Leisure Studies is an opportunity for pupils to gain knowledge of the leisure industry. We cover a large number of leisure organisations, looking at the dynamic and diverse aspects of the industry. This includes a study of how leisure provides employment and income and how it therefore contributes to our national economy as well as to our lifestyles. The course also provides the opportunity for a work based placement in order to gain first-hand knowledge of customer service and all aspects of running a business. Additionally there are visits such as an educational trip to Thorpe Park to see how they run as a business and maintain such a large customer base.
You can achieve an AS and an A level in Leisure Studies, and both are divided in a similar way. There are 3 units, 2 of which in each of year 12 and year 13 are coursework based and the other two are examination units. The two examination units are largely business based. In Year 13 there is an opportunity in one of the coursework units for students to complete an individual project of their own choice.
The extra-curricular opportunities within the subject allow for work experience within the industry and this is something we support and encourage in order for students to expand practically their lesson based knowledge.
Health and Social Care
This is an interesting optional vocational subject that, at present, starts in Year 10. This subject is aimed at students who are considering working in Health, Education or Social Care in the future, and is perhaps interested in a related career such as nursing or social work.
The course content is centred on people and how they grow and develop, the life experiences people have and how these affect us. Students learn how to plan, research, and evaluate their work. They need to refer to real life examples so parents and grandparents can often be a really useful source of research material!
This subject is all about what is involved in looking after children, how babies develop and what is needed to support infants and young children.
We try to make lessons fun by involving young children when we can, and we are always looking for parents and their little ones who are willing to visit lessons for our practical play sessions.
Students can take this subject at Level 1 in Year 10 or a Level 2 Award, Certificate or Diploma in the sixth form. These are both CACHE courses. The sixth form course is a full time CACHE qualification and involves the students completing two rewarding days a week in an early years setting such as a pre-school.