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CONTENTSKey Stage 4 Courses 2016-18
January 2016 Dear Parents, Carers and Students This booklet details the courses that we are planning to make available to Year 10 students in September 2016. At the back is a subject options choice form which must be returned to school by Tuesday 23rd February. Between now and then, students will need to consider their choices carefully, gathering as much information as possible through their PD lessons, from their subject teachers, at the Year 9 Parents’ Surgery on Thursday 21st January and, importantly, at the Year 9 Options Information Evening on Thursday 14th January. They should aim to discuss their choices with their form tutor on the Review Day on Monday 8th February. Much of the content of our curriculum is as laid out in the National Curriculum. There is a compulsory element (60% of taught time) for all students, which involves the study of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and Personal Development (Citizenship, Careers, and Personal Social and Health Education). The remaining 40% of our Key Stage 4 curriculum is based on student choice, and is the main focus of this booklet. All courses are certificated by one of the following awarding bodies: AQA, EDEXCEL or OCR. Where possible, each subject description in the booklet is accompanied by information regarding the chosen examination board and specification. In addition to the curriculum detailed throughout this booklet we plan to offer other opportunities to all students. These include a co-ordinated programme of one week’s Work Experience for all students in Year 10 during Summer Term 2017, and theme days where students spend three days each year concentrating upon one particular area of learning. We hope that this booklet proves informative and helpful as you make these important choices. Yours sincerely Mr A Oldfield Mrs I Bryce Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum) Headteacher
Food Preparation & Nutrition
We aim to provide choices to ensure that all of our students’ individual needs and strengths are catered for. We believe our proposed curriculum enables us to do this through a combination of essential compulsory subjects, and an extensive range of optional subjects, with a variety of academic, practical, and vocational choices.
Compulsory subjects (ppf = periods per fortnight)
English 7ppf
Maths 7ppf
Science 10ppf
RE 2ppf
PD 2ppf
Games 2ppf
Optional subjects
Students will study four subjects from the list here. Courses are GCSEs unless stated otherwise. Each subject will be timetabled for 5 periods per fortnight. (Those wishing to study Hair & Beauty will study three subjects, as this course requires 10 periods per fortnight). In their selection, all students must choose at least one subject from: Computer Science, French, Geography, German, History, Separate Sciences.
Art & Design Animal Care BTEC Business Studies Child Development Computer Science Drama DT Product Design Engineering Studies (NCFE Level 1 Certificate) Food Preparation & Nutrition
French Geography German Hair & Beauty Principal Learning (at Cornwall College) History Media Studies Music PE Separate Sciences
The English Baccalaureate This is an award for students who achieve GCSE grades A*-C in English, Mathematics, sciences, a language and a humanities subject. At the required range of GCSE subjects needed for the EBacc would be English, Mathematics, French or German, Geography or History, and any two from Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science. The EBacc combination of subjects is not compulsory for any of our students.
In English at KS4, students study two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Both of these qualification are assessed by 100% terminal examination in the June of Year 11. In addition to the examinations in English Language, students will also study and are assessed on their spoken language skills, earning a separate endorsement for their ability to present information and ideas and to respond to spoken language.
English Language Modules:
Module Content Assessment % of final mark
Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. Section A: Students will read and answer questions about one fiction text. Section B: Students will produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.
Examination 50
Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Section A: Students will read and answer questions on two non-fiction texts. Section B: Students will produce a piece of writing that presents a viewpoint or
Examination 50
Spoken Language
Presenting information and ideas and responding to questions. Oral Assessment 0 (separate endorsement)
Literature Modules:
Module Content Assessment % of final mark
Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel. Section A: Students will answer one question on their studied Shakespearian play.
Section B: Students will answer one question about ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.
Examination 40
Paper 2 Modern texts and poetry. Section A: Students will answer one question about a studied modern text.
Section B: Students will answer one question about two poems that they have studied from their anthology.
Section C: Students will answer two questions about two unseen poems.
Examination 60
If you have any questions about GCSE English please don’t hesitate to contact: Miss Owen: [email protected] or Miss Dunkey: [email protected]
Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (Linear) Specification A
This course has been chosen to encourage students to develop a positive approach to Mathematics. Throughout the course students will encounter a variety of learning methods including whole-class interactive teaching, practical and investigational tasks, calculator and non-calculator work and use of ICT. We expect students to possess their own scientific calculator. Students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge to think and communicate using Mathematics, and to consolidate basic skills and deal with appropriately challenging work. Students will continue to be grouped in sets by ability and prior attainment, and will follow specifications leading to either Foundation or Higher tiers targeting grades 1 - 5 and 4 - 9 respectively. This course is assessed by three examination papers in the summer of Year 11. Paper 1, which is non-calculator. The three papers are of equal weighting each being 80 marks, giving a total of 240 marks. Some students in the top set may also have the opportunity to sit Further Maths GCSE in the summer of Year 11. We hope that this brief outline of the courses offered will be useful but, should you require further details, please contact the Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator, Mr A Hawthorne.
All students will do A or B A Science: GCSE AQA Combined Science - Trilogy What does the course involve? This course focuses on the knowledge and understanding that you need to make sense of the science you will meet in everyday life. During the course, you’ll study many of the major theories of science in a way that enables you to appreciate their importance to everyday life. The course also explores how scientific information is obtained, how reliable it is, what its limitations are, and how this information helps society to make
important decisions. We believe that science has something to offer every student. From a trainee chef to a nuclear physicist, a construction apprentice to a cancer researcher, everyone needs some level of relevant science understanding. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed via 6 external papers, each paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. Each paper is worth 16.7% of the final grade and are available in Higher and Foundation tiers. There is no coursework or Controlled Assessment, instead students will undertake a series of practicals over two years, students will be asked exam questions on these practicals as part of their final exams. What could I do next? A-Level Science or KS5 BTEC Science.
OR B Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA) This course involves the study of complex scientific concepts- for this reason we require that students who choose it have the potential to achieve a Level 6 or 7 in Science at the end of Year 9. Students choosing this option must pick the separate science option as one of their four option choices. What does the course involve? Studying GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences provides you with the opportunity to further develop your understanding of scientific explanations and how science works. You’ll be able to study elements of applied Biology, Chemistry and Physics with particular links to the work of professional scientists. These separate sciences cover the content of GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science with further material from each of the disciplines. How will I be assessed? The course for each of the separate sciences is currently comprised of 2 external exams each counting for 50% of the final grade. There are no Controlled Assessments or coursework, instead students will complete a series of experiments throughout the year, these will be assessed in the final exam. Each subject has the same assessment format and all exams are taken at the end of Year 11. This will mean a total of 9 exams. What could I do next? A/AS Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, BTEC Applied Science L3 or Psychology. This is the best preparation for A-Level Science.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE in Religious Studies*
This course provides opportunities for the exploration of important questions of meaning within a range of contemporary issues. It also gives students the chance to learn about two religions in depth. Taught over eight terms, it started in Year 9 and assessment is by three written exams. Teachers make use of a variety of teaching approaches, media, resources and enrichment opportunities to enable the students to have a clearer understanding of the variety of beliefs, teachings and practices within those two religions as well as of the influence of beliefs, in their world. This GCSE allows RE to link closely with other subjects, particularly History, Science, Personal Development and Child Development. It also develops some of the skills and knowledge required for many A-Level courses, particularly Sociology and Politics. We feel that this active contribution to students’ development is a key role within the course. When it comes to Religious Education at we feel we need to ask our students questions, not give set answers. This GCSE:
develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices, including through their reading of key religious
texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
develops learners’ skills in constructing well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their
preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. * Awaiting Ofqual accreditation at the time of printing.
Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
(50% of qualification, two hour exam) Theme 1: Issues of Relationships Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights
This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes. Component 2: Study of Christianity (25% of qualification, one hour exam) Candidates will study beliefs, teachings and practices. This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes. Component 3: Study of Buddhism (25% of qualification, one hour exam) Candidates will study beliefs, teachings and practices. This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes. Following this specification will enable learners to: deepen their understanding of the relationship between people become informed about common and divergent views within traditions in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fact that religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian
understand that religious traditions in Great Britain are diverse and include the following religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as other religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism.
(Citizenship/Personal, Social and Health Education/Careers Education and Guidance) The study of Citizenship aims to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society, and to help them become informed and responsible citizens, aware of their duties and rights. Students will learn about our economic, political and legal systems and will be encouraged to respect different national, religious and ethnic identities. Students will learn how to research, obtain and use different types of information, including the media and ICT, and how to evaluate their effectiveness and bias. They will also be encouraged to play an active role in the life of the school, the local community and the wider world. Citizenship will be taught within PD lessons, but aspects will also be covered across the curriculum and within the wider life of the school. This is a non-examination course for all students covering the National Curriculum programme of study and learning outcomes. During PD lessons you will also cover: Careers Education Information and Guidance; Work Experience, including preparation, feedback from employers and debriefing/reflection.
Sex and Relationships Education;
Health Education; Drugs and Alcohol Education. Students will work in a variety of classroom situations aimed at developing individual and group responsibilities as well as their own personal and social skills. An understanding and tolerance of other points of view is encouraged through enquiry and debate.
