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Year 9 Options

A Brief description of KS4 option courses

Art & Design Head of Expressive Arts: Mr M Pearson GCSE Fine Art Unit 1: Portfolio of Work Must include more than one project. A portfolio of work selected from the whole course of study. Worth 60% of the total marks. Assessed continuously. Unit 2: Externally Set Task Students respond to their chosen starting point. Unlimited preparation time and a 10 hour period of sustained, focused study. Worth 40% of the total marks. Assessed by the teacher and a visiting moderator. Talented pupils could elect to take this unit in year 10. Activities will include:     

Drawing Painting Collage 3-d Digital Media.

Studying art forms and the work of other artists will continue to be a feature of the course. Arts Award For people who enjoy using art processes and materials, but who would find GCSE too challenging. Part Part Part Part

A: B: C: D:

explore the arts as a participant explore the arts as an audience member arts heroes and heroines arts apprenticeship

Drama Head of Drama: Mrs L Ward Description of the KS4 Curriculum In this course the pupils will look at the drama process as well as the final product from the perspective of Director, Designer, Deviser and Performer. They will learn how to communicate intention to an audience and develop the skill of working with others to a common purpose. The emphasis is on learning through doing. It allows students to improve their performance skills, by creating their own work and preparing existing texts for performance. Areas of Study      

Character, Context and Plot Structure Audience and Performance Space Improvisation Genre, Performance Style and Convention The Semiotics (signs and symbols) of Drama and Theatre

Assessment Unit 1 From Page to Stage is a 10 hour controlled assessment, based on the exploration of text, worth 30% of the marks. Candidates will work on a selected text and perform an extract from the text. Unit 2 Drama in the Making is a 10 hour controlled assessment, based on the devising of a piece of drama from a stimulus, worth 30% of the marks. Candidates will explore a chosen stimulus and deliver a Workshop Presentation. Unit 3 From Concept to Creation is a 10 hour practical examination. Candidates explore and realise one of four briefs. Candidates will be assessed on their performance/presentation and their planning by a visiting examiner, worth 40% of the marks. For all these units, students will keep a written working record.

Design and Technology Head of Department: Mr G Smith Description of the KS4 Curriculum Design and Technology courses will give students the opportunity to undertake assignments in which they will design and make products, relating them to industrial practices. They will also study commercial products, analyse their construction and evaluate their effectiveness. Students will have the option to study one of the GCSE Design and Technology options. These are Product Design and Food Technology.

Product Design This course involves activities that develop innovation and flair when designing products. The course does not have a material bias so you can develop yours skills through work in a range of designing media, modelling and production materials and the use of ICT. Key Features of this course include:  The opportunity to take part in creative, design-based activities  Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social aspects interact to influence designing and making  A unitised assessment scheme  The chance to explore, develop and express a range of design ideas  It encourages the use of new technology and new materials Assessment Scheme This GCSE is made up of four mandatory units and are assessed in either January or June over the two year period: Unit Code and Title A551 - Developing and Applying Design Skills

Weighting 30%

A552 - Designing and Making Innovation Challenge


A553 - Making, Testing and Marketing Products


A554 - Designing Influences


Design and Technology Head of Department: Mr G Smith Food Technology (Home Economics: Food and Nutrition) This is a food based practical course, requiring students to:  Produce a wide selection of food products to suit practical situations.  Be able to identify the issues and problems and then use their knowledge to justify a good selection of suitable dishes to make. The subject focuses on Food and Nutrition issues in relation to: a Nutrition and Health. b Food Commodities c Meal Planning. d Food Preparation and Cooking. e Food Safety and Preservation. f Consumer Choice. Assessment Year 10 3 short practical tasks are completed for entry at the end of year 10. 30% All 3 tasks to demonstrate different practical skills and knowledge. Year 11 Food study task submitted in January. Written examination paper in June.

30% 40%

There are opportunities to resubmit aspects of work to develop grades, with parental guidance (there may be a cost involved).

Geography Head of Department: Mrs J Walker Description of the KS4 Curriculum The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Geography explains these changes and helps to prepare people. GCSE Geography teaches about the earth’s places, peoples, environments and societies. It helps you to understand the relationship between people and the environment. It is a subject about now and the future. Course Content Paper

% of Total Marks


Key Geographical Themes


Economic activity: industry, farming and tourism. Development issues. Settlements in MEDC’s and LEDC’s. Natural hazards. Rivers and coasts. Eco-systems and environmental problems.

Sustainable Decision Making Paper


A decision making exam set around a current topic. Previous topics have been:  Dam the river – dam the people.  Feast or Famine.  Feeding the World’s population.

Geographical Enquiry


There are 2 tasks:  A fieldwork focus report: a project based on data collected during a field trip to the Peak District. A geographical investigation: a project based on secondary data on a geographical issue-based theme.

History Head of Department: Mrs S Ashworth Description of the KS4 Curriculum The History course followed is AQA History Specification B (Modern World History). History is a vital subject which develops and sharpens skills of analysis, organisation and communication. With the focus on people and the “real” world, History is both challenging and interesting. Units of Study Paper 1 International Relations - Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth Century  Treaty of Versailles  Failure of the League of Nations  The origins of the Cold War 1949 – 1955  Crisis of the Cold War 1955 – 1970 Paper 2 Twentieth Century In-Depth Studies  The Roaring Twenties: USA  Race Relations in the USA  The USA and Vietnam Coursework The British People in War (The First World War and the Second World War) Assessment at the end of the course This is open to consultation. modular or linear approach.

From September 2009 History can take a

If a linear approach is taken, 2 written examinations make up 75% of the final grade. Papers 1 and 2 measure pupils’ ability to recall, select, organise and communicate knowledge. The pupil’s ability to comprehend, analyse and evaluate sources is also assessed. Coursework contributes 25% to the final grade. There are no tiers of entry. The examination offers grades from A* to G.

Modern Foreign Languages French and German GCSE Subject Contact: Mme H. Dures HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? Listening – 20%, Reading – 20%, Writing – 30%, Speaking – 30% Throughout Years 10 and 11 you will complete two writing and two reading assessments. Listening and reading skills will be assessed by external exams at the end of Year 11. You will be working towards: AQA Full Course French or German 4655 Level 1/Level 2 GCSE WHAT WILL I BE STUDYING? The syllabus will be divided into four top topic areas: Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and local area, and Work and Education. (Years 8-9 German) The course aims to build on the language acquired in Year 9 and to develop the ability to understand and use French or German. WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL? You will need to be organised and complete all work thoroughly. To improve confidence when speaking, you should be prepared to talk sensibly (in French or German) in pairs, groups and class. You will need to listen carefully to the teacher, CD and other pupils. You will be expected to read materials carefully, speak and write in detail, expressing opinions and using different tenses WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO OUTSIDE OF LESSONS? Regular homework will be given. This may not always be written. You may be asked to prepare and learn a talk. Extra reading materials are available in school and also now easily accessible on the internet. There are TV programmes/ CDs which can help with revision or can be used to develop listening skills. You may be asked to make a recording of yourself. WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE? A dictionary to help with new vocabulary and spelling may prove useful. Revision Guides will also be available to buy. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED? You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Modern Languages specialising in French/German or for entry onto Modern Languages Diploma at level 2 or 3. With further training, you could go into a job related to Languages such as a work in French/German speaking country. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Media (BTEC First Certificate) Head of Department – Mrs F Jackson Description of KS4 Curriculum This qualification will give students the knowledge, understanding and competency needed when considering entering employment in the media industry. Students will have the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills underlying all media production. The structure of the course will allow students to develop their existing interests in different sectors of the media, as well as being introduced to new areas such as advertisement production, print production and photography techniques. Units   

of Study: Research for Media Production Print Production Advertising Production

Assessment at the end of the course Assessment is assignment based. Students may be asked to produce written reports, presentations, complete group work or case studies. They will produce media products such as film posters; print based advertisements or moving image advertisements with accompanying paperwork. The achievement of the BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to achieving 2 GCSEs at A* - C.

