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GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 A range of Year 10 and 11 courses Making your choices This booklet describes the Year 10 and 11 courses that are available to you In making your choices, you should take the following factors into at St Mary’s. It is designed to help you in making informed decisions when consideration: choosing your GCSE options. 10 GOOD reasons to choose 10 BAD reasons to choose an Compulsory subjects Optional subjects an option: option: You MUST study these. These are the ones to choose • You like it or find it • Your friends are doing it from. interesting • You think you should do it - GCSE: • You’re good at it even if you don’t want to • English Language GCSE/iGCSE: • You need it or it’s useful for • Your parents think it’s a good • English Literature Art and Design your future career idea - but you don’t • Mathematics Classical Civilisation • You can develop new skills • You know someone who’s • Modern Language - a choice Drama by doing it done it and they say it’s of French, German OR Geography • You think you will do well in it great Spanish History • It will give you satisfaction • It’s thought of as a cool • Science - all girls take ICT • Your teachers think it is a option by most people Combined Science (two Latin suitable choice for you • You can’t think of anything GCSEs) OR Separate Science Music • It will combine well with else to choose - Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education other options and help your • You think it will be easy Physics (three GCSEs) Religious Studies general education • It sounds good even though Statistics (primarily offered to Set • You like the method of you haven’t found out about Non-examination: 1 and 2 Mathematics) assessment and learning it • PSHEE • It’s something you would like • You really like the teacher • Physical Education Cambridge O Level: to become good at you’ve got now Fashion and Textiles • You think it will impress Good choices are balanced people now or later on Level 2 Award: choices. YEAR 10 AND 11 COURSES MAKING YOUR CHOICES Further Maths Bad choices are unbalanced choices. Vocational Award: Hospitality and Catering 2 3
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 English Language (Edexcel 1EN0) English Literature (Edexcel 1ET0) General aims will be reported as a separate General aims skills to maintain a critical style grade on the student’s certificate. and informed personal response. We aim for the English Language Students are awarded either a Students read a wide range of course to enable all students to pass, a merit or a distinction. classic literature fluently and with Paper 2 (50%) - 19th century express themselves articulately good understanding, making novel and a range of romantic, and with confidence in a variety Content of the course and connections with their reading. heritage and contemporary of speaking, listening and written assessment They read in depth, critically and poetry: Students study a 19th activities. The course covers evaluatively, so that they are century novel and a poetry critical, personal and imaginative Paper 1 (40%) - Fiction and able to discuss and explain their anthology from the exam board. responses to a variety of literary Imaginative Writing: Students understanding and ideas. They develop skills to analyse genres. study a range of prose fiction, how the language, structure, form developing skills to analyse GCSE students develop the habit and context of texts can create The GCSE English course and evaluate 19th century of reading widely and often and meanings and effects. Students encourages students to fiction extracts. They develop learn to appreciate the depth also develop skills to maintain learn to read a wide range of imaginative writing skills to and power of the English literary a critical style and informed texts fluently and with good engage the reader and use heritage. They write accurately, personal response as well as understanding. Students spelling, punctuation and effectively and analytically about comparison skills. read critically, using previous grammar accurately. their reading, using Standard knowledge gained from wider English and acquire and use reading to inform and improve Paper 2 (60%) - Non-fiction and a wide vocabulary, including their own writing. They write Transactional Writing: Students grammatical terminology and effectively and coherently using study and analyse selections the literary and linguistic terms Standard English appropriately, from a range of non-fiction texts they need - in order to be able to using grammar correctly, (including literary non-fiction) as criticise and analyse what they punctuating and spelling well as exploring and developing read. accurately. transactional writing skills, for COMPULSORY SUBJECTS COMPULSORY SUBJECTS example letters, articles and Content of the course and An aim of the course is for reports. assessment students to acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside Paper 1 (50%) - Shakespeare knowledge and understanding and Post 1914 Literature: of grammatical terminology and Students study a Shakespeare linguistic conventions for reading, play and a post-1914 British play writing and spoken language. or novel. They develop the skills to analyse how the language, Students learn to listen to and form, structure and context of understand spoken language and texts can create meanings and 4 to use spoken Standard English effects. Students also develop 5 effectively. Spoken language
