Year 9 Options Brochure For KS4 2019 2021 - Foxford Community School - Foxford School

 
Year 9 Options Brochure For KS4 2019 2021 - Foxford Community School - Foxford School
Year 9 Options Brochure
             For KS4
         2019 - 2021

      Foxford Community School
 Grange Road, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6BB

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Overview

Students must stay in education or training until they are 18.

Students have to study, as a minimum, English, Maths, three English
Baccalaureate subjects and 3 other high quality qualifications.

The English Baccalaureate subjects are:

Separate Sciences / Combined Science (worth 2 GCSEs)
History
Geography
A Modern Foreign Language (from an approved list)

Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that every student at Foxford is
able to do this.

We remain committed to offering our students a broad and balanced
curriculum.

We believe in helping our students as much as possible to make decisions
about future opportunities, training and employment.

We want our students to progress onto courses and careers that they enjoy
and that help them fulfil their potential.

The information in this booklet is subject to change in response to any further
                    alterations in Government legislation.

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To consider

The choices students make are important.

Many students do not have a career in mind at this stage, so they need to
concentrate on choosing pathways and subjects that suit their abilities, skills
and interests and that give them plenty of choice when they need to decide
on an education or training route at the end of Key Stage 4.

                    What is likely to happen to the labour
                            market in the future?

          There are very few „jobs for life‟ - people may change jobs many
           times in their working lives

          New jobs are emerging all the time - because of technological,
           economic, social and political changes

          The number of jobs for unskilled, poorly qualified workers will
           continue to fall

          The number of jobs for skilled, well qualified workers will continue
           to grow

          The number of jobs requiring Science, Technology, Computing,
           Engineering and Mathematics will continue to grow

          The workplace is changing quickly so employers will continue to
           need people who are willing and able to learn and who can
           collaborate with others

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National Progression Routes

National Progression Routes show the qualifications that are
available to students at the various points in their education.

From 14              From 16                From 18
Foundation           Apprenticeship         Apprenticeship
learning

GCSEs and BTECs /    Employment             Employment
vocational courses   with training

                     Foundation             Employment
                     Learning               with training

                     GCSEs and BTECs /      Further education
                     vocational courses

                     A levels               Higher education

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Levels of Qualification

Qualifications: what the different levels mean

Different qualifications are grouped together into various 'levels'.
This can help you (and employers) see how qualifications
compare and how one type can lead on to another.

These are the qualifications offered at Foxford and their levels:

Level 1        - GCSEs grades 3-1
               - Vocational Qualifications at level 1

Level 2        - GCSEs grades 9-4

                 Note: a good pass is equal to a grade 5

               - BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates
               - Vocational qualifications depending on student need

Level 3        - A levels

               - Level 3 BTEC

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The Curriculum at Foxford

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is for students in Years 10 and
11.

All students will work towards the equivalent of at least eight
GCSEs.

                    The Compulsory Curriculum

                      All Students will study:
English Language
English Literature
Maths
Combined Science
Physical Education (practical)
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education—delivered during Tutor Time)
Religious Education (delivered through PSHE and Enrichment Days)

                             The Choices

There will be three pathways available:

1) The English Baccalaureate Pathway (Ebacc)

2) The Open Pathway

3) The Vocational Learning Pathway

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The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate recognises the achievements of students who attain 9-4
grades at GCSE in English, Mathematics, Combined or Separate Sciences, a
Language and History or Geography.

If students achieve these grades in all five areas of their curriculum they will be
certificated as having achieved the English Baccalaureate.

This is a benchmark for entrance to the top universities.

At Foxford, students currently achieving a minimum grade 3a (old level 6a) at Key
Stage 3 in English, Mathematics, Science, a Language and Humanities will be
eligible to state a preference for the English Baccalaureate route.

                              Vocational Learning

We use a number of training providers in and around Coventry to deliver Level 1
Vocational programmes to those students who would benefit most.

Students attend the training provider for one day a week and school for the
remaining four days a week.

Students will be able to state a preference for this pathway but the final decision
will be made by Ms Pattison, Director of Learning for Year 9, in liaison with
Mrs Canning, Work Related Learning Co-ordinator and Mrs White (SENCO).

Parents will be fully consulted if this pathway is considered suitable and beneficial
for a student.

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Pathways to Success

The Director of Learning for Year 9 and all tutors are active in
providing information and guidance to help students decide on the
best pathway of study for them.

They are asking students to think about two key questions:

   “Where will my studies lead?”

   “How am I going to gain the most success?”

Tutors will also be warning about some dos and
don’ts :

   do subjects you enjoy and are good at

   do try to have a balance of types of subject

   do think about where your studies might lead at ages 16, 18 and
    beyond

   don’t start something you’re not prepared to finish - it will be
    impossible to make changes in September. Find out as much as you
    can, then commit

   don’t think you’d like to do a subject just because of the teacher

   don’t think you want to do a subject because your friends are doing
    it - this is about your success

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English Baccalaureate Pathway

  Students need a minimum of grade 3a (old Level 6a) at Key Stage 3 in
   English, Mathematics, Science, a Language and Humanities to apply.

