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CONTENTS P3. YEAR 9 OPTION CHOICES P4 - 8. CORE SUBJECT INFORMATION

P9. GCSE MEDIA STUDIES P10. GCSE MUSIC P11. GCSE DRAMA P12. P13. P14. P15.

GCSE HISTORY GCSE GEOGRAPHY GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE CITIZENSHIP

P16. P17. P18. P19. P20. P21. P22.

GCSE ART AND DESIGN BTEC ART AND DESIGN BTEC ENGINEERING CREATIVE DESIGN: RESISTANT MATERIALS CREATIVE DESIGN: GRAPHICS AND GRAPHICS COMMUNICATIONS CREATIVE DESIGN: FOOD (GRAPHICS) AND FOOD TECHNOLOGY CREATIVE DESIGN: FASHION

P23. GCSE GERMAN P24. GCSE FRENCH P25. P26. P27. P28.

GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION BTEC SPORT GCSE DANCE BTEC PERFORMING ARTS (DANCE)

P29. P30. P31. P32. P33. P34.

GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE GCSE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS (CIDA) GCSE COMPUTING EXAMPLE OPTIONS CHOICES FORM


YEAR 9 OPTION CHOICES Over the next few weeks we are going through the process of securing your Option Choices for years 10 & 11. These will ultimately lead to your GCSE / BTEC qualifications and form the basis of further study and progression into the Sixth Form or onto an Apprenticeship in years 12, 13 and beyond. It is VITAL that you pick courses which YOU want to study and that will give you the best opportunities for Post 16 progression. It is important that you read each subject description VERY CAREFULLY, talk to your teachers, listen to your teachers at Parents’ Evening, get careers advice and encourage your parents to attend the Information Evening and ultimately come up with your choices. There are a few rules about what you can select for your choices and these are explained on the Options Form at the back of this booklet. Good luck with making your decisions. Talk to your form tutor, family and friends and if you have any questions around the technicalities of your choices please e-mail me at options@rbhs.co.uk and I will help guide you through the process.

Mr G. Mason Director of Curriculum & Achievement

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GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSE CONTACT

Mrs K McGuire kmcguire@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This course involves reading, writing and speaking and listening. You will read poetry texts and novels and will analyse how we use spoken language in different contexts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A novel (currently Of Mice and Men); spoken language and how it is used; writing in different styles for different purposes and how to analyse written material such as media texts.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

60% controlled assessment and 40% examination (2 papers).

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

A levels in English Language and Literature combined or Literature by itself. There is also the option to take Media Studies at A level. GCSE English is required by lots of college courses and employers and could lead to many careers such as journalism, advertising, social work, speech therapy or teaching.

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GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSE CONTACT

Mrs K McGuire kmcguire@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

English Literature involves lots of reading. During the two year course you will read a Shakespeare text, two novels and a play and learn how to approach and understand poetry that you have not seen before.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

For the controlled assessment you will study a play by Shakespeare and compare it to a selection of poetry that discusses a similar theme. You will also read a novel from a different culture and a further novel and play that your teacher will choose in year 11.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

There is one substantial controlled assessment that is worth 25% of the overall marks. The rest of the course is assessed by two examinations taken at the end of the course.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

A levels in English Language and Literature combined or Literature by itself. There is also the option to take media studies at A level. GCSE English is required by lots of college courses and employers and could lead to many careers such as journalism, advertising, social work, speech therapy or teaching.

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GCSE MATHEMATICS COURSE CONTACT

Mrs R Scholes rscholes@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This qualification encourages students to develop confidence in and a positive attitude towards maths and to recognise the importance of maths in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Throughout the course students will study topics involving number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. Learners will also be required to use maths techniques to help them to solve everyday problems and reallife situations.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Two written papers (externally marked): Paper 1 (non-calculator, 1hr 45mins): 50% of the final grade Paper 2 (calculator, 1hr 45mins): 50% of the final grade

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

Upon gaining a GCSE grade B (or better) learners can continue to study maths by taking an A level in maths or further maths. GCSE maths is required by lots of college courses and employers.

