2018 Year 8 Options Booklet - Castle Hall Academy
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Dear Parents, Carers and Students This booklet and our Options Evening are the start of a process aimed at ensuring that all of our Key Stage 4 students follow courses that are relevant, at which they will be successful and which they enjoy. We always start by asking you, the students, which course you, would like to study over the next three years. We then design a curriculum and a timetable to allow as many of you as possible to follow the courses of your choice. It is important that we are able to guide choices in some areas: we will be making some recommendations on the language options, humanities options and science options. There will be three individual pathways which students will be guided along: The Blue pathway will be following the EBacc curriculum, one Humanity, one Language and two options. The Green pathway will be following the Progress 8 curriculum, one of History, Geography or a Language as well as three further options. The Purple pathway will be following a Progress 8 curriculum with three options and further enrichment in the core subjects. I hope that this Options Booklet provides you with the information you need as you begin to make choices for your KS4 curriculum. It is important that we get these decisions right and parents/carers and students are welcome to contact me at the academy at any time to ask for clarification or further information. Form Tutors will be able to guide and advise students throughout the process and Subject Teachers and Heads of Faculty can provide additional information on specific courses at Parents‟ Evening on 8th March 2018. Each course in this booklet names a specific teacher who can provide detailed information on that course. During the Parents‟ Evening on 8th March there will be the opportunity to attend a brief meeting with senior teachers who will be able to provide advice and guidance for both parents and students regarding their option choices. The academy has an excellent Connexions Careers PA in Kirsty Brobyn, who is available to provide impartial advice on qualifications and progression routes, she will be available to speak to you on Options Evening, and you can also contact her at the academy if you want to make an appointment. This booklet and a copy of the options assembly delivered to students can be found on the academy website www.castlehall.com – News & Events – Messages to Parents/Carers & Students. Yours faithfully Mrs S Coe Assistant Principal
Important Dates: Friday 9th February – Options Assembly, Option booklets and Preliminary forms will be issued to students. Monday 12th February – Alternative Curriculum Day – Students will be involved in taster sessions in new Key Stage 4 option subjects. Wednesday 14th February – This will be the deadline for the return of the Preliminary Option Forms. Tutors will follow up any late or missing forms. Thursday 8th March – Year 8 Parents' Evening and option meetings with senior staff. Final option forms will also be issued on this evening. Thursday 15th March – Options Evening. This will be the final deadline for handing in the Options Form. Support and guidance meetings are available by appointment only. Friday 20th April – Letters confirming option choices will be sent to parents.
The Courses We Offer: All courses are GCSE unless otherwise stated: Compulsory – students will gain six GCSEs from these subjects English Language – one GCSE English Literature – one GCSE Mathematics – one GCSE Science – counts as two GCSEs Religious Studies – one GCSE Choices – depending on which pathway you follow, you will choose three or four options from the following lists: We currently offer GCSEs, Technical Awards and Cambridge Nationals and BTECs. GCSEs Vocational Art and Design Business Studies Enterprise & Marketing Computer Science Health & Social Care – BTEC Design and Technology Information and Creative Technology - CiDA Food Preparation and Nutrition Performing Arts – BTEC French Sport / Physical Education – Technical Award Geography Travel & Tourism – BTEC German History Music Photography Separate Science Spanish
GCSEs New GCSEs have linear assessment, with all exams in the summer at the end of the course in Year 11. The majority of assessment will be by exam wherever possible and the contribution made by coursework will be greatly reduced or removed completely. The new number scale, which has replaced the old A* - G scale: Technical Awards and BTECs Equivalent Grades 2019 Performance table Level Qualification Grade points (based on 2018) Distinction * 8/9 Distinction 7 Level 2 Merit 5/6 Pass 4 Distinction 3 Level 1 Merit 2 Pass 1 Technical Awards and Cambridge Nationals (Level 1 & 2 / GCSE equivalent) Technical Awards and Cambridge Nationals are more practical in nature and have a focus on applied learning. They provide students with knowledge and highly sought-after skills to prepare them for further study, apprenticeships and the workplace. Technical Awards will contain a larger proportional of external assessment compared to GCSEs and will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Attainment 8 and Progress 8 Measure Schools have to report on the attainment and progress of students. This takes into consideration their initial starting point and their achievement over their top 8 performing subjects. As can be seen from the diagram below, Maths and English play a significant part in this measure, as they account for 40% of a student‟s Progress 8 measure. The Progress 8 measure encourages a broad and balanced curriculum. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) The English Baccalaureate is highly recommended by universities and employers. The English Baccalaureate subjects are: English, Maths, two Science GCSEs, Geography or History and French, German or Spanish. If a student passes all of these subjects at grade 5 or higher they have achieved the English Baccalaureate. How to choose your option subjects A few things to remember when making your choices: Think about how much progress you have made in each subject. You are far more likely to succeed in a subject you find interesting. Think about your possible future career. This will mean looking very carefully at qualifications required to do certain jobs. You may need to choose a subject now in order to study it at college and/or university. Read the information in this booklet carefully and ask your teachers for any extra information that you may need. Speak to teachers, older students, family and friends. Do not choose a subject just because your friend has chosen it. Do not choose a subject just because you get on well with your present teacher. They may not be the teacher you will have next year. We cannot guarantee to provide all option choices for every student and in some cases alternative combinations will need to be considered. When completing your final option form you will have to choose a reserve option.