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Mathematics (Edexcel 1MA1) Modern Languages General aims three equally weighted written Students can either be entered 12 pieces of evidence and take examination papers at either for GCSE or FCSE French tests all through the course The aims of this GCSE Foundation tier or Higher tier. (Edexcel FR0), German (Edexcel rather than at the end of Year 11. specification are to encourage The components of each tier and IGN0) Spanish (Edexcel 1SP0) Students are awarded either a candidates to: the grades available are shown in pass, merit or distinction. • develop a positive attitude to the following table. GCSE Mathematics As communication skills are very • consolidate basic skills Foundation tier Modern Languages are assessed important in language study, and tackle appropriately Paper 1F (non-calculator) at GCSE in the four skill areas: visits abroad are encouraged. challenging work Paper 2F (calculator) Speaking, Listening, Reading and We hope that all girls will take the • apply mathematical Paper 3F (calculator) Writing. All examinations are set opportunity to visit the relevant knowledge and 1 hour 30 minutes and marked by Edexcel. They are country during the course, understanding to solve taken at the end of Year 11. either on trips organised by the problems Grades available: 5-1 school or through individual • think and communicate Foundation and Higher papers arrangements. mathematically - precisely, Higher tier are avaliable so that every logically and creatively Paper 1H (non-calculator) student can demonstrate her • appreciate the place and use Paper 2H (calculator) skills to the best of her ability. of Mathematics in society Paper 3H (calculator) • apply mathematical concepts 1 hour 30 minutes The course and assessments to situations arising in their are designed to include cultural own lives Grades available: 9-3 and authentic content wherever • understand the possible, showing how language interdependence of different is used in real life. branches of Mathematics • acquire the skills needed FCSE (Foundation Certificate COMPULSORY SUBJECTS COMPULSORY SUBJECTS to use technology, such as of Secondary Education) calculators and computers, effectively Some students may be invited to • work co-operatively, take an alternative qualification independently, practically to GCSE. The FCSE provides and investigatively formal certification and is a • acquire a firm foundation for nationally recognised language further study qualification. It is portfolio based and assesses Listening, Assessment Reading, Speaking and Writing. It covers the same themes as the 6 The Edexcel GCSE in GCSE course. Students produce 7 Mathematics is assessed through
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Science (Edexcel 1SC0 or 1BI0, 1CH0 and 1PH0) Why Science? awards: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Naturally there is Science is an invaluable GCSE. more content and some of this It can be the launch pad for a content is challenging. At the end huge variety of careers in sport, of Year 11 you would sit 6 exams engineering, medicine and, of of 1 hour and 45 minutes each. course, working for NASA. The Science Department follows Which one is for me? the Edexcel GCSE course with a high standard of scientific Students who choose the content. Science is compulsory Separate Sciences are usually but there is an element of very academically motivated and choice as there are two potential are happy to work independently routes: Combined Science or where required. We would Separate Science. expect you to be scoring consistently good grades in Separate Science or your assessments (as a guide Combined Science? somewhere around a Grade 5). You would also need to Combined Science is the most be confident with your Maths common route with around 70% ability as each of the Sciences of students choosing this option. has a significant percentage of You study Physics, Chemistry Maths content (Physics has 30%, and Biology and sit six exams of Chemistry 20% and Biology 10%). 1 hour and 10 minutes resulting A good reading ability and level in two GCSE awards on the 9-1 of English is also desirable. Lastly, COMPULSORY SUBJECTS grade scale. we would be expecting a good overall result for your End of Year Combined Science is a good exams in Year 9, averaging out option for those students who at around a Grade 5 to 6 with a might want to use their extra Grade 4 to 5 in your Maths. option for a different subject. You can still study a Science Separate Sciences are often a at A-Level if you sit this course choice for students wishing to with most colleges asking for a study more than one Science at minimum of a Grade 6. A-Level (e.g. potenital medics would choose this option) or With the Separate Sciences students that are especially 9 you study for three GCSE interested in the subjects.
