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St Mary’s High

Newry

KS4 OPTIONS

School


Welcome Letter

Page 3

CEIAG

Page 4

Personal Development Programme

Page 5-6

Art & Design

Page 7-8

Business & Communication Studies

Page 9-10

Business Studies

Page 11-12

OCR National in Business

Page 13-14

Double Award Science

Page 15-16

Single Award Science

Page 17-18

BTEC Applied Science

Page 19-20

Drama

Page 21-22

English Language

Page 23-24

English Literature

Page 25-26

French

Page 27-28

Geography

Page 29-30

Health and Social Care

Page 31-32

History

Page 33-34

Home Economics

Page 35-36

Information, Communication, Technology

Page 37-38

Learning for Life & Work

Page 39-40

Mathematics

Page 41-42

Music

Page 43-44

Physical Education

Page 45-46

Religious Studies

Page 47-48

Technology & Design

Page 49-50

BTEC First Certificate in E-Media

Page 51-52

BTEC First Certificate in Child Development

Page 53-54

BTEC Hospitality

Page 55-56

BTEC Travel & Tourism

Subject Guide GCSE

Contents

Page 1-2


Welcome February 2012 Dear Student Over the next days you will be making very important decisions regarding your future. This booklet is designed to help you make decisions about the GCSE subjects you would like to study next year. Before you choose a subject/course, you should carefully consider what you want to get out of the learning experience. The decision you make now will affect your future, so you should consider your options thoroughly and not rush your decision, as you could be studying your chosen course for a number of years. Some people know which career they want to go into, while others do not. We're all different, so don't worry if you're not sure which career you would like to go into after you've finished studying. It's important that you choose a subject for the right reasons. You should genuinely enjoy a subject and want to develop your skills in it, with a view to progressing into further education or a career in that area. Before you make your decisions you should consider: ♦ What career you are interested in? ♦ What subjects you need to study? ♦ What subjects you like best and which ones you are best at? ♦ Where you can study, a place where you will be supported and guided, helping you to achieve your full potential? Your GCSE examination profile is a significant factor in determining which degree course and indeed which Higher Education Institution you will be offered a place at in future years. When selecting your GCSE subjects, be aware that whilst many degree and higher education courses do not require specific subjects, others do. GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics are two of your core subjects and must be passed at Grade C level if you are to be considered for any higher education courses in the future.

GCSE Subject Guide


Business Management courses, Engineering and Accounting or Finance courses will all require a minimum Grade B in Mathematics. Modern Foreign Language (French) Some Universities and Colleges in the South will require students to have a GCSE in a modern foreign language in addition to any specific A-Level subject requirements associated with the course. It is therefore strongly recommended that students take a foreign language for GCSE. It is recommended that any student interested in a career in the health profession, should take Double Award Science at GCSE to allow for greater choice from these professions. Likewise students considering veterinary science should note that this is one of the most highly competitive degree courses at University. The GCSE and A-Level requirements are very high and work experience expectations very demanding. You will be expected to have completed 5-6 work placements in advance of application. Two science subjects at A-Level and one other academic subject is usually acceptable but students may be asked for 3 grade A’s in either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. Nursing Applicants must achieve a minimum grade C in a science subject at GCSE. Biology is the preferred subject. Queen’s University and the University of Ulster do not require students to have a science subject at A-level but for those who can offer a science at A-Level, the overall grade requirement is reduced. Please consider the above information carefully before making your decision and please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require any further clarification. I hope that after reading this booklet many of you will know what courses to study next year and realise that in St Mary’s you will have the opportunity to be guided and supported. Yours sincerely

Mrs Kidd Head of Careers, Employability & VEP Co-ordinator


Careers Education and Guidance

My Future My Career

Careers Education and Guidance is a very important part of curriculum life in St Mary’s. During dedicated careers classes you will investigate all the career pathways open to you after completing two years of GCSE study. You will be supported and guided as you:

Explore your personal skills and attributes and investigate appropriate job opportunities

Complete a CV and Letter of Application

Investigate career pathways open to you

Complete a personal statement

Plan and evaluate your work experience

Discover what employers are looking for

Investigate Recruitment & Selection Procedures

Research Post 16 Study Options

Job Profiling

Personal Career Planning And much more!

GCSE Subject Guide


Personal Development

Student welfare is very important and throughout your studies you will be supported as you grow and develop in a learning environment that will allow you to reach your full potential.

Students follow a comprehensive Personal Development (PD) Programme which gives them the knowledge and skills to grow and develop into confident young adults ready to progress to higher studies or employment.

Over the two years of GCSE study students explore various aspects of their own personal development including relationships, parenting, self awareness and much more.

GCSE Subject Guide


GCSE ART AND DESIGN Subject Brief

Art and Design provides a great opportunity for pupils to communicate their ideas and feelings visually and exploit their natural curiosity about the world around them. It has a vital role to play in the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum and there are a wide range of career opportunities available for those with a creative mind. Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 1: Drawing and Mixed Media Portfolio Assessment Unit 2: Textiles and Printmaking Portfolio Assessment Year 12

Career Opportunities

Unit 3: Ceramics Portfolio Assessment Unit 4: 2/3 Dimensional Outcome Portfolio Assessment Unit 5: Final Outcome

Animator

Advertising

Architect

Therapist

Designer

You have a creative mind.

Fine Artist

You enjoy exploring and

Illustrator

Photographer

Teacher

Crafts Worker

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study Art & Design?

experimenting with new materials. ♦

You want a career in an Art related area.

You can work independently and with others.


Subject Guide GCSE Art & Design Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11 Unit One Drawing and Mixed Media

Unit Two Textiles and Printmaking

This unit gives pupils the opportunity to work on and improve their drawing skills. Pupils will be introduced to the work of artists and craftspeople, identifying how they can influence their work. This unit pupils will explore the environments of Textiles and Print and look at the work of others.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Year 12 Unit Three Ceramics

Unit Four 2&3 Dimensional

Unit 5 Final Outcome Unit 6 Exam Paper

This unit pupils will explore the environment of Ceramics, experimenting and creating pieces in 2 and 3 dimensions. Pupils will also look at the work of others. Pupils will explore other possible materials and methods of creating 2 and 3 dimensional outcomes. Pupils will look at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and how they influence their work.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Pupils will choose an area from unit one, two, three or four and create a final piece in response to their preparatory work.