English Language - GCSE (Compulsory) Staff Contact Mrs Z Inman What is it? What do you do? Castle Hall Academy runs two different GCSE English courses at Key Stage 4, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. GCSE English Language must be taken with GCSE English Literature. Both English GCSEs are now linear, terminal exam based courses. The specification offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language in an un- tiered context. Questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses. Study Guides for this GCSE are available through ParentPay and will support your child‟s progress. Assessment Overview: English Language will follow the course offered by AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance). All students are entered for GCSE English Language. Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing: Written exam 1 Hr 45 mins/ 80 marks 50% of GCSE Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text Section B: Writing – Descriptive or Narrative writing Paper 2: Writers‟ Viewpoints and Perspectives: Written exam 1 Hr 45 mins/ 80 marks 50% of GCSE Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text Section B: Writing –Writing to present a viewpoint Plus a non-examined Assessment: Spoken Language • Presenting • Responding to questions and feedback • Use of standard English What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Successful GCSE English Language results are essential for all students. Not only does it enable access to and success in further and higher education, but it also allows students to perform successfully in any workplace.
English Literature - GCSE (Compulsory) Staff Contact Mrs Z Inman What is it? What do you do? English Literature and English Language are designed to work together, giving students the opportunity to develop a wider range of knowledge and skills. Study Guides for this GCSE are available through ParentPay and will support your child‟s progress. Assessment Overview: English Literature will follow the course offered by AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance). All students are entered for English Literature. All exams are closed book. English Literature must be studied with English Language GCSE. Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel: Written exam 1 Hr 45 mins/ 64 marks - 40% of GCSE Section A: Shakespeare – students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole. Section B: The 19th Century Novel – students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole. Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry: Written exam 2 Hr 15 mins/ 96 marks - 60% of GCSE Section A: Modern texts – students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text. Section B: Poetry – students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. Section C: Unseen Poetry - Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? English Literature helps to develop pupils` skills of interpretation and evaluation. It is essential for pupils` aesthetic and personal development, broadening their horizons. The study of Literature not only improves students` English skills and their cultural development but is relevant for most further education courses.
Mathematics - GCSE (Compulsory) Staff Contact Mr M Still What is it? What do you do? Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. The course is designed to enable students to engage with, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths. Topic Area Foundation Tier (%) Higher Tier (%) Number 25 15 Algebra 20 30 Ratio and Proportion 25 20 Geometry 15 20 Probability & Statistics 15 15 Assessment Overview: The Linear Examinations are taken at the end of the course. Both the Foundation Tier and the Higher Tier have three assessment papers, all of equal length and equally weighted. Foundation Tier Higher Tier Paper 1 (non-calculator) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) Paper 2 (calculator) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) Paper 3 (calculator) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) 80 marks (1hr 30 min) The Foundation Tier covers grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (U) The Higher Tier covers grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 (3) (U) Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Approx. G/F E D C C/B B A A/A* A/A* Equivalent What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Mathematics is at the heart of thousands of different careers and underpins almost every discipline. It is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills and, as such, is greatly valued by colleges, universities and employers.