                                 Core Subjects

                                 English Language
                                 English Literature
                                       Maths
                      Combined Science or Separate Sciences
                             Spanish or Home Language
                    Physical Education (Practical and non-exam)
                                 PSHE (non-exam)

             Choose TWO from

               Fine Art or Textiles Art
                     Music BTEC
          Dance or Drama (Performance)
                       History
                     Geography
                                                           Choose ONE from
    Enterprise and Marketing (Business Studies)
            Health and Social Care BTEC
           Sport and Coaching Principles                           History
           Design and Technology BTEC                             Geography
              Hospitality and Catering
          Digital Information Technology
                 Separate Sciences

If you choose Separate Sciences as a core option here you will have to choose
             separate sciences as one of your two main options.

It is recommended that students who aspire to apply to the top universities in
               the future state a preference for this pathway.

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Open Pathway

                          All students eligible

                              Core Subjects

                              English Language
                              English Literature
                                    Maths
                              Combined Science
                 Physical Education (Practical and non-exam)
                              PSHE (non-exam)

        Choose THREE from

           Fine Art or Textiles Art
                 Music BTEC
      Dance or Drama (Performance)                      Choose ONE from
                   History
                 Geography                                      History
Enterprise and Marketing (Business Studies)                    Geography
        Health and Social Care BTEC                             Spanish
       Sport and Coaching Principles
       Design and Technology BTEC
          Hospitality and Catering
      Digital Information Technology
             Separate Sciences

  Students will be able to progress to an apprenticeship,
 employment with training or A Levels from this pathway.
 Students will be able to apply for university in the future.

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Vocational Learning Pathway

              Students will be identified for this route
               by the Director of Learning for Year 9.

                               Core Subjects

                               English Language
                               English Literature
                                     Maths
                               Combined Science
                  Physical Education (Practical and non-exam)
                               PSHE (non-exam)

           Choose ONE from

            Fine Art or Textiles Art
                  Music BTEC
       Dance or Drama (Performance)                        Additional Core
                    History
                  Geography                                 College course
 Enterprise and Marketing (Business Studies)                 Geography
         Health and Social Care BTEC
        Sport and Coaching Principles
        Design and Technology BTEC
           Hospitality and Catering
       Digital Information Technology
              Separate Sciences

Students will be able to progress to vocational qualifications,
employment with training or additional GCSEs from this route.

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For many years GCSE have been graded using letters from A-G.
This has now changed. Two years ago the government introduced a
numbered scale for level 2 qualifications. It goes from 9 to 1.

The government states that :

   broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4
    and above as currently achieve a grade C and above

   broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7
    and above as currently achieve a grade A and above

   broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 1
    and above as currently achieve a grade G and above

The government‟s definition of a „good pass‟ will be set at grade 5
for reformed GCSEs. A grade 4 will continue to be a level 2
achievement.

At Foxford we now use this new grading structure throughout the
whole school as soon as a student enters our school in year 7.

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Curriculum Contents
                                Page
English                         15 and 16
Mathematics                     17 and 18
Science                         19, 20, 21, 22 and 23
Geography                       24 and 25
History                         26 and 27
Languages                       28 and 29
Design and Technology           30 and 31
Digital Information Technology 32 and 33
Hospitality and Catering        34 and 35
Art Textiles                    36 and 37
Music                           38 and 39
Dance                           40 and 41
Fine Art                        42 and 43
Drama                           44 and 45
Sport                           46 and 47
Health and Social Care          48 and 49
Enterprise and Marketing        50 and 51

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GCSE English Language and
                       English Literature (AQA)

                                What will I study?

 You will study two GCSE courses
     English Language
     English Literature

 English Language will give you the opportunity to explore the writers‟ craft and
 viewpoints through the study of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts and
 develop your own creative writing skills.
 English Literature will develop your enjoyment of a wide range of literary texts from
 Shakespeare to contemporary novels and plays; alongside classic novels and poetry
 through the ages.

                What qualification will the course lead to?

A GCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature from the AQA examination
board.

                             How will I be assessed?

Both GCSE courses are 100% terminal examinations sat in the summer term of Year 11.

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment for either course however, you will be required to
complete a number of speaking and listening assessments throughout the duration of
the English Language course.

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

    It builds your written and spoken communication skills
    It teaches skills that you will need to use in ALL of your other subjects
    It is required for all career paths that you may want to pursue

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

English lessons are not just about reading and writing. Along with discussion, debate and
group work there are opportunities for drama and other creative activities.

                             What links will help me?

Additional information can be found on the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk and revision
materials are available on the BBC‟s Bitesize website.

Regular reading a range of texts and literature will also really help you. You should be
reading every day. This has a huge impact on your vocabulary and the ability to
interpret the texts for English at GCSE as well as understanding what the exam
questions are looking for.

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Ms Rees - Director of Teaching and Learning for English
emmar@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Mathematics (Pearson Edexcel)

                                What will I study?

 Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)
     Number
     Algebra
     Ratio, proportion and rates of change
     Geometry and measures
     Statistics and probability

                What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in Mathematics from the Pearson Edexcel examination board.

                             How will I be assessed?

