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Art & Design GCSE Art & Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in art and design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature. GCSE Syllabus Content Pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA Specification in Art & Design. Unit 1- Portfolio of work  2 to 3 projects set by your teacher that introduces you to all aspects of Art & Design such as Fine Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Photography. Unit 2- Externally set task  Exam questions set by AQA Course Outline Available grades are A* - U

Assessment The scheme of assessment will comprise two separate units as detailed below. Unit 1: Portfolio All work produced from the start of Yr10 will count towards the Portfolio and adds up to 60% of the final grade Unit 2: Externally set task Preparation for the exam starts in February of Year11. The “exam” is 10 hours long and split over 2-3 days. In this time pupils create their own personal response to the set task. This adds up to 40% of the final grade.

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities An Art & Design GCSE is beneficial to all careers as it helps you to be creative, develops transferable skills and provide opportunities for self expression. The Art and Design industries include a wide range of different subjects and opportunities for employment. This qualification will support you to choose an area of specialism to pursue successfully into further study such as a Level 3 Btec qualification or As/A Level Art & Design.


Catering Single Award - 1 GCSE Course Outline A course in Catering offers an unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within catering in a vocational context. It will provide opportunities to develop students’ interdisciplinary skills, a range of Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. GCSE Syllabus Content GCSE Catering requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:  The industry – food and drink.  Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.  Health, safety and hygiene.  Food preparation, cooking and presentation.  Nutrition and menu planning.  Costing and portion control.  Specialist equipment.  Communication and record keeping.  Environmental considerations. Assessment The assessment for each unit will be as follows: UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service (Controlled Assessment (45 hours 60%)) (i) TASK 1: [20%]. One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated. Duration up to 15 hours. (ii) TASK 2: [40%]. One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated. Duration up to 30 hours. UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer (Written Paper (1 ¼ hours 40%)) An untiered paper externally set and assessed.

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities This course is intended to offer opportunities for progression through a variety of routes in further education such as, Advanced Level GCE, Diplomas as well as training such as, Modern Apprenticeships or employment.


Computer Science GCSE Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this course has been designed with this in mind. Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that run on mobile devices and operate in a web-enabled environment. In addition they will: learn how to create simple computer games , gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications and have opportunities to work collaboratively Available grades are A* - U

Assessment: Component 1 – 60% Practical Programming - Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts, eg gaming, web, mobile phone applications (internally assessed) Component 2 – 40% Computing Fundamentals - All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from across the subject content. This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer (externally examined)

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Taking computer science would assist in creating a broad and balanced curriculum for you to follow. Higher-level grades give a foundation to study the subject to AS/A Level. As computers are becoming more important to every day life, computer science would be beneficial to almost any career. Careers specifically related to computer science include: Software Engineer, Software Developer, Junior Programmer; these careers would usually require a degree in the subject.


Drama GCSE This GCSE Drama course encourages students to:  develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by the issues and texts explored  work imaginatively and creatively in groups, generating, developing and communicating ideas through drama  consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts  reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others  develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills Available grades are A* - U Assessment

Unit 1 – 30% A six hour Practical Drama Exploration + 2000 word written response to the exploration (internally assessed) Unit 2 -30% A six hour Practical Exploration of Play Texts + 1000 word written response to the exploration and 2000 word evaluation of a live theatre performance (internally assessed) Unit 3 – 40% Performance to a live audience ( externally examined)

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Drama GCSE is vital to all careers in that it gives pupils the ability to communicate Higher level grades give a foundation to study AS/A Level Performing Arts , Drama and BTEC Performing Arts


English Language – GCSE Compulsory This is the new no-coursework AQA English Language GCSE The course gives pupils the opportunity to:  read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding  read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing  write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately  use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately  use a wide range of vocabulary,  show a knowledge and understanding of grammar and language devices for reading, writing and spoken language. In addition, pupils will:  listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively. The Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

Available grades are 1- 9 (9 being high) Assessment Two examinations Paper 1 = 50% Section A -Reading a literary extract with questions Section B - Writing – writing a creative essay Paper 2 = 50% Section A -Reading non-literary texts with questions Section B - Writing – about something real Non–examination assessment : An oral presentation with questions and answers Post-16 courses/Career opportunities English Language GCSE is vital to all careers Higher grades give a foundation to study AS/A Level English Language or English Literature