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 What if I cannot decide? marks difference between a Grade 5 C1 paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 from a Foundation paper and a Speak to your teachers as they marks Grade 5 from a Higher paper. can help guide you as to whether C2 paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 this is an appropriate option for marks The final choice for Foundation you. They will know if you would P1 paper, 1 hourr 45 minutes, 100 or Higher is not made until Year be able to cope with the various marks 11 to allow for flexibility and demands of the course including P2 paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 improvement across the course. the essential ability to work marks independently. In summary Skills and knowledge of core Combined Separate Sciences Assessment practicals are tested in exams, forming 15% of the total marks. GCSE awards 2 3 You are examined over six papers in total which are all Higher and Foundation Can I study A-Level? Yes (minimum Grade 6) Yes (minimum Grade 6) equally weighted - two for each of Biology, Chemistry and Students may opt to take either How many exams? 6 x 1hr and 10 mins 6 x 1hr and 45 mins Physics. The Separate Science the Higher or Foundation tier. exams are longer (1 hour 45 The Higher Paper is generally What grade can I 4-9 Higher 4-9 Higher minutes), to reflect the depth of taken by students who can achieve? 1-5 Foundation 1-5 Foundation knowledge studied. comfortably achive a Grade 5 and above. In the Foundation Combined Science papers there are more multiple Examinations choice questions and fewer long answer questions. The choice of B1 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 Higher or Foundation applies to marks all papers for Combined Science. B2 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 marks If you achieve less than 30% on C1 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 the Higher paper this is usually COMPULSORY SUBJECTS COMPULSORY SUBJECTS marks an indication that you would do C2 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 better on the Foundation. If you marks study the Separate Sciences, P1 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 students generally take the marks higher tier. P2 paper, 1 hour 10 minutes, 60 marks For the Higher tier, anything below a Grade 4 would result in Separate Science Examinations an ungraded GCSE while for the B1 paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 Foundation tier, a candidate can marks reach a maximum of Grade 5. In 10 11 B2 paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 100 terms of results, there is no
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Personal, Social, Health and Physical Education (no exam) Economic Education (no exam) General aims Introductory courses: New sporting activities may include General aims Careers advice is available The aim of the PE Course in badminton and racketball. This throughout students’ time at Years 10 and 11 is for the students leads students, where possible, Personal, Social, Health and St Mary’s in order to help them to experience a wide range of to make their own selection of Economic Education aims to to make informed decisions. popular sporting activities in activities in Year 11, that they cover the following topics with Specific skills in writing letters order to stimulate an interest that can follow over the two terms, a view to preparing girls to of application, compiling CVs may be continued after leaving allowing for greater depth of make informed decisions at (Curriculum Vitae) and attending school. We aim to develop enjoyment. the appropriate stages in their interviews are developed in Year practical abilities and knowledge futures: 11. Practice interviews are held in to a level that will give students It is hoped that sufficient interest • Personal Relationships the Autumn term. the confidence to join an outside and skill level will be achieved in • Health Education and organisation. one or more of these activities Hygiene to enable each girl to want to • Citizenship Girls are grouped in a variety of continue with an activity that she • Careers and the World of ways - by their own chosen social enjoys after leaving school. Work group, their chosen activity group • Hazards in the Workplace and sometimes by their ability, in order to increase their social Content of the course skills. The final two years at St Mary’s Girls are encouraged to begin to play an important part in take responsibility for their own preparing students for the future fitness and physical well-being. and that includes all aspects, not only the academic ones. Content of the course COMPULSORY SUBJECTS COMPULSORY SUBJECTS The approaches used in PSHEE offer the opportunity for in- Major games and activities: depth discussion, and with such Consolidating the games/ techniques, the ability to listen is activities that have been of equal value to that of voicing studied in Years 7-9 (basketball, your own opinion. volleyball, netball, fitness, tennis, rounders, athletics and PSHEE lessons provide an swimming). Personal skill levels opportunity for students to are improved largely within game discuss the more personal situations, while knowledge of and social aspects of life in the sport, tactics and teamwork 12 preparation for the future. are developed. 13
