CTK Aquinas Prospectus

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 1 Prospectus 2023-2024 A SELECTIVE SIXTH FORM CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE Be extraordinary

2 CTK AQUINAS “I will forever be grateful to CTK as it has helped me get to where I am now. As a scholarship student who studied Pre-U Global perspectives, I have been accepted at Cambridge University to study Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and plan on working in the mental health sector. CTK is an amazing place to study. They have provided support that I feel I would not have received elsewhere. The environment is friendly, and I’ve been able to meet lots of new people. The teachers are always willing to offer help and support and they will always push you to do your best and to achieve the best possible grades.” Lorena – A Level Psychology (A*), Law (A), English Language and Literature (A), now studying at Cambridge University Welcome to CTK Aquinas If you’re a high achieving student who wants to learn with others who are motivated, ambitious and supportive, our selective sixth form centre for excellence will ensure you achieve your goals. Here at CTK Aquinas, you’ll find 23 A Level subjects to choose from, along with extensive pastoral support and the chance to network with our high achieving alumni community. Led by site principal Mrs Holly Power, CTK Aquinas is the ideal place for you if you want to work towards highly ambitious university and career aspirations. As a bright student who is likely to achieve high grades in your GCSEs, you’ll be able to study with an aspirational group of young people who’ve come together with a strong sense of friendship and community. You’ll benefit from excellent, specialised teaching in the A Level curriculum that is tailored to meet your needs. Mrs Power and teachers at the site will focus on what really matters – the quality of teaching and learning and the achievement of high grades. We treat all our students as individuals and stretch and challenge you to reach success. You can take advantage of the scholarship programme and receive support from our team of expert careers advisors and tutors, who will help you to apply to the country’s top universities as well as building your confidence and independence. Staff and student wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and is enshrined in our mission statement. CTK Aquinas is an innovative, prestigious and highly regarded sixth form, where we promote wellbeing, environmental sustainability and purposeful social action alongside our Catholic values. Our mission, vision and ethos will ensure you develop outstanding personal qualities, attributes and opportunities. In line with our motto “Ut Vitam Habeant” you will go on to live your life in all its fullness. Once you graduate from Aquinas, you’ll feel confident about going out into the world and being extraordinary in life and in your career. Welcome to CTK Aquinas! Mrs Shireen Razey, Executive Principal

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 3 BE WITH THE BRIGHTEST As you move into an important stage in your education with top GCSE grades, you’ll be looking to study in a special place that will provide the support you need. Your sixth form learning will take place in a purpose-built centre, where you’ll receive the best teaching, along with extensive enrichment and sporting opportunities. Excellent pastoral care and an aspirational, friendly community awaits you at CTK Aquinas. Here you will feel welcomed and self-assured, whilst being inspired to achieve your very best. You are sure to flourish and go on to study at one of the country’s leading universities. There’s every chance you’ll succeed in this aim as, over the past 25 years, more than 22,000 young people just like you have reached career success with Christ the King Sixth Forms. Contents Be you, be extraordinary…. with the CTK Character Education Programme Be successful... and progress to top universities Be ambitious... with our Mentoring Aspiring Professionals programme Entry requirements... and essential information Chaplaincy the heart of our sixth form Be the best… with an extensive A Level course choice Apply now Start your journey with CTK 4 6 8 10 11 12 27 Saturday 5 November 2022 Book your place or find details of other events at ctkaquinas.ac.uk/ open-events/ We will be holding further open events throughout the year – please check our website for latest information. OPEN EVENT Centre Principal Mrs Power with students at CTK Aquinas

4 CTK AQUINAS Be YOU. Be EXTRAORDINARY We are dedicated to your education and development as a whole person, ensuring you realise your full potential. Students of every faith, and none, are warmly welcomed and enjoy our environment of positive encouragement and mutual respect. This ethos is fully supported through the work of our Chaplaincy, where the team will celebrate with you in times of joy and listen or advise you in times of difficulty. You and all your fellow students are encouraged to develop our virtues of loyalty, respect, care and commitment, supporting your peers and being inspired to live principled, moral and dignified lives. You will be treated as an individual and will feel welcomed, self-assured and inspired to achieve your very best. Our dedicated, specialist staff will nurture and develop you, encouraging you to aim high and giving you the confidence to achieve your goals. Character Education Programme – The CTK Graces Through our character education programme, The CTK Graces, you will develop the traits and attributes you need to be discerning and to thrive in the highly competitive world that awaits you. You will take part in a learning programme that invites you to consider the personal, spiritual and moral issues you will face in the future. Our tutorial and pastoral support systems ensure you will be nurtured and valued as an individual. Lessons are inspirational and interesting. The teaching is great. Partnership with Eton At CTK Aquinas we have been working with the Eton College Tony Little Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning to develop an academic resilience programme for our Year 12 students. CTK Aquinas teaching staff are trained by Eton College. Our students undertake the resilience programme over four half terms as part of their tutorial programme in the Lower Sixth year.