Religious Studies - GCSE (Compulsory) Staff Contact Mr P Hives What is it? What do you do? Over the three years students will complete a study of: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of Christianity and Islam (50%) and the themes of Relationships, Life, Peace and Conflict, Human Rights and Social Justice (50%). Relationships What makes a family Is one type better than another Is marriage for life? Necessary? Life When does life begin and end Do we have a right to take our own life Are children a gift from God Peace and Conflict What causes conflict? Impact of conflict Can war ever be justified Is pacifism a weakness Human Rights and Social Justice Is one life more important than another Non-violent protest to achieve your aims What is social justice What are Human Rights How do we judge, prejudice, discrimination or treat people the way you would like to be treated The course enhances your awareness and understanding of other beliefs and traditions gives you a solid grounding in being able to interact with other people. Assessment Overview: 2 x 1 hour 45 min exams, each paper is worth 50%. Both completed at the end of Year 11. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? The course is advantageous when dealing with different communities, e.g. jobs in the police, medical profession, social work, fire service and the armed forces. “I got nine GCSEs at C or above. The only one I failed was Religious Studies, which is probably the one thing I’ve used the most since leaving school. Religious Studies wasn’t just about Christianity; it was learning about the way in which different people live. Going to India and Pakistan and having an understanding of that helped me no end. I think I’ve taken a little bit of every religion I’ve encountered. Essentially, it’s all about being a better person and showing respect”. Freddie Flintoff
Science - (Compulsory) Combined Science: Two GCSEs in Science (named AQA Trilogy) Staff Contact Mr P Dixon What is it? What do you do? Recent changes to the specification for the Science GCSE have brought the new specification GCSEs more up to date with new technologies and scientific skills. The new GCSE course is still the equivalent of two GCSEs and will still cover much of the same content that were present in the previous Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Combined Science: Trilogy will still see students covering all three science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and whilst much of the content will remain the same, there have been some topics omitted and new ones added to fall in-line with changes to technology and recent discoveries and inventions. There has also been an increase in the requirement for maths skills within the Science GCSE. Biology will now consist of a minimum of 10% maths skills, Chemistry will consist of a minimum of 20% and Physics has seen the largest increase with at least a 30% requirement of all questions containing mathematical skills. Assessment Overview: Pupils will be assessed via two papers for each of the disciplines, two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics resulting in six papers in total. There will be a variety of questions styles used to assess maths skills, including multiple-step questions, open calculations and the need to either rearrange equations or apply a conversion of units, recall of 17 equations is a minimum requirement in Trilogy. The remaining questions will consist of; multiple choice questions, structured, closed questions and open response questions. Examinations will be terminal and will be delivered at the end of Year 11 for all pupils. Paper 1 Paper 2 Biology 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) Chemistry 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) Physics 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) 70 Marks (1hr 15 mins) Students will receive a combined grade, which will be calculated by taking an average of all 6 of their exams to produce a double weighted GCSE grade, e.g. 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, 6-5, 6-6 etc. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Geophysicists, Optical Engineer, Clinical Trial Manager, Laboratory Director, Research Scientist, Product Development Scientist, Geologist, Biochemist, all medical pathways and careers, and many more. The list is endless.
ART AND DESIGN - GSCE Staff Contact Mr L Redfearn What is it? What do you do? Students will learn to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Art and Design. This course provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in art and design. This course is a stimulating option which relies on a high level of commitment from students to learn at a fast pace needed to pass the course. Assessment Overview: The Course Content Unit 1: Portfolio of Work – 60% of final grade Students are expected to produce a portfolio of work over the two years, consisting of a minimum of two different projects set by their art teacher. Student‟s will be given support through verbal and written feedback to help them make progress throughout the course. Unit 2: Externally Set Task – 40% of final grade Students respond to their chosen starting point set by the examination board. Unit 2 is set by AQA and will take place during the spring term of year 11. 10 hours of sustained focused study will be carried out by students to create a final piece that is then marked externally. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? This specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects at A-level. It provides an opportunity for students to gain experience of the work practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries which is valuable in the workplace. Beyond the expected, a GCSE in Art could lead to these future careers: Architect, Chef, Costume Designer, Florist, Model Maker, Set Designer and many more.
