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OAKGROVE SCHOOL

A STUDENT AND PARENT GUIDE TO YOUR KEY STAGE 4 COURSES All you need to know and more for your next two years at Oakgrove!


INDEX PAGE

SUBJECT_____________

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SUBJECT_____________

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CORE SUBJECTS

40

GCSE Geography

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GCSE English Language

42

GCSE German

6

GCSE English Literature

44

GCSE History

8

GCSE Mathematics

46

GCSE Humanities

10

GCSE Science Core

48

ICT (OCR Nationals)

12

GCSE Science Additional

50

GCSE ICT

14

BTEC Applied Science

52

GCSE Italian

17

OPTION SUBJECTS

54

GCSE Media Studies

18

GCSE Art and Design

56

BTEC Media

20

BTEC Art and Design

58

GCSE Music

22

ASDAN Employability

60

BTEC Music

24

GCSE Biology

62

GCSE Product Design

26

GCSE Business Studies

64

GCSE Physical Education

28

BTEC business Studies

66

GCSE Physics

30

GCSE Chemistry

68

GCSE Sociology

32

Classical Civilisation

70

BTEC Sport

34

GCSE Drama

72

GCSE Textiles Technology

36

GCSE Food Technology

74

BTEC Travel and Tourism

38

GCSE French

76

BTEC Workskills

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CORE SUBJECTS


GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ( AQA Exam Board) Specification 4705

Calendar of Key Events

This course will give students the opportunity to develop their communication skills through a variety of speaking and listening, reading and writing tasks. Students will complete a variety of controlled assessments (worth 60% of the overall mark) and an examination (worth 40% of the overall mark).

1. 2. 3. 4.

All controlled assessments to be completed by July of Year 10 Early entry available in January of Year 11 and standard entry available in the summer of Year 11 Revision sessions will take place in December/ January of Year 11 and March/ April/ May of Year 11 Mock examination in October of Year 11

Examination Assessment Overview: There is one examination which lasts 2 hours. It is worth 40% of the English Language overall grade.

Years 10 and 11

Two tiers of entry are available: Higher for Grades A* - D and Foundation for Grades C– G.

Unit 1: Understanding and Producing NonFiction Texts Section A: Reading Response, based on unseen extracts which focus on reading skills, content, language and presentation Section B: Writing Response, including one short and one longer task, loosely linked to the unseen materials in Section A

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English Language Controlled Assessment In total, the controlled assessments are worth 60% of the English Language overall grade. Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Three controlled assessments on the following areas: Presenting Discussing and Listening Role playing This task is worth 20% of the English Language overall grade. Unit 3 Part a) - Extended Reading One controlled assessment task on a text from one of the following options: Exploring Cultures Literary Heritage Modern Prose and Drama Shakespeare This task is worth 15% of the English Language overall grade. It can also be assessed, as part of the English Literature course. Unit 3 Part b) - Creative Writing Two controlled assessment tasks from two of the following options: Moving Images Commissions Re-creations This task is worth 15% of the English Language overall grade. Unit 3 Part c) - Spoken Language Study One controlled assessment task from one of the following options: Social Attitudes to Talk Spoken Genres Multi-Modal Talk This task is worth 10% of the English Language overall grade.

English Language Revision

English Language Revision Tips

Students will need to read for meaning and practise both skimming and scanning skills to extract relevant details.

1. Practise reading at home—read as much as you can, from a variety of different genres. 2. Learn key word spellings. 3. Experiment with sentence structures to make your writing interesting to read. 4. Vary vocabulary to achieve specific effects. 5. Access and test yourself using BBC Bitesize website for practice exam questions.

Students will also need to adapt their writing to suit a variety of different purposes and audiences, by considering their choice of style and language.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Provide students with a quiet area where they can study uninterrupted. Encourage students to read—it doesn't have to be a novel but the more students read, the more skills they will acquire to cope with the demands of the exam paper. Encourage background reading and research of particular texts and topics being studied. Provide students with a dictionary and thesaurus to check spelling and widen vocabulary. Ensure students always complete homework tasks to the best of their ability. Test students on their knowledge of a text or topic area.

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GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE ( AQA Exam Board) Specification 4710

Calendar of Key Events

This course offers students the opportunity to widen their reading, focus on their analytical skills and develop their own personal responses to texts. The course involves students completing one controlled assessment (worth 25% of the overall mark) and two examinations (worth 75% of the overall mark). Two tiers of entry are available: Higher for Grades A* - D and Foundation for Grades C– G. The following units will be studied in Year 10: Unit 2 Examination: Poetry Across Time Unit 3 Controlled Assessment: Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage

Years 10 and 11

The following units will be studied in Year 11: Unit 1 Examination: Modern Prose or Modern Drama text Unit 2 Examination: Poetry Across Time continued

1. 2. 3. 4.

All controlled assessments to be completed by July of Year 10 Exam entry in the summer of Year 11 Revision sessions will take place in March/ April/ May of Year 11 Mock examination in February of Year 11

Examination Assessment Overview: All students study GCSE English Literature. There are two examinations which are worth 75% of the English Literature overall grade.

Paper 1: Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts Section A: A Modern Prose or Modern Drama text Section B: Exploring Cultures text Time Duration —1 hour 30 minutes Worth 40% of the overall grade

Paper 2: Unit 2: Poetry Across Time Section A: Poetry Cluster from the ‘Moon on the Tides’ Anthology Section B: Responding to an Unseen Poem Time Duration— 1 hour 15 minutes Worth 35% of the overall grade

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English Literature Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the English Literature overall grade. Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage One controlled assessment, comparing two texts, one from each of the following areas: A Shakespeare play A Pre-1900 text One of these texts may also be studied, as part of the English Language course.

English Literature Revision

English Literature Revision Tips

Students will need to know their set texts, including poetry, and be able to write about them confidently.

Students will need to: 1. Read for meaning and practise both skimming and scanning skills to extract relevant details f from the texts. 2. Make and learn notes on the texts studied, focusing on key areas such as plot, characterisation, themes and language. 3. Re-read texts to familiarise themselves with the content of the texts. 4. Learn key quotations and/or be able to locate them quickly and efficiently in the text. 5. Have confident knowledge of poetry key terms to apply to poems from the anthology and unseen poems 6. Practise analysis skills so that any poem can be explained effectively, whether prepared in advance or unseen.

Students will need to analyse the set texts and be able to explain ideas from them, rather than just describe what they are about. Students will need to use a formal style of writing which makes use of PEE paragraphs—Point, Evidence and Explanation. Students will need to use their analytical skills to write about an unseen text.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Provide students with a quiet area where they can study uninterrupted. Encourage students to read—it doesn't have to be a novel but the more students read, the more skills they will acquire to cope with the demands of the exam paper. Encourage background reading and research of particular texts and topics being studied. Provide students with a dictionary and thesaurus to check spelling and widen vocabulary. Ensure students always complete homework tasks to the best of their ability. Test students on their knowledge of a text or topic area. Support students in checking their own work through, in order to identify careless mistakes and selfcorrect.

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GCSE MATHEMATICS (OCR Exam Board) Specification J562

Calendar of Key Events

Unit A covers topics as follows: Ratio, Multiples, Factors, Prime numbers, Coordinates, Line segments, Construction, Loci, Scale drawings, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Using formulae, Sequences, Solving linear equations, Simplifying expressions, Graphs and Charts, Averages

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Mock exam (Unit A) UNIT A Final GCSE Exam Easter Revision Mock exam (Unit B) UNIT B Final GCSE Exam Maths Booster Sessions Mock exam (Unit C) Easter Revision UNIT C Final GCSE Exam

Dec 2011 Jan 2012 Apr 2012 May 2012 Jun 2012 Sep 2012 Apr 2013 Apr 2013 Jun 2013

YEAR 10

*3D Pythagoras’, Trigonometry, Bearings, Box plots, Cumulative Frequency curves

Examination Assessment

Unit B covers topics as follows: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Square and Cube roots, Real life graphs, Straight line graphs, Inequalities, Angle rules, Scatter graphs and correlation, Congruence, Similarity, Transformations *Index laws, Surds, Simultaneous equations, Circle theorems, Vectors

Overview: All students are required to study Mathematics to the end of Key Stage 4. They will take the OCR GCSE examinations. Candidates are entered at one of 2 tiers for each unit: - Foundation Tier – grades G to C, or - Higher Tier - grades E to A*

*Topics which appear only in the higher tier The course will be assessed by three written exams:

Also included in all units are: Converting between units; Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing any number; rounding appropriately.

Unit A: is worth 25% and will be sat in the January of Year 10. This paper is 1 hour long and is a calculator paper

Unit C covers topics as follows:

YEAR 11

Percentages, Proportion, Substitution, Upper and lower bounds, Coordinates, Graphs, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Enlargement, Probability, Trial and Improvement. *Standard form, Non-Linear graphs, Simultaneous equations, Transforming graphs, Tree diagrams, Solving quadratic equations, Advanced trigonometry *Topics which appear only in the higher tier

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Unit B: is worth 25% and will be sat in the June of Year 10. This paper is 1 hour long and is a non-calculator paper.

Unit C: is worth 50% and will be sat in the June of Year 11. This paper is 1.5 (foundation) or 2 (higher) hours long and is a calculator paper.


Maths Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment for the Mathematics Course.

Maths Revision

Maths Revision Tips

Students will be regularly tested throughout the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed for each unit.

1.

Ensure that all notes taken in class are neat and easy to read and that all workings are shown.

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

2.

Read through all homework comments / targets and act upon them.

3.

Go back over all tests and complete corrections.

4.

Complete plenty of past exam papers in the run up to each unit exam.

5.

Attend revision sessions.

6.

Use www.mymaths.co.uk to revise topics.

7.

Use the Mathswatch CD for extra help with topics.

During the Easter holidays in Year 10 and Year 11, a half day revision session for Unit B and Unit C will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend. In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

4.

Purchase your son/daughter a “Mathswatch� CD from school to provide extra support.

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Make sure that your son / daughter has all the equipment that they need for Maths lessons (pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator, compass, protractor).

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GCSE SCIENCE CORE (OCR Exam Board) Specification J261

Calendar of Key Events

The specification content is presented as six modules which are listed below and assessed in two units. Within each module the content is shown as eight items (e.g. C1a, C1b, C1c, C1d, C1e, C1f, C1g, C1h). Thus, the specification content contains a total of 48 teaching items. Each item requires approximately 2½ hours teaching time. Unit 1 Biology 1 – Understanding Ourselves: a Fitness and health; b Human health and diet c Staying healthy; d The nervous system e Drugs and you; f Staying in balance; g Controlling plant growth; h Variation and inheritance

YEAR 10

Chemistry 1 – Carbon Chemistry: a Making crude oil useful; b Using carbon fuels; c clean air; d Making polymers; e Designer polymers; f Cooking and food additives; g Smells; h Paints and pigments Physics 1 – Energy for the Home: a Heating houses; b Keeping homes warm; c A spectrum of waves; d Light and lasers e Cooking and communicating using waves; f Data transmission; g Wireless signals; h Stable Earth Unit 2 Biology 2 – Understanding Our Environment: a Classification; b Energy flow; c Recycling; d Interdependence; e Adaptations; f Natural selection g Population and pollution; h Sustainability Chemistry 2 – Rocks and Metals: a The structure of the Earth; b Construction materials; c Metals and alloys; d Making cars; e Manufacturing chemicals: making ammonia; f Acids and bases; g Fertilisers and crop yield; h Chemicals from the sea: the chemistry of sodium chloride Physics 2 – Living for the Future: a Collecting energy from the Sun; b Generating electricity; c Global warming; d Fuels for power e Nuclear radiations; f Exploring our Solar System g Threats to Earth; h The Big Bang

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mock exam (Unit 1) Controlled assessment Easter Revision UNIT 1 Final GCSE Exam UNIT 2 Final GCSE Exam

Jan 2012 Jan 2012 Apr 2012 May 2012 Jun 2012

Examination Assessment Overview: All written papers are set in one of two tiers:Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier papers assess grades G to C and Higher papers assess grades D to A*. An allowed grade E may be awarded on the Higher Tier components. Candidates may enter for either the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier in each of the externally assessed units. So a candidate may take for example B711/F and B712/H.The two exams are taken in the Summer of Year 10. Unit 1 B711 Exam Paper: Modules B1, C1, P1. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 15 mins—75 marks 35% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 2 B712 Exam Paper: Modules B2, C2, P2. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 30 mins—85 marks 40% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 3 B713 Controlled assessment: This unit is not tiered. Controlled assessment 48 marks 25% of the qualification

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Core Science Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment unit requires the completion of one assessment task. Each task is divided into three parts. It is anticipated that students will spend a total of about 8 hours in producing this work. Part 1 – Research and collecting secondary data. Part 1 requires students to plan and carry out research. The part 1 stimulus material introduces the task and provides guidance for the research. The research may be conducted either in class or as a homework exercise. The information collected is required for Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 – Planning and collecting primary data. Part 2 requires students to plan and carry out an investigation to collect primary data to test a hypothesis stated in the Part 2 stimulus material. Part 3 – Analysis and evaluation. Part 3 requires students to process and analyse the results from their research (Part 1) and their primary data (Part 2). They will be required to evaluate their data and methods used to collect it and draw and justify a conclusion.

Core Science Revision

Core Science Revision Tips

Students will be tested regularly through the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed at the end of each unit.

1.

Start revision early and attend revision sessions when available

2.

Break down information into small workable chunks

3.

Construct a revision timetable

During the Easter holidays in Year 10 revision session will be available for individual units. Students can volunteer to attend.

4.

Leave yourself time to relax

5.

Don’t revise for too long

In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

6.

Use a variety of revision methods until you find what is best for you

7.

Re-visit your notes as many times as possible

8.

Relax and get plenty of sleep during your revision and your exams

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

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GCSE SCIENCE ADDITIONAL (OCR Exam Board) Specification J262

Calendar of Key Events

The specification content is presented as six modules which are listed below and assessed in two units. Within each module the content is shown as eight items (e.g. B3a, B3b, B3c, B3d,B3e, B3f, B3g, B3h). Thus, the specification content contains a total of 48 teaching items. Each item requires approximately 2½ hours teaching time Unit 1 Biology 3 – Living and Growing: a Molecules of life; b Proteins and mutations c Respiration; d Cell division; e The circulatory system; f Growth and development; g New genes for old; h Cloning

YEAR 11

Chemistry 3 – Chemical Economics: a Rate of reaction (1); b Rate of reaction (2); c Rate of reaction (3); d Reacting masses; e Percentage yield and atom economy; f Energy; g Batch or continuous?; h Allotropes of carbon and nanochemistry Physics 3 – Forces for Transport: a Speed; b Changing speed; c Forces and motion d Work and power; e Energy on the move; f Crumple zones; g Falling safely; h The energy of games and theme rides Unit 2 Biology 4 – It’s a Green World: a Ecology in the local environment; b Photosynthesis; c Leaves and photosynthesis; d Diffusion and osmosis; e Transport in plants f Plants need minerals; g Decay; h Farming Chemistry 4 – The Periodic Table: a Atomic structure; b Ionic bonding; c The Periodic Table and covalent bonding; d The Group 1 Elements; e The Group 7 elements; f Transition Elements; g Metal structure and properties; h Purifying and testing water Physics 4 – Radiation for Life: a Sparks; b Uses of electrostatics; c Safe electricals d Ultrasound; e What is radioactivity?; f Uses of Radioisotopes; g Treatment; h Fission and fusion

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mock exam (Unit 1) Controlled assessment Easter Revision UNIT 1 Final GCSE Exam UNIT 2 Final GCSE Exam

Jan 2013 Jan 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 Jun 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: All written papers are set in one of two tiers:Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier papers assess grades G to C and Higher papers assess grades D to A*. An allowed grade E may be awarded on the Higher Tier components. Candidates may enter for either the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier in each of the externally assessed units. So a candidate may take for example B721/F and B722/H.The two exams are taken in the Summer of Year 11. Unit 1 B721 Exam Paper: Modules B3, C3, P3. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 15 mins—75 marks 35% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 2 B722 Exam Paper: Modules B4, C4, P4. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 30 mins—85 marks 40% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 3 B723 Controlled assessment: This unit is not tiered. Controlled assessment 48 marks 25% of the qualification

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Additional Science Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment unit requires the completion of one assessment task. Each task is divided into three parts. It is anticipated that students will spend a total of about 8 hours in producing this work. Part 1 – Research and collecting secondary data. Part 1 requires students to plan and carry out research. The part 1 stimulus material introduces the task and provides guidance for the research. The research may be conducted either in class or as a homework exercise. The information collected is required for Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 – Planning and collecting primary data. Part 2 requires students to plan and carry out an investigation to collect primary data to test a hypothesis stated in the Part 2 stimulus material. Part 3 – Analysis and evaluation. Part 3 requires students to process and analyse the results from their research (Part 1) and their primary data (Part 2). They will be required to evaluate their data and methods used to collect it and draw and justify a conclusion.

Additional Science Revision Students will be tested regularly through the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed at the end of each unit.

Science Revision Tips 1.

Start revision early and attend revision sessions when available

2.

Break down information into small workable chunks

3.

Construct a revision timetable

During the Easter holidays in Year 11 revision session will be available for individual units. Students can volunteer to attend.

4.

Leave yourself time to relax

5.

Don’t revise for too long

In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

6.

Use a variety of revision methods until you find what is best for you

7.

Re-visit your notes as many times as possible

8.

Relax and get plenty of sleep during your revision and your exams

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

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BTEC APPLIED SCIENCE (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2

YEAR 10

Mandatory Units: Unit1 Chemistry Applications: 1.Be able to investigate different types of chemical substances related to their physical properties 2 Be able to investigate the properties of elements relating to their atomic structure 3 Be able to investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions 4 Know the factors that are affecting the Earth and its environment Unit 2 Physical Science Applications: 1 Be able to investigate energy transformations 2 Know the properties and applications of waves and radiation 3 Know how electrical energy that is produced from different sources can be transferred to electric circuits in the home and industry 4 Know the components of the solar system and the way the universe is changing Unit 3 Biological Systems: 1 Be able to investigate the functioning and classification of organisms 2 Be able to investigate the impact of human activity on the environment 3 Know the factors which can affect and control human health.

Calendar of Key Events Assignment deadlines are issued throughout the term with the assignment brief. All assignments need to be completed for submission by June 2013.

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessment will take the form of projects, presentations, case studies and assignments. There is no exam for this course. Each unit is assessed through four or five assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks:

YEAR 11

Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s Optional Units Unit 10The Living Body: 1 Know the role of enzymes as catalysts 2 Be able to investigate individual body systems, relating their structure and functions to their role in maintaining health 3 Know how the nervous and endocrine systems work to coordinate the body systems 4 Know the structure and functions of the human reproductive system. 2nd Optional Unit TBC

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Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s. Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values, when published will replace those outlined above.


BTEC Applied Science Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

BTEC Science Revision

BTEC Science Revision Tips

Parents and students need to remember that there is no end of year / unit exam for this course.

Parents and students need to remember that there is no end of year / unit exam for this course.

However there is continuous assessment through this course and all assignments need to be completed to the best of your ability to do well.

1. 2.

Hand all your assignments in time. Follow all teacher instructions to improve your work.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Check through your child’s assignment before they hand it in to see if they have met the requirements outlined in the assignment brief.

2.

Make sure that your child completes any improvements to their assignments so they can achieve the highest level possible.

3.

Help to keep your child on target to meet the deadlines for their assignments—these will be issued with each assignment brief.

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OPTION SUBJECTS


GCSE ART AND DESIGN (AQA Exam Board) Calendar of Key Events

Specification 4021 Candidates should produce practical and critical/ contextual work associated with two or more of the endorsements listed below: Applied Art: Fine Art:Graphic Communication Textile Design Three-Dimensional Design: Photography

1. The portfolio of work: This is started in Year 10, then continues into Year 11 2. Mock exam December 2012 3. Unit 2 Externally set task: The question papers are available from the 01/01/12 4. Final exam March / April 2012 5. Easter booster sessions March / April to complete course work.

They may also explore and develop ideas by combining or overlapping the areas of study. All students will complete work based on the four Assessment objectives:

YEAR 10

AO1

Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding

AO2

Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes

AO3

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms

AO4

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Year 11 will start with the completion of the project Twisted and Intertwined.

Examination Assessment Overview: The Scheme of Assessment is made up of two components: 1. Portfolio of work :Two units of coursework worth 60% of the marks 2.

The Controlled Test - lasting 10 hours worth 40% of the marks

Component 1: Unit 1: Portfolio of Work: Candidate portfolio selected pieces from work undertaken during the course of study (Years 10 and 11) and must include more than one project. This component is worth 80 marks – 60% of the final mark.

YEAR 11

A mock exam of ten hours will take place in approximately December. The actual GCSE exam paper will be issued on January 1st 2013. The actual final GCSE exam will take place in approximately March / April. There will be an opportunity to enhance Natural Forms and Twisted and Intertwined once the actual GCSE exam has been completed. All work will be completed to the four assessment objectives outlined above.

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Component 2: Externally Set Task: Question papers are issued from 1st January. They are marked by the Centre (Oakgrove) and moderated by an AQA Moderator. There is unlimited preparation time. The exam itself is 10 hours of sustained focused study. Candidates respond to their chosen starting point. This component is worth 80 marks – 40% of the final mark


Art and Design Controlled Assessment This is worth 40% of the final GCSE. For Art and Design, AQA will set a paper containing a selection of starting points. Papers should be issued to candidates from 1 January in the year of the examination. There is unlimited preparation time followed by a ten hour exam in which candidates are expected to develop their own unaided work informed by their preparatory studies. During the preparatory period, teachers may discuss starting points with candidates and give them general guidance on the choice of materials, how to carry out preparatory studies or how to begin research on their chosen starting point. The exam will take place under standard exam conditions.

Art and Design Revision

Art and Design Revision Tips

Students should keep up to date with all course work

1.

Keep an extra sketch book at home to compliment all course work projects.

It is important that all deadlines are met.

2.

Keep all work completed until the end of the course. Your teacher will select the work to be entered for Unit 1.

3.

Visit galleries and exhibitions keep an on going journal of what .you see and your opinions.

4.

Take advantage of any organised visits by the school to galleries and exhibitions.

Attend all booster sessions the department runs after school. Attend Easter holiday booster sessions in Years 10 and 11.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. If possible have an Art kit at home to complete work. 2. Check your son/daughter is completing all home work that has been set. 3. Ensure your son /daughter is aware of any deadlines and meets them. 4. Help your son /daughter to set a time table to complete all the assessment objectives required. 5. Be aware of any booster sessions that your son/daughter can attend to help them complete work with the support of the Art Department. 6. Contact the Art Department if you have any questions of concerns.

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BTEC ART AND DESIGN (Edexcel Exam Board)

YEAR 10

Extended Certificate Level 2

Calendar of Key Events

All students will start to build a portfolio towards completing all of the formal units below.

1.

From January 2012 students will systematically work though each unit, building on the portfolio they will complete the first two units.

2.

Unit 1:

Contextual references in art and Design

Unit 2:

2D Visual communications

3.

September 2012 will start with the building of work for a portfolio to be used for all of the assessment units January 2011 Work created or the portfolio will be used to complete units All units must be completed and handed in two weeks before study leave in May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessments will take the form of projects and assignments to build up a portfolio of individual art work, artist research and investigations and use of a variety of artist techniques. There is no exam for this course.

In year 11 students will continue to build on their portfolio of work to complete the remaining two units;

Each unit is assessed through the portfolio work produced for each unit during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. Unit 1:Contextual References in Art and Design

Unit 3: 3D Visual communications

Unit 2: 2D Visual communications

Unit 13: Working with a visual Arts brief

Unit 3: 3D Visual communications Unit 13: Working with a visual Arts brief

YEAR 11

At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks: Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s. Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values will replace those outlined above.

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BTEC Art and Design Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

Art and Design Revision

Art and Design Revision Tips

Students should keep up to date with all course work.

1.

Keep an extra sketch book at home to compliment all course work projects.

It is important that all deadlines are met.

2.

Keep all work completed until the end of the course.

Attend all booster sessions the department runs after school.

3.

Visit galleries and exhibitions keep an on going journal of what you see and your opinions.

4.

Take advantage of any organised visits by the school to galleries and exhibitions.

Attend Easter booster sessions.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. If possible have an Art kit at home to complete work 2. Check your son/daughter is completing all home work that has been set. 3. Ensure your son /daughter is aware of any deadlines and meets them. 4. Help your son /daughter to set a time table to complete all the assessment objectives required. 5. Be aware of any booster sessions that your son/daughter can attend to help them complete work with the support of the Art Department. 6. Contact the Art Department if you have any questions of concerns.

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ASDAN EMPLOYABILITY CERTIFICATE Specification

Calendar of Key Events

The Employability qualification will prepare you for entering the workplace and for being successful in a job that is right for you. It shows other people that you have a range of employability skills.

1. 2. 3.

YEAR 10 and 11

There will be a range of activities to help you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding needed to: help you to plan and review your learning maintain work standards help you to communicate with others at work work with others apply for a job tackle problems tackle number problems explore job opportunities understand rights and responsibilities at work understand health and safety issues in the work place understand customer care.

Portfolio of work will need to be completed by May of Year 11. Final moderation of the portfolio’s will take place in June of Year 11. Deadlines and targets will be set throughout the two year course for each challenge.

Examination Assessment Overview: A pass in the ASDAN Employability Qualification is worth 46 points, equivalent to a grade B GCSE. Student’s work is assessed as an on-going process throughout the course. It is internally marked and a sample are externally assessed each year. Students can re-draft and edit their work to meet the standards required to pass this qualification.

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ASDAN Employability Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment as part of this course. Students are continually assessed throughout this course.

Employability Revision

Employability Revision Tips

Students can re-draft work after teacher assessments to improve the quality of their work and ensure they meet the ASDAN required criteria.

1. Take responsibility for planning, organising and carrying out a number of activities and challenges 2. Develop and provide evidence of working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving 3. Develop and provide evidence of the skills of research, discussion and presentation. 4. Produce evidence of their achievements in a portfolio.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Keep up to date with what you son/daughter is doing at any time during the course and offer practical advice and knowledge of your own experiences in the workplace.

2.

Learners may not have weekly homework tasks to complete.

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GCSE BIOLOGY (OCR Exam Board) Specification J263

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

This specification comprises six teaching modules, assessed through two units (unit 1 in Year 10 and unit 2 in Year 11). Within each module the content is shown as eight items (e.g. B1a, B1b, B1c, B1d, B1e, B1f, B1g, and B1h). Thus, the specification content contains a total of 48 teaching items. Each item requires approximately 2½ hours teaching time Unit 1 Module Biology 1: Understanding Ourselves a Fitness and health; b Human health and diet c Staying healthy; d The nervous system e Drugs and you; f Staying in balance g Controlling plant growth; h Variation and inheritance Module Biology 2: Understanding Our Environment a Classification; b Energy flow; c Recycling d Interdependence; e Adaptations; f Natural selection; g Population and pollution; h Sustainability Module Biology 3: Living and Growing a Molecules of life; b Proteins and mutations c Respiration; d Cell division; e The circulatory system; f Growth and development; g New genes for old; h Cloning

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Mock exam (Unit 1) Controlled assessment Easter Revision UNIT 1 Final GCSE Exam Mock exam (Unit 2) Easter Revision UNIT 2 Final GCSE Exam

Jan 2012 Jan 2012 Apr 2012 May 2012 Jan 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: All written papers are set in one of two tiers:Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier papers assess grades G to C and Higher papers assess grades D to A*. An allowed grade E may be awarded on the Higher Tier components. Candidates may enter for either the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier in each of the externally assessed units. So a candidate may take for example B731/F and B732/H. Exam B731 is taken at the end of Year 10 and B732 is taken in the Summer of Year 11. Unit 1 B731 Exam Paper:

YEAR 11

Unit 2 Module Biology 4: It’s a Green World a Ecology in the local environment b Photosynthesis; c Leaves and photosynthesis d Diffusion and osmosis; e Transport in plants f Plants need minerals; g Decay; h Farming Module Biology 5: The Living Body a Skeletons; b Circulatory systems and the cardiac cycle; c Running repairs; d Respiratory systems e Digestion; f Waste disposal; g Life goes on; h Growth and repair Module Biology 6: Beyond the Microscope a Understanding microbes; b Harmful Microorganisms; c Useful microorganisms; d Biofuels; e Life in soil; f Microscopic life in water g Enzymes in action; h Gene technology

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Modules B1, B2, B3. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 15 mins—75 marks 35% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 2 B732 Exam Paper: Modules B4, B5, B6. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 30 mins—85 marks 40% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 3 B733 controlled assessment:: This unit is not tiered. Controlled assessment 48 marks 25% of the qualification


Biology Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment unit requires the completion of one assessment task. Each task is divided into three parts. It is anticipated that students will spend a total of about 8 hours in producing this work. Part 1 – Research and collecting secondary data. Part 1 requires students to plan and carry out research. The part 1 stimulus material introduces the task and provides guidance for the research. The research may be conducted either in class or as a homework exercise. The information collected is required for Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 – Planning and collecting primary data. Part 2 requires students to plan and carry out an investigation to collect primary data to test a hypothesis stated in the Part 2 stimulus material. Part 3 – Analysis and evaluation. Part 3 requires students to process and analyse the results from their research (Part 1) and their primary data (Part 2). They will be required to evaluate their data and methods used to collect it and draw and justify a conclusion.