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GCSE SCIENCE COURSE CONTACT

Mr N Vellupillai nvelupillai@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

There are 2 science routes available for students to study: GCSE Core Science (year 10) & GCSE Additional Science (year 11) OR Triple Award Science (3 GCSEs) This can consist of either: • GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics • GCSE Core Science, GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Further Additional Science. Students can only select this course with prior approval from the course leader. These routes will provide the students with the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? • •

Core Science (year 10) & Additional Science (year 11) – modules 1-4 for biology, chemistry & physics Triple Award Science: modules 1 to 6 in biology, chemistry and physics.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Core Science (year 10) and Additional Science (year 11). Further Additional Science: 2 exams (75% in total) and controlled assessment (25%). 1 GCSE each. Separate sciences (biology, chemistry & physics) will each have 2 exams (75% per subject) and a controlled assessment for each subject (25%). There are 3 pieces in total worth 3 GCSEs.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

Core, additional and separate sciences lead onto A level: biology, chemistry, physics or applied science. BTEC science leads onto A level applied science.

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PSHCE COURSE CONTACT

Mr D Barnes dbarnes@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

A structured programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is compulsory for all students within the 14 – 19 phase. Pupils will learn how to develop confidence and responsibility, explore the importance of a healthy, safer lifestyle and prepare for change in relation to progression into higher education, training or the workplace. Pupils will also learn how to become informed citizens by exploring the legal system, examining their rights and responsibilities within society, developing an awareness of how the democratic system works and the importance of voting. They will look at issues of citizenship on a wider scale examining global issues and looking at the UK’s relationship with other countries. Pupils will also complete the British Red Cross ‘Life Live It ‘ award in first aid.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 10: Preparation for work experience, personal safety, drugs education, first aid, the global community, finance and the world of work. Year 11: Human rights and ethics, focusing on the future, sex and relationships education, life in the UK, first aid and dealing with stress and coping with pressure.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

This course is designed to support your social and emotional development which runs alongside your academic studies. You will not receive a formal qualification in this subject thus there is no formal assessment. You will be assessed through in-class assessment activities based on your interaction within the group and your skills of communication which will be reported back through the school reporting system.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The course is vital in preparing you for the world you will experience outside and beyond school. It will develop your confidence, the ability to work within a team, and your skills of communication – all strong qualities employers look for in an employee.

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GCSE MEDIA STUDIES COURSE CONTACT

Mrs S Cooke/Miss S Dyson scooke@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Candidates will explore at least three topics for GCSE Media Studies. These topics must involve study of a minimum of three different media, including at least one print–based and one audiovisual–based form. All forms of media will be investigated and we will look at how we are all affected by this extremely powerful industry. Examples of different media will include film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites and computer games. Each topic will be explored through the three study areas of the GCSE Media Studies framework and reflect the convergent nature of contemporary media. (i.e. how industries will be extra persuasive by using their adverts at the cinema, on the internet, on Facebook, on your mobile etc.) The topics will be assessed through external examination and controlled assessment tasks.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Topics studied, some of which may be based on particular forms, may include: • Music • Television drama • Advertising

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

External assessment: written examination paper (40% of the final mark). Controlled assessment (60% of the final mark).

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

Come and talk to the media staff. Ensure you have a passion for all forms of media, including T.V; radio; magazines; newspapers; the Internet; social networking sites etc.

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GCSE MUSIC COURSE CONTACT

Mrs L Mulholland lmulholland@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is split into three areas, composing, performance and listening skills. Although it is not necessary to be able to play an instrument or sing, it is preferable. Students study a variety of detailed topics from a wide range of musical styles and cultures including classical, 20th century and world music. Students will have the opportunity to perform different instruments and will be required to take part in one of the extra-curricular activities available in the music department, to enhance their listening skills.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study 12 set works focusing on music from the classical era, musical theatre, popular music and world music. In music we also focus on different approaches to composing and developing your compositional skills as well as your performance techniques.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Coursework comprises of 60% of the final assessment with 40% by written examination.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS? You can go on to study A level music, BTEC music and performing arts courses.