Business Studies – Cambridge Nationals Enterprise & Marketing Staff Contact Mrs K Law and Mrs K Howe What is it? What do you do? This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in business, enterprise and marketing. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further study of qualifications in enterprise, marketing or business. For example, learners may progress onto OCR‟s Level 3 Certificate in Preparing for a Business Venture, OCR‟s Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Business, Introductory Certificates in Marketing or A Levels in related subjects. The first topic underpins the wider learning in this qualification. Learners will develop essential knowledge and understanding of business, enterprise and marketing concepts, which can be applied to the other units within the qualification. Through the first topic learners will understand the main activities that will need to happen to support a start-up business, and what the key factors are to consider when starting up a business. In the second topic, learners will develop the skills to design a business proposal to meet a specific business challenge. They will identify a customer profile for a specific product, complete market research to generate product design ideas, and use financial calculations to propose a pricing strategy and determine the viability of their product proposal. The knowledge and skills developed by completing this unit will assist learners in the third topic of this qualification. In the third topic, learners will develop the skills to create a brand identity and promotional plan for their specific business product proposal developed in the second topic. They will develop pitching skills in order to pitch their business proposal to an external audience. Finally, they will review their pitching skills and business proposal using their learning, self-assessment and feedback gathered. Assessment Overview: All learners will study three mandatory topics as follows: • Enterprise and marketing concepts 50% external exam (1hr exam) • Design a business proposal 25% coursework assessed unit • Market and pitch a business proposal 25% coursework assessed unit What can I do with this subject when I leave school? The knowledge and skills developed by completing this topic will be transferable to further, related learning in areas such as business, enterprise or marketing, including further study at college A-Level and BTEC Business Studies and apprenticeships in Business and Accountancy.
Computer Science - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs K Law What is it? What do you do? Computing has become vitally important in all our lives. Computer systems affect most of the things that we do, for example undertaking business, controlling machinery, navigating planes and communicating with one another. The first programmable computer was built in 1943, but what is computing. Computing refers to what we have to do in order to obtain a solution to a problem by mathematical or numerical means. This is an extremely challenging GCSE, which requires a high level of specialist knowledge and commitment. This course gives you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course will give you an insight into what goes on „behind the scenes‟, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. You will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and everyday life. You will learn programming languages such as Python, Java and HTML, be able to understand the fundamentals of computers including hardware and software, the basics of computer programming including Algorithms and how networks are created. Assessment Overview: Unit 1 Computer systems: (50%) this is assessed by a written paper, which has a mixture of short- and long-answer questions. This is the theory unit. The exam will be 1 hour and 30 minutes. Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science. Unit 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming: (50%) this is assessed by a written paper which lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Programming Project. Programming project: Students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR. Using programming skills in Python. This is a non-examined unit. How is Computing different to ICT? Information technology generally deals with using hardware and software to create different types of media e.g. videos, sound clips and some games. It's the science behind the computers. Computer Science deals more with the creation of hardware and software. You learn about the best algorithms and techniques for building a CPU, motherboard, or other hardware devices. It also deals with creating computer software. You learn about machine language, assembly language, higher level languages and 4th generation languages. Database design, Artificial Intelligence all fall under Computer Science. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.
Design and Technology - GCSE Staff Contact Mr D Fairclough What is it? What do you do? The new qualification is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices. The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others‟ needs, wants and values. This course runs on the new GCSE levelling of 1-9 and covers core content in all material areas. Students will be able to specialise in either: Wood and Plastics Fibres and Fabrics Paper and Card Why choose this course? This qualification will suit those who want to study Design and Technology in a hands on, practical way that will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience that could open the door to a career in the design industry. You will learn and be assessed on the following areas: Approaches to Designing Designing Products Energy and Mechanisms Assessment Overview: Exam Paper Written exam: 2 hours - 100 marks - 50% of GCSE Non-exam assessment 30–35 hours approximately - 100 marks – 50% of GCSE What can I do with this subject when I leave school? 3D Design - Automotive Industry - Animator/Illustrator – Architecture - Design Engineering Fashion Design - Graphic Design - Industrial Design - Interior Design – Marketing - Manufacturing Product Design - Publicity and Marketing - Retail Buyer - Textile Industry - Television and Film Industries
Food Preparation and Nutrition - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs K Norton What is it? What do you do? This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics: Food, nutrition and health Food science Food safety Food choice Food provenance Why choose this course? A chance to create multisensory dishes Do you have the imagination to take your cooking to the next level? Would you like to learn the skills to become the next Master Chef? Do you see yourself the next contestant on British bake off? Assessment Overview: Written exam – 50% - I hour 45 minutes. Multiple choice questions (20 marks). Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks). Non exam assessments – 50%. Task 1 food investigation. Task 2 food preparation assessment – students prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the following fields: Catering, Hospitality, Food science, Product development, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food technologist or Food industries.
French - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs N Hannam What is it? What do you do? In today‟s society the study of languages is increasingly important and employment opportunities in Europe and around the world are a real possibility. Furthermore, both Colleges and Universities regard a GCSE qualification in Modern Languages very favourably and for some it is even becoming a requirement. In your GCSE you will build on the work you have experienced at Key Stage 3. You will develop valuable communication skills along with the ability to listen and read in your chosen language. You will also be able to produce accurate and detailed written work and explore different cultures along with life in other countries. Themes Identity and Culture Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment Topics Family and friends Free time, food, cinema and TV Technology and social media Social and global issues Travel and tourism School and career Assessment Overview: FULL COURSE – AQA - you will be assessed at Foundation or Higher tier in the following skills: Paper 1: Listening 25% Paper 2: Speaking 25% Paper 3: Reading 25% Paper 4: Writing 25% What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Translating and interpreting, media and fashion, teaching, work in the travel and tourism industry, politician, lawyer, banking and many more.
Geography - GCSE Staff Contact – Mr D Perkins (Mrs S Bardell) What is it? What do you do? "You can travel the seas, poles, and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can't imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We'd all be lost without it. Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future.” - Michael Palin Geography is relevant, stimulating, interesting and develops within the individual a wide range of skills relevant to life and employment through a variety of modern issues and examples. As we are all too aware from logging on to the internet, opening newspapers or turning on our televisions, the world gets smaller and smaller every day. The course covers a variety of world geography, a range of map and ICT skills, as well as providing a wide range of resources to support all students in their learning. Assessment Overview: Living with the physical environment - Worth: 35% of the GCSE Exam: 1hr30m This unit is concerned with the dynamic nature of physical processes and systems, and human interaction with them in a variety of places and at a range of scales. The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the tectonic, geomorphological, biological and meteorological processes and features in different environments, and the need for management strategies governed by sustainability and consideration of the direct and indirect effects of human interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere. The living world – Eco systems, tropical rainforests, deserts and cold environments Challenges in the human environment - Worth: 35% of the GCSE Exam: 1hr30m This unit is concerned with human processes, systems and outcomes and how these change both spatially and temporally. They are studied in a variety of places and at a range of scales and must include places in various states of development, such as higher income countries (HICs), lower income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs). The aims of this unit are to develop an understanding of the factors that produce a diverse variety of human environments; the dynamic nature of these environments that change over time and the need for sustainable management; and the areas of current and future challenge and opportunity for these environments. Geographical application - Worth: 30% of the GCSE Exam: 1hr15m This unit is designed to be synoptic in that students will be required to draw together knowledge, understanding and skills from the full course of study. It is an opportunity for students to show their breadth of understanding and an evaluative appreciation of the interrelationships between different aspects of geographical study What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Geography is ideally suited to careers in planning conservation, public services, marketing, retailing, computing, management, civil service and many more.
German - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs N Hannam What is it? What do you do? In today‟s society the study of languages is increasingly important and employment opportunities in Europe and around the world are a real possibility. Furthermore, both Colleges and Universities regard a GCSE qualification in Modern Languages very favourably and for some it is even becoming a requirement. In your GCSE you will build on the work you have experienced at Key Stage 3. You will develop valuable communication skills along with the ability to listen and read in your chosen language. You will also be able to produce accurate and detailed written work and explore different cultures along with life in other countries. Themes Identity and Culture Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment Topics Family and friends Free time, food, cinema and TV Technology and social media Social and global issues Travel and tourism School and career Assessment Overview: FULL COURSE – AQA- you will be assessed at Foundation or Higher tier in the following skills: Paper 1: Listening 25% Paper 2: Speaking 25% Paper 3: Reading 25% Paper 4: Writing 25% What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Translating and interpreting, media and fashion, teaching, work in the travel and tourism industry, politician, lawyer, banking and many more.
Health & Social Care – BTEC Technical Award Staff Contact Mr P Dixon What is it? What do you do? About three million people work in health and social care. Healthcare roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for Nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase. Considering how care services have developed and how they are organised, the ways in which people can access services and the barriers to this. You will also study the main roles and skills of the people providing health, social care and early year‟s services and the principles of care and the values that underpin all care work. Health and Social Care is ideal for learners who are considering a career in Nursing or being a Care Worker and will allow learners to experience the practical aspects of Health and Social as well as learning through taught sessions and the completion of a research task. There is also a written exam. Content Overview: skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual‟s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people‟s health and wellbeing. Assessment Overview: Health and Social care is both internally and externally assessed. 60% of the course will be awarded via grading of internal components 40% of the course will be awarded via grading of an externally assessed exam. Component Title Level How is it assessed? 1 Human Lifespan Development 1 or 2 Internal 2 Health and Social Care Services and Values 1 or 2 Internal 3 Health and Wellbeing 1 or 2 External Assessment Grading ranges from a Level 1 Pass to a Level 2 Distinction* A level 2 Pass is the equivalent of a Grade 4/5 GCSE, and a Level 2 Distinction* is the equivalent of a Grade 8/9 GCSE. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? This course provides a good foundation for those students who may go on to: Nursing & Health Care Professions, Nursery Nurse, Early Years Teaching, Pre-School, and Child-minding, Social Services Professionals or Work with the Elderly & Disabled.
