent research skills as well as the ability to work to deadlines, all while studying varied and intriguing units such as : Behaviour and Discipline in the Uniformed Protective Services, Introduction to Criminology,
Teamwork, Leadership and Communication in the Uniformed Protective Services, Police Powers and the Law.

Assessment: 75% coursework and 25% exams

Subject Entry: General entry requirements 

Sociology

A Level Sociology involves studying human social life, groups and societies in a systematic way. Sociologists investigate and attempt to explain the social world and our behaviour in it.

They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our daily lives. However, be prepared to be challenged: sociologists fundamentally disagree on nearly every issue and the subject is characterised by intensive debate and perspective rivalry.

The course encourages you to develop a strong understanding of contemporary issues and debates. It is a good choice for a wide range of career and university routes, developing widely recognised skills: critical thinking, research skills and a sound understanding of the society we live in.

On average, 65% of Sociology students achieve top A* to B grades at JC6.

Assessment: is by end of course examinations. 

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements including grade 5 in GCSE English.

Spanish

A Level Spanish will extend your understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, developing your ability to speak like a native. The course is based around a range of topical issues, which you’ll study in Spanish. Good knowledge of Spanish society and culture will follow your work on literary texts and films.

As part of their course, JC6 students benefit from our strong relationship with Warwick University. While studying Spanish at JC6*, our students have the opportunity to attend lectures at Warwick University, shadow a language student and tour their campus.

Students who have studied Spanish at JC6 have gone onto gain a degree in Spanish from Oxford University!

In addition to this, JC6 students also have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for GCSE students at Hinckley Academy. This is great experience to add to a CV or personal statement. Studying a language can open doors in many areas, including Law, Business, Journalism and even Sports related careers, giving you an edge on other candidates and the opportunity to travel the world.

Assessment: is through listening, reading, speaking and written examinations at the end of the course.

Subject Entry: General JC6 entry requirements, plus grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish.