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GCSE OPTIONS

2021 - 2023

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INTRODUCTION

THE CHOICE With eighteen GCSE options available, Frensham students have the opportunity to study a wide breadth of subjects. We pride ourselves on our unique offering where all subjects, academic and creative, are considered equal.

CORE SUBJECTS Frensham students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science: Trilogy (three strands leading to two GCSEs). In addition, we recommend all students choose one Creative or Performing Arts subject, one Humanity and one Modern Language to create their own broad curriculum.

OPTION SUBJECTS When choosing which Option Subjects to take, we are here to help. Your first point of call should be your subject teachers, they will explain their GCSE course in detail to you. Your form tutor will also always be available to talk to about your interests. You and your parents will also have the opportunity to discuss choices with your subject teachers at the GCSE Information Evening and Parents’ Evening. Our option blocks are built each year based on student choices therefore, they differ every year. This gives us a much greater flexibility to make sure that you can create your own curriculum. 2

I am delighted to be introducing you to the next phase of your academic journey. Here at Frensham we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of subjects to ensure that you can create your own unique broad curriculum. My advice to you when thinking about GCSEs is to opt for subjects that inspire you. It is important that you enjoy the next two years, and this will be much easier if you have chosen subjects to study that you enjoy. If you need guidance and support, please speak to your subject teachers and your tutor and they will guide you with your choices. Good luck as you begin this decision-making process, it is a very exciting time! Laura Griffiths Deputy Head (Academic) dhlaura@frensham.org


Most of you will know where your interests lie but probably few of you will yet know exactly what career you want to follow or what you might want to study if you go on to further education. Our general advice is therefore to keep as many doors open as possible by keeping as broad a subject base as is practical.

GCSE GRADES AND UNIVERSITY One thing to bear in mind is that universities do not specify certain GCSE subjects to be studied. This is because, irrespective of whether your GCSE subjects are related to your degree course, they are taken as an indication of both your commitment and overall ability. PE, Games, Outdoor Education, PRE and PSHE will continue to be an integral part of your curriculum at Frensham. PSHE will take the format of a series of short courses throughout Years 10 and 11.

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YOUR FUTURE In the latter part of Year 10, you will fill in an interest questionnaire and take a series of aptitude tests. Specialist advisors will then thoroughly review these so that you can start to think about how your A Level choices could tie in to your interests, aptitudes and abilities. You will also be offered the opportunity to participate in our work experience programme - a really valuable experience of the working world. In the Sixth Form, you will have another opportunity to discuss your developing careers aspirations along with a wide range of careers lessons, activities and experiences.

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CONTENTS CORE SUBJECTS English Language

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English Literature

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Mathematics

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Science Trilogy

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SUBJECT CHOICES Business Studies

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Computer Science

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Creative Arts Fine Art Graphic Communication 3D Design (DT)

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Dance

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Drama

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Geography

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History

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Modern Foreign Languages French German Spanish

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Music

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Photography

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Physical Education

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Religious Studies (PRE)

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Separate Sciences

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FAQs

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Options Guide

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE? This is a compulsory GCSE.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: This course enables students to: • Read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding. • Read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing. • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately. • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately. • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. • Listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively. Spoken language will be reported as a separate grade on the student’s certificate. 6

ASSESSMENT: Students are assessed entirely through examination at the end of the course. They will take two written papers – one entitled Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1 hour 45 mins) and one called Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives (1 hour 45 mins). Both papers are unseen. A spoken language assessment will be undertaken during the course and internally marked.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? By studying language in depth, you will develop critical awareness and gain invaluable skills for your future working life – vital communication, analytical and critical skills. You will also learn how to write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately and develop your use of vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling.


ENGLISH LITERATURE Board: Pearson Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR ENGLISH LITERATURE? This is a compulsory GCSE.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: The aims and objectives of the GCSE English Literature course are to enable students to: • Read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading. • Read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas. • Develop the habit of reading widely and often. • Appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage. • Write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English. • Acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology, and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read. Students study a Shakespeare play, a play or novel (post 1914), a Nineteenth Century text and a poetry anthology.

ASSESSMENT: The course is assessed by examination only. One paper is entitled Shakespeare and post 1914-Literature (1 hour 45 mins) and the other paper is entitled Nineteenth Century and Poetry since 1789 (2 hours 15 mins.) Each paper is equally weighted

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Studying English Literature opens up a world of inspiration and creativity, while also developing skills that are essential for today’s global environment. It is a chance to discover how literature makes sense of the world through stories, poems, novels and plays. You will articulate your knowledge and understanding of texts and historical context. The skills you will acquire are: independent working, time management and organisation. You will become more autonomous because of your planning and researching written work. Your confidence should increase and your presentation skills should develop through team working and participating in discussions and presentations.

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MATHEMATICS

Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR MATHEMATICS?

recommended for those students planning to study Maths at A Level.

This is a compulsory GCSE.

ASSESSMENT:

BRIEF OVERVIEW: The students will either sit the Higher Tier examination (graded from 9 down to 4) or the Foundation Tier examination (graded from 5 down to 1). This decision will be based on their ability to access the higher level problem-solving content in the new GCSE specification. It is worth noting that grades 4 and 5 in the Foundation Tier are equivalent to grades 4 and 5 in the Higher Tier. The main content is as follows: • Number • Algebra • Ratio, proportion and rates of change • Geometry and measures • Probability • Statistics We are now offering the FSMQ Additional Maths as an additional qualification to strong candidates in Year 11. This is an introduction to A Level content with an exam at the end of Year 11, graded A-E. It is worth UCAS points and is highly 8

There are 3 papers of 80 marks each; the first is a non-calculator paper and the next two are calculator. All content can be assessed on any of the three question papers. As such, some questions will draw together elements of mathematics from different topic areas.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? The subject content, aims and learning outcomes, and assessment objectives sections of this specification set out the knowledge, skills and understanding common to all GCSE Mathematics exams. The AQA GCSE Mathematics specification’s main aim is that all students will develop confidence and competence with the mathematical content in their particular tier of study so they can apply this knowledge and understanding to solve problems.


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COMBINED SCIENCE: TRILOGY Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR SCIENCE:TRILOGY? This is a compulsory GCSE.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: All students who undertake Combined Science: Trilogy study all three science disciplines at GCSE level – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science is a set of ideas about the material world. Included in the course are all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification supports you in building a deep understanding of science. We know this will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models. GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) is a double GCSE taken by the majority of students. It builds on the Key Stage 3 curriculum and covers the National Curriculum 10

Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 4. It encourages students to explore, explain, theorise and model in science and develops a critical approach to scientific evidence. GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) is taught as 3 subjects: BIOLOGY: 1) Cell biology 2) Organisation 3) Infection and response 4) Bioenergetics 5) Homeostasis and response 6) Inheritance, variation and evolution 7) Ecology CHEMISTRY: 1) Atomic structure and the periodic table 2) Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 3) Quantitative chemistry 4) Chemical changes 5) Energy changes 6) The rate and extent of chemical change 7) Organic chemistry 8) Chemical analysis 9) Chemistry of the atmosphere 10) Using resources PHYSICS: 1) Energy 2) Electricity 3) Particle model of matter 4) Atomic structure 5) Forces 6) Waves 7) Magnetism and electromagnetism


ASSESSMENT: The Combined Science GCSE is examined by six 1 hour 15 min written exams, each of which is worth 16.7%. There are two exams on each subject Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students will either sit the Higher Tier examination (graded from 9-4), or the Foundation Tier examination (graded from 5-1). This decision will be based on their ability to access the higher problem solving, maths skills and scientific language needed for the examinations. There are 21 required practicals that are delivered throughout the course. There will be questions relating to these practicals on the written exam papers.

HOW WILL GCSE THIS HELP ME IN THE FUTURE: GCSE Core Science gives you a good grounding in Science. Success in Combined Science can provide access to A Level Science courses, including Applied Science and Psychology. In the long term, if you decide to pursue your scientific studies, it can lead to an almost limitless number of job opportunities. Highly qualified scientists are very much in demand and their skills are required in many jobs. Skills acquired: understanding of the effects of Science on society; knowledge of the material, physical and living worlds; how to use hypothesis and evidence to understand Science; observational, enquiry and problem-solving skills; skills in communication, mathematics and technology

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BUSINESS STUDIES

Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR BUSINESS STUDIES? The GCSE Business Studies syllabus develops students’ understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors and the importance of innovation and change. Students learn how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decisionmaking are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence. The department creates practical learning experiences in the subject, putting theory to the test through real-world experimentation and practice for the creation, development and promotion of business.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: 1. BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH IT OPERATES: Business Activity, The Business Organisation, Changing Business Environment and Economic Environment. 2. BUSINESS STRUCTURE, ORGANISATION AND CONTROL: Ownership and Internal Organisation, Relationship between Objectives, Growth and Business Organisation, Types of Business Organisation, Control and Responsibility, Limited and Unlimited Liability, Internal and External Communication. 3. FINANCING BUSINESS ACTIVITY: Use of Funds, Short and Long term Financing needs, Sources of Internal and External Funds, Factors affecting the methods of Finance chosen. 4. BUSINESS ACTIVITY TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES – MARKETING: Marketing Research, Purpose and Methods, Marketing Mix and the 4Ps, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Budget.

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5. BUSINESS ACTIVITY TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES – PRODUCTION:

ASSESSMENT:

Methods of Production, Scale of Production, Lean Production, Costs and Cost Classification, Break Even, Quality Control and Location Decisions.

Paper 1: Short-answer questions and structured/data response questions. 50% of total marks.

6. BUSINESS ACTIVITY TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES – FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND DECISION-MAKING: Cash and Cash Flow Forecasts, Income Statements, Statements of Financial Position, Budgeting, Uses of Accounting. 7. PEOPLE IN BUSINESS: Human Needs and Rewards, Manpower Planning, Methods of Financial and Non-financial Rewards, Management Style and Motivation Methods, Recruitment and Selection, Training Methods, Dismissal and Redundancy.

Paper 2: Questions arising from a given case study (not prereleased). 50% of total marks.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Through their studies, students not only learn about business concepts and techniques but also enhance related skills such as numeracy and enquiry. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at A Level and an ideal preparation for the world of work.

8. REGULATING AND CONTROLLING BUSINESS ACTIVITY: Influences on Business Activity, Location Decisions, Workforce and the Working Environment, Heath and Safety, Employment Law, Consumer Needs, External Costs and Benefits, Exchange Rates and Business Cycle. 13


COMPUTER SCIENCE

Board: OCR Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE? Computer Science teaches students to break down problems effectively, think logically, solve complex problems, and learn through exploration. Computer Science is a modern, fascinating subject. The world depends on computers. In this GCSE you will learn about how computers work, the networks they use and how programming can create solutions to everyday problems and future challenges.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: COMPONENT 01: COMPUTER SYSTEMS Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

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COMPONENT 02: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators. PRACTICAL PROGRAMMING Students are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular Component 02.

ASSESSMENT: GCSE Computer Science is now assessed through two written examinations. Each exam is worth 50%. Programming is a core skill which continues to be a focal point of our updated GCSE. Candidates are required to develop programming skills as part of the GCSE. These skills will reinforce


and support access to the content in the GCSE written examinations. Learning is delivered through a creative blend of practical and theoretical lessons. Students are given the opportunity to develop practical programming skills, and also develop vital understanding across a range of relevant computer science topics. The written examinations are undertaken in the final year of the course.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? GCSE Computer Science is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing. It’s designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st century. This qualification was designed in partnership with companies, organisations, academics and teachers to shape and develop this contemporary qualification. The GCSE gives students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and Russell Group universities.

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CREATIVE ARTS: FINE ART Board: Eduqas Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR FINE ART? The GCSE Fine Art course is designed to stimulate and challenge participants. Students will develop their conceptual and imaginative approach to making art, underpinned by practical making skills relevant to a diverse range of processes, employing a wide variety of materials and techniques. A productive and purposeful engagement with the work of other artists, and broader contextual references and sources of inspiration, is key to developing a participant’s own work and ideas. A willingness to approach the course with an open and enquiring mind is crucial. Responding to a sense of personal challenge informed by the ambition to make an individual and meaningful body of work is central to the course. We particularly value the creation of a positive and mutually supportive group dynamic.

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BRIEF OVERVIEW: This title is defined as that aspect of art, craft and design where work is developed primarily for aesthetic, intellectual or purely conceptual purposes rather than for purposes that have a necessarily practical function. Areas of study include: • Drawing • Painting • Mixed media • Sculpture • Printing • Lens and light-based media including digital imaging • Installation Work is not limited to one area of study. COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO 60% OF QUALIFICATION This component comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.


Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student.

ASSESSMENT:

Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT 40% OF QUALIFICATION: The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts: Part 1: Preparatory study period This component will consist of a selected assignment based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, set by Eduqas and presented to students at the start of the preparatory study period. The starting point (or question) selected by the student will inform a personal, creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work. The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work

Component 1: Portfolio 60%

The Externally Set Assignment will be set by Eduqas, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives: AO1 Critical understanding AO2 Creative making AO3 Reflective recording AO4 Personal presentation.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? This GCSE will provide an excellent platform for further study of Fine Art at Advanced level, or other similar creative design orientated A level courses. Progression beyond A Level can involve a one year Art & Design Foundation Diploma, which in turn leads to Higher education degree level study and a career within the creative industries sector. cont.

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CREATIVE ARTS: GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION Board: Eduqas Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION? Graphic Communication may be defined as the process by which information and ideas are communicated through the use of images, symbols, colours, shapes, patterns and typography. This GCSE course will enable participants to develop conceptual and technical skills using a variety of media and processes, both digital and hand crafted. Boundaries between related graphic processes are becoming increasingly blurred but aspects, such as advertising, packaging design, print based promotional design and illustration, typography or branding provide an indication of the types of projects and design briefs that may be completed. Posters, brochures, flyers, T-shirts, CD/DVD sleeves, book covers, magazine spreads, calendars, stamps, packaging, publicity materials, vehicle livery, billboards, advertising, logos, branding, corporate identity, and three dimensional point-of-sale and exhibition design represent 18

some of the range of product outcomes that may be produced. A productive and purposeful engagement with the work of other designers, illustrators and artists, alongside broader contextual references and sources of inspiration, is key to developing a student’s own work. A willingness to approach the course with an open and enquiring mind is crucial. We particularly value the creation of a positive and mutually supportive group dynamic in lessons. Although flexible in delivery, 2 of 3 lessons will be timetabled in the specialist Mac Suite.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: This title is defined as the process of creating primarily visual material to convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of graphic elements such as colour, line, shape, pattern, image, typography and photography. Projects and design briefs are largely in the context of design for print.


Areas of study include: • Advertising • Package design • Communication graphics • Typography • Illustration Work is not limited to one area of study. COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO 60% OF QUALIFICATION: This component comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student.

COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT 40% OF QUALIFICATION: The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts: Part 1: Preparatory study period This component will consist of a selected assignment based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, set by Eduqas and presented to students at the start of the preparatory study period. The starting point (or question) selected by the student will inform a personal, creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work. The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work.

Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives.

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CREATIVE ARTS: GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION CONT. ASSESSMENT: Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. Component 1: Portfolio 60% Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40% The Externally Set Assignment will be set by Eduqas, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives: AO1 Critical understanding AO2 Creative making AO3 Reflective recording AO4 Personal presentation.

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HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? This GCSE will provide an excellent platform for further study of Graphic Communication at Advanced Level, or other similar creative design orientated A Level courses. Progression beyond A Level can involve a one year Art & Design Foundation Diploma, which in turn leads to Higher education degree level study and a career within the creative industries sector.


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CREATIVE ARTS: 3D DESIGN Board: Eduqas Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR 3D DESIGN? You should opt for 3D Design because you have the freedom to express your ideas and thoughts into practical investigations and products. The course is wide and varied and you’ll learn new skills in sketching, computer aided design and manufacture, the use of tools and machinery and delve into the history of past designers and makers. If you like to research the work of others, sketch your designs and experiment with a range of materials and processes then this is the course for you!

BRIEF OVERVIEW: This title is defined as the design, prototyping and modelling or making of primarily functional and aesthetic consumer products, objects, and environments. Areas of study include: • Product Design • Lighting Design • Furniture Design • Jewellery Design Work is not limited to one area of study.

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ASSESSMENT: COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO 60%: This component comprises a major practical portfolio based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives. COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT 40%: The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts: Part 1: Preparatory study period Externally Set Assignment materials set by Eduqas will consist of assignments based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, which are to be presented to the student at the start of the preparatory study period. One of the assignments is to be selected by the student and used as a starting point from which to


elicit a personal, creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work. The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. The Externally Set Assignment will be set by Eduqas, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives: AO1 Critical understanding AO2 Creative making AO3 Reflective recording AO4 Personal presentation. WRITTEN WORK: There is a requirement for students to record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements, not only in visual terms but also through written annotation. Students may wish to provide more substantial

statements in support of their working processes. The context and form of such writing will be determined by what the student wishes to communicate or express. Throughout the course students should be encouraged to appreciate the value of annotation and understand how, when allied to practical investigation, it can form an integral feature of the creative process. Both written and practical responses should be purposefully integrated, should complement each other, and will be assessed holistically.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? This course is highly regarded by universities as an excellent foundation for A Level and degree study in any design field. However, it is particularly useful to those of you considering architecture, engineering, furniture design, interior design, theatre design, industrial and product design.

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DANCE

Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR DANCE? Students who are interested in taking GCSE Dance should enjoy expressing themselves through movement and though the course is geared towards those with some dance experience, we invite anyone who has passion and is willing to work hard.

GCSE dance connects and utilises the knowledge and skills of an array of other subjects such as PE, Music, Drama, Art, Design, History, Science and Mathematics. The Dance GCSE has two components. The course is linear, so all written and performance assessment will take place at the end of the course.

Students who have a strong interest and are willing to apply themselves can achieve good scores but those that are taking outside dance lessons are the ones that usually access the highest marks.

ASSESSMENT:

BRIEF OVERVIEW:

UNIT 1: PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

GCSE Dance challenges students to express themselves effectively and creatively.

This unit is internally marked and externally moderated.

Through the course, students learn skills and techniques that develop the strength and confidence required to tackle creative problems, pursue goals and present themselves in front of others. It allows student to formulate their thoughts, feelings and perceptions into expressive pieces that can communicate both literal and abstract ideas.

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The development of these skills is valuable in our evolving world and can be applied to most any career path.

Performance (30%) This involves a solo performance lasting approximately 1 minute and a duet or trio performance lasting 3.5 minutes. Choreography (30%) Candidates will be asked to create a solo lasting 2 to 2.5 minutes or to choreograph a group performance for 2 to 5 dancers lasting 3 to 3.5 minutes.


UNIT 2: DANCE APPRECIATION (40%) This unit covers a written exam lasting 1.5 hours. Candidates will be assessed in their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes, performing skills and critical appreciation.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? GCSE teaches students physical and mental skills that can be utilised in any university or career path. It develops creative thinking, problem solving, the ability to organise and structure ideas, teamwork, analysis, nonverbal communication and an eye for visuals that demand attention. These skills are used in the Performing Arts, Design, Advertising, Arts management, Teaching, Team building, Personal trainer, Sports, Talent agent, Theatre director, Events management and much more. It also builds personal confidence and resilience which allows young people to stand out in a competitive and changing world.

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DRAMA

Board: Eduqas Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR DRAMA? Drama GCSE is suited to students who enjoy working as part of a creative team and can be an ideal subject choice for anyone interested in a career in the Performing Arts as well as those who want to keep drama and theatre as an interest. It is also ideal for those wishing to develop skills in team work, creativity, public speaking or leadership. An enquiring mind and an enjoyment of live performance is essential!

BRIEF OVERVIEW: Drama GCSE aims to develop students’ creativity, personal growth, self confidence, communication and analytical ability. This is achieved through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It provides the opportunity for students to develop their skills as performers, devisers, directors or designers, to attend professional theatre performances and to become informed and thoughtful audience members.

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ASSESSMENT: COMPONENT 1: DEVISING THEATRE (40%) 1. Devising: Candidates devise a piece of theatre in response to one of four stimuli supplied (eg a quotation, a song, a picture or a concept/statement). They may choose either performance or a theatre design skill (lighting, sound, set design or costume design). Candidates must produce a portfolio that demonstrates the research, creation and development of ideas. 2. Realising: Candidates realise their piece of theatre, the length of which is determined by the number of actors in each group. 3. Evaluating: Candidates evaluate the final performance or design under supervised conditions. COMPONENT 2: PERFORMANCE FROM A TEXT (20%) This unit is externally assessed by a visiting examiner. Candidates will work in small groups and will be assessed on either their acting or a theatre design skill in a section from a published play.


COMPONENT 3: INTERPRETING THEATRE (40%) This unit is externally assessed as a 1.5 hour written paper. Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and through responding to productions, which they will see as part of their course.

gain in confidence. This is an effective foundation for any career that requires you to present or speak in public. The GCSE Drama course offers opportunities for you to explore and enjoy learning in a number of different ways, and this in turn can help support your study in other subjects. Whatever your future holds, studying GCSE Drama allows you to develop a toolkit of transferable skills.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Taking Drama as a GCSE subject will enable you to develop valuable skills which you will continue to use throughout your life, whether or not you choose to follow a career in the Performing Arts. Working creatively and collaboratively as part of a team is essential in Drama, and this will allow you to improve your communication and organisational skills, as well as your ability to compromise. You will develop your analytical and critical skills throughout your course, which will be a useful foundation for a number of careers. You will be given the opportunity to push yourself to perform or show your design to an audience, and will 27


GEOGRAPHY

Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR GEOGRAPHY? “The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” President Barack Obama Geography is about understanding the world’s people, places and environments. It illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What can be more important than that? Geography is not only up-todate and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study at GCSE level. So important, in fact, that the Guardian newspaper named Geography as a ‘must-have GCSE and A-Level’ to help you make sense of the world.

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BRIEF OVERVIEW: The content can be divided into 3 areas 1. LIVING WITH THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: Natural Hazards, Ecosystems including Rainforests and Extreme Environments, and Coasts and Rivers 2. CHALLENGES IN THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT: Urban Issues and Challenges including a study of London and Lagos, Changing Economic World, Natural Resources 3. GEOGRAPHICAL APPLICATIONS: Fieldwork and an Issue Evaluation, which contains a decision making exercise based on a pre-release resources booklet made available 12 weeks before the Unit 3 exam What skills will I develop? Almost too many to mention! There are so many ways of learning in Geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), digital technologies, map skills, interpreting photographs,


analysing articles, decision-making and debating. You will make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs. Your memory skills will also be boosted as you learn key memory techniques.

ASSESSMENT: There are three examinations at the end of Year 11: • Unit 1 (1hr 30mins) tests Physical Geography (3 topics) • Unit 2 (1hr 30mins) tests Human Geography (3 topics) • Unit 3 (1hr 15mins) tests Fieldwork and contains a Decision Making Exercise

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Geography helps to keep your options open. It is a subject that goes well with the Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Humanities, Languages and Arts. It is a subject which can be studied as a BA or BSC at university. Geography is very flexible in terms of what it can be combined with both at GCSE and A Level. The wide variety of skills gained in Geography will be useful to you after you leave school in whatever career direction you follow. These skills are highly sought after by sixth form, universities and employers.

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HISTORY Board: Pearson

Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR HISTORY? Naturally you will do better at the subjects that you find both interesting and enjoyable. If you have found aspects of your History lessons in Years 7 to 9 interesting then you should find the study of the Twentieth Century even more fascinating. Figures such as Martin Luther King, Stalin and Hitler always provoke strong emotions and arguments and the study of this period will further your understanding of the world in which we live.

Includes the long and short term causes of the war, trench warfare, the war at sea and the defeat of Germany. Breadth Study: Changes in Medicine, c.1848-1948 Covers the medical breakthroughs over this century, from public health and surgery to the discovery of penicillin, vaccinations and radiotherapy.

ASSESSMENT:

BRIEF OVERVIEW:

TWO 1.5-HOUR EXAM PAPERS ARE TAKEN AT THE END OF YEAR 11:

THE HISTORY IGCSE IS DIVIDED EQUALLY INTO FOUR UNITS:

Paper 1: Depth studies (50%)

Depth study 1: Development Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45 Includes the unsteady years of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and the years of the Nazi dictatorship. Depth Study 2: A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74 Includes the Red Scare, Civil Rights protest movements in the 1950s and 60s, other protest movements and the Watergate Scandal. 30

Historical Investigation: The First World War, 1905-18

Development of Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45 A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74 Paper 2: (50%) Historical Investigation: The First World War, 1905-18 Breadth Study: Changes in Medicine, c.1848-1948


HOW WILL THIS iGCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? History combines well with most subjects and tends to broaden your options for future study. Universities and employers will be particularly interested in the skills you have acquired through the study of History. Your ability to construct arguments, evaluate different types of evidence, show initiative and

produce balanced assessments will be invaluable in later life. The following career areas are well suited to historians: • Journalism, Broadcasting and Media. • Law, Politics, Foreign Office, Diplomatic and Civil Services. • Public Relations, Management and Finance.

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES: FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH Board: Pearson Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES? We believe languages should be accessible for all students. The MFL curriculum has been developed to help students of all abilities progress and develop a passion for languages, through culturally engaging content. Pearson has listened to feedback from the languages community subject associations, academics and advisors, together with hundreds of teachers and students - and have developed an engaging and inspirational course of study that will enable our students to manipulate and use the target language effectively, independently and creatively, so that they have a solid basis from which to progress to A-Level or employment.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: Paper 1: Listening and understanding. This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Paper 2: Speaking Internally conducted and externally assessed. This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the 32

themes and topics). Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in the Target Language for different purposes and in different settings. Paper 3: Reading and understanding. This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Paper 4: Writing. The paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.

ASSESSMENT: Paper 1: One or more speakers in a range of public and social settings assess students on their understanding of standard spoken Target Language. Paper 2: There are three tasks which must be conducted in the following order: Task 1 – a role play based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson. Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson.


Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by Pearson. The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment window and the recordings then submitted to Pearson for external marking. Paper 3: Students are assessed on their understanding of written Target Language across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Paper 4: Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in the Target Language for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in the Target Language. questions and one translation into the Target Language.

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? You have heard all the reasons why some people do not learn languages, many of these founded on long-held myths and misconceptions. The truth is, in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, proficiency in other languages is a vital skill that gives you the opportunity to engage with the world in a more immediate and meaningful way—whether in your neighbourhood or thousands of miles away—while better preparing you to compete and succeed in the global economy.

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MUSIC

Board: Pearson Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR MUSIC? You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that: • Involves performing music to others

ASSESSMENT:

• Involves listening to all kinds of music

1. PERFORMANCE (30%)

• Involves creating and composing acoustic and/or electronic music • Develops your understanding of musical conventions, structures and notation

BRIEF OVERVIEW: The GCSE Music course is about making and listening to all types of music. It requires students to have a keen interest in improving their performing and listening skills across a wide variety of styles as well as developing the ability to compose and analyse music. Students undertaking the GCSE course should be receiving regular instrumental or singing lessons (first-study singers find it useful to have a ‘second instrument’) and be able to demonstrate practical ability of Grade 3 or higher. Whilst it is not essential to be able to read standard musical notation fluently, 34

a good working knowledge is highly beneficial. Naturally, GCSE Music students are expected to take an active part in music ECAs.

At least two assessed performances (a solo and an ensemble piece), with a combined duration of at least four minutes. It is expected that students will perform frequently during the course and then select, with the guidance of the Music School staff and the support of their instrumental or vocal teacher, at least two pieces for final assessment. 2. COMPOSITION (30%) Two assessed pieces of composition course work with a combined duration of a least three minutes. One must be a response to a brief set by the exam board; the other is a ‘free’ composition whose brief will be designed by the student in conjunction with the Music staff.


3. LISTENING AND APPRAISING (40%) A 1 hr 45 min listening exam covering four Areas of Study: Instrumental Music 1700- 1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, and Fusions. The questions will examine students’

detailed theoretical knowledge and contextual understanding of eight set works, as well as their ability to compare them with unfamiliar works of the same genre.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Board: Eduqas Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec From September 2020 we are offering two GCSE routes offering a greater flexibility and opportunity to students. Students are still able to select Photography GCSE through the taught ECA programme – where photography will be studied as an additional GCSE. However it is also offered within the curriculum forming one of their four option subjects.

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY? Are you creative, imaginative and have a willingness to learn? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers. Photography means ‘drawing with light’ whether it be analogue or digital it is what photographers do when they capture an image. No specific qualifications are needed but it would help to have studied a creative subject or to have done 36

some photography previously. You need to have a genuine interest and a willingness for self-directed work in and outside of lessons. Students will work mainly with digital cameras and workflow, however traditional darkroom facilities allow for extending experimentation opportunities. Independent visits to exhibitions and galleries are an essential element of this course. Entry onto the course is conditional on you having your own dslr camera.

ASSESSMENT: COMPONENT 1: PORTFOLIO 60% OF QUALIFICATION: This component comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. This component will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives.


COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT 40% OF QUALIFICATION:

focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives:

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:

AO2 Creative making

Part 1: Preparatory study period

AO4 Personal presentation.

Externally Set Assignment will consist of assignments based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, which are to be presented to the student at the start of the preparatory study period. One of the assignments is to be selected by the student and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal, creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work. The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work.

AO1 Critical understanding AO3 Reflective recording

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Students will develop skills in English and ICT. They will also learn to confidently use SLR and DSLR cameras, (wet) darkroom equipment, digital darkroom (Photoshop) equipment and software. In addition, they will experiment with a variety of media and processes, manage their own learning, organise their independent study and make use of online learning

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION? You should opt for this course as it is designed to develop and apply students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of Physical Education. It’s a fantastic course, fun, interesting and a great way to learn more about sport and the human body.

BRIEF OVERVIEW: The course aims to develop and apply students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of Physical Education. Candidates will complete two exam papers (75 minutes each) and a practical assessment. The course content covers: • Applied anatomy and physiology • Movement analysis • Physical training • Use of data • Sports psychology • Socio-cultural influences • Health, fitness and well-being • Commercialisation of 38

physical activity and sport • Ethical issues

ASSESSMENT: PAPER 1: THE HUMAN BODY AND MOVEMENT IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT (30%) This paper includes sections on applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training; and use of data. PAPER 2: SOCIO-CULTURAL INFLUENCES AND WELLBEING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT (30%) This paper includes sections on sports psychology; socio-cultural influences; health, fitness and well-being; and use of data. PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT (40%) Candidates will be assessed in their performance in three physical activities: a team activity, an individual activity and in either a team or an individual activity. They will be asked to analyse and evaluate their performance to bring about improvement in one activity. Assessments will be undertaken by teachers and moderated by the board.


HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? Holding a GCSE in this subject leads nicely into the A level which covers a lot of the same topics in a much greater depth. Looking further ahead the career choices now linked to sport are vast. From sports journalism, broadcasting, medicine, biomechanics, physiotherapy and coaching to name only a few future opportunities with further targeted study.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES (PRE) Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

SHOULD I OPT FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE?

THERE ARE TWO COMPONENTS TO THE GCSE:

Whether you are interested in exploring life’s big questions like ‘Why are we here?’, ‘Were we created?’, ‘What happens when we die?’, and ‘What is good?’, or you enjoy constructing logical arguments and thinking critically, GCSE Religious Studies is a great option for you. The course is varied, up-to-date, and reflective, giving you the opportunity to discuss your own thoughts and opinions on a whole range of issues, as well as challenging the ideas of others. If you love discovering more about the world we live in, and enjoy debating with your peers, then you are sure to find GCSE Religious Studies engaging and interesting.

COMPONENT 1: THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS: Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and one of either Islam, Judaism or Buddhism. COMPONENT 2: THEMATIC STUDIES: STUDENTS WILL STUDY FOUR PHILOSOPHICAL AND ETHICAL THEMES: Theme A – Relationships and Families (Marriage, Same-Sex Relationships, Contraception etc.) Theme B – Religion and Life (Abortion, Euthanasia, Environmental Issues etc.) Theme D – Religion, Peace and Conflict (Terrorism, Nuclear War, Pacifism etc.) Theme E – Crime and Punishment (Penal Systems, the Death Penalty, Restorative Justice etc.)

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ASSESSMENT Each component has a written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam totals 50% of the final GCSE. Each paper has 96 marks plus five marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG).

HOW WILL THIS GCSE HELP ME IN THE FUTURE? The Religious Studies GCSE equips you with a unique skill set which compliments all other subjects. Through the development of critical thinking skills, the forming and justifying of sound judgements and logical arguments, and the building of confidence in expressing your own beliefs, you will come away with skills which are vital in today’s world. Having an open, curious mind will enable you to take an enquiring and empathetic approach to the study of people and ideas through the disciplines of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics. People who study Religious Studies at GCSE and A Level go on to read a wide variety of subjects at University (such as PPE, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology) and embark upon varied careers such as Law, Politics, Journalism, Psychology, and Public Administration.

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SEPARATE SCIENCES

Board: AQA Specification: www.frensham.org/gcsespec

WHY SHOULD I OPT FOR THE SEPARATE SCIENCE? This course is offered for students who wish to study three GCSEs in Science. It is well suited to students who have demonstrated a keen interest and an aptitude for the subject in Year 9. It should be noted that it is not a pre-requisite for the study of A Level Sciences. It aims to encourage you to explore, explain, theorise and model in Science, develops a critical approach to scientific evidence and helps to prepare you for further studies in Science. The course will include all of the elements from Combined Science: Trilogy, but in addition extra units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied leading to separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. Please note that students must take all three GCSEs if given this option.

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Science is a set of ideas about the material world. Included in the course are all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification supports you in building a deep understanding of science. We know this will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models.

BRIEF OVERVIEW:

GCSE Separate Sciences offers students a chance to gain a more in depth knowledge of Chemistry, Biology and Physics and to build on areas covered in combined Science in more detail as well as covering extra content. This course is great preparation for studying Science at A level, under graduate and post graduate degree level.

This acts as a top up of the Combined Science: Trilogy course to the Separate Science course. All students who undertake Combined Science: Trilogy study all three science disciplines at GCSE level – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

To enhance understanding of key scientific concepts, build on topics covered in combined Science and prepare students to study Science at the next level. Students will develop their knowledge in the following areas:


BIOLOGY: 1) Cell biology 2) Organisation 3) Infection and response 4) Bioenergetics 5) Homeostasis and response 6) Inheritance, variation and evolution 7) Ecology CHEMISTRY: 1) Atomic structure and the periodic table 2) Bonding, structure and the properties of matter 4) Quantitative chemistry 5) Chemical changes 6) Energy changes 7) The rate and extent of chemical change 8) Organic chemistry 9) Chemical analysis 10) Chemistry of the atmosphere 11) Using resources PHYSICS: 1) Forces 2) Energy 3) Waves 4) Electricity 5) Magnetism & Electromagnetism 6) Particle model of matter 7) Atomic structure 8) Space physics

ASSESSMENT: Students will sit 6 exams - 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry, 2 Physics. Each paper will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long. The students will achieve 3 separate GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). The students will either sit the Higher Tier examination (graded from 9-4), or the Foundation Tier examination (graded from 5-1). This decision will be based on their ability to access the higher problem solving, maths skills and scientific language needed for the examinations. There will also be 24 required practical experiments that students have to complete through-out the course. Aspects of required practical work, including correct use of equipment and analysis of outcome are also assessed in the exams.

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SEPARATE SCIENCES CONT. HOW WILL GCSE THIS HELP ME IN THE FUTURE: Whatever career you are considering, taking triple science GCSE will set you up well for later life. Employers are crying out for candidates with science-based skills. “The types of skills you learn studying all three Sciences can be really helpful for all sorts of different careers,” says Naomi Weir, Assistant Director at Campaign for Science and Engineering. “Whether it’s doing analytical stuff or developing a scientific way of thinking.” Separate Science courses can lead on to study at A-Level and beyond. Careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Mid-Wifery, Child Care, Sports Science, Meteorology, Architecture, Chemical Engineering and Horticulture are accessible through successful completion of this course. Skills acquired: understanding of the effects of Science on society; knowledge of the material, 44

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FAQs WHY DO I NEED TO RANK MY SUBJECTS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE? Our options process is created around each student. We do not set option blocks and request that students choose from each category. We want to enable each student to have a unique curriculum that meets their needs rather than restricting their choice through pre set option blocks. This means that each year our GCSE timetable looks very different as it is tailored to meet each cohorts needs.

HOW DOES THE RANKING PROCESS WORK? Each student selects six option choices and submits their choice by Monday 8th February. We then write a timetable that accommodates the options of each student. We have a high success rate in being able to accommodate 90% of our student’s first four choices. If we are unable to meet your first four choices, we will be able to accommodate a variation of your six. This is why it is really important that you take time to consider the order of your choices.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT SUBJECT COMBINATIONS I CAN CHOOSE? There are no restrictions on what you can choose, however, to maintain a broad curriculum, we recommend that students include one Creative or Performing Arts subject, one Modern Language and one Humanity. We also do not recommend that you select more than two Creative subjects due to the nature of the courses as they have a heavy emphasis on coursework. If you do want to study three Creative subjects, you will need to meet with Brendan Horstead, Head of Art, to get this agreed.

I’M NOT SURE WHAT SUBJECTS TO SELECT, WHAT SHOULD I DO? Speak to your subject teacher and get their advice on the course. You can also talk to your tutor, to Jo or Paul or any member of the teaching team.

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It would also be good to speak to students who are currently taking the subject in Year 10 or Year 11. The main thing is that you choose subjects that you enjoy. If you select a subject because your friend chooses it or because you think you ought to and it is not something that you really enjoy, it is going to be a very long two years!

WHAT IF I HAVE EXTRA ENGLISH GROUP SUPPORT? If you have Extra English group support, this support will replace one of your option choices. So, although you will select six options, you will only take three of them as Extra English will take the place of the fourth. If you are already receiving Extra English Support, it is likely that this will continue into Year 10. However, Beverley Wrigglesworth, Director of Support for Learning will be in touch to confirm this.

I WANT TO TAKE THE THREE SEPARATE SCIENCES, WHY DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO A WEEKLY ADDITIONAL LUNCHTIME OR AFTER SCHOOL LESSON? Studying the Separate Science route means that you are gaining an additional GCSE. All students study Combined Science: Trilogy which is a combination of the three sciences which gives you two GCSEs. Studying for the Separate Science award gives you three GCSEs. If you opt for the Separate Science route, you will be studying for an additional GCSE and as a result, the pace of the lessons will be much faster, but even with this, additional time is required to cover the content of the course. This is why it is necessary for students to attend an additional weekly lesson throughout Year 10 and Year 11. The exact day and time of the additional lesson will be confirmed towards the end of the Summer term and this lesson will be compulsory for all students studying this route.

WILL STUDYING THE COMBINED SCIENCE ROUTE IMPACT ON UNIVERSITY SELECTION? The simple answer is no. Some schools do not offer the Separate Science route so universities cannot discriminate. If you want to get into a top

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university, two high grades via the Combined Science: Trilogy route will get you into the course. If you are concerned about this, please speak to Nick Boon-Arnell, Head of Science for more information.

WHY IS PHOTOGRAPHY AN OPTION OUTSIDE OF CURRICULUM TIME? Photography is a popular subject. In order to be as flexible as we can, we also offer Photography outside of the curriculum so students can study this as a fifth option choice. This means that extra lessons operate during lunchtime, after school and at weekends. We do this to provide as much flexibility as possible. If undertaking Photography in this way, independent learning and motivation to work are essential.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FOUNDATION TIER AND THE HIGHER TIER IN MFL, MATHS AND SCIENCE? The Foundation tier is designed for students who are aiming for grades 5-1, and the Higher tier is designed for students who are looking for grades 9-4. Based on teacher guidance and student performance, students will be advised on the most suitable route for them. It is important that each student is entered for the exam which is appropriate to their ability. Please note, exam certificates do not reveal which tier the student was entered for. Further information will be communicated by the relevant HoDs in Year 11.

WHAT ARE STUDY SKILLS AND SUPERVISED STUDY? This is a new option for this year. Most of our students take 9 or 10 GCSEs and sometimes the sheer volume of work can be overwhelming. Some of our students just need some time within the school day to reflect on their learning, focus on study skills and receive support. These sessions will be led by our Head of Learning Development.

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WHO CAN OPT FOR STUDY SKILLS AND SUPERVISED STUDY? Any student can. If you would like to opt for this route, please select the Study Skills option on the form as one of your top four choices and Beverley Wrigglesworth, Director of Support for Learning will be in touch to discuss this further.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE MY CHOICES? Writing the timetable is a complicated process but we hope to confirm your option choices by the end of the Spring Term.

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GCSE SUBJECT CHOICES Please use these pages to help you work out which subjects you would like to take. Your option choices need to be submitted by Monday 8th February, 2021. An electronic options form will be sent to you following the GCSE Information Evening.

YOUR CORE SUBJECTS Everyone is required to take the following: English

English Literature

Mathematics

Combined Science Trilogy: 2 GCSEs

PLEASE CHOOSE SIX OPTION SUBJECTS FROM THE OPPOSITE PAGE. RANKED IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE (1 BEING YOUR FIRST CHOICE) To keep your curriculum broad, we recommend that you choose one Creative or Performing Arts subject, one Modern Language and one Humanity. Most students will study 9 GCSEs which include the study of 4 option subjects within the curriculum. If you opt for the Separate Science route or the Photography course outside of the curriculum, you will study these in addition to your 4 option subjects, please indicate this clearly on the form as applicable. If you opt for Extra English or Study Skills, you will only study 3 option subjects.

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YOUR OPTION SUBJECTS Fine Art Graphic Communication 3D Design (DT) Photography Photography

(as an additional GCSE outside of curriculum time through a taught ECA programme)

Dance Drama Music Physical Education French German Spanish History Geography Religious Studies (PRE) Business Studies Computing Separate Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

(these must be in your top 4 preferences)

Extra English/Study Skills/ Supervised Study

Creative & Performing Arts Modern Languages Humanities & other

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