History - GCSE Staff Contact Mr C Sweatman What is it? What do you do? „The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see‟ - Winston Churchill Assessment Overview: Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (Exam Paper – 1 hour 45 mins - 50%) Section A: Period Study America 1920-1973: Opportunity and Equality • Part one: American people and the 'Boom' • Part two: Bust – Americans' experiences of the Depression and New Deal • Part three: Post-war America Section B: Wider World Depth Study Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-1975 • Part one: Conflict in Korea • Part two: Escalation of conflict in Vietnam • Part three: The ending of conflict in Vietnam Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (Exam Paper – 1 hour 45 mins – 50%) Section A: Thematic Study Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day • Part one: Medicine stands still • Part two: The beginnings of change • Part three: A revolution in medicine • Part four: Modern medicine Section B: British Depth Study including the Historic Environment Norman England, c1066 – c.1100 • Part one: The Normans: conquest and control • Part two: Life under the Normans • Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism • Part four: The historic environment of Norman England What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Careers in law, journalism, civil service, police, armed forces and teaching. Transferable skills can lead onto careers in museums, archaeology. Content also provides some background knowledge to careers in medicine.
Information and Creative Technology - CiDA Staff Contact Mrs K Law What is it? What do you do? The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to teach digital design skills and enable young people to use digital tools to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way. It aims to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make effective digital products for others to use, and to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries. The qualification has been developed to reflect the increasing use of creative digital computing in everyday life, with greater emphasis on creative design and development. Students will look at skills within website creation, using graphical packages such as fireworks and flash to create animated and static images to match a client brief. They may also create video and sound products. Assessment Overview: One core externally examined unit worth 25% One optional unit internally examined / externally moderated 75% What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Students completing this qualification will be able to access ICT qualifications at college, including qualifications in ICT and ICT with for example Games Design. Students will also be able to access ICT apprenticeships and will a benefit in the world of work.
Music - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs K Simons & Mrs R Duguid What is it? What do you do? In GCSE Music students will be encouraged to engage with a wide range of music, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. There are three main components to the course – Performing, Composing (writing your own music) and Appraising (listening to and responding to music). Assessment Overview: Both the Performing and Composing components are assessed by your teacher. The Appraising paper is externally assessed through a listening exam. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? There are many opportunities that GCSE Music opens, especially if you are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. Booking Agent; singer (vocalist); music production; a composer of music; music journalist; radio DJ; recording engineer; music teacher; music health; music business and touring to name a few.
Performing Arts – BTEC Technical Award Staff Contact Mrs R Duguid What is it? What do you do? The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performing Arts is designed to equip you with a broad range of practical performing arts skills and the core knowledge you need to progress to further study, employment or apprenticeships. Assessment Overview: Unit 1: Unlocking creativity Idea development Planning and budgeting Unit 2: The production/performance A key performance or production role in a performance based on one of five performance briefs Unit 3: The performing arts experience Roles and responsibilities within the performing arts industry The role of performing arts in society Approaches to rehearsal Working as a deviser/performer/director Marketing and public relations Health and safety Design and technical elements Reviewing performance Theatre/film in education. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Arts administrator, broadcast presenter, film director, teacher, theatre stage manager, actor.
Photography – GCSE Staff Contact Mr L Redfearn What is it? What do you do? It is vital that students have access to at least a digital compact camera (no camera phones) to be able to produce their own images. Students will follow the AQA endorsed GCSE Art and Design - Photography course. The course will cover a broad range of photography techniques. Students will work in one or more of the following areas. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: Portraiture, documentary and/or photo-journalism, environmental photography, experimental photography, working from still life and/or from the natural world, and produce ideas and experiments with compositions. Students must show knowledge and understanding of: a) how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images and artefacts in their chosen area(s) of photography. b) a range of processes and variety of ways of working related to their chosen area(s) of photography, including, where appropriate, information and communication technology and the use of digital imaging and manipulation software. c) how images and artefacts relevant to their chosen area(s) of study relate to their social, historical and cultural context. d) a variety of approaches, methods and intentions and the contribution of contemporary practitioners and others from different times and cultures to continuity and change in their chosen area(s) of photography. This course is a stimulating option which relies on a high level of commitment from students to learn at a fast pace needed to pass the course. Assessment Overview: Unit 1: Portfolio of Work – 60% of final grade Students are expected to produce a portfolio of work over the two years, consisting of a minimum of two different projects set by their teacher. Students will be given support through verbal and written feedback to help them make progress throughout the course. Unit 2: Externally Set Task – 40% of final grade Students respond to their chosen starting point set by the examination board. Unit 2 is set by AQA and will take place during the spring term of year 11. 10 hours of sustained focused study will be carried out by students to create a final piece that is then marked externally. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Photo journalism, commercial photography, wedding photography, digital editing, film editor, film maker.
