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GCSE Options 2016-18


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I NTRODUCTI ON Dear Students and Parents,

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This guide is designed to provide you information regarding the options selection for students entering Year 10 in 2016. The process of choosing subjects can appear daunting in the first instance but by taking the time to read the included information and seeking advice from staff I am sure the process will be a smooth one. The school aims underpin the development of our curriculum and as such students can expect to be pushed to reach their potential in an environment that supports their development holistically. Students who will be sitting their GCSE examinations in May 2018 will pursue a course of study that will challenge them in their learning and provide pathways for entering a variety of examination boards into the future. Their timetable will be made up of a group of core subjects that all students will study alongside four optional subjects. When selecting the options students should consider the subjects they are passionate about studying, their personal strengths and weaknesses and also areas they may be interested in pursuing in their senior school years and beyond. Choosing subjects based on what friends are studying or which teachers they like represents poor rationale. As always, pastoral and teaching staff will make themselves available to support students as they make their subject selection. I look forward to working with all of you throughout this process. Regards, Mike Waller Head of Secondary 3


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CONTENTS Overview

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Timeline

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How to choose

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Learning Support and English as an Additional Language

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Subject Pages IGCSE English Language

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IGCSE English Literature

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IGCSE Mathematics

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IGCSE Science

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IGCSE French

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IGCSE Mandarin

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GCSE Music

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IGCSE Drama

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IGCSE Design and Technology

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GCSE Computer Science

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IGCSE Art and Design

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GCSE Physical Education

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IGCSE Business Studies

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GCSE Geography

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IGCSE History

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Students entering Year 10 in 2016 will study a group of core subjects made up of: -

IGCSE English Language IGCSE English Literature IGCSE Mathematics IGCSE Science (Double Award) Learning for Life Physical Education

Learning for Life and Physical Education are non-examinable subjects that all students will take part in. Learning for Life is designed to help students better understand themselves and the world around them while the focus for Physical Education is to encourage a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

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Each student will also select four option subjects. This selection will be made by choosing one subject from each of the columns below: Language

Ar ts and Technology French Art and Design Mandarin Drama Core Skills* Music Computer Science Design Technology

Humanities

Free Choice

Business Studies Art and Design Geography Drama History Music Computer Science Design Technology Business Studies Geography History GCSE Physical Education

*Core Skills will be offered to students based on a recommendation from teachers in the Inclusion Department. Please note: while we make every attempt to offer each of the subjects identified, in circumstances where student numbers are very low it may not be viable to offer certain subjects. In this scenario staff will contact students and parents to discuss available alternatives.

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T I M EL I NE Event Y9 Options Assembly

Date Week beginning 16 November

Details A presentation outlining the options process and the subject choices, as well as a question and answer session.

1-1 Meetings

On-going from 9 November

Tutors will meet with their tutees to discuss the options process. Current subject interests, future ambitions, and attainment in respective subjects will be discussed.

Year 9 Options 17 November Evening with parents and students

Conditional online option choices

8 December

Year 9 option choices letter sent home

5 January

Final 11 January confirmation of student choices

A chance for parents and students to hear a presentation on the options selection process followed by visits to each subject area for information and question and answers with relevant teachers. Students make their conditional choices online via a JotForm. Student choices will be collated, added to a letter template, and sent home for parents to confirm and sign. Letters sent home with students for parents to sign and confirm option choices for the 2015/ 2016 school year. Final confirmation of option choices and class lists verified by MW and distributed to House Group Leaders and teaching staff. 8


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When selecting subjects it is important to consider a range of criteria. Some of the most important points are: - Passion for the subject ? You should choose subjects where you have a genuine passion for study. It is much easier to be motivated when faced with difficult content if you love what you are doing! - Strengths and weaknesses ? You need to consider the personal strengths and weaknesses you have in your learning. Recognising the way you learn will provide a good indicator as to how challenging a subject will be. - Exam boards in Year 12 and 13 ? You should consider the school you are likely to attend for Year 12 and 13 and the different courses they offer. For example the requirements to study A Levels are quite different to IB. Your teachers will be able to provide advice on these exam boards. - Possible university courses ? Some university courses have prerequisites that you need to study in Year 12 and 13. By working backwards you may have an indicator of subjects you should choose. - Personal Challenge ? You should choose a subject that you think will push your personal boundaries. Learning should be about discovering new ideas and this will happen when you challenge yourself.