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 5 At CTK Aquinas, we will: • Encourage you to be ambitious and high achieving. • Challenge you to be resilient, confident, creative and courageous. • Educate you to be articulate, curious, reflective and capable. • Support you to develop the virtues of loyalty, respect, care and commitment. • Inspire you to live principled, moral and dignified lives. In doing this, we expect that you will progress from Christ the King Sixth Forms as valuable contributors to society, confident in your ability to thrive and ready to realise your full potential. Our aspirational and nurturing environment will inspire you to be the best and strive for a place on the most sought-after university courses. Our prestigious Graduate Scholarship Programme will help you stand out among other applicants in this highly competitive process. Our impressive track record of academic success, combined with a comprehensive programme of enrichment activities, tailored careers advice and strong links with universities and employers, will inspire you to be successful in every area of your life. You will enjoy: • A curriculum modelled on research carried out through partnership with independent schools. • A small structured sixth form environment. • Support from a team of expert careers advisers and tutors. • A chance to network with our high achieving alumni community. • Unparalleled pastoral care. • Enrolment on our unique Scholarship Graduate Programme. • Excellent transport links and a fantastic location in Brockley, South London. ESPECT NDEAVOUR RIT ELF-CONTROL URIOSITY WARENESS

6 CTK AQUINAS Be SUCCESSFUL You will have a wide range of A Level subjects to choose from, allowing you to specialise in subjects that you enjoy. Be prepared to strive You’ll receive tailored help with UCAS applications and specialist support with Oxbridge and Medicine applications and interviews. You will be given the tools you need to stand out when applying to the country’s top universities and earn your place on the most coveted courses. A report by national education charity The Sutton Trust, entitled Degrees of Success, placed Christ the King in the top 6% of schools and colleges nationally due to high performance when it comes to university progression. To help you choose the right university, you will hear talks from graduates and undergraduates and attend our annual Careers conference. Here, you can network with representatives from top universities and colleges in the UK. Excel with our support You will work with your Personal tutor throughout your time at CTK Aquinas. They will set ambitious and stretching short and long-term goals. Your personal tutor will work with you to regularly review your progress and help you with any difficulties. The skills you learn at CTK Aquinas will help you to flourish academically, professionally and personally. Parent feedback Parents are encouraged to be involved in your education. Formal reports are produced five times a year and regular parents’ evenings ensure that you and your family can discuss your progress, ask questions and respond to your tutor’s comments. A Levels are not only important for university applications, they are widely recognised by employers around the world and, combined with a degree, will benefit you when applying to graduate schemes. Prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge still view A Levels as a key entry requirement. Set challenging career goals You will benefit from comprehensive, up-to-date careers information, advice and guidance from qualified advisors, and help with arranging work experience. Our Careers conference gives you valuable opportunities to meet a range of professionals, choosing from more than 100 workshops and 90 exhibitors. These cover a huge range of careers, from medicine to banking, engineering, entrepreneurship and many more.

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 7 The Scholarship Graduate Programme Aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities As a student at CTK Aquinas, you will join the Scholarship Graduate Programme. This aspirational programme is designed to ensure that students with the highest GCSE grades achieve top marks at A Level and progress to respected universities where competition for places is high. The programme will challenge and support you with your studies, improve your confidence, and give you the edge when applying for universities and future graduate jobs. You will study the AQA Extended Project Qualification, which is recognised by top universities. The Scholarship Graduate Programme will give you the qualifications and skills you need to progress to an elite university. You will be grouped with students who have high ambitions and similar aspirations and stretched to achieve beyond the demands of the syllabus. This unique programme will put you ahead of the competition. You will be given unprecedented access to unique opportunities, trips and support when applying to the most competitive universities, like Oxford or Cambridge. If you want to study subjects such as Medicine and Law, you will be given access to bespoke support programmes, like the Oxbridge and Medical Alumni Evening. 99.2% CTK Aquinas A Level pass rate (Which is above the 98.4% UK national pass rate) “I achieved AAA* in History, Politics and Sociology and am going on to the University of Warwick to study Politics and International Studies. CTK was a great environment for me to learn in. I’ve really enjoyed the teaching – all my teachers have been encouraging and supportive. They put in the extra time to help with workshops and revision to ensure we did well.” Rose – A Level History (A), Politics (A), Sociology (A*) In 2021, CTK students went on to over 70 university destinations. At CTK Aquinas these included: A. Birmingham City University • Criminology • Public Relations & Media B. Brunel University • Psychology • Sociology C. Durham University • Law D. Queen Mary University • Mathematics with Finance & Accounting E. University of Kent • Architecture • Criminology and Sociology • Economics & Management • International Business F. University of Warwick • Sociology G. University of East Anglia (UEA) • Law H. University of Greenwich • Advertising & Digital Marketing Communications • Business with Finance I. University of Leicester • Computer Science J. University of Glasgow • Physiology F I C J A B D H E G