60%

Pupils will receive their exam paper and will respond to the given theme through the areas covered through the course content and create a final outcome in either 2 or 3 dimensions.

External Assessment

GCSE Subject Guide

40%


GCSE BUSINESS AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES Subject Brief

Business and Communication Systems is an exciting and practical subject that recognises how ICT is central to all businesses. Students investigate how businesses are set up and explore how they market/sell their products and manage staff. The course allows students to develop their ICT skills and create their own website.

Awarding Body

CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 1– Use of ICT

External Exam Year 12

Unit 2– The Business Environment

Career Opportunities

External Exam

Controlled Assignment Create own website in class

Many students progress to study Business at ‘A’ Level. This subject is relevant to the following jobs: ♦

Business Management

Accountancy

Website Designers

Marketing

Human Resources

Teaching

Law

Why Study Business & Communication Studies? ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

You have an interest in the world of business. You want to develop your ICT skills. You are interested in website design. You are interested in business and the world of work. You enjoy working with computers.


Subject Guide GCSE Business and Communication Systems Awarding Body

CCEA

TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11

Topic 1 The use of ICT

Students develop their ICT skills using the following software packages: • Word Processing • Spreadsheets – Excel • Database • Charts • Use of Internet • Presentations – PowerPoint

External computer based exam at the end of Year 11 40%

Year 12

Topic 2 The Business Environment

Topic 3

Students investigate how to set up a business including the marketing of products / services and the management of staff.

Written external exam

This topic involves students creating their own website for a business.

Coursework

Controlled Assignment Coursework

GCSE Subject Guide

35%

25%


GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES Subject Brief

Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Students discover how businesses are set up and operate in the local and global economy. Business Studies is a very popular subject at GCSE and students throughout their two years of study take part in a range of industrial visits and investigate local businesses. Business Studies is a stepping stone to a whole range of

Awarding Body

CCEA

future opportunities. The skills you develop will support you in future studies and/or employment and for future roles as active citizens. Students will develop a range of skills including ICT, problem solving and decision making .

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Business Start Up External Exam

35% Year 12

Career Opportunities

Business Development Exam Controlled Assessment Coursework

40% 25%

Why Study Business? ♦

Accountancy

Law

Marketing

Public Relations

Management

Teaching

Banking and Finance

GCSE Subject Guide

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

You have an interest in the world around you You enjoy reading widely regarding current issues You want a career in a business related area You like the idea of managing and owning your own business You enjoy leading and working with other people You will have the opportunity to investigate how businesses work You will take part in industrial visits You will develop important skills like ICT and problem solving


Subject Guide GCSE Business Studies Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11

Topic 1 Business Start Up

Students will investigate how to set up a Exam at the new business. They will learn how businesses end of Year 11 produce and market their products. 35%

Year 12

Topic 2 Business Development

Controlled Assignment

In this unit students will investigate how businesses raise finance and explore the management of people. The unit also looks at various ways businesses can grow.

Exam at end of Year 12

Students will complete coursework in school where they carryout research and find solutions to a business problem.

Coursework

GCSE Subject Guide

40%

25%


Subject Brief

ORC NATIONAL IN BUSINESS Business is changing; the ways of going about business are becoming more diverse. Today there are new paths to success in business as well as the well trodden academic routes. OCR Business offers pupils a qualification that’s relevant and totally in tune with today’s world of business. With its vocational element, the qualification gives learners a valuable head start, whether they choose to go straight into employment or continue into higher education. This practical and enjoyable subject will allow learners to investigate a range of local and national businesses.

Awarding Body

OCR

Course Structure and Assessment There is no exam, the course is entirely Controlled assessment based. This is assessed within school and moderated externally. This course is graded distinction, Merit and pass and is equivalent to Up to 2 A, B or C GCSE’s

Career Opportunities Customer Service Human Resources

Why Study OCR BUSINESS? •

Managers Marketing

Recruitment Consultants

Retail

GCSE Subject Guide

It will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques eg research, ICT, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life A basic understanding of employment opportunities, job requirements, and working practices in Business You will gain a qualification which will enable progression to further study, training, or employment You will be able to make informed choices with regard to a career in the Business sector


Subject Guide OCR National in Business

Awarding Body OCR

Qualifications for the 21st century “It’s a worthwhile qualification that gives all students a chance to show what they are capable of.” The OCR National in Business course comprises of 3 units that cover a wide range of business topics. Unit One: INVESTIGATING BUSINESS Looking at why and how companies operate in different ways, this unit includes a visit to a local business. Unit Four: COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS Here students gain a grasp of practical Business Communication skills—IT and non-IT based, written and verbal Unit 11— KEEPING CUSTOMERS HAPPY Using the City Sightseeing Bus Company in Belfast as a key case study, this unit looks at the importance of providing good customer service. How do business ensure customers are satisfied and why do they bother Students need to: ♦ be well organised and well motivated in order to meet deadlines ♦ Want to gain a broad understanding of how the business world operates ♦ Be creative, taking advantage of the opportunities to develop and investigate their own ideas ♦ Want to develop their enterprise skills and work with real businesses

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

GCSE DOUBLE AWARD SCIENCE This challenging course offers you the student a unique opportunity to study Science at a very high level. This in turn will equip you to progress to study any ‘A’ Level in Science. A very successful course with 71% of last years Awarding Body

students achieving grade A* - C.

AQA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 - Units: Biology 1a Chemistry 1a Physics 1a Biology 1b Chemistry 1b Physics 1b

Career Opportunities

Human Biology Products from rocks Energy and Electricity Evolution and Environment Oils, Earth and Atmosphere Radiation and the Universe

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) Year 12 - Units:

Career in Food Technology

Biology 2 Chemistry 2 Physics 2

Pharmacy

Forensic Scientist

Research Scientist

Optometrist

Medicine

Why Study Core / Additional Science

Dentistry Veterinary

(Double Award)?

♦ ♦

Engineering

Teaching

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

You have a genuine interest in Science. You are choosing a career in which a high level of scientific knowledge is essential. You have an interest in the world around you.


Subject Guide Core / Additional Science (Double Award) Awarding Body

AQA UNIT

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Biology 1a Human Biology

• • • •

Year 11 How our bodies respond to the environment How we keep our bodies healthy Use / abuse of drugs Disease and defence

Biology 1b Evolution and Environment

• • • •

Population Variation in a species Extinction and natural selection Human affect on the environment

Chemistry 1a Products from Rocks

• How do rocks provide building material? • Metals and their uses • Fuels and crude oil

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Chemistry 1b Oils, Earth and Atmosphere

• Plastics • Plant oils and their uses • Earth’s atmosphere

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Physics 1a Energy and Electricity

• • • •

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Physics 1b Radiation and the Universe

• Waves and the electromagnetic spectrum • Dangers and use of radioactivity • Origins of the Universe

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

ISA

Pupils will perform a practical then sit an external exam on the practical

Internal Assessment

Biology 2

• • • •

Chemistry 2

• Atomic theory - Bonding – Rates of Reactions – Energy – Solutions

External Written Examination

Physics 2

• Kinetic energy – movement • Calculations of momentum • Electricity – Radiation

External Written Examination

ISA

Pupils will perform a practical then sit an external exam on the practical

Internal Assessment

Heat and transfer Energy Electrical devices Generating electricity

Year 12 Cellular structure of animals and plants Transport in cells – Photosynthesis Energy and Biomass – Carbon Cycle and Decay Enzymes- Homeostasis – Genetics

GCSE Subject Guide

External Examination (Multiple Choice) External Examination (Multiple Choice)

External Written Examination


GCSE SINGLE AWARD SCIENCE Subject Brief

This challenging course offers the student a unique opportunity to study Science at a very high level. This in turn will equip them to progress to study any ‘A’ Level in Science. A very successful course with 70% of last years students achieving grade A* - C.

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 - Units: Biology 1a Chemistry 1a Physics 1a

Human Biology Products from rocks Energy and Electricity Year 12 - Units:

Career Opportunities

Biology 1b Chemistry 1b Physics 1b

Evolution and Environment Oils, Earth and Atmosphere Radiation and the Universe

Laboratory Technician

Dental Nurse

Environmental Health Officer

Health Care Assistant

Career in Horticulture

Veterinary Nurse

Beauty Therapist

Why Study Core Science

Career in Forestry

(Single Science)?

Career in Agriculture

Teaching

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA)

♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

You are interested in a career which requires you to have a sound understanding of key scientific concepts. You have an interest in the world around you. All exams are multiple choice.


Subject Guide Core Science (Single Award)

Awarding Body

AQA UNIT

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

This unit covers: Year 11 Biology 1a Human Biology

• • • •

How our bodies respond to the environment How we keep our bodies healthy Use / abuse of drugs Disease and defence

Chemistry 1a Products from Rocks

• How do rocks provide building material? • Metals and their uses • Fuels and crude oil

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Physics 1a Energy and Electricity

• • • •

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Heat and transfer Energy Electrical devices Generating electricity

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Year 12 Biology 1b Evolution and Environment

• • • •

Population Variation in a species Extinction and natural selection Human affect on the environment

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Chemistry 1b Oils, Earth and Atmosphere

• Plastics • Plant oils and their uses • Earth’s atmosphere

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Physics 1b Radiation and the Universe

• Waves and the electromagnetic spectrum • Dangers and use of radioactivity • Origins of the Universe

External Examination (Multiple Choice)

Investigative Skills Assignment

Pupils will perform a practical then sit an external exam on the practical

Internal Assessment

Please note this option is not suitable if you intend to study a Science at A-Level

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

LEVEL 2 BTEC EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE This is the second year that this option is available in St. Mary’s. The BTEC First Extended Certificate has been developed to focus on providing opportunities to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding. To achieve a ‘PASS’ in BTEC Science you will study 3 Core Units in Year 11 and Optional Units in Year 12. A ‘PASS’ in this option is the equivalent of two C grades at GCSE.

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 - Core Units (15 Credits) Unit 1 Chemistry and our Earth (Assignments x 6) Unit 2 Earth and our Universe (Assignments) Unit 3 Biology and the Environment (Assignments) Year 12 - Optional Units (15 Credits)

Career Opportunities ♦

Laboratory Assistant

Dental Nurse

Health Care Assistant

Beauty Therapist

Career in Forestry

Career in Agriculture

Unit 10 Unit 6

Why Study BTEC Applied Science? ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

The Living Body Health Applications of Science

You do not have any external examinations to sit. All marks are from assignments which your teacher marks. All the science you learn has a direct link with a vocation. Preparing you for employability as an assistant in the scientific field.


Subject Guide Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science UNIT

CONTENT

Awarding Body EDEXCEL

ASSESSMENT

Year 11 1. Chemistry and Our Earth

Core Unit: • Chemical Classification • Safe use of chemicals at work • Industrial use of chemistry • How chemicals have changed the Earth

7 Assignments All internally assessed 5 Credits

2. Energy and Our Universe

Core Unit: • Renewable and Non Renewable Energy • How energy can be transformed • Efficient use of energy

10 Assignments All internally assessed 5 Credits

3. Biology and the Environment

Core Unit: Structure of animals / plants and how they interact • Genetics • Biology and human health • Homeostasis •

6 Assignments All internally assessed 5 Credits

Year 12 4. The Living Body

Optional Unit: • Role of catalysts • Investigate body systems and how they function

5 Assignments All internally assessed 10 Credits

5. Health Applications of Science

Optional Unit: • Why is it important to have a healthy lifestyle? • Effects of diet and exercise • Disease and defence • Gene therapy

6 Assignments All internally assessed 5 Credits

TOTAL = 30 Credits *Please note that this option is not suitable if you intend to study a Science at ‘A’ Level.

GCSE Subject Guide


GCSE DRAMA Subject Brief

This subject gives the student the opportunity to enjoy Drama in all its forms, Acting, Mime, Dance and Improvisation. Students will develop their acting and performance skills in a practical performance.

Awarding Body AQA Course Structure and Assessment •

Practical Skills developed in Acting, Mime, Dance and Improvisation work.

Performance in Acting based on a set play.

Practical Performance

Written Exam

Career Opportunities ♦

Progress to ‘A’ Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Progress to BTEC in Performing Arts

Youth Work

Teaching - Primary & Secondary

Theatre Work– Technical & Lighting

Acting

Barrister

T.V. Work

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study Drama? ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Increases your self confidence. Develops your ability to express ideas and emotions. Develops negotiation skills and improve concentration. Appreciate and understand live theatre and dramatic texts. Advance team working and performance skills.


