Accounting

Accounting

A-LEVEL

Money makes the world go round. That’s why Accounting adds up to being a great A-level.

Accountants tell the story of how a business succeeds through numbers.

Accounting keeps track of finances. On this accounting course you’ll learn how to interpret raw financial data, from transactions to taxes, using a fascinating array of tools and techniques to analyse an organisation’s financial health.

To get the most from this course you’ll be a whizz at maths, and love solving problems.

Every business needs ace accountants and financial experts. And there’s a good amount of job security in this world – because it’s on you to make sure books are balanced and everyone gets paid.

While you’ll be spending a lot of your time reporting on financial activity, accounting also requires creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Stick with accounting as a career and in a few years’ time you could be:

  • Working in one of the world’s great financial markets or institutions – from New York to Tokyo
  • Leading mergers and acquisitions
  • Evaluating expansion into new markets
  • Launching new products
  • Safeguarding against unprofitable business moves
  • Finding creative ways to reduce waste and unnecessary spending

LESSON TIME!

Miss Reding will explain the statement of financial position – which leans heavily on the accounting equation formula (or the balance sheet equation): Assets = Capital + Liabilities.

In this Accounting crash course we’ll learn how all these items come together on the statement:

  • Non-current assets
  • Current assets
  • Capital
  • Non-current liabilities
  • Current liabilities

The purpose of this statement of financial position is to show all assets are equal to capital plus liabilities – to help investors see what a business is worth.

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As you’d expect, if you look after money, money will look after you.

Jobs in finance typically offer above-average salaries compared to roles elsewhere demanding similar levels of education.

Rise up the ranks to become a chartered accountant and you’re looking at an average annual salary of £84,500, with yearly bonuses of around £17,300* .

Accounting also gives you the analytical skills perfect for STEM-related roles, including data scientist and engineer.

* figures from prospects.ac.uk – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/chartered-accountant 

It would be highly unlikely you didn’t want to consider a finance-related degree. Many of our alumni become business, maths and marketing undergraduates.

But options beyond this course are vast.

Financial literacy is one of the most in-demand skills across every industry. We’ve even had some Accounting students go on to do drama at uni.

Whatever you fancy, your teacher, Pastoral Manager or our Careers Team is here to talk things through with you.

My favourite subject would be Accounting because it’s mentally challenging and I enjoy that aspect. Furthermore Miss Reding’s passion for Accounting made me like it even more.

Samreen Majeed, Accounting A Level student applying to The University of Manchester (BA Economics).

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Ancient History

Ancient History

A-LEVEL

Xaverian and Ancient history. We go way back.

This is a history course like no other.

They say truth is often stranger than fiction. You’d have no reason to disagree after spending a couple of years on this course unearthing the faintly believable, bloodthirsty world of the first five Roman emperors.

If there wasn’t documented evidence of it happening, you’d be inclined towards scepticism about the brutal, often-terrifying goings-on of ancient Rome.

It’s a real life story of good versus evil. Or is it? Who’s really good and who’s evil?

Taught by incredibly passionate historians, laced with loads of fun, exciting projects, workshops and packed with movies that bring these very-olden days to life, Ancient History will be a treat for any student fascinated by culture, gaudy costumes and living tanks of bronze, spears and human muscle.

You’ll be analysing texts, evaluating evidence and gaining confidence in expressing a considered opinion. Ancient History will help you understand different cultures without judging them. You’ll also do a lot of reading outside class.

There is a surprising amount of modern life that owes its existence to ancient Greece and Rome. Much of our language, clean water, sewerage and baths are the stuff of Ancient History. And let’s not forget the democratic world. Athens’ citizens were the first people to choose their rulers. We can trace the roots of Western democracy back there.

LESSON TIME!

Buckle up. We’re hitting rewind in a big way. How’s 2,500 years for you? In this Ancient History lesson we’re heading to Greece, where we’ll quickly discover that truth is definitely stranger than fiction.

We’ll start our adventure in 492 BC, as yet another Asia Minor squabble is about to kick off, initiated as ever by Persia’s grumpy, power-hungry King Darius I.

We then whizz forward a few hundred years to not-so bella Italia where we’ll see what it was like to kick around under a procession of predictably angry Roman emperors. Politics, street gangs and civil war.

Fascinating facts:

  • In ancient times, Greeks didn’t wear trousers.
  • Sparta was all about its warriors and a relentless commitment to being battle-ready.
  • At seven, kids were taken to a military bootcamp and belonged to the state. Underfed, their ‘stealthiness’ was tested as they stole food to survive.
  • At 12, they got a red cloak.
  • At 18 they were initiated into adulthood through a gruesome challenge when they’d kill big slaves. And these single-minded warriors kept fighting until 60.
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Humanities courses are great all-rounders in giving you skills that endure in any career you choose.