8 CTK AQUINAS Be AMBITIOUS You will be given the tools you need to start planning your future, thanks to our strong careers programme and links with employers and businesses. We have strong relationships with our successful alumni community, some of whom sit on The Christ the King Partnership Board, providing valuable insight from a diverse range of careers. Be talented Life at CTK Aquinas is not just about academic achievement, it is also an opportunity for you to discover and develop your interests, aptitudes and talents. From debating to dance, filmmaking to music, you will have many chances to get involved. You can contribute to the in-house magazine or be elected to the Student Council or Governing Body. The Student Council runs events throughout the year, including the Leavers’ Prom, Talent Showcase and charity fundraising events. You will also take part in fantastic field trips and expeditions, which could include locations such as Kenya, Alaska and the Tien Shan Mountains, as well as retreats and pilgrimages. Sport at CTK Aquinas If you enjoy sport, you will love the varied and challenging range of activities at CTK Aquinas. They include: • Aerobics • Football • Volleyball • Badminton • Cricket • Basketball • Skiing • Netball • Cross-country • Weight training • Tennis • Table-tennis • Fitness training • Boxing You can take part in inter-collegial sports tournaments. Many of our students have competed at county and national level, in teams and individually. We regularly host visits by accomplished athletes. At our annual sports day, students from all three Christ the King Sixth Forms come together for a great day of activities. This initiative pairs students with professionals in their area of interest. Mentors have included: • A Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics • A subeditor at The Times • An associate project manager at Transport for London • A civil servant at the Foreign Office • An investment lawyer • A research scientist at Imperial College London. You will have access to our external speaker programme, which brings more than 30 specialists in their field to our Christ the King Sixth Form centres each year. Speakers come from a number of backgrounds and organisations. They have previously included Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman of Barclays), David Thompson (film producer) and Gary Gibbon (Channel 4 News Political Editor). You will have access to exciting opportunities with top employers. These have previously included a professional mentoring programme with the EY Foundation, a Barclays seminar on building resilience and assertiveness, and a talk hosted by the US Ambassador to the UK. You can attend a variety of expert guest lectures, featuring corporate lawyers, barristers and executives from companies such as HSBC, BP and BT. Mentoring Successful Professionals Programme

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 9 Specialist facilities CTK Aquinas is a purpose-built, modern sixth form with a range of specialist facilities and resources to support your studies. This includes our spacious, state-of-theart Learning Resources Centre (LRC). Here you can access computer, printing and scanning facilities throughout the day, and three group study rooms to facilitate collaborative working. You will enjoy access to more than 7,000 books, digital resources, online learning materials, individual study guides for each subject, specialist journals, periodicals and newspapers, high specification computers, scanners, and internet access. Computers, many with industrystandard software, are available throughout CTK Aquinas. You will be able to use wi-fi on site and access your home drive files off site. Other outstanding facilities at CTK Aquinas include: • A fitness suite and sports teaching area with modern changing rooms. • A modern canteen. • Two media suites with digital editing and recording facilities. • A suite of specialist art, design and technology rooms, including two networked suites of Apple Mac computers. • Four fully equipped science laboratories. • Numerous dedicated student support areas. • Eight networked computer rooms. • A Chaplaincy area including a Chapel and Chapel common room. The teachers go above and beyond to help us thrive and achieve outstanding results in our course studies and exams. Elevate Mentoring Programme The Elevate Mentoring Programme was set up by CTK alumnus Trevor Gomes, who now works as a Business Partner in BT’s Consumer Division and sits on the CTK partnership board. The programme’s aim is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences for higher education and the world of work. Trevor and his team run programmes for our students such as personal branding and employability coaching. Tony – A Level Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Further Maths (A), Fine Art (B) “CTK has helped me challenge myself academically. From the academic demands of the Extended Project Qualification, to working closely in small groups with specialised tutors who are experts in their subject, I have learned to be academically resilient, and goal driven. Support from my teachers and peers has enabled me to achieve great things whilst being part of this amazing sixth form. CTK has always encouraged me to aim high, I achieved A*A*AB and have been accepted at University of Oxford to study Engineering Sciences.”

