Key Stage 5 Curriculum - InterHigh School

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Our flexible approach enables students to choose almost any combination of subjects

We offer Cambridge Examination Board examination studies in the following subjects:

AS and A Level Options

Business Studies
Classical Studies
Economics
English Literature
French
Further Mathematics
Geography
German
History
Latin
Maths
Media Studies
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

All our subjects are timetabled so that pupils can take any combination of the choices above.

 

A brief overview for each subject is provided below:

History

Cambridge International History offers students who have an interest in the past and have an appreciation of human endeavour:

•    a greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods or themes
•    a greater awareness of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference, and change and continuity
•    an appreciation of the nature and diversity of historical sources available, and the methods used by historian
•    an exploration of a variety of approaches to different aspects of history and different interpretations of particular historical issues
•    the ability to think independently and make informed judgements on issues
•    an empathy with people living in different places and at different times
•    a firm foundation for further study of History.

At AS level candidates will complete one document question on one option from a European, American or International context. In AS component 2, candidates will answer two essay questions from the selected option. At A level, candidates study their option and use it to answer a document question, an interpretation question and outline study. They also answer essay questions based on a study area, selected from European, Asian, African, and American or International history. 

English Literature

The Cambridge International Examinations syllabus is followed.  Successful Literature in English learners develop a lifelong understanding and enjoyment of literary texts and, importantly, gain a range of essential skills, including:
• the ability to write clearly and effectively
• skills in developing arguments
• skills in researching and managing information
• the ability to analyse complex texts in different forms and styles

Cambridge International AS Level Literature in English requires candidates to answer two compulsory papers: Poetry and Prose, and Drama. Overall, at AS Level candidates are required to study four set texts. In each paper candidates answer two questions, each on a different text. Candidates are required to answer questions on a range of poems, prose and plays, with options from the canon of English Literature and modern texts in English. Close study of all the texts chosen is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage-based questions.

Two additional papers at A level require candidates to study a Shakespeare and one other pre- twentieth text and two texts from post 1900.

Close study of all the texts is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage based questions.

Mathematics

The Cambridge International Syllabus is followed.  Successful candidates in A level mathematics gain lifelong skills, including:
• a deeper understanding of mathematical principles
• the further development of mathematical skills including the use of applications of mathematics in the context of everyday situations and in other subjects that they may be studying
• the ability to analyse problems logically, recognising when and how a situation may be represented mathematically
• the use of mathematics as a means of communication
• a solid foundation for further study

AS/ A level Mathematics units in the scheme cover the following subject areas:
• Pure Mathematics (units P1, P2 and P3);
• Mechanics (units M1 and M2);
• Probability & Statistics (units S1 and S2).

At AS level candidates take a common paper of pure Mathematics and also take a second paper from an option of Pure Maths, Mechanics or Statistics.

At A level candidates take a common Pure Maths paper and a combination of Mechanics and / or Statistics.

Classical Studies

In this syllabus, Classical Studies is defined as the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome in the Classical period. All sources are studied in English and no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required. Cambridge International AS and A Level Classical Studies aim to provide candidates with an understanding and appreciation of Classical civilisations. The study of Classical civilisations is valuable because:

• they form the basis for the Western traditions of art, literature, philosophy, political thought and science which have shaped the modern world.
• Greek and Roman works of art, literature, philosophy, etc., have an intrinsic interest and quality and represent some of the highest achievements of humankind. Their study is relevant to many issues of contemporary society.
• the multi-disciplinary nature of Classical Studies, which combines different areas of study such as literature, history of art, history, science and others, leads to a greater understanding of the relationship between different intellectual disciplines and encourages students to make connections between them.

Geography

We follow the Cambridge International AS and A Level Geography syllabus, accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of Geography.

 Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:
• an appreciation of the need for understanding, respect and co-operation in conserving the environment and improving the quality of life both at a global scale and within the context of different cultural settings
• an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems
• a sense of relative location, including an appreciation of the complexity and variety of natural and human environments
• an understanding of the principal processes operating within Physical and Human Geography
• an understanding of the causes and effects of change on the natural and human environments
• an awareness of the nature, value, limitations and importance of different approaches to analysis and explanation in geography
• a concern for accuracy and objectivity in collecting, recording, processing, analysing, interpreting and reporting data in a spatial context
• the ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information
• the skills to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways

Sociology

In a rapidly changing world, AS and A Level Sociology offers students the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past.
The study of Sociology should stimulate awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focus attention on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way. The Cambridge International AS Level provides a solid grounding in the central ideas and approaches in Sociology, including family as well as theory and methods. A Level students can choose to explore a variety of important areas of sociological enquiry including global development, education, religion and media.