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Art and Design Fine Art (Edexcel 1FA0/01&02) Photography (Edexcel 1PY0/01&02) Content of the course Portfolio (internally set) • Component 2: Externally Set Art and Design equips students Assignment. with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts Component 1: Personal Portfolio throughout their lives, and it 60% of the qualification has immense value as a GCSE • Students create a personal subject. portfolio of work that demonstrates knowledge, GCSE Art and Design provides understanding and skills. the opportunity for students to: • The portfolio takes a • explore both contemporary thematic approach and linear and historical sources of art, structure exploring a broad craft and design. theme like ‘Structure’ or • take an individual approach ‘upside Down & Inside out’. to their art, craft and design making Component 2: Externally Set • develop the skill of Assignment selecting their best and 40% of the qualification most appropriate work for • The Externally Set presentation. Assignment represents the culmination of the Students are required to actively GCSE course as it draws engage in the creative process together all the knowledge, OPTIONAL SUBJECTS of art, craft and design in order understanding and skills to develop as effective and developed in Component 1. independent learners, and as • Students must present a critical and reflective thinkers personal response to an with enquiring minds. externally set broad-based thematic starting point, set by The GCSE course in Art and Pearson. Design is structured into two internally assessed and externally Areas of Study moderated components. 15 • Component 1: Personal We offer an opportunity for the
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 girls to take a number of working with a broad different components within range of media, materials, Classical Civilisation (OCR J199) the choice of Art and Design. techniques, processes and These components include Fine technologies with purpose Art, Photography and Graphic and intent General aims 1 hour 30 minutes = 50% of total Communications. There is a • develop knowledge and marks. need for all students to use understanding of art, craft The Classical Civilisation Women in the Ancient World: drawing in their studies (even and design in historical and GCSE course focuses on the • Women of Legend: Depiction photographers), and annotate contemporary contexts, civilisations of Greece and Rome, of women in myths and using historical and contextual societies and cultures and is a wide-ranging subject legends of Greece and references (to write a series of • develop an awareness of the involving the study of literature, Rome, eg Pandora, Helen of explanations in sketch books). different roles and individual art, artefacts, archaeological Troy. work practices evident in the sites, and the ancient historical • Young Women: Everyday production of art, craft and context. life for a young woman in design in the creative and Greece and Rome and what Assessment Qualification cultural industries From women in the Ancient this implies about their status Aims and Objectives in society. • develop an awareness of World, to the study of religious the purposes, intentions beliefs and ancient ideas about • Women in the Home: The This GCSE Art and Design roles and responsibilities and functions of art, craft war, Classical Civilisation involves qualification requires students to: of female members of the and design in a variety of interesting discussions about • develop creative, imaginative household. contexts and as appropriate issues that still affect us today and intuitive capabilities • ‘Improper’ Women: The legal when exploring and making to students’ own work • demonstrate safe working The Classical Civilisation course and social position of women images, artefacts and who were unmarried; ideas practices in art, craft and can improve skills in essay products about how females should design. writing and source analysis, • become confident in behave. and teach how to structure an taking risks and learn from • Women and Religion: Roles argument. It shows good thinking experience when exploring of women in religious rites. and evaluation skills, and an and experimenting with • Women and Power: The interest in people and cultures so ideas, processes, media, extent to which women were is great preparation for A levels materials and techniques able to be involved in the in a wide variety of subjects, from • develop critical political process or effect OPTIONAL SUBJECTS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Archaeology to Politics and Law. understanding through political change. investigative, analytical, • Warrior Women: Women experimental, practical, Content of the course and assessment warriors in art and literature. technical and expressive • Women to be Feared - The skills presentation of foreign, • develop and refine ideas Component Group 1: Thematic Study powerful women in art and proposals, personal and literature, including outcomes or solutions with This involves a comparative study of ancient Greece and Rome, how they compare to increasing independence ‘respectable’ women in each • acquire and develop and combines literary and visual/ 16 material sources. Written exam, culture. 17 technical skills through
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Component Group 2: Literature slaves and masters, women and Culture and men, patrons and This contains two elements: one clients? in-depth cultural study and one study of related literature. Written exam, 1 hour 30 minutes = 50% of total marks. Roman City Life: Culture • Roman Housing: House design including flats, Pompeian domus. Rich and poor living conditions. • The Roman Home and Family: Paterfamilias, patrons and clients, education, dinner parties. • Society: Citizens and citizenship, politicians, slaves and freedmen. • Leisure and Entertainment: Amphitheatre, chariot races, Circus Maximus, the theatre, Roman baths. Literature • Satire and Fiction: The origins and purposes of satire; use of humour and exaggeration. • Pliny and his Letters: OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Pliny’s letters as a personal commentary on Roman life. • Experiencing Roman City Life: What was life like for rich and poor? What were the dangers of city life? What did people do in their leisure time? • Relationships and Roman Society: What were the Roman attitudes towards 19