100% exam. There are two tiers of entry available - Foundation (grades 1-5) and
Higher (grades 4-9). The assessment of each tier will consist of three externally
examined papers. It is a linear qualification, all examination papers must be taken in the
same examination series at the end of the course. There is one non-calculator paper and
two calculator papers. Each paper is worth 80 marks. The time allocation for each paper
is 1hr 30mins.

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment in Mathematics.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

You will emerge from GCSE Mathematics with a level of confidence and fluency that will
provide a genuine foundation for the rest of your learning and working life.
All employers will be looking for employees who are competent in basic numeracy skills.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Independent learning, group work, problem solving and investigations.

                           What links will help me?

www.mymaths.co.uk
Www.mathsgenie.co.uk
www.pixl.org.uk (PIXL Maths App)
Revision guides - purchase from the Maths office
Mathswatch CD

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Iradukunda - Director of Teaching and Learning for Mathematics
noeli@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

                               What will I study?

Biology
    Cell Biology
    Organisation
    Infection and response
    Bioenergetics
    Homeostasis
    Inheritance, variation and evolution
    Ecology

Chemistry
   Atomic structure and the periodic table
   Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
   Quantitative chemistry
   Chemical changes
   Energy changes
   The rate and extent of chemical change
   Organic chemistry
   Chemical analysis
   Chemistry of the atmosphere
   Using resources

Physics
    Forces
    Energy
    Waves
    Electricity
    Magnetism and electromagnetism
    Particle model of matter
    Atomic structure

Practical Skills
     Working Scientifically
     Mathematical skills
     Use of apparatus
     Investigation skills

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What qualification will the course lead to?

2 GCSEs in Science, exam board - AQA.

                              How will I be assessed?

6 x 1hr 15min exams at the end of year 11.

               What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment in Combined Science.

        What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

  GCSE Combined Science course involves investigating how the natural world works
  and is designed to engage students‟ interest at every level by providing relevant,
  inspiring academic content, practical opportunities to undertake scientific enquiry and
  learn about the scientific process.
  Students will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

      Knowledge and understanding to pose, define and solve scientific questions and
       problems
      An understanding of the continuously evolving relationship between science and
       society
      Communication, literacy and numeracy skills in a scientific context
      Planning skills, including the management of risk
      Investigative skills, including the collection, selection, processing and analysing
       of secondary data to provide evidence

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons are a mixture of practical work to develop understanding of the topic areas,
developing skills to question and investigate scientific principles and ideas, literacy
activities to demonstrate student understanding and engaging activities to support
learning and progress.

                             What links will help me?

BBC Bitesize, www.aqa.org.uk, www.ocr.org.uk, qualifications.pearson.com,
www.gcsescience.com, www.s-cool.co.uk, www.docbrown.info

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Separate Sciences (GCSE Biology,
                    GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics)

                               What will I study?

Biology
    Cell Biology
    Organisation
    Infection and response
    Bioenergetics
    Homeostasis
    Inheritance, variation and evolution
    Ecology

Chemistry
   Atomic structure and the periodic table
   Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
   Quantitative chemistry
   Chemical changes
   Energy changes
   The rate and extent of chemical change
   Organic chemistry
   Chemical analysis
   Chemistry of the atmosphere
   Using resources

Physics
    Forces
    Energy
    Waves
    Electricity
    Magnetism and electromagnetism
    Particle model of matter
    Atomic structure

Practical Skills
     Working Scientifically
     Mathematical skills
     Use of apparatus
     Investigation skills

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What qualification will the course lead to?

3 GCSEs: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.
Exam board - AQA.

                             How will I be assessed?

6 x 1hr 45 min exams (2 each per Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment in Combined Science.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

  GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses involve investigating how the natural
  world works and are designed to engage students‟ interest at every level by
  providing relevant in inspiring academic content, practical opportunities to undertake
  scientific enquiry and learn about the scientific process.

  Students will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
      Knowledge and understanding to pose, define and solve scientific questions
       and problems
      An understanding of the continuously evolving relationship between science
       and society
      Communication, literacy and numeracy skills in a scientific context
      Planning skills, including the management of risk
      Investigative skills, including the collection selecting, processing and analysing
       of secondary data to provide evidence

  The content is taught to a higher level than double science and bridges the gap
  between GCSE and A level, extending students understanding of the scientific world
  and challenging students to make synoptic links between topics.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons are a mixture of practical work to develop understanding of the topic areas,
developing skills to question and investigate scientific principles and ideas, literacy
activities to demonstrate student understanding and engaging activities to support
learning and progress.

                             What links will help me?

BBC Bitesize, www.aqa.org.uk, www.ocr.org.uk, qualifications.pearson.com,
www.gcsescience.com, www.s-cool.co.uk, www.docbrown.info

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Duffy - Director of Teaching and Learning for Science
AllanD@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Geography (Pearson Edexcel)

                               What will I study?

 In GCSE Geography you will study:

 Unit 1:      - Coastal and river systems
              - Weather and extreme events
              - Ecosystems and biodiversity

 Unit 2:      - Changing cities
              - Global development
              - Water or energy resource management

 Unit 3:       - Fieldwork and UK challenges

               What qualification will the course lead to?

Pearson Edexcel Geography A - GCSE.

                           How will I be assessed?

GCSE Geography is assessed through written exams:

Unit 1: 1 hour and 30 minute external examination - worth 37.5%
Unit 2: 1 hour and 30 minute external examination - worth 37.5%
Unit 3: 1 hour and 30 minute external examination - worth 25%

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment component. It is 100% exam based.

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

The course will develop enquiry skills - where you will look in depth at different topics as
well as mapping, graphing, analysing and evaluation skills. You will also develop as an
independent and a creative learner.

Geography is a subject that is well respected by employers as it develops so many skills.
It is also part of the Ebacc.

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Collaborative activities, where peer teaching can take place. You will also be able to
work independently on different enquiries. There will also be opportunities for out of
classroom (fieldwork) learning in both a physical and human geography context;
including a visit into Birmingham and a river study to see geography in the real world.

                             What links will help me?

www.geography.org.uk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zkw76sg
http:/qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/Pearson Edexcel-gcses/geography-a-
2016.html

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Wilson - Director of Teaching and Learning for Humanities
paulwi@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE History (Pearson Edexcel)

                                 What will I study?

You will study 4 topics. These will be:

    Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 to present
    Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
    Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
    Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

                 What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in History, Pearson Edexcel.

                             How will I be assessed?

You will sit 3 exams at the end of your course in year 11. These will be as follows:

    Paper 1 (Crime and punishment) 1 hour 15 minute exam worth 30%
    Paper 2 (Superpower relations and Elizabethan England) 1 hour 45 minute exam
             worth 40%
    Paper 3 (Weimar and Nazi Germany) 1 hour 20 minute exam worth 30%

               What will the controlled assessment involve?

There is no controlled assessment for history GCSE. All topics are examined units.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

You will develop excellent source analysis skills and will be able to structure a strong and
effective argument. You will be able to collect, analyse and evaluate evidence and will
develop your literacy and communications skills.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

A range of activities take place in the history classroom. Along with preparing students
with exam practice, activities range from writing newspaper reports, designing
storyboards, collaborating within a group to analyse sources and creating presentations.

                            What links will help me?

 BBC Bitesize for GCSE History is a good place to develop an overview the key topics:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/

 A full copy of the specification for the GCSE can be found on Pearson Edexcel‟s website
 by following the link below:

 http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/Pearson Edexcel-gcses/history-
 2016.html

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Cole leads the history curriculum.
Email tomc@foxford.coventry.sch.uk for further information.

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GCSE Languages (AQA)
                                     Spanish

                                 What will I study?

Over the two years you will study a range of different topics including global and social
issues, travel and tourism, life at school, jobs and career choices and me, my family and
friends.

                What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE Spanish from the AQA examination board.

                            How will I be assessed?

The GCSE has four components, listening, reading, writing and speaking, which are
examined at the end of year 11. Each component is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
The listening and reading exams will involve responding to spoken and written texts in
Spanish and English. There will also be translation tasks in both languages. The
speaking exam will consist of a role-play, responding to a picture card and some general
conversation. The general conversation will consist of one theme chosen by the
student and the other chosen by the exam board. For the written exam you will
complete a range of tasks in response to a given set of criteria, including a translation
task.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Students who study languages show that they are resilient, understanding and good
communicators. Studying a language opens up many opportunities to work abroad and
for multinational companies within the UK. Spanish is the 4th most spoken language in
the world and is fast becoming a business necessity.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Speaking activities include dialogues and presentations, competitive writing,
translation, listening activities and reading passages. All are accessed through a variety
of tasks including gap fill, sentence matching, translation, making up conversations,
reporting back information.

We work on a range of skills including speaking to people in a variety of situations,
writing letters, emails and essays. We practise active listening and reading for gist and
detail. You will also practise speaking Spanish, in small groups, with a native Spanish
speaker.

                            What links will help me?

To revise key words - www.quizlet.com
To look up the meanings of new words - www.wordreference.com
Interactive self-marking Spanish language activities - www.languagesonline.org.uk

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Ms Wardle - Director of Teaching and Learning for Languages
sofiew@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Design & Technology (Eduqas)

                                What will I study?

 As a design & technology student you will build on the knowledge and skills acquired at
 KS3 - focusing on identifying and solving real life design problems. You will develop
 practical skills to make high quality functional products that meet the needs of your
 target market. The subject content is presented under two headings: technical
 principles and designing and making principles. Within each area, the content is
 further divided into core knowledge and understanding and in-depth knowledge and
 understanding.

                What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in Design & Technology from the Eduqas examination board.

                             How will I be assessed?

 The assessment of design & technology consists of an exam and non-exam assessment
 (coursework - 50% of the qualification).
 50% of the qualification from one 2 hour written examination.
 50% of the qualification the non-exam assessment.

              What will the non-exam assessment involve?

In year 11 you will be given a choice of design briefs to answer through the research,
development and manufacture of a high quality product along with a supporting design
portfolio. You will need to demonstrate excellent motivation and time keeping skills to
meet the coursework deadlines. Your product will need to manufactured from a range of
specialist materials and components (electronic systems, programmable components &
mechanical devices, papers & boards, natural & manufactured timber, ferrous &
non-ferrous metals, thermoforming & thermosetting polymers, fibres & textiles).