Subject Guide GCSE Drama

Awarding Body

AQA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11/12

Improvisation

This means you dramatise a variety of situations exploring issues that affect us in our lives.

Classwork

Practical Performance

Performance based on one of the following: • Play • Dance • Scripted theme performance

Assessed at the end of Year 12 60%

Written Paper

Study of a set play. Analysis and evaluation of own performance.

GCSE Subject Guide

40%


GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Subject Brief

In English Language you will continue to participate in a variety of reading, writing, talking and listening activities. You will continue to develop your writing skills incorporating creative, personal and functional writing for a varied audience. You will also study literature including Shakespeare, poetry and plays.

Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment 4 Areas:

Career Opportunities ♦

English Teacher

Barrister

Actor

Journalist

Researcher

Script Writer

Press Officer

Librarian

Primary School Teacher

Information Officer

Secretary

Publisher

GCSE Subject Guide

Personal Writing and Reading.

Functional Writing and Reading Non Fictional.

Speaking and Listening.

Studying Spoken and Written Language and Writing Creatively.

Why Study English Language ? ♦

Compulsory GCSE for all students.

Required for future studies and employment.

Develops essential communication skills in reading, writing, talking and listening.


Subject Guide GCSE English Language Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC

Unit 1

CONTENT Year 11/12

Personal Writing and Reading

ASSESSMENT

Year 11 Examination 20%

Unit 2

Unit 3

Functional Writing and Reading Non Fictional

Year 12

Speaking and Listening

Controlled Assessment

Examination 20%

20% Unit 4

Studying Spoken and Written Language

Controlled Assessment 40%

GCSE Subject Guide


GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE Subject Brief

GCSE English Literature involves reading and studying a variety of texts in depth, including prose, drama and poetry. There are 2 Tiers of Entry: Foundation

Grades C - G at GCSE

Higher

Grades A* - D

Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Study of Novel and Play Year 12 Study of Shakespeare and Poetry

Career Opportunities ♦

All Careers!

Teacher

Journalist

Secretary

Writer

Solicitor

Researcher

Web Author

Librarian

Information Officer

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study English Literature? ♦

You enjoy reading widely.

You want the opportunity to study Literature in depth.

To develop writing skills.

To progress to study ‘A’ Level English.


Subject Guide GCSE English Literature Awarding Body CCEA

TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11/12

Written Paper

Students will study a combination of Drama, Prose (Short Stories) and Poetry

Written Paper

Controlled Assessment

Students complete three assignments, completed in school:

Controlled Assessment

• • •

Poetry Shakespeare Prose

GCSE Subject Guide

70%

30%


Subject Brief

GCSE FRENCH GCSE French is a 2 year course which develops the benefits and joys of learning to speak a language. French is spoken in 52 countries in the world and is ranked the second most influential language in the world. Learning a language not only helps you to get to know about other countries, it opens your mind to new ideas and ways of looking at the world. Learning a language helps you understand your own and increases your employability.

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 • • • •

Relationships and Choices Leisure and Free Time Home Town and Region Work and Education Year 12

Career Opportunities ♦

Leisure and Tourism

Teaching

Translating and Interpreting

Law

Business / International Business

Diplomatic Service

International Agencies

Journalism

• • •

Why Study French? ♦ ♦

♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

Tourism and Holidays Lifestyle and Health The Environment

Increases problem solving skills, memory and self-discipline. It is the official working language of many international organisations such as the United Nations. The Department invites a French Theatre Company each year. We use interactive software. Course to download on our VLE Materials available.


Subject Guide GCSE French Awarding Body

AQA TOPIC Relationships and Choices

CONTENT Year 11 Me, my family, my friends, what I like to do

ASSESSMENT 1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Leisure

Free time and the media

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Home and Environment

My home town, neighbourhood and region, including my house and bedroom

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Leisure

Shopping, fashion, making plans and special occasions

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Work and Education

School, part-time job and work experience

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Tourism

Year 12 Holidays, weather and holiday plans

Lifestyle

Healthy / unhealthy choices and keeping fit

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

The Environment

The world in danger, problems facing the Environment and solutions

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

1 Written and 1 Oral Assignment

Pupils will submit 2 pieces of writing and 2 oral assignments for the exam

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

GCSE GEOGRAPHY Geography offers a diverse range of learning opportunities for students to continue to develop as individuals and as contributors to society, as well as to the economy and the environment.

Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 1

Unit 2

Career Opportunities ♦

Teaching

Cartography (Map Making)

Surveying and Planning

Landscape Architecture

Recreation

Land Management

Tourism

Computing

Business Management

Export Marketing

National Trust

Geology

Meteorology

Environmental Studies

GCSE Subject Guide

Physical Geography • The Dynamic Landscape • Weather & Climate • Restless Earth • 37.5% Year 12 Human Geography • Population • Development • Managing Resources • 37.5%

Fieldwork report Controlled Assessment 25%

Why Study Geography? ♦ ♦

♦ ♦

You have an interest in what is happening in the world around you. You enjoy learning about a range of places and environments both local and global. You enjoy discussing and debating topical issues. You want to develop your research and ICT skills.


Subject Guide GCSE Geography

Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC The Dynamic Landscape

Weather and Climate

Restless Earth

CONTENT Year 11 Unit 1 Physical Geography In this unit you will study, the Drainage Basin, the Water Cycle, River processes and features for e.g.. Waterfalls, meanders and floodplains. You will also study Coastal Processes and Features and Sustainable Management of Rivers and Coasts. You will study elements of the weather, weather systems including frontal depressions and anticyclones in winter and summer. You will interpret synoptic charts and satellite images as well as the causes and consequences of climate change. This unit covers basic rock types, plate type tectonics, crustal movements and plate margins, you will identify landscape features including volcanic plugs and basalt columns. You will study earthquakes and their management. Year 12 Unit 2 Human Geography

Population Change

Explores issues relating to people and where they live. Students have the opportunity to investigate topical issues e.g. migration

Development

Students reflect on differences in development between MEDC’s and LEDC’s and investigate strategies to reduce the development gap.

Managing our Resources

You will have the opportunity to explore the impact of increasing use of resources on the environment. They also gain and insight into the need to adopt strategies and solutions to manage resources.