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Drama (iGCSE Cambridge 0994) General aims of drama and theatre. This includes study of extracts from This mixture of practical two plays and analysis and performance and written exam evaluation of a piece of devised develops self-confidence, the practical work performed during ability to work with others and the course. also the ability to think on your feet in most situations. Drama Component 2: Practical Work is also useful for helping with (60%) social skills that are invaluable Candidates work in groups to in later life. And, of course, create a piece of theatre from candidates learn all about theatre a given stimulus. They are and how to create and analyse assessed on the performance. performance work of a high Candidates must also act in two standard. This subject is useful extracts from a play, one an for anyone wishing to pursue individual performance, the other Drama or Performance at a a group. Marked by the teacher higher level, or indeed anyone and externally moderated by who is looking to challenge Cambridge. themselves. It is both demanding and rewarding, requiring a high level of commitment and enthusiasm. Language skills, both written and oral, should be of at least a good standard. OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Content of the course and assessment The specification requires students to study practical drama, text work and written analysis. Paper 1: Understanding Drama (40%) A written paper assessing 20 knowledge and undertstanding
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Geography (Edexcel A 1GA0) General aims • develops a full range of skills that will be useful in the other Geography focuses on the issues subjects you study, and in that will face students as citizens employment. of the future. For example: • Will the Earth be able to Content of the course and provide us with all the assessment resources we take for granted? The Physical Environment: The • What really causes ‘natural changing landscapes of the UK disasters’, such as floods, - two studies from coastal, river earthquakes and or glaciated landscapes; weather volcanoes? Can people cope hazards and climate change - two with them? studies of tropical storms and • How do coastal processes drought; ecosystems, biodiversity affect or threaten our future and management - two studies and how - or indeed of tropical rainforests and should - we manage them? temperate deciduous woodlands. • What causes people to 37.5% 90 marks, 1 hour 30 migrate and what impact minutes written paper. does this have on the country of origin and the host The Human Environment: country. Changing cities - two studies • Is there any point to including a UK city and a city in a recycling, or should we just developing or emerging country; be less wasteful? global development - a study of a developing or emerging country; OPTIONAL SUBJECTS You will enjoy this course if you resource management - a study want to study a subject that: of energy or water. 37.5%, 90 • is relevant to the world you marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written live in, and to your future. paper. • encourages you to discuss current affairs and issues. Geographical Investigations: • focuses on the environment. Fieldwork and UK Challenges: • involves practical work The changing landscapes of the outdoors. UK - two studies from coastal, • is studied through river or glaciated landscapes; investigation, not just weather hazards and climate 23 listening and reading.
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 change - two studies of tropical storms and drought; ecosystems, History (OCR B J411) biodiversity and management - two studies of tropical rainforests and temperate deciduous General aims interpretations of the same woodlands; changing cities - two events; studies including a UK city and a History GCSE is a stimulating, • to use historical sources – city in a developing or emerging challenging and wide-ranging we will look at a range of country; global development option and we hope to inspire authentic source material - a study of a developing or our students to be open-minded, including eye witness emerging country; resource yet critical, citizens of the twenty- accounts, documents, management - a study of energy first century. historical sites, or water. archaeological evidence and The aims of the GCSE course are: the writing of historians; Fieldwork: One physical and • to make history meaningful • study diversity – we will look one human investigation; UK - we encourage students to at a variety of periods from Challenges - a study drawing become curious, to develop a variety of perspectives, to across knowledge and their own opinions based develop an understanding of understanding from The Physical on a respect for evidence, social and cultural diversity Environment and The Human and to build a deeper within a local, British and Environment. 25%, 60 marks, 1 understanding of the present global context; hour 15 minutes written paper. by engaging with and • discover about History questioning the past; Around Us – we will There are numerous • to develop a wide and deep study our local historic opportunities for field work, both knowledge – students environment, which is locally and further afield. The will gain knowledge of a stimulating and life- exam board expectation is that significant historical issues enhancing way of engaging each student has the opportunity that will help them in their with history, and will enhance to have completed their field further study of history and in our students’ developing work for Paper 3 in a location making sense of their world; sense of identity; that contrasts to where she lives. • to engage in historical • encourage enjoyable and OPTIONAL SUBJECTS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Examples of previous visits are enquiry and understanding rigorous learning. to Snowdonia in North Wales and interpretations – students will Somerset, where we spend four be consistently encouraged Content of the course days completing this section of to develop their own ideas the course. The cost for this is in and understanding, by The GCSE History course offers the region of £380. looking at the way the past is an exciting opportunity to gain a continually viewed from better understanding of the world different points of view; in which we live and to fire our this ensures that learners students’ enthusiasm for the past. are consistently thinking 24 about how and why it is At GCSE we try to explain some 25 possible to arrive at different