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Your experience of industry standard software and new technologies such as 3D printing
will equip you to pursue further education for careers in the design industry. You will
demonstrate greater capacity for imaginative and innovative thinking as well as
independence; all skills that successful companies look for when recruiting.

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

You will experience a broad range of practical and design based activities, ranging from
developing hand drawing and CAD (computer aided design) design skills through many
small design projects in year 10. You will acquire the necessary knowledge to
understand how to best communicate and realise a working product solution to a
specific design problem.

                            What links will help me?

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/gcse/
http://www.technologystudent.com/
http://foxforddtproductdesigngraphics.wordpress.com
https://designmuseum.org/

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Simpson - Director of Teaching and Learning for Technology
malcolms@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology

                                 What will I study?

 The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and
 skills in a practical learning environment, including:

     development of key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information
      technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces,
      creating dashboards to present and interpret data

     processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the
      interactive design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of
      conduct

     knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the
      sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how data is used
      and collected to make decisions, virtual workplaces, and cyber security.

                 What qualification will the course lead to?

            BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Information Technology

                             How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed by internal and external assessment.
40% external exam on Effective Digital Working Practices
30% internal assessment on Exploring User Interface Designs
30% internal assessment on Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

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What will the internal assessment involve?

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Designs (30%)
Learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and
how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and
create a user interface.

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpretating Data (30%)
Learners will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help
organisations in decision making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a
dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information.

      What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

    IT tools and techniques such as using spreadsheets to analyse and model data, and
     gathering and combining digital assets to create an interactive product
    knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the
     sector such as different IT systems and technologies and how they are used by
     organisations and associated individuals
    product development process that underpins effective ways of developing IT
     products and solutions
    attitudes and ways of working that are important in the IT sector such as managing
     ethical and security issues, and developing solutions to meet audience requirements

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

    Individual research projects/controlled assessment
    Group work
    Independent learning tasks
    Revision for exam

                            What links will help me?

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/digital-information-
technology.html

                    Who are the best people to contact?

                    Mrs Sahota: Gursharans@foxford.coventry.sch.uk
                      Mrs Adeeko: KemiA@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (WJEC)
                  Eduqas Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

                                 What will I study?

Eduqas Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering is the replacement GCSE for Hospitality and
Catering, a very popular and successful option for many past students.
Students will follow an enjoyable, challenging curriculum, gaining knowledge of food,
cooking skills and the catering industry. Both practical and theory work will be completed
throughout this course.

                 What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE 1/2
Level in Food
          Award
              Preparation
                 in Hospitality
                           and and
                                Nutrition
                                    Catering
                                          fromfrom
                                                the Eduqas
                                                    WJEC examination
                                                           awarding body.
                                                                     board.

                             How will I be assessed?

The assessment of Hospitality and Catering consists of 1 controlled practical assessment
(60% of final grade) and 1 written exam (40% of final grade).

               What will the controlled assessment involve?

The controlled assessment is worth 60% of final grade. The controlled assessment will
comprise of research and planning of a specific meal and cooking the meal within a set
time period.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Research and analysis skills. Practical co-ordination and cooking skills. Knowledge of
food, nutrition, safety/hygiene and the catering industry.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Practical cooking lessons as well as research; learning about nutritional analysis,
costings, market research and product design and development.

                             What links will help me?

The Nutrition Program is an online resource we use in this course, together with the
WJEC website.
http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-
gcse/

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Ms Greenhalgh : JudiG@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Art Textiles (OCR)

                                  What will I study?

  This qualification is intended for students who are interested in using textiles in a
  practical way within the context of the fashion industry and wish to develop skills
  and knowledge. This will prepare them for further study and employment within the
  fashion sector. It will particularly appeal to students who are looking for a course
  that is practical in nature.

  Textile Design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted,
  stitched or printed fabrics and involves an understanding of fibres, yarns and
  fabrics.

  • Learners must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding
  through the application of techniques and processes specific to their chosen area of
  study of Textile Design.

  • Learners must explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such
  as the work of historical and contemporary textile designers and the different
  purposes, intentions and functions of textile design as appropriate to their own
  work.

  • Learners must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through areas
  of study relevant to Textile Design.

   Learners    are required to work in one or more areas of Textile Design, such as
      those listed below. Combinations of these areas are also possible:

  •   Constructed textiles
  •   Digital textiles
  •   Dyed fabrics
  •   Printed fabrics
  •   Fashion design
  •   Installed textiles
  •   Soft furnishings
  •   Stitched and/or embellished textiles

                   What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE Art Textiles

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How will I be assessed?

    Coursework is worth 60% and is one large portfolio of work that is built up from your
    best work created over the two years.
    Controlled assessment 40%.
    The exam is worth 40%. In January of Year 11 you will receive a set of external set
    themes to choose from. You will then have 10 school weeks to produce a set of work
    related to your chosen theme, including recording from visual observation, artist research,
    designing, developing ideas and practising with materials. From this you will produce your
    main piece in a 10 hour allocated exam time. During this exam you are allowed to have
    your research and planning work with you.