Triple Science - Separate Science Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Three GCSEs Staff Contact Mr P Dixon What is it? What do you do? As with the Combined GCSE: Trilogy course, the content for the AQA Triple Science course has changed to reflect changes in scientific theory and discoveries. The overall advantage of selecting the Triple Science qualification is that the new GCSEs will provide a greater preparation for A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, without overlapping content. Students who take GCSE Physics can use the knowledge and skills they gain to go on to specialise in any of the three sciences, and it is an excellent base from which to launch into A- level Physics. The course is up-to-date, with real-life examples and thought-provoking practicals, with a greater emphasis on maths skill than the other two disciplines, with 22 equations to recall, apply and manipulate within the terminal assessments. GCSE Chemistry gives students a solid understanding of the nature of substances, how they react together and how our knowledge of chemistry is used in business and industry. Recent additions to GCSE Chemistry include; Recycling, Chemical and Fuel Cells and Greenhouse Gases. GCSE chemistry is an ideal foundation for students who want to go on to study A-level Chemistry and for a good grounding in scientific ideas. GCSE Biology will provide firm starting ground for students who want to go on to study Biology A-level. The course covers human and plant biology as well as the study of wider biodiversity. It is a good introduction to new innovations and the importance of bioengineering, biotechnology and bioenergetics. It has many applications beyond GCSE and is a requirement for many Science based A-level courses due to its popularity amongst students. Assessment Overview: Assessment for each of the separate triple sciences is delivered in the form of six written papers; two for biology, two for chemistry and two for physics. Each paper carries a weighting of 50% towards their respective GCSEs and are 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. Questions will come in the form of multiple choice, closed and open ended responses. Pupils may also be assessed on a series of “required practical‟s”. Set out by AQA, these are designed to continue developing a child‟s understanding of scientific skills as well as their ability to work scientifically to plan and carry out investigations and then analyse the data collected. Again there has also been an increase in the requirement for maths skills within the separate GCSEs. Biology is now 10%, Chemistry at 20% and Physics is up at 30%. There will be a variety of questions used to assess maths skills, including multiple-step questions, open calculations and the need to either rearrange equations or apply a conversion of units. There will 22 calculations to learn off by heart, in addition 7 equations will be provided in the exam. These GCSEs will be terminally assessed; therefore all of the examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. Due to the fact there will be 6, 1 hour and 45 minute written examinations in total over a short examination period, some students may wish to take this into consideration when making their choices.
Pupils will be assessed via two papers for each of the disciplines, two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics resulting in six papers in total. There will be a variety of questions styles used to assess maths skills, including multiple-step questions, open calculations and the need to either rearrange equations or apply a conversion of units, recall of 17 equations is a minimum requirement in Trilogy. The remaining questions will consist of; multiple choice questions, structured, closed questions and open response questions. Examinations will be terminal and will be delivered at the end of Year 11 for all pupils who select the Separate Science course. Paper 1 Paper 2 Biology 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) Chemistry 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) Physics 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) 100 Marks (1hr 45 mins) Students will receive 3 GCSE grades, one for each of; Biology, Chemistry, Physics. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Most Separate Science students continue on to undertake A-levels and Degrees in a scientific field, leading to a career in a particular field of science. For some example, please see the careers listed in the Trilogy Science section mentioned earlier.
Spanish - GCSE Staff Contact Mrs N Hannam What is it? What do you do? In today‟s society the study of languages is increasingly important and employment opportunities in Europe and around the world are a real possibility. Furthermore, both Colleges and Universities regard a GCSE qualification in Modern Languages very favourably and for some it is even becoming a requirement. In your GCSE you will build on the work you have experienced at Key Stage 3. You will develop valuable communication skills along with the ability to listen and read in your chosen language. You will also be able to produce accurate and detailed written work and explore different cultures along with life in other countries. Themes Identity and Culture Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment Topics Family and friends Free time, food, cinema and TV Technology and social media Social and global issues Travel and tourism School and career Assessment Overview: FULL COURSE – AQA - you will be assessed at Foundation or Higher tier in the following skills: Paper 1: Listening 25% Paper 2: Speaking 25% Paper 3: Reading 25% Paper 4: Writing 25% What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Translating and interpreting, media and fashion, teaching, work in the travel and tourism industry, politician, lawyer, banking and many more.