Biology Revision

Biology Revision Tips

Students will be tested regularly through the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed at the end of each unit.

1.

Start revision early and attend revision sessions when available

2.

Break down information into small workable chunks

3.

Construct a revision timetable

During the Easter holidays in Year 10 and Year 11, revision session will be available for individual units. Students can volunteer to attend.

4.

Leave yourself time to relax

5.

Don’t revise for too long

In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

6.

Use a variety of revision methods until you find what is best for you

7.

Re-visit your notes as many times as possible

8.

Relax and get plenty of sleep during your revision and your exams

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

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GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES (Edexcel Exam Board)

YEAR 10

Specification 3210

Calendar of Key Events

The course will be delivered through case studies and through a project in which students will write a business plan for a business they would like to start. In Year 10 students will study:

1.

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business. This looks at the skills and knowledge needed to start up a new business. This is assessed through an external test taken at the end of Year 10.

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Summer of Year 10 students will sit a multiple choice external exam to assess unit 1. Autumn term of Year 11 students will complete their controlled assessment. Final examination for unit 3 during the summer exam series of Year 11.

Examination Assessment Overview: Unit 1: Introduction to a Small Business (worth 25% of total marks) Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (worth 25% of total marks) Unit 3: Building a Business (worth 50% of total marks) Unit 1 Students will take a written examination paper with multiple choice and objective test questions based on the unit.

In Year 11 students will study:

YEAR 11

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment This is based on the content of Unit 1. The controlled assessment lasts approximately 3 weeks and will take place early in Year 11. Unit 3: Building a Business. This unit looks at the challenges of developing a small firm into a medium sized company. It will be assessed at the end of year 11 in the form of an external written exam paper. Topics covered include marketing, finance, quality control and people in organisations. It will be delivered through case studies of actual businesses.

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Unit 3: The questions will be a mixture of multiplechoice, data response, short-answer, extendedwriting and scenario-based questions. For example, students might be given details of a business and asked a few questions based on that business.


Business Studies Controlled Assessment The Controlled Assessment is marked out of 40 and is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. Students will be given a list of controlled assessment tasks to choose from. The tasks will be based on the content of Unit 1. Examples of typical tasks would be an investigation of how a local, small business generates repeat business or an investigation into how a local business adds value. Students will have 6 hours of lesson time to research their chosen business and 3 hours of lesson time to write up their findings. The level of control during these lessons is ‘medium’ which means that teachers can provide guidance but cannot provide direct feedback to individuals.

Business Studies Revision

Business Studies Revision Tips

It is helpful if students learn and understand the subject specific terminology as they progress through the course. Completing past exam questions which focus on the skills of analysis and evaluation is a way of improving exam technique. Taking a general interest in economic and business events by reading a newspaper or watching the news, will reinforce the topics is being learnt in class.

1. Produce a set flash cards to revise key terms and definitions. 2. Business Studies online is a useful website as it not only has summary notes but also interactive revision exercises. www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk 3. Past papers and mark schemes can be down loaded from the Edexcel website. www.edexcel.com 4. Students are issued with revision guides which aim to be fun as well as informative.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

By involving students in discussions about their work and the economy in general.

2.

By encouraging students to take an interest in current events by reading a quality newspaper or watching the news.

3.

Parents may be able to support students with their research assignment for example helping them to identify a suitable local business or they may have contacts with a local entrepreneur.

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BTEC BUSINESS (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2

Calendar of Key Events 1.

Unit 1 completed by the end of November of Year 10

2.

Combined unit 16 and unit 3 assignment completed by the end of Year 10

3.

Unit 2 completed by end of November Year 11

Unit 1: Business Purposes

YEAR 10

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the nature of business organisations and the business environment they operate in, for example, the impact of an increase in interest rates or taxation rates.

Unit 16: Business Enterprise and Unit 3: Financial Forecasting for Business This involves students producing a business plan for a business they are interested in starting.

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessment will take the form of projects, presentations, case studies and assignments. There is no exam for this course. Each unit is assessed through two or three assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks:

Unit 2: Business Organisations This unit looks at the aims and objectives of business organisation and the role of departments within a business.

Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s

YEAR 11

Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s Unit 12: Business Online

Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop an understanding of the reasons why business is conducted on line.

Students must pass all units to achieve this qualification.

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values will replace those outlined above.

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BTEC Business Controlled Assessment

Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course. Most of the work will be produced under teacher supervision

BTEC Business Revision

BTEC Business Revision Tips

Learners will have time in the lessons to draft and re-draft work until it reaches the criteria required to attain a Pass standard.

1.

Learners must be prepared for the fact that the first draft of work may not meet the required standards. They need to be able to accept constructive criticism in order to improve the quality of their work.

2. Develop and provide evidence of working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving.

Learners need to be able to work both Independently, as a member of small groups and larger teams.

Take responsibility for planning, organising and carrying out a number of activities and challenges.

3. Develop and provide evidence of the skills of research, discussion and presentation. 4. Produce evidence of their achievements in a Portfolio of booklets.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

By involving students in discussions about their work and the economy in general.

2.

By encouraging students to take an interest in current events by reading a quality newspaper or watching the news.

3.

By assisting with homework such as interviewing an adult about communication styles deployed in the work place.

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GCSE CHEMISTRY (OCR Exam Board) Specification J264

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

This specification comprises six teaching modules, assessed through two units (unit 1 in Year 10 and unit 2 in Year 11). Within each module the content is shown as eight items (e.g. C1a, C1b, C1c, C1d, C1e, C1f, C1g, and C1h). Thus, the specification content contains a total of 48 teaching items. Each item requires approximately 2½ hours teaching time Unit 1 Module Chemistry 1: Carbon Chemistry a Making crude oil useful; b Using carbon fuels c Clean air; d Making polymers; e Designer Polymers; f Cooking and food additives; g Smells; h Paints and pigments Module Chemistry 2: Chemical Resources a The structure of the Earth; b Construction materials; c Metals and alloys; d Making cars; e Manufacturing chemicals: making ammonia f Acids and bases; g Fertilisers and crop yields; h Chemicals from the sea: the chemistry of sodium chloride

YEAR 11

Module Chemistry 3: Chemical Economics a Rate of reaction (1); b Rate of reaction (2) c Rate of reaction (3); d Reacting masses; e Percentage yield and atom economy; f Energy g Batch or continuous?; h Allotropes of carbon and nanochemistry Unit 2 Module Chemistry 4: The Periodic Table a Atomic structure; b Ionic bonding; c The Periodic Table and covalent bonding; d The Group 1 Elements; e The Group 7 elements; f Transition Elements; g Metal structure and properties; h Purifying and testing water Module Chemistry 5: How Much? a Moles and molar mass; b Percentage composition and empirical formula; c Quantitative analysis d Titrations; e Gas volumes; f Equilibria; g Strong and weak acids; h Ionic equations and precipitation Module Chemistry 6: Chemistry Out There a Electrolysis; b Energy transfers – fuel cells; c Redox reactions; d Alcohols; e Depletion of the ozone layer; f Hardness of water; g Natural fats and oils; h Detergents

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Mock exam (Unit 1) Controlled assessment Easter Revision UNIT 1 Final GCSE Exam Mock exam (Unit 2) Easter Revision UNIT 2 Final GCSE Exam

Jan 2012 Jan 2012 Apr 2012 May 2012 Jan 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: All written papers are set in one of two tiers:Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier papers assess grades G to C and Higher papers assess grades D to A*. An allowed grade E may be awarded on the Higher Tier components. Candidates may enter for either the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier in each of the externally assessed units. So a candidate may take for example B741/F and B742/H. Exam B741 is taken at the end of Year 10 and B742 is taken in the Summer of Year 11. Unit 1 B741 Exam Paper: Modules C1, C2, C3. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 15 mins—75 marks 35% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 2 B742 Exam Paper: Modules C4, C5, C6. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 30 mins—85 marks 40% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 3 B743 controlled assessment: This unit is not tiered. Controlled assessment 48 marks 25% of the qualification


Chemistry Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment unit requires the completion of one assessment task. Each task is divided into three parts. It is anticipated that students will spend a total of about 8 hours in producing this work. Part 1 – Research and collecting secondary data. Part 1 requires students to plan and carry out research. The part 1 stimulus material introduces the task and provides guidance for the research. The research may be conducted either in class or as a homework exercise. The information collected is required for Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 – Planning and collecting primary data. Part 2 requires students to plan and carry out an investigation to collect primary data to test a hypothesis stated in the Part 2 stimulus material. Part 3 – Analysis and evaluation. Part 3 requires students to process and analyse the results from their research (Part 1) and their primary data (Part 2). They will be required to evaluate their data and methods used to collect it and draw and justify a conclusion.

Chemistry Revision

Chemistry Revision Tips

Students will be tested regularly through the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed at the end of each unit.

1.

Start revision early and attend revision sessions when available

2.

Break down information into small workable chunks

3.

Construct a revision timetable

During the Easter holidays in Year 10 and Year 11, revision session will be available for individual units. Students can volunteer to attend.

4.

Leave yourself time to relax

5.

Don’t revise for too long

In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

6.

Use a variety of revision methods until you find what is best for you

7.

Re-visit your notes as many times as possible

8.

Relax and get plenty of sleep during your revision and your exams

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

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GCSE CLASSICAL CIVILISATION (AQA Exam Board) Specification 4020

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

The course is split in four sections. Units 3 and 4 will be completed in Year 10. These are the Roman Units and there will be an opportunity for students to go to Italy in this academic year.

1. 2. 3.

Trip to Sorrento (optional) February Completion of Controlled Assessment May Unit 3 Exam June of Year 10

Unit 3. Pompeii and Herculaneum In this unit students will study the destruction and rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their layout and buildings through eye witness accounts and archaeological evidence. There will also hopefully be an opportunity for students to go to Pompeii.

Examination Assessment

Unit 4. Evaluative Study – Nero

Overview: All students will complete the following exams at either higher or foundation level. Assessment: Paper 1: Greece and Rome: Stories and Histories (1 Hour) - 25% of the total mark

In year 11 students will complete Units 1 and 2. These are the Greek units. Unit 1. Athens and Sparta: In this unit students will look at the roles of individuals within society and evaluate any differences and similarities. Areas to be studied include social life, values, gender and class roles and the army.

YEAR 11

Unit 2. Greek Tragedy and Drama festivals In this unit students will look at the play Medea by Euripedes, the context in which it was set, characterisation, acting, theatre and drama festivals.

Paper 2 :Greece and Rome: Drama and Life (1 Hour) - 25% of the total mark Paper 3: Greece and Rome: Conflict and Carnage (1 Hour) - 25% of the final mark Controlled Assessment Greece and Rome: an evaluative study -25% of the mark Paper 1: Foundation - Students will answer a series of short answer questions testing knowledge and source work skills Higher - In addition to the short answer questions above students will complete an essay. Paper 2: Foundation - Students will answer a series of short answer questions testing knowledge and source work skills Higher - In addition to the short answer questions above students will complete an essay. Paper 3: Foundation - Students will answer a series of short answer questions testing knowledge and source work skills Higher - In addition to the short answer questions above students will complete an essay.

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Classics Controlled Assessment This will take the form of a Evaluative Study focussed on Nero: In this unit students will study two different contemporary interpretations of the life and reign of the Emperor Nero in Ancient Rome. They will evaluate the utility and reliability of these interpretations from which they will be able to then draw their own conclusions about the kind of ruler Nero was. They will write one essay of no more than 2000 words.

Classics Revision

Classics Revision Tips

Students will be tested throughout the 2 year course at the end of each unit. Revision will be set as a homework task. Past papers will be used to allow students to become familiar with the exam structure and confident in exam techniques.

1. 2. 3.

Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Some lesson time may be provided to recap the units of work previously taught, however students must take responsibility for their own revision throughout the year. 4. A thorough revision programme will be provided for students during lesson time prior to the exam leave period in May of Year 11. These lessons will be structured and guide students through the knowledge and skills required in each of the exam papers. During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE Classical Civilisation will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend.

5. 6.

Throughout the course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Exercise books and work form the basis of the your revision notes. Keep them safe! Experiment with different revision techniques: read over notes, make concise notes, make quizzes, work with others to discuss and test, use post-it notes to consolidate key points, make revision flash cards, mind maps, link images to knowledge, highlight work in exercise books. Make sure you know your key terms and subject specific vocabulary inside-out and back to front! Read the examiner’s report on previous years’ exams so you know the what mistakes others have made and you learn from them! Practice exam technique by answering either specimen or past paper questions and giving them to a ‘buddy’ to mark.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for the controlled assessment tasks. 2. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a detailed revision timetable so there is enough time to revise each topic prior to the exams and allow for regular breaks. 3. Help your son/daughter acquire the key concepts of each topic by encouraging them to compile glos saries and quiz them regularly. 4. Encourage your son/daughter to read other plays by Euripedes and/or go to the theatre to see produc tions. 5. Encourage your son/daughter to read historical fiction centred around Ancient Rome and Greece. Good examples include books by Robert Harris and Lindsey Davis 6. Watch any current documentaries on the Ancient Greeks and Romans to develop your son/daughters understanding of what life would have been like for people living during this time

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GCSE DRAMA (Edexcel Exam Board)

YEAR 10

Specification 2DR01

Calendar of Key Events

We begin with an introductory module which will give you a real idea of how we work in GCSE Drama. This module will introduce Explorative Strategies, Drama Medium, Elements of Drama— some of which you will be familiar with already and all of which you will need to know in order to be successful in this course.

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We then explore several mock units to enable you to fully understand what the Controlled Assessments will be like. You will be required to produce a piece of writing [Documentary Response] for each unit, which again will give you an understanding of what you will need to do and practise in how to do it. Unit 1: using drama to practically explore a range of topics and issues. Unit 2: practically exploring a play and experimenting with ways of making it work on stage.

4. 5.

Mock Unit 1—you will explore a Family at War in 1915 and also later in the year investigate the issue of Leaving Home. Mock Unit Unit 2—you will practically explore the play : ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell. You will be invited on a trip to the west end to see a performance of this play, and to write about your opinion of it for your real written work. After Easter, you will be ready to undertake your real Controlled Assessment for Unit 1. You will also have the necessary skills to produce your written response to your practical work. In December of Y10, we work on an interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’, which is performed for Y7. In July, there are more performances, this time in small groups.

YEAR 11

We begin with the real Unit 2 Controlled Assessment, exploring a play and writing up your responses to your practical work. After this is complete, the rest of the year is taken up with experimenting with performance skills and types of performance. You will have an opportunity to perform in a small group at Christmas, for your Drama Mock Exam, and then in January you will decide on the group you want to be in for the actual exam. You will plenty of time to work on the piece you decide to do and will also perform this at least once before the exam itself. 34

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Unit 1 Controlled Assessment May of Y10. Documentary Response deadline June. Y10 Practical Exam end of summer term. Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Sept of Y11. Documentary Response deadline Oct. Y11 Mock Practical Exam—Dec. Actual exam end of Easter term, Y11.

Examination Assessment Overview: GCSE Drama is a single tier course. The examination is a practical performance, either as an actor or designer. It is worth 40% of the final grade. Controlled Assessments: There are 2 Units, each worth 30% (Total of 60%). Unit 3, Practical Performance Exam: You will work in a group of 3-5 students. Together you will decide whether to offer a scripted piece [a scene from a published play] or a devised piece [a drama that you have created your selves]. Your drama must last five minutes per person in your group, so three of you would perform for 15 minutes, four for twenty minutes and five for 25 minutes. This piece will be performed before an audience made up of the other drama students in your year group. An external [visiting] Examiner will watch and mark you, based on your vocal and movement skills, facial expressions, interactions with other actors and communication with the audience. This exam is 100% practical; there is no writing.


Drama Controlled Assessment Coursework has now been replaced by Controlled Assessment. The main difference is that all work to be assessed will be completed in school under timed conditions. The controlled assessments consist of practical exploration and performance work which is then written up into documentary evidence. Students also have to submit a review of a live performance they have watched. There are two units of controlled assessment, one in Y10 and one in Y11. Each is worth 30% of the final grade. Altogether, controlled assessments are worth 60% of the final grade.

Drama Revision

Drama Revision Tips

Students need to be fully prepared for their exam and controlled assessment.

1.

Practice performance techniques through watching older year group’s performances to be able to identify, evaluate and experience the requirements of the exam/Controlled Assessment.

2.

Visit the AQA website to look at the exam specification and past papers.

Spend time outside of school practicing your individual or group performances—a time commitment like this enables exam success!

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Encourage participation in the school play and any other out of school drama or performance clubs and activities.

2.

Encourage attending performances at MK theatre or local amateur dramatics clubs.

3.

Provide a space for the performances required for the exam/controlled assessment to be practiced outside of school hours.

4.

Ensure your child is attending school especially during the Controlled assessment for the practical and write up elements of this aspect of the course.

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GCSE FOOD TECHNOLOGY (AQA Exam Board)

YEAR 10

Specification 4547

Calendar of Key Events

Autumn Term 1st Half —Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certificate

1.

Autumn Term 2nd Half—Spring Term— Preparation for the Unit 1 Exam—Functions of Ingredients in Food and the production of Food

3. 4.

2.

Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Test October 2011 Unit 1 Pre-release material issued March 2012 Unit 1 Exam June 2012 Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Deadline April 2013

Summer Term—Revision and Preparation for the Exam in June After the Exam until the Summer Holidays— Controlled Assessment begins students will select the topic for their project and begin their research

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A* to G Grade examination course. Unit 1: Written exam based on the knowledge gained in year 10. Duration 2 hours. Worth 40% of the total mark. Unit 2: Controlled Assessment—an individual design folder based on a board set task. Worth 60% of the total mark.

YEAR 11

Autumn Term—April—Controlled Assessment Students will follow the design process to produce a product which answers their chosen design brief. This will involve them using the results of their research to create a specification for their designs. They will then produce 12-15 ideas of which they will make and test 7-8. Once they have tested their ideas they will select the one that best meets their specification to develop into their final product. The development stage will involve the student producing small samples of their product focusing on development one part of the product. For instance if a student was developing a quiche for one of their developments they may choose to focus on the amount of egg needed to set the filling. The results of their development will lead to the design of their final product. They will produce a detailed plan of how to make the product, follow the plan to create their product and then test their product against their specification to see how successful they have been. Once the controlled assessment is complete any students who wish to retake their Unit 1 exam will receive revision lessons in preparation.

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Unit 1 Written Exam Paper: This exam is two hours long and is taken in the June of year 10. It is worth 40% of the final GCSE mark. The paper consists on two sections: Section A is a design based question based on pre-release material which students will receive in March. Students are expected to design two products based on a design brief which reflects the pre release material. They are then asked several questions in relation to their designs and manufacture of the product. This section is worth 25% of the total marks for the exam. Section B can be based on any of the theory the students have covered in year 10 and is made of different styles of questions including problem solving, reading tables and charts, developing designs for products and identifying the functions of ingredients in products. This section is worth 75% of the total marks for the exam.


Food Technology Controlled Assessment Unit 2 Controlled assessment will begin July 2012 and carry on until March 2013. The project is worth 60% of the students final GCSE. Students will select one of four board set design briefs to base their project on. They will complete research on their brief then design 12-15 ideas which fit their findings. They will select 7-8 to cook and then select the most successful one to develop. Students will then carry out 6-8 developments on the product. The results of their development will be combined to form their final product which they plan how to make. The students will have a 2 hour lesson to produce their final product in. They will then test their final product to see how well it fits their brief. The students will be expected to produce a folder of approximately 30-35 sides of evidence to support their practical work. Controlled assessment support sessions will run on a weekly basis after school for any students who want further help with their work. The students will be issued with interim deadlines for each section of the project and it is vital that all of these are met.

Food Technology Revision

Food Technology Revision Tips

Students will be tested throughout Year 10 and at the end of each unit of work.

1. 2.

Students will be issued with a booklet of past papers to complete for homework. Students will be issued the pre-release material in March 2012 and they should use this to prepare fro section A of the exam.

3. 4.

Ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly Find a revision technique that suits your learning style Practice exam techniques by answering past paper questions Don’t forget we are a practical subject make sure you are cooking as part of your revision!

Students will be offered additional revision sessions after school in the run up to the exam.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4.

5.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing their homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for controlled assessments. Ensure your son/daughter revises. Encourage your son/daughter to use revision websites such as BBC Bitesize, www.s-cool.co.uk/ gcse/food-technology, www.nutrition.org.uk, www.foodafactoflife.org.uk. Ensure your son/daughter has access to a revision guide to help with homework and preparation for the exam. There is a core text book for AQA GCSE Design Technology: Food Technology by Jenny Hotson, Jane Girt and Gary Littlewood published by Nelson Thornes ISBN: 978-1408502723 aswell as several other good revision guides. Encourage your son/daughter to cook at home to broaden their experience and understanding of food. 37


GCSE FRENCH (Edexcel Exam Board) Specification 2FR01

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

In Year 10, students of French will study the following topic areas for speaking and writing tasks: Media and culture Music/film/reading Fashion/celebrities/religion Blogs/internet Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests Sporting events Lifestyle choices Students also improve their reading and listening skills during Year10 by studying the following topics: Out and about Local amenities Public transport Directions Customer service and transactions Cafés and restaurants Shops Personal information General interests Leisure activities Family and friends Future plans, education and work School and college

YEAR 11

In Year 11, the following topic areas will be studied for speaking and writing: Travel and tourism Holidays Accommodation Eating, food, drink Business, work and employment Work experience/part-time jobs Product or service information The following themes are covered in year 11 for reading and listening: Out and about Visitor information Basic weather and environmental problems Accommodation Customer service and transactions Dealing with problems Personal information Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise) Addiction and other problems Future plans, education and work Basic language of the internet Simple job advertisements Simple job applications and CV Work and work experience 38

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Mock exam—Dec 2012

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Completion of Controlled Assessments—Feb 2013

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Easter Revision—Apr 2013

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GCSE Listening and Reading exams— May/ June 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: There are four components in the assessment, one in each skill area- listening, speaking, reading and writing. For speaking and writing, Controlled Assessments are completed throughout Years 10 and 11. For listening and reading, exams are taken at the end of year 11. Exams are tiered, with a higher level aimed at A* - D grades and a foundation level aimed at C – F. Reading: An exam is taken at the end of Year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier – 35 minutes, Higher Tier – 50 minutes. Writing: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two written tasks by the end of Year 11. Students aiming for a ‘C’ and above should write a minimum of 200 words. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Speaking: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. The conversations will be recorded and will last between 4 and 6 minutes. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Listening: An exam is taken at the end of Year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier— 30 minutes, Higher Tier, 40 minutes.


French Controlled Assessment Students must complete Controlled Assessment tasks for speaking and writing in French. They must complete two written tasks and two recorded spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. Teachers spend several lessons teaching the topics on the previous page, and when the unit is complete there will be the opportunity to do a Controlled Assessment task. For example, the topic ‘ma ville’ (my town) will be taught over several lessons. Students will then be set a task to write a blog about their town and will be given a maximum of 6 lessons to produce a draft. Students can take their draft home to learn, but work must be completed in class. The level of control during assessment preparation is ‘medium/ high’, meaning students can ask teachers for clarification of the task but no direct help can be given. After adequate preparation time, students will have to write up their work from memory in silence, in a session of one hour. They are allowed a dictionary and an A4 ‘prompt’ sheet on which they can include a maximum of 30 words and some images to help them. For spoken tasks, students must complete two of the following – a discussion of a photo, a one minute presentation followed by a discussion or an ‘interaction’ (essentially an unscripted role-play.) Spoken tasks are recorded and must last between 4 – 6 minutes. Students are allowed a 30 words promptsheet, but no dictionary during the recording of the task. All work has to be authenticated as the student’s own. Written tasks are marked by Edexcel and spoken tasks are marked internally by teachers.

French Revision

French Revision Tips

Students will be expected to revise their notes and classwork regularly in order to memorise the large amounts of vocabulary and grammar necessary for learning a foreign language. Students are encouraged to attend GCSE revision sessions every Wednesday after school to work on any areas of concern (practising speaking/ questions about grammar/ reading and listening practise, etc.) Past papers are completed in Year 11 so students know exactly what to expect and revise for the listening and reading exams.

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During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE French will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend. 6. 7.

Ensure all vocabulary and grammar is noted down accurately and neatly so it can be referred back to for revision purposes. Keep exercise books safe and don’t lose them once they are filled up! Improve your memory by trying techniques such as learning lists of vocabulary to music; word association; repetition to a rhythm. Practise exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking using the exam mark scheme (see Edexcel website or ask your teacher.) Use websites such as www.langaugesonline to improve your understanding of grammar, or BBC Bitesize revision for general reading practise. Ask your teacher for French magazines or reading material to expand your vocabulary. Practise speaking with a friend and record yourselves on an MP3 player

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ask your son/daughter regularly what they have been learning in French. 2. Try to have a conversation with your son/ daughter in French, or just get them to speak to you! 3. Encourage them to do some extra reading or use the websites recommended above. 4. Buy a revision guide such as the Letts/ Lonsdale GCSE French Revision Guide (£4.99 from www.lettsandlonsdale.com, ISBN - 139781906415648)

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GCSE GEOGRAPHY (WJEC Exam Board) Specification Syllabus A

Calendar of Key Events

Unit 1: The Core 1.1 Water River processes and landforms Managing Rivers

1. Problem Solving Activity due July 2012 2. Fieldwork Trip Oct 2012 3. Controlled Assessment Investigation due Nov 2012 4. Mock Exams Dec 2012 5. Easter Revision Apr 2013 6. GCSE Final Exam: Paper 4231 01 May 2013 7. GCSE Final Exam: Paper 4232 01 May 2013

1.2 Climate Change Causes and effects Reducing it’s impact

YEAR 10

1.3 Living in an Active Zone Hazards at plate margins Reducing the risk 1.4 Changing Populations World Population Distribution Future changes in Distribution and structure 1.5 Interdependence Trends in globalisation Impacts of globalisation

Overview: Unit 1: worth 40% (1 hour 45 min Written exam) Unit 2: worth 35% (1 hour 15 min written exam)

1.6 Development Measuring patterns of development Achieving the Millennium Development Goals Unit 3: Geographical Enquiry: We will begin the preparation for the Controlled Assessment, including the fieldwork in the summer term of Year 10 and continue this unit at the start of Yearr11 with the write up of the investigation and the solving Decision Making Exercise .

Unit 3: worth 25% internally assessed Students will be entered for either the Higher Tier (A*-D) or Foundation Tier (C-G) based on their performance in Years 10, 11 and the mock exam.

Unit 1: The Core Exam Paper Worth 40% of the overall GCSE

Unit 2: Options 2.1 Our Changing Coast line Coastal processes and landforms Managing Coasts Future Coastlines

YEAR 11

Examination Assessment

Six short compulsory structured data response questions, one question from each of the core themes. These questions will each have an element of extended prose.

2.4 Tourism The changing nature of tourism The impact of tourism Sustainable growth in tourism Unit 2: Options Exam Paper

2.5 Retail and Urban Change The changing city centre Changing patterns of retailing Alternative futures

Worth 35% of the overall GCSE Three in depth structured data response questions with extended writing from each of the themes in Unit 2.