           What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

        Independent study
        Collaboration
        Confidence building through artist critiques
        Experimentation
        Problem solving

                  What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Students undertake focused practical tasks such as garment making, accessories or
furnishings, using textiles and specialist equipment. Use of ICT and modern industrial
practices will be covered. Development of use of range of textiles techniques will be
explored through experiments during your coursework.

                                 What links will help me?

       ocr.co.uk—https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/art-and-design-j170-j176-from-
        2016/
       pinterest.com

                           Who are the best people to contact?

Miss Hughes : AislinnH@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice

                               What will I study?

Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles
Component 2: Music Skills Development
Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief

                What qualification will the course lead to?

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice

                            How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessed assignments marked by your teacher as
well as a externally set assignment brief which will be assessed by the exam board.
These assessments will be completed throughout the two years.

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

All coursework will take place during lesson times with minimal teacher guidance,
following practice assignments in class. You will be required to work towards group and
solo performances as well as creating a musical product based on an externally set
assignment brief.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Team working, problem solving, self-confidence, planning and project management,
music performance skills, technical musical and IT skills.

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What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Practical music making with self and peer evaluation, auditing current skills and setting
practice targets, learning specific instrumental and practice techniques, listening and
analysis, learning and developing sequencing techniques using GarageBand and Logic,
planning the delivery of a music project. The opportunity for visiting speakers/visits to
relevant venues, concerts and events.

                             What links will help me?

Search BTEC Level 2 Music in Google or use Youtube for instrumental help.

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Griffin: Chrisg@foxford.coventry.sch.uk
Mr Tang: AlanT@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Dance (Performing Arts)

                                What will I study?

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their
creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous
experience in the subject. Students will study a range of dance styles. They can choose
any style to perform and choreograph in, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
The study of the anthology of professional works will develop students‟ ability to
analyse dances of different styles and cultural influences and provide a springboard for
engaging practical tasks.

The course is planned in 2 sections which is aimed to develop students‟ knowledge,
understanding and skills in dance:
Component 1: Performance and choreography. Component 2: Dance Appreciation.

                What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in Dance or equivalent

                              How will I be assessed?

 Performance and choreography.
 • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
 • Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
 • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group
 dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
 How it's assessed.
 Internally marked and externally moderated
 Performance = 30% of GCSE
 Choreography = 30% of GCSE
 The practical work totals 60% of the course
 Dance appreciation.
 • Analysis of own work
 • Analysis of professional works
 How it's assessed.
 40% of GCSE
 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
 Questions based on students' own practice and the GCSE Dance anthology.

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Dance develops practical skills, confidence, self-esteem, communication, problem solving
and collaboration skills.

    What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Technique classes to develop technical and expressive skills, workshop style sessions to
develop composition skills, rehearsals, extended writing tasks and performances of work.

                           What links will help me?

ww.aqa.org.uk

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Miss Ball: samb@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Fine Art (OCR)

                                   What will I study?

       Explore a variety of different themes and starting points
       Be introduced to new skills, techniques and materials
       Create a portfolio of art work that includes painting, drawing,
        sculpture, mark-making, photography, digital mediums and
        printmaking
       Develop your style as an artist
       Learn how to develop your ideas through experimentation
       Learn how to evaluate and review your work so you can work to your strengths
       Explore contemporary and traditional artists
       Gallery visits

                  What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in Art and Design through the exam board OCR.

You could choose to continue your studies at A level or go onto a foundation course at
an art college.

The GCSE course provides an excellent starting point for many visual arts industries.
Through choosing GCSE art you will gain valuable creative problem solving and thinking
skills, presentation skills, analysis skills, media techniques, artist and contextual
knowledge.

Art helps provide you with a creative perspective, which can help in many careers
including engineering, architecture, mathematics and science.

                              How will I be assessed?

       Coursework is worth 60% and is one large portfolio of work that is built up from
        your best work created over the two years

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What will the controlled assessment involve?

Controlled assessment 40%
The exam is worth 40%. In January of Year 11 you will receive a set of external set
themes to choose from. You will then have 10 school weeks to produce a sketchbook
related to your chosen theme, including recording from visual observation, artist research,
designing, developing ideas and practising with materials. From this you will produce your
final piece in a 10 hour allocated exam time. During this exam you are allowed to have
your sketchbook and planning work with you.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

    Creative problem solving and thinking skills
    Presentation skills
    Independent and collaboration skills
    Experimentation and media skills
    Analysis

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

    Media skills, techniques and artist process. In dry materials, wet materials, print
     making, collage, stitch, 3D work and digital mediums such as Photoshop
    Creative problem solving in a practical way, looking at conceptual themes
    learning about contemporary and historical artists, designers, illustrators and
     sculptors
    Artist and contextual analysis
    Knowledge of art based careers and practices. Gallery visits and workshops

                             What links will help me?

    art2day.com
    studentartguide.com
    pinterest.com
    ocr.co.uk

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Mrs Black - hannahp@foxford.coventry.sch.uk Director of Teaching and Learning for
Creative Arts
Miss Anderson - carolea@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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GCSE Drama (Performing Arts)

                                 What will I study?

 The GCSE drama course will develop knowledge and skills in drama and theatre. The
 course includes a 60/40% balance between practical (60%) and written (40%)
 elements that students can adapt to suit their individual abilities. There are
 opportunities for students to be performers or technicians. This can be arranged with
 the class teacher.