Sport / Physical Education - AQA Level 1 / 2 Technical Award Staff Contact Mr M Lindley What is it? What do you do? Students will be assessed in two sporting activities. It is therefore essential that all students who opt for the course play sport outside of school in an organised competitive situation. Assessment Overview: In the level 1 / 2 GCSE technical award all students will be assessed in 3 units: Unit 1 - Practical Player Performance (Internally Assessed) 30% Unit 2 - Coaching, Officiating or Organising a Sports event. (Internally Assessed) 30% All students will coach, officiate or organise a sport / event of their choice. Unit 3 - The Sports Industry (Externally Assessed) 40% 1 hour 30 min Written Exam 80 marks. The areas they are assessed in : • Health, Physical Fitness & Safety • Contemporary Issues in Sport • Local & National organisation of Sport • Careers in physical activity in Sport In the Level 2 NCFE health and fitness award all pupils will be assessed in 4 equal units: Unit 1 – Health and fitness – All coursework based internally assessed (25%) Unit 2 – Healthy lifestyles – All coursework based internally assessed (25%) Unit 3 – preparing and planning for health and fitness. Examination – written exam externally assessed (25%) Unit 4 – Developing a health and fitness programme (25%) Please be aware that the vocational course has minimal practical elements and the majority of the content will be delivered in the classroom. It is to be noted that this subject will run as a foundation course throughout year 9 as we are waiting for the DfE to approve accreditation of the L1/2 technical award in sport. In Y10 the most suitable course (GCSE or Vocational) for our students will be delivered. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Students seeking college placements may find these qualifications useful as topics covered are used in A-Level and other vocational sports courses. Some institutes offer the NCFE L3 technical award in health and fitness which is a follow on from L2 therefore making a transition between KS4 and KS5 smoother. Coaching companies would find the practical elements of the GCSE useful when planning and delivering session to the younger generations. Anyone interested in working in the health and fitness centre such as gymnasiums and leisure centres would find these courses useful.
Travel and Tourism – BTEC Technical Award Staff Contact Mrs K Law What is it? What do you do? Travel and Tourism is designed to inspire learners considering a career in the travel and tourism sector. It aims to give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the travel and tourism sector. It will give learners the opportunity to discover more about different tourism destinations domestically and abroad. Examined unit: Unit 1: The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (Mandatory) In this unit you will understand the UK travel and tourism sector and its importance to the UK economy. You learn about the industries, and key organisations, within the travel and tourism sector, their roles and interrelationships and you will understand the role of consumer technology in the travel and tourism sector. Controlled Assessment Units: Unit 2: UK Travel and Tourism Destinations (Mandatory) In this unit you will know about UK travel and tourism destinations and gateways. You will investigate the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitors and you will plan UK holidays to meet the needs of different visitors. A choice of 2 of the units below: Unit 3: The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK Have you ever wondered why people travel? Or how people choose where to travel? What about what makes certain destinations more appealing? Or how and why holidays have changed? This unit gives you the opportunity to explore how the UK travel and tourism industry has changed as lifestyles, interests and technology have changed, giving an insight into why it is such a dynamic sector. You will explore key developments that have shaped the sector, such as the rise of package holidays, the regeneration of coastal resorts and developments in transport and technology Unit 4: International Travel and Tourism Destinations In this unit you will know the major international travel and tourism destinations and gateways. You will investigate the appeal of international travel and tourism destinations to different types of visitor and you will be able to plan international travel to meet the needs of visitors. Unit 5: Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism In this unit you will investigate how climate, and worldwide time, can affect the appeal of worldwide destinations and you will understand influential factors on worldwide travel and tourism destinations. Assessment Overview: The course is split into 75% controlled assessment, which is assessed internally before external moderation and 25% through a single examination which can be retaken once if necessary. Students who are successful achieve the equivalent of a full GCSE which is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified. What can I do with this subject when I leave school? Provides a useful foundation for further study in this field including BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism. Allow students to enter the world of work through apprenticeships in the travel and hospitality industry. Will also provide a useful insight to access further study at college including Business Studies.
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