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There are also a number of reasons students often use which should be avoided: - Friends ? You should not choose a subject just because your friends are doing it. Your friends will have chosen subjects based on their criteria and this may not suit you. - Possible teachers ? You should not choose a subject based on who you think will teach you. Teachers and timetables vary significantly year to year and there is no guarantee about any teacher?s classes. - Homework ? You should not choose a subject based on perceived homework. Homework and coursework loads vary over the course of the year for every subject. - Easy ? You should not do a subject just because you think it is easy. Every subject has challenges over the two year course and what starts easy may turn very difficult!

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In line with our philosophy of supporting students in their individual development we offer a great deal of additional support both inside the classroom and through personalised courses of study. Students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) needs will be supported in acquiring further English skills to ensure they are able to access the curriculum. This will take the form of Educational Assistant (EA) provision during classes as well as additional EAL classes, where necessary. Students who have learning difficulties will be provided with a great deal of support from the Inclusion team and subject teachers. It is our commitment as a school that all students reach their individual potential and learning support forms an element of this commitment.

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I GCSE ENGL I SH L ANGUAGE

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Overview All students will take an Edexcel IGCSE English course in Language (Specification A) and many students will also take Edexcel IGCSE English Literature. The English faculty staff may provide advice to a student and their parent/ carer in regard to which pathway is most appropriate based on previous attainment and future goals. English Language (Specification A) Course The Edexcel IGCSE in English Language (A) aims to develop students' ability to read, understand and respond to a variety of material both orally and in writing, matching style to audience and purpose. It includes a wide range of reading and writing, and the possibility of both written and oral coursework. Aims of the English Language (Specification A) Course - To develop understanding of the spoken word and to take part in a variety of speaking and listening activities. - To read and understand a variety of texts and appreciate themes and attitudes and how writers achieve their effects. - Construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose

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Skills Development: This course is designed to develop skills in three key areas: - Reading (Studying language, form, style, structure, viewpoint. Texts are prescribed) - Writing (Writing for different purposes e.g. autobiography, newspaper/ magazine article, comparative essay and/ or critiques) - Speaking and listening (Debates, discussions, verbal problem solving)

Students will be assessed on these three areas throughout Key Stage 4. Themes of Study A wide range of non-fiction texts will be studied from the Edexcel anthology along with unseen texts to prepare for the main examination. Assessment and Examination At present, assessment is through both a written examination and coursework. The written examination will count towards 70% of the final grade, two pieces of written coursework comprise 20% and three speaking and listening coursework assessments (group, pair, individual) make up the final 10%. Fur ther Infor mation A pass grade C or above in IGCSE English Language is essential for entry into all ?A? Level courses, colleges, universities and is also an important consideration for all employers. 13


I GCSE ENGL I SH L I TERATURE

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Overview All students will take an Edexcel IGCSE English course in Language (Specification A) and all students will take Edexcel IGCSE English Literature. Student progress in English Literature will be closely monitored and advice from English teachers will be given to parents/ carers if required in regard to a student's expected level of attainment. Aims of the English Literature Course - To engage with a wide variety of literary texts from around the world. - To appreciate the ways in which authors achieve their literary effects and to develop skills in literary study. - To explore and enjoy the literature of our own and other societies and cultures. Areas of Study Students will study one drama text and one prose text from the prescribed list along with all poems from Section C of the Edexcel anthology.

Drama Students will study one of the following plays chosen by the class teacher, which will be examined at the end of Year 11: Arthur Miller: AViewfromTheBridge J B Priestley: An Inspector Calls William Shakespeare: Henry V 14


I GCSE ENGL I SH L I TERATURE William Shakespeare: Much AdoAbout Nothing William Shakespeare: RomeoandJuliet Oscar Wilde: TheImportanceof BeingEarnest Thornton Wilder: Our Town

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Prose Students will study one of the following prose texts chosen by the class teacher, which will be examined at the end of Year 11. Jane Austen: PrideandPrejudice Harper Lee: ToKill a MockingBird R K Narayan: TheEnglish Teacher John Steinbeck: Of MiceandMen Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Nineteenth Century Short Stories(edited by Mike Hamlin, Christine Hall and Jan Browne, Heinemann New Windmill). Poetry Students will study poems from the Edexcel English Literature Anthology as well as other poems selected by the faculty. Assessment and Examination At present, assessment is through both a written examination and coursework. The written examination will count towards 70% of the final grade and will focus on the two drama and prose texts studied.

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I GCSE M ATHEM ATI CS

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Overview DBIS offers two IGCSE mathematics qualifications for students, the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics qualification and the more challenging Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics qualification. The Edexcel qualification aims to give students a foundation in mathematical skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use and apply mathematical techniques and concepts to solve problems. The Cambridge qualification is a very demanding course and aims to prepare students to use the power of mathematics in an increasingly technological world. Students taking the Edexcel course can opt for one of two tiers, Foundation or Higher whereas all students taking the Cambridge course sit the Extended tier. Areas of Study Edexcel Papers1Fand Edexcel Papers3H and CambridgePapers2 and4 2F(Foundation) 4H (Higher) (Extended) Number, algebra, geometry and statistics

Number, algebra, geometry and statistics

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Number, algebra, functions, geometry, transformations and vectors in two dimensions, mensuration, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, sets, probability and statistics


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Assessment Edexcel Papers1Fand Edexcel Papers3H and CambridgePapers2, 4 2F(Foundation) 4H (Higher) and6 (Extended) Grade range ? C to G Two written papers Set and marked by Edexcel Each paper weighted at 50% of the qualification

Grade range ? A* to E Two written papers Set and marked by Edexcel Each paper weighted at 50% of the qualification

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Grade range ? A* to E Three written papers Set and marked by Cambridge The weightings for each paper are: Paper 2, 20%, Paper 4, 60% and Paper 6, 20% of the qualification


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I GCSE SCI ENCE

Overview All students will follow a Science course taking either Edexcel IGCSE Double Award, or Edexcel IGCSE in the three separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The individual progress and achievement of the student over the course of Year 10 will be used to decide if they will continue with the Double Award or Triple Award pathway in Year 11. Both the Double Award and the Triple Award prepare students for more advanced courses in each of the science subject areas.

Science at IGCSE aims to sustain and develop an interest in the scientific world, and an appreciation of science in wider social, environmental and economic contexts. Students will build on their scientific knowledge through an understanding of concepts, themes and patterns. The course allows plenty of scope for students to develop their investigative, experimental and enquiry skills through practical learning. Areas of Study In Biology students will learn about the structure, function and variety of living organisms, reproduction and inheritance, ecology and the environment and the use of biological resources. In Chemistry students will develop understanding of the patterns and themes of chemistry through study of the elements and chemical bonding, energetics and physical chemistry, organic chemistry and the role of chemistry in industry. 18


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In Physics students will learn about key scientific concepts including forces and motion, waves, electricity, energy resources and magnetism and develop an understanding of applying these concepts to the world around them. Through all three subjects, students will develop the enquiry skills of research, hypothesis, testing and evaluation through practical investigation and experimental science. Assessment and Examinations The IGCSE Double Award in Science leads to two IGCSE grades, which reflect combined overall achievement across the three separate subjects. Assessment is via three two hour papers in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The IGCSE Triple Award in Science leads to three separate IGCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are assessed via a core paper (two hours) and an extension paper (one hour) in each of the separate subjects.

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I GCSE F RENCH

Overview IGCSE French is designed for students learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop the ability to use the language effectively for the purposes of practical and meaningful communication. The course is assessed according to the language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are taught through lively, interesting and motivating materials as students progress through the topics. The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of foreign languages. Area A ? Home and Abroad Town and rural life; weather and climate; travel, transport and direction; holidays and tourist information; services; customs and religion; everyday life and traditions in French-speaking countries. Area B ? Education and Employment Childhood; school life and routine; work and careers; future plans. Area C ? House, Home & Daily Routine Types of home; self, family and friends; helping at home; food and drink. Area D ? The Moder n World and Environment Current affairs and social issues; environmental issues; the media; information and communication technology. 20


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Area E ? Social Activities, Fitness & Health Special occasions; hobbies, sports and exercise; shopping and money; accidents, injuries, ailments and health issues. Assessment and Examination Extended Cur riculum (Grades A*-G)

Weighting

Paper 1 - Listening (45 min) Paper 2 - Reading & Directed Writing (1 ½ hrs) Writing includes two tasks of 50 words and 150 words each

25% 50%

Paper 3 - Speaking (10 min) A) Presentation & discussion of a single picture B) General conversation

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There is no coursework for IGCSE French. This two year IGCSE course follows the syllabus set by Edexcel Examinations board. This IGCSE is universally recognised as the international equivalent of the UK GCSE.

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I GCSE M ANDARI N

Overview Mandarin Chinese is a worldwide and popular language as China's economy is the fastest growing of any of the major economies in the world. Those with a grasp of the Chinese language will be in an advantageous position to benefit from China?s participation in our global economy.

This subject course is designed for students who want to have a deeper understanding of the language and culture so as to develop a better career for the future. Area A ? Everyday activities - The language of the classroom - Home life and school - Food, health and fitness Area B ? Personal and social life - Self, family and personal relationship - Festivals and special occasions Area C ? The world around us - Home town and local area - Natural and made environment - People, places and customs Area D ? The world of work - Continuing education - Careers and employment - Language and communication in the work place 22


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I GCSE M ANDARI N Area E ? The inter national world - Tourism at home and abroad - Life in other countries and communities - World events and issues Assessment and Examination

This is a modular course and students will be assessed throughout the course over the two years. School assessments will take place at the end of each term. Students are required to do two research projects on Chinese culture throughout the two year course. The Mandarin Department is aiming to develop each student's ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within their country of residence and in all of the countries where the language is spoken. Students aim to take the IGCSE examination for Mandarin as a Foreign Language after completing a two year course. The Department uses a variety of materials to support the teaching of Mandarin.

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GCSE M USI C

Overview The Edexcel GCSE in music builds on the three key musical skill areas; listening and appraising, performing and composing. A wide variety of music is studied and the course aims to appeal to committed musicians of many musical backgrounds and cultures. Coursework Unit 1 ? Perfor ming Music (30% of final mark) This area focuses on coursework. Students must prepare a solo and ensemble performance, which is recorded and sent to the examination board. It is expected that students learn an instrument and have additional instrumental lessons to assist them with preparing for this unit of work. Unit 2 ? Composing Music (30% of final mark) You will explore a range of compositional starting points and investigate techniques for turning ideas into completed pieces of music. Students will complete 2 compositions to be sent to the examination board and can be based on a style of music of their choice and for any instruments or instrumental ensemble. Examination Unit 3 ? Listening and Appraising (40% of final mark) Through a variety of music you will develop your listening and appraising skills. The content for the unit is grouped into four areas of study each of which contains two set works:

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Instrumental Music 1700?1820 Baroque - JSBach: 3rdMovement fromBrandenburgConcertono. 5 in D major Classical - Lvan Beethoven: 1st Movement fromPianoSonata no. 8 in C minor ?PathĂŠtique? Vocal Music Baroque - H Purcell: Musicfor a While Rock - Queen: Killer Queen (fromthealbumSheer Heart Attack) Music for Stage and Screen Musicals - SSchwartz: DefyingGravity (fromthealbumof thecast recording of Wicked) Film Music - JWilliams: Main title/ rebel blockaderunner (fromthe soundtrack toStar WarsEpisodeIV: ANewHope) Fusions African/ Celtic - AfroCelt SoundSystem: Release(fromthealbumVolume2: Release) Spanish/ Latin - American Esperanza Spalding: Samba EmPreludio(fromthe albumEsperanza) Assessment and Examination Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed under controlled conditions and unit 3 is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute paper. - Performing: (30%) - Composing: (30%) - Listening and Appraising: (40%) 25


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I GCSE D RAM A

Overview The Cambridge IGCSE drama course encourages students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context, creating, developing and communicating ideas. Over the two-year course, students will learn to develop their devising, rehearsing, performing and evaluating skills to a higher level than in Key Stage 3 drama lessons. Students will study plays in detail and explore different ways of bringing a script to life on stage. They will develop as performers, increasing their confidence as well as their ability to perform engaging, complex characters. This course will also help develop students? knowledge and appreciation of theatre history, influential drama practitioners and the technical aspects of theatre. In the process, they will develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Assessment Objective A: Understanding Students will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate understanding of the performance possibilities of text and other stimuli AND the differing roles of actor, director, stage manager and technician in the realization of texts. Assessment Objective B: Devising Candidates will be assessed on their ability to devise dramatic material and reflect on its effectiveness. A wide range of stimulus material including photographs, music, poetry and historical events will be used to inspire devised work during the two-year programme. Students will be given regular opportunities to devise both individual and group work. 26


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Assessment Objective C: Perfor mance Skills Candidates will be assessed on their performance skills in drama in both individual performance and group pieces. Paper 1: Written Examination (40%) Students will sit a formal written examination at the end of the two-year drama course that is worth 40% of their final IGCSE drama grade. This examination lasts 2 ½ hours and will consist of a series of short and long answer questions based on coursework material released in the December preceding the examination. This coursework material consists of an extract from a play as well as three pieces of stimulus for devised work. Paper 2: Coursework (60%) Over the course of the two-year course, students will complete a number of assessed practical performances. Towards the end of Year 11, each candidate will submit their strongest 3 pieces of practical work: one individual piece and two group pieces. A mixture of text-based and original devised work will be performed, in a range of different theatre styles. The final three performances will each be worth 20% of the final IGCSE drama grade, combining to be worth a total of 60% of the student?s final grade.

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I GCSE D ESI GN AND T ECHNOL OGY

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RESISTANT M ATERIALS Overview: Design and Technology enables students to identify, consider and solve problems through creative thinking, planning and design and by working with different media, materials and tools. Students gain technical and design awareness, developing skills such as enquiry, creativity, collaboration, initiative and resourcefulness. They also develop their communication skills in design, making and evaluation. This course is ideal for further study in any design related course and prepares students for their future within a rapidly changing technological society. Areas of Study: Design Students will learn how to develop ideas through the design process, using CAD/ CAM throughout. They will identify needs and opportunity for design, and analyse, produce and evaluate designs. They will learn to identify resources for solving practical problems and use a variety of materials and equipment to produce models. They will also look at design in a wider context through the role of designers, craftsmen and technologists in industry and society.

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Manufacture Students will be encouraged to make sustainable choices when selecting appropriate materials to manufacture their products. They will learn how to use a range of card, wood, metal and plastic to manufacture their ideas. They will also develop skills in marking out, cutting, joining, assembling and finishing materials, selecting and using a variety of tools, machines and technology. Students will learn how to combine traditional hand techniques with state of the art CAD/ CAM technologies such as plotting machines, laser cutters and 3D Printers. Coursework In this significant part of the Design and Technology course, each student follows the design process to complete an individual project. The project is internally marked and externally moderated in the UK. Students produce a portfolio to evidence their product design and a functioning final product. Paper 1 (Written exam) Product design

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Paper 2 (Written exam) Resistant Materials 25% of overall grade Paper 3 (Coursework) Individual Project 50% of overall grade

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GCSE COM PUTER SCI ENCE

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Overview The GCSE Computer Science course is a new qualification that aims to challenge and engage students through the development of problem-solving skills and the creation of computer programs. During this course students will learn about the underlying concepts of computing and gain an understanding of computation. Areas of Study Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science Students will learn about fundamental Computer Science concepts including algorithms, data representation, components of computer systems, computer networks and emerging trends in computing technologies. Unit 2: Practical Programming In this practical unit students learn to solve computational problems through the use of the Python programming language. Python is both powerful and user-friendly and an excellent first text-based programming language for students to learn. Students will use Python to gain an understanding of programming concepts. These concepts can then be applied to a multitude of industry-standard programming languages.

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Assessment Unit 1 represents 75% of the total assessment weighting of the GCSE Computer Science qualification. It is assessed through a 2-hour examination paper set and externally marked by Edexcel. The examination paper is a question and answer booklet consisting of five compulsory questions. Each question is set in a context, draws on topics from across the specification and is broken down into a number of parts. The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 90. Unit 2 represents 25% of the total assessment weighting of the GCSE Computer Science qualification. It is internally assessed under controlled conditions and enables students to demonstrate their computational techniques using a programming language. Students will be asked to complete the controlled assessment in Year 11, the assessment brief is provided by Edexcel. The assessment consists of 3 tasks and the total number of marks available for the examination paper is 50. Marking of the controlled assessment task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.

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Overview IGCSE Art and Design is an expressive course for students who want to develop their creative abilities. A variety of artists are studied on a local and global scale and there are opportunities to develop drawing, painting and three dimensional skills throughout the course. Assessment Objective 1 Unit 1 Inside / Outside Record; - Observations - Experiences - Ideas Appropriate to title and theme Assessment Objective 2 Unit 2 Movement Analyze and evaluate; - Images - Objects - Artifacts Showing understanding of context

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Assessment Objective 3 Unit 3 Cubism Develop and explore ideas using; - Media - Processes - Resources Reviewing and refining work Assessment Objective 4 Unit 4 Landscape Present a personal response, realising intentions and making informed connections with the work of other artists; a final piece of work. Assessment and Examination Your IGCSE requires you to produce course work that takes up 60% of your IGCSE mark, and examination work, which equals 40%. The examination gives you a title or theme and that is your starting point. The final examination is over two days.

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Overview The Edexcel GCSE Physical Education course requires students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the influences, benefits, and reasons people in society take part in physical activity. Students will also develop knowledge in relation to performance in physical activity whereby a personal exercise programme and analysis of performance will be completed as part of the assessed coursework. In addition, the course requires students to gain an understanding of how physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the growth and development of body systems and structures. Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education

1.1 Healthy, activelifestylesandhowthey couldbenefit you. 1.2 Your healthy, activebody Unit 2: Perfor mance in Physical Education

2.1 Practical Performance Students are required to offer four performances, in practical contexts, in the role of player/ participant, official, or leader. At least two of the four performances must be in the role of player/ participant.

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2.2 Analysisof performance: - Rules and regulations of your chosen sport - Observation of perfect model - Evaluation and comparison - Skills and drills to improve performance - PEP ? 6 week personal exercise plan Assessment and Examination Assessment: Unit 1 (40% of the overall mark) This unit is externally assessed through an examination. The examination: - Is one hour and thirty minutes in length; - Includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions. Assessment: Unit 2 (60% of the overall mark) This unit is internally assessed, under controlled conditions and is comprised of two main tasks. - Training and competing in four sports to be assessed by an external moderator (48%) - The development of a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) and performing an Analysis of Performance (AoP) 12%) The controlled assessment: Is internally marked using published assessment criteria and externally moderated. 35


I GCSE B USI NESS STUDI ES

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Overview The Business Studies course provides students with an understanding of the nature of business and the processes that businesses use in order to achieve success. There is a focus on small business development and growth. Successful learners will: - understand different forms of business organisations, the environments in which businesses operate and business functions such as marketing, operations and finance - appreciate the role of people in business success. They will also gain lifelong skills, including: - the ability to calculate and interpret business data - communication skills needed to support arguments with reasons - the ability to analyse business situations and reach decisions or judgements. Areas of Study Business Studies is broken into six units of study. Each area provides students with a theoretical understanding of business practice as well as case studies to allow for application of the learning.

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The six units are: - Understanding business activity - People in business - Marketing - Operations management - Financial information and decisions - External influences on business activity Assessment and Examination Students sit two compulsory papers during the examination period. Both carry a weighting of 50% of the course. Paper 1 is a written examination consisting of four questions requiring a mixture of short answers and structured data responses. Paper 2 is a written examination consisting of four questions based on a case study that is not known in advance.

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GCSE GEOGRAPHY

Overview The study of geography at GCSE level is for those students interested in finding out more about the world they live in. Students should be motivated for success and happy to engage in regular revision and study. The benefits of such effort are immense and students will appreciate better the natural and human world they inhabit. The study of geography provides students with critical thinking skills, inquiry skills, the ability to see things from different perspectives and practice in formal report writing. Students will study the Edexcel GCSE Geography B course which uses both UK and global case studies as the primary examples. Students are able to study geography at Foundation or Higher level and this will be discussed with the teacher throughout the course. Unit 1 ? Dynamic Planet - Restless Earth - Climate and Change - Battle for the Biosphere - Water World - Coasts - Extreme Environments Unit 2 ? People and the Planet - Population Dynamics - Consuming Resources - Globalisation - Development Dilemmas - Changing settlements of the UK - Challenges of an urban world 38


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GCSE GEOGRAPHY

Unit 3 ? A Decision Making Exercise - This unit draws on content from units 1 & 2 as well as a student's general knowledge. Students will be presented with a resource booklet with a case study provided and will show their knowledge of geographical skills and content. Unit 4 ? Researching Geography ? Controlled assessment - Students complete a fieldwork investigation and report, based on a task related to a given theme e.g. river environments, city environments etc. The task topic is decided by the classroom teacher taking into account students' interests and needs. Assessment and Examination Unit 1 and 2 will be assessed through a 1 hour 15 minute, tiered examination. There will be a variety of question types, such as multiple-choice questions, short-answer, graphical and extended-answer questions. Unit 3 will be assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute, tiered examination and will contain a number of tasks in three questions. In both Foundation and Higher examinations there will be an incline of difficulty. The paper will begin with shorter, structured questions that test students? knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the geographical background and nature of the issue.

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I GCSE H I STORY

Overview An interesting and stimulating course for students who want to acquire knowledge and understanding of significant historical events, people, changes and issues. The course covers Historical topics from a variety of different regions and periods. There are also opportunities to develop a range of sought after transferable skills. Depth Studies Paper 1 ? students will study the following two topics: Group 1

Group 2

Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45

A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74

Historical Investigation and Breadth Study Paper 2 ? students will study the following topics: Historical Investigation

Breadth study in change

Russia in Revolution, 1914-24

Conflict, crisis and change: China, c1911-c1989

Assessment and Examination This is a full examination linear course with pupils sitting two exams at the end of the 2 year course. There will be no coursework. Both exams last one hour and one half hour each.

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