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 of the significant issues which Cold War (20%) have shaped the world, country and local area we live in: The third examination (1 hour 45 • How has life in Britain minutes paper) will contain the changed over the previous World Period Study studying the centuries? Making of America, 1789-1900 • What was the significance (20%) and the World Depth Study of crucial events in British looking at Living under Nazi Rule, history? 1933-1945 (20%). • How have local historical sites been developed, As part of the course, students shaped and interpreted? will be offered the opportunity • What was it like to live under to visit Krakow and Auschwitz- a dictatorship? Birkenau in Poland, to further • How similar and different is their understanding of Living the modern day to past eras? Under Nazi Rule. Content of the course and Whilst History is a valuable assessment subject in its own right, it also builds bridges to many other The new GCSE is assessed subjects and teaches skills that solely by written examination. prove useful in working life: There are five strands to the • A greater understanding of OCR GCSE History B syllabus, current affairs and important which are assessed over three events in the world. examinations: • Experience in judging the reliability of information. The first examination (1 hour • Learning to look at problems 45 minutes paper) will contain and arguments in a balanced the British Thematic study on and unbiased way. Migration to Britain from c.1250 • Developing skilful oral and OPTIONAL SUBJECTS to the present day (20%) and written communication. the British Depth Study on the • Becoming an independent Norman Conquest, 1065-1087 thinker. (20%) The second examination (1 hour paper) will be based on a site study analysing History Around Us, where we will look at the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear 27 Bunker and the history of the
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Hospitality and Catering (WJEC Eduqas Level 1 and 2 Vocational Award) General aims buyer, production manager, public relations, hygiene This course concentrates on the control, National Health Service, hospitality and catering industry. health promotion, technical You will develop the knowledge management, food quality, food and understanding related to a preparation and retail. range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate Assessment and what they have to take into account to be successful. You Unit 1 (40%): The Hospitality will have the opportunity to learn and Catering Industry will be about issues related to nutrition externally assessed with an and food safety and how they online examination that lasts 90 affect successful hospitality minutes. You will be graded as and catering operations. In follows: this qualification, you will also • Level 1 Pass develop food preparation and • Level 2 Pass cooking skills as well as the • Level 2 Merit transferable skills of problem • Level 2 Distinction solving, organisation and time. Unit 2 (60%): Hospitality and You will learn about the Catering in Action is internally hospitality and catering industry assessed. This involves you by completing lots of practical completing a piece of controlled work to learn new skills with assessment in school under weekly practical lessons. examination conditions (NEA). OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Therefore, it is essential that you You will be set a task by Eduqas are prepared to bring ingredients and will have to safely plan, at least once a week. prepare, cook and present dishes to satisfy the task. This Future career opportunities qualification develops students’ include becoming a chef, skills in communication, creativity, sports science, dietician, food independence, team building and journalism, product development, evaluation. Food is one of the home economist, events fastest growing industries with 28 management, hospitality, front of many varied jobs on offer. house, conference management,
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 ICT (Edexcel iGCSE 4IT1) Latin (WJEC Eduqas C990) General aims Topic 2: Connectivity General aims parts one and three, and the Topic 3: Operating Online middle part is to be translated This course enables students to: Topic 4: Online Goods and Latin GCSE aims to provide into English. • explore how digital Services a foundation in linguistic and There is a Defined Vocabulary technology impacts on the cultural competence, enabling List of 440 words in this section. lives of individuals, Paper 2: Practical Paper - 50% learners to gain knowledge and organisations and society; of the total understanding of the Roman Section B: This offers a choice • learn about current Students are assessed through a world through reading and between a translation from and emerging digital three-hour practical examination, responding to its language English into Latin of a small technologies and the issues set and marked by Pearson and literature. Students will number of simple (single-clause) raised by their use, in a range (includes printing time). The be encouraged to use their sentences, or the recognition, of contexts, by individuals examination window takes place knowledge and understanding of analysis and explanation of and organisations; during one week in May/June. the ancient language to deepen syntax and accidence within • develop awareness of the Students must study both of the their understanding of English a short passage of Latin (ie risks that are inherent in following topics: and other languages. They will identifying the grammar). using ICT and the features of Topic 5: Applying Information and be able to develop research safe, secure and responsible Communication Technology and analytical skills which will Component 2: practice; Topic 6: Software Skills (Graphics, empower them to become Latin Literature and Sources • work with a range of digital Web authoring, Presentations, independent learners and equip (Themes) - Written examination: tools and techniques Databases, Spreadsheets). them for further study in many 1 hour 15 minutes (open- to produce effective different areas. If students have book exam) = 30% of total ICT solutions in a range of opted to take the WJEC Level marks. 