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Cardinal Allen Catholic High School A Specialist Maths and Computing College

Key Stage 4 Courses 2014 ~ 2016


Information for Parents / Guardians Dear Parents / Guardians In the next academic year your child will enter Year 10 and the subjects he or she chooses now will determine the courses to be studied to examination level. These choices should be a reflection of the abilities, interests and needs of each pupil. The selection of these subjects can affect future educational pathways and career choices and should be made through discussion between pupils, parents and teachers. This booklet is intended to help your son / daughter in making his/her choices and I would ask you to study it very carefully with them. It gives information about possible careers and their requirements, the subjects which the school offers at GCSE and BTEC, and the demands which will be made of pupils during the next two years if they are to make a success of their courses. Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Studies and Games are compulsory. There is a choice of three option subjects for most pupils.

Advice and help will be given by all Subject Teachers and Form

Teachers. New subjects will be explained to pupils, as will the requirements of both careers and public examinations. All courses demand a commitment of time and effort. Good examination results cannot be obtained without consistent hard work. Most subjects, in addition to a final examination, include coursework as a compulsory element.

Parents should be aware that if pupils do not complete their coursework

assignments / controlled assessments they cannot be entered for the final examination. Consequently, regular attendance, punctuality, consistent application and homework completed promptly and carefully are essential. School work should take priority over additional activities such as part-time work. If Homework is done as soon as possible after returning home, it is out of the way and your child can then relax. Your support and encouragement will also have a vital part to play in your child’s success. This guide is intended to be read by pupils and parents and we hope you will find it useful in helping your son/daughter in making an informed choice. Further information is available on the school website http://www.cardinalallen.co.uk/year-9-options.php Yours faithfully

M Akers Mr. M. Akers Assistant Headteacher


Key Stage 4 Courses The subjects to be studied during Year 10 and 11 fall into two distinct categories. CORE SUBJECTS – which are studied by all pupils: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Games OPTIONAL SUBJECTS Choices are made by choosing ONE PREFERRED subject from each of the following blocks plus one alternative subject from each block. Further details regarding each subject and the qualifications available are included in part two of this booklet. Teaching Groups C and F only A and W only A, S, H and W S and H only All Teaching Groups

Block A

Block C

Block B

Groups A,S,H and W:

Art and Design

Food ~ Catering

BACS

Computing

Geography

BTEC Construction

Geography

History

French

History

BTEC Horticulture

BTEC Health & Social

Music

Key Skills

ICT

Performing Arts Physical Education

Product Design & Electronics Product Design & Engineering

Groups C and F:

9C Spanish

9F French

Spanish *Study +

BTEC Sport Vocational Studies Our aim is to create a timetable that accommodates the highest possible number of chosen subject combinations allowed by the available resources (i.e. teaching time, rooms and pupil numbers). However, some courses do become oversubscribed. Therefore pupils will be asked to: i)

place the three preferred subjects in order of importance

ii)

choose an alternative subject from each option block

iii)

choose six different subjects i.e. you cannot put down Geography as a preferred subject from Block One and as an alternative in Block Two.

iv)

You cannot choose more than one of BACS, Computing or ICT

*Study+ is an option for those pupils who need to further improve their basic literacy and numeracy skills. If pupils want to choose Study+, parents need to speak with Mr Higham beforehand.

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Advice for pupils Choosing your options Choosing your subjects for Years 10 and 11 may be one of the first big decisions you will have to make in your life. You may not know what career you want in the future, but your decisions will affect what you do when you leave Cardinal Allen. Start by thinking about the following questions: Q. Are you good at a subject? A. Ability in a subject is a solid foundation upon which to base future studies especially to examination level. Q. Do you like the subject? A. Enjoyment and interest in a subject are a big help when studying. However, consider why you like a subject. Is it because you like the teacher? If so it may well be that the same teacher will not be taking you in Years 10 and 11. Q. Do you know the demands of the subject? A. Find out all about the subject before you choose. Does the subject require coursework, oral work, etc.? Ask the subject teacher if you want more information. Q. Are you willing to work hard both in class and at homework? A. This is vital for all subjects if you are to be successful. Q. Would the subject be useful for a future career? A. Talk to teachers. Use the Careers Section in the LRC and go on KUDOS. Q. Have you a good ‘balance’ of subjects? A. Most employers look for someone with an all round education who is willing to learn. A ‘good balance’ will also allow you to keep your options open if you apply to go on to sixth form or a college. Q. Is it foolish to choose a subject because a friend has chosen it? A. YES – so don’t do it!

Careers Education and Guidance During Year 10 and 11 there is a full programme of Careers Education and Guidance. You will learn about all the different options and qualifications available to you post 16 so that you will be Page 4


ready to make the next big decision in your life. All pupils receive a ‘Careers Guidance Interview’ in Year 11 with the school’s own Careers Adviser. Representatives from all the local sixth forms, colleges, and training providers will come into school to work with groups and advise individuals. You will be encouraged to attend open evenings, to do your own research (eg using KUDOS), and to follow an individualised Action Plan. In Year 10 there will be the opportunity to spend up to two weeks on Work Experience. Most of our pupils go on to some form of further education or training. Amongst the most popular options are:For A levels, BTECs and other vocational qualifications 

Blackpool 6th Form www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

Blackpool & Fylde College www.blackpool.ac.uk

St Mary’s 6th Form www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk

Myerscough College www.myerscough.ac.uk

For Apprenticeships 

Skills Training Academy www.gpskillstrainingacademy.co.uk

North Lancs Training Group www.nltg.co.uk

Training 2000 - (apprenticeships) www.training2000.co.uk

USEFUL INTERNET SITES www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos Kudos is an impartial online careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions. The interactive programme matches skills to careers allowing pupils to then explore these suggestions or look at their own career ideas. If you have already used KUDOS in school enter the username and password you used in your PSHCEE lesson. If not, enter the licence code planlife73 and sign up. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers

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CORE SUBJECTS

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English Some students will follow the AQA pathway studying English Language and English Literature and some students will follow the AQA / WJEC pathway studying a combined course of English Language and English Literature. Each pathway is available at both the higher and foundation tier. AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature More able students (Sets 1 and 2) will follow this joint course. You will be awarded two GCSE’s – one in English Language and one in English Literature. You have to do these subjects together. There will be timed controlled assessments completed in school. The tasks for reading and writing will be from the Controlled Assessment Bank set by AQA. English Language Speaking and Listening (awarded separately from the GCSE): You will be assessed on three activities: communicating and adapting language; interacting and responding and creating and sustaining roles. These tasks will help you to improve your communication skills. Extended Reading (15%): You will complete a task from the Controlled Assessment Bank which will ask you to write about a text you have studied in class. Creative Writing (15%): You will have two tasks to complete from the Controlled Assessment Bank. Spoken Language Study (10%): You will complete a task from the Controlled Assessment Bank which asks you to analyse an aspect of oral communication. Examination Paper (60%): You will be tested on your reading and writing skills relating to non-fiction texts. English Literature Shakespeare (25%): You will have to do a controlled assignment on Shakespeare which asks you to make links with another text from the English Literary Heritage. Examination Paper (75%): You will have to analyse a modern text, poetry and literature from other cultures. AQA / WJEC GCSE English This is the second pathway. It combines a range of language and literature topics. You will be awarded one GCSE at the end of the course. There will be timed controlled assessments completed in school. The tasks for reading and writing will be from the Controlled Assessment Bank set by AQA / WJEC. Speaking and Listening (awarded separately from the GCSE): You will be assessed on three activities: communicating and adapting language; interacting and responding and creating and sustaining roles. These tasks will help you to improve your communication skills. Reading (20%): You will write about a Shakespeare text and literary heritage poetry in controlled assessment conditions and a text from a different culture in controlled assessment conditions. Writing (20%): You will have two narrative writing tasks to complete in controlled assessment conditions. Examination (60%): You will be assessed on your reading and writing skills relating to non-fiction texts. Decisions as to which of the above courses you will follow are made by the Curriculum Leader and are based on the recommendations of your English Teachers. If you want to know more or want aspects of the courses explained to you, come and talk to us.

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Maths Cardinal Allen Catholic High School was awarded Specialist Mathematics and Computing Status in July 2007 and was re-designated in 2010 and therefore enjoys a unique status within the school. As a Specialist School we not only strive for academic excellence for all our students but aim to share our expertise and experience with the wider school community. Mathematics is also at the forefront of teaching and learning initiatives within the school. Results at both key stages have been consistently high for a number of years. Results from the last three years place us as the highest performing school on the Fylde Coast. Mathematics is extremely well resourced at Cardinal Allen and we are privileged to teach in a dedicated suite of classrooms in the “Allen Building”. We have benefitted from extensive developments to our ICT capabilities including 2 dedicated ICT suites in the Allen building and all Mathematics teaching rooms being fitted with Interactive Whiteboards. Key Stage 4 Provision Pupils who are currently in Year 9 will study for the Edexcel linear Mathematics GCSE. This new exam is similar to previous versions of EDEXCEL courses but will have a greater emphasis on “Applications of Number” and “Functional Skills”. At present pupils receive four hours of Mathematics a week in Year 10 and four hours of Mathematics a week in Year 11. The grades available at each tier are listed below:Foundation Tier G to C Higher Tier D to A* “A” Level uptake has been very high for Cardinal Allen students for the last 3 years with a significant number of our pupils going to study Mathematics at a higher level. We have close links with the Sixth Form College and St Mary’s Sixth form centre. Tutors from both colleges come in on a regular basis and deliver “A” Level taster sessions to our KS4 students. We aim to offer a series of experiences that will prepare our students for their future but also offer them lifelong thinking skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. The following poster demonstrates some of the careers available to mathematicians:-

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Religious Studies Award:

GCSE in Religious Studies

Examining Board:

Edexcel

Timetabled hours:

Three hours per week in Year 10, two hours per week in Year 11.

Homework:

Twice a week throughout the course.

Year 10: Unit 3 Religion and life based on a study of Roman Catholic Christianity. This unit requires our students to think of ways in which our Catholic faith is lived out in today’s world. We question and consider important moral and social issues, such as life after death, abortion and euthanasia; racism and prejudice, poverty and wealth; and the course encourages us to consider the influence of media coverage and attention. Believing in God

Matters of Life and Death

Marriage and Family Life

Religion and Social Cohesion

Year 11: Unit 8 Religion and Society. This unit asks the students to consider Roman Catholic and Christian teachings and compare them to the teachings of one other religion. We consider important social issues, such as human rights and war; the law and capital punishment; care for the environment, drugs and alcohol; and the ethics of genetic engineering and infertility treatments. Rights and Responsibilities

Environmental and Medical Issues

Peace and Conflict

Crime and Punishment

Assessment: Assessment is through a one-and-a–half hour written examination for each unit. The examination is divided into four sections and students are expected to choose one of the two questions set on each section. There is no controlled assessment in Religious Studies. Religious Studies papers are designed to give access to the full range of grades and are not tiered. The students work from a study file which contains all the required detail of the courses. They are expected to bring this file to each lesson. Key Dates: The Edexcel GCSE RE course is linear and both units will be examined in 2 x 1.5 hour examinations in May 2015. Useful websites: bbc.co.uk/schools/religion BBC –SOS – Teacher – GCSE Religious Studies www.religiousstudies.co.uk www.perci.co,uk www.re-xs.ucsm.ac.uk www.reonline.org.uk

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Science All students will follow one of two routes during Year 10 and Year 11; Science followed by Additional Science or BTEC Science. Route 1: Edexcel GCSE Science & GCSE Additional Science (2011 Specification)

GCSE Science

GCSE Additional Science

The Science GCSE specification will be completed within Year 10. This course consists of 3 external examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a controlled internal assessment. Each component is worth 25% of the total GCSE.

This GCSE is studied in Year 11 and follows on from the Science GCSE studied in Year 10. It also consists of 3 external examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and a controlled internal assessment. Each component is worth 25% of the total GCSE.

GCSE Further Additional Science: a small number of pupils may be offered the opportunity to study for this additional qualification ~ this will involve a commitment to attend a Period 6 lesson i.e. 3.15 – 4.15pm one day each week. Examinations: for Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science there are three, one hour tiered written terminal examinations. Each examination will contain a mixture of question styles, including objective questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions. Controlled Assessments will allow students to carry out scientific investigations and will assess skills in planning, observing a making conclusions. These will be completed within normal lessons. This route allows students to progress on to further education, training or employment. Appropriate further education includes GCE AS and Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Care and BTEC Firsts and Nationals.

BTEC First Award in Application of Science

BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied Science

In Year 10, some students will complete the 4 compulsory BTEC units which include 3 internally assessed, assignment based units and 1 externally assessed scientific skills unit.

In Year 11 students build on the units studied in Year 10. They will complete 4 further units, 3 of which will be internally assessed, assignment based and 1 externally assessed unit.

Route 2: BTEC Firsts in Science (level 2) This qualification offers a scenario based approach in which students complete a series of assignments and activities which encourages them to take responsibility and ownership for their learning. This course is 75% internally assessed and only involves a short examination which is worth 25%. This route allows learners to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science, including the Forensic Science and Medical Science or BTEC Level 2 National qualifications in related areas such as Beauty Therapy Science, Health and Social Care, Sport and Exercise. Alternatively they can progress to NVQs such as the Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Science.

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Core Physical Education (Games) Physical Education is a compulsory subject through to Year 11. Students are taught motor skills, skilful body management, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and are introduced to several different activities. It is hoped that through their experiences in PE and School Sport our pupils will:  show a commitment to PE and Sport making them a central part of their lives, both in and out of school  have the confidence to get involved in a range of competitive, creative and challenge-type activities.  Show a desire to improve and achieve in relation to their own abilities be it as a performer, leader, official, coach or choreographer.  Enjoy PE, school and community sport  Demonstrate an involvement in healthy, active lifestyles, understanding the importance of regular exercise and displaying the stamina, suppleness and strength to keep going. Throughout KS4 PE an option system operates allowing pupils the opportunity to choose activities that meet their preferences, previous achievements, personal interests and motivation, within the resources available. Over the 2 years pupils are expected to cover at least 2 activities from the National Curriculum areas. Year 10 - Pupils receive 2 x 1 hour lessons per week / Year 11 - Pupils receive 1 x 1 hour lessons per week. Lesson 1: Focuses on developing Leadership skills. Pupils have the opportunity during this lesson to participate in several accredited Leadership / Coaching / Officiating courses. These include Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award (SLUK), JFO Organisers Award and The Initial FA Refereeing Award. Pupils opting to participate in the SLUK award follow this course for the whole year. (details below). The remaining pupils will follow 3 different Leadership focused units of work (1 per term) in Hockey, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Netball, Fitness, Dance, Rounder and Cricket. Lesson 2: Focuses on participation and improving performance in a range of activitiy areas taught in half term blocks. The activities on offer to our pupils include: Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Squash, Health Related Fitness, Dance, Pilates, Aerobics, Self Defence, Trampolining, Athletics, Rounders, Softball, Cricket and Volleyball. Accredited Leadership Awards: Sports Leaders Award – SLUK Level 1 (Tutors: Mrs Jones / Miss Mason) This nationally recognised award is designed for the development of pupils' leadership skills at Key Stage 4. As well as covering elements of the National Curriculum for P.E this award complements many elements of the Citizenship and P.S.H.E National Curriculum. Pupils cover the following units: Planning, preparing and assisting a simple sporting activity / Basic communication skills for leading a sporting activity / Principals and practice in delivering a basic health and fitness session / Understanding fair play in sport / Understanding the role of the sports official / Understanding the scope of local sport and recreation activities / Demonstration of leadership skills in sport. The course is assessed by tutor observation on a pass/fail basis. Pupils must complete:  One hour of practical leadership experience  The course log book  A satisfactory level of attendance The Junior Football Organisers Course (JFO): is a training scheme designed to give young people aged 14 - 18 skills in leading groups through safe football related activities. The course encourages students to take responsibility for 6 - 11 year old children in organising activities such as FA Top Sport Football Clubs and mini soccer festival games. The course is divided into 13 sessions and should be completed under the guidance of a qualified FA JFO tutor (Mr Walker / Mr McCann). As part of the course students also organise a festival of football. All Pupils will also have the opportunity to access further Nationally Accredited Leadership / Officiating Awards during extra-curricular time in: Badminton, Athletics, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Rugby and Rounders

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OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

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GCSE Art and Design The Art and Design Department provides a vibrant, interesting and stimulating GCSE course, where you will learn to express your ideas and feelings through visual and other forms. You will study the work of a variety of different artists, designers and craftspeople, who will ultimately influence your work.

AQA Art and Design The course comprises of two sections: Unit 1: Portfolio of work: 60% of total mark, marked out of 80 against the 4 Assessment Objectives. You will complete 2 pieces of coursework and supporting sketchbook work in Unit 1. These will be directed tasks, but you will then have the opportunity to develop your work into your own chosen area of study and media, if all set tasks are completed to a good standard. You are required to work in at least two of the areas listed below, but you may explore a combination of different areas; 

Applied Art

Fine Art

Graphic Communications

Textile Design

3D Design

Photography

Unit 2: Externally Set Task: 40% of total mark, marked out of 80 against the 4 Assessment Objectives. You will complete a 10 hour exam and will be given a choice of questions on the exam paper. This will comprise of a final piece of work with associated sketchbook work. You will be given suggested artists and themes to research, to help you prepare for the exam. Your preparation period for this exam will be approximately 8 weeks. We offer the opportunity for Art Gallery visits and associated field work. GCSE candidates must be prepared to work hard and in their own time alongside the set lesson time – a genuine passion for the subject is advisable! Art and Design GCSE can lead onto further educational courses and potential career opportunities such as; Artist Architect Book illustrator Illustrator Graphic Designer Set Designer Education Fashion Designer

Craftsperson Advertising Photographer Animation Computer game Designer Web Designer Window Dresser Interior Designer Page 13

Gallery Worker Ceramicist Software Designer Silver smith / Jewellery Designer Landscape Gardener Environmental Artist Community Arts Coordinator Publishing


GCSE Business and Communication Systems (BACS) Why should I study this course? This course covers a broad range of business theory with a practical introduction to ICT. It allows you to develop a wide range of skills which will be applicable to jobs in many different areas, but also for those of you who wish to go on to further study.

What will I learn about? In Year 10 and 11 you will complete a series of projects. Each one is a business scenario which has both a business theory and specific ICT focus.

Module

Outline of Content

Administration

The Business Environment - aims and objectives, the criteria for judging the success of a business, the influence of stakeholders. Business Administration - supporting the main business functions, the importance of accuracy in the preparation, storage and retrieval of information Workplace Organisation - advantages and disadvantages of different office layouts, impact of modern developments on working practices, ergonomics. Health and Safety at Work - the importance of health and safety in the workplace. ICT Data Systems in Business - data sources, input/output/storage devices

Human Resources

Security of Data - methods of protecting data, data protection legislation. Recruitment and Selection of Staff - contracts of employment, internal and external recruitment, job description and person specification. Training - methods of training, induction, in-house training, off-the-job training. Rewarding Staff - methods of remuneration, other forms of reward.

Communication

Employment Rights and Responsibilities - equal opportunities. The Purpose of Communication - the importance and the benefits of communication. Communication Systems - methods of communication, choosing the most appropriate communication medium, barriers to communication. The Importance of ICT in Business – Communications, uses of applications software, use of local and wide area networks

Using ICT in Business

The Internet and E-Commerce - the purpose of a website, business opportunities, business risks. Selection and use of appropriate software – word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, presentation, web authoring

How will I be assessed? 1. A written paper (1 hour) worth 40% of the final grade. 2. A practical paper (1½ hours) worth 35% 3. A controlled assessment which will required you to undertake an investigation into the use of ICT in a business (4 hours with an additional 8 hours preparation time) worth the final 25%.

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GCSE Computing Who should take GCSE Computing? This new exciting GCSE is suitable for young people who want to explore and investigate how computers work, and how they are used. You are most likely to enjoy the subject if you have a real interest in how computers work, you are a logical thinker and enjoy problem solving. This course will be best suited for students working at level 6B and above in Mathematics at Key Stage 3. GCSE Computing – What will you study? This three unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and provides an opportunity to look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. The course will help you learn about critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. A451 Computer Systems and Programming The computer systems and programming unit will teach you the theory about a wide range of issues such as hardware and software, computer communications, networking and more. You will also be learning some of the key techniques behind programming. This unit will be assessed through a written exam and is worth 40% of the GCSE. A452 Practical Investigation The practical investigation is all about engaging with computing in the real world. You’ll look at a computing topic in more depth and carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue. You will need to investigate, research and analyse a complex task and produce a well-written report. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. A453 Programming Project The programming project will call on you to design, code and test a solution to a board set task using a suitable programming language. This unit will introduce you to the practical programming used by application, games, and website developers. The effectiveness of the design and the testing of the solution together with the final program will be assessed. This is worth 30% of the GCSE.

What future careers may this subject lead to? Well qualified and skilled programmers are in great demand as shown in numerous surveys. Further specialised study can lead to employment in the gaming industries. A computing qualification is a good basis for work as an IT technician, IT consultant, computer engineer, software engineer, analyst, data modeller, systems administrator, network administrator, software applications developer, programmer and development.

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BTEC Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment This course will be delivered at the Blackpool and Fylde College Bispham Campus on Ashfield Road. About the course This course is designed to;  inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector  give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction industry  support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship  give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry. What will you learn? Btec Construction has core units and optional specialist units. 25 per cent of the qualification is externally assessed. The units likely to be covered include practical sessions which introduce you to some of the following areas;  joinery skills  trowel skills  painting & decorating skills  plumbing and electrical areas of building services There are also theory sessions on topics such as;  starting work in construction  working safely in construction  personal effectiveness. Essential information You are transported to the College for Construction but you will have to make your own arrangements to get home. Normally the sessions last 3 hours and typically run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm with a short break for lunch ~ for which pupils will need to bring their own or purchase in advance at school. You will need to pay for the sweatshirt and trousers that the school provides and, in addition, you will need to purchase suitable boots. How do you apply? Stage 1 – Choose the Construction Option. Stage 2 – Complete an application form for Blackpool and Fylde College Stage 3 – You must pass an initial basic skills assessment at school Stage 4 – If you pass, you will be invited to attend an interview/taster session in the School of Construction to give you the opportunity to seek further information on course details. Stage 5 - An offer of a place will only be made when this process has been completed. What happens when you have successfully completed your course? You could progress to a more advanced qualification in Construction at the College, dependant on your GCSE grades.

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Design and Technology Product Design, Engineering and Electronics Design, Engineering and Manufacturing are part of the biggest employment sector in the world. Recent reports from industry have reported a huge shortage of engineers and designers for the future. Technology is moving at an incredible pace and new products and materials are being developed at a speed never seen before. Many of the jobs our pupils will do in the future have not yet been developed. Design & Technology is a dynamic, varied and exciting subject leading to a huge variety of employment opportunities both in the UK and abroad. Lessons are exciting and challenging. Pupils will learn about the very latest products, designs and production methods. Our aim is to educate pupils to be able to live and work in our fast moving technological world. Do you enjoy:  Thinking Creatively & Problem Solving  Discovering new ideas  Designing & Making products  Learning new skills  Discovering how designers work Would you like to be:  At the forefront of new technology  Solving the problems of the future  Designing for the future  Part of some of the most amazing companies in the world  Inspired everyday of your working life. If you have answered yes to some of these questions then you probably need to take an option in Design and Technology. All the Design and Technology options are enjoyable, interesting, and challenging but most of all useful throughout your lives. They allow you to find jobs, enrol on college courses or just to enjoy the experience and challenge of designing and making. Whatever your motivation you are sure to enjoy your Design and Technology lessons. Options are available GCSE Product Design & Engineering and GCSE Product Design and Electronics. Important note: the two courses listed are design based courses and require the following skills.  Good design skills.  Good problem solving skills.  A good level of maths, science and ICT skills.  Good homework record. Product Design & Engineering: (WJEC) 60% coursework 40% exam This course builds on the work studied at KS3. During year 10 we will design and make a wide range of small projects using a variety of materials and techniques including the laser cutter and other CAD CAM machinery. During our course pupils will study two designers; this is set by the exam board. The course will also study the theory of the subject with an emphasis on designing for sustainability. We will study smart materials, nano technology and bio mimicry. During year 11 you will produce your own piece of coursework; this is set by the exam board at the start of year 11. To be successful in this course you need to be interested in design and keen to improve your drawing, designing and making skills. Good science, art and mathematical skills will also be of benefit. Post 16 options: Blackpool 6th Form ~ design courses (including textiles) and their Engineering course. Blackpool and the Fylde College ~ Engineering and design courses. Career Options: Product design, Stage design, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Landscape design ~ or maybe you just like being creative!!

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Product Design and Electronics GCSE: (Edexcel) 60% coursework 40% exam This is a challenging but rewarding course. To be successful on this course you need a high level of Maths and Science. Electronics builds on the work studied at KS3. During year 10 you will study electronic components and design and make circuits which, can be used for practical outcomes. This is an interesting and intelligent course which has you working with cutting edge technology such as programmable chips, lazer cutters and remote operation. During year 10 & 11 you will produce a piece of electronics coursework. This course is Excellent for pupils who want to go on to sixth form or university. Post 16 options: Blackpool 6th Form ~ Electronics course. Blackpool and the Fylde College ~ Electronics and engineering. Career options: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Industry, BAE, TV and Radio, Sound and light engineering, Armed forces

Design and Technology GCSE Food ~ Catering This course has a different structure from the other two options. This course is not just about cooking and pupils need to have a real interest in food and nutrition and how making good food choices can have a dramatic effect on our health. This exciting course will allow you to learn about Food and Nutrition and how to use that knowledge to produce high quality healthy food for both yourself and others. The course follows on naturally from the KS3 Food and Nutrition course. You will continue to develop your practical skills and knowledge of food. This course offers the opportunity to investigate, communicate and evaluate using problem solving and decision making skills. This course also looks at modern food technology and the link between science and food. Using research skills pupils will learn about the amazing world of food and the enormous effect it has on our lives. The main areas of study are:  Nutrition, diet and health throughout life.  Properties of food in storage, preparation, cooking and presentation  Food Hygiene and Safety  Practical food preparation skills  Menu planning, costing and portion control Assessment is carried out in three ways:  Final 1 ½ hour exam worth 40%  Practical Task 2 (Year 11) 40% (30 hours)  Practical task 1 (Year 10) 20% ( 15 Hours) Career Options The food industry is the biggest employer in the world and in Blackpool we have an excellent catering college. This GCSE could lead on to a plethora of courses which include catering and hospitality, event management, specialist courses such as patisserie and bakery and professional cookery. Different levels are available from apprenticeships to degree course, so this course is an ideal starting point to begin a career in the food industry

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GCSE Geography Why is geography important?  As international links become closer, easier and faster, we need more than ever to understand the geography of the world  To help protect the environment both at home and abroad, we need to understand geographical influences and relationships linking people and their surroundings  To make the most of our multicultural society we need to understand and appreciate the cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world Geography is about real world issues What do you do in geography? As part of the course at the beginning of Year 10 all GCSE Geographers go on a two day residential to Hothersall Lodge. At Hothersall Lodge pupils do a river survey as part of their controlled assessment task which is worth 25% of their final GCSE. There is a charge for this course @ £85.00. Topics studied over the two years;  The Restless Earth – The Earth’s crust, plate margins, characteristics of super volcanoes and tsunamis.  Water on the Land – How do rivers and river valleys change as they flow from source to mouth?  The Coastal Zone – Coastal features and the threats of coastal flooding.  Population Change – Population growth and its problems and issues in LEDCs and MEDCs.  Changing Urban Environments – Why are the world’s biggest cities growing so fast? How can urban living be more sustainable?  Tourism – It’s advantages and disadvantages, tourism in extreme environments. Geography helps you make sense of the world you live in Why choose geography? You will learn to;  Interpret a variety of maps and diagrams, graphs, tables, satellite images, photographs etc  Find things out for yourself, using a wide range of primary and secondary data  Communicate your work confidently in reports, decision making exercises and fieldwork Geography encourages the development of useful skills AQA GEOGRAPHY SPECIFICATION A (9030) Tiers Grades Foundation G–C Higher D – A* Assessment is by: Unit 1: Physical Geography – written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) Unit 2: Human Geography – written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) Unit 3: Local fieldwork investigation – controlled assessment (60 marks) 25%

37.5% 37.5%

 The course has two written papers taken at the end of Year 11  Controlled Assessment is completed during lesson time in Year 10 What kind of jobs can I do with GCSE geography? For many jobs it is a real help if you have taken Geography – so think seriously about the subject if you are interested in any of these types of work: Armed services Journalism

Selling & Marketing Teaching

Planning

Social Work

Police

Leisure & Tourism

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Farming/Forestry Transport

Surveying

Local Government


GCSE History What History will I study? We study the Edexcel Modern World (A) GCSE History course. The course has been chosen so as to ensure that your experience of History is as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible. There are no tiers of entry for History GCSE and so all students sit the same examination paper and have the opportunity to achieve the full range of grades. What are the aims of the course? The course will give you the opportunity:  to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the human past;  to investigate historical events, changes, people and issues;  to recognise that History is an interpretation of the past based on evidence;  to draw your own conclusions based on the evidence available. What does the course involve? The course involved four units of work. The first topic we look at is the Unit 2 topic of America 19191941. This involves a study of the economic boom in America, the ‘Roaring Twenties’, looking at gangsters, prohibition and intolerance. Then, we look at the Wall Street Crash and the Depression. We finish America with a study of the New Deal. Our next topic for Unit 1 is the Cold War from 1943-1991, a tremendously interesting topic taking us from the distrust between allies at the end of the Second World War to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and beyond. We then come to British history for Unit 3 with a study of War and the transformation of British Society 1903-1928. This is a study of Britain in the years before, during and after the First World War, with a focus on how the First World War affected Britain. Finally, our controlled assessment topic is the Vietnam War 1950-1975, a hugely interesting and relevant topic that ties in with the Unit 1 study of the Cold War. To tie in with the study of Modern World History we also run a year 10 trip to either the First World War Battlefields, Berlin or America. How is the course assessed? Unit 1: The Cold War

1 hour 15 minutes 25%

Unit 2:

America 1919-41

1 hour 15 minutes 25%

Unit 3:

War and the transformation of British society 1903-1928

1 hour 15 minutes 25%

Controlled Assessment:

The Vietnam War 1950-1975

1 assignment 25%

Is it for me? There are many different reasons to study history, as it is a fantastic combination of all the other school subjects. History helps you discover how your world evolved. History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions. History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information. A lack of historical knowledge prevents people from truly understanding the world they live in. History helps you understand the origins of modern political and social problems. History makes you appreciate that people in the past were not just 'good' or 'bad', but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us. History provides you with many skills valued by employers, further and higher education. Page 20


‘If we want to travel safely into the future, we must carry with us the wisdom of the past’

BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care About the course The aim of this course is to provide a broad background to the Health and Social Care sector and is an ideal introduction to careers within this area. This Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award; ● is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified ● is equivalent to two GCSEs ● has core units and optional units ● has 25 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments ● presents knowledge in a work-related context ● gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts Some of the following units will be covered ; Unit 1:Human Lifespan Development Unit 2:Health and Social Care Values Unit 3:Effective Communication in Health and Social Care Unit 4:Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing Unit 5:Promoting Health and Wellbeing Unit 6:The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing Unit 7:Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Unit 8:Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

What happens when you have successfully completed your course? You could progress to a more advanced qualification in Health and Social Care at the College, dependant on your GCSE grades.

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Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills About the course The diploma in practical horticulture skills is a truly vocational course which will be delivered on the school premises in partnership with Myerscough College. Students develop a range of skills and techniques in practical horticulture by carrying out ‘hands on’ activities in our school allotment, garden and woodland areas. They work towards their qualification by completing a series of written assignments and practical assessments. Activities include: Soil testing Planting hanging baskets and containers Seed sowing Cultivation Plant propagation Garden maintenance Plant identification Allotment management Tree planting Students will also have the opportunity to work with the Wyre Countryside Rangers as part of our woodland management activities. Progression: Successful students could progress to further education, skilled work or an apprenticeship in horticulture. The course also serves as an introduction to environmental and land based industries. Essential Information: Sensible outdoor clothing is expected for all practical work. You will need to purchase a sweatshirt and t-shirt from school and suitable work trousers and boots from local suppliers. Horticulture clothing must be worn for every session.

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GCSE Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Why do we study ICT? GCSE ICT offers an inspirational approach to ICT. This means that you will learn practical skills which could be transferred into the workplace. Even if you don’t want a career in ICT, the chances are that you will make use of the knowledge and skills you acquire whatever your profession! What will I learn about? The course is made up of a number of projects and two main assessment methods designed to assess your progress on the course as well as providing you with knowledge and experience. The units that you will study are:

Units: UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World In this unit, you explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. You will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing, on the move). You develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. Assessment Externally assessed

Time allocated Students have 90 minutes for the written paper

Weighting 40%

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools This is a practical unit. You will broaden and enhance your ICT skills and capability. You will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. You will learn to reflect critically on your own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. You will put into practice what you learned about digital technology in Unit 1. Assessment Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) provided by Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board.

Time allocated Students have 40 hours to complete the CAB

Weighting 60%

How can I build on this qualification? This GCSE provides academic and practical skills for those who wish to seek employment or apprenticeships upon leaving school. For those wishing to continue their education a clear progression route through college/university BTEC’s, A/S and A Levels are offered.

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Key Skills Course Who Should Consider This Course? ASDAN’s flagship Personal Development Programmes have been used by centres for more than 20 years. They are suitable for use in all educational settings and pitched at learners aged 14-16 working at Entry level 3 and Level 1. If you are considering this course please also look at the Vocational Studies course as a complementary programme of study to enhance this qualification. This option provides students with the opportunity to follow the ASDAN Bronze, Silver and Gold Personal Development Programmes which offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. The assessment units encourage the development of the communication and personal, learning and thinking skills required for progression to further education, training or employment. Bronze, Silver and Gold programmes are nationally recognised qualification outcomes of the ASDAN programmes. Structure Students select a number of challenges from Development Programmes and then compile a done. The module titles are:  Communication   The Community   Sport and Leisure   Home Management   The Environment   Number Handling   Health and Survival

the 13 modules that make up the Personal portfolio of evidence to show what they have World of Work Science and Technology The Wider World Expressive Arts Beliefs and Values Combined Studies

Assessment Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. Six credits (approx. 60 hours) are needed to achieve Bronze, 12 credits (approx. 120 hours) for Silver and 18 credits (approx. 180 hours) for Gold. Internally-moderated Bronze Credits certificates are available for any learner that completes less than 60 hours work. Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas: Teamwork, Learning, Coping with problems, Use of Maths, Use of English and Use of IT. There are recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them. Progression routes Progression from Bronze to Silver and then Gold is based solely on time spent and credits gained, but students are able to claim certification at each stage. The Personal Development Programmes count as half of the curriculum credits (six) required for ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) at Levels 1 and 2, which is comparable to a GCSE. Students could also progress to the Universities Award or qualifications at Level 1 and 2, such as Personal and Social Development and Wider Key Skills. If you want to know more about Key Skills then please see Mr. Higham or visit the ASDAN website www.asdan.org.uk Page 24


Modern Foreign Languages GCSE French or Spanish Description of Course

French and Spanish are subjects for pupils who are interested in communicating with other people and who wish to learn about other cultures. The course helps you to develop a range of skills which you can use in other subjects, further education and the world of work. Topics deal with such issues as:  Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences, relationships and social issues  Current problems facing the your local area and the planet, and being environmentally friendly  Pressures and problems at school and work  Free time activities and holiday preferences and experiences How Will You Learn?

Teaching and learning styles will be varied and will include language learning games, role-play, pair work, group work and the opportunity for independent study, as well as more formal teaching. You will have access to a wide range of exciting resources including language websites. Listening skills will be developed through a variety of authentic materials on mp3, CD, CD-ROM, and DVD so that you become familiar with the language and speed of native speakers. Reading will focus on a variety of different materials, written in many different styles. Writing will also range from producing short messages to longer assignments. Method of Assessment

You will be assessed in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The speaking and writing assessments will be spread across the two years of the course. The reading and listening assessments will take place at the end of Year 11. You can sit Foundation, Higher or a combination of the 2. The listening and reading assessments are worth 20% each, while the speaking and writing are worth 30% each. You can also re-sit the speaking and writing assessment to improve your grade if you need to. Pathways after Year 11    

Further Education and Training Pathways AS & A Level Spanish or French Vocational qualifications Further education courses Degree courses

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Career Routes Advertising and market research Civil and Diplomatic service Hotels and catering Teaching Television, radio and journalism Travel and Tourism Voluntary organisations

Languages graduates have an excellent record of finding employment.

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GCSE Music The AQA GCSE Music course focuses on the five Areas of Study (AoS): AoS1: Rhythm & Metre; AoS2: Harmony & Tonality; AoS3: Texture & Melody; AoS4: Timbre & Dynamics and AoS5: Structure & Form, which are explored through the following three musical strands: The Western Classical Tradition, World Music and Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

You must already play an instrument or sing, to at least a basic standard, in order to participate and complete the GCSE course. It is strongly recommended that you take instrumental lessons – all of which are available in school. Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music

(20% of total marks)

In this unit, you will develop your listening skills by learning about how sound is organised. This is done by analysing many pieces of music which focus on the three musical strands. The listening exam will take place at the end of the GCSE course, in which you will receive a mark out of 80. Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music

(20% of total marks)

In this unit you will be given 20 hours to compose your own piece of music (20 marks – 10%) and write about the process in an appraisal booklet (20 marks – 10%). The composition must explore two or more AoS and have a link to one of the three musical strands. Unit 3: Performing Music

(40% of total marks)

In this unit you will perform two pieces of music: a solo performance and a group performance. Solo performance (30 marks – 20%) – here, you will be assessed as an individual. You will perform a piece, of your own choice, on your first instrument (any instrument including singing, rapping and/or turntablism) OR if you are interested in Music technology, you can opt to perform a technology-based performance using a sequencer and/or multi-track recordings. Group Performance (30 marks – 20%) – here, you will work with other musicians to perform a piece of music of your choice, and be assessed on how successful your role within the group was. Unit 4: Composing Music

(20% of total marks)

This unit gives you complete free reign to compose a piece of music in any style or genre of your choice. It must still explore at least two AoS and you will have 25 hours to complete the composition. There is a maximum of 30 marks available for Unit 4. It is expected that ALL GCSE Music pupils take part in extra-curricular Music activities (this will be of benefit to composition and performance skills) in and around school. Currently, at Cardinal Allen, we have a Wind and Brass Band, Ukulele Club, Guitar Club, CAGS (Cardinal Allen Gospel Singers) as well as the whole-school productions. The school currently has peripatetic tutors who come in to deliver lessons on Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Drums and Piano. PROGRESSION: Further Education - A Level Music, A Level Music Technology, BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Music, BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma Performing Arts, BTEC National Diploma Music, BTEC National Diploma Music Technology and Level 2 First Diploma Music.

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GCSE Performing Arts Performing Arts is a creative and practical course. It offers insight into a variety of roles within the industry. You might have experienced some of the skills you will need to succeed – but you may also meet some that are new to you. The important thing is that you enjoy the experience and build your skills and confidence as you work through the course.

WHY CHOOSE PERFORMING ARTS? There are many reasons to opt for this subject: 

actively engages students in the processes of performing arts to develop as effective and independent learners;

develops broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry;

develops personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment;

provides a solid foundation for progression in performing arts, theatre studies and generic subjects including dance, drama and music;

provides a foundation for design work in set, costume and props and technical elements as in lighting and sound;

introduces a wide range of personal and organisational skills for the work place.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? By working as part of a group you will learn how performances are put together from the initial ideas, through planning and rehearsals, to the final performance in front of an audience. There a two parts to the assessment: 

Unit 1 – Portfolio of Evidence (60%) This should clearly show your involvement in and understanding of the performing arts. It will include rehearsal notes, workshop evaluations, photographs and research material.

Unit 2 – Showcase Performance (40%) The examination board set a “brief” which must be completed by the class working as a production company. You will be involved in all aspects of performance from the discussion stages through to a live show.

Both units are assessed internally and moderated externally. There is no end of course examination.

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GCSE Physical Education NATURE OF THE COURSE The Physical Education course is one which offers a close link between practical performance and theoretical justification. The weighting is as follows:- 60% of the final mark is an assessment of practical performance which is internally assessed. A written coursework component (PEP), worth 10% is included in this section; 40% is theory and is assessed in one final examination. Pupils considering this course should currently be committed to, and actively involved in a range of extra-curricular sports clubs / teams. In year 10 pupils will receive 2 lessons per week: 1 practical / 1 theory In year 11 pupils will receive 3 lessons per week: 1 practical / 1 theory / 1 coursework based OUTLINE OF PRACTICAL STUDIES There is a choice of practical syllabuses depending on the ability of the student in chosen practical activities. Pupils can choose from 1. PE Syllabus or 2. Games Syllabus. PHYSICAL EDUCATION - GENERAL SYLLABUS Candidates are assessed on a total of 4 practical activities within the restrictions outlined below. Either: PRACTICAL OPTION CHOICE 1 - PE Syllabus - (PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE 60%) Four activities chosen from at least two of the following groups: Group 1 Game activities Association football, basketball, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby football (league or union), badminton, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball. Group 2 Gymnastic activities Artistic gymnastics, compositional gymnastics, trampolining. Group 3 Dance Modern educational dance. Group 4 Athletic activities Athletics, weight training/weight lifting. Group 5 Swimming Competitive swimming, life saving, personal survival. For each activity, the candidate is assessed on: the performance of individual and group skills; application of skills in the activity situation; knowledge of rules and regulations; the ability to analyse and improve their own and others’ performance; and the ability to undertake and evaluate a safe health promoting exercise/training schedule. The school intends to offer the vast majority of these activities, though it must be appreciated that constraints of staffing and lack of facilities may result in a lessening of the choices available. Or PRACTICAL OPTION CHOICE 2 - GAMES SYLLABUS - (PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE 60%) Four activities chosen from two of the following groups: Group 1 Invasion games Association football, basketball, hockey, netball, rugby football (league or union). Group 2 Net/wall games Badminton, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball. Group 3 Striking/fielding games Cricket, rounders, softball For each activity, the candidate is assessed on: the performance of individual and group skills; application of skills in the activity situation; knowledge of rules and regulations; the ability to analyse and improve their own and others’ performance; and the ability to undertake and evaluate a safe health promoting exercise/training schedule. WRITTEN EXAMINATION (40%) 1 x 2 hour paper covering the whole GCSE grades (A*-G). Questions will relate to the following topics: A Health, Fitness and Factors Affecting Performance B Principles of Training C Factors Affecting Individual Performance and Participation D Social and Cultural Factors Affecting Participation The theory component is reasonably difficult and therefore this should not be seen as just a practical course. Student’s books must be kept up to date and homework is set regularly. PROGRESSION: At 6th Form pupils may choose to follow either the ‘A’ Level Sports Studies / PE pathway or the vocational BTEC National Diploma in Sport / Exercise pathway. It will also lead into any further sport related courses such as Sports Management, Fitness Instructor, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy and Coaching.

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BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport NATURE OF THE COURSE BTEC First Award in Sport has been introduced to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum in order to offer our students a qualification that: best suits their personal learning styles, enhances the vocational provision and continues to improve the achievement of five A* - C GCSE’s. The course provides students with opportunities to gain a vocational course that will be useful if considering a career related to sport, or to provide a platform from which to progress to the advanced BTEC National in Sport. The BTEC First Award in Sport is both a practical and a vocational work related course. Students learn through the completion of projects and assignments that are based on personal performance development and a work related implementation of knowledge and skills. Students will required to independently complete all assignments using the knowledge and understanding gained during lesson times. The new Level 2 BTEC First Award has an essential core of knowledge and applied skills. Edexcel intend to introduce an external assessment appropriate to the sector in an online examination format. This provides independent evidence of learning and progression alongside the predominantly portfolio-based assessment. Pupils are not necessarily required to be practically gifted to undertake the BTEC programme. Instead pupils are required to gain knowledge and understanding of practical components that influence performance. Through the submission of assignments pupils are required to provide evidence relating to assessment criteria set in the assignment. STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE The course is taught in four separate modules, each being approximately 30 hours teaching/contact time. MODULE LEARNING PROPORTION MODULE DESCRIPTION ASSESSMENT NAME HOURS OF AWARD Fitness for Sport Learners will investigate Pupils will undertake an 30 and Exercise fitness components, training online external CORE 25% methods and fitness testing examination based on the MODULE in sport. module’s learning. Practical Sports Rules, regulations and 30 Performance scoring systems in sport. CORE 25% Analysis of performance and Pupils will complete a MODULE skills applied. series of assignments in a variety of different The Sports Investigating the energy formats. Performer in systems and effects of 30 25% Each assignment meeting Action exercise on the body. different grading criteria Leading Sports Attributes associated with for the module. Pupils will Activities successful sports leaders, 30 25% be graded to either pass, planning and delivering merit of distinction. sports activities. Assessment Three of the units undertaken are initially internally assessed before being verified within the department. These units consist of a series of either written, verbal or practical assignments that are graded individually. Each mark achieved will be cross referenced to the unit marking criteria that will determine the unit grade. The new specification requires pupils to also complete an external controlled assessment that will take the form of an online examination related to a core unit’s learning. The external examination will equate to 25% of the learner’s final grading classification. The remaining three modules will equally share a 25% weighting each to complete the overall award classification. Each of the grade boundaries are fixed and verified by Edexcel. Each assignment will allow pupils to achieve pass, merit and distinction grading criteria from the unit. Pupils must achieve all the criteria from the unit to achieve a distinction (A/A* grade), all the pass and merit criteria to achieve a merit (B grade) and all the pass criteria to achieve a pass(C grade). Coursework Each assignment will indicate a final submission date. Each student will be given a minimum of four weeks to plan, research and word process the assignment. Assignments will be returned by the unit teacher after internal assessment procedures have been completed. Pupils who do not meet minimum pass criteria will be expected to attend additional workshops to improve their coursework grades. PROGRESSION: At 6th Form pupils may choose to follow either the ‘A’ Level Sports Studies / PE pathway or the vocational BTEC National Diploma in Sport / Exercise pathway. It will also lead into any further sport related courses such as Sports Management, Fitness Instructor, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy and Coaching.

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Vocational Studies This is a very practical course for students as an alternative to a GCSE course. Students will have an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of the skills needed for the world of work including opportunities to work in a vocational setting. Throughout the course the students will be given opportunities to engage in learning that is relevant to them. They will be able to develop a range of skills and techniques as well as develop their own personal attributes, all of which are essential for success in working life. For those students who are also studying the Key Skills course, this additional vocational course will enhance their studies to enable them to gain accreditation through nationally recognised ASDAN Bronze and Silver Qualifications and allow them to progress onto level 1 or 2 ASDAN qualifications at a post 16 provider if they wish to study this in further education.

Assessment Examples of units that students may have the opportunity to study are: Interview techniques  Managing your health at work  Research a tourist destination  Catering  Learning from a work placement  Managing personal finance  Public services  Life skills Throughout the two years the students will compile a portfolio of evidence to reinforce the practical elements of their learning. These will be assessed throughout the two years.

Other Information This is a very practical course with a variety of trips to workplaces and outside speakers that come into speak to the students. For most of the lessons students will have access to computers. There will be occasional homework tasks set. For further information please contact Mr Higham.

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