GCSE Subject Guide

ASSESSMENT

External Examination (37.5%)

External Examination (37.5%)


GCSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE Subject Brief

GCSE Health and Social Care is an exciting subject which aims to increase your knowledge of the world of work in health, social care, early years and children's services. You will study human growth and development through life stages and the factors affecting relationships.

Awarding Body

CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 2– Personal Development External Exam 1hr 30mins 40% Year 12

Career Opportunities

Unit 1– Working in Health and Social Care Internal Assessment involving three controlled assessments 60%

Many students progress to study Health and Social Care ‘A’ Level. This subject is relevant to the following jobs: ♦

Nursing

Midwifery

Social Work

Teaching

Crèche Assistant

Classroom assistant

Law

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study Health and Social Care? ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

If you have an interest in helping people If you have a caring nature If you like working with children, young people and senior citizens If you want to make a difference in the lives of others If you have an interest in self development and awareness


Subject Guide GCSE Health and Social Care

Awarding Body

CCEA

TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11 Unit 2 Personal Development

In this unit you will: • Study human growth and development • Examine factors affecting human growth & development • Identify different relationships you will meet in life • Build on self –esteem • Identify unhealthy relationships, (such as bullying and abuse) • Demonstrate the understanding of the term self concept

External Assessment 40%

Year 12 Unit 1 Working in Health and Social Care

In this unit you will: • Study the main employment sectors in Health and Social Care, • Job roles in early years and children's services • How to provide quality care • How to recognise the physical and intellectual needs of different groups. • How to refer to other agencies

GCSE Subject Guide

Internal Assessment 3 Controlled Assessments 60%


GCSE HISTORY Subject Brief

History is a thorough and exciting course which allows you to critically investigate the impact of significant events and ideas of the 20th Century. You will develop skills including critical analysis,

Awarding Body

communication, report writing and much more.

CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 1 Unit 2

The Weimar Republic Changing Relationships Britain and N. Ireland 1965 - 1985 Year 12

Unit 3

Career Opportunities ♦

Solicitor

Journalist

Barrister

Historical Writer / Editor

Museum Attendant

Actor

Teacher

GCSE Subject Guide

Unit 4

Coursework Assignment (Variable) The Cold War 1945 - 1991

Why Study History? ♦

It provides you with a knowledge of the world around you and the factors that have affected our identity, culture and lifestyle.

It helps you become a more critical thinker and make reasoned judgements.

It is one of the subjects all employers desire.


Subject Guide GCSE History TOPIC

CONTENT

Awarding Body CCEA

ASSESSMENT

Year 11

Weimar Germany

You will study Germany from the end of World War 1, through the rise of Hitler and the Nazis

Exam Summer - End of Year 11 25%

Ireland 1965 - 1985

You will study the fall of O’Neill, key events such as Internment, Bloody Sunday and reasons for the lack of understanding between the 2 sides in Northern Ireland

Exam Summer - End of Year 11 25%

Year 12

Coursework

Controlled assessment on a topic sent to the school by CCEA every year in June.

Summer - End of Year 12 25%

The Cold War 1945 – 1991

Study of why the relationship between America and Russia, the 2 main Superpowers, broke down.

Exam Summer - End of Year 12 25%

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

GCSE HOME ECONOMICS Home Economics in modern society is currently enjoying a very high profile. Health and money management issues are the central focus of this subject and are of great media and social interest. The health and well being of society depends on the knowledge and skills developed through the study of Home Economics. In the present social and economic climate, Home Economics emerges as a vital tool for positive improvements to health and society in general. Currently, career opportunities are important, extensive and exciting – at every level.

Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment 1.

2.

Formal Examination Paper 1hr. 30 mins (Single Tier) 2 Assessment Tasks to include: 1 Practical Exam 2 hrs 1 Written Coursework

Career Opportunities ♦

Home Economist

Dietician

Nutritionist

Recipe Development

Marketing

Food Journalism

Food Supply Management

Microbiologist

Teaching

Chef

Television - Demonstrating

Food Photography

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Advertising

Restaurateur

Environmental Health

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study Home Economics? ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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You enjoy cooking and have good practical skills. You are willing to be adventurous with food. You are keen to investigate issues relating to Diet and Health. You are interested in Consumer Rights, environmental and ethical issues. You like leading and working with other people. There are many career and business opportunities linked to Home Economics.

40% 40% 20%


Subject Guide GCSE Home Economics Awarding Body CCEA Students will follow the Northern Ireland GCSE course (CCEA) This new course gives students the opportunity to explore topics in depth such as: • • • • • •

Current nutritional advice and implications for health Diet related disorders Practical cookery skills Consumer rights and responsibilities Environmental and ethical issues Budgeting for families and individuals

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GCSE ICT Subject Brief

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is concerned with how technology is used in our everyday lives. Today, computers are used in a range of ways helping to communicate, store information and find solutions to problems. Students will develop their ICT knowledge and skills by using a range of software packages including Spreadsheets, Databases and Multimedia Technology.

Awarding Body CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Controlled Assessment Unit 1 Tools & Applications (30%) Unit 2 Using Multimedia And Games Technology(30%) Year 12

Career Opportunities

Unit 3 One External Examination (40%)

ICT qualifications provide students with the technical knowledge, skills and understanding needed in a world increasingly dominated by computers. The study of ICT can also lead to careers in:

Why Study ICT? ♦

Computer Game Design

Website Design

Graphic Design

Office Management (Networks)

Computer Programming

Database Management

GCSE Subject Guide

♦ ♦

Computers are everywhere in today’s environment. ICT skills are needed whatever career you want to choose. You can use your ICT skills in other subjects as you become skilled in using various hardware and software. ICT skills are valued and used in many university courses. ICT skills are needed by employers.


Subject Guide GCSE ICT TOPIC Databases

Spreadsheet

Multimedia

Awarding Body

CCEA

CONTENT UNIT 1 This topic requires students to implement a database based on a set scenario. They will create perform searches, create forms and reports. The students will complete a spreadsheet for based on a set scenario. The spreadsheet will calculate costs. Information will also be displayed using a range of charts.

ASSESSMENT

Students will complete a Multimedia Presentation. It will contain text, images, internet links and advanced features.

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment

UNIT 2 Website Design

Games Technology

This unit involves researching existing websites and designing and implementing a website on a set scenario

Controlled Assessment

This topic requires students to develop a game including accompanying documentation.