2021-2023 Theme is contexts. 1 Exam in Year 9, they will have ‘Superstition and Magic’ covered some of this course Assessment already. Component 3: 3B Roman Civilisation - Written Paper 1: Written Paper - 50% of Assessment examination 1 hour = 20% of total OPTIONAL SUBJECTS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS the total marks. Students are assessed through Component 1: 2021-2023 Topic is ‘Daily Life in a a 1 hour 30 minute written Latin Language - Written Roman Town’. examination, set and marked examination: 1 hour 30 minutes = by Pearson. This comprises 50% of total marks. a mixture of multiple-choice, short/long questions. The total Section A: This takes the form number of marks available for of a momentum test consisting the examination paper is 100. of a narrative in Latin divided Students must study all of the into three passages. There are 30 following topics: comprehension questions on 31 Topic 1: Digital Devices
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Music (Edexcel 1MUO) General aims Understanding Music (40%): This is a listening paper taken GCSE Music aims to give a at the end of the course. There solid foundation to both hobby are set areas of study plus some and career musicians and specific works from a wide accommodates a range of variety of genres. abilities. It focuses on the core activities of Understanding Music, Performing Music (30%): Performing, and Composing. As Candidates perform one solo most candidates take performing and one ensemble piece on a lessons privately, some of the chosen instrument or voice in preparation for the performance Year 11. Those who have taken component is usually undertaken instrumental/vocal examinations by students’ instrumental/voice will find they are familiar with this teacher. requirement which makes Music an excellent choice for them. It Post-16 study can include A-level is important that those taking Music, A-level Music Technology Music GCSE gain performing or Performing Arts courses. experience through participation Many Music students maintain in school groups such as Choir, it as a valued hobby throughout Chamber Choir or Orchestra adulthood, whereas for others where applicable and taking part music can be a career in its own in school concerts and events. right. It can be followed, for example, through performing, Composing Music (30%): composing (eg for TV and film, Candidates are required to stage, concert hall), teaching/ compose two pieces of music. It is possible to compose in a OPTIONAL SUBJECTS lecturing, sound technology (eg in a theatre or studio), music wide variety of styles and for journalism, music therapy, any combination of instruments/ education/arts management and voices. Popular choices include consultancy. songs of any sort and solos/duets for any instrument with piano Content of the course and accompaniment. assessment The GCSE Music course 32 comprises three components:
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 For the analysis and evaluation, Physical Education (Eduqas C55OQS) students must design and carry out a personal training programme, with the aim of General aims physiology; Movement analysis; providing recommendations to Psychology or sport and physical improve performance in one of The GCSE PE course is designed activity; Socio-cultural issues in the practical activities in which to encourage and enable physical activity and sport. This they are being assessed. Any students to develop theoretical is comprised of two units and is activities taken off-site must be knowledge and understanding assessed via a two-hour exam, recorded on video, both in Year of the factors that underpin which carries 60% of the total 10 in order to moderate and in physical activity and sport; they marks. Students are assessed Year 11 as their final exam piece. will also then be able to apply through short and extended this knowledge to improve answers to questions. Team sports: association football, performance. Students will be badminton, basketball, camogie, expected to take part in physical Component 2 - The Active cricket, dance, Gaelic football, activities that they may not Participant: Practical controlled handball, hockey, hurling, themselves opt to take as one of assessments on three different lacrosse, netball, rowing, rugby their three sports. In all activities sports, one of which must be a league and union, squash, table they will have the opportunity to team sport and one must be an tennis, tennis and volleyball. develop skills and techniques, individual sport; the third can Individual activities: amateur select and use tactics, strategies be either. Any activities taken boxing, athletics, badminton, and/or compositional ideas. off-site must be recorded on canoeing, cycling, dance, diving, Students will also develop their video, both in Year 10 in order golf, gymnastics, equestrian, ability to analyse and evaluate to to moderate and in Year 11 as kayaking, rock climbing, rowing improve performance in physical candidates’ final exam piece. The (sculling), skiing, snowboarding, activity and sport. Please note three sports count for 30% of the squash, swimming, table tennis, that candidates should be strong total marks; the remaining 10% tennis, trampolining. in three sports, ie school, club or is assessed through an analysis county standard as a minimum, and evaluation of candidates’ There are limitations on some in order to access the higher performance in one of their combinations of sports, for chosen activities. OPTIONAL SUBJECTS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS grades at GCSE PE. example candidates may not take skiing and snowboarding. Content of the course and For the practical element, students are formally assessed assessment on one day during Year 11, between March and May. Component 1 - Theory: The An external assessor visits theory element of the course the school to watch the is broken down into sections performances/videos. Candidates and covers a range of content. must offer three performances, Candidates learn about Health, 34 at least one as a team player and 35 training and exercise; Exercise one as an individual performer.
