NEWS, INFO & Activities

NEWS, INFO & Activities

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School

W e l c o m e from the headteacher

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio is a 13-19 mainstream Studio School based in Darwen. We specialise in Creative Digital Media, Technical Digital Media and Care sector studies

We are part of the North West cluster of the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust. We are a small school catering for young people of all abilities.

Alongside GCSEs, BTECs and A Levels, the Studio offers a specialised curriculum, developing students’ employability skills and engaging them with local businesses. We offer a balanced curriculum with the opportunity to specialise, and wherever possible we engage students in ‘real life’ activities as part of their learning.

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Our Specialisms

The Studio’s KS4 curriculum enables students to study core GCSE subjects of English Language, English literature, maths and combined sciences. Students then opt to follow a specialist pathway of option subjects in certain specialist areas

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Y9 - Y11KS4

The Studio’s KS5 curriculum enables students to follow a specialist pathway of subjects in certain specialist areas

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Y12 - Y13KS5

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    Business & Enterprise

    Business & Enterprise

    For students who want a career in management, global enterprise, or who want to become a successful entrepreneur, this course will put you on the right path.

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    Citizenship

    Citizenship

    Citizenship teaches you a variety of life skills and knowledge that will help you throughout life, not just for GCSEs. The main topic areas look at Law and Crime, Government and Politics and British Values and The Media.

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    Computing

    Computing

    Our computing and IT courses at level 2/3 offer students a wide breadth of ICT and Computing opportunities. From IT hardware and software fundamentals, programming concepts and techniques to games design, multimedia production and web design.

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    Digital Games Design

    Digital Games Design

    This exciting course focuses on game design and how it forms part of the creative digital media industries. Students study a range of industry aspects from licencing laws, production skills to marketing guidelines that surround the gaming industry. The reality is that the role of a game designer is very varied and employment opportunities come in a range of different forms.

    This course enables students to have a well-rounded understanding of the media industry in preparation for a career in a rapidly growing industry.

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    Digital Photography

    Digital Photography

    The world of marketing, promotions and reporting is dominated by the need for high quality imagery. At the Studio we deliver photography at GCSE and A-Level standard in a contemporary form. Students work in a digital form, creating eBooks that contain still and moving imagery as part of the course. Tuition is delivered by staff with industry expertise, setting live briefs and having professional expectations of students.

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    Digital Technologies

    Digital Technologies

    The growing need for cutting edge professionals in digital industries makes this course an essential for students seeking a career in information technology. The course is structured around data management, digital project planning, digital practices and cybersecurity where students get hands on activities to support their digital study.

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    English

    English

    In English, we uphold a broader understanding of the world our students live in by exploring a breadth of texts from various historical, cultural and social perspectives. Rather than delivering a narrow curriculum, we believe that our students should experience the richness, diversity and power of individual voices, subsequently inspiring them to find their own voice.

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    Childcare

    Childcare

    This course is taught by staff who have experience working in Childcare settings in the local community. You will learn how children develop in the early year sector, and plan activities to use in real life settings as part of compulsory placement and other enrichment activities. We assess you for the qualification in varying and interesting ways to allow you the opportunity to showcase your individual interest and skills.

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    Graphic Design

    Graphic Design

    Our innovative curriculum teaches students the skills to produce art that delivers a message. We combine illustration with digital design to create a modern approach to Art. Students are taught the skills to master the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, becoming versatile designers and communicators.

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    Health & Social Care

    Health & Social Care

    This is an interesting course taught by staff with real life experience working in the NHS. It covers human development from the cradle to grave assessed in various, interesting ways giving you opportunities to showcase your skills.

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    E-Sports

    An exciting Level 3 course that covers all aspects of IT. The units provide learners with an insight into the E-Sports sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, Industry infrastructure and the flow of e-sports on a global scale.

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    Maths

    Maths

    Throughout the course, students are challenged and supported to deepen their understanding of a wide range of Mathematical skills. Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.

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    Science

    Science

    The Science department raises an interest and enthusiasm for science; developing inquisitive minds and lifelong passion. Practical work is central to learning within DAES Science, providing students with strong skills which form the basis for discovery further along their learning journey.

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    TV & Film Production

    TV & Film Production

    Our Film Production course provides an innovative grounding in the technical processes, creative skills and production practices necessary for a career in the cinematic arts. From the outset, you will partake in film screenings and production workshops to develop your identity as a filmmaker.

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