English Literature – GCSE This is the new no-coursework AQA English Literature GCSE The course gives pupils the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Pupils will be encouraged to:  read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding  read in depth, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas about what they read  develop the habit of reading widely and often  appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage  write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English  acquire and use a wide vocabulary  compare texts

Available grades are 1- 9 (9 being high) Assessment Two examinations Paper 1 – 40%  Shakespeare – Macbeth  A novel written in the 1900s Paper 2 – 60%  Modern literature – Blood Brothers th st  A cluster of 20 / 21 Century poems set by the exam board  Responding to unseen poetry question Post-16 courses/Career opportunities English Literature GCSE is relevant to teaching, media related jobs, law and many others Highergrades give a foundation to study AS/A Level English Language or English Literature


Spanish Single Award - 1 GCSE Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups throughout the course. Emphasis will be given to their ability to communicate in Spanish. Pupils will learn how to apply their language skills in real world contexts. GCSE Syllabus Content GCSE Spanish helps students develop their Spanish language skills in a variety of contexts and a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish and to understand Spanish when it is written down or spoken. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment. This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate. Course Outline Spanish is offered at 2 different tiers - Higher and Foundation. Pupils will follow the programme of study that is appropriate to their ability they can mix and match to suit their skills in listening and reading. Available grades at each tier are: Higher (A*, A, B, C, D) Foundation (C, D, E, F, G) Unit 1 Listening

Unit 2 Reading

Unit 3 Speaking

Unit 4 Writing

Examination 20% weighting

Examination 20% weighting

Controlled Assessment(internally assessed)30% weighting

Controlled Assessment(externally assessed)30% weighting

Students submit two tasks for moderation

Students submit two tasks for marking

Foundation Tier 30 mins Higher Tier 40 mins A range of question types based on prerecorded spoken material in Spanish

Foundation Tier 30 mins Higher Tier 50 mins A range of question types based on written material in Spanish

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Languages can combine with ANY university degree. A language enhances your employability. Many emerging economies are in South and Central America Where Spanish is the predominant language. Spain is one of our biggest trading partners in the EU. Transferable skills from language learning; improved English skills, improved memory, problem solving, communication skills, confidence, perseverance, cultural awareness, logical thinking and an international outlook.


Physical Education Full Course GCSE Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups throughout the course. Emphasis will be on the ability of students to demonstrate their practical ability across a range of sporting activities and to apply their subject knowledge in a theoretical setting. GCSE Syllabus Content Unit 1:(The Theory of Physical Education) There is a wide range of topics covered theoretically within this unit which includes; Healthy active lifestyle, Influences, Exercise and Fitness, Physical Activity, Personal Health, Mind and Body, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Muscular System and the Skeletal System. These topics will be explored using presentations, case studies, investigations, observations, interviews and experiments. Unit 2: (Practical Performance/Analysis of Performance) The practical aspect of the course consists of a wide range of sports to choose from to show off their individual ability. Students must carry out 4 different performances from different categories of sports. Students must also undertake an analysis of performance in one of the selected physical activities undertaken in the role of player/participant. Course Outline A major feature of the design of this GCSE is that it enables students to apply their developing knowledge and understanding to their personal training, with a desired outcome being an improvement in performance. All of the sports/activities that can be chosen fall into different categories which should be selected carefully. Assessment The structure of assessment will comprise of being assessed practically and theoretically. Exam Externally set written paper of 1 hour 30minutes which is 40% of the final grade. Internally assessed practical assessment under controlled conditions and externally moderated of which is 60% of overall grade. Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Physical Education can be helpful in a wide range of careers; it can lead on to college courses at ACS 6th form studying Sport. Other course elsewhere may include Exercise Science, Coaching and Biology and therefore have higher educational links to university and a variety of degrees. Careers linking to Physical Education include physiotherapists, teaching, coaching, fitness instructor or wishing to pursue a sporting career in a chosen area.


Geography WJCE B GCSE Geography Geography GCSE highlights the critical importance of geography for understanding the world and for stimulating an interest in places. It will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people and to the environment. GCSE Syllabus Content Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the WJCE B Specification in Geography. The full course consists of 3 Units: Unit 1 Physical Geography which consists of the topics: Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Ecosystems and Environments, and Coasts. Unit 2 Human Geography which consists of the topics: Urban Environments, Development, and Tourism. Unit 3 Local Fieldwork Investigation. Course Outline Geography is offered at 2 different tiers - Higher and Foundation. Students will follow the programme of study that is appropriate to their ability. Available grades at each tier are: Higher (A*, A, B, C, D), Foundation (C, D, E, F, G). Assessment This is a linear specification: all assessments must be taken at the end of the course.75% external assessment through two written papers, and an internal controlled assessment component of 25%. The papers are divided on a basis of content. Unit 1 assesses Theme 1 and Theme 2 in the specification. Unit 2 assesses Theme 3 and the cross-theme problem solving exercise. Unit 1: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier - 1 hour: 30% of total marks. These are papers consisting of two compulsory stepped questions, one from Theme 1 and one from Theme 2. Unit 2: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier - 2 hours: 45% of total marks. Section B will be set within the context of a problem-solving exercise based upon a geographical issue. Controlled Assessment. The controlled task equates to 25% of total marks.

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Studying Geography allows students to work in a wide range of sectors, including the public sector, education, commerce, industry, transport and tourism. Some possible careers are: Surveyor, Environmental Consultant, Secondary school teacher, Town planner, International aid worker, Logistics and distribution manager, Market researcher, Nature conservation officer, and Tourism officer.


History Single Award - 1 GCSE The course helps students to develop their knowledge and understanding of selected periods and aspects of History. The course requires students to develop their ability to understand, analyse and evaluate key features and characteristics of historical periods studied and the relationship between them. This course has 25 per cent controlled assessment. GCSE Syllabus Content Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA Specification in History. The full course consists of 3 Units. The modules are as follows:1. International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century. This unit provides an outline study of history. The content is on international relations and covers many of the main events of the 20th Century. 2. 20th Century Depth Studies. This unit requires the study of contrasting or complementary governments throughout the Twentieth Century. 3. Historical Enquiry. This unit requires students to produce an Historical Enquiry of approximately 2000 words on Britain in the 20th century.

Assessment The scheme of assessment will comprise three separate units as detailed below. Unit 1: International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century Written Paper – 1 hour 45 mins – 60 marks – 37.5%Unit 2: 20th Century Depth Studies Written Paper – 1 hour 45 mins – 69* marks – 37.5% Unit 3: Historical Enquiry Controlled Assessment – 40 marks – 25% Post-16 courses/Career opportunities GCSE History is useful for students studying a number of A-level subjects; for example, History, Sociology, English and Law. History graduates are to be found in careers ranging from law, the media, computers, accountancy and journalism. Many of the top individuals involved in the control of major businesses today come from a History background.


Mathematics GCSE Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups throughout the course. Emphasis will be given to their ability to communicate ideas and decisions clearly and concisely. Pupils will learn how to apply their mathematics to solve problems which may be unfamiliar or set in real world contexts. GCSE Syllabus Content Pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA Specification in Mathematics. The full course consists of 5 Topics. The Topics are as follows:Number; Algebra; Ratio; Geometry; Probability and Statistics (combined). Course Outline Mathematics is offered at 2 different tiers - Higher and Foundation. Pupils will follow the programme of study that is appropriate to their ability. Available grades at each tier are: Higher (4-9) Foundation (1-5) Assessment 1 Students must take three question papers at the same tier. Each paper is worth 333%, two of the papers students are allowed the use of a calculator. Each paper is worth 80 marks. Topic Area Number Algebra Ratio Geometry Probability and Statistics (combined)

Foundation Tier % 25 20 25 15 15

Post-16 courses/Career opportunities A Mathematics GCSE is vital to all careers Higher level grades give a foundation to study AS/A Level Mathematics

Higher Tier % 15 30 20 20 15


Music GCSE This GCSE Music course gives students the opportunity to:  Improve your performance skills on an instrument of your choice (including voice), as a soloist and also as a group  Compose your own music using industry standard software  Learn about music from a wide range of different artists and times  Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others Available grades are A* - U Assessment:

Unit 1 – 20% A 1 hour exam – Listening to and Appraising Music – Exploring Western Classical, Popular and World music (externally examined) Unit 2 -20% Composing and Appraising Music – You will compose a piece of music relating to music you learned about in unit 1. You will then evaluate you composition (externally examined) Unit 3 – 40% Individual performance and group performance - each up to 5 minutes long on an instrument of your choice (internally assessed) Unit 4 -20% Composing Music – You will compose one more piece of music relating to unit 1 (internally assessed) Post-16 courses/Career opportunities Taking music would assist in creating a broad and balanced curriculum for you to follow. As well as being an academic subject, it helps with your skills in teamwork, cooperation, self-confidence, responsibility, discipline and social skills. These are key skills to have whether you pursue a career in music or not. Higher level grades give a foundation to study AS/A Level: Music, Music Technology and Performing Arts


Design Technology: Product Design GCSE Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labeling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising/points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. GCSE Content Pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA Specification in Design and Technology: Product Design. The full course consists of 2 modules. The modules are as follows:Unit 1 Written Paper Unit 2 Design and Making Practice Course Outline Pupils will follow a single programme of study. Available grades are: (A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G) Assessment The scheme of assessment will comprise two separate units as detailed below. Unit 1: Written Paper 40% of total marks 2 Hour exam Unit 2: Design and Making Practice 60% of total marks Approximately 45 hours Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks Post-16 courses/Career opportunities A Product Design GCSE can help develop key life skills and equip pupils with the knowledge and confidence to problem solve, analyse and experiment. Higher level grades give a foundation to study AS/A Level Product Design, Product Design Textiles, and Product Design Systems and Controls. Some possible careers linked to Product Design are: Product Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Automotive Design, Interior Design, Video Game Development and Architecture.


Science Double Award – 2 GCSEs Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups throughout the course. Emphasis will be given to their ability to communicate ideas and decisions clearly and concisely. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills. Pupils in Years 10 follow the AQA Specifications of Science A. In year 11 Pupils will follow the Additional Science specification. The full course consists of 6 modules, each GCSE contains 3 modules. Science A: “Fit and Healthy”, “Fundamental Chemistry” and “The Transfer of Energy” Additional Science: “Organisms and Genetics”, “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and “Forces and Electronics”. Course Outline Pupils will be awarded a separate GCSE in each of Science and Additional Science. Each GCSE is awarded a single grade (A*-G). All specifications are offered at 2 different tiers - Higher and Foundation. Pupils will follow the programme of study that is appropriate to their ability. Available grades at each tier are: Higher (A*, A, B, C, D) Foundation (C, D, E, F, G) Assessment The scheme of assessment will comprise two separate GCSEs as detailed below. Science A 2 x 1.5 Hour written papers (Total 75%) Controlled assessment (25%) Additional Science 2 x 1.5 Hour written papers (Total 75%) Controlled assessment (25%) Post-16 courses/Career opportunities This course will provide the fundamental science for pupils entering a huge range of jobs. This course at higher grades is suitable those wishing to study the sciences at AS/A-Level.


Science Triple Award - 3 GCSEs Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups throughout the course. Emphasis will be given to their ability to communicate ideas and decisions clearly and concisely. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills. Pupils in Years 10 follow the AQA Specifications of Science A and Additional Science. In year 11 Pupils will follow the Further Additional Science specification. The full course consists of 9 modules, each GCSE contains 3 modules. Science A: “Keeping Healthy”, “Fundamental Chemistry” and “The Transfer of Energy” Additional Science: “Organisms and Genetics”, “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and “Forces and Electronics” Further Additional Science: “Life Processes”, “Organic Chemistry” and “Medical Applications of Physics” Course Outline Pupils will be awarded a separate GCSE in each of Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science. Each GCSE is awarded a single grade (A*-G). All specifications are offered at 2 different tiers - Higher and Foundation. Pupils will follow the programme of study that is appropriate to their ability. Available grades at each tier are: Higher (A*, A, B, C, D) Foundation (C, D, E, F, G) Assessment The scheme of assessment will comprise three separate GCSEs as detailed below. Science A 2 x 1.5 Hour written papers (Total 75%) Controlled assessment (25%) Additional Science 2 x 1.5 Hour written papers (Total 75%) Controlled assessment (25%) Further Additional Science 2 x 1.5 Hour written papers (Total 75%) Controlled assessment (25%) Post-16 courses/Career opportunities This deeper understanding of Science will allow pupils to enter into a range of Science, Technology and Engineering related careers. This course provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to study the sciences at AS/A-Level.

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