 Students are required to work collaboratively, reflectively and imaginatively in this
 course. It is demanding, requiring creativity and passion for the performing arts!
 The course is consists of 3 sections aimed at developing student‟s knowledge,
 understanding and skills in drama:

 Component 1: devising drama
 Component 2: presenting and performing texts
 Component 3: performance and response

                 What qualification will the course lead to?

GCSE in Drama or equivalent

                              How will I be assessed?

 Component 1: devising drama
 What's assessed?
    process of creating devised drama
    performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or
     designer)
    analysis and evaluation of devised performance
 How it's assessed
    devising log (40 marks)
    performance (20 marks)                60 marks = 30% of GCSE
 Component 2: presenting and performing texts
 (Practical)
 What's assessed?
    the study of two extracts from a set play
    describing their artistic intentions for a performance
 How it's assessed
 •      two extracts will be performed in front of an external examiner

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Component 3: performance and response
  (Written exam - 40% (80 marks) 1 hour and 30 minutes)
   Section A - (40 marks) students will be asked about the practical preparation work
    on their chosen set text
   Section B - (40 marks) students will analyse and evaluate a live performance

               What will the controlled assessment involve?

    Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer
     or designer). Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for
     Component 1 .

 How it's assessed
 • Performance of extract 1 (30 marks) and extract 2 (30 marks)
    60 marks in total = 30% of GCSE

               What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Workshop lessons, performance lessons and theory lessons. This will be a combination of
written and practical work.

       What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

The course requires students to work collaboratively, reflectively and imaginatively. The
course is demanding requiring creativity and passion for the performing arts.

                            What links will help me?

www.OCR.org.uk

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Ms Griggs: ClaireG@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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Vocational Certificate in Sport & Coaching
                              Principles (WJEC/Eduqas)

                                   What will I study?

   Improving Sports Performance
   Understanding the psychological, technical and physiological factors that affect per-
   formance. How to measure sporting performance and be able to make judgements
   and how to act on feedback and improve performance.
   Fitness for Sport
   Understanding how the different body systems react to, and during exercise. How
   the body adapts to exercise and the functions of the different body systems. Stu-
   dents will also learn the different components of fitness and how they can be im-
   proved, the different training methods to improve them and how we test the differ-
   ent components.
   Coaching Principles
   Within this unit
   students will learn the skills required to become an effective leader or coach. They
   will examine what skills and attributes are needed to become a coach, what makes a
   good coaching session and how to plan effective sessions. Students will plan, lead
   and review their own sessions as part of the assessment grading for this unit.

                 What qualification will the course lead to?

A level 1 or 2 Vocational Certificate in Sport and Coaching Principles.

                              How will I be assessed?

Unit 2: Fitness for Sport is externally assessed (40%) A 90-minute, 90 mark written
exam.
The remaining two units (Units 1 and 3) are assessed via coursework assignments.

               What will the controlled assessment involve?

A series of assignments for each of the remaining two units covered. Planning, leading
and reviewing a practical sports session as part of unit 3.

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

How to analyse sports performance, how different psychological factors can affect
performance, how to train effectively using a variety of methods and how to plan an
effective training programme. Practical skills such as planning, leading and reviewing
small group activities and sports sessions.
Communication, literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing self-confidence and
analysis of your own performances.

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

A range of classroom based and practical based activities, including presentations,
discussions, planning training programmes, analysing performance, fitness based work
using the fitness suite and practical sports.

                            What links will help me?

Eduqas Vocational Certificate in Sport and Coaching Principles
https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/physical-education/sport-and-coaching-
principles

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Terry - Director of Teaching and Learning for Well Being
christ@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health and
                      Social Care (Pearson Edexcel)

                               What will I study?

 There are 3 components to be studied in total:
 Component 1 - Human Lifespan Development.
 Understanding the different life stages and the factors that affect them. How do peo-
 ple grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choic-
 es, relationships and life events affect your growth and development? Students ex-
 amine the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development (PIES) of individu-
 als across all stages.
 Dealing with life events. Students will learn about different life events such as mar-
 riage or the birth of a child and what the impact of these events are on an individuals
 health and wellbeing.
 Component 2 - Health and Social Care Service and Values.
 Component 2 examines the different health care providers available and potential
 barriers to accessing them. Students learn about standards of health care and what
 „good health care‟ is along with the values that care providers should demonstrate
 and adhere to.
 This component also ask you to demonstrate care values through scenarios and role
 plays as part of your assessment evidence.
 Component 3 - Health and Wellbeing.
 Component 3 is a synoptic unit drawing on some of the content learned in compo-
 nents 1 and 2. This component is externally assessed through a two-hour controlled
 assessment sat in Feb/May.
 Students examine the impact of a range of factors on an individuals health and
 wellbeing. They learn how to assess the needs and health of an individual and how to
 plan improvements to address the areas using a person-centred approach drawing on
 their knowledge from components 1 and 2.

                What qualification will the course lead to?

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care. This is equivalent
to one GCSE at grade 4 or above.

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How will I be assessed?

 Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed through coursework assignments and they
 are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction at level 2. Students whose work does not meet
 the level 2 Pass standard may be graded as level 1. The internally assessed units make
 up 60% of the final grade (30% per unit) and 40% for the controlled assessment for
 component 3. Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed through coursework
 assignments and they are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction at level2. Students whose
 work does not meet the level 2 Pass standard may be graded as level 1. The internally
 assessed units make up 60% of the final grade (30% per unit) and 40% for the
 controlled assessment for component 3.

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

A two-hour unseen assessment based around a case study for component 3 only (40%).

      What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

Skills involved in BTEC courses include the ability to explain, evaluate and analyse
situations for yourself. You will develop communication skills, extended writing skills,
team work, co-operation and negotiation skills when working on tasks together.
Individual tasks provide the opportunity to plan effectively, to research independently
and make your own decisions about what is appropriate to include in your work. You
will present work in a variety of ways including PowerPoint, publisher documents and
oral presentation allowing you to improve any personal skills that you need to whilst
also providing opportunities to use your strengths.

              What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons are based around a wide range of activities. Some group work is required but all
coursework needs to be submitted individually. You will take part in practical lessons in
areas such as health indicators and demonstrating care values.

                            What links will help me?

For more information on the course, look at the unit content in the specification:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/btec-tec-awards/health-and-social-
care/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/tech-award-HSC-spec.pdf

                     Who are the best people to contact?

Mrs Coltman—Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning for Well Being

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OCR Nationals Enterprise and Marketing
                                         (OCR)

                                What will I study?

Business Studies is a lively „real world‟ subject. We want you to enjoy the course and
leave in Year 11 understanding the world of business in which we all play a part.

The units you will cover are:

 Unit 1: R064 Enterprise and Marketing (exam unit)
 Unit 2: Unit R065 Design a business proposal (controlled coursework)
Unit 3: Unit R066 Market and Pitch a Business Proposal (coursework
presentation)

                What qualification will the course lead to?

OCR National in Enterprise and Marketing Level 2
Examination board OCR

                            How will I be assessed?

There are three units. Two of the units are assessed internally by completing controlled
assessments (50%). The exam unit is an one and half hour exam assessed externally on
range of topics covered in year 10 (50%).

              What will the controlled assessment involve?

There are two units where there are controlled assessments. There are a range of types
of controlled assessment which include reports, presentations, leaflets and design pro-
jects. You will be given real life situations where you will be asked to demonstrate your
understanding of how the world of enterprise and marketing works. You do need to be
aware though that the controlled assessments must be completed in examination
conditions and there is a requirement for in-depth extended writing.

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What skills will I develop that will help me in the future?

OCR National in Enterprise and Marketing can help you take your initial steps
towards a career in the business world. You’ll learn essential skills such as
business enterprise, project management, selling and promoting a brand, and
financial awareness, from planning to making a profit.

               What kinds of activities take place in lessons?

The teaching team will employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including
teacher input, group discussions, visits, presentations and hands-on use of computers.

                            What links will help me?

Tutor2u
BBC Bitesize
TheTimes100

Revision Station

                    Who are the best people to contact?

Mr Sandhu - ballys@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

Ms Clarke - JaneD@foxford.coventry.sch.uk

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What happens next?

                                    A note to parents
                  Staff have already begun discussions with students about
                  which pathway they should take. A lot of time is given to
                  making sure students understand what is on offer next
                  year to enable them to make the correct decisions for
                  their future.

After the information evening for parents on Thursday, 24 January 2019
you will have the opportunity to talk with your child about the different
routes of study and, hopefully, agree on the decision reached by your child
and tutor. The option form will be handed out on Thursday, 24 January,
you will need to hand it back in by Friday, 8 February 2019.

If we are happy with your child‟s chosen subject profile, and all the courses
will definitely be able to run, there will be nothing more to do.

However, it may be necessary for us to cancel under-subscribed courses or
courses may be over-subscribed and you will be advised if this is the case.
Faculty staff and tutors will continue to support students in finalising their
options.

If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to
contact school to speak with Ms Pattison, Director of Learning for
       Year 9, or Mrs Green, Senior Assistant Head Teacher.

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What happens next?

Talk to your subject teachers, your tutors and your parents. Drop into “The
Futures Zone” at break and lunchtime.

If you find that you are still not sure which route or subjects to choose then
make an appointment to speak to Ms Pattison or Mrs Green.

                  Make the right decision for you!

Please be aware that we may have to come back to speak to you about the
subjects you have chosen. This might happen if we think that one of your
choices is not the right one for you. The school might also find that it cannot
timetable all of your choices. Sometimes too few or too many students
choose a certain subject, or a particular combination cannot be timetabled.

Once your subjects are finalised by the school you will not
                be able to change them.

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The Programme in brief

               Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Student assembly on KS4 curriculum choices from all subject areas.

  Students discuss most appropriate routes of study with tutors.

Option forms issued to students on Thursday, 24 January 2019
             Information booklet on School website.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 Year 9 Parents‟ Information Evening.

  Options Form returned to tutors by Friday, 8 February 2019.

 School collects all information and decides which courses will run.

Where courses are unable to run, alternatives agreed with students
                          and parents.

   Final choices confirmed with students and parents during the
                        summer term 2019.

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