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Upper Wharfedale School

OPTIONS BOOKLET 2014—2016


Upper Wharfedale School Headteacher: Mr A Taylor Associate Headteacher: Miss S Sumner

Wharfeside Avenue Threshfield Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 5BS

Telephone: 01756 752215 Fax: 01756 752363 Email: admin@uws.n-

CHOOSING YOUR SUBJECTS FOR KEY STAGE 4 WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

OPTIONS EVENING

An Options Evening will take place on TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY for parents and Year 9 students. This evening should help to form some initial thoughts about possible choices of subjects for Years 10 and 11. Mr Pete Soroczan, Careers Advisor, will be available to discuss progression routes.

DISCUSSION

Every Year 9 student has access to their form tutor and is able to talk through the choices they have made. In addition, Mrs Mukherjee, or Mrs McLellan may discuss this and give guidance on both the amount and types of course they are choosing.

COMPLETE THE FORM

Having read this booklet, all Year 9 students are required to complete the form at the back and return them to Mrs North by WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY.

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Upper Wharfedale School Headteacher: Mr A Taylor Associate Headteacher: Miss S Sumner

Wharfeside Avenue Threshfield Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 5BS

Telephone: 01756 752215 Fax: 01756 752363 Email: admin@uws.n-

Dear Year 9 Student Until now you have taken the same subjects from year to year. Next year will be different. Next year you will be able to choose from a wide range of courses. The subjects you choose are listed in the booklet, but before you choose you should study the booklet and ask any questions that you have. You should ask your form tutor, subject teachers and Mrs Mukherjee. You will need to choose subjects that suit you because you will start preparing for your public exams and the subjects that you choose (and those that you leave out) may affect your future. It is often difficult to choose subjects and needs a lot of thought. You should:    

Know your likes and dislikes. Know how good you are in your present subjects (look at your recent reports) Look at the details of the course content in the booklet Discuss your ideas with other people. The more people the better really, but it is particularly important to consider your parents’ and teachers’ views.

WHICH SUBJECTS SHOULD YOU CHOOSE? There are several reasons why you may want to continue studying a subject. Do try to select a good balance of subjects rather than a range that is too narrow:   

You may be interested in it and therefore enjoy it. You may be good at it. You may need it for your career or course or future training.

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REMEMBER:  You can only take up to 2 BTEC subjects (this follows the Government’s guidelines).  Do not choose a subject because your friends have. Their abilities and interests may be

different to yours.  Do not let your like (or dislike) of a teacher influence your choice. Teachers may change during the next two years!  DO NOT PANIC! There are lots of people who are willing and able to help you. WHAT IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS ON THE COURSE? An optional subject can only run if there are enough people who want to do the course. On rare occasions there may be a few students who want to take combinations of subjects that cannot be timetabled. If this happens remember that some subjects can be taken more easily than others at a later date— for example on day-release courses or in evening classes. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER THE COURSE HAS STARTED? Changes of option choice once the course has started is very difficult and you will have a lot of catching up to do. It is much better if you make a wise choice now. Changes after the first half term will not be permitted. Good Luck and remember we are all here to help you. Mrs Mukherjee

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OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE Art & Design is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. Optional after school extension sessions also available. COURSE CONTENT Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including:  Drawing and painting  Mixed media  Sculpture  Land art  Installation  Printmaking  Lens-based and light based media  Video and photography (as available)

ART & DESIGN—FINE ART Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: AQA

ASSESSMENT  More than one extended unit of coursework for assessment—60%.  Externally assessed task (10 hours in a sustained period of 2 days.) Both the coursework and the externally set task are school assessed and moderated by the Exam Board.

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Levels in creative subjects  Art and design related courses in BTEC and creative media Diplomas.  Enhanced vocational and career pathways.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students are required to research and progress with sketchbook preparatory work as homework. EQUIPMENT Students will be required to buy sketchbooks from school and may want to provide additional materials in order to personalise their work and ideas.