10 CTK AQUINAS Entry Requirements and Essential Information We pride ourselves on our welcoming community of students who love learning and want to stand out from the crowd. CTK Aquinas students are not afraid to aspire to great success and they will encourage you to do the same. Entry criteria for CTK Aquinas CTK Aquinas is a selective sixth form for the area’s highest achieving GCSE students seeking to study A Levels in a challenging yet nurturing environment, alongside other students of the same academic ability. Our entry requirements for Aquinas are: • English and Maths minimum Grade 5 • Best 8 including English and Maths, minimum of 48 points, average 6 • Must have a minimum of 6 in the subject studied at A Level and a 7 for Science and Maths If you are interested in joining a Christ the King Sixth Form but don’t feel that you will meet these entry requirements, you have other options. We offer a range of A Levels and vocational courses with different entry criteria at CTK St Mary’s, in Sidcup. Dress code When you attend CTK Aquinas, you should dress smartly, as if you are attending a job interview. The dress code for you and your fellow students will be plain black, dark grey, navy blue or dark brown formal, business-like suit (tailored trouser or skirt). Coloured shirt and ties, blouses and dresses are acceptable if suitable for a working environment. Students with additional needs For students with additional needs, or where English is not your first language, we have a dedicated learning support area with experienced staff. Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to discuss your needs so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed. Our location CTK Aquinas is a selective sixth form centre for excellence located in a purpose built facility in Brockley, easily accessible by public transport. Our unique environment combines exceptional teaching in a friendly and nurturing sixth form setting. Aisling – A Level Biology (A), Psychology, (B) English Literature and Language (B) “I would highly recommend CTK. I particularly enjoyed the opportunities presented to me here. I attended inspirational talks, went on trips and completed the EPQ. I attended the debating club and became a student governor, as well as being awarded a £15k Metric Capital Scholarship. The teachers here are helpful and understanding, the atmosphere is very communal and there is always someone to talk to or go to whenever you need anything. I have received a lot of wellbeing and academic support – I’m now going to University of Glasgow to study Physiology.” Find out how to apply on page 27 or apply online at ctkaquinas.ac.uk

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 11 Our Chaplaincy CTK Aquinas has a Chaplaincy team on hand to support you in your day-to-day life and your journey of faith, whatever your faith may be. “I have felt very well supported during lockdown in terms of opportunities and outlets for prayer and reflection.” The Chaplaincy team, inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, are there to accompany you in times of joy or difficulty by providing a listening ear, and to help you develop spiritually. The spacious and comfortable Chaplaincy is a hub for social activity, open to all students from all faiths and none – you can drop in and relax, meet friends or take part in activities. The beautiful adjoining chapel is a place for prayer and worship. You can visit the Chapel as a quiet place for some peace and space for reflection. Chapel services include a weekly Mass and on Holy Days throughout the year. The Chaplaincy team meets regularly with 10:10 student Chaplaincy representatives to discuss issues, plan events, and contribute to Liturgies. You can sign up to be Chaplaincy representatives – a great role to help you grow in confidence, develop leadership skills and to make a difference. You will receive support and training, as well as experiencing retreat opportunities. “Our Chaplaincy is the heart of our Sixth Form, where all students can meet and form new friendships. I enjoy coming here due to the calm atmosphere. There is always a member of staff to talk to.”