Ancient History students have gone on to work in the media, such as the BBC, and even found work in other countries. Other popular jobs include:

  • Academic researcher
  • Archivist
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum curator or exhibitions officer
  • Teacher

History students are held in high regard by universities due to the courses’ academic nature. A lot of Xaverian students become history, politics, law or teaching undergraduates.

It’s definitely helped with my language/writing skills, especially when writing letters, sending emails and completing admin. I still enjoy reading Ancient History-based fiction in my spare time!

Sophie Lennon, paralegal at a law firm and now on an apprenticeship to become a legal executive.

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Biology

BIOLOGY

A-LEVEL

You’re remarkable. Now find out why and how with Biology - the study of life.

We’re all simply a collection of organic compounds, converting energy to growth, change, and reproduction.

Yet every day we make life-changing discoveries. Biologists have helped us develop better medicines and treatments for diseases, understand how a changing environment might affect plants and animals, grow enough food for everyone and predict how sticking to an exercise regime could change our bodies.

This is a spectacular science. It’s built on chemistry, which is built on physics, on maths. 

Choose Biology and you’re getting an access-all-areas pass to not only who we are, but how we got here.

Biologists know why we are not so different to trees and bees. The secrets of DNA – and why it’s our operating manual. And how viruses hijack cells, take them hostage and force them to make new viruses.

As a community of practice we’re only just beginning to understand biology at the molecular level. There’s never been a better time to study this A-level.

You’re literally learning about how life happens. And through constant experimentation and research. If you’re constantly curious and always seeking solutions and answers to big questions, Biology is where you need to be. 

How do we start with inanimate molecules and atoms, ending up with complex living things? Join us on this amazing course as we discover the story of life.

LESSON TIME!

Mrs Andrews and Mr Simpson are going to teach us all about lactose intolerance – a condition that affects up to 70% of the world’s population, including cats.

Lactose is a molecule. And unless it gets hydrolysed (broken down) by the lactase enzyme, bacteria ferment it and cause symptoms of intolerance.

In today’s lesson we’ll show through a fascinating experiment how biologists in a lab setting can force lactose in milk to be broken down making it safe to drink for those who are lactose intolerant.

Fascinating facts:

  • In Greek, bio means life and logos means study.
  • Molecular biologists discovered the COVID-19 vaccine, a single-stranded molecule of RNA (mRNA) corresponding to the genetic sequence of a gene that’s read by a ribosome during a process known as protein synthesis.
  • Lactose is broken down by an enzyme into the galactose and glucose monosaccharides.
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Your future may be in any field – but one thing’s for sure: study biology and you’ll be entering it with your eyes wide open.

There are lots more ideas at prospects.ac.uk

Specialise in a single organism type – perhaps through Zoology, the study of animals, botany (plants), or Microbiology (really tiny things called microorganisms). 

Combine subjects such as bioengineering, and research artificial organs or imaging the body using technology like MRI scanning. or astrobiology – and join the hunt for ET! Physiology is all about how living things work. Biochemistry looks at how medicines affect the body, while ecology looks at how organisms interact with their environment – such as how bees aren’t so happy with us humans right now because of all the pollution and agricultural challenges of overpopulation.

My favourite subject would be Biology because I enjoy learning about how life came to be.

Bethany Holt, Biology A level student applying to Edinburgh University (BSc Biochemistry).

North West Science Network

Fancy the chance to experience life at Oxford University?

Xaverian College offers Year 12 science students the chance to take part in a week-long Corpus Christi summer school, a highlight of the North West Science Network’s packed calendar of events.

We’re the Greater Manchester hub for the NWSN, which also features lectures by celebrated scientists, regional laboratory visits, and a Maths Study Day – featuring lectures and interactive workshops exploring diverse topics from cancer research to jet engine propulsion.

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English Language/Literature

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Business

BUSINESS

A-LEVEL

BUILD the foundations for a successful business.

Want your own start-up and thirsty for success? Wake up every day with product ideas and want to develop a team to get them on the market?

On the Business A-level you’ll learn the formula to building winning enterprises.

You’ll need a creative mind, one that’s focused both on the little details and the bigger picture.

Modern businesses have a greater challenge than ever. It’s no longer enough to find the right product or service. Your customers are more environmentally aware and cost conscious than ever. Finding a balance is your challenge as an entrepreneur. 

Making things that are both appealing and good, and providing meaningful work to your employees, are the hallmarks of a successful 21st century enterprise.

