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6th Form Electives

ElectiveDescriptionPeriodAdditional Information
An Introduction to PsychologyDo you ever wonder why we behave the way we do? Is it nature or nurture that shapes behaviour? This is a taster course for anyone who has an interest in the study of human behaviour. The course will introduce you to some of the most interesting and controversial studies and psychological phenomena, from biological interactions to the social situations that cause us to become the people we are.

This 12-week course in Psychology will focus on some of the perspectives and theories in modern psychological thought.

Course Outline

• What is psychology?
• The nature versus nurture debate
• Biological psychology
• Developmental psychology
• Social Psychology
• Cognitive Psychology
• Abnormal Psychology
• The behaviourism perspective
• The psychodynamic perspective
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Biological AnthropologyInterested in human evolution, or how closely related we really are to the modern day primates? Want to know why you are scared of spiders/snakes, or why you have developed foods that you hate? What about understanding the origins of language, art, religion? If any or all of things appeal, consider taking the Biological Anthropology elective. Lessons will be a mixture of lecture, discussion and research based activities, with a potential excursion to the zoo to apply different animal sampling techniques in the field. Biological anthropology is an integrative combination of information from the fossil record and the human skeleton, genetics of individuals and of populations, our primate relatives, human adaptation, and human behaviour. This is open to all students, you do not need to be taking A-Level Biology in order to come and find out how you have evolved into the amazing human you are today. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Book BuddiesBook Buddies is an exciting project that we offer to a selection of local primary schools.  It consists of primary students usually from Years 2 and 3, who would benefit from some extra literacy time being buddied with sixth form students. The aim is to allow the younger student to choose a book and to then listen as it is read to them before discussing its meaning with you. For more confident readers they may choose to read to you too. This will enable the younger student to be immersed in literacy and to be able to develop their language and communication skills.  This is in addition to having valuable one to one time with you, an older student.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Please note that this requires committed students who will be ambassadors for the College at other schools.
Book ClubThis elective will be perfect for students who enjoy reading for pleasure or who want to increase the amount of reading they do. Different books, from a variety of genres, will be read and then discussed.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
British Sign LanguageLearn the basics of sign language and improve your awareness of the issues that affect deaf and hearing impaired people. This course is not accredited so will not lead to a formal qualification in BSL but it will give you a very good grounding in sign language should you wish to follow the accredited Level 1 course in the future.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Certificate in Financial StudiesStudents will learn the general principles of managing personal finance and the course covers paying tax, getting mortgages, taking out loans, the importance of pensions and the different types, and making savings and investments. The course also covers the wider world of finance such as what is inflation, exchange rates, and how the UK Government manages and regulates the financial system. There is only a small Maths content and this covers how to calculate tax and National Insurance. Up to 20 UCAS points (on the new tariff) can be gained depending on the final grade which is similar to any other AS level course. There are 4 exams in total. A multiple choice and essay in January and a multiple choice and essay in May. Re-sitting is allowed for each exam but only once. Once the Certificate has been completed students may take the Diploma in Finance in Year 13 which is an equivalent to an A2.3 Terms

2 Lessons per Week
Not open to new students after Autumn term.
CriminologyDo you ever wonder what drives people to commit crime? Is it nature or nurture that shapes criminal behaviour? This taster course will introduce you to one of the most fascinating applications of psychology – examining and tackling criminal behaviour. We will explore some of the most controversial case studies when investigating issues, such as the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, police investigation, offender profiling and crime analysis, lie detection and false confessions, expert witnesses, jury behaviour, criminal thinking styles and last, but not least, the rehabilitation of complex offenders.

Course Outline

• Theories of Criminal Behaviour
• Psychology and the criminal justice system
• False confessions and lie detection
• Expert witnesses
• Jury behaviour
• Criminal thinking styles and psychopathology
• Police investigation
• Offender Profiling and crime analysis
• Rehabilitation and treatment programmes
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Current Affairs Want to better understand the world you live in? We will look at variety of big issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The role of Russia in the modern world, the freedom of the press, global warming, youth crime figures and much more will all be explored from political, economic, social, environmental and ethical perspectives.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
EPQAn EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is a BIG independent project for which you’ll earn an AS-level once completed (up to 28 UCAS points). It involves either writing a 5000 word essay or making an ‘artefact’ – this can be a piece of artwork, object or a documentary – and an accompanying short essay. You will have a supervisor to help you, but you’ll have to do most of it in your own time, so you need to be able to organise your other subjects and commitments around this. The best thing about an EPQ is that you can choose your topic and project title. As long as your topic gives you enough to talk about in an ‘academic’ style, you can do whatever you want! Also, they’re useful for University and Employment applications as you do your own research in a chosen subject to above A-Level standard so it gives you the opportunity to really impress them with your research and presenting skills. If you choose a topic you enjoy and you keep on top of what you have to do, it’s amazing to be in charge of a whole subject for yourself.3 Terms

1 Lesson per Week
Not open to new students after Autumn term.
Essential Guide to EconomicsThe course will be a mixture of practical activities covering a wide range of topics from the basic economic problem, opportunity cost, advantages of international trade; analysis of topical stories such as the economics of plastic pollution, anti social drinking or promotion of cycling; as well as studying modern economists such as Tim Harford and Ha-Joon Chang. The course will require active participation and relies on students contributing their ideas to generate lively debate and discussion. An interest in current affairs (or a willingness to learn) is essential. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Living away from homeWe will focus on developing and extending students’ practical cooking skills and building their self-confidence so that they are well prepared before transitioning to University. We will look at budgeting for food, how to shop wisely as well as what equipment is best to buy when initially leaving home. The course will also provide students with knowledge of how they can take control of their health and wellbeing.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
This Elective will begin early, during lunchtime, to allow enough time to prepare food.
Maths for BiologistsThis is a course for students studying Biology. There are a number of statistical tests that are used in Biology to understand how we can evaluate the data we collect. Even if you study A level Maths you will not meet some of these techniques. This elective will introduce you to the key ideas behind the techniques and when it is appropriate to apply them. What you learn will be relevant to your A level.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Maths for PhysicistsThis is a course for students studying Physics who do not take Mathematics. There are a number of areas of Mathematics that are needed by every physicist, this course will go through those areas and help build up your skills. What you learn will be relevant to your A level. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Music CaféHelp with planning the Music Café Events – invitations, food orders, printing programmes etc. You do not have to be studying A level Music to take part in this elective. It would be perfect for anyone considering a career in events management.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Music & Theatre TechIn this course you will learn:

• How to use and programme a sound desk to produce a multi-level and master recording.
• How to use and programme a lighting desk.
• Gain a real life experience in running a show.
• How to layer audio recording into a video production.
• Create a lighting and sound extravaganza.
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Music PerformancePerformance and rehearsal practice for auditions, grade exams, house music solos and A level recitals. Feedback and critique from peers and music staff.
Support and practice for additional tests for grade exams including aural, sight reading, dictation, technical exercises/studies and scales.
1, 2, or 3 Terms

1 Lesson per Week
OceanographyAre you motivated by a desire to understand processes in the world’s oceans that drive phenomena such as ocean circulation, ocean acidification, sea-level rise or coastal erosion? If so, this elective will help you to develop your understanding of Earth’s oceans and the key physical, chemical and biological processes as well as coastal zone management and scientific research.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Physical FridayIn this elective we will spend time doing some physical activities such as badminton, dodge ball, rounders and other team games. We may also use the CV room. This will be a great elective to end the week with, especially if you need to build a little more exercise into your weekly routine.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Planet under pressureWould you eat a bug cookie, might insects be our future food? Are you concerned that the taps might run dry? Can we keep the lights on without creating CO2? Where will the next conflict be? And over which resource? This elective will focus on the scientific, ethical and socio-political issues facing our planet. Encompassing elements of the IB’s Environmental Science and Societies Diploma course, it will enable students to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that are currently facing our planet, and will help them to gain an international perspective and awareness of local and global environmental concerns.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Project meThe course will take students on a journey in developing their self confidence and self esteem and understanding how to manage and regulate emotions so that they can maximise their mental health and wellbeing. They will learn about the power of the mind in driving behaviour, and the importance of developing a positive relationship with self in order to really experience happiness and be their best self1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
SailingTake part in sailing onboard a range of new yachts. You will meet at the marina at 130pm and motor out of the marina, hoist sails and cruise around the south coast of Jersey. An RYA skipper will teach you a range of transferable skills across many aspects of boating to include crewing, helming, navigation, knots etc. Many opportunities to continue sailing after the elective programme will be available. Should the weather be inclement JCG has its own water proof sailing jackets and trousers so all you need to bring is yourself. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
This is now free of charge. It will start at 14:00 and finish at 16:00
Self DefenceThis elective will be taught by Sensei Clive Temple a self-defence, tai-bo and karate instructor with many years of experience. He will teach you some techniques to help you defend yourself should you ever be in a threatening situation and will also cover some of the basics of karate.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Singing‘Whether you have vocal pipes to rival Beyoncé, or would describe yourself as ‘musically challenged’, singing can do wonders for your wellbeing.’
This elective is for anyone, regardless of their level of ability or experience in singing. You will practice (and possibly perform) some choral pieces together under the expert instruction of Mrs Goldhawk.
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
TEFLThis is a whole year course for those wishing to complete the qualification. Through the course, you will learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages. This would be a fantastic skill and qualification to have if you would like to travel or live in another country. It would also provide skills that would be useful in a future teaching career. Even if you are not considering teaching English in the future, this would certainly help you to know your own language better and fine tune your grammatical knowledge. As part of the elective, you can follow the online TEFL qualification with i-to-i, click here . Completion of the course would qualify you to teach English as a foreign language. The course is assessed with an online test, followed by completion of a lesson plan and essay. In the summer term, there may be the opportunity for those who are keen to undertake some lesson observation and teaching with the EAL (English as Another Language) team in Jersey, supporting primary school children whose native3 Terms

2 Lessons per Week
Not open to new students after Autumn term.
YogaYes, yoga can increase your flexibility, improve your balance and decrease your cholesterol. BUT it can also help your brain and improve learning memory, as well as, reduce fear, anxiety and stress.1 Term

1 Lesson per Week
Please sign up to one session only

The Friday session runs 1330-1430

Max. 15 students in each session

Time Table

ElectiveMonday P3Tuesday P2Thursday P4Friday P5
An Introduction to PsychologyMiss Gomes
Biological AnthropologyMrs Coleman
Book BuddiesMiss Rollo
Book ClubMiss Stirk
British Sign LanguageVisiting Teacher
Certificate in Financial StudiesMrs HadjamMrs Hadjam
CriminologyMiss Gomes
Current AffairsMr Herbert
EPQMr Aguair
Essential Guide to EconomicsMrs Hadjam
Living away from homeMrs De Louche
Maths for BiologistsMrs Bolton
Maths for PhysicistsDr Barker
Music CaféMr Abraham
Music & Theatre TechMr Crespel
Music PerformanceMr Abraham
OceanographyMs Welburn
Physical FridayMiss Gomes
Planet under pressureMrs Hide
Project meVisiting Teacher
SailingMr Coxshall
Self DefenceMrs Hide / Visiting Teacher
SingingMrs Goldhawk
TEFLMiss HottonMiss Hotton
YogaVisiting TeacherVisiting Teacher


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