Music Mrs S Robinson Music is a combination of composing, performing and listening, and will require pupils to demonstrate aural perception, musical knowledge and understanding in the following areas:    

Listening to and appraising music. Composing and appraising music. Composing music. Performing music.

Written paper: 20%. Externally assessed: 20%. Controlled assessment: 20%. Controlled assessment: 40%.

An ability to perform on an instrument or voice is essential.

Physical Education Head of Department: Mr D Cooper Description of the KS4 Curriculum All pupils continue to have PE for one hour per week. offered as an option.

GCSE PE is also

Students are given a choice of 2 syllabuses:  Physical Education  Physical Education: Games. This choice will enable the pupils to use their practical abilities. The written exam is the same for both syllabuses – the difference is the practical component. For Physical Education, the activities for coursework are chosen from Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Swimming and Outdoor. For Physical Education: Games, the activities are chosen from Net/Wall Games, Striking/Fielding/Target Games. Assessment at the end of the course Paper 1 is a one hour, 30 minutes paper, worth 40% of the marks. Coursework is the remaining 60% and is based on PE, or PE: Games.

The Specialised Diploma A new and innovative way of providing specialised learning in academic and vocational subject areas at Higher Level. The Higher Diploma offered in the Selby area provides students with the equivalent of 7.5 – 8 GCSE passes at grades A* to C. The courses comprise: 5 GCSEs in Principal Learning. This is learning specific to the Diploma subject (e.g. IT, Creative and Media). 1 - 1.5 GCSEs in Additional Specialist Learning – this complements the Principal Learning 0.5 GCSEs - Extended Project - a pupil led research project on a Diploma subject – related topic. In addition, students must pass assessment tests in Functional Skills in Mathematics, English and IT. Students will attend their normal lessons in English, Mathematics and Science giving core GCSE qualifications. The Specialised Diploma includes a significant level of contact with employers. This theme is continued throughout the course and complemented by a two week work experience programme. As the Diplomas offered in the Selby area are Higher Diplomas, students must be above average academically and capable of achieving a grade C at GCSE. Students must also be able to work independently to complete their project. Within our area the following Diplomas are open to our students and offered by the following institutions: Information Technology: Creative and Media: Hair and Beauty: Construction and the Built Environment:

Holy Family Carlton Selby High School Selby College Selby College.

Our students will be transported to and from school if they opt for Selby – based Diplomas. Whichever Diploma pupils choose, most of the work will take place during all of each Thursday

Triple Sciences Head of Department: Mr D Wilde All students study for two compulsory GCSEs in Science in Years 10 and 11. For those students wishing to pursue Advanced Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics or for those with a particular interest in or aptitude for Science, a Triple Science option is available. This allows access to GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics – 3 GCSEs in the separate Sciences. The materials studied encroaches Advanced Level subject matter and involves a large proportion of practical work and external educational visits. The course is designed to enthuse, extend and motivate students. Triple Science prepares students for Advanced Level studies and is therefore available only to those students working at Level 6 or above in Science in Year 9.

Selby College 14-16 Staff Contact details: Julie Pirie – 14-16 Manager – Selby College Tel: 01757 211154 Addresses for correspondence:Selby College Abbot’s Road Selby YO8 8AT 2010/11 Courses will run as follows:  Young Apprenticeship in Business Administration  Year 10  Year 11

Thursday Tuesday

9.15am – 3.00pm 9.15am – 3.00pm

 Young Apprenticeship in Construction  Year 10  Year 11

Tuesday and Thursday Tuesday and Thursday

9.15am – 2.45pm 9.15am – 2.45pm

 Young Apprenticeship in Engineering  Year 10  Year 11

Tuesday and Thursday Tuesday and Thursday

9.15am – 3.00pm 9.15am – 3.00pm

 Young Apprenticeship in Hairdressing  Year 10  Year 11

Tuesday and Thursday Tuesday and Thursday

9.15am – 3.00pm 9.15am – 3.00pm


Option Booklet  

A short description of the Key Stage 4 courses offered in school.