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Religious Studies (Edexcel B 1RB0) Statistics (Edexcel 1ST0) General aims General aims Geography, as well as providing a solid background for the study Religious Studies at GCSE allows The Statistics course of Statistics beyond GCSE level. students to study two religions complements the Edexcel This qualification is suitable only in depth, looking at their beliefs, Mathematics syllabus. It is not for students in Mathematics Set practices and ethics. Not only included in the option blocks 1F and Set 1S do students learn about what as it is taught in Mathematics followers of religions believe, lessons, in three six-week blocks Content of the course and but also how this affects their in Year 10. Students learn how assessment behaviour and views in today’s to interpret and apply data to a world. When looking at ethical number of scenarios, both across In June, Year 10, students sit two issues, we also consider the non- the curriculum and in the real externally-examined papers of religious points of view. A good world, and builds skills useful for equal weighting. level of written English and good subjects such as Science and revision skills are necessary for this course. Further Maths (Level 2 AQA 8360) Content of the course and assessment General aims qualification is suitable only for Mathematics Set 1F students The examination consists of two This course complements the expected to achieve Grades papers: Edexcel Mathematics syllabus, 7, 8 or 9 in GCSE Mathematics The first paper covers Christian particularly the algebraic and who are likely to progress beliefs and practices, issues to reasoning, and is designed to A-Level Mathematics and do with relationships, marriage to stretch and challenge high possibly Further Mathematics. and family and issues on life and achieving mathematicians. Students must be self-motiviated, death (abortion, life after death The course emphasises higher committed and hard working. OPTIONAL SUBJECTS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS etc). At present we offer Judaism order technical proficiencies, as the second paper. This covers problem-solving skills and Content of the course and Jewish beliefs and practices, rigorous argument. The students assessment crime and punishment and issues are introduced to calculus and to do with peace and conflict. matrices, and develop further This qualification is assessed Students have the opportunity to their skills in trigonometry, through two written examination travel to Krakow, where they visit graphs and functions. This papers sat at the end of Year 11: the cathedral, a synagogue and subject is not included in the Paper 1 (non-calculator) carries Auschwitz. option blocks as the course is 40% of the marks and Paper 2 taught in Mathematics lessons (calculator) carries 60% of the 36 throughout Years 10 and 11. This 37 marks.
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 Fashion and Textiles (Cambridge O Level 6130) General aims Computer Technology), CAD (Computer Aided Design), Fashion and Textiles provides and CAM (Computer Aided a useful background for many Manufacturing), will be studied creative career paths and is a as well as contemporary fashion valuable life skill. The project- design and accessory design. based approach with emphasis This is a practical based course on design and making, develops demonstrating technical skills creativity, graphic communication, supported with theoretical the application of ICT in the knowledge. workplace as well as developing technical skills. Students must be Component 1 Fundamentals of self-motivated and dedicated. It is Fashion and Textiles (Written not necessary to be able to draw Examination): 50% externally beautifully to take this course, but assessed, the written exam is students should have a creative two-hours and covers fibres and mind backed up with an ability to fabrics, manufacturing processes, develop good practical skills and surface decoration, CAD/CAM, the ability to present work well. commercial practices and sustainability. Content of the course and assessment Component 2 Coursework: 50% internally assessed and externally The course builds on the basic moderated. Two coursework skills taught in Key Stage 3 projects provide candidates with and aims to develop students’ the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills, creativity and the ability to integrate their OPTIONAL SUBJECTS enjoyment of Fashion and Textiles. knowledge from Component 1, Students will learn to develop and through designing and making use a design brief in response to skills to produce one quality varying consumer needs. They textile garment and one fashion will explore the design principles accessory which satisfy a specific of line, form and colour as well as need or function. Each product will develop and refine their practical have a portfolio to evidence the skills, to produce high quality, planning, development, testing desirable textile end products. and evaluation stages. This award Commercial practice, including will be examined in November 39 the use of ICT (Information 2021.
GCSE OPTIONS GUIDE 2020-22 St Mary’s Year 10 and 11 courses Compulsory Subject Board & code English Language Edexcel 1EN0 English Literature Edexcel 1ET0 Mathematics Edexcel 1MA1 Modern Languages: French OR Edexcel 1FR0 German OR Edexcel 1GN0 Spanish Edexcel 1SP0 Science: Combined or Separate Edexcel 1SC0 or 1BI0, 1CH0&1PH0 PSHEE No exam Physical Education No exam Optional Subject Board & code Art and Design Fine Art Edexcel 1FA0/01&02 Photography Edexcel 1PY0/01&02 Classical Civilisation OCR J199 Drama Cambridge iGCSE 0994 Fashion and Textiles Cambridge O Level 6130 Further Mathematics AQA 8360 Geography Edexcel A 1GA0 OPTIONAL SUBJECTS History OCR BJ411 Hospitality and Catering WJEC Eduqas Level 1/2 ICT Edexcel iGCSE 4IT1 Latin WJEC Eduqas C990 Music Edexcel 1MU0 Physical Education Eduqas C55OQS Religious Studies Edexcel B 1RB0 Statistics Edexcel 2ST0 40
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