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Geography Controlled Assessment There will be 2 choices for the Geography Controlled Assessment (worth 10% of the overall GCSE course). The investigation chosen will depend on which fieldtrip you decide to go on - there will be a residential fieldtrip to Wales to study the characteristics of rivers and another local day trip to study a human aspect of the course such as retail change. This is a narrowly focused task based on the relevant fieldwork and secondary data. You will present your findings as a short report with illustrative data such as graphs, photographs and field sketches. For the problem-solving activity (worth 15%) you will explore a relevant question based on one of the core or optional themes. You will then use data to communicate your ideas and make and justify decisions. You will have a choice of how you present this work for example, it could be a newspaper article, a PowerPoint presentation, a Photo Story, essay or oral presentation.

Geography Revision

Geography Revision Tips

Students will be tested throughout the 2 year course at the end of each unit. Revision will be set as a homework task. Past papers will be used to allow students to become familiar with the exam structure and confident in exam techniques.

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Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Some lesson time may be provided to recap the units of work previously taught, however students must take responsibility for their own revision throughout the year. 4. A thorough revision programme will be provided for students during lesson time prior to the exam leave period in May of Year 11. These lessons will be structured and guide students through the knowledge and skills required in each of the exam papers. During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE Geography will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend.

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Throughout the course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Exercise books and work form the basis of the your revision notes. Keep them safe! Experiment with different revision techniques: read over notes, make concise notes, make quizzes, work with others to discuss and test, use post-it notes to consolidate key points, make revision flash cards, mind maps, link images to knowledge, highlight work in exercise books. Make sure you know your case studies insideout and back to front! Read the examiner’s report on previous years’ exams so you know the what mistakes others have made and you learn from them! Practice exam technique by answering either specimen or past paper questions (available from the WJEC website) and giving them to a ‘buddy’ to mark using the exam mark scheme. Keep up to date with current geographical issues that may relate to aspects of the course.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for the controlled assessment tasks. 2. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a detailed revision timetable so there is enough time to revise each topic prior to the exams and allow for regular breaks. 3. Help your son/daughter acquire the key concepts of each topic by encouraging them to compile glos saries and quiz them regularly. 4. Purchase a copy of the core text books ’GCSE Geography for WJEC A Core: Student’s Book (WJG)’ by A Owen et al. and ‘GCSE Geography for WJEC A Option Topics’ by G. Owen & C. Lancaster 5. Purchase a copy of ‘GCSE Geography for WJEC: a Revision Guide (WJG)’ by D. Sykes & S. McCabe 6. Encourage your son/daughter to read a quality newspaper and/or watch the news regularly so that s/ he is up-to-date with current affairs and able to apply the ideas learnt in class. Discuss current geo graphical issues with your son/daughter and encourage them to ask questions about what they see. 41


GCSE GERMAN (Edexcel Exam Board) Specification 2GR01

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

In Year 10, students of German will study the following topic areas for speaking and writing tasks: Media and culture Music/film/reading Fashion/celebrities/religion Blogs/internet Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests Sporting events Lifestyle choices Students also improve their reading and listening skills during Year 10 by studying the following topics: Out and about Local amenities Public transport Directions Customer service and transactions Cafés and restaurants Shops Personal information General interests Leisure activities Family and friends Future plans, education and work

YEAR 11

In Year 11, the following topic areas will be studied for speaking and writing: Travel and tourism Holidays Accommodation Eating, food, drink Business, work and employment Work experience/part-time jobs Product or service information The following themes are covered in Year 11 for reading and listening: Out and about Visitor information Basic weather and environmental problems Accommodation Customer service and transactions Dealing with problems Personal information Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise) Addiction and other problems Future plans, education and work Basic language of the internet Simple job advertisements Simple job applications and CV Work and work experience 42

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Mock exam—Dec 2012

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Completion of Controlled Assessments—Feb 2013

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Easter Revision—Apr 2013

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GCSE Listening and Reading exams— May/ June 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: There are four components in the assessment, one in each skill area- listening, speaking, reading and writing. For speaking and writing, Controlled Assessments are completed throughout Years 10 and 11. For listening and reading, exams are taken at the end of year 11. Exams are tiered, with a higher level aimed at A* - D grades and a foundation level aimed at C – F. Reading: An exam is taken at the end of year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier – 35 minutes, Higher Tier – 50 minutes. Writing: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two written tasks by the end of Year 11. Students aiming for a ‘C’ and above should write a minimum of 200 words. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Speaking: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. The conversations will be recorded and will last between 4 and 6 minutes. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Listening: An exam is taken at the end of Year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier— 30 minutes, Higher Tier, 40 minutes.


German Controlled Assessment Students must complete Controlled Assessment tasks for speaking and writing in German. They must complete two written tasks and two recorded spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. Teachers spend several lessons teaching the topics on the previous page, and when the unit is complete there will be the opportunity to do a controlled assessment task. For example, the topic ’my town’ will be taught over several lessons. Students will then be set a task to write a blog about their town and will be given a maximum of 6 lessons to produce a draft. Students can take their draft home to learn, but work must be completed in class. The level of control during assessment preparation is ‘medium/ high’, meaning students can ask teachers for clarification of the task but no direct help can be given. After adequate preparation time, students will have to write up their work from memory in silence, in a session of one hour. They are allowed a dictionary and an A4 ‘prompt’ sheet on which they can include a maximum of 30 words and some images to help them. For spoken tasks, students must complete two of the following – a discussion of a photo, a one minute presentation followed by a discussion or an ‘interaction’ (essentially an unscripted role -play) Spoken tasks are recorded and must last between 4 – 6 minutes. Students are allowed a 30 words prompt-sheet, but no dictionary during the recording of the task. All work has to be authenticated as the student’s own. Written tasks are marked by Edexcel and spoken tasks are marked internally by teachers.

German Revision

German Revision Tips

Students will be expected to revise their notes and classwork regularly in order to memorise the large amounts of vocabulary and grammar necessary for learning a foreign language. Students are encouraged to attend GCSE revision sessions every Wednesday after school to work on any areas of concern (practising speaking/ questions about grammar/ reading and listening practise, etc.) Past papers are completed in Year 11 so students know exactly what to expect and revise for the listening and reading exams.

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During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE German will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend. 6. 7.

Ensure all vocabulary and grammar is noted down accurately and neatly so it can be referred back to for revision purposes. Keep exercise books safe and don’t lose them once they are filled up! Improve your memory by trying techniques such as learning lists of vocabulary to music; word association; repetition to a rhythm. Practise exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking using the exam mark scheme (see Edexcel website or ask your teacher.) Use websites such as www.langaugesonline to improve your understanding of grammar, or BBC Bitesize revision for general reading practise. Ask your teacher for German magazines or reading material to expand your vocabulary. Practise speaking with a friend and record yourselves on an MP3 player

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ask your son/daughter regularly what they have been learning in German. 2. Try to have a conversation with your son/ daughter in German, or just get them to speak to you! 3. Encourage them to do some extra reading or use the websites recommended above 4. Buy a revision guide such as the Letts/ Lonsdale GCSE German Revision Guide (£4.99 from www.lettsandlonsdale.com, ISBN - 9781906415686)

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GCSE HISTORY (OCR Exam Board) Specification B

Calendar of Key Events

The whole 2 year History course is split in four sections. In Year 10 the students will study the following units of work:

YEAR 10

1. British Depth Study. How was British society changed 1890-1918? - The Liberal Welfare Reforms - Women and the vote - The Home Front during the First World War 2. Aspects of International Relations – The Interwar Years, 1919-1939: - Were the Peace Treaties of 1919-23 fair? - To what extent was the League of Nations a success? - Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?

3. Controlled Assessment - Historical Enquiry: - This will be based on the role of the individual in History, with a focus on South Africa and apartheid.

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Mock exam Dec 2012 Completion of controlled assessment Jan 2012 Easter revision April 2013 GCSE Final Exam: Paper 1 & 2 May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A*- G examination, there are no tiered papers. Paper 1 (International Relations and Germany Depth Study - 2 hours) 45% of the total mark Paper 2 (British Depth Study - 1.5 hours) 30% of the total mark Controlled Assessment - 25% of the total mark Paper 1: This paper is examined in one exam (lasting 2 hours) and covers sections on the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations, Causes of World War Two and Germany 1918-1945.

YEAR 11

In Year 11, study will study: 4. Depth Study: Germany 1919-1945 - Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start? - Why was Hitler able to dominate Germany by 1933? - How effectively did the Nazis control Germany, 1933-1945? - What was it like to live in Nazi Germany?

These questions consist of the following: 7 mark cartoon questions 4 mark description questions 6 & 8 mark explanation questions 10 mark judgement questions

Revision lessons at the end of the course will provide students with consolidation of previous elements of the course and revision

Paper 2: This paper is examined in one exam (lasting 1.5 hours) and covers sections on Liberal reforms, Women and the Vote and the Homefront during World War One. This paper focuses on source analysis skills and consists of questions that, compare and contrast, question usefulness and ask for contextual knowledge to be used.

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History Controlled Assessment This is worth 25% of the Final GCSE and is completed in the Spring term of year 10. Students will be taught a broad context of South African history, ranging from the settlement of the Boers to the end of Apartheid. Once the content has been taught students will be given the coursework question and will have time to refine their notes before they produce their essays. These are completed under controlled conditions over 8 lessons and students are allowed to use their notes but not take anything outside of the controlled conditions. Students can ask questions of the teacher but are not allowed detailed feedback, which means there are no drafts done of the essays. The time before the conditions start are therefore vital in order for the students to practice the type of essay answers they might have and to ensure they have detailed notes to use during their write up. The essay deadline will be clear and must be met by all students. They will then be marked and moderated by teaching staff.

History Revision

History Revision Tips

Students will be tested during the 2 year course through end unit of unit tests.

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Revision will be set as a homework tasks during year 11.

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Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. It is unlikely that time will be given during lessons to do this but it will be good experience for the real exam. Revision will be completed in lesson time prior to the exam leave period in May of Year 11. These lessons will be structured and guide students through the knowledge and skills required in each of the exam papers. During the Easter Holidays 2013 a voluntary half day revision session will be provided.

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Throughout the 2 year course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Revise in the way that best suits your learning style, for example revise in a study group and test each others knowledge, produce key word and definition sheets, highlight notes from exercise books. Practice exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking them using the exam mark scheme. (see OCR web site). Don’t revise topics that are similar at the same time as this can sometimes lead to confusion. GCSE BBC Bitesize is a good website to access. Watch the History Channel and associated programmes for the key events studied through the course.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Monitor your son/daughter to ensure they are completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for controlled assessments.

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Help your son/daughter produce a time management plan so they have enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks.

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Test your son/daughter’s knowledge with a quiz or using their exercise book.

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GCSE HUMANITIES (OCR Examination Board) Specification (J445)

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

Unit B031: Issues of Citizenship: which includes Human Rights, Democratic Processes and Law. Unit B031: Issues of Economic and Financial Wellbeing: which includes the decline in primary and secondary industry, changing global and UK industrial patterns. Changes in technology and women working, work rewards and motivation. Money management. Post-16 options. Financial products,. Trade unions. Unit B031: Religious and Moral Issues: which includes comparing Christianity with Buddhism in terms of God, beliefs worship, rituals, celebrations, personal relationships, good and evil. Religious beliefs about modern dilemmas. Unit B032: Application of Knowledge: which includes preparation for the controlled assessment before work experience in terms of understanding different types of evidence, how to evaluate evidence, how to manage an enquiry and communication of the results.

YEAR 11

Unit B033: Humanities Controlled Assessment : Independent Enquiry based on the student’s Work Experience Placement in June. Unit B031: Issues of Health and Welfare: this will include the benefits and risks of health and lifestyle choices. The effect of toxic substances on human health. The characteristics of mental and emotional health. The purpose of sex education in the UK and its effectiveness. The responsibilities of parents, medical authorities and voluntary agencies for sex education. Health and safety risks in the workplace and the home. The effectiveness of Health and Safety laws. How to measure the health of a nation. Risk to countries with contrasting economic development. Ways of improving health in LEDC’s. The foundation of the welfare state, poverty and issues today of this system and its intervention. Unit B031 : Environmental Issues: This includes the causes and impacts of climate change.

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1. Work Experience Placement Jun 2012 for data collection of data. 2. Completion of Controlled Oct 2012 Assessment 3. Mock exam Dec 2012 4. Easter Revision Apr 2013 5. GCSE Final Exam: Paper B031 May 2013 6. GCSE Final Exam: Paper B032 May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A*-G graded paper (there are no tiered papers). There are 2 exams taken in the Summer of Year 11 (no modules). The controlled assessment is completed at the start of Year 11 and is based on the Year 10 Work Experience Placement. Unit B031: Cross-Curricular Themes This Unit is examined in one exam (2 hours long). It is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark. The paper consists of 5 Sections: A to E. Each section covers one of the units outlined opposite. Sections A, B C and D follow the same format which consists of: Part 1: (i) and (ii) - state 3 facts about a key term Part 2: (i) and (ii) - quote answers from a source Part 3: Short essay style answer using own knowledge and case studies. Section E is always based on the Health and Welfare unit. As well as some short questions it also requires a longer essay answer quoting directly from sources provided, balanced argument and own knowledge.

Unit B032: Application of Knowledge. This paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is worth 25% of the final GCSE. There are 3 sections consisting of a questions ranging form 1to 10 marks. Knowledge is based on using source evidence, data collection techniques and analysis and evaluation.


Humanities Controlled Assessment This is worth 25% of the Final GCSE. In the summer term of Year 10 students will have some introductory lessons to understand different research techniques and skills before they embark on their 2 week Work Experience Placements. Each student will be provided with a booklet of tasks to collect and record data whilst on their placement. The Controlled Assessment write up will start in September of Year 11. It will be in the form of a project with distinct sections: aims, methodology, data presentation and analysis, conclusion and evaluation. Students will have guidance on how to complete each section. All work must be completed in school (not at home), using a combination of hand written and word processed work. The level of control for this task is ‘medium/high’. This means students can ask the teacher questions for guidance but direct help cannot be provided. Students cannot work in collaboration with one another. All work has to be authenticated as the student’s own. The project deadline will be clear and must be met. The task will be marked and moderated internally by teaching staff.

Humanities Revision

Humanities Revision Tips

Students will be tested throughout the 2 year course at the end of each unit. Revision will be set as a homework task.