12 CTK AQUINAS ART A LEVEL Fine Art is also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as architecture, marketing, publicity, arts administration, animation and the media. Fine Art is particularly advantageous if you are seeking to progress onto a foundation diploma in art and design. CONTENT You’ll explore a range of creative practices including painting, mixed media, sculpture and print-making. Drawing is an essential skill for studying this subject and forms an integral part of Fine Art practice. You will use drawing to record and analyse the observed world, to explore ideas visually and to find new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks as a creative journal in order to document your own creative process. Gallery and research visits will be an essential part of your Fine Art course. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need a GCSE in an art-based subject at a grade 9-6. If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, you will need to provide evidence of your ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio at your interview. ASSESSMENT Coursework and controlled assignments. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignment. A LEVEL COURSES This A Level in Fine Art leads naturally to careers in art, graphic communication, fashion, advertising and product design. Divine – A Level Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Psychology (A) “I am studying Biomedical Science at Kings College. I plan to work in the pharmaceutical industry to become a specialised researcher in Human Biology. All my teachers offered their support and helped me to improve. One of my biggest achievements at CTK was the huge amount of progress I made in Chemistry. Parent’s meetings gave both myself and my parents the opportunity to discuss areas for improvement. It was good having my parents, me, and my teachers all on the same page.” A Level Courses at CTK Aquinas • Art 12 • Biology 13 • Business 13 • Chemistry 14 • Computer Science 15 • Economics 15 • English Literature 16 • Film Studies 17 • French 17 • Further Maths 18 • Geography 19 • Graphic Communication 19 • History 20 • Italian 21 • Maths 21 • Photography 22 • Physics 23 • Politics 23 • Psychology 24 • Religious Studies 25 • Sociology 25 • Spanish 26 • Textiles 26

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 13 BUSINESS A LEVEL BIOLOGY A LEVEL An A Level in Business can be the starting point to a range of careers – from accountancy to marketing. It’s a highly engaging subject that can lead you to a career in anything from law, accountancy, human resources, marketing or business management, to teaching, politics or journalism. CONTENT Business is a dynamic and interesting subject. Throughout this two-year course, you will enhance your commercial awareness and develop a wide range of business related analytical and entrepreneurial skills. You will investigate different types of organisation, identify investment opportunities and evaluate how markets affect business performance. You’ll learn how to understand real-world decision-making processes and critically evaluate the external and internal influences on businesses. Topics you will study include marketing and people, managing business activities, business decisions and strategy and global business. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10. ASSESSMENT Your work will be assessed by an exam. An A Level in Biology can open the door to a wide variety of careers. Depending on what you study at university, you could go on to become a doctor, a lab technician, a forensic scientist or even a teacher. CONTENT You will find Biology to be a stimulating and challenging subject that encourages you to work to a high standard, thus developing your analytical skills. You will gain an understanding of the various areas within the subject and how they relate to each other. In addition to this, your knowledge and understanding of different scientific methods will be strengthened. Your A Level Biology course will further develop your mathematical, practical and analytical skills, which will help prepare you for work and higher education. You will develop your practical skills, while studying foundations in Biology, exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease, communication, homeostasis and energy, genetics, evolution and ecosystems. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need either GCSE Biology or GCSE combined Science at grade 7 or above. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by examination at the end of each year of your course. £88,750 The average salary for a GP. Source: Glassdoor: NHS GP salaries Did you know that the average salary for Business Management jobs is £42,500 Source: Totaljobs.com Jasmin – A Level Sociology, Psychology, Government, Politics “My favourite thing about CTK Aquinas is the community and the friendly, supportive teachers who always check in to make sure you are on track and push you to do your best. I’m going to study Anthropology at Durham University.” FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

14 CTK AQUINAS CHEMISTRY A LEVEL Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a forensic scientist, chemical engineer, pharmacologist or even a chemistry teacher, depending on which course you study at university. CONTENT If you have a natural curiosity about the world and a willingness to search for answers, then our A Level in Chemistry will teach you how to find those answers through laboratory investigations and independent research. Your interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry will develop into a genuine appreciation of how Science works. Building on the knowledge you gained at GCSE, you’ll learn more about how and why reactions happen. You will study topics such as atoms, elements, bonding, energetics, organic Chemistry and the development of the periodic table. Chemistry studies reactions and substances from a biological and physical perspective. In order to consolidate your studies, you’ll learn A LEVEL COURSES how to handle data, think critically and apply your knowledge and processes to unfamiliar contexts. Following on from this, you will have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge through practical experiments. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need either GCSE Chemistry or GCSE combined Science at grade 7 or above. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by a written examination at the end of the course. The assessment of practical work in Chemistry will be reported separately in a certificate of endorsement. An A Level in Chemistry can be the starting point to a range of careers – from engineering to healthcare. It’s a highly engaging subject that can lead you to a career in anything from engineering, pharmaceuticals, or medical research to teaching. Esosa – A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths “My form tutor at CTK has been exceptionally supportive every day, and her continued positive attitude makes me eager to learn. I value the freedom and independence of controlling my own learning, staying motivated whilst also having fun. The people and sense of community provide a great environment. I have enjoyed extra opportunities such as joining summer schools and widening participation programs and becoming a student governor. I received lots of help from the careers guidance counsellor to help me realise what I want to do after sixth form. I’m going to study Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.”

