In addition to your four A-level choices you will also select an enrichment option. These are subjects that you will not study to the same depth as an A-level, but which will provide you with greater breadth to your knowledge, with the possibility of gaining a qualification at the end of the course. Most students will study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as their enrichment option, but the following are also available, subject to sufficient numbers wanting to take each option.
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
EXAMINATION BOARD AQA (7993)
ABOUT THE COURSE
The Extended Project is a Level 3 qualification first assessed in November 2008. It contributes to programmes of study at West London Free School as a standalone qualification. The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of your study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside your main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by you and agreed as appropriate by your mentor. You will be taught the necessary skills in order to complete an extended project, working closely with a specialist mentor. Then you will work autonomously and independently to complete your project. After planning, researching and carrying out your project you will deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience, a real opportunity to turn the tables on your teachers. Having completed an Extended Project Qualification you will have applied a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet your objectives and obtained, critically selected and used information from a range of sources. You will have shown that you can analyse data, applying it relevantly, and displayed a range of skills valued by universities and employers, including problem-solving, critical decision-making, communication skills, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes. Importantly, you will learn to evaluate outcomes both in relation to your project and in terms of reflecting on your own learning and performance. This project, and the planning, log and evaluation of it, will form the evidence on which you will be graded and gain the qualification, which is worth half an A-level.
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION)
EXAMINATION BOARD AQA (7993)
ABOUT THE COURSE
The A-level Music course is a superb way of developing musicianship as a composer and performer, as well as gaining and understanding of our musical heritage. Alongside this course we will be offering a complementary EPQ in Music with the aim of giving our students the greatest breadth and depth of musical knowledge and skill possible. The course will focus on some of the following areas depending on the interests of the students: Composition For film Orchestration Urban music Song writing Recording Through the use of a studio in Bridge Avenue Engagement Organising concerts Promotion on social media Building an audience Performing outside school events In the second year of the course you will take on a project where you write some music, in any style of your choosing, record it in a studio and organise the promotion of it either online or live. This project, and the planning, log and evaluation of it, will form the evidence on which you will be graded and gain the qualification, which is worth half an A-level.
In this course you will learn the basics of Ancient Greek, including a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures. This would be a particularly useful enrichment option to study alongside A-level Latin or Classical Civilisation, but would also support learning modern languages due to the knowledge of grammar you will gain throughout the course. Where appropriate students can take the GCSE qualification at the end of the course.
This is an opportunity to study computer programming, knowledge of which is becoming increasingly important, especially in engineering and other technical disciplines. You will learn the basics of coding and the languages in which code can be produced. This would be a good enrichment option to combine with A-level subjects such as Mathematics and Physics.
The German language is widely spoken in Europe and is an important language for business. It is also a language that opens up access to some of the great writers of the past, such as Goethe and Schiller. This would be a good enrichment option to take alongside an A-level in a foreign language, or subjects such as history or religious studies.
This course is a Cambridge Pre-U qualification that provides an introduction to some of the major political, economic and sociological issues in the modern world. The course is an interdisciplinary approach that would particularly suit students wishing to study the social sciences at university; it also makes an excellent enrichment option for students taking A-level Geography. This course is primarily aimed at those achieving mostly A*s at GCSE.
Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and China is an increasingly important country on the world stage, particularly in terms of its economy. This course will introduce you to the basic vocabulary and grammatical structures of Mandarin and give you a chance to master the alphabet. For students who reach a sufficiently high level of proficiency, there is the opportunity to take a GCSE in Mandarin.