Controlled Assessment

UNIT 3 Six External Exam

Students will use web to research a given At the end of Year 12 students will complete an external examination on the ICT theory covered during the two years. They will sit two papers in May/June.

Coursework One external examination papers 40%


GCSE LLW Subject Brief

LLW is an exciting subject which embraces aspects of our personal/human development and social performance. It encourages maturity, fosters open mindedness and supports understanding and involvement in the political decision making processes which affect us an individuals in a democratic society.

More specifically it provides the tools with which we

equip ourselves to cope with the challenges of living, working

Awarding Body

CCEA

and participating positively in modern society.

Course Structure and Assessment The course is made up of 3 modules: 1. 2. 3.

Career Opportunities

Each module will be examined individually over the 2 years of study. The course also includes 2 Controlled Assessment Tasks, both completed in Year 11. Modules: Personal Development Employability Citizenship Total = 40% CAT

Local Council

Public Office

Environmental Health

Public Relations

Employment Recruitment

Social Work

Communication

Teaching

Media

Leisure and Tourism

Total = 60%

Why LLW? ♦ ♦

♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

Personal Development Employability Citizenship

The subject material is most relevant to the real life of students. To become more curious of your society, its make up and functions. To learn about the decision making processes that impact out lives now and in the future. To discover your individual responsibilities and potential to influence how society evolves. If you enjoy being a leader and working with others to change things important to you. To become an open minded independent and informed citizen. If you have an interest in health, the environment, your society or politics.


Subject Guide GCSE LLW Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT External Examination 13.3%

Unit 1

Personal Development

Unit 2

Local & Global Citizenship

External Examination 13.3%

Unit 3

Employability

External Examination 13.3%

Report 1

Controlled Assessment Task completed in school

30%

Report 2

Controlled Assessment Task completed in school

30%

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GCSE MATHEMATICS Almost all Years 11 and 12 students follow a GCSE Mathematics course.

Subject Brief

We offer both Higher Tier and Foundation Tier Mathematics. The Higher Tier is designed for pupils who are capable of achieving grades from A* - C and the Foundation Tier is designed for pupils who are capable of achieving grades in the range C- G . We have recently introduced Essential Skills—Application of Number Entry Level which provides the basis for progression to the CCEA Essential Skills Qualification in Application of Number at Level 1 and 2 and to other recognised qualifications at higher levels within the National Framework.

Awarding Body

CCEA

GCSE Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit:

T1 or T2 (Foundation Tier) T3 or T4 (Higher Tier)

Students complete the Unit Test at the end of Year 11 Unit Test:

(1 Paper– Calculator) = 45%

Year 12

Career Opportunities

Completion Test:

T5 (Foundation Tier) T6 (Higher Tier)

Students complete the Completion Papers at the end ♦ Teacher ♦ Accountant

of Year 12 Completion Test:

(2 Papers -Non Calculator & -Calculator) = 55%

♦ Bank Officer ♦ Technician

Why Study Mathematics?

♦ Shopkeeper ♦ Computer Programmer ♦ Quantity Surveyor ♦ Financial Adviser ♦ Engineer

♦ ♦ ♦

♦ Craftsperson ♦ Factory Manager ♦ Nurse ♦ Logistics

GCSE Subject Guide

Mathematics is a very important skill used in all aspects of life. GCSE Mathematics is essential to progress to further studies or employment. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas to address a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. It is vital that all pupils become life-long Mathematical learners to be successful in society and in the world of work.


Subject Guide GCSE Mathematics Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11

Module Paper 1

A range of topics are studied in preparation for the first Mathematics Paper whether students are entered for Higher or Foundation. These topics include: • • • •

Number Algebra Geometry & Measures Statistics

Module T1 or T2 (Foundation) T3 or T4 (Higher)

Year 12

A Range of topics are studied in preparation for the second Mathematics Paper whether students are entered for Higher or Foundation. These topics include: • • • • •

Number Algebra Geometry & Measures Statistics Probability

GCSE Subject Guide

Completion Test T5 (Foundation) T6 (Higher)


Subject Brief

GCSE MUSIC If you have some basic skills in singing and/or playing an instrument you can take GCSE music. The course provides a good basis for students who wish to study music or related subjects at a more advanced level. Pupils will develop skills in performing, composing and listening and appraising music. Course Structure and Assessment Year 11/12

Career Opportunities ♦

Musician

Composer

Singer

Music Teacher/Coach

Music Therapist

Recording Technician

Television Producer/Director

Sound Technician

DJ

Radio Studio Manager

Television/Radio Presenter

Music instrument maker/ repairer

Piano tuner/Technician

Music Retailer

GCSE Subject Guide

You must complete one compulsory area of study: • Repeated Patterns in Music. You must also complete two optional areas of study from a choice of three. The optional areas of study are: • Musical Traditions in Ireland • Incidental Music • Vocal Music You will be assessed in three skills: Composing 30% Performing 35% Listening 35%

Why Study Music? The course allows you to : ♦ Develop your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music; ♦ Take part in music-making activities and communicate through music; ♦ Develop your creativity; ♦ Make informed judgements about musical quality; ♦ Develop a lifelong interest in music; and learn about music-related careers.


Subject Guide GCSE MUSIC Awarding Body

CEA

TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11/12 This is the compulsory topic. Pupils will study four pieces of music with repeating patterns covering a range of styles. The pieces are: Canon in D by Pachelbel Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven Mars from The Planets Suite by Holst Dies Irae by Karl Jenkins

You will be assessed on your ability to compose, perform and listen. You will complete a listening exam which is divided into two parts. Part 1 is based on this area of study and lasts 45 minutes. This is worth 35% of the overall mark.

Musical Traditions in Ireland

This is one of the optional areas of study. Pupils will study a range of music relating to Ireland. The pieces are: Drowsey Maggie, The Cuckoo’s Nest Medley, Steadfast & True, Le Reve Passe, Heights of Dargai/ Battle of the Somme & Riverdance.

Vocal Music

This is another optional area of study. Pupils will study pieces of vocal music. The pieces are: Three songs from The Messiah by Handel Die Erlkonig by Schubert Two songs from Wicked by Stephen Swartz Run by Snow Patrol

Composing-You will create two contrasting compositions and keep a composition log for each. One of the compositions must be related to one of the areas of study. This is worth 30% of the overall mark. Performing-You will present one solo performance and one ensemble performance. One of the performances must be related to one of the areas of study. You will also discuss your performance with the examiner. The total for this component is 35%.

