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Student Choices Information & Guidance

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Year 9 Art Year 9 Business Studies Year 9 Caring for Children Year 9 CoPe Year 9 Dance Year 9 Design & Technology Year 9 Drama Year 9 Humanities Year 9 Media Studies Year 9 Modern Foreign Languages Year 9 Music Year 9 Physical Education Year 9 Religious Studies

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Apprenticeship Year 11 only Art & Design GCSE Business Studies GCSE Catering GCSE Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Citizenship GCSE Dance GCSE Drama GCSE English GCSE Geography GCSE Health & Social Care GCSE History GCSE Information & Communication Technology GCSE Computer Science GCSE Law GCSE Media Studies GCSE Mathematics GCSE Statistics GCSE Modern Foreign Languages Music Btec Level 2 extended certificate Music GCSE Outdoor & Adventurous Activities Btec Level 2 Physical Education GCSE Sport Btec Level 2 Public Services Btec Level 1 Religious Studies GCSE First Certificate in Principals of Science and Application of Science Chemistry, Biology & Physics GCSE Core Science GCSE & Additional Science GCSE Technology— Product Design GCSE Technology—Textiles GCSE Technology—Leisure & Tourism GCSE Vocational Studies Btec Level 1

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INTRODUCTION AND GUIDANCE YEAR 10 INTO 11 This year group will choose two Learning Pathways and have a greater number of English and Maths lessons. 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths is still the key performance measure for all students. The second key performance measure is a student’s eight best Level 2 qualifications. In Year 11 students should be very much focused on GCSE courses. Where possible, students should avoid taking courses which overlap. As a result of new discounting rules it is not advisable to take a BTEC and a GCSE in the same subject. Students should consider retaking a course when: 

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They studied a subject which is important to their future career and education plans in Year 9.This is particularly important with regard to Post 16 provision, where often a grade B is the minimum requirement for A Level study. Their achievement in a subject area falls significantly below their target grade. They achieved below grade C in a subject.

YEAR 9 INTO 10 Progress 8 is the new performance measure to be introduced for the first time for this year group – replacing the notion of 5A*-C passes. Student progress will be measured in 8 key subjects, which divide into three defined groupings: 

Two of the eight subjects must be English and Maths

Three subjects must be from the EBACC suite (Science, MFL, Humanities and Computer Science)

The remaining three can come from the full range of GCSE and vocational qualifications.

With the focus now very much on progress and a system which openly discourages early entry the Academy curriculum needs to change to ensure students achieve the Progress 8 measure: 

Students will now take GCSE courses over two years; taking examinations at the end of Year 11.

All students will take a Humanity and a second subject from the EBACC group – students who selected the EBACC pathway last year should continue with their studies.

All students will have two additional choices, and, where appropriate they should try and build upon their Year 9 learning by either retaking a course to ensure they achieve a qualification or moving onto GCSE provision.

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INTRODUCTION AND GUIDANCE YEAR 8 INTO 9

Progress 8 will be the key performance measure for this year group. Student progress will be measured in 8 key subjects, which divide into three defined groupings: 

Two of the eight subjects must be English and Maths

Three subjects must be from the EBACC suite (Science, MFL, Humanities and Computer Science) All students will study Humanities, Science and at least one other EBACC subject

The remaining three can come from the full range of GCSE and vocational qualifications to ensure students achieve the progress 8 measures

Students will choose two additional subjects in Year 9 – based on their skills, interests and personal needs.

They will not sit examinations in these subjects but they should choose with a view to taking the GCSE course the following year.

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ART WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

路 An interest in taking Art at GCSE level 路 Willingness to work in new and exciting ways 路 A desire to further develop your art skills WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? This course will provide you with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating art opportunities. You will actively engage in the processes of Art and Design to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies of historical and contemporary art and cultures. The course is a strong foundation for further progression to Fine Art GCSE. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course is 100% course work. You will create a body of work which will be presented as a portfolio and final outcome pieces. The work completed on this course may be used towards entry for GCSE if opted for at a later stage.

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BUSINESS STUDIES WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

- An interest in business enterprise. - The ability to work with others as part of a team. - Motivated and enthusiastic learner - An Interest in how businesses work and what makes them successful. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? This course will introduce you to the subject of business knowledge and will show you how to spot a successful business opportunity. You will learn why customer needs are central to starting a business, and what the different types of market research are and how the data can be collected and understood.

Throughout the course you will be expected to work in groups collaborating with others, and often presenting your findings in the style of Dragon’s Den. You will be given the opportunity to take part in an Enterprise Project, where you will be able to put into practice the skills you are learning, with further information from local entrepreneurs who will be invited into school to share their experiences and ideas with you. This course will encourage you to develop your business knowledge, work with others to build your confidence and enable you to present your ideas in a creative and inventive way.

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CARING FOR CHILDREN (Pre GCSE Health & Social Care) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? To consider studying this course you should have an interest in further studying or working in the childcare sector. You need to have an open mind and be able to understand that there are many different ways of working with children. You need to be interested in the developments that children make and want to ultimately make a positive contribution towards their development, experiences and safety. Overall, you need to be willing to share ideas with others, be prepared to take part in discussions and be well organised and a good attender of school in order to ensure that you complete all requirements of the course. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?

This course has been designed to help learners gain the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to care for children generally. You will learn how to respect and value children as individuals, how to tell stories, plan musical and creative experiences and keep children safe. This course will be delivered through a wide range of practical activities; for example, make and play a variety of musical instruments, create picture books, and make a variety of crafts or toys. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will complete a number of projects over the period of a year.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE: If you are interested in pursuing further study in Childcare or Health and Social care this course will give you the knowledge and practical skills to progress. You will have the opportunity to enjoy learning new skills about a wide range of opportunities within the Public Service sector . You could also go on to complete a Level 1 Certificate in Public Services in year 10 /11, This can then be developed to study Public Services at college where completion of the course creates opportunities for employment within the Public Service sector.

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CoPe CERTIFICATE OF PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS (ASDAN) QUALIFICATION: · Level 1 – 25 points (equivalent to GCSE grade E/F) WHAT IS CoPE? The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a qualification that offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people’s activities. It promotes a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements for young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

· Be able to work independently and make connections over different areas of learning · Self-motivation and good organisational skills are essential for this course WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will gain credits by completing different challenges. You must produce a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating the skills you have acquired throughout the course. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? There is no examination and the course is assessed continually through the portfolio but in Year 9 it will be studied at Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grade E/F)

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WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

This course seeks to provide knowledge, skill and understanding of dance and is an excellent introduction to the subject for those wishing to study dance at GCSE level. You must: 路 Have an interest in dance performance, choreography and analysis 路 Want to develop your knowledge and skills in dance 路 Want a chance of practical experience

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE ? Choreography classes will give you the chance to explore your own ideas and provide you with one to one support which will enable you to create your own work. Dance analysis sessions will also help to broaden your understanding of the subject. Basics in safe practice and health and safety for dancers are also covered. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course will be an ideal stepping stone to GCSE, covering many of the skills required. Your progress will be assessed throughout the year.

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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?    

Good organisation skills and ability to problem solve The ability to research, develop and present ideas using a variety of media An interest in Technology subjects A wish to take a Technology GCSE at a later date

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will complete a range of design and make projects in each of the areas of Product Design, Food Technology, and Textiles. You will rotate around these units on a termly carousel throughout the academic year. Along with the designing & making skills specific to each unit, you will be taught a number of generic skills common to all of the units such as the design process, sketching & rendering and Health & safety. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will complete projects which are supplemented by a range of focused practical tasks aimed at building the necessary practical skills to produce high quality products. You will be assessed in accordance with the National Curriculum level descriptors. The course prepares students to be able to continue their studies at GCSE in their chosen area of interest in year 10.

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DRAMA By opting into the Year 9 Drama course you will become part of a working, small scale Theatre Company to develop the skills and experience needed to perform in a range of different styles of drama. The aim of Year 9 Drama is to create quality performances for a range of audiences in school and outside of the Academy. You will develop your own performance skills with many chances to perform and gain feedback in a supportive atmosphere. WHAT SORT OF PROJECTS COULD I DO ON THE COURSE?      

Create pieces for Years 7 and 8 students that will be shown in an assembly Work with other school groups Visit venues for workshops Work with different practitioners Go on trips to see live productions Work on the school show

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Staging drama Directing Devising Drama Physical theatre, mime and mask work Technical theatre skills Script writing Teamwork Presenting work to audiences

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Year 9 Drama will help you if you require more time to develop the skills which are vital for Drama GCSE.

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HUMANITIES What skills and qualities do I need? You need to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The key skills you will use include: The ability to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement, collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork interpret a range of sources of information, including maps, texts, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) What will I do on the course? You will study a range of units including: crime and punishment, how methods of policing and investigation developed during the Victorian period, particularly in relation to the Jack the Ripper case; warfare in different time periods including the First and Second World Wars; how methods of protest brought about change, for example the Chartists and the Suffragettes. You will also be able to take part in local fieldwork enquiries investigating crime and the environment, investigate how our actions and choices as consumers may have global effects in our Globalisation and Fair Trade units and look more closely at the impacts of our use of resources on the planet and its wildlife by joining the energy debate. We aim to enable you to gain a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world, to learn about diverse places and environments and develop a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. In Geography, students will investigate the way that people and the planet interact, you will learn about the Earth’s features and will understand how they are shaped and change over time. In History, you will begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. How is the course organised and assessed? You will study an equal number of lessons of History and Geography your progress will be assessed throughout the year. There will be no end of year examination.

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MEDIA STUDIES WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  An enthusiasm for learning about how television, radio, newspapers and magazines are

produced  An interest in planning and making media texts of your own WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study how and why the professionals create media texts and how to produce your own. You will develop your ability to understand and analyse real media texts, and will also have the opportunity to create your own media products, using specialist technology. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course will be an ideal stepping stone to GCSE, covering many of the skills required. Your progress will be assessed throughout the year.

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  A positive attitude towards language learning with an open mind towards other cultures

and civilisations  A willingness to have a go and not mind making mistakes and some prior knowledge of

your chosen language WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? During the year, you will be following a selection of topics from the following: My World (meeting people, home life, and education and future plans); Holidays and Leisure (outings, activities, travel and accommodation, French cinema); Lifestyle (celebrations, health and fitness, and food and drink); Young Person in Society (region and environment, media, and work and choices); At the end of each theme, there will be a celebration of learning in a creative activity. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? This course acts as a stepping stone towards GCSE. You can choose one language from French or German. In both cases, you will experience the most success if you have already studied your chosen language at Key Stage 3. The emphasis will be on communication and having fun learning a foreign language. There will be regular assessments so you can see how you are progressing.

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MUSIC This Music course is designed to prepare/up-skill you for taking Music GCSE or BTEC Music the following year. It does not lead to a formal qualification itself. However, you may be able to prepare for and take Rock School/ABRSM/Trinity College of Music graded instrument/vocal examinations during the year if you are of a suitable standard. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? Year 9 Music may also be taken as a stand-alone course that serves to develop your personal desire to learn an instrument but not necessarily lead to studying on further Music courses. You will need to be enthusiastic and committed to developing your individual instrumental/vocal performing skills. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?

Instrumental/voice tuition You will spend the majority of your time learning/practising a chosen instrument or voice. You will be encouraged to receive paired tuition and ensemble skill coaching via the Rock n Pop Academy or Classix Academy tuition programmes that operate after school hours. Parental contributions are required for students to access these tuition programmes (Please ask for details). Listening and Theory You will listen to relevant leading artists in your chosen instrument/genre and study their music and skills. You will also undertake a course to develop your general music and theory knowledge. This will help to prepare you for the BTEC/GCSE courses.

Composing You will also be introduced to a range of computer software including Pro Tools, Sibelius, Garage Band and Digital Multi track recording techniques as part of the course. Music Activities You will be encouraged to attend at least one extracurricular music activity throughout the course: e.g. Rock n Pop Academy; Classix Academy; Academy Singers; Ceilidh Band, Samba Band, Keyboard Club.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION This course is designed to provide an introduction and base of knowledge for the accredited courses the PE Department delivers. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  A strong desire to learn about my potential in order to take an accredited course in PE in the

near future.  A willingness to work hard at both the theory and practical aspects of the course.  You will need to display high levels of personal responsibility by being well organised and

respectful when working with others. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?

The course will introduce aspects of PE GCSE, Sport Btec and BTEC Outdoor and Adventurous Activities for students who have an interest in taking an accredited course at a later date. The course will include both theory and practical study with ongoing assessment of individual performance. Students will be expected to take on a variety of roles and work to develop their knowledge and skills in these areas. There will be the opportunity to gain accreditation during this course which will be beneficial in following courses such as BTEC and GCSE. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Ongoing assessment throughout the course to assess suitability for further study. Some practical activities may require a late return to school.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  An interest in other religions and their cultures.  Ability to develop your own values, attitudes and opinions in light of your learning.  To understand and assess differing religious/non-religious viewpoints.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study a variety of religions and belief systems. You also will investigate philosophical, moral and contemporary issues within society and consider your own and various religious responses. Areas covered will include:  Belief in God  Matters of Life and Death  Marriage and the Family  Community Cohesion  Rights and Responsibilities  Environment and Medicine  Peace and Conflict  Crime and Punishment

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course will be an ideal stepping stone to GCSE, covering many of the skills required. Your progress will be assessed throughout the year.

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APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAY EAL Engineering Level 1 WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?   

You must be on course to achieve at least five other qualifications You must be in Year 11 You must want to pursue a skilled apprenticeship with BAEsystems, or similar engineering based industry. Have a desire to move onto the EAL Level 2 Engineering course at college You must have an interest in working with your hands and be prepared to spend time in a workshop learning practical skills along with paper based activities to develop your portfolio and knowledge of working in Engineering

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?

This course offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world of engineering in industry. You will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the skills you need to be successful in pursuing a career in engineering. This course has been designed in liaison with our sponsor Furness College and BAEsystems. Successful completion of this course will guarantee students a placement at Furness College on the EAL Level 2 Engineering course. This is an identified selection area for BAE Apprenticeships. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED?  The course is both workshop and computer based (CAD/CAM)  Students will need to study 5 Units, Unit 1- Working in Engineering is compulsory . The other

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4 Units will be selected by the course Assessor Each Unit has a controlled assessment element to it, which is completed in the classroom or workshop under examination conditions Students can gain a Pass/Merit/Distinction for individual Units, students will gain an overall Pass of Fail for the course based on achievement of the 5 Units Each Unit is Assessed and Internally Verified before External verification Students will produce a professional portfolio, designed to be taken to college/interview to show potential colleges/employers the skills they have learned

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ART GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  Ability to work in a variety of media  A desire to work independently  Willingness to maintain a folder and sketchbook containing evidence of personal research,

observations, ideas, analysis and final outcomes WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will work to your personal strengths and ideas in the following areas:  Developing and exploring ideas through investigation using a variety of media  Analysing and evaluating images and artefacts  Recording observations, experiences and ideas  Reviewing, modifying and refining your work as it progresses  Presenting a personal informed outcome, realising intentions and making informed connections

with the work of others HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You are required to present a selected portfolio of coursework plus a ten hour controlled test. The Coursework assessment carries 60% marks and the controlled test 40% marks.

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BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE (Edexcel) We advise students to take Business and Computing in Year 9 before taking Business Studies GCSE. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  Enthusiastic and motivated with good communication skills  Good organisational skills, mature attitude, flexible thinking  The ability to work as part of a team

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? While studying this course you are likely to learn lots of new things. You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. You will also learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Unit 1: Introduction to Small Businesses - Examination worth 25% Unit 2: Controlled Assessment worth 25% Unit 3: Building a business - Examination worth 50%

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CATERING GCSE (WJEC) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  

Enthusiastic about food and food related issues Able to access ingredients for practical work on a regular basis

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study four areas of work: food and nutrition, meal planning and food production, technological development and the catering industry. You will complete practical tasks on a regular basis relevant to each of the areas of work. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED?  

Examination: 40% Controlled assessment 40% + 20%

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CoPe CERTIFICATE OF PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS (ASDAN) QUALIFICATION:  Level 1 – 25 points (equivalent to GCSE grade E/F)  Level 2 – 46 points (equivalent to GCSE grade B)  Wider Skills – Level 1/Level 2

WHAT IS CoPe? The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a qualification that offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people’s activities. It promotes a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements for young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  Be able to work independently and make connections over different areas of learning  Self-motivation and good organisational skills are essential for this course

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will gain credits by completing different challenges. You must produce a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating the skills you have acquired throughout the course.

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? There is no examination and the course is assessed continually through the portfolio.

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CITIZENSHIP GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?    

Enthusiastic and motivated with good written communication skills The ability to analyse documents to find relevant information The ability to present a reasoned viewpoint This academic qualification is most suited to high attaining students with an interest in current affairs and how the country operates.

What will I do on the course? Citizenship aims to evaluate the world and how it operates, form an opinion about injustices and unfairness, and use your power as a citizen to make decisions and effect change. You will learn about:: 

Local and global issues that have been in the news and are effecting citizens in a negative way Research how communities change over time in relation to the key themes of justice, identity and diversity, democracy and rights and responsibilities. Developing a critical mind to identify and build your own viewpoint thinking about how information can be biased and which sources can be relied upon to provide facts. Responsible methods of making a change within your community or even in the world such as campaigning, raising awareness or making and signing petitions.

How is the course organised and assessed?

Unit 1 – Controlled Assessment – Running your own campaign Unit 2 – Examination Paper -Identity, Diversity and Democracy Unit 3 – Examination Paper – Rights and Responsibilities Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment – Leading the Way as an Active Citizen

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DANCE GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

This course seeks to provide knowledge skill and understanding of dance and is en excellent introduction to the subject for those wishing to study dance at advanced level. You must:    

Have an interest in dance performance, choreography and analysis Want to develop your knowledge and skills in dance Want a chance of practical experience Be able to meet deadlines

What will I do on the course?

Choreography classes will give you the chance to explore your own ideas and provide you with one to one support which will enable you to create your own work. Dance analysis sessions will also help to broaden your understanding of the subject. Basics in safe practice and health and safety for dancers are also covered. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Assessment is based on coursework and performances and comprises three components. Written paper (20%): The paper is split into two sections which focus on the set work you will study and require you to show understanding of different professional dance works. Practical Examination (20%): You will be required to perform a set study which will last approximately one minute. Coursework (20%): Performance and Choreography: You will be required to perform in one duo/group dance which will last about 2½ to 3 minutes. Choreography (40%) You will also choreograph a dance, which may be a solo or group performance (40%)

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DRAMA GCSE (Edexcel) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?       

Expressing yourself in an active and exciting way Working in a group Contributing your ideas and taking on board those of others Exploring issues by putting yourself in other people’s shoes Playing many parts in different imaginary situations Creating your own drama work Looking at plays written by other people

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and at different ways of bringing a script to life on stage. There will be more opportunities to explore themes and issues using a range of drama techniques. If you are more interested in the technical aspects of drama (for example set design or lighting) you could focus on these for part of the course. You will learn how drama is created, including all the acting and staging skills that are needed to put a piece of drama on to the stage. You will obtain many skills that are highly valued in any walk of life including teamwork and confidently presenting yourself in public. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Two units of work are assessed under controlled conditions by your teacher and include both written and practical elements. You will explore themes ideas and issues, then a full play in a practical way supported by your written documentary response. These two units are marked by your teacher. For the final unit, you will perform a play with a visiting examiner in the audience. There are no written examinations but you will be required to perform in the play, as an actor or contribute a form of design to a production such as costume, lighting or sound.

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ENGLISH GCSE (AQA) GCSE English Language GCSE English Literature WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  A desire to enhance written and oral communication skills: for example, to develop the

capacity to write effectively and read with insight  Enthusiasm for various types of reading including novels, plays, poems and media texts

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study for a GCSE English Language qualification. This will involve a range of literary texts, including writers like John Steinbeck. You will also study a variety of media texts ranging from moving image to magazines. You will have to produce your own writing in various styles aimed at different audiences with an array of purposes. For example, you will have to entertain as well as inform and advise. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? English Language  Examinations: 40% of the overall mark based on responses to media texts  Controlled assessments: 60% of the overall mark of which:  20% is based on speaking and listening tasks, plus 40% based on reading and writing skills

These are formal assessments held within the Academy based on our study of: extended reading; the production of creative writing and a study of spoken language. English Literature Examinations: 75% of the overall mark is based on a range of poetry, plays and novels. These will be assessed in two formal externally marked examination papers. Controlled assessment: 25% of the overall mark is based on your study of Shakespeare and the literary heritage. As with all controlled assessments, this will be set formally within the Academy.

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GEOGRAPHY GCSE Geography A (AQA) This academic qualification should be taken through the EBACC Pathway 1 in Year 9; or studied in Year 10 or 11, to help maximise attainment levels. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? Do you want to know how and why some human activities are damaging the environment? Do you want to know how decisions are made that will affect the future of the planet? Are you interested in the natural world and how it was formed? Do you want to know how actions that we take locally have global effects? If you like to question the world around you and want to develop skills in map reading, GIS and fieldwork techniques, then this is the course for you.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?

This course will offer you the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects of geographical importance from local issues like off shore wind farms and tourism to global concerns such as climate change, deforestation and water shortage. To do this, the course combines both Human and Physical Geography to enable you to understand the impact that human activities have on the earth and the scientific principles that underpin the planet’s changing nature. The key themes of the course are:       

The restless earth The living world Water on the land Changing urban Environments The Coastal zone Population change Tourism

Geography fieldwork will give you the opportunity to put the knowledge learnt in the classroom into practice. You will need to plan your enquiry and carry out the practical investigations, record your findings and critically analyse them. You will gain knowledge and understanding of our environment and will be able to discuss solutions that may protect it for future generations. A Geography qualification can lead to further study and a range of jobs such as pollution control officer, geologist, countryside ranger, weather forecaster, property developer, work in tourism, conservation, environmental planning, regeneration, renewable energy, teaching, the media e.g. broadcasting. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED ? Examination: Two written examination papers worth 75% of the total mark and practical fieldwork investigation that you will write up individually.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE GCSE SINGLE AWARD (OCR) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED ?  An interest in health and/or social care (maybe as a future career)  An ability to contribute to active lessons - including discussions, presentations and team

challenges. Keen research skills and the ability to work independently are also very important WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE ? The focus of the course will be to develop your knowledge and understanding of the relevant professions as well as considering key issues relating to personal development. You will study two units of work:  Understanding Personal Development and Relationships (examination unit)  Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision (controlled assessment)

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED ? The assessment for this course is one controlled assessment (60%) and one examination (40%). The examination is taken in January and so it is important that students are committed. The controlled assessment is a lengthy piece of work which requires students to work independently on a number of key tasks.

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HISTORY GCSE (Edexcel) This academic qualification should be taken through the EBACC Pathway 1 in Year 9; or studied in Year 10 or 11, to help maximise attainment levels. WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  An ability to use evidence to study the lives and events of people in the past and to

reconstruct what happened and why  A desire to develop your thinking powers, your ability to construct reasoned arguments and your ability to understand people’s actions and the way modern life has developed. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will undertake training in: solving problems, analysing evidence to reach a judgement, evaluating historical sources for reliability and usefulness, identifying cause of events and the consequences of them. You will develop your ability to evaluate how reliable the historic evidence is, decide how useful it is to your investigations and come to logical and reasoned conclusions based on what you have found out. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will take three examinations and conduct a coursework investigation spread through the year. Each of the examinations and the coursework assessment are worth 25% of the final mark. Modules are:  The development of Medicine and treatments from medieval times to the present day  How surgery improved from 1845 to 1918  Germany between 1919 and 1945

Coursework Investigation: You will have the opportunity to investigate how the Vietnam War 1962/75 has been represented after the event and report your findings in a single piece of coursework.

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ICT GCSE (Edexcel) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

Your Key Stage 3 education will have equipped you with many of the skills you need to gain success in this qualification, added to a willingness to learn and a desire to succeed you will leave school well equipped to deal with the modern ICT workplace. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? This course will develop knowledge and understanding of how ICT is used in everyday life. You will learn about how we now live in a digital world, looking at how we use personal digital devices in our lives both for personal use and for working practice. You will research a variety of digital devices, connectivity, how to operate online, using social networking safety and about ICT security and privacy issues.

Practising and enhancing a variety of practical ICT skills, learning how to design and create publications and digital media utilising a large range of software applications, equipping you for life in the modern workplace. You will understand how software and applications are used to solve problems and gain a working knowledge of applications. Throughout the course you will be working both independently and also in groups collaborating with others, to develop skills and understanding. GCSE ICT will build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in KS3, it is an excellent progression to ‘A’ level ICT, vocational courses and even on to degree level courses in the areas of ICT, Business or computing.

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Unit 1—Living in a Digital World—Examination, 1 Paper—1.5 hours (40 %) Unit 2—Using Digital Tools—Controlled Assessment Task (60%)

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COMPUTER SCIENCE GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?     

An interest in Computer Science and Programming Enjoy problem-solving A motivated and enthusiastic learner An interest in how computers work and how new technology is developed The ability to work independently and as part of a team

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? This course will introduce you to Computer Science and programming languages. You will develop a variety of skills, learn how to design and create applications that will run on mobile devices and operate on the Internet. You will learn how to create computer games and develop understanding of the basic concepts of software application creation. You will understand how software and applications are developed and gain a working knowledge of programming language. Throughout the course you will be expected to work both independently and also in groups collaborating with others, to develop skills and understanding of applications. This course will encourage you to develop your business knowledge, work with others to build your confidence and enable you to present your ideas in a creative and inventive way. Computer Science GCSE will build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in Key Stage 3, it is an excellent progression to ‘A’ level Computer Science, vocational courses and even on to degree level courses in the areas of computing, web authoring, engineering and science. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Internal Assessments will be used to check attainment and progress. Examination: Written examination paper (60%) Controlled assessment: Project delivered internally in school (40%)

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LAW GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?    

Enthusiastic and motivated with good written communication skills The ability to analyse documents to find relevant information The ability to present a reasoned viewpoint This academic qualification is most suited to high attaining Year 11 students.

What will I do on the course? Law gives you an understanding of the role of Law in today’s society. In addition to helping you acquire subject knowledge, studying Law helps to develop skills of selection, analysis, critical thinking and decision making, and an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Whilst studying this course you will learn about:     

The English Legal System Introduction to Law Courts and Processes People in the Law Sources of English Law

Law in Action: Criminal Law, Family Law and Rights and Responsibilities How is the course organised and assessed? Unit 1 The English Legal System - 1.5 hour written examination worth 50 % Unit 2 Law in Action - 1.5 hour written examination worth 50%

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MEDIA STUDIES GCSE (AQA) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? 

An enthusiasm for learning about how television, radio, newspapers and magazines are produced An interest in planning and making media texts of your own

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study two units which will teach you both how and why the professionals create media texts and how to produce your own. You will develop your ability to understand and analyse real media texts, and will also have the opportunity to create your own media products, using specialist technology. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The Single Award: Unit 1: Investigating the Media: written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes – 60 marks – 40% of the single award marks. Unit 2: Understanding the Media: 90 marks - 60% of total marks. Three controlled assessments which increase in detail and number of marks awarded. Double Award: Units 1 and 2 are completed as above plus: Unit 3: Exploring Media Industries: examination – 1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks – 20% of marks for the Double Award. Section A – ten short answer questions. Section B – five longer responses to a media stimulus. Unit 4: Responding to a Media Brief: set brief – 90 marks – 30% of marks. Research, planning and presentation to a ‘client’. Fully realised production and evaluation.

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MATHEMATICS GCSE (AQA) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? 

A willingness to develop your ability to problem solve, explore and develop mathematical ideas Students have to plan how to carry out a task, generate results, search for patterns and evaluate and conclude findings

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? The course offers you the opportunity to explore mathematics and develop your problem-solving skills. You will develop your Functional Mathematics skills by using maths to problem solve as you would in many career areas. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? This is a modular Maths course. The GCSE assessment pattern is structured to enable candidates to show their ability in the subject. There are two overlapping levels: LEVEL F (FOUNDATION) - targeted levels: G, F, E, D, C. LEVEL H (HIGHER) – targeted levels: D, C, B, A, A*.

STATISTICS GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  

GCSE Mathematics target of Grade B or above A keen interest in Statistics and its applications in business, medicine, science and other academic fields

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will develop a critical appreciation of statistics, a quality considered increasingly important in a wide variety of careers and in everyday life. You will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of statistical methods and concepts. You will learn about the real potential of data, but also develop an awareness of its limitations. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED?

The specification consists of a two-tier assessment with a controlled assessment task covering both tiers. Unit 1- Written Paper (75% of the total marks) Foundation Tier Grades C – G Higher Tier Grades A* – D Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment (12.5% investigation, 12.5% written assessment). Students must complete an investigation and an associated written assessment.

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MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES GCSE (AQA) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? 

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To be working at Level 4 or preferably above (with particular strengths in speaking and writing skills) by the end of Key Stage 3, and a willingness to work at home as well as at school. A positive attitude towards language learning and an open mind towards other cultures and civilisations. The confidence to speak in the target language and not mind making mistakes. A basic understanding of how the language works, e.g. sentence structure, verbs and tenses, adjectives. The ability to be an independent learner and access a variety of resources, e.g. dictionaries and wordlists, the internet and verb tables.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? During the year, you will study topics based on lifestyle, leisure, home and environment, and work and education. The course is challenging but rewarding and will provide you with practical language skills that can be used in a variety of settings. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You can choose one language from French or German. In both cases, you must have already studied your chosen language at Key Stage 3. The GCSE course will consist of examinations and controlled assessments. The listening and reading examinations form 40% (20% each) of the final mark. The speaking and writing form 60% (30% each).

A GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language will constitute one of the components of the English Baccalaureate.

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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (EDEXCEL) The BTEC Extended Certificate in Music is equivalent to one GCSE at grade A*-C.

WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?      

Have a strong interest in Music generally Want to develop your knowledge and skills in music Enjoy researching and investigating rather than just being taught Want to learn a musical instrument or voice Have an interest in performing music Be able to meet deadlines

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will be treated as a professional performer and understand how to work well within the Music industry. The course involves a high level of independent learning and you will regularly be asked to prepare and present your own work. It is a very practical course in which you will develop your performing, composing and listening skills. The course will include:      

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Opportunities to visit professional concerts Rehearsing and performing in a number of concerts/events Making presentations on different aspects of your research Developing presentation skills using displays, audio-visual and computer-aided materials Solo, paired and small group work Researching new topics using the internet, relevant textbooks, journals and industry produced publications Tutor-led discussions Developing strategies to plan and evaluate your work effectively

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course will be assessed through a mixture of portfolio work and controlled assessment.

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MUSIC GCSE (EDEXCEL) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

You will need to be enthusiastic and committed to music and willing to participate in at least one musical activity throughout the course. You are strongly advised to have studied an instrument at Key Stage 3 during years 7 and 8. If you have not received instrumental/vocal tuition in years 7 and 8 then you should consider taking the Access Music course first. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? General You will learn about four 'Areas of Study'. These will form the basis through which your performing, composing and appraising/listening skills are developed. The four Areas of Study are: Western Classical Music; Music in the 20th Century; Popular Music in Context and World Music. You will explore these Areas of Study through a number of ‘Set Works’. Composing You will compose two pieces of music during supervised time. You will record your compositions and produce a score /commentary for each of them. Performing You will perform two different pieces on an instrument/voice of your choice. One will be a solo performance and the other will be an ensemble performance. Instrumental/voice tuition You will be expected to learn an instrument /voice via the Rock n Pop Academy or Classix Academy tuition programmes. Parental contributions are required for students to access these programmes, (please ask for details). Alternatively students might learn with a private instrumental teacher. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The course is divided into three units: Unit 1: Performing Music - controlled assessment - 30% Unit 2: Composing Music - controlled assessment - 30% Unit 3: Listening and Appraising - 1.5 hour examination paper, in which all questions relate to the Set Works. Externally assessed - 40%.

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OUTDOOR AND ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES BTEC Level 2 First Award WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?     

Possess a keen interest in the outdoor environment Have leadership potential A willingness to try new activities and interact with different environments A willingness to cooperate with staff and classmates to work as part of an effective team Be willing to develop understanding and appreciation of the environment and understand our impact upon it

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will complete 4 Units of work, 3 units are mandatory (must be completed)   

Unit 1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise Unit 2. Practical Sports Performance Unit 3. Leading Sports Activities

The following 3 Units are optional, only one of these must be completed   

Unit 4. The Mind and Sports Performance Unit 5. The Sports Performer in Action Unit 6. Training for Personal Fitness

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The majority of assessment takes the form of coursework although Unit 1 includes an external assessment in the form of an on-line test. Practical sessions are largely completed off site and take place in all weathers. The majority of specialist equipment is provided by the school. Most practical lessons arrive back at school after normal school hours.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION - GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED  

Be a proficient performer in a range of activities and show a willingness to develop knowledge, techniques, tactics and skills Show willingness to develop knowledge and techniques, and work in a variety of roles in the sporting environment such as player/performer, coach, official, leader, choreographer and organiser Physical development and performance are central to PE, therefore, this course is most suited to Year 10 and 11 students

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? The course is delivered through theory and practical lessons. The theory aspect of the course concentrates on knowledge and understanding of factors affecting performers and terminates in a written examination (two examinations on the double course). The examination contributes 40% of the final mark. Practical work contributes 60% and candidates will be marked on practical ability in four areas for the single course or eight areas for the double course. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? External examination 40% - One examination, single course. Two examinations, double course Practical coursework 60% - Single course/four activities, Double course/eight activities.

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SPORT Level 2 BTEC First Award WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?     

Possess a keen interest and enthusiasm for sport and exercise Have leadership potential A willingness to try new activities A willingness to cooperate with staff and classmates to work as part of an effective team Be willing to develop understanding and appreciation of different roles in sport, such as Coach, Leader/Organiser or Umpire

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will complete 4 Units of work, 3 units are mandatory (must be completed)

Unit 1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise Unit 2. Practical Sports Performance Unit 3. Leading Sports Activities The following 3 Units are optional, only one of these must be completed. Unit 4. The Mind and Sports Performance Unit 5. The Sports Performer in Action Unit 6. Training for Personal Fitness HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED?

The majority of assessment takes the form of coursework although Unit 1 includes an external assessment in the form of an on-line test. Practical sessions will cover a wide range of activities and sports which the performer will need to log using an on-line Blog. There is a Leadership element to the course in which all students will need to play a part in organising and running a sports event, usually for a primary school day or festival.

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PUBLIC SERVICES BTEC Level 1 Award WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

This qualification aims to prepare you for further study of Public Services. Throughout the course you will enhance your personal skills, build your individual confidence and the course will give you a broad introduction to the Public Service sector. The programme of study will develop your understanding of the relevant practical skills and, associated knowledge needed in this field of work. You will also be required to research independently and work as part of a team. WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?  

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Develop a range of employability skills and techniques. Develop understanding of personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in working life. Develop knowledge of the Public Service sector and the jobs within the sector. You will develop personal effectiveness and your confidence in relation to effective participation in group work and independent learning. Problem solving skills will be enhanced.

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will complete a number of projects over the period of a year. . WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE: If you are interested in a career in the Public Service sector, enjoy learning new skills and learning about a wide range of opportunities within the Public Service sector then this is the course for you. You could also go on to complete a Level 1 Certificate in Public Services in year 10 /11, This can then be developed to study Public Services at college where completion of the course creates opportunities for employment within the Public Service sector.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE (Edexcel) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?   

An enquiring, critical and reflective approach to other religions and their cultures. Ability to develop your own values, attitudes and opinions in light of your learning. To understand and assess differing religious/non-religious viewpoints.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will study two units – Religion and Life (based upon a study of Christianity) and Religion and Society (based on Christianity and Islam). In both units, you will investigate philosophical, moral and contemporary issues within society and consider your own and various religious responses. Religion and Life:    

Belief in God Matters of Life and Death Marriage and the Family Community Cohesion

Religion and Society:    

Rights and Responsibilities Environment and Medicine Peace and Conflict Crime and Punishment

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will be regularly assessed during lessons to ensure that you are on track. The course is 100% examination. You will sit a 1 hour 30 minute examination in each unit. This will take place at the end of the year in which you study.

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FIRST CERTIFICATE IN PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE & APPLICATION OF SCIENCE (BTEC EDEXCEL) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  

A sensible, safe and organised approach to work Interested in developing a range of work-related skills alongside Science theory and practical work

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? The First Certificate in the Principles of Science is completed by the end of Year 10 and the second qualification, the First Certificate in the Application of Science is completed in Year 11. Both courses require students to pass an external examination. We are available to sit on November, March and June of each year. Students may re-sit the examinations, but must pass to gain the overall qualification. Each qualification also involves completing assignments that include practical investigations, presentations, field studies, research and essays in the three disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The courses will be assessed through a mixture of portfolio work and external examinations.

CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY AND PHYSICS GCSE (Edexcel Triple Award) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  A keen interest in science and a willingness to read around the subject  Please note that acceptance on to this course is by selection criteria only (Level 6+ by the end

of your Key Stage 3 studies in Science, Maths and English) WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? These qualifications include subject matter from GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, along with specialist extension units. The course aims to develop students’ understanding of the science around them that affects them in their everyday life and encourages students to continue on into further study at A-Level. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? There are four units per GCSE, marks are awarded as follows; 75% by a terminal examination in June of units 1, 2 and 3 and the final 25% is taken from controlled assessments carried out in the classroom that focus on practical, analysis and evaluation skills. 43


CORE SCIENCE & ADDITIONAL SCIENCE GCSE WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  Level 5+ by the end of your Key Stage 3 studies in Science, Maths and English  A keen interest in Science and a willingness to read around the subject

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? You will be awarded two separate GCSEs, one for CORE Science studied largely in Year 10, another for ADDITIONAL Science studied in Year 11. You will study topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but other areas such as Earth Science and Space are included. In addition to studying scientific theory, you will spend a substantial amount of time considering “How Science Works”. Here your work will include technological, social and industrial aspects of Science. You will need to adopt a critical, questioning frame of mind to understand the workings of Science and how it impacts on society and our lives. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? Each GCSE is made up of four units; one unit of Biology, Physics and Chemistry assessed by a terminal examination in June making up 75% of the total marks awarded. The final 25% is taken from controlled assessments carried out in the classroom that focus on practical, analysis and evaluation skills.

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PRODUCT DESIGN GCSE (OCR) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?  An enthusiasm for learning about design and designers  Good organisational skills and an ability to problem solve

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? The aim of the Product Design GCSE is to develop innovation and flair and it offers a unique opportunity to involve you in new approaches to Design and Technology. The course is divided into four distinct units, Developing and Applying Design Skills, Designing and Making Innovation Challenge, Making, Testing and Marketing Products and Designing Influences. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The four units are assessed through a mixture of examination, coursework and portfolio production.

TEXTILES GCSE (OCR) WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?    

An enthusiasm for learning about design and designers An interest in the world of fashion or soft furnishings Good organisational skills and an ability to problem solve Commitment

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? The aim is to develop innovation and flair and offer a unique opportunity to involve you in new approaches to Design and Textiles. You will be expected to create your own designs using both Primary and Secondary Research. Each student will produce a final working product based on their designs. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of materials and how to construct a garment of soft furnishing. The course is divided into four distinct units, Developing and Applying Design Skills, Designing and Making Innovation Challenge, Making, Testing and Marketing Products and Designing Influences. Students who are successful in gaining a place on the course need to be dedicated, as they are expected to attend a Period 6 lesson on a weekly basis. Period 6 gives students the opportunity to complete additional work in an environment that is tailored to the course – with specialist staff on hand to assist. HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? The four units are assessed through a mixture of examination, coursework and portfolio production. Assessment takes place both internally and externally.

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LEISURE AND TOURISM GCSE DOUBLE AWARD WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED? Students will need to have the desire and enthusiasm to study and investigate the leisure and tourism industry e.g.; Sport and physical recreation, arts and entertainment, countryside recreation, travel agents and accommodation and catering. Candidates will need to investigate the facilities used for leisure purposes by people living within the chosen area as well as the facilities and attractions which appeal to people visiting the area as tourists.     

Proficient communication skills, both verbally and written Good numeracy skills are essential Competent use of ICT The ability and motivation to work independently Problem solving skills

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?      

Actively engage in the study of leisure and tourism to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds Understand the nature of the leisure and tourism industry Develop an understanding of the contribution that leisure and tourism makes to Society Develop awareness that health and safety issues are integral to leisure and tourism Develop an awareness and understanding of sustainable development and environmental issues Appreciate diversity and recognise similarities and differences of attitudes and cultures in society

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? To complete the double award (2 GCSEs) students are required to complete all four units;    

Leisure and Tourism Provision (60% controlled assessment) Leisure and Tourism Destinations (40% written paper) Leisure and Tourism Organisations (30% controlled assessment) Choice and Change in Leisure and Tourism (20% written paper)

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE: If you are interested in a career in the leisure or tourism industry this is the course for you. You could also go on to study a GCSE in Travel and Tourism. The qualification can lead to employment in call centres, travel agencies, hotels and restaurants, holiday companies, tourist

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Vocational Studies BTEC Level 1 Diploma WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED?

Throughout the course you will develop your practical skills, build your individual confidence and the course will give you a broad introduction to the vocational sector. The programme of study will develop your understanding of the practical skills and, knowledge needed in these working environments. You will also be required to research independently, carry out practical activities and work as part of a team.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE COURSE? This qualification aims to give you the opportunity to experience different vocational areas before entering a full time course. The course gives you the opportunity to experience more than one sector to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of the difference in vocational sectors. You will carry out activities in a vocational context that are engaging in learning and provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life An example of modules that could be studied are as follows:      

Communication skills with Children Personal Skills for the Public Services Introduction in to Hair and Beauty Assist with the care of animals Start working in Construction Exploring Digital Photography

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED AND ASSESSED? You will complete a number of internally assessed units to achieve the relevant credits for the Level 1 Award. All coursework based – no formal examination. Some units will be verified internally, with others being sent off for external verification. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE: This course is designed for students who are unsure about future career progression and would like to sample different vocational areas, this course would give you further insight in to different vocations and could lead to progression to fulltime study of one vocational area.

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