What other students say about this course: “I like the creativity and the opportunities that doing Art provides.”

For further information about the Fine Art course please see Mr F Hayton

“There’s lot of equipment and facilities within the classroom.” “I want to do art in Sixth Form.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE Catering is taught in 1 x 3 hour and 1 x 2 hour lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT  Unit 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service.  Unit 2: Catering, food and the customer. Areas of study:  The industry—food and drink.  Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.  Health, safety and hygiene.  Food preparation, cooking and presentation.  Nutrition and menu planning,  Costing and portion control.  Specialist equipment.  Communication and record keeping.  Environment considerations.

CATERING Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: WJEC Course No: 4730

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Further education.  Hotel management training opportunities.  Hotel or tourism industries.

ASSESSMENT Two practical tasks, internally assessed and externally moderated including two written portfolios. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Although this course is very practically-based there is a lot of written work to be completed for the portfolios for the exams. There is the opportunity to go out on hotel visits during the course. Students will be required to bring ingredients once per fortnight.

What other students say about this course:

“I l like doing the practical lessons. The cooking is fun.” “Sometimes we are given the recipes and sometimes we choose our own.” For further information about the Catering course please see Mrs R Hindle

“There’s lots of working in pairs which is good.” “The catering course is mostly practical work but there is some writing to do.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY: GCSE Computing is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight over 2 years.

COURSE CONTENT. All Students will study the following units: Unit 1: Computer systems and programming. This unit covers the knowledge about computer systems on which the exam will be based.

Unit 2: Practical Investigation. An investigative computing task involving research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, and use of technical writing skills.

GCSE COMPUTING

Unit 3: Programming Project. This involves understanding programming techniques, being able to design a coded solution, creating a coded solution and testing the solution.

Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: OCR Course No: J275

ASSESSMENT Unit 1: Written exam (90 minutes) Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (20 hours) in the ICT classroom. Unit 3: Controlled Assessment (20 hours ) in the ICT classroom. The exam is weighted 40% and the controlled assessments 30% each. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. The programming software that the students will use is Python.

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level Computer Science  BTEC Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 3.  Apprenticeships/work

Please note that the students who opt to study this course will also undertake the BTEC ICT Core course as well.

What other students say about this course:

For further information about the GCSE Computing course please see Mrs L Baker

“ICT is different to other subjects because it is all practical work—it’s nice to have a change from theory lessons.” “Everyone needs ICT for a lot of things every day.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY Resistant Materials is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight.

COURSE CONTENT Year 10: Students will spend one term developing a range of practical skills and will be able to choose a specialism. Students then work in small groups to design and make a collaborative project. Students then work on an individual project of their own choice for the following two terms. Year 11: Terms 1 & 2: Controlled Assessment Task. Students design and make a project to a brief set by the exam board. Term 3: In the final term students prepare for the written examination.

ASSESSMENT  C.A.T. Design Folder: 30%. Practical Outcome 30%  Written examination: 40% The externally set task is school assessed and moderated by the Exam Board.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY RESISTANT MATERIALS Qualification: 1 GCSE Exam Board: WJEC Course No: 4110 FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level Product Design  Engineering  Apprenticeships (e.g. construction, joinery, cabinet making and agricultural machinery maintenance).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students will need to buy materials for their independent projects in Years 10 and 11. They will also need an A3 folder, which can be bought from school.

What other students say about the course:

“I enjoy making things so I really like the practical lessons.” For further information about the Resistant Materials course please see Mr A Marston

“I use the things I have learned in school when I am helping at home.” “Resistant Materials will be useful if I want to do an apprenticeship when I leave school.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY Systems and Control is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight.

COURSE CONTENT Year 10: Students will learn how to design and build electronic and mechanical systems to control outputs such as lights, speakers and motors. This will include both individual and group work and a range of projects starting with very simple ones to develop understanding. Students will have the opportunity to choose a project of their own to solve a practical problem that they have identified. Year 11: Terms 1 & 2: Controlled Assessment Task. Students independently design and make a product. The task is set by the Exam Board. Term 3: Exam preparation.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS & CONTROL Qualification: 1 GCSE Exam Board: WJEC Course No: 4120

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level Product Design  Engineering  Apprenticeships (e.g. construction, joinery, cabinet making and agricultural machinery maintenance).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This is a new course and offers exciting opportunities to develop skills much in demand beyond school. The course will support learning in Physics and Maths.

ASSESSMENT  Written exam: 40%  Controlled Assessment: 60% The externally set task is school assessed and moderated by the Exam Board.

For further information about the Resistant Materials course please see Mr A Marston


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY Drama is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT  Drama Exploration.  Exploring Play Texts.  Drama Performance. Students are given the opportunity to share work with others by:  Engaging in a range of drama activities.  Exploring a range of stimuli chosen across different times and cultures and make connections and comparisons.

ASSESSMENT  Combination of externally and internally assessed work (including a video which is a controlled assessment and documentary evidence.  Units 1 and 2—30% each of the total award.  Unit 3—40% of the total award.

DRAMA Qualification: 1 GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel Course No: 2DR01

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  GCE Drama and Theatre Studies  BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts (Acting)  14-19 Diploma in Creative Media (Level 3)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Some lessons are taken at the Octagon Theatre in Grassington.

What other students say about the course: “I like working together in groups.”

“We’ve been to see several productions during the course. I really liked the workshop we went to at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.” For further information about the Drama Course please see Mr N Sloan

“Nearly all the work is acting with just a bit of theory. We research and make up all our productions ourselves.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY French is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT Students will study four topics: using listening, speaking, reading and writing skills:  Lifestyle: Health, relationships and choices.  Leisure: Free time and the media, holidays.  Home and Environment: Home and local area, environment.  Work and Education: School/college and future plans, current and future jobs. ASSESSMENT  Listening (exam) - 20%  Reading (exam) - 20%  Writing (controlled assessment) - 30%  Speaking (controlled assessment) - 30% ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students gain a good understanding of another culture, and the skills gained make students with French more employable in a competitive job market. The Government is advising all student to learn a foreign language to GCSE Level to equip them for working in a global economy.

FRENCH Qualification: 1 GCSE Exam Board: AQA. Course No 4655

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Levels in Modern Foreign Languages  Enhanced career pathways, e.g., translation and interpreting.  Beneficial for careers in Personnel Management Retail, Business, ICT, Engineering, Hospitality, Banking and travel and tourism.

What other students say about the course:

“I like learning the language. It is always useful and is good on my CV.” “The teaching is discussion based and there is lots of conversation French , rather that just written work.” “French is a cool language to take. It is challenging but I enjoy it very much.”

For further information about the French Course please see Mr J Mitton


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE

DELIVERY GCSE Geography is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight.

COURSE CONTENT This popular course offers:  Engaging and topical content  A stimulating blend of traditional and contemporary Geography to suit students of all abilities  The study of physical and human Geography in discrete, self-contained areas  A focus on physical processes and factors that produce diverse and dynamic landscapes over time

ASSESSMENT  75% written exam (2 exam papers each 1 hour 30 minutes).  25% coursework.

GEOGRAPHY Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: AQA Course No: A9030 FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Leisure travel and tourism.  Educational and professional services.  Information services.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The coursework is based on the impact of tourism in and around Malham.