Repeated Patterns in Music

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

GCSE PE Physical Education gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for a balanced, healthy lifestyle as well as participating in a range of practical activities. As well as being the ideal preparation for the A Level Physical Education course GCSE Physical Education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Awarding Body

CCEA

Course Structure and Assessment Component1: Developing knowledge, understanding and skills. Written exam 40% Component 2: Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Controlled assessment 20%

Career Opportunities

Component 3: Individual performance in Physical Activities. Controlled assessment 40%

P.E. Teacher

Sports Instructor / Coach

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy Assistant

Health and Fitness Instructor If you enjoy: Leisure /Sports Centre ♦ Sport and recreation

Manager

Why Study Physical Education

Developing knowledge and understanding through practical involvement

Learning about the benefits of sport and exercise

Outdoor Pursuits Instructor

Swimming Pool Lifeguard

Professional Sports Person

Sports Journalist / Commentator

Improving your own performance in a range of sports roles

If you are considering a sports-related career

Sports Scientist

Remedial Gymnast

Children’s Holiday Representative

GCSE Subject Guide

N.B You will be required to take part in sport after school on at least one afternoon per week. Although it is not compulsory to take part in sport outside of school it would be an advantage.


Subject Guide GCSE PE Awarding Body

CCEA TOPIC Component 1: Developing Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

CONTENT Year 11 The component will cover the key concepts of health, exercise, physical performance and skilled performance. You will have the opportunity to analyse the key influences that impact on participation and performance, and how to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

ASSESSMENT This is a written exam and will be 1 hour and 30 minutes long. The examination paper will have short answers and multi-part questions. This examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

In this component you will put into practice the knowledge and skills to help you develop and maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

This is a controlled assessment task. You will be assessed on your evidence of developing and maintaining a balanced healthy lifestyle. The controlled assessment is worth 20% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Component 3:

This component has two parts.

Individual Performance in Physical Activities

In part one you will have the opportunity to improve your skilled performance in selected physical activities.

This is a controlled assessment task which will be in two parts, (a) and (b). In part (a), you will be assessed on your evidence of improving your skilled performance. In part (b), you will be assessed on the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of your performance. The controlled assessment for this component is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Component 2: Developing and Maintaining a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle

In part two you will have the opportunity to participate in three different physical activities from at least two of the categories below: Athletics activities; Dance activities; Games activities; Outdoor adventure activities; Specialist activities For one of these activities you can be assessed in the role of leader and official.

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES The main aim of the GCSE Religious Studies programme is to develop the pupil’s relationship with God through the study of scripture, the sacraments and the Church teaching.

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 5

St. Mark’s Gospel

Module at end of Year 11

50% of GCSE

Year 12

Career Opportunities ♦

Teaching

Social Work

Law

Public Relations

Nursing

Unit 4

Module at the end of Year 12 50% of GCSE

Why Study Religion? ♦ ♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

Roman Catholicism and Ethics

It is a core subject on the school curriculum. It helps us understand more about out faith and Christian living. It promotes development of the whole person– academically, emotionally and spiritually. It could be taken further as an ‘A’ Level option.


Subject Guide GCSE Religious Studies Awarding Body

AQA TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11

Unit 5 St. Mark’s Gospel

The Gospel is studied under the following headings: • • • • • •

Background to Mark’s Gospel Jesus’ ministry Jesus’ suffering death and resurrection The person of Jesus Jesus’ relationship with others Discipleship

End of Year Module 50%

Year 12

Unit 4 Roman Catholicism and Ethics

The sacramental life of the church and church doctrines are examined under the following headings: • • • • • •

Christian values Christian marriage Christian reconciliation Christian healing Christian responses to global issues Christian vocation

GCSE Subject Guide

End of year module 50%


Subject Brief

GCSE TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Technology and Design is the subject of the modern technological era. It is a subject that reflects the progress and development that innovation and design has brought to society to improve the quality of our lifestyles. From cars to jet engines, microwave ovens to digital televisions all of these have come about through the same problem solving techniques that are the keystone to the delivery of Technology and Design. The GCSE course is very worthwhile and relevant to the world of work as it promotes the skills of communication, innovation, ICT and self reliance.

Awarding Body AQA

Course Structure and Assessment Year 11 Unit 1 Working in plastics, theory processes. Unit 2 Working in timber, theory processes. Unit 3 Working in metal, theory and processes. Year 12

Career Opportunities ♦

Occupational Therapist

Interior Designer

Product Designer

Fashion Designer

Orthotist/ Prosthetist

Technology teacher / Technician

Dressmaker

Costume Designer

Water service engineer

Civil, Electrical, marine

Mechanical, Aeronautical

& Marine engineering

Electronics

Set Designer

Lighting engineer or broadcasting

Dental Technician

Graphic Designer

GCSE Subject Guide

Development and making the GCSE project with portfolio

Why Study Technology? ♦

If you enjoy being creative and have ideas which you think could solve real life problems for others and have the confidence with the help of your teacher to make that product in the workshop then you should certainly consider GCSE Technology. Pupils who have completed the course previously have claimed it has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience which has boosted their self confidence enabling them to fully realise their true potential.


Subject Guide GCSE Technology & Design

Awarding Body

AQA

TOPIC

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

Year 11 Plastics theory and processes

Wood theory and processes

Metals theory and processes

Controlled Assessment

Examination

Students use modern CAD CAM to design and manufacture a project in plastics while building up their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the nature of plastics and the processes involved in its use within manufacturing. Students use machines and hand tools to design and manufacture a project in wood while building up their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the nature of timber and the processes involved in its use within manufacturing. Students use machines and hand tools to design and manufacture a project in metal while building up their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the nature of metals and the processes involved in its use within manufacturing. Year 12 This second year of the 2 year course is dominated by the controlled assessment (project). The majority of the time will be spent designing and making the controlled assessment under informal supervision. Exam preparation should involve students undertaking research into the given theme for the examination together with revision of the theoretical work covered in year 11.

GCSE Subject Guide

Practical and theory class assessment

Practical and theory class assessment

Practical and theory class assessment

External Moderation

External Examination


Subject Brief

BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN E–MEDIA B-TEC E -Media is taught through structured lessons in Southern Regional College. You will spend one morning a week in the College following the course which is concerned with such topics as audio production, photography, digital graphics and much more! This course is highly enjoyable with feedback from past pupils that the course is informative and challenging. If you enjoy working with computers and using technology then this course may be for you.

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

Course Structure and Assessment The course consists of one compulsory unit and two optional units from the list overleaf. The course is assessed through assignments in Southern Regional College. Students must build up a portfolio of evidence over the two years of study—Year 11 & Year 12. Attendance at Southern Regional College is therefore very important.

Career Opportunities Animator Computer Games Designer

Why Study BTEC E-Media? • It will give you the opportunity to gain a

TV/Film Camera Operator TV/Film Editor TV/Film Production Assistant TV/Film Runner

GCSE Subject Guide

basic understanding of employment opportunities, job requirements, and working practices in the media industry • You will start building the technical skills and knowledge relevant to a sector (or sectors) of the media industry • You will gain a qualification which will enable progression to further study, training, or employment • You will be able to make informed choices with regard to a career in the media industry • You will gain technology skills that may be applicable in other work situations.


Subject Guide BTEC First Certificate in E-Media

TOPIC

Compulsory Unit

Research for Media Production

Optional Units (2 will be chosen)

Factual Production for the Media

Video Production

Audio Production

Print Production

Advertising Production

Interactive Media Production

Photography Techniques

Animation Techniques

Writing for the Media

Web Authoring

Reviewing Computer Games

2D Computer Games

Digital Graphics

Computer Games Testing

3D Computer Games Engines

GCSE Subject Guide

CONTENT

Awarding Body EDEXCEL

ASSESSMENT


BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN CHILDREN’S CARE, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT Subject Brief

The First Certificate Children’s Care Learning and Development offers learners the experience of a vocational qualification. This course provides an insight into the childcare and early years sector and provides underpinning knowledge and

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

practical skills in preparation for further study.

Units: Unit 1

Children’s Development

Unit 2

Keeping Children Safe

Unit 3

Communication with Children and Adults

Career Opportunities •

Crèche / Nursery Assistant

Teacher

Teaching Assistant

Child Psychologist

Social Worker

Children's Nurse

Pediatrician

Counsellor

Adoption and Foster Care Services

Why Study Children’s Care, Learning and Development ? ♦

♦ ♦

GCSE Subject Guide

Provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. Motivates learners via applied learning and assessment. Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications e.g. Certificate or Diploma in


Subject Guide First Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development TOPIC

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

CONTENT

Children’s Development

The growth and development of children The role of observation in children’s development Learn to observe children’s development Understand planning to support children’s development

Keeping Children Safe

The preparation and maintenance of a safe and secure environment How to support the protection of children from abuse How to maintain the safety of children on outings How to deal with accidents, emergencies and illness

Communication with Children and Adults

The key features of effective interpersonal communication How to interact and communicate with children How to interact and communicate with adults

GCSE Subject Guide


Subject Brief

BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN HOSPITALITY B-TEC Hospitality is taught through structured lessons in Southern Regional College. You will spend one morning a week in the College following the course which is concerned with such topics as basic culinary skills (cooking), food service, customer relation and health and safety. You will also have the opportunity to plan and run a hospitality event.

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

Course Structure and Assessment The course consists of one compulsory unit and two optional units from the list overleaf. The course is assessed through assignments in Southern Regional College.

Career Opportunities

Students must build up a portfolio of evidence over the two years of study—Year 11 & Year 12. Attendance at Southern Regional College is therefore very important.

Hospitality offers many different career opportunities for you in areas such as: • • • • • • • • •

hotels restaurants retailing transportation travel agencies tour companies tourist attractions leisure, recreation and sport cultural industries

GCSE Subject Guide

Why Study the BTEC in Hospitality? • It will give you the opportunity to gain a

basic understanding of employment opportunities, job requirements, and working practices in the hospitality industry • You will start building the technical skills and knowledge relevant to a sector (or sectors) of the hospitality industry • You will gain a qualification which will enable progression to further study, training, or employment • You will be able to make informed choices with regard to a career in the hospitality industry • You will gain technology skills that may be applicable in other work situations.


Subject Guide BTEC First Certificate in Hospitality

TOPIC

CONTENT

Compulsory Unit ♌

Exploring the Hospitality Industry

Optional Units Customer Relations in Hospitality Safety in Hospitality Planning and Running a Hospitality Event Healthy Lifestyles Developing Employability Skills for Hospitality and Related Industries Basic Culinary Skills Serving Food and Drink Accommodation and the Front Office

GCSE Subject Guide

Awarding Body EDEXCEL

ASSESSMENT


BTEC FIRST CERTIFICATE IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM Subject Brief

The First Certificate in Travel & Tourism is a challenging and rewarding qualification which is equivalent to 2 GCSE’s. This course will look at the Travel and Tourism industry in the UK and abroad. You will gain many skills including communication and team work. This course is taught at Southern Regional

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL

College.

Units: Unit 1

The UK Travel and Tourism Industry

Unit 2

Exploring Customer Service

Unit 3

European Holiday Destinations

Career Opportunities

Travel Agent

Waitress

Restaurant Owner

Travel Consultant

Tour Operator

Air Cabin Crew

Pilot

Why Study Travel and Tourism? •

• • •

GCSE Subject Guide

Individual units have been designed to meet specific skills gaps identified by employers, these include locational geography, customer service and employability skills Motivates learners via applied learning and assessment BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications e.g. BTEC Nationals Esteem of working in a sector of choice


Subject Guide First Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Awarding Body

EDEXCEL TOPIC

CONTENT

The UK Travel & Tourism Industry

Understand the concept of the travel and tourism industry. Know the roles and relationships of organisations within the UK travel and tourism industry. understand the development of the UK travel and tourism industry. understand the impact of legislation and other issues on the UK travel and tourism industry.

Exploring Customer Service in Travel and Tourism

understand different approaches to customer service in different travel and tourism organisations. Understand the needs of different types of customers in the travel and tourism industry. Know the skills and techniques needed to provide good customer service in the travel and tourism industry. Be able to demonstrate customer service skills and techniques in Travel and tourism.

European Holiday Destinations

Know the location of major European holiday destinations and gateways. Understand factors influencing the appeal of European holiday destinations Be able to cost selected holidays to Europe. Be able to provide information to customers travelling to European holiday destinations.

GCSE Subject Guide


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