Business is ever changing, but the basics stay the same. You need to be quick but methodical in problem solving and making decisions. 

On this course we’ll teach you lots of practical tricks and tips to make the right calls while applying critical analysis to every situation.

LESSON TIME!

Shares are a robust indicator of business health. They’re sold by the business to raise money. Shareholders make money either through dividends or an increase in the value of their stocks. But there’s no guarantee profitable businesses will pay dividends.

There are many external and internal factors influencing share price, from political climate and the economy to the company’s management and reputation.

What makes a great investment? We’ll compare the share prices of car firm Tesla and cinema chain Cineworld and go behind the scenes to understand why one boomed and the other plummeted.

We also review the fortunes and otherwise of online food delivery company Just Eat and online fashion retailer Boohoo as they either enjoyed or endured operating during a time of national lockdown.

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During your Business A-level you’ll be doing a lot of work around analysis, marketing and researching. You’ll be fascinated by data and people, and also the workings of commerce – both at the start-up level, and also more established organisations. Law, retail and HR may be sectors that interest you.

You’ll be ready to expand your knowledge in many different areas. Most of our students go on to study business management, administration, accountancy and finance, HR, marketing and retail management degrees.

Hand in your work on time and don’t settle for passes or merits, always achieve the highest grades.

Saptieu Sarr, Applying to Leeds University to study Business Management and Human Resources.

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Chemistry

CHEMISTRY

A-LEVEL

Study Chemistry at Xaverian. You’ll be in your element.

What is pollination? How do we hear, taste, or feel touch? What’s lighter, a kilogram of stones or a kilogram of feathers?

Everything we do is a chemical reaction. A transformation, of matter – anything that takes up space and has mass. 

Chemists need to know what makes up matter and why and how it is transformed.

Chemistry helps us understand, and make predictions about, our reality.

Anyone curious about the world around us and how it works will be in their element on this Chemistry course.

LESSON TIME!

How does temperature affect the rate of reaction?

We’re going to react sodium sulphate with methanal at different temperatures and you’ll be amazed at what happens when we lower and raise the mercury.

This experiment clearly demonstrates how the state of matter can be transformed through changing environmental conditions – a cornerstone of Chemistry.

Fascinating facts:

  • One million carbon atoms strung together comprise the width of a human hair.
  • Chalk is made of trillions of microscopic skeleton fossils of plankton.
  • Lemons have more sugar than strawberries.
  • An ice cube takes up almost 9% more volume than the water used to make it.
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Careers for the scientifically minded span the range of industries and job types.

You could find yourself in a chemistry-related role:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Development chemist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Research analyst
  • Toxicologist

Or you could decide that your experience lends itself to work in an associated field:

  • Forensic examiner or researcher
  • Police officer
  • Project engineer
  • Technical associate
  • Accountant
  • Applied chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Environmental science
  • Forensic science.
A-levels are difficult but not impossible; taking them on with determination is the best thing to do!

Ismahaan Ahmed, plans on studying Medicine at University.

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Xaverian College offers Year 12 science students the chance to take part in a week-long Corpus Christi summer school, a highlight of the North West Science Network’s packed calendar of events.

We’re the Greater Manchester hub for the NWSN, which also features lectures by celebrated scientists, regional laboratory visits, and a Maths Study Day – featuring lectures and interactive workshops exploring diverse topics from cancer research to jet engine propulsion.

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Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation

A-LEVEL

Welcome to Classics - a study of ancient life through poems, philosophy, art, architecture and much more…

What entertained, inspired and laid foundations for society as we know it? If you love thinking deeply about the world around us and how it came to be, you’ll have an absolute ball on this Classical Civilisation A-level course.

What’s surprising is how many of the issues affecting today’s society have been around and debated for more than 2,000 years. We’ll discuss many of them on this course – from democracy to drama.

There’s a lot of debate and discussion in this course. You’ll be reading plenty, analysing texts and interpretations with your classmates and teachers, for example:

  • Great battles with heroes, witches, and giants in Homer’s Odyssey
  • One of history’s greatest piece of theatre – packed with prophecy and deadly secrets in Sophocles’ Oedipus
  • A journey through life with arguably the greatest-ever philosopher, Socrates, as we go deep on beauty, the god of love and pursuit of wisdom.

This is a course that’s recommended if you’re seeking to hone your critical thinking – and highly rated by higher education institutions. An increasing number of Classical Civilisation students apply successfully to Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities.

Classical Civilisation is an odyssey in itself. Storytelling, song, love, literature, art, archaeology, and the obligatory tales of woe and war. We can’t wait for you to join us and put this world to rights.