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GCSE DRAMA COURSE CONTACT

Mrs J Stephens jstephens@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

The drama course is made up of 3 units studied over two years. UNIT 1 focuses on the Hillsborough disaster. Students will practically explore the topic in lessons through creating characters and scenes whilst being taught new drama skills. UNIT 2 focuses on a script. Students will practically explore the script in lessons through playing roles, performing sections and experimenting with the themes and plot. UNIT 3 takes place over a 3 month period and takes the form of a piece of theatre. Students will take a role in a devised or scripted play and will perform this in front of a visiting examiner. Unit 1 and 2 both require written coursework. Throughout the two year course a piece of live theatre must be viewed and reviewed.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The course is divided into two components – Exploration and Devised Performance. You will follow a practical scheme of work exploring ideas and issues from different times and cultures. You will explore a play in detail from the points of view of a director, designer and performer. You will work in groups to research, prepare and perform a piece of drama.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Preparation and performance skills through continuous assessment. Written portfolios (2000 words) and a theatre review (1000 words).

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This course provides a good foundation for either further performance related careers or studies at college or university as a general qualification. Some students have used this area of study to gain confidence and develop oral and key skills.

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GCSE HISTORY COURSE CONTACT

Mrs A Dyer adyer@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

GCSE History is made up of four units. In year 10 you will investigate the Vietnam war and consider its causes, how the war was fought and its impact on both Vietnamese and American society. This unit will be your controlled assessment. In year 10 you will also complete a unit of work on Germany 1918-1945. This unit considers the changes in German society and politics between the two world wars, as well as the impact on Germany of those conflicts. You will then investigate medicine and treatment from Roman times through the medieval and the renaissance periods all the way up to the present day and the impact of new technologies and genetics. The final unit investigates the changes in surgery between 1845 and 1918. The focus will be on developments in managing pain, controlling bleeding and preventing and treating infection.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The course equips students with the skills needed for the 21st century workplace in an exciting and enjoyable way. We will investigate the different people and events which have shaped today’s world, covering a diverse range of topics from life in Germany 1919-45 to the Vietnam war, from Roman medicine to modern surgery.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is made up of 4 units each worth 25% of the final grade. One unit, ‘The War in Vietnam’, is a controlled assessment which takes place at the start of year ten. The remaining three units: ‘Medicine and Treatment’, ‘Surgery and Germany’ are all examined in year 11 at the end of the course. Each exam lasts 1hr 15 minutes.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

History is a valuable asset for a career in law, broadcasting, journalism, advertising and the media which are based on the skills historians use. The medical content of the course would be useful for someone considering a career in medicine or nursing. History is seen as a good stepping stone to study at A level and is a constituent part of the English Baccalaureate.

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GCSE GEOGRAPHY COURSE CONTACT

Mrs D Ryley dryley@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

GCSE Geography is an exciting and varied course with elements of physical, human and environmental geography studied. There are three units which are examined; the ‘Natural Environment’, ‘The Human Environment’ and ‘Geographical Skills and Challenges’. Students have the opportunity to learn about specific places through case studies and to collect fieldwork data for their controlled assessment.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Edexcel GCSE Geography (specification A) allows students to study a broad variety of geographical topics. The Natural Environment includes river landscapes, coastal landscapes, tectonic landscapes and a wasteful world. In the Human Environment students study economic change, settlement change, population change and a tourists world. Geographical Skills and Challenges involve cartographical (map) and graphical skills alongside climate change and sustainable development.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The three units will be assessed through three examinations at the end of year 11 each worth 25% of the final grade (75% in total). The controlled assessment will be externally marked and will account for the remaining 25% of the GCSE.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

Geography is a subject that is highly regarded for its broad range of skills and wide curriculum. As such it keeps career doors open with employment opportunities in business management, law, leisure and tourism, architecture, town planning, marketing, teaching, banking, computer game design, risk management, surveying, coastal and river engineering, the civil service and the armed forces. Students can use their GCSE in geography to continue with their education accessing both AS, A2 and BTEC courses.

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GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSE CONTACT

Mr D Barnes dbarnes@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

The Edexcel GCSE in religious studies comprises two units. In year 10 students will study the unit ‘Religion and Life’ based on a study of Christianity. This unit contains four modules of work and students will explore a number of philosophical and moral issues from a Christian perspective. In year 11 students will study the unit ‘Islam’. This unit contains four modules of work and students will explore the religion of Islam in detail. There is no coursework and no controlled assessment for this GCSE.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Unit 5RS02 – Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity: • Believing in God • Matters of life and death • Marriage and the family • Religion and community cohesion Unit 5RS11 – Islam: • Beliefs and values • Community and tradition • Worship and celebration • Living the Muslim life

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Each unit is assessed through a one-and-a-half hour examination paper which is divided into four sections. Students will sit both examination papers at the end of year 11.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

GCSE religious studies can help you in any area where you are working with other people: medicine; nursing; law; human resources; journalism; teaching; the police; television and radio and acting.

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GCSE CITIZENSHIP COURSE CONTACT

Mrs C Roscoe croscoe@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Citizenship is a study of society and an exploration of our role within society. If you are interested in the world and people around you this is the subject for you. The course will help you to understand the power you have as an individual to create change. The subject will allow you to learn about issues concerning law, politics and the media. You will also learn about communities and society covering topics such as human rights, multiculturalism and the environment. There will also be opportunities to learn about the global community and how Britain is connected to the rest of the world The aim of the subject is to help you understand and play a part in the world locally, nationally and internationally.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 10: Citizenship Today Controlled Assessment: Participating in Society. Year 11: Citizenship in Context: Influencing and changing decisions in society and government. Controlled Assessment: Citizenship Campaign.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

There will be 2 formal exams at the end of year 11. Each exam is worth 20% of your final grade. There are 2 pieces of controlled assessment where you will enquire into a citizenship issue, and evaluate different ideas and viewpoints on this issue in order to present an informed argument. You will also participate in action to address the issue and be able to evaluate your impact. Each piece of controlled assessment is worth 30%.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The range of activities will help you work with others, see the benefits of being part of a team and also leading a team. You will learn to debate issues and structure arguments to help put forward your viewpoints. You will investigate issues relevant to future careers in law, media and politics.

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GCSE ART AND DESIGN COURSE CONTACT

Miss G Warner gwarner@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

GCSE Art is an exciting programme which aims to introduce you to many aspects of art. During the course you learn how to develop your artistic and design skills and use various art materials, processes and media. This includes drawing and painting, textiles, graphic design and illustration. You will also touch on some other experimental techniques including print. The course will also aim to introduce you to a range of artists’ work and art movements which will give you many ideas for your practical work and inspiration.

The most important qualities you need to study at GCSE level are a genuine enthusiasm for art and a commitment and eagerness to explore materials & techniques across a range of exciting projects.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A wide range of art processes and techniques. Students work through a minimum of two of the following disciplines: drawing, painting, graphics, illustration, printing, textiles and photography.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Students GCSE work will be marked against the examination boards four assessment objectives, 60% is coursework and 40% is an externally assessed examination.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This qualification can lead into A level Art, a BTEC level 3 or a job in the art and design industry.

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BTEC ART AND DESIGN COURSE CONTACT

Mrs G Warner gwarner@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

The BTEC level 2 is aimed at students who are interested in entering employment within the art and design industry. Over two years you are provided with a grounding in the essential skills and broad fundamentals crucial to this area of study. This course covers drawing and painting, textiles, illustration, graphics, printmaking and photography.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Art and design at BTEC comprises a wide range of different specialties and the course is structured to allow you to develop your interests, at the same time as gaining a broad foundation within the fundamentals.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The BTEC level 2 portfolio is assessed over four units, each with equal weighting and has the equivalence of 2 GCSEs graded A*-C.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This qualification can lead into a BTEC level 3 or a job in the art and design industry.

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BTEC ENGINEERING COURSE CONTACT

Mrs V Walmsley vwalmsley@rbhs.co.uk Mr M Wilding mwilding@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering by applying your learning and skills in a work-related context. You will engage in taking responsibility for your own learning, and develop essential work-related skills, such as working to deadlines and presenting information effectively.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The BTEC qualification provides further opportunity to enhance and reinforce skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, relevant, work-related contexts. You will, through the various unit activities, also have the opportunity to develop personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS).

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The BTEC comprises mandatory core units and optional units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. One core unit focuses on essential knowledge, and the other core unit focuses on applying essential vocational skills. Assessment: • One externally set and assessed core unit worth 25% of the overall of overall grade. • One mandatory core unit internally set and assessed (portfolio) • Optional units internally set and assessed (portfolio).

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The BTEC will support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

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CREATIVE DESIGN

PRODUCT DESIGN: MATERIALS COURSE CONTACT

Mrs V Walmsley vwalmsley@rbhs.co.uk Mr M Wilding mwilding@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Product Design with resistant materials is a course that allows you to develop your ability to identify and solve existing problems, apply relevant research, generate and develop creative design ideas, prototype design outcomes, manufacture quality products and test, evaluate and market final design solutions. The course encourages flair, imagination and innovation and allows you to develop your own creative ability, whilst gaining an understanding of design culture.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will work with themes and materials that are relevant to your chosen resistant materials area of specialism. You will also experience a practical innovation challenge exam where you will be expected to design and make a model of an innovative solution to a given challenge.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

2 controlled assessment projects (% of final GCSE): Developing and applying design skills: 30% Making, testing, marketing, products: 30% 2 examinations: Designing and making innovation challenge: 20% Designing influences: 20%

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The courses provide a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in product design.

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CREATIVE DESIGN PRODUCT DESIGN: GRAPHICS COURSE CONTACT

Mrs V. Walmsley vwalmsley@rbhs.co.uk Mr M. Wilding mwilding@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Product design with graphics is a course that allows you to develop your ability to identify and solve existing problems, apply relevant research, generate and develop creative design ideas, prototype design outcomes, manufacture quality products and test evaluate and market final design solutions. The course encourages flair, imagination and innovation and allows you to develop your own creative ability, whilst gaining an understanding of design culture.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will work with themes and materials that are relevant to your chosen graphics area of specialism. You will also experience a practical innovation challenge exam where you will be expected to design and make a model of an innovative solution to a given challenge.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

2 controlled assessment projects (% of final GCSE): Developing and applying design skills: 30% Making, testing, marketing, products: 30% 2 examinations: Designing and making innovation challenge: 20% Designing influences: 20%

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The product design course provides a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in product design.

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CREATIVE DESIGN PRODUCT DESIGN: FOOD OR FOOD TECHNOLOGY COURSE CONTACT

Mrs V Walmsley vwalmsley@rbhs.co.uk Mrs A Ferson aferson@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

You will work with your teacher to choose one of the following options: Product Design: Food is a course that allows you to develop your ability to identify and solve existing problems, apply relevant research, generate and develop creative design ideas, prototype design outcomes, manufacture quality products and test evaluate and market final design solutions. The course encourages flair, imagination and innovation and allows you to develop your own creative ability, whilst gaining an understanding of design culture. Food Technology is a course that is designed for students who are interested in food science and nutrition. You will have the opportunity to research, design, develop, make, test and evaluate a range of food products that meet the needs of specific target market groups.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

In product design food you will work with themes and materials that are relevant to your chosen food area of specialism. You will also experience a practical innovation challenge exam where you will be expected to design and make a model of an innovative solution to a given challenge. In Food Technology you will have the opportunity to develop your practical making skills and learn how to use a wide range of equipment to manufacture successful high quality food products. .

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Product Design with Food and Graphics 2 controlled assessment projects: 60% of final GCSE Developing and applying design skills: 30% Making, testing, marketing, products: 30% 2 examinations: Designing and making innovation challenge: 20% Designing influences: 20% Food Technology Major design and make coursework project: 60% Written exam: 40%

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS? 21.

The product design course provides a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in product design.


CREATIVE DESIGN PRODUCT DESIGN: FASHION COURSE CONTACT

Mrs V Walmsley vwalmsley@rbhs.co.uk Mrs A Ferson aferson@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Product design with fashion is a course that allows you to develop your ability to identify and solve existing problems, apply relevant research, generate and develop creative design ideas, prototype design outcomes, manufacture quality products and test evaluate and market final design solutions. The course encourages flair, imagination and innovation and allows you to develop your own creative ability, whilst gaining an understanding of design culture.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will work with themes and materials that are relevant to your chosen fashion area of specialism. You will also experience a practical innovation challenge exam where you will be expected to design and make a model of an innovative solution to a given textiles base.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

2 controlled assessment projects(% of final GCSE): Developing and applying design skills: 30% Making, testing, marketing, products: 30% 2 examinations: Designing and making innovation challenge: 20% Designing influences: 20%

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The courses provide a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in product design.

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GCSE GERMAN COURSE CONTACT

Mrs N Siddle nsiddle@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

A language is essential in making yourself stand out from the rest when applying for a job! A GCSE in German will give you more options and opportunities in the world of work. GCSE German focuses on the four main skill areas – listening (20%), reading (20%), writing (30%) and speaking (30%). The speaking and writing assessments are completed throughout year 10 and year 11. There is a listening and reading exam at the end of year 11. In lessons, you will do group and pair work and practice for all of the assessed pieces. Your teacher will guide you through the assessments and give you everything you need.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The GCSE course builds on the work which you have covered in key stage 3. You will study a variety of topics including lifestyle, leisure, home and environment as well as work and education.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will do controlled assessments for writing and speaking. We send the best two written pieces and two speaking exams to the exam board. The listening and reading skill areas are assessed through a final exam in year 11.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

When you have a language the possibilities are endless! The courses provide a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in languages. All companies and businesses value the ability to communicate with other countries. You could also use languages within the context of journalism, law, teaching or hospitality.

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GCSE FRENCH COURSE CONTACT

Mrs N Siddle nsiddle@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

A language is essential in making yourself stand out from the rest when applying for a job! A GCSE in French will give you more options and opportunities in the world of work. GCSE French focuses on the four main skill areas – listening (20%), reading (20%), writing (30%) and speaking (30%). The speaking and writing assessments are completed throughout year 10 and year 11. There is a listening and reading exam at the end of year 11. In lessons, you will do group and pair work and practice for all of the assessed pieces. Your teacher will guide you through the assessments and give you everything you need.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The GCSE course builds on the work which you have covered in key stage 3. You will study a variety of topics including lifestyle, leisure, home and environment as well as work and education.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will do controlled assessments for writing and speaking. We send the best two written pieces and two speaking exams to the exam board. The listening and reading skill areas are assessed through a final exam in year 11.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

When you have a language the possibilities are endless! The courses provide a good foundation for further study at A and AS level in languages. All companies and businesses value the ability to communicate with other countries. You could also use languages within the context of journalism, law, teaching or hospitality.

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GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE CONTACT

Miss L Tait ltait@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is designed to build up and develop the student’s interest in physical education. Students will have a combination of practical and classroom lessons. There are usually two practical and one classroom lesson per week where you will be given the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to maximize your potential grade.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Ten different theory topic areas relating to a healthy, active lifestyle such as ‘A Healthy Active Lifestyle’ and ‘Your Muscular System’. Whilst much of the course is practical, students will need to appreciate that there is also a need for academic study. A big part of the assessment for the course comes via the final examination, so a lot of emphasis is placed upon this aspect of the course. Independent learning activities are set on a regular basis. Practically, you will be given the opportunity to develop skills in a range of activities but is also possible to offer other sports that you perform outside school. A good level of physical fitness and regular participation in competitive sport is advisable.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment takes place every week in practical lessons and a theory test is taken on completion of each theory topic. Students are examined in four different sports and activities. Theory exam: 40% of the final grade and marked out of 80. Practical elements (best four activities, marked out of 10) contribute 50% of the final grade. Analysis of performance element: 10% of the final grade.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

GCSE Physical Education leads naturally to further study at A level and BTEC. It can also lead onto sports coaching and fitness instructing qualifications as well as degree courses in physiotherapy, sports massage, nutrition, sports event management, sports media, sports psychology and sports science.

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BTEC SPORT COURSE CONTACT

Mr G Green ggreen@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

BTEC Sport is designed to enable students to study sport at a deeper level in preparation for future qualification or a career in the leisure and sport industry. Students will have both classroom and practical sessions. Some units are best taught through the practical, whilst other tasks will be best achieved through classroom based activities. Most of the course is assessed using continual assessment which will mean that it is important that students are well organised and keep up-to-date with all assignments. 25% of the marks are externally assessed via two on-line tests. Students following the course will have three extra lessons of physical education or sport per week on top of the normal core physical education lessons.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Fitness for sport; practical sports performance; anatomy & physiology for sport; the sports performer in action; training for personal fitness; leading sports activities; lifestyle and wellbeing; injury and the sports performer.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Two units are assessed externally – one hour on-line tests, set and marked by the exam board. The other units are assessed internally – there will be a variety of different tasks which are set and marked by staff. All units are marked either pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

A BTEC in Sport would allow you to move onto higher level study for example, A level or a level 3 BTEC. It can also lead onto sports coaching and fitness instructing qualifications as well as degree courses in physiotherapy, sports massage, nutrition, sports event management, sports media, sports psychology and sports science.

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GCSE DANCE COURSE CONTACT

Mrs A Winstanley awinstanley@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE • • • • • • •

Individual choreography Group choreography Individual performance of set dance Group performance of set dance Appreciation of chosen dance works Set design, lighting, props, costume and music Historical and social contexts of dance

WHAT WILL I STUDY? • • •

Professional dance works Choreography techniques Performance skills and techniques in a variety of styles

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

80% practical (20% set study, 20% group performance, 15% individual choreography task, 25% choreography). 20% theory exam based upon professional dance works studied.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A level Dance.

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BTEC PERFORMING ARTS (DANCE) COURSE CONTACT

Mrs A Winstanley awinstanley@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE • • • • • • •

Individual showcase Preparation, performance and production Dance skills The performing arts industry. Movement skills Jazz dance techniques Devising performance work

WHAT WILL I STUDY? • • • •

Performance skills and techniques in a variety of dance styles including jazz dance, contemporary dance, salsa and jive. Choreography skills e.g. creating your own dance pieces using different themes and stimuli. Production skills e.g. sound, lighting, music. The performing arts industry e.g. applying for roles, CVs.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? • • •

One of the units is assessed by completing an online test. The majority of the assessments will be practically based with some written coursework to accompany it. Two of the seven units are externally marked and the other five units are internally assessed.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including level 3 BTEC.

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GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES COURSE CONTACT

Miss J Lyons jlyons@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

Students will cover a range of business topics including marketing and finance. The units of study will give students a grounding in the subject which will enable them to explore the world as an entrepreneur or as a business manager later in life. The course develops problem solving skills and encourages an independent and creative approach to the world of business.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Students will learn about different types of business and how they function throughout the world. Students will learn about how many different elements of the business function with a focus on marketing and the role this plays within the business.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is assessed through two examinations and a controlled assessment. The exams are worth 30% each and the controlled assessment 40%.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The world of business is only limited by your imagination but for further study there are A levels in business and economics as well as a range of degrees at university.

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GCSE HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE COURSE CONTACT

Mrs K Cross kcross@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

The GCSE Health and Social Care course is a single award worth one GCSE which is taught over two years. During this course you can expect to develop a range of skills that will be a benefit to pursuing a career in the caring profession. You will also develop knowledge of health, well-being and development of people throughout each life stage. The single award GCSE in Health and Social Care is an inspiring course covering all aspects of health and social care which will help you make an informed decision about your future career choices.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships In this unit you will learn about physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout each life stage. You will also learn about how different life events and relationships can affect our development. Unit 2: Health, Social and Early Year’s Provision A range of care needs for major client groups, the types of services that exist within health and social care in order to meet these needs and finally you will learn about the skills, qualities and job roles.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships - Exam worth 40% of your overall grade. Unit 2: Health, Social and Early Year’s Provision Controlled assessment worth 60% of your overall grade.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to go onto college or an apprenticeship to pursue a career in the following; nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, ambulance services and caring for young children or the elderly.

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GCSE CHILD DEVELOPMENT COURSE CONTACT

Mrs K Cross kcross@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This is a single award GCSE worth one GCSE over two years. To succeed on this course you must complete a study based on the development of a child between the ages of 0 and 5 years old for your controlled assessment. In the examination unit you will learn about preparing for parenthood, including family planning, maternal care, the development of the child from foetus to five years, the importance of play for development and caring for the child including basic first aid. You will cover a broad range of topics relating to family, child development and caring for children.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Unit 1: Exam: within this unit you will learn about the key issues relating to pregnancy, for example; family, family planning, reproduction, pregnancy, new born and child care provision. Unit 2: Research task: you will have a choice of topics issued by the exam board to choose from in order to present findings to parents or expecting parents. Unit 3: Child study: you will produce a project on a child aged between 0-5 years. You will write about the development of this child over a period of six months and visit the child four times.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Unit 1: Examination unit worth 40% of the overall grade. Completed at the end of year 11. Unit 2 and unit 3: Controlled assessment units which together are worth 60% of your overall grade. Completed in both year 10 and year 11.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This course is seen as a direct entry onto the BTEC National Diploma in Health & Social Care (worth three A levels) or similar courses such as the DCE Diploma in Childcare and Education. This may lead into careers in early year’s education (nursery nursing, teaching etc), child minding, emergency services, social work, sociology and psychology.

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CIDA

(CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL APPLICATIONS) COURSE CONTACT

Mr D Parsonage dparsonage@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is designed to meet the growing need for digital media, from broadcasts, film, online to mobile devices. The ever expanding IT economy has developed into media and this course is the first step in developing the specialist skills needed to start a career in this industry. With media companies such as the BBC and ITV now basing themselves in the nearby Salford’s Media City development this course is a great starting point for those students looking to work in new media and digital arts.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The course is designed for creative arts students; the course will teach you how to use ICT software to build creative digitally interactive media from Photoshop to interactive multimedia applications. The course will cover a range of aspects from image editing, sound engineering, through to animation.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is assessed through 2 units: 1. A web design unit which is completed in a 2hr 30 minute examination on the computers and assessed by the exam board. 2. A coursework unit on multimedia design set by the exam board each year.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

This course will lead to a level 3 creative media and other IT qualifications as well as apprenticeships with media companies.

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GCSE COMPUTING COURSE CONTACT

Mr C Cheetham ccheetham@rbhs.co.uk

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge of computer science or as programmers. The course will teach you the basic levels of programming language and logic thinking. The course takes you through a series of increasingly complex and creative problems to solve, progressing on to creating programs and small applications.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will learn how to use Google’s APP inventor to develop your own APP. You will learn how to create programs using a package called Python which will introduce you to the world or programming.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

1. Computer programming examination, covering the theory, logical thinking and problem solving. 2. A coursework unit set by the exam board where you will develop your programming theory and knowledge in a scenario. 3. A coursework unit set by your teacher to build a program.

WHAT COULD I DO AFTERWARDS?

The future for computing students is a career in software and game design. This can be continued at A level, through apprenticeships, university and of course in employment.

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YEAR 9 GCSE OPTIONS CHOICES FORM

Joe Bloggs

Name of student:

9C

EX

SECTION A

Form:

To ensure that all students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, you must select one course from the following box: Choice

GCSE Geography GCSE History

GCSE Computing GCSE French

GCSE German

X

SECTION B

Students must express a preference for four courses from the list below. Please do not include the option selected in SECTION A as one of these four choices.

AM

Please insert numbers 1 - 4 in the boxes below in order of preference. 1 being your first choice, 2 being your second and so on. There are some rules you must follow. There are certain combination of subjects that you cannot study: • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE Music and BTEC Music Performance • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE Drama and BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE Dance and BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE Art and BTEC Art & Design • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE PE and BTEC Sport • NOT ALLOWED: GCSE Computing and BTEC Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA) GCSE Choices

No.

GCSE Business Studies

2

GCSE Computing GCSE Music

BTEC Choices

No.

1

BTEC Art & Design BTEC Sport

BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

GCSE Drama

BTEC Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)

GCSE PE

BTEC Engineering

GCSE Dance

GCSE Citizenship GCSE Geography GCSE History GCSE Religious Studies GCSE French GCSE German GCSE Creative Design: Food GCSE Creative Design: Fashion GCSE Creative Design: Graphics GCSE Creative Design: Materials

4

3

GCSE Child Development GCSE Health and Social Care GCSE Triple Award Science (*Students can only select this course if they have prior approval from the course leader)

Parental name:

Joan Bloggs

E

GCSE Art

PL

GCSE Media Studies

Signature:

JBloggs

Please return your form to your Form Tutor by Monday 17 March 2014 during Form Period


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Options Choices 2014