What other students say about this course:

For further information about the Geography course please see Mr A Jackson

“Geography is fun and it is easy to understand.” “I prefer human Geography—learning about the population” “I like learning about volcanoes and rock formations.” “Geography is a mixture of learning activities “I’m really looking forward to the field trip to Malham.” “Sometimes I use Geography in other situations. When we were at Bewerley Park I saw something and recognised it as subsidence from my Geography lessons.” “It’s a rewarding subject , and teaches you a lot about the world .”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE Ancient History is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT  The Greeks at War 499 - 479BC: Persian Empire, Battle of Marathon, Xerxes and the second Persian invasions including the battle of Thermopylae.  Hannibal’s Invasion and Defeat 218-146BC: Rivalry between Rome and Carthage, Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps.  Women in Ancient Politics AD41-59: Agrippina the Younger and her influence on Roman politics, role of emperors, senators and the imperial court, lives of Agrippina, Claudius and Nero.  Controlled Assessment—Life and death in ancient Egypt.

ASSESSMENT  75% written exam (3 exams)  25% controlled assessment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION History students always have priority to go on the international educational visits to Italy and Poland.

For further information about the History course please see Mr J Mitton

ANCIENT HISTORY Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: OCR Course No: J051

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level Ancient History, History, archaeology.  With further training or study students go into careers such as journalism, museum curatorship, archaeology, teaching, librarianship.

What other students say about this course: “It’s a really interesting course and really well taught.” “An amazing trip to Italy! The trip to Pompeii was the best bit.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE History is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT  History of medicine and surgery from the earliest prehistoric times where people drilled holes in their heads to relieve headaches, to Victorian times when operations were carried out without anaesthetics.  The History of Germany 1918—1945, charting the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party and covering life in Nazi Germany, World War II and the Holocaust.

HISTORY ASSESSMENT  75% written exam (2 exams)  25% controlled assessment.* *In previous years this has been about the problems in Northern Ireland and students visited Belfast as part of their coursework.

Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: OCR Course No: J415 FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level.  With further training or study students go into careers such as Historian, Archaeology, Anthropology Museum Curatorship, Journalism Librarianship.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students will have the opportunity to make several fascinating visits to experience hands -on history:  Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds  Overseas visits to Poland and Italy.

What other students say about this course:

“I enjoy History very much—I’m learning a lot about a wide variety of things.”

“We are learning about up the uprising of the Nazi party—and I find the politics side of it very interesting.” “I am looking forward to the Northern Ireland trip.” “The topics are good and there are a good variety of For further information about the History course please see Mr J Mitton

topics to choose from for the coursework.” “I chose it because I thought it would challenge me—it does and it is very rewarding.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE Music is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT  Solo and Ensemble Performance  Composing Music  Music History Exploration. AREAS OF STUDY  Western Classical Music 1600—1899  Music in the 20th Century  Popular Music in Context  World Music ASSESSMENT  Performance (Solo and Ensemble) - 30%  Composition (2 separate pieces) - 30%  Written exam (90 minutes) - 40% The Performance and Composition modules are school assessed and moderated by the Exam Board.

MUSIC Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: Edexcel Course No: 2MU01

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Levels in Music, Music Technology, Performing Arts  University Degree.  Careers in performance off and on stage.  Composition and performance of music.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students will enhance their learning with visits to Musicals and Concerts. Students are encouraged to participate in School Shows and Plays to engage them in a range of musical activities and to offer them performance opportunities.

What other students say about this course: “I chose music because I have grown up with it and I want to study it at a College or University.” For further information about the Music course please see Miss B Kidd

“I have found music interesting—particularly the practical side.”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY GCSE Physical Education is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight. There are three theory lessons and two practical lessons each fortnight. COURSE CONTENT Students study a range of topics including:  Circulatory System  Respiratory System  Muscular System  Skeletal System  Sports Injuries  Diet  Methods of Training  Components of Fitness  Principles of Training  Reasons for Taking Part in Physical Activity  Practical Sport. ASSESSMENT  40% written exam  60% practical, externally assessed, performance. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Senior students, with Governing Body awards, are encouraged to help with the coaching of teams and organising extra-curricular activities both at lunchtime and after school. They will play in, and help with, the House Sports Competition.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: Edexcel

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Level P.E.  BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award in Sport.  Advanced VCE in Leisure and Recreation.  Careers opportunities in Sports and Leisure Centres and Outdoor Activities Centres.

What other students say about this course:

“P.E. teaches us teamwork skills.” “It’s competitive but fun.” For further information about the Physical Education course please see Mr B Richardson

“”There is quite a lot of theory work but it is interesting..”


OPTIONAL GCSE COURSE DELIVERY The separate science courses are taught by two teachers during Years 9, 10 and 11 . There is the option of after school extension sessions. COURSE CONTENT Physics:

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The Earth and the Universe

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Air Quality

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You and Your Genes

Radiation and Life Sustainable Energy Explaining Motion Electric Circuits Radioactive Materials

Studying the Universe Chemistry: Material Choices

SEPARATE SCIENCES PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY

Chemicals in our Life: Risks and Benefits Chemical Patterns Chemicals of the Natural Environment

Qualification: 3 GCSEs

Chemical Synthesis

Exam Board: OCR Course Numbers: J245 / J244 / J243

Chemistry for a sustainable world Biology: Keeping Healthy Life on Earth The Processes of Life

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Science A Levels.  University Degree.

Growth and Development Brain and Mind Further Biology

ASSESSMENT (for each separate subject)  75% written examination  25% controlled assessment ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students will not study this course if they choose Science A / Additional Science A.

What other students say about the course: “I chose separate sciences because I would like to become a Midwife and I definitely need Biology to do that.”

For further information about the Separate Science Subjects please see Mr H Barton

“I like the fact that if I will still get two GCSE’s even if I am not particularly good at the other one and it will not pull my grades down for the whole Science subject.”


OPTIONAL BTEC COURSE

DELIVERY BTEC Business Studies is taught in 5 lessons per fortnight over two years.

COURSE CONTENT Core Units (mandatory):  Enterprise in the Business World  Finance for Business Optional Units:  Promoting a Brand  Principles of Customer Service  Sales and Personal Selling  Introducing Retail Business  Providing Business Support  Recruitment, Selection and Employment. ASSESSMENT  25% online exam.  75% coursework.

BUSINESS STUDIES BTEC Level 2 : First Award (equivalent to 1GCSE) Examination Board: Edexcel Course No: BPG07

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Business Management  Marketing  Promotions  Employment  Online Businesses.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. During the course students visit a variety of businesses in Skipton and Leeds to compare different types of business. Students are expected to wear “office wear” at certain times of the course, e.g. presentations. A medium to high level of mathematical skills needed for the unit on finance.

What other students say about this course:

“Business Studies opens up other opportunities.”

For further information about the Business Studies course please see Mr A Jackson

“The assessments are very varied and the projects are more creative—you can use art and drama in them. “There is the opportunity to study it further when I leave school.” “It teaches skills that we use in everyday day life, such as confidence building.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY GCSE English, English Language and English Literature are taught in 7 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT As well as testing:  Reading  Writing  Speaking and Listening

Students also study:  Contemporary Prose  Different Cultures Prose  English Heritage Drama  Literary Heritage Poetry  Shakespeare  Spoken Language Study

ENGLISH ENGLSH LANGUAGE—Qualification 1 GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE—Qualification 1GCSE ENGLISH—Qualification 1 GCSE Exam Board: WJEC

ASSESSMENT  ENGLISH –40% exam and 60% controlled assessment.  ENGLISH LANGUAGE— 40% exam and 60% controlled assessment  ENGLISH LITERATURE—75% exam and 25% controlled assessment.

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Post 16 courses.  A Level.  Job / work based learning opportunities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Depending on ability, students will follow either  English. Or  English Language and English Literature.

What other students say about the course:

“I love English because there is something for everyone. English, English Language and English Literature.” “ I like reading ‘Of Mice and Men’. “

For further information about the English Courses please see Miss C Barber

“We get to go on a theatre trip to see ‘An Inspector Calls’ - and we can put the book into context.” “I want to study A Level English so that I can train to be a teacher.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY Information and Creative Technology is taught in 2 lessons per fortnight and is compulsory for all Key Stage 4 students. COURSE CONTENT All students will study the following four units for the BTEC First Award qualification:  The Online World.  A Digital Portfolio  Creating Digital Graphics ASSESSMENT  75% coursework  25% on line exam. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Each of the three coursework units is composed of a set of tasks. Each task is written within a vocational scenario.

INFORMATION & CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY BTEC Level 2 First Award (equivalent to 1 GCSE) Exam Board: Edexcel Course No: BPG08

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  A Levels  BTEC Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 3.  Apprenticeships and work.

What other students say about the course: For further information about the ICT course please see Mrs L Baker

“ICT is different to other subjects because it is all practical

work—it’s nice to have a change from theory lessons.” “Everyone needs ICT for a lot of things every day.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY GCSE Maths is taught in 7 lessons per fortnight. COURSE CONTENT Students look at topics involving:  Numbers  Algebra  Shape  Space  Measure  Handling Data Students must also use and apply mathematics to solve problems in everyday life. ASSESSMENT  2 written exams—1 hour 45 minutes each.  There is no coursework requirement.

MATHEMATICS Qualification: 1 GCSE Examination Board: Edexcel Course No: 1MA0

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Post 16 courses.  A Level.  Job/work based learning opportunities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION There are two tiers of entry: Higher Tier gives access to grades A* - D Foundation Tier covers grades C—G.

What other students say about this course:

“I like working out numbers and figures and solving problems.” “Maths is useful every day and in all subjects—and we need to have a good grade at GCSE.”

For further information about the Maths course please see Mr K Brown

“Maths is enjoyable to learn and the revision is good—the teachers give you a lot of support.” “Maths can be a mixture of subjects too—we sometimes use ICT in our homework.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY Physical Education is taught in 4 lessons per fortnight . The course is mostly practical with leadership elements and is compulsory for all Key Stage 4 COURSE CONTENT Students are encouraged to:  Develop better individual performance  Increase tactical awareness  Learn to coach and referee.  Improve standards and understanding of the factors that affect health and fitness.  Undertake an In-house Leadership Assessment.  Develop independent learning preparing students for lifelong participation.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

ASSESSMENT  Assessed by teaching staff at the end of each module  Awarded a National Curriculum level and an Attitude to Learning level at regular intervals. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Senior students, with Governing Body awards, are encouraged with the coaching of teams and organising extra-curricular activities both at lunchtime and after school. They will play in, and help with, the House Sports Competition.

What other students say about the course: “Everyone works together and enjoys it.”

“Football is good, being outside on the field.” “We occasionally play different sports such as Handball and Basket ball where all the boys and girls play together.” For further information about the Physical Education Course please see Mr B Richardson

“You can choose your own sport and we work alongside friends.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY GCSE Religious Studies is taught in 2 lessosn per fortnight.

COURSE CONTENT Religion and Life—Unit 1  Belief in God  Matters of Life and Death  Marriage and the Family  Religion and Community Cohesion

RELIGIOUS STUDIES Qualification 1 Short Course GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel Course Number: 5RS01

ASSESSMENT  1 exam (90 minutes duration).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Religious Studies enables students to think independently about religious and moral issues, about themselves, their lives and the issues they will face when they leave school and go into a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society. Students gain an understanding of:  Other people’s beliefs  The nature of the Society we live in and the big  issues in life which generate debate.  What causes prejudice, hatred and violence.

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES.  A Level Religious Studies, History, English and Social Sciences (Law, Sociology and Psychology).  With further training or study, students go into careers such as teaching, health and  social care and volunteering.

What other students say about the course:

“I think it’s really important to learn about people’s beliefs as it helps prevent racism. It gives us the opportunity to have an understanding of different beliefs that people have.”