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 15 ECONOMICS A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE A LEVEL An A Level in Economics can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from engineering to accountancy. As a highly regarded subject it opens doors to a range of career paths including banking and finance, international relations, governance and public policy. CONTENT Your A Level in Economics will give you a deeper understanding of how market economies work and you will examine the strengths and weaknesses of such systems using real world examples. You will also analyse current economic issues such as the housing crisis and fiscal policy. As the course progresses you will examine different market structures and analyse their consequences for firms and consumers. You’ll also learn about the world economy, develop your understanding of globalisation and examine the problems that hinder the rapid growth of developing economies. You will have opportunities to go on educational visits, including the Bank of England, and participate in external competitions. You will also be expected to keep up to date with economic developments by regularly watching the news. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need Grade 6 or above in both English and Maths. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by exams at the end of the twoyear course. You will undertake three papers: Unit one (Microeconomics), Unit two (Macroeconomics) and Unit three (themes in Economics). Each paper will account for one third of your final grade. A Level Computer Science is a good choice if you wish to study Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Information Technology at university. Computer Science can lead to an ever-growing range of careers such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, big data processing, networking, ethical hacking, computer game development, home automation or even teaching. CONTENT Our A Level Computer Science qualification helps you understand the core academic principles of computer science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project. You will develop your technical understanding and your ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking. You will cover the fundamentals of programming, data structures, algorithms, and object-orientated programme design. The theory will cover topics such as the internal workings of a computer, the basics of how all data is stored using binary, whether that data consists of numbers, text, pictures or even music. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE Maths at grade 7 or above. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed by two written examinations at the end of the course and a coursework project. Jervonte – A Level Biology, Chemistry, Economics “I would recommend CTK as I think it is the ideal place to fulfil your academic potential as they give you a lot of support and advice. I also think that it is a great environment to grow and become resilient.” FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

16 CTK AQUINAS Temitope – A Level English Literature (A), Media Studies (A), Sociology (A*) “I achieved AAA* and am now studying English Literature at the University of Cambridge. My perspective of what my future could look like has broadened thanks to CTK. I was inspired to apply to Cambridge by meeting past alumni, attending networking events and advice about a range of career pathways. I’m so happy to have been awarded a £15,000 Metric Capital scholarship towards my costs of living at university.” ENGLISH LITERATURE A LEVEL Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a journalist, author. solicitor, copywriter or even a politician. CONTENT Your A Level English Literature course will develop your critical understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of literature. You will study a variety of texts from different time periods and make connections between these texts. Studying A Level English Literature will provide you with the opportunity to develop your close-reading skills and will improve your use of critical terminology. There will be an important focus on independent learning A LEVEL COURSES and wider reading which will enable you to broaden your literary perspective and understand how literature has changed throughout history. You will also study a range of poetry, prose and drama spanning from pre-1900 to post-2000 and this will include one play written by William Shakespeare. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE English and GCSE English Literature grades 9-6. ASSESSMENT External examination and coursework. An A Level in English Literature can be the starting point to a range of careers – from teaching to law. English Literature is well-respected if you wish to pursue subjects at university such as English or English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Drama, Media Studies and Law.

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 17 FRENCH A LEVEL FILM STUDIES A LEVEL An A Level in a modern foreign language would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad. Modern languages can lead to a variety of exciting careers such as translating, interpreting, finance, law, sales and marketing, engineering, tourism, leisure, public sector, United Nations and European Union, media, teaching (primary and secondary), and linguistics. Additionally, the knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level. CONTENT This course will help to expand your interest in the French language and culture, as well as develop your linguistic skills. You will focus on a range of historical and contemporary topics which will further develop your understanding of France and Francophone countries. You will also study French literature and film, which will encourage you to stay up to date with French current affairs. You will also have the opportunity to travel to France, to improve your linguistic skills and knowledge of French culture. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE French at a grade 9-6. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed on your listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar manipulation through translation. An A Level in Film Studies can lead to a broad range of professions – from journalism to presenting. It’s a modern, exciting subject. Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a TV or radio presenter, journalist, film director or producer. CONTENT Your A Level in Film Studies will focus on the analysis and deconstruction of film over a wide historical time frame. It will allow you to engage with films from early silent cinema to 1930s Hollywood films to contemporary and experimental cinema. You will be introduced to a wide range of film-making processes so that you develop, through discussion, analysis and debate, a wide range of technical skills for both constructing and deconstructing film. This will give you the ability to develop your own creative skills as you explore these film-making techniques from different times and places. The coursework element of the course will allow you to experiment with a variety of film-making technology and film-editing software to develop your creative skills. You will be expected to think independently and to develop your own ‘voice’, and you will be expected to expand your knowledge outside of the classroom through reading about and watching film. You will work with your peers to debate and pull apart the set film texts and to develop a sophisticated contextual understanding of the world at the time these films were made. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the standard entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10. ASSESSMENT External examination and coursework. There is a high demand for modern foreign language skills, which can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally. Source: Prospects: What can I do with my modern languages degree? FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