LESSON TIME!

We’re shooting ourselves back almost 2,500 years to study the Ancient Greek tragedy, Hippolytus. Which as a word, loosely translated, means ‘destroyed by horses’.

Our playwright is Euripides and he’s going all-in on love and despair. This is a properly dark text. There’s unrequited love, death by chariot, and all kinds of other shenanigans that quite frankly make Game of Thrones look tame.

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If you choose to pursue a degree related to the Classics, you may consider a career in one of the following rewarding roles:

  • Archivist
  • Barrister
  • Editorial assistant
  • Heritage manager
  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Museum curator

Many Classical Civilisation students develop a real passion for Greek and Roman mythology. 

This course is packed with art, literature, history, and comedy intertwined with politics. That means there are plenty of aligned degree courses to consider – depending on how you wish to branch out.

You’ll already be fascinated by society, culture and democracy, and how life has evolved through the ages – so you might also consider your university future in courses such as philosophy, sociology and law.

My favourite subject is classical civilisation because of the unique and complex literature that we study. I have thoroughly enjoyed covering such a wide breadth of content from greek epic to stoicism and poetry. I have found that classics enables you to delve into the bigger questions about human identity, what we consider happiness and “what is wisdom?” – it has given me the opportunity to explore such content and questions like no other subject has before.

Emma Noone, applying to Archeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University.

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Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE

A-LEVEL

They say in life, most decisions are not binary. But in computers, everything is.

There are few guarantees. But when it comes to secure and rewarding careers, getting smart in Computer Science is the closest you can get to one.

It’s a rare thing these days that’s unaffected by technology. Data is the new oil, algorithms control everything from farming to fast food, and artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing sectors. 

You can quickly grasp the importance of Computer Science in society.

On this course you’ll first learn how computers work, including the language they speak and the components from which they’re made. We’ll discover how they’re connected to form networks – including the most famous network of all, the Internet – and how you can code pretty much anything on basic frameworks.

We’ll start simple, looking at problems, breaking them down, and writing code to solve them.

By the time you’ve completed this course you’ll be knowledgeable in coding and ninja-like in networking.

The world will be at your feet. Technology is only becoming more important in all our lives – and you’ll be ready to play a big part in the future of our world.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have any experience coding. We’ll start, as you’d hope, at the very beginning. But we move fast.

While every course at Xaverian is designed to provide skills readying you for the world of work – from problem solving to critical thinking – Computer Science is all about the practical application of lessons learned so you’ll feel super confident when it’s time to hit the world of work.

You’ll need to be methodical, focused and considered in how you approach solving problems. Getting in flow is a huge part of being a winning programmer.

Coders are patient, but equally work fast. You’ll enjoy working both on your own – there’s lots of independent study and analysis expected on this course as you progress towards coding mastery – and as part of a team.

In return, you’ll enjoy a course that’s as inspiring as it is insightful, learning from a team of teachers who are passionate about how technology is transforming our world. And showing you step-by-step that transformation is taking place.

LESSON TIME!

Mrs Graham is here to lead us through a fascinating session all about encryption, followed by a programming challenge in C# to figure out the Fibonacci sequence.

If you want to write your own language, encryption could be just what you need. In today’s lesson you’ll learn how to use a cipher – like the Caesar cipher, commonly known as a ‘shift’ cipher.

Then we get on to our favourite number series – the Fibonacci sequence, where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc). Your challenge is to write a program that reveals the first 10 Fibonacci numbers.

This lesson gives you a great glimpse into life as a Computer Science student.

Incidentally, the Fibonacci sequence was actually created by Leonardo of Pisa when he needed to work out how many rabbits would be bred in a year.

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Computer science graduates are in high demand. You can expect to be hired into roles such as:

  • Computer games tester
  • IT service engineer
  • Network manager
  • Software developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Technical architect
  • Web developer

And you’ll likely be working in one of these sectors:

  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance

It’s likely you’ll progress into higher education beyond this course.

While you might be considering a regular degree focusing 100% on study, you might also choose to pursue a degree apprenticeship, which sees you hired and studying alongside regular work (20% study versus 80% time at work).

Degree subjects related to Computer science include: 

  • Information systems
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Health informatics

Degree apprenticeships might include:

  • Cyber security
  • Data scientist
  • Digital and technology solutions
  • Project manager
My greatest achievement would have to be completing my computer science coursework. Due to lockdown and personal circumstances I did not have as much time as I had hoped to complete it, so when I did after a lot of hard work and dedication I was very pleased.

Bakhtawar Malik, applying to the University of Leeds (Computer Science).