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Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Some lesson time may be provided to recap the units of work previously taught. A thorough revision programme will be provided for students for approximately 4-6 weeks of lesson time prior to the exam leave period in May of Year 11. These lessons will be structured and guide students through the knowledge and skills required in each of the exam papers. During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE Humanities will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend.

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Throughout the 2 year course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Exercise books and work form the basis of the student’s revision notes. Keep them safe! Find a revision technique that suits your learning style: read over notes, make concise notes, make quizzes, work with others to discuss and test, use post-it notes to consolidate key points, make revision cards, mind maps, link images to knowledge, highlight work in exercise books. Practice exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking them using the exam mark scheme. (see OCR web site). Keep up to date with current affair issues that may relate to aspects of the course.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for controlled assessments. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a time management plan so there is enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks. Test your son/daughter’s knowledge with a quiz or using their exercise book. There is not a Bitesize revision web page for Humanities. Watch the news to keep up to date with current affairs that may relate to key aspects of the course. The core text book for OCR GCSE Humanities by Steve Radford published by Heinmann ISBN: 978-0-43579-521-4

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OCR NATIONALS IN ICT (OCR Exam Board) Specification 0632 (Level 2 First Award) Unit 1 - ICT Skills for Business: Students act as an administrative officer at Oakgrove. The French Department has asked them to help them organise a five-day educational trip to Paris for the Year 11 French option students. Topics include health and safety within a business context; effective searching techniques; presentation techniques; desktop publishing; mail merge; database interrogation; spreadsheet concepts.

YEAR 10

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Completion of Unit 1 Completion of Unit 21 Completion of Unit 5 Portfolio Hand in

Apr 2012 Oct 2012 Apr 2013 May 2013

Examination Assessment

Unit 21 - Creating Computer Graphics: Students research, collect and describe a range of web furniture for use in web pages and then plan and implement a range of graphic images for a client, to be used on their website. Students will gain experience of researching current use of web furniture. They will analyse how different buttons, navigation bars and banner adverts are used to differing effects and describe the purpose of each. They will then go on to design their own web furniture for their client, producing detailed sketches to third party standard. Students will then implement their designs using Adobe Web CS4 software. Using this software they will also create an interactive and animated banner. Finally they will showcase their work using a suitable medium.

Unit 5 - Desktop Publishing:

YEAR 11

Calendar of Key Events

Students will explore desktop publishing techniques and then put these into practice by following a desktop publishing brief set by the exam board. This is a large unit of work where students have to create a professional publication to promote healthy and eco friendly lifestyles. Firstly, students will conduct their own research looking at similar publications. Students will create their own text styles and use advanced features of desktop publishing software such as creating and applying style sheets, using graphics tools to create complex shapes; developing images for inclusion in a completed document; preparing a publication for the final print. Finally, they will evaluate their work as to how well it meets the client’s brief.

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Overview: This course comprises of 100% coursework portfolio which is graded in terms of Pass (equivalent to GCSE grade C), Merit (GCSE grade B) and Distinction (Between GCSE grade A and A*). Within each unit there are five or six main tasks which must be completed. Students must pass each of these tasks at their required grade in order to pass the course and be awarded a final grade. Students are permitted to do some work outside of the classroom but it is expected that the majority of work will be done in class to ensure that all work is the student’s own. Students will be made aware of the tasks that have been completed and the mark awarded for each task. They can continue to improve their work until the date of the unit deadlines. Students will be given the opportunity to attend after school in order to practise skills and to enable students make full use of the software provided by school.


OCR Nationals in ICT Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this OCR Nationals course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

ICT Revision

ICT Revision Tips

There is no exam for this course but students should try and revise the skills and knowledge they have learned in the practice tasks in lessons so they are apply to apply them independently when they are completing the assessment objectives.

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Go to software company websites and have a go at their online tutorials.

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Follow tutorials on video sharing websites such as YouTube to practise the skills you have learned in the lesson or to look up some thing difficult you will help you solve a task.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Encourage your child to practise their ICT skills.

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Encourage your child to proof read all work.

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Encourage your child to check that all work meets the set criteria.

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GCSE ICT (Edexcel Exam Board) Specification 21TO

Calendar of Key Events

Unit 1 - Living in a Digital World: This unit prepares students for the exam and they will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). students will develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 1 Mock Unit 1 Mock Unit 1 Paper Unit 2 Completion Resit Revision Unit 1 Resits

July 2012 December 2012 January 2013 Spring 2013 Easter 2013 Summer 2013

Examination Assessment

Unit 2 - Using Digital Tools:

YEAR 10 and 11

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This is a practical controlled assessment which is given by Edexcel at the start of the course and has to be completed within a set amount of time. Don’t worry though - we won’t expect students to do it all in one go! The controlled assessment is split into four activities. In Activity 1 students must research a topic, gathering information from a range of sources and produce at least one digital product such as an emblem or a poster. Then in Activity 2 students carry out a modelling activity which involves developing a spreadsheet given by Edexcel. This could be something like working out the cheapest way of having a birthday party then making an invitation for to invite people.

Overview: Students have theory lessons throughout year 10 and 11 to prepare them for the Unit 1 exam in January 2013. At the same time they will be completing Unit 2, the controlled assessment, which is worth 60% and is assessed internally but moderated by Edexcel. Unit 1: Living in a Digital World This unit is examined in one exam (1½ hours long). It is worth 40% of your final GCSE mark. The examination paper is a question and answer booklet consisting of five compulsory questions.

Sounds good? Well in Activity 3 students get to design and develop an interactive digital product, plus at least one other simpler product. This might be an e-card or a factfile.

Each question has several parts. A variety of question styles are used: multiple-choice, short answer and extended-writing in which you are expected the discuss the impact of ICT.

Finally in Activity 4 students have to be reflective and carry out an evaluation of the outcomes of the activities and the controlled assessment as a whole, assessing their overall performance.

The total number of marks available for the exam paper is 80.

In the course students will be expected to use a range of software which could include: Presentation eg. PowerPoint Word processing eg. Word Desktop-publishing eg. Publisher/Illustrator Spreadsheets eg. Excel Databases eg. Access Graphics eg. Fireworks/Photoshop Animation eg. Flash Multimedia eg. Movie Maker/Scratch 50

As the exam adapts to emerging technologies you are expected to know about: Personal digital devices Connectivity Operating online Online goods and services Online communities Issues It is currently planned that students will take the Unit 1 exam in January 2013.


ICT Controlled Assessment Unit 2 (Using Digital Tools) is the controlled assessment and is worth 60% of the final GCSE. The assessment is split into four different activities, some of which you will complete in Year 10 and some in Year 11. All of the tasks are completed within school. Before each task students will undertake practice exercises to ensure they are well-prepared for the activity. Then they will be given the task and be expected to work independently. It is fine for the ICT teacher to provide general advice and suggestions for improvements. However your teacher is not allowed to tell students what to do. Each student will have a test buddy who will give useful feedback on their work. In return that student must test and comment on the test buddy's work. Once finished, the activities will then be saved in a special folder in the shared area which only the student and ICT teacher will be able to access.

ICT Revision

ICT Revision Tips

Students will be tested electronically throughout the course in order to check knowledge and understanding.

1. At school there will be a folder for each of the theory topics, so if there’s a computer at home set up the same folders and then the work each week so there’s access to theory notes at home as well as school. 2. Explore different methods of revising and then decide on which method of revision works best for you. 3. Create flashcards online. We will show you how to do this in-class but then will expect you to make your own at home thereafter to help test your knowledge as you go. 4. Collect newspaper articles and record relevant television programmes as they may be useful to refer to in the extended-writing questions in the exam 5. Be careful which revision websites you choose to use. There are many revision websites but not all of them are aimed at the content for your exam board. We will give them an up-to-date list of useful ones when they start the course and also provide material to revise from!

Students will be expected to revise the theory topics they have covered each week, regardless of the nature of the homework set each week. There will be a number of dedicated revision lessons before the exam which will help equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in each type of question. We will produce a variety of revision aids to complement the course and students will be expected to use these according to their own individual revision methods. The current plan is that students will take the Unit 1 exam in January 2013 and we will offer an Easter revision session for any students needing to re-sit the exam in summer 2013.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and support us in ensuring they meet the internal deadlines for Unit 2. Also if you can help test them on Unit 1 topics, so they feel confident before the exam. Ensure your son/daughter keeps up-to-date with emerging technologies by watching programmes such as The Gadget Show on Channel 5 and Click on BBC News. Where possible help your son/daughter have sufficient ICT access at home so they can practise their ICT skills. Purchase a memory stick of at least 4GB (around £5) so your son/daughter can bring their theory work home. The core text book for the course is Edexcel’s GCSE ICT Student Book by Robert S.U. Heathcote, Mr Naveed Latif, Mrs Monica Mason and Mr David Waller (ISBN: 978-1846906145). 51


GCSE ITALIAN (Edexcel Exam Board)

YEAR 11

YEAR 10

Specification 2IN01

Calendar of Key Events

In Year 10, students of Italian will study the following topic areas for speaking and writing tasks: Media and culture Music/film/reading Fashion/celebrities/religion Blogs/internet Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests Sporting events Lifestyle choices Students also improve their reading and listening skills during Year 10 by studying the following topics: Out and about Local amenities Public transport Directions Customer service and transactions Cafés and restaurants Shops Personal information General interests Leisure activities Family and friends Future plans, education and work School and college

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Mock exam—Dec 2012

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Completion of Controlled Assessments—Feb 2013

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Easter Revision—Apr 2013

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GCSE Listening and Reading exams— May/ June 2013

In Year 11, the following topic areas will be studied for speaking and writing: Travel and tourism Holidays Accommodation Eating, food, drink Business, work and employment Work experience/part-time jobs Product or service information

Reading: An exam is taken at the end of Year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier – 35 minutes, Higher Tier – 50 minutes.

The following themes are covered in Year 11 for reading and listening: Out and about Visitor information Basic weather and environmental problems Accommodation Customer service and transactions Dealing with problems Personal information Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise) Addiction and other problems Future plans, education and work Basic language of the internet Simple job advertisements Simple job applications and CV Work and work experience 52

Examination Assessment Overview: There are four components in the assessment, one in each skill area- listening, speaking, reading and writing. For speaking and writing, Controlled Assessments are completed throughout Years 10 and 11. For listening and reading, exams are taken at the end of year 11. Exams are tiered, with a higher level aimed at A* - D grades and a foundation level aimed at C – F.

Writing: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two written tasks by the end of Year 11. Students aiming for a ‘C’ and above should write a minimum of 200 words. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Speaking: Controlled Assessment. Students will have to complete two spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. The conversations will be recorded and will last between 4 and 6 minutes. This is worth 30% of the GCSE. Listening: An exam is taken at the end of Year 11, worth 20% of the final GCSE. Students can choose either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. Foundation Tier— 30 minutes, Higher Tier, 40 minutes.


Italian Controlled Assessment Students must complete Controlled Assessment tasks for speaking and writing in Italian. They must complete two written tasks and two recorded spoken tasks by the end of Year 11. Teachers spend several lessons teaching the topics on the previous page, and when the unit is complete there will be the opportunity to do a controlled assessment task. For example, the topic ‘my town’ will be taught over several lessons. Students will then be set a task to write a blog about their town and will be given a maximum of 6 lessons to produce a draft. Students can take their draft home to learn, but work must be completed in class. The level of control during assessment preparation is ‘medium/ high’, meaning students can ask teachers for clarification of the task but no direct help can be given. After adequate preparation time, students will have to write up their work from memory in silence, in a session of one hour. They are allowed a dictionary and an A4 ‘prompt’ sheet on which they can include a maximum of 30 words and some images to help them. For spoken tasks, students must complete two of the following – a discussion of a photo, a one minute presentation followed by a discussion or an ‘interaction’ (essentially an unscripted role -play) Spoken tasks are recorded and must last between 4 – 6 minutes. Students are allowed a 30 words prompt-sheet, but no dictionary during the recording of the task. All work has to be authenticated as the student’s own. Written tasks are marked by Edexcel and spoken tasks are marked internally by teachers.

Italian Revision

Italian Revision Tips

Students will be expected to revise their notes and classwork regularly in order to memorise the large amounts of vocabulary and grammar necessary for learning a foreign language. Students are encouraged to attend GCSE revision sessions every Wednesday after school to work on any areas of concern (practising speaking/ questions about grammar/ reading and listening practise, etc.) Past papers are completed in Year 11 so students know exactly what to expect and revise for the listening and reading exams.

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During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE Italian will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend. 6. 7.

Ensure all vocabulary and grammar is noted down accurately and neatly so it can be referred back to for revision purposes. Keep exercise books safe and don’t lose them once they are filled up! Improve your memory by trying techniques such as learning lists of vocabulary to music; word association; repetition to a rhythm. Practise exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking using the exam mark scheme (see Edexcel website or ask your teacher.) Use websites such as www.langaugesonline to improve your understanding of grammar, or bbc bitesize revision for general reading practise. Ask your teacher for reading material to expand your vocabulary. Practise speaking with a friend and record yourselves on an MP3 player.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ask your son/daughter regularly what they have been learning in Italian. 2. Try to have a conversation with your son/ daughter in Italian, or just get them to speak to you! 3. Encourage them to do some extra reading or use the websites recommended above. 4. Buy the text book ‘Amici’ (Oxford University Press) so your son/ daughter can revise at home.

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GCSE MEDIA STUDIES (AQA Exam Board) Specification 4812

Calendar of Key Events

Students will study two units over the two year course:

2. 3. 4.

Unit 2: Understanding the media (controlled assessment)

YEAR 10

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Completion of controlled assessments June 2012 Mock exam December 2012 GCSE final exam May 2013 Controlled assessment moderation May 2013

Assignment 1: Introduction to the media. Students will analyse children’s comics and their appeal to their target audiences. Assignment 2: Cross media study. Comparing two promotional methods used for one film. Assignment 3: Practical production and evaluation. Creating a magazine production aimed at a specific audience.

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A*-G examination.

Unit 1: This unit is assessed by means of an external exam which is 1hour 30 mins. Unit 1: Investigating the media Students will explore their exam topic which this year focuses on The Music Press (print and online editions). This unit is externally assessed.