18 CTK AQUINAS FURTHER MATHEMATICS A LEVEL You could go on to become a doctor, engineer, accountant or data analyst depending on what course you study at university. CONTENT In order to study Further Mathematics, you must also be studying A Level Mathematics. It’s important that you have a passion for and enjoy Maths. Throughout this course, you will broaden the range of both pure and applied Mathematics options and develop your advanced algebraic techniques. If you are considering applying for Mathematics, or a degree with a high Maths content at university, you are strongly advised to take this course. A LEVEL COURSES Topics you will study include summation of series, roots of polynomial equations, complex numbers, matrices, algebra and graphs, complex numbers and De Moivre’s theorem, hyperbolics and matrices, impacts and collisions, poisson distribution and further hypothesis testing. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE Mathematics at a grade 9. ASSESSMENT Assessment is by examination. An A Level in Further Mathematics can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from engineering to accountancy. As a highly regarded subject it opens doors to a range of career paths including medicine, engineering, computer science or accounting. Joyce – A Level Media Studies (A*), Sociology (A), Psychology (B) “CTK has aided in building my confidence in my approach to academic learning. Thanks to the persistence and support from both staff and students, as well as the facilities provided, I have improved my grades and gained a greater understanding of my field to take onto my future endeavours. The opportunities open to CTK students have encouraged me to explore alternative paths that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered. I particularly enjoyed the partnership with Eton and being the sixth form’s Eton Rep. My next step is to study Sociology at the University of Warwick. I would like to have a career in the Media.” FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 19 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION A LEVEL GEOGRAPHY A LEVEL Graphic Communication is an engaging course that leads to careers in fine art, graphic design, motion graphics, fashion, advertising and product design. Art and Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as architecture, marketing, publicity, arts administration, animation and the media. CONTENT You will explore drawing through digital and traditional methods and will experiment with a wide range of tools, materials and techniques. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. The course will provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of graphic visual communication methods including illustration, typography and poster and packaging design. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course, your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Please see the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10. ASSESSMENT You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments. Did you know that the average salary for Geography related jobs is £42,500 Source: Totaljobs.com – average salary for Geography jobs Your A Level in Geography could lead to a wide range of career paths including conservation, teaching, urban land-use planning, environmental management, overseas development, cartography, climatology and travel writing. Once you’re trained in your chosen field, your qualification will open up a whole new world of possibilities – you could go on to become a teacher, town planner, architect, conservation officer or a journalist. CONTENT Your A Level Geography course comprises four main topics. These are water and carbon cycles, landscape systems, global systems and global governance, and changing places. In water and carbon cycles, you will study the physical processes which control the cycling of both water and carbon between land, oceans and the atmosphere. In landscape systems, you will take part in an integrated study of earth surface processes, landforms and resultant landscapes. For global systems and global governance, you will study the greater connectivity between people, places and environments across the globe. In the changing places module, you will further develop your geographical knowledge by conducting research in an area that is local to you. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE Geography (if you’ve taken it), at grade 9-6. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed through exams and coursework. DID YOU KNOW... that there’s a shortage of Maths teachers in the UK? Therefore, studying a maths related subject at university is a great way to get into teaching. Source: The Independent Education news ?

20 CTK AQUINAS HISTORY A LEVEL CONTENT Your course will help you hone your analytical skills and strengthen your essay writing abilities. To get the most out of your course, you must be someone who enjoys reading, researching, writing, asking questions, and you are also ambitious to develop a high level of skill in these areas. You will also analyse and investigate key historical events and personalities such as the social and political development of Britain and Germany in the 19th century and autocracy and dictatorship in Russia. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE History (if you’ve taken it), at grade 9-6. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed with exams at the end of each year of your course. In your second year you will also complete a coursework unit. A LEVEL COURSES An A Level in History can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from teaching to archaeology, politics, law and anthropology. ? DID YOU KNOW... that the demand for mathematic experts has grown exponentially in recent years and they offer promising career paths based on their income levels and job progression. Source: Learn how to Become: Career paths in Mathematics Daiswa – A Level English Literature, History, Religious Studies “My aim is to become a family lawyer, so I plan to study law at university. I would recommend CTK Aquinas because it is a very supportive and ambitious school that ensures you are working to your best abilities to achieve your goals and choose the correct career path. I have benefited from external talks and the Elevate mentoring and development scheme, and meeting a range of people who are likeminded and would also like to be successful in the future.” FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