During this course students in Years 10 and 11 will cover a variety of sports from many areas of the PE National Curriculum. They will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge and ability in the activities that they may have covered in Years 7, 8 and 9 as well as experiencing new activities. These may include the following: Level 1 in Sports Leadership This is a course which gives students the opportunity to obtain a qualification in Physical Education. This award will work on the leadership skills of the students and teach them the basics of how to deliver safe, fun activity sessions to younger students. It will also encourage them to become more enthusiastic and confident about sport. This is a recognised award developed by Sports Leaders UK, in which candidates will receive certificates and pin badges upon successful completion. There is no examination, but students are assessed throughout the course. Trampolining The trampolining module covers a variety of specific aerial movements requiring agility and fitness, in addition to developing an awareness of the control of one’s body in space and its artistic appreciation. Table Tennis Students will have the opportunity to play this game which develops hand/eye co-ordination. Street surfing This activity is similar to skate boarding but involves skill development reflecting surfing. Students will learn basic skills in a safe environment, using all the necessary protective equipment, and then develop their skill completing more challenging tasks. Yoga This module covers the basics of yoga and its benefits to health and well-being. Climbing Students can have the opportunity to work through an introductory climbing course on our purpose-built wall.
Art and Design: OCR HS1 In Art and Design students are encouraged to develop practical skills in a variety of media. They will become proficient in a variety of drawing skills with the emphasis of the course being on direct observation and experimenting with all sorts of materials and techniques. The approach to studies will be thematic and students will be expected to express ideas and feelings in diverse topics through the use of skills such as: drawing, painting, collage, print-making and IT. Each theme studied will include a history of Art element. Homeworks will be set to support each topic covered. Whenever possible visits will be made to see exhibitions throughout the country. At the end of the course students must present for assessment a selection of their Years 10 and 11 coursework which best expresses their skills, visual strengths and expressive abilities. This portfolio of work is worth 60% of the GCSE. The rest of the mark comes from a controlled examination where students have made their own personal response to a set theme. Mark Weighting: Coursework (plus homework) = 60%
Controlled test = 40%
601/4530/4 – Animal Care BTEC First Award
Who is the qualification for? This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is designed for pre-16 students who want to study animal care within their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the industry, enabling students to develop their knowledge and practical technical skills.
What will the student study as part of this qualification? The qualification consists of a compulsory core of two units making up 50% of the qualification, and a choice of two (from three) optional units. The core provides the key underpinning applied knowledge and skills, while the optional units enable students to undertake a range of internally assessed practical activities.
Compulsory units: Unit 1: Animal Health reflects vital aspects of working with animals in any field of the animal industry. It covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding required for undertaking health assessments alongside the identification of common diseases and disorders and their prevention. The unit also examines common parasites, from transmission to prevention. It is externally assessed.
Unit 2: Animal Handling requires students to approach, handle and restrain animals safely, whilst also becoming familiar with the hazards and risks associated with handling animals. The unit also requires students to learn about industry guidelines, health and safety legislation and animal welfare legislation. It is internally assessed.
Optional units The three internally assessed optional units are: Unit 3 ‘Animal Welfare’ Unit 4 ‘Animal Housing and Accommodation’ Unit 5 ‘Principles of Animal Behaviour’
These units offer students the opportunity to study particular aspects of the sector. Students can learn about animal welfare (Unit 3) and the management of animal accommodation (Unit 4), which is vital within the sector. Unit 5 will develop an awareness of normal animal behaviour and the stimuli needed to maintain an animal’s physical and mental health.
What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification? Students will develop broad knowledge and skills relating to the animal care industry, as outlined above. This will enhance their knowledge of biology and enable them to apply that knowledge in the context of animal health. The qualification will provide a sound basis for progression for those students who wish to study a related qualification at level 3, such as BTEC animal management, or an apprenticeship. The applied knowledge of biology, which underpins this qualification, will also support study of A level biology. Students will also develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication (including verbal and analytical writing skills), research and project management (providing an opportunity to demonstrate reflective practice by suggesting alternative approaches to a problem). Furthermore, students will develop a valuable range of study and employability skills.
Further information Further information on the qualification can be accessed at care/Pages/default.aspx
BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE Examination board – WJEC Specification code - 4080 WJEC Business Studies gives a solid base to the understanding of the subject. All aspects of business are covered from the basics via marketing to basic accounting practices. As a GCSE course the focus is on the theory of business rather than the practical aspects. Content
1. Business framework – the basics of business including why people start businesses and forms of business ownership 2. Businesses and their customers – finding out what customers…