The external exam takes the form of a case study approach and will build on knowledge and skills developed and demonstrated in Unit 2. The brief for the exam is pre-released four weeks prior to the external assessment date giving candidates time to research and plan for the exam.

YEAR 11

Unit 2: This unit is assessed by means of controlled assessment and students will produce three assignments from the bank provided. These assignments will focus on Promotion of Music, Film Promotion and Print Magazine Production. Students are expected to explore the style, presentation, values, audiences, representation and codes and conventions of these different media forms.

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Media Studies Controlled Assessment Unit 2 is assessed by means of controlled assessment and students will produce three assignments from the bank provided. These assignments will focus on Children’s comics and their appeal to their target audience, Film Promotion and Print Magazine Production. Students are expected to explore the style, presentation, values, audiences, representation and codes and conventions of these different media forms.

Media Studies Revision

Media Studies Revision Tips

Students will develop knowledge which they can use for their exam throughout Year s10 and 11.

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Students will start work on their exam in Year 11. All work will need to be revised. 3. Students will need to revise for the mock exam. Preliminary material will be released four weeks prior to the exam and should form the basis of the students main revision.

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Ensure you understand the key media concepts and check understanding regularly. Experience a variety of media products and consider media theory in relation to these products. Practise exam techniques by answering past paper questions and getting your teacher to mark these. Use teacher feedback, peer and self assessment to improve work. Follow the codes and conventions of existing products in your production work but do not be afraid to have some features which subvert the genre. Have a clear idea of who the target audience is for the product. Be sure you can justify every decision you make in evaluative work.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Help your son/ daughter to experience a range of media products.

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Test your son/ daughter’s knowledge with a quiz or presentation.

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BTEC Media Studies (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2 Students will have the opportunity to study the following units in Year 10:

YEAR 10

1. Research for Creative Media Production: This introduces students to the key aspects of the course and looks in particular at what the producers of a media product make and how their output is influenced by what people want. 2. Video Production: This unit develops students’ understanding of the requirements for video production including pre production, production and post production.

Calendar of Key Events Students are assessed throughout the course and assignments deadlines will be set on an individual basis. Students will complete all assignments by May 2013.

Examination Assessment Overview: By the end of each unit students will be expected to present a portfolio of work. There is no exam for this course.

YEAR 11

Each unit is assessed through two or three assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. Students will have the opportunity to study the following units in Year 10:

At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks:

1. Communications Techniques for Creative Media Production: This unit aims to develop learners’ communication skills in media production contexts. Video Production will involve practical, hands on learning using a variety of production techniques including: storyboarding, filming and editing. In this module students will develop ideas for a music video and will create this music video.

Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s

2. Video Production and Print Production. This unit explores the history of printing and the different technology and techniques which are used. Students will have the chance to create their own magazine using the excellent MAC facilities.

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Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s. Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values will replace those outlined above.


BTEC Media Studies Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

BTEC Media Studies Revision There is no exam in the BTEC. All work is portfolio based. It is marked by the class teacher and can be resubmitted and improved at any time. Ensure all improvements are made in order to reach the grade you want.

BTEC Media Revision Tips 1

Keep all of your notes and work from lessons safe. This will be an essential resource when acting upon feedback given to you by your teacher.

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Stay positive at all times. If you receive a piece of work back with lots of feedback, don't feel as if you have failed. This is constructive feedback to help you achieve the pass, merit or distinction criteria.

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Take your time to read through all feedback given to you. It is there for a reason.

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If you need help, don't be afraid of asking your teacher. They will be more than happy to help.

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Do not miss deadlines for your work. You do not want to be completing work at the end of Year 11 which you started in Year 10. It will make it a great deal harder.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Help your son/ daughter to experience a variety of media products.

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GCSE MUSIC (AQA Exam Board) Specification 4272

Calendar of Key Events

Students will begin their GCSE study in Year 10 by spending some time reviewing and adding to their musical theory knowledge. This provides a sound basis for their coursework and exam studies. Topics covered include: Music Notation (the stave, pitch, rhythm and other symbols) Italian Terms Scales, Intervals and Tonality Chords and harmony Performance Directions

YEARS 10 and 11

Alongside this students will learn how to use Sibelius, specialist score publishing software, which they will later use to notate their compositions. The GCSE Music (AQA) syllabus is taught through five areas of study and three strands of learning. Students will learn about a wide variety of music from the three strands by looking at the different areas of study within them.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

July 2012—Unit 4 Due in December 2012—Mock Exam January 2013—Unit 2 Due in February 2013—Performing Exams April 2013—Easter Revision Session May/June 2013—Listening Exam

Mock practical exams will take place at various times throughout the course along with less formal interim tests and assessments.

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A*-G graded paper (there are no tiered papers). There is one exam taken in the Summer of Year 11 (no modules). The controlled assessment (Units 2 and 4) take place in Year 10 and Year 11.

Areas of Study: AoS1 Rhythm and metre AoS2 Harmony and tonality AoS3 Texture and melody AoS4 Timbre and dynamics AoS5 Structure and form

The performing exams (for Unit 3) take place in February of Year 11 (2013).

Strands: The Western Classical Tradition Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries World Music Students will complete various listening and compositional activities focusing on these Areas of Study and Strands in order to complete both pieces of coursework (composing) and to prepare for the listening exam. Students will complete Unit 4: Composing Music (42704) in Year 10. This is done under informal controlled conditions and takes up to 25 hours. Some preparation may be done as homework. In Year 11, students will complete Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music (42702) is completed in Year 11. The main part of this, the composition itself, takes up to 20 hours and is done under informal controlled conditions. The appraisal is done under formal controlled conditions and takes up to two hours. 58

Unit 1 (42701): This is a written paper lasting one hour. It is worth 20% of the marks for GCSE Music and is taken in May/June 2011.

Unit 3 (42703): Unit 3 covers the performing aspect of the course. During February of Year 11 students will be examined performing two pieces of music on an instrument/voice of their choice. Students must prepare a solo piece of music lasting approximately 3-4 minutes and an ensemble (a group performance involving at least two people playing independent parts). Please note: It is strongly recommended that students receive individual tuition in their chosen instrument/voice in order to help them prepare fully for this aspect of the course.


GCSE Music Controlled Assessment 20%: Unit 4: Composing Music (42704): This unit will be completed towards the end of Year 10. Students will create a piece of music using Sibelius software for notation. This piece of work will take up to 25 hours and is done under informal supervision. 20%: Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music (42702): This unit will be completed in Year 10. Students will create a piece of music based on one of the three strands (chosen by AQA annually) using Sibelius software for notation. This unit consists of two pieces of work. The first, the score, will take up to 20 hours to complete and is done under informal supervision. The second piece of work, an appraisal of the composition, is done under formal supervision and takes up to two hours. For both units, some preparation work can be done as homework but the main aspect of score production must be done in lesson time.

Music Revision

Music Revision Tips

Students will be given vocabulary and practice listening exercises throughout the course.

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Listen to a variety of music styles in your free time and analyse the texture, instrumentation, tonality and other aspects of the pieces.

Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Some lesson time may be provided to recap the units of work previously taught.

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Throughout the two year course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail, neatly and on time.

During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session for GCSE Music will be provided. Students can volunteer to attend.

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Exercise books and work form the basis of the student’s revision notes. Keep them safe!

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Find a revision technique that suits your learning style. Try reading over notes, making concise notes, quizzes, revision cards, mind maps and highlighting exercise books.

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Practice exam questions as much as possible.

Revision sessions will take place once a week after school for the last few weeks before study leave commences in Year 11. Revision lessons will take place during lesson time on the weeks prior to study leave in order to help prepare students for the exam.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for controlled assessments. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a time management plan so there is enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks. Test your son/daughter’s knowledge with a quiz or using their exercise book. There is a Bitesize revision web page for Music at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ music/ Ensure your son/daughter completes regular practice on his/her instrument and has chosen pieces (solo/ensemble) to play by the end of Year 10 in order to allow enough time for preparation for the exam in February of Year 11. Obtain and use the CGP revision guides (AQA specific and the Core books) for revision. 59


BTEC MUSIC (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2 Students who opt for this course will study a variety of coursework based units working towards 30 credits (a course equivalent of two GCSEs). Two units are compulsory: Unit 1:

Working in the Music Industry (5 credits)

Unit 2:

Professional Development in the Music Industry (5 credits)

YEARS 10 and 11

Two further units (each worth 10 credits) will be offered to allow students to achieve the full 30 credits required.

Calendar of Key Events 1.

Easter 2013—All BTEC work due in.

Deadlines will also be given to students for individual units but these will vary according to whether students are also taking GCSE music. Students may resubmit improved work following an initial deadline in order to get a higher mark.

Examination Assessment

Students who are not also taking Music GCSE will complete the following two units:

Overview: Assessment will take the form of projects, presentations, case studies and assignments.

Unit 3:

There is no exam for this course.

Unit 16:

Planning and Creating a Music Product planning and creating a podcast or concert Investigating an Area of Music Research on an artist/band of interest

Each unit is assessed through two or three assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go.

Students who are also taking Music GCSE will complete the following units:

At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks:

Unit 4:

Solo Musical Performance solo performance and research around Instrumental/vocal repertoire

Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s

Exploring Musical Composition composing a piece of music from visual stimuli

Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s.

Unit 5:

Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s

Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values will replace those outlined above.

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BTEC Music Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

BTEC Music Revision

BTEC Music Revision Tips

Learners will have time in the lessons to draft and re-draft work until it reaches the criteria required to attain a Pass standard.

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Learners must be prepared for the fact that the first draft of work may not meet the required standards. They need to be able to accept constructive criticism in order to improve the quality of their work.

2. Develop and provide evidence of working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving.

Learners need to be able to work both Independently, as a member of small groups and larger teams.

Take responsibility for planning, organising and carrying out a number of activities and challenges.

3. Develop and provide evidence of the skills of research, discussion and presentation. 4. Produce evidence of their achievements in a Portfolio of booklets.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for controlled assessments. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a time management plan so there is enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks. Test your son/daughter’s knowledge with a quiz or using their exercise book. There is a Bitesize revision web page for Music at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ music/ Ensure your son/daughter completes regular practice on his/her instrument and has chosen pieces (solo/ensemble)

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GCSE PRODUCT DESIGN (OCR Exam Board)

YEAR 11

YEAR 10

Specification J305

Calendar of Key Events

Unit 1 – A551 This unit requires working within a context set by a client, the student or the school , to produce a design portfolio. This can be linked to a student’s own interests, current trends, a particular design era or designer, industrial practice or the community. Projects may involve an enterprise activity, where they identify an opportunity and design to meet a particular need. This is a piece of controlled assessment. Unit 2 - A552 This unit is one of the examination which is a 6 hour design and make challenge split over 2 days. Student will work through a booklet which has very focussed time allocations for each section. Day 1 is the designing side, day 2 is modelling the product. Paper, foam, card balsa wood etc will be used. The exam has a 30 minute reflection period. There is a theme linked to the exam. Unit 4 :- A554 This unit will test knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence designing. The examination paper contains 5 compulsory questions and is divided into two sections A & B. Section A looks at the content of the specification. Section B will focus upon iconic products, trends and trend setters from a range of eras and design movements. Unit 4 will require students to answer questions on a broad range of design influences. Unit 3:- A553 Make a 3D prototype using appropriate media – the prototype is to have working features to demonstrate how the product will function. Complete a production log of the stages of making the product Select and use the appropriate tools, equipment and processes effectively and safely to make products that match the specification. Use a range of skills and techniques appropriate to the task including those necessary to ensure realism of the prototype product. Prepare and use materials economically. Be prepared to adapt working procedures in response to changing circumstances. Demonstrate clear understanding of safe working practices. Produce a design concept page that includes details of the prototype product to be made and a related detailed specification. Evidence of testing and evaluation of the prototype product. Details of any necessary modifications to improve the final product. Details of how the prototype could be manufactured in quantity in the ‘real world’. Marketing presentation – ‘sales pitch’ – in an interesting way to bring the product to the attention of a prospective manufacturer, supplier, company buyer, retailer, consumer. 62

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Year 10 Jan - Unit 4 A554 EXAM Year 10 June - Unit 1 CWK Submission Year 10 June - Unit 2 A552 EXAM Year 10 June - Unit 4 A554 EXAM resit Year 11 Jan - Unit 2 A552 EXAM resit Year 11 June - Unit 3 CWK Submission Year 11 June - Unit 1 CWK Re-submit

Examination Assessment Overview: Students have the potential of gaining a GCSE grade A* - G. The assessed work is based on the accumulation of marks over the 4 Units of work staggered throughout Years 10 & 11. Unit 2: A552 - Innovation Challenge: Unit 2 is a 6 hour Innovation Challenge focusing on the student’s imagination, flair and innovation for designing and making. It will require students to make swift decisions, take risks, be adventurous and take advice from others through controlled and structured peer evaluation. It requires a basic working knowledge of modelling materials and, depending upon the chosen focus, other more specific materials and systems. The exam is split over 2 3 hour sessions and a 30 minute reflection period which require the students to take on a design and make task which is based on a set theme from the exam board. Pre-release materials allow students to do some background research before going into the exam. It is worth 20% of the final grade. Unit 4: A554 - Written examination: Unit 2 is a 1½ hour exam. It requires students to have a knowledge and understanding of Product Design, design era’s, being able how to analyse products, marketing & advertising, Eco issues, Ergonomics and Anthropometrics etc. There is also a themed section based around a designer and one of their Iconic products that allows students to do background research before going into the exam. It is worth 20% of the final grade.


Product Design Controlled Assessment Units 1 and 3 are both controlled assessment tasks. Both the units are worth 30% each totalling 60% of the final grade. Both units are based on approximately 20 hours worth of teaching time for each unit giving a total time of approximately 40 hours. Unit 1 is a design based task which pupils are not required to make and therefore gives them a very wide range of opportunities to show how creative, innovative and inventive they can be. Work is produced as an e-portfolio on Powerpoint. Design ideas are created both by hand initially and then transformed using CAD etc into more realistic proposals as a final solution. Unit 3 is a manufacturing based task where pupils are asked to make a product that shows off their practical skills and use of CAD/CAM machines that works and functions. They are then asked to create a portfolio of evidence of their making. The portfolio requires them to show how they would package, sell, market and advertise their actual final product should it go into manufacture for real.