A selective sixth form centre for excellence 21 ITALIAN A LEVEL MATHEMATICS A LEVEL An A Level in a modern foreign language would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university, and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad. Modern languages can lead to a variety of exciting careers such as translating, interpreting, finance, law, sales and marketing, engineering, tourism, leisure, public sector, United Nations and European Union, media, linguistics and teaching (primary and secondary). Additionally, the knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level. CONTENT This course will help to expand your interest in the Italian language and culture as well as develop your linguistic skills. You will focus on a range of historical and contemporary topics which will further develop your understanding of Italy. The course will include literature and film and will encourage you to remain up to date with current affairs. This course is offered in partnership with the Italian Consulate. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE Italian at a grade 9-6. ASSESSMENT The syllabus covers a range of topics appropriate to A Level language learning. All four skill areas will be assessed at the end of the course and will reflect the content of the course. Skills include listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar manipulation through translation. There is also a focus on the culture and history of Italy. Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of careers and Higher Education courses. An A Level in Maths can be the starting point to a variety of careers – from engineering to accounting. As a highly regarded subject it opens doors to a range of career paths including accountancy, economics, teaching, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computing. CONTENT Mathematics is both a stimulating and challenging subject, which is very highly regarded at advanced level. Both employers and universities will take a keen interest in you if you have successfully completed A Level Mathematics. Topics you will study include indices, surds, polynomials, coordinate geometry, differentiation, integration, trigonometry, sequences, logarithms, first order differential equations, vectors and numerical methods. In mechanics, you will also study forces, equilibrium, kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum, whilst in statistics you will study the representation of data, probability, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, hypothesis testing and correlation and regression. To succeed on this course, you must have a strong enthusiasm for problem solving. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will also need GCSE Mathematics at grade 7. You will also be required to show an appropriate knowledge of algebra before being enrolled onto the course. ASSESSMENT Examination at the end of each year of study. Owen – A Level Maths, Psychology, Biology “I would recommend coming here as the level of support offered by the subject teachers is exceptionally good. The best thing about CTK is being part of the friendliest group of students I’ve ever met. I’m applying to Oxford to study Psychology.”

22 CTK AQUINAS “By far the most outstanding element of CTK is the quality of teaching. My teachers weren’t satisfied with helping me get the grades I needed, but pushed me to get the highest grades I could. The atmosphere was very much ‘achieve your best’ not just ‘get what you need’ which was really motivating. Meeting the scholarship group was a defining positive! Like-minded friends who had the same goals was a new experience and their support during my two years (and beyond!) is what I treasure most from CTK. I went to my first choice university, the University of Warwick, and studied Chemistry and Business Studies. I have now joined the Civil Service, working at Ofgem as part of their graduate development program.” Jamie Tang – A Levels in Chemistry, Mathematics, English Literature, Physics and Cambridge Pre-U: Global Perspectives CTK ALUMNI PHOTOGRAPHY A LEVEL This is an excellent course to study if you wish to go on to become a photographer, architect, journalist or a film director. CONTENT During this course, you will be encouraged to develop a personalised visual language by observing the world through the lens of a camera. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks and digital portfolios to explore your own creative process by experimenting with imagery and manipulating meanings. You will learn a range of both darkroom techniques and digital processes. You will also collaborate with other students to learn how to use cameras, studio lighting and digital editing software. Your work will be inspired by the study of other artists and photographers through contextual research and visits to galleries. A LEVEL COURSES As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level, you will be required to produce a minimum 1000-word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the annual art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of you and other students. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS In addition to the general entry requirements for CTK Aquinas on page 10, you will need GCSEs in an art-based subject at a grade 9-6. If you have not studied an art-based subject at school, but wish to be considered for the course, you will need to demonstrate your ability and interest in art and bring a portfolio to your interview. ASSESSMENT You will be assessed through coursework and controlled assignments. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignments. A Level Photography is an exciting course that can lead to careers in photography, fine art, film, media and animation, photojournalism, fashion photography, advertising and photo graphics. FOR MORE COURSE INFORMATION, SEE OUR WEBSITE: ctkaquinas.ac.uk

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