“I have particularly enjoyed learning about life after death, as I think it’s a really interesting unit in R.E. to discuss different viewpoints on whether there is an afterlife.” For further information about the Religious Studies course please see Miss N Khan.

I’ve enjoyed learning about how the media (such as celebrities and TV programmes) impact on a person’s belief in God.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY BTEC Science is taught during the normal school day in Years 9, 10 and 11 by two teachers. COURSE CONTENT. BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied Science:  Principles of Science  Chemistry and our Earth  Energy and our Universe  Biology and our Environment BTEC    

First Award in application of Applied Science: Application of Chemical Substances Application of Physical Science. Health Applications of Life Science. Scientific Skills

ASSESSMENT (for each award) 75% of the units are internally assessed. 25% of the units are externally assessed by written exam.

SCIENCE BTEC level 2 (equivalent to 1 x GCSE’s) Examination Board: Edexcel Course No:

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  BTEC National Level 3 in Applied Science.

PLEASE NOTE: Progression onto A-Level ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Students will not study this course if they choose Separate Sciences.

Science or Primary Teaching is not possible following BTEC Science. If this is your intended career route please discuss with Mr H Barton

A decision will be made at the end of Year 9 which students will be offered the BTEC Science course and which will study Twenty First Century Science. Text books and revision books will be available to order from school in September to support the course.

What other students say about this course:

“The work is very useful in everyday life and I love the practical lessons.” “I like researching online.” For further information about the BTEC Applied Science course please see Mr H Barton

“I like it because the work is all coursework and I find that suits me better than exams.”


CORE CURRICULUM DELIVERY Science is taught by 2 teachers in 8 lessons per fortnight. There are optional after school extension sessions. COURSE CONTENT Science A (Core Science):  You and your Genes  Keeping Healthy  Life on Earth  Air Quality  Material Choices  Chemicals in our lives; Risks and Benefits  The Earth and the Universe  Radiation and Life  Sustainable Energy Additional Science A:  The Processes of Life  Growth and Development  Brain and Mind  Chemical Patterns  Chemicals of the Natural Environment]  Chemical Synthesis  Explaining Motion  Electric Circuits  Radioactive Materials

21st Century SCIENCE Science A, Additional Science A: Qualification: 2 GCSEs Exam Board: OCR Course Numbers: J241 and J242 FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES  Science A Levels.  University Degree.

ASSESSMENT (for each separate subject)  75% written examination  25% controlled assessment ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students will not study this course if they choose Separate Sciences. A decision will be made at the end of Year 9 which students will be offered the BTEC Science course and which will study 21st Century Science.

What other students say about the course:

“I want to become a nurse so I will be needing a good grade in Science.” For further information about the 21st Century Science courses please see Mr H Barton

“When we have double lessons we have say one lesson of Physics and one of Chemistry, which is much more interesting than doing one subject in one term and another subject the next.”


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YEAR 10 AND 11 CHOICES 2014—2016

Please choose 4 options. One from Column A plus a reserve and three from Column B plus two reserves.

NAME ………………………………………………………………… FORM ………………………………. COLUMN A

COLUMN B

All students to choose 1 plus a reserve

All students to choose 3 plus two reserves

GCSE Computer Science

BTEC Business

GCSE Geography

GCSE Drama

GCSE Separate Sciences

GCSE Catering

GCSE History

GCSE Music

GCSE French

GCSE Physical Education GCSE Art & Design GCSE Resistant Materials

CORE CURRICULUM All students study the following:

GCSE Geography

English

Maths

Science (core & additional or BTEC)

Physical Education

BTEC ICT

PSRE (including Citizenship)

GCSE Ancient History

GCSE French GCSE Systems and Communications

This form must be returned to Mrs North by WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY Late returns will be given lower priority if courses become full.

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Options booklet 2014 2016