At AS level, students study the family and social change with particular reference to: family roles, marriage, changing relationships and the social construction of age. Candidates also study methods of research and the relationship between theory and methods.

At A level, candidates study units in education, global development, media and religion

Psychology

AS and A level Psychology aims to encourage an interest in and appreciation of psychology through an exploration of the ways in which psychology is conducted.  This exploration includes a review of a number of important research studies and an opportunity to look at the ways in which psychology has been applied.

The syllabus uses a wide variety of assessment techniques that will allow students to show what they know, understand and are able to do. The emphasis is on the development of psychological skills as well as the learning of psychological knowledge.

Themes within the programme of study are: methodology, approaches and perspectives issues and debates.

Content: cognitive psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; physiological psychology; the psychology of individual differences.

Specialist choices:

• Psychology and education
• Psychology and health
• Psychology and environment
• Psychology and abnormality
• Psychology and organisations

Economics

Economics at AS and A level covers the following five areas

1. Basic economic ideas and resource allocation
2. The price system and the micro economy
3. Government microeconomic intervention
4. The macro economy
5. Government macro intervention

At AS level candidates answer multiple choice, data response and essay questions. This format is repeated at A level where candidates will be tested on the additional syllabus content for A Level, but they also require a knowledge and understanding of the AS Level syllabus content.

Business Studies

The study of AS and A Level Business allows learners to take the first step towards a career in private or public organisations or progress with confidence to a degree in business and management related subjects.

 There is a common content for AS level and A level Business Studies, but A level students study additional material to a greater depth.

The content areas are:

Business and its environment:  AS level covers: enterprise, business structure:  size of business:  business objectives and stakeholders in a business.  A level further develops business structure, size of business and external influences on business activity.

People in organisations: AS level covers: management and leadership: motivation and human resource management. These are all developed at A level which also covers organisational structure and business communication.

Marketing: AS level covers: what is marketing? Market research and the marketing mix.  These are all developed at A level which also covers: marketing planning and globalisation and international marketing.

Operations and project management: AS covers: the nature of operations: operations planning: Inventory management and operations planning. These are all developed at A level which also covers: capacity utilisation: lean production and quality management and project management.

Finance and accounting: AS covers the need for business finance:  sources of finance: costs: accounting fundamentals: forecasting cash flows and managing working capital. These are all developed at A level which also covers budgets and the contents of published accounts.

Strategic management: is a topic only studied at A level and it includes: What is strategic management? Strategic analysis: strategic choice: strategic implementation.

Media Studies

Media Studies can be taken at AS and A Level.

AS Media Studies:

Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms e.g.:
Media Concepts
• Media Forms
• Media Representations
• Media Institutions
• Media Audiences
Media Platforms
• Broadcasting
• Digital/web-based media (e-media)
• Print

Unit 1 requires candidates to carry out a cross-media study for an unseen examination. The study will then also be used to inform their work on Unit 2. For Unit 2 candidates will produce two media productions in two of the three different media platforms, with an evaluation of the productions, including a consideration of the use of the third media platform. Both units require candidates to look at cross-cultural issues where appropriate.

A Level Media Studies.

Candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. As well as building on the concepts studied at AS, candidates will look at some or all of the following debates and theories as appropriate:

Media Debates

• Representation
• Media effects
• Reality TV
• News Values
• Moral panics
• Post 9/11 and the media
• Ownership and control
• Regulation and censorship
• Media technology and the digital revolution – changing technologies in the 21st century

Media Theories

Media analysis e.g.:

• Semiotics
• Structuralism and post-structuralism
• Postmodernism and its critiques
Politics and the Media e.g.:
• Gender and Ethnicity
• Marxism and Hegemony
• Liberal Pluralism
• Colonialism and Post-colonialism
Consumption and Production e.g.:
• Audience theories
• Genre theories

For Unit 3 candidates will be required to study two pre-set media topics on at least one of the three media studies platforms. For Unit 4 candidates will produce a media product linked to their research for an individual critical investigation. In both A2 units candidates should look at cross-cultural factors and the effects of globalisation on the media where appropriate.