Courses at Key Stage 4 Welcome to this information booklet, which provides details of the courses on offer at Fowey Community College for students in their final two years. This is an exciting time for our Year 9 students, all of whom are making choices which will impact on their future lives. Our students will be guided in these choices by teachers with a view to all Fowey students fulfilling their potential. FCC students follow a combination of: • Traditional GCSE courses • The English Baccalaureate The English Baccalaureate is a measure of success which was introduced by the government in 2012. Any student hoping to study A Levels and go onto university will be expected to hold the English Baccalaureate. It will be awarded to all students who achieve a Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Modern Languages. You will find in the following pages all the information students need to help make the choices which will lead to future study or employment. Students and parents have already been thinking about these choices, and discussing these both at home and with teachers. After the Options Evening, students have a week to submit the form. Key dates: Thursday 23rd January 2014: Year 9 Information Evening. Friday 31st January 2014: Deadline for the return of the Options form to Tutors. Notes Choices made at this stage do not guarantee a place on a specific course. If only a small number of students choose a subject, it is unlikely that the subject will run and your reserve For
choices will be allocated. All subjects have study deadlines for controlled assessment and these are set by the examination boards. We are unable to vary them, so if a student misses a deadline, he or she may be ineligible to sit the exam. All information relating to exam board rules is on the school website .
See Mr J Grigg, Head of Year 9, for more info 2
Expressive Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
Humanities (History, Geography, RE)
GCSE English Language & English Literature Like all languages, English is constantly evolving, with new words (and variations on words) appearing in our vocabulary every year. English is the dominant language, or even the required international language, of communications, science, information technology, business, seafaring, aviation, entertainment, radio and diplomacy. So if you’re interested in a career in the media, marketing & advertising, dramatic arts or law, or if you’re keen to understand the evolution of language, you will enjoy this course. At Key Stage 4, all students are entered for: GCSE English Language GCSE English Literature
About the course You’ll be studying a range of classic texts covering the last 500 years, which may include:
A Shakespeare play (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth or Taming of the Shrew)
Of Mice and Men
Literary Heritage Poetry (Wilfred Owen, Robert Browning or Shakespeare)
A range of contemporary poetry
You will receive a reading list at the beginning of the course.
This course offers you the opportunity to extend your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, thereby enhancing your communication skills in the exploration of English both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes analysing how a Shakespeare play is presented during a performance and how public figures use language. You will study a range of language forms — from poetry and drama, to prose, non-fiction and current media — to ensure a broad understanding of English. The course also requires you to complete a portfolio of creative writing, employing a range of purposes and formats.
Assessment English Language: 40% coursework; 60% examination. English Literature Route 1: 25% Controlled assessment; 75% examination. Or English Literature Route 2: 100% examination. 4
See Mrs Lucas-Cann for more info
GCSE Media Studies Media influences our everyday lives in powerful ways, sometimes without us realising. Information and news from across the globe reaches us as it happens and the world of media is always changing. On the course you will learn to understand how audiences are affected by the media and the role the media plays in shaping our ideas about the world. This is an essential course for anyone keen to pursue a career in journalism across print, the web, TV and radio. It is also a great qualification for a career in photography, marketing & advertising, politics, PR or film.
About the course This two-year course combines a large practical element with media theory to enable students to develop a critical awareness of the role of mass media, including TV, radio, film and the press. You will also explore how the media entertains and informs through explicit attitudes or implicit values. The course focuses on the four key concepts of language, audience, institution and representation and how these can be applied to a range of media forms.
Assessment 60% controlled assessment. 40% examination.
See Mrs Harvey for more info
See Miss Munro for more info 6
GCSE Science Science is influential in every aspect of our daily lives. This GCSE programme draws on a variety of skills and thought processes, so whether you’re creative or analytical, you’ll enjoy many aspects of this two-year course. Without Science, we would be without space travel and innovation in agriculture, medicine, industry, travel and architecture. Science stimulates debate and facilitates change, and studying its principles helps us to understand the world around us. So whether you’re considering a career in plumbing, painting, medicine, veterinary science, teaching, finance or the corporate world, you’ll find this subject benefits you. Science is a core subject so everyone will continue to study it at KS4, and we are offering three GCSE programmes for our students based on performance. Highly academic students will be able to take three separate Science GCSEs in Physics Chemistry and Biology. Students who do not wish to follow this route will be able to complete two thirds of the modules in the triple science course, but these will be consolidated into two separate GCSEs in Core Science and Additional Science. (This route does not inhibit progression to A Levels in Science.) Students who have difficulty with exams will follow the BTEC First Award in Science. This is a vocational Science course equivalent to two GCSEs. This course still contains some external examinations, but most of the assessment is via applied coursework. 8
About the course Due to the changes to the examination framework in England, the examinations for all of our GCSE courses will be at the end of the two-year period at the end of Year 11. Programme 1: Triple Science (for high-achieving students) GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry GCSE Physics Programme 2: Two GCSEs GCSE Core Science GCSE Additional Science Programme 3: Two GCSEs equivalent â€“ Vocational Science Course BTEC First Award Level 1/2 in Principles of Applied Science BTEC First Award Level 1/2 in Application of Science
Modules covered in Core, Additional Science and Triple science Biology Unit 1 Human Body, Evolution and Environment Biology Unit 2 Life Processes, Enzymes and Homeostasis, Genetics Biology Unit 3 Life Processes 2, Microorganisms (Triple Scientists only) Chemistry Unit 1 Products from Rock, Oils, Earth and Atmosphere Chemistry Unit 2 Bonding and Reactions, Rates of Reaction Chemistry Unit 3 Elements, Acids and Water, Energy and Chemical Tests (Triple Scientists only) Physics Unit 1 Energy and Electricity, Radiation and the Universe Physics Unit 2 Forces in Motion, Electricity and the Atom Physics Unit 3 Forces and Waves, Magnetism and Stars (Triple Scientists only)
Assessment Core and Additional Science: two ISA assessments each worth 25%, plus six examinations. Studying Triple Science: three ISA assessments in Biology Chemistry and Physics each worth 25%, plus nine examinations. BTEC First Award: 75% coursework assessment, 25% examination.
See Mr Bidder for more info 9
GCSE Music This course gives you an opportunity to develop your music skills in performance, composition and listening. You will be able to perform with others, compose your own music and learn about many different styles and genres of music. You will use the latest technology to assist you in creating your own music, as well as having the opportunity to perform in many different events and groups. To take this course, you must be able to play an instrument or sing.
Assessment Edexcel Controlled assessment: Unit 1: Performing Music, 30%. Controlled assessment Unit 2: Composing Music, 30%. Unit 3: Listening Paper, 40%.
Music Technology The new NCFE Level 2 certificate in Music Technology teaches you to use the latest technology within the music industry. This new course is worth one GCSE (called a V-Cert). Students can attain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*, equivalent to C-A*). There is one controlled assessment unit and three units of coursework consisting of recording bands, mixing tracks, designing your own recording studio, making radio programmes and learning how to use all of the technology In one of our own recording studios.
Assessment NCFE Music Technology 75% internally marked coursework. 25% externally-set controlled assessment.
See Miss Giles for more info
GCSE Drama This course gives you the opportunity to develop your creativity and provides opportunities to take part in national, local and college performances. The course will focus on the use of drama skills in order to develop confidence when using them. You will develop skills in mask, stage combat, devising performances and delivering text, in addition to taking part in practical workshops at professional studios. Drama crosses the divide between practical and academic creativity, and attaining this qualification tells future employers that you have confidence.
Assessment Edexcel Controlled assessment Unit 1: Exploring a theme, 30%. Controlled assessment, Unit 2: Exploring a text, 30%. Unit 3: Performance, 40%.
See Miss Hall for more info 11
GCSE Art & Design This course is open to any students who enjoy all aspects of art. Students are given the opportunity to learn new artistic skills and develop their own style. An ongoing series of exciting, thought-provoking and demanding projects contribute to a portfolio of work. All work undertaken, both in school and in your own time, has the potential to be included in your final assessment. The compilation of a range of sketch books is also vital to overall development and success. A final two-day exam gives you the opportunity to express yourself through creative drawing, sculpture and realisation.
Assessment Edexcel Unit 1: Personal Portfolio, 60%. Unit 2: externally-set exam, 40%.
See Mr Law for more info
• Unit 4 is a controlled assignment which replaces coursework. The exact topic
Our world is shaped by past events, both physically
varies from year to year, with a question
and politically. Understanding global, European and
given in advance by the exam board. The
British history provides you with an insight into the
topic will be based on crime and punish-
spread of the ideas and ideologies applicable to
ment in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The
everyday situations in 2012. A History GCSE is a
answer can be prepared and then
valuable asset if you’re considering a career in the
answered in school under examination
media, marketing, journalism, architecture,
teaching and politics, among other varied careers, because you’ll demonstrate an ability to think independently.
Assessment Three units worth 25% each all taken as a final exam at the end of Year 11. One controlled assignment: 25%,
The History GCSE is varied in content and focuses
which can also be taken in Year 10.
on the human condition as much as particular events.
All candidates can achieve Grade A*-G.
You’ll look at the impact of key historical events on real people and explore the impact of developments we now take for granted, but which were once revolutionary in their field.
About the course The GCSE course has four units covering: • Roman times to the twentieth century – the development of medical knowledge • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1945 – the rise of Nazism and life in Germany • The effects of the two World Wars on life in Britain – The Home Front, including the Blitz and evacuation. 13
See Mr Bayes for more info
You will study how people live with natural
A well-respected subject which can be the
hurricanes and wildfires. You’ll also cover
basis for a route in to a variety of careers
the coastal environment – everything from
including surveying, construction,
weathering and erosion to land forms and
tourism, journalism, planning, finance,
coastal management and its uses.
hazards, including earthquakes volcanoes,
conservation, cartography, geology, oil & mining, and teaching. Geography
Global tourism is now a massive part of our
heightens our perception of the world
collective economies, with long- and
around us, showing us how it functions as a short-haul destinations accessible to most people. This course examines the positive whole and our place within it. GCSE Geography also equips you with a range of
and negative impact of tourism on destina-
presentation and communication skills. If
tions around the world. You will work alone
you enjoyed Geography at KS3, it’s even
and as part of a team, using
better at KS4.
technology which includes iPads, laptops and fieldwork equipment.
About the course The GCSE Geography course comprises four units:
• The Coastal Environment
Two 90-minute exams at the end of Year 11 (75% of final mark).
In-class assessments replace coursework (25% of final mark). One of these is based on Fieldwork research, the other upon an issue decided by the exam board (topics include tourism, energy or water). Fieldwork trips, which students then write up, will be submitted as part of the GCSE.
• The Urban Environment • Living with Natural Hazards • Global Tourism
See Mrs Sanderson or Miss Hart for more info 14
GCSE Religion (two options) If you switch on your favourite TV programme or the news, you will see examples of the way in which religion influences the world around us. Often, the reasons behind people’s decisions can be mystifying. Religions Studies can help you understand why people think and act in certain ways. This course is great for any career which involves working closely with other people. If you’re interested in politics, teaching, medicine, social work, the media, law or travel & tourism, Religious Studies will be useful to you. Students will undertake a full course qualification. There are two GCSE courses on offer — a full course and a short course; the latter is compulsory. The full course option contains more lessons per fortnight than the short course. You will study:
• Religion & conflict (War, peace, forgiveness) • Religion & medicine (Medical ethics, abortion, euthanasia) • Religious expression (Pilgrimage, identity, places of worship) • Religion & State (Human rights, capital punishment, sacred texts) • Looking for meaning (Why people are religious) • Our World (Creation theories, environmental issues) • Is it fair? (Equality, the media, wealth) • Relationships (Marriage, divorce, same sex relationships)
Assessment Full course: Students will sit two exams (1hr 45mins) at the end of Year 11 (50% each). Short course: one exam (1hr 45mins) at the end of Year 11 (100%).
See Mr Underwood for more info
Languages are always in demand in our busy European and global economies. Emerging markets include China, Latin America and Asia, all of which trade with Europe and require linguists. If youâ€™ve ever considered a career in travel and tourism, hotel and catering, secretarial, sales, marketing, law, banking, pharmaceuticals or media, a language is a great asset. You can now choose whether to continue with French or whether to start German or Spanish in Years 10 & 11. Take a look at these exciting courses and decide which will be beneficial for your future career.
GCSE French This course expands upon all you have learnt in Years 7, 8 and 9. Through the use of a variety of audio-visual resources, youâ€™ll prepare for your GCSE in the core skills areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The course aims to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken French, especially as these are the main skills tested at GCSE level. Our aim is to ensure you reach your potential in a language which offers great opportunity for self-expression. Assessment Examination: 40% Listening & Reading exam at the end of Year 11. Examination: 60% Writing & Speaking exams in Years 10 & 11.
GCSE German Hot on the heels of English, German is the second most spoken language for business and commerce in Europe. It is also spoken in Austria and Switzerland. If you simply want a change from French, and enjoy languages, this choice might be ideal for you. Perhaps you already have some knowledge of the German language or learnt it at a previous school or at German club. If youâ€™re planning to take two languages, you could find yourself in a strong position for certain courses at college and university as few school-leavers have two languages. Please note this course is designed for the more able linguists among our Year 9s; the course will condense five years of study into two years. The same topics studied in French over the past three years will be studied in German, ensuring consistency of education across all our modern languages.
Assessment Examination: 40% Listening & Reading exam at the end of Year 11. Examination: 60% Writing & Speaking exams in Years 10 & 11. Previous results prove it is possible for a committed student to reach an A* with a willingness to work hard.
GCSE Spanish There are over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Itâ€™s the official language of 21 countries and shares many linguistic similarities with French. If you are keen to gain a language qualification which can open up a career in emerging economies or as a complement to other subject choices, Spanish might be just the opportunity you need. Again, this is designed for the more able linguists among our Year 9s; the course will condense five years of study into two years. The same topics studied in French over the past three years will be studied in Spanish, ensuring consistency of education across all our modern languages.
Assessment Examination: 40% Listening & Reading exam at the end of Year 11. Examination: 60% Writing & Speaking exams in Years 10 & 11. As in German, previous results prove it is possible for a committed student to reach an A* with a willingness to work hard.
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About the courses Keen to develop confidence, leadership qualities and develop expertise in sports and health? Qualifications in Physical Education can lead to a career in a wide range of disciplines including teaching, sports psychology, physiotherapy, sports coaching, the Armed Forces, choreography and fitness instruction. These courses enable you to take charge of your health and ensure you can help others to do the same with a variety of essential skills. Note: Students do not need to choose from the three qualifications on offer. The PE Faculty will guide students to the course it feels individual students are most suited to.
OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies The OCR Cambridge National in Sport Studies provides students with an opportunity to learn about contemporary issues in sport and the relationship between media and the sporting world. You will also develop your practical performance and sports leadership skills. It is the equivalent of one GCSE and it will provide a clear pathway into further education; having completed this course, you can progress to the BTEC Diploma in Sport or other similar qualifications.
Assessment 25% Examination (Contemporary Issues in Sport at the end of Year 10). 75% Coursework (Developing Skills: Year 10, Sports Leadership; Year 11, Sport and the Media).
GCSE PE This programme gives our elite and aspiring athletes the opportunity to study an in depth programme of Physical Education. You will complete both a theory and practical element, each contributing to your final grade. You choose your own practical options, enabling you to develop specific skills, in addition to coaching, officiating, choreographing and umpiring, depending upon the activity. In the theory part of the course, you explore all influences on PE and activity, from basic health and fitness, to politics and cultural issues surrounding sport. GCSE PE is recommended for those aiming to study A Level PE. Students aiming to choose GCSE PE should be at least a 5+ at the end of Year 9.
Assessment 60% practical assessment (including coursework); 40% Theory exam, 1 hr 30 mins. 25
Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Building on the Level 1 course students completed in Year 9, this course provides an opportunity to further develop your leadership, communication and organisation skills. You will learn how to lead more advanced coaching sessions and run sports events. Students will play a part in planning and running the local primary school qualifying events for the 2013 and 2014 Cornwall School Games. 19
See Mr Hayward for more info
DANCE DANCE GCSE Dance If you’re serious about a career as a dancer, personal trainer, choreographer or interested in the performing arts, this will be the course for you.
About the course This course is all about marrying creativity with fitness. Dance is a means of expression and a great way to engage all the muscles in your body, including the many often-under-used accessory muscles. You’ll develop self-confidence in addition to technical expertise. You will also develop your communication skills, and a knowledge and understanding of choreography through which you will be able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles and through observing professional pieces. You’ll develop a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts. This course provides progression from Key Stage 3 and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or performing arts, including A Level Dance and The Creative & Media Diploma.
Assessment The course focuses on practical work: Controlled Assessment 80%; externally-assessed Dance exam 20%.
See Miss Dennes for more info 20
CHILD BIOLOGY About the course This AQA course leads to a GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development. It focuses on the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of children from conception to age 5. It’s perfect for you if you are considering a career which involves working with young children, especially in education, health or childcare. This course covers the development of children through five main areas:
Development of the Child
Diet Health and Care of the Child
Support of the Child
Through these you will learn about all aspects of ante-natal care, pregnancy, birth and labour, investigate diet, feeding and health issues and explore the importance of play, safety issues for children and the roles of other people in supporting a child.
Assessment A child study, investigating how a young child develops over a period of time: 40% (controlled assessment). A resource task – a short study on one aspect of childcare: 20% (controlled assessment). One examination at the end of Year 11 on whole syllabus: 40%.
See Mrs Stoneman for more info 21
GCSE Graphic Products About the course This is a really versatile course which would be useful for a career in advertising, animation, multi-media design, illustration, architecture, interior design or special effects. The course is suited to students with a strong interest in the world of Graphic Design who thrive on making their own designs a reality. Students will develop their ability to research and analyse designers' work and learn to understand the context of their work. Students will also have the opportunity to get creative, realising exciting ideas and expressing themselves in 2D and 3D using a range of materials. Finally, the use of ICT to develop products is important in this subject choice, alongside traditional practical skills in the production and manufacture of products made from paper, plastic and card.
Assessment Controlled assessment 60%, final exam 40%.
See Mrs Jameson for more info
Develop point-of sale promotional material, packaging, or concept design for new products.
GCSE Electronics About the course If you enjoy the challenge and practical nature of Technology and would like to focus your interests into Electronics, then by taking this subject you will: Develop an understanding about how electronic components work. Creatively design and model electronic circuits. Make electronic products. Use computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new technologies. Discover how electronics are manufactured in the real world. Bonus: You will also develop resistant materials knowledge as the electronic circuits need to be held in casings. You will develop skills which will support your progression to: • Further education, including the A Level in Design and Technology: Product Design, BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Engineering and the14–19 Diploma. • Training or employment.
Assessment Controlled assessment 60%, final exam 40%.
GCSE Resistant Materials Do you like working with wood, metals and plastics? If you have enjoyed Technology at Key Stage 3, then Resistant Materials at GCSE will develop your skills. By taking this subject you will: Learn about different materials Make Resistant Material projects using a range of materials. Use Computer Aided Design (CAD). Use Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) such as the laser cutter. The course requires you to respond to a task by researching, designing and developing a resistant materials product. You solve the problem about how to make a given Resistant Materials product by planning and then making it.
Assessment Controlled assessment 60%, final exam 40%.
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GCSE Food Technology About the course This is a course with many practical aspects to appeal to students who enjoy making and developing food products. If you enjoy investigating food, problem-solving, testing your ideas and designing food products, this could be the course for you. Also, if youâ€™re considering a career in research and food product development, food marketing, food technology or as a dietician, this course will be invaluable. You will cover the following topics: Special diets Sports nutrition Multi-cultural food Celebration Sustainability
Assessment This course is split into two units: a controlled assessment, 60%; written exam paper, 40%.
See Mrs Stoneman more info
BTEC First Award level 2 in Information & Creative Technology About the course
This course was developed following consultation with employers and educators and offers a good foundation for any pathway or future employment in ICT. There are opportunities for students to develop their creative ICT abilities using a variety of software programs. Students who choose this course should be aware that a large part of each unit is taken up in preparing written planning, improving through testing and evaluating the work as it progresses. These aspects of the units and course are essential to gaining points to attain any of the grades.
Assessment This course has two mandatory units: Unit 1 The Online World externally assessed through online testing (1hour) by exam board. Unit 3 – Digital portfolio (website) to showcase all other unit work. Externally assessed by exam board. The rest of the course consists of two other coursework units, internally assessed and moderated by the examination board. We concentrate on: Unit 8 – Mobile Apps development Unit 4 – Creating Digital Animation Your BTEC award is equivalent to one GCSE Grade. The Award is Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* (C, B, A, A*)
See Mrs Fletcher for more info
CATERING WJEC Catering (Units 1 and 2) If you want a future career in the catering industry this is the course for you. On completion of this course, you will have some of the skills and knowledge to proceed towards becoming a catering manager, a chef, or a restaurant manager.
About the course The course covers the entire food an drink industry, including:
The food & drink industry
Job roles, opportunities and relevant training
Health, safety and hygiene
Food preparation, cooking and presentation
Nutrition and menu-planning
Costing and portion-control
Communication and record-keeping
Assessment Unit 1: Controlled assessment 60% - two tasks; Unit 2: Written exam 40%.
See Mrs Stoneman for more info
BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE Business Studies This course introduces candidates to the process for setting up and operating a business, the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. Candidates are encouraged to appreciate the views of the wide range of stakeholders that are involved in operating a business in todayâ€™s society. A GCSE in Business Studies is a first step to a variety of further qualifications. These include Economics A Level, Business Studies A Level or GNVQs in Business and Finance. Beyond this, GCSE Business Studies students can aspire to degrees and careers in law, accountancy, politics, journalism or economics.
About the course The GCSE course comprises three units: Unit 1 Setting up a Business Starting a business An introduction to marketing for small businesses, including the role of IT Sources of finance; financial advice, cash flow Recruitment, motivation and retention of staff Operations management: production methods, technology, quality control Unit 2 Growing as a Business Expansion and larger business objectives The marketing mix and market forces Finance for large businesses; analysis of basic financial statements Human resources and organisational structures Unit 3 Investigating Businesses (Controlled Assessment)
Assessment Two written exam papers comprise 75% of the mark and are taken at the end of Year 11: Unit 1, 40% taken as a written paper (1 hr). Unit 2, 35% taken as a written paper. Unit 3, controlled assessment worth 25%. All candidates can attain Grade A*-G.
See Ms Wehmeyer for more info
Year 9 Options Book to help you chose your GCSE courses for 2014-16.