Product Design Revision

Product Design Revision Tips

Students will need to complete background research for both Units 2 and 4. Each exam has a design theme which is set by the exam board. Collecting of this research needs to be done independently as well as what is done in class and set as homework tasks to ensure full understanding of the design style, era etc which will be followed.

Once the themes have been issued for the Unit 2 and Unit 4 exams, ensure that all preparation and background research is completed thoroughly. This should be done through independent research as well as set homework tasks.

A revision booklet is provided for the students to fill in which contains specific subjects terms and information of the knowledge and understanding for the course which will need thorough revision for the Unit 4 exam. After school catch up sessions are run should students fall behind during the controlled assessments Unit 1 and Unit 3. These can be compulsory should they fall that far behind, but can also be voluntary should the student wish to stay to catch up.

Ensure that the Unit 4 revision booklet provided is completed and students revise from them. Ensure that if they keep them safe and don't lose them, but if they do to get another one and complete it again. Practice sketching and drawing skills to improve speed of drawing and thought processes. Keep up to date with current trends and design concepts. Look at previous design cultures and eras e.g. the 60’s 70’s 80’s etc. Compare them to current ideas and consider how things have progressed. Practice exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking them using the exam mark scheme (see OCR web site)

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set and meeting the required deadlines for the controlled assessments which are Unit 1 (A551) and Unit 3 (A553) Ensure that any background research that is needed for the Exam Units are completed thoroughly and they have completed the Revision booklets provided. Encourage your son/daughter to practice sketching/drawing to improve presentation and drawing skills. There is a CAD program called PRODESKTOP which can be purchased through the school at a very minimal cost which is used in several of the units. Encourage your son/daughter to practice using the program to build up their skills using this program. The core text book for OCR GCSE Product Design by Austin Strickland, Bob White, Philip Clarke, Geoff Hancock - Hodder Education (2009) - ISBN:- 0340982004, EAN:- 9780340982006 63


GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION (Edexcel Exam Board)

YEAR 10

Specification 2PE01

Calendar of Key Events

The topics covered in Year 10 are: The Muscular System, The Skeletal System, The Circulatory System, The Respiratory System, Adaptations and Effects of Exercise, Components of Fitness, Methods and Principles of Training

1. Catch Up/Booster/ Drop In Sessions: these

will take place after school on evening. 2. Feb Half Term and Easter: Additional time to receive help and revise 3. Mock Practical and Theory Exams: Take place in December and January of Year 11 4. Jan of Year 11: Deadline for the submis sion externally assessed video evidence. 5. Feb of Year 11: Practical moderation— Final practical assessment

Practical sessions will be focused upon skill acquisition and the development of maximal performance. Students will also complete a Personal Exercise Plan (PEP) which is a compulsory element of the course. This also forms part of the Analysis of Performance unit. Students will sit an end of year exam before work experience.

YEAR 11

The topics covered in Year 11 are: Diet, Health and Hygiene, Drugs in Sport, Skill Acquisition and Psychological Factors, Safety and Risk Assessment, Social and Cultural Factors, Sports Provision and Technology. The practical element of the course will also be focused upon analysing and improving performance. Students will complete the following assessments in Year 11: Mock Theory Exam > December Mock Practical Moderation > December Practical Moderation > February / March Final Theory Exam > May / June

Examination Assessment Overview: The Theory of Physical Education (40% of the final mark) Assessed through a written exam (1hr 30mins) Performance in Physical Education (60% of the final mark) Assessed through a practical exam. Written Examination: The Theory of Physical Education is broken down into two sections – Healthy, Active Sponsorship and the Media Lifestyles and Your Healthy Active Body. The topic areas covered are: The Muscular System, The Skeletal System, The Circulatory System, The Respiratory System, Adaptations and Effects of Exercise, Fitness, Methods and Principles of Training, Diet, Health and Hygiene, Drugs in Sport, Skill Acquisition and Psychological Factors, Safety and Risk Assessment, Social and Cultural Factors, Sports Provision and Technology. Practical Examination: Is broken down into two sections – Practical performance and Analysis of Performance. Students are required to offer four performances, in practical contexts, in the role of player/participant, official or leader. At least two of the four performances must be in the role of player/participant. Activities covered: Basketball, Badminton, Netball, Fitness, Football, Trampolining, Rounders.

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GCSE PE Controlled Assessment Students will complete the PEP (Personal Exercise Plan) within Controlled Assessment conditions. They are not allowed to complete work outside of school and without being under the supervision of their teacher. The analysis of performance component of the course is also to be completed under controlled assessment conditions. Students will be given a minimum of 9 lessons preparation (involving both practical and theory lessons) before completing the assessment.

GCSE PE Revision

GCSE PE Revision Tips

The following websites would be appropriate for revision for the GCSE PE course.

1.

Keep all of your notes and work from lessons safe. This will be an essential resource when acting upon feedback given to you by your teacher.

2.

Stay positive at all times. If you receive a piece of work back with lots of feedback, don't feel as if you have failed. This is constructive feedback to help you achieve the pass, merit or distinction criteria.

3.

Take your time to read through all feedback given to you. It is there for a reason.

4.

If you need help, don't be afraid of asking your teacher. They will be more than happy to help.

5.

Do not miss deadlines for your work. You do not want to be completing work at the end of Year 11 which you started in Year 10. It will make it a great deal harder.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/pe/ http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level http://www.brianmac.co.uk/index.htm http://www.teachpe.com/

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ensure that at least one additional hour is used, on top of completing homework, to revise the topics that have already been covered. It is important that the information learnt is not forgotten. 2. If your son / daughter performs in a sport/activity outside of school (which cannot be assessed in school), the PE department would appreciate as much evidence as possible of their performances. This can be completed through video recording training sessions and competitions, photocopies of results, rankings, awards and certificates. A testimony from the coach would also be helpful. The deadline for this to be submitted to the PE department is January in Year 11. For more details regarding offsite assessment, please contact a member of the PE department.

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GCSE PHYSICS (OCR Exam Board) Specification J265

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

The specification content is presented as six modules assessed through two units (unit 1 in Year 10 and unit 2 in Year 11) . Within each module the content is shown as eight items (e.g. P1a, P1b, P1c, P1d, P1e, P1f, P1g, P1h). Thus, the specification content contains a total of 48 teaching items. Each item requires approximately 2½ hours teaching time. Unit 1 Module Physics 1: Energy for the home a Heating houses; b Keeping homes warm; c A spectrum of waves; d Light and lasers e Cooking and communicating using waves f Data transmission; g Wireless signals; h Stable Earth Module P2: Living for the future a Collecting energy from the Sun; b Generating electricity; c Global warming; d Fuels for power; e Nuclear radiations; f Exploring our Solar System g Threats to Earth; h The Big Bang Module P3: Forces for Transport a Speed; b Changing speed; c Forces and motion d Work and power; e Energy on the move f Crumple zones; g Falling safely; h The energy of games and theme rides

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Mock exam (Unit 1) Controlled assessment Easter Revision UNIT 1 Final GCSE Exam Mock exam (Unit 2) Easter Revision UNIT 2 Final GCSE Exam

Jan 2012 Jan 2012 Apr 2012 May 2012 Jan 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: All written papers are set in one of two tiers:Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier papers assess grades G to C and Higher papers assess grades D to A*. An allowed grade E may be awarded on the Higher Tier components. Candidates may enter for either the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier in each of the externally assessed units. So a candidate may take for example B751/F and B752/H. Exam B751 is taken at the end of Year 10 and B752 is taken in the Summer of Year 11. Unit 1 B751 Exam Paper:

YEAR 11

Unit 2 Module P4: Radiation for life a Sparks; b Uses of electrostatics; c Safe electricals d Ultrasound; e What is radioactivity?; f Uses of Radioisotopes; g Treatment; h Fission and fusion Module P5: Space for Reflection a Satellites, gravity and circular motion; b Vectors and equations of motion; c Projectile motion d Action and reaction; e Satellite communication f Nature of waves; g Refraction of waves; h Optics Module P6: Electricity for gadgets a Resisting; b Sharing; c It’s logical; d Even more logical; e Motoring; f Generating; g Transforming; h Charging

Modules P1, P2, P3. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 15 mins—75 marks 35% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 2 B752 Exam Paper: Modules P4, P5, P6. This is a tiered unit offered in Foundation and Higher tier. Written paper 1 hour 30 mins—85 marks 40% of the qualification Question paper comprises structured questions Candidates answer all questions Unit 3 B753 controlled assessment: This unit is not tiered. Controlled assessment 48 marks 25% of the qualification

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Physics Controlled Assessment The controlled assessment unit requires the completion of one assessment task. Each task is divided into three parts. It is anticipated that students will spend a total of about 8 hours in producing this work. Part 1 – Research and collecting secondary data. Part 1 requires students to plan and carry out research. The part 1 stimulus material introduces the task and provides guidance for the research. The research may be conducted either in class or as a homework exercise. The information collected is required for Parts 2 and 3. Part 2 – Planning and collecting primary data. Part 2 requires students to plan and carry out an investigation to collect primary data to test a hypothesis stated in the Part 2 stimulus material. Part 3 – Analysis and evaluation. Part 3 requires students to process and analyse the results from their research (Part 1) and their primary data (Part 2). They will be required to evaluate their data and methods used to collect it and draw and justify a conclusion.

Physics Revision

Physics Revision Tips

Students will be tested regularly through the course. Internal assessments and mock exams will be completed at the end of each unit.

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Start revision early and attend revision sessions when available

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Break down information into small workable chunks

3.

Construct a revision timetable

During the Easter holidays in Year 10 and Year 11, revision session will be available for individual units. Students can volunteer to attend.

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Leave yourself time to relax

5.

Don’t revise for too long

In the run up to each exam session, after school drop in revision sessions will be run. Students can volunteer to attend.

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Use a variety of revision methods until you find what is best for you

7.

Re-visit your notes as many times as possible

8.

Relax and get plenty of sleep during your revision and your exams

Some revision will be completed in class but students should also revise thoroughly for every assessment in their own time.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Ensure that your son/daughter completes homework on a weekly basis.

2.

Ensure that your son/daughter revises thoroughly for all tests and exams.

3.

Encourage your son/daughter to use websites to review topics and to revise for exams.

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GCSE SOCIOLOGY (AQA Exam Board) Specification 4192

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

Studying Society - includes an introduction to the central terms and concepts used in sociology. For example: social structures, social processes and social issues. Also included is the research process; research aims, hypotheses, pilot studies, sampling procedures, data collection and analysis and an evaluation of different ways of collecting data. Education - the present structure of the education system, debates such as those about faith schools, and alternative forms of educational provision. The reasons for variations in educational achievement in terms of class, gender and ethnicity. The various functions that education is expected to fulfil today.

YEAR 11

Families - The diverse forms of the family in Britain today, the important changes that are taking place in family structures. The role and authority relationships within the family, changing patterns in fertility and expectations. Sociological approaches to the family, positive and critical. Changes in the pattern of divorce in Britain since 1945 as well as contemporary family issues.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Paper 1 Mock Exam April 2012 Easter Revision April 2012 GCSE Exam Paper 1 June 2012 Paper 2 Mock Exam April 2013 Easter Revision April 2013 GCSE Exam Paper 2 June 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: This is an A*-G graded paper (there are no tiered papers). There are 2 exams. Paper 1 is taken in the Summer of Year 10. Paper 2 is taken in the Summer of Year 11.

Crime and Deviance - The difference between crime and deviance, the social distribution of crime according to class, gender and ethnicity. The different sociological explanations for crime and deviance, the usefulness of official statistics and the impact of criminal behaviour on society.

Paper 1 (Unit 1: 41901): Studying Society; Education; Families.

The Mass Media - The different views of the nature of the relationship between the mass media and audience and how this may be affected by new technologies. The significance of the mass media within the socialisation process. The media as a source of power for the individuals and organisations. The potential significance of technological developments. The ways the media may encourage stereotyping.

Topic 1 - Candidates answer all questions. Topic 2 and 3 - Candidates answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Power - The role of citizens in the political process in Britain. The opportunities for, and limitations on, participation in the political process. The impact of social factors on the pattern of political participation and distribution of power. Debates about the welfare state and the ways in which governments have tried to solve social problems. Social Inequality - The nature, and forms of, stratification; the impact of wealth, income and power on life chances. Sociological explanations for poverty and continuities in recent patterns of inequality. 68

1 hr 30 mins

50%

Three Compulsory topic areas:

Paper 2 (Unit 2: 41902): Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality. 1 hr 30 mins

50%

Candidates choose three topic areas from four options. For each topic area chosen. Candidates answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.


Sociology Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled assessment for AQA Sociology GCSE

Sociology Revision

Sociology Revision Tips

Students will be tested throughout the course at the end of each unit, using past papers so that students gradually refine their examination technique as well as consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the topics taught. Revision will be set as a homework task. Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Wherever possible some lesson time will be provided to recap the units of work previously taught but students need to extend this independently, in particular going over areas they are less confident in. A thorough revision programme will be provided for students for 4-6 weeks of lesson time prior to the exams in June of 2012/3. During the Easter Holidays a half day revision session for GCSE Sociology will be provided in both Yr 10 (2012) and Yr 11 (2013). Students can volunteer to attend.

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Throughout the course ensure all class notes and homework tasks are completed in detail and neatly. Exercise books and work form the basis of the student’s revision notes. Keep them safe! Experiment with different revision techniques: read over notes, make concise notes, make quizzes, work with others to discuss and test, use post-it notes to consolidate key points, make revision cards, mind maps, link images to knowledge, highlight work in exercise books. Read the examiner’s report on previous years’ exams so you know the what mistakes others have made and you learn from them! Practice exam technique by answering either specimen or past paper questions (available from the AQA website) and giving them to a ‘buddy’ to mark using the exam mark scheme. Keep up to date with current affair issues that may relate to aspects of the course.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Ensure your son/daughter is completing the homework tasks set. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them produce a time management plan so there is enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks. Help your son/daughter acquire the key concepts of each topic by encouraging them to compile glossaries and quiz them regularly. Purchase a copy of the core text book ‘AQA GCSE Sociology’ by G.Coates et al. Purchase a copy of ‘Collins Revision - GCSE Sociology for AQA’ by Pauline Wilson. Encourage your son/daughter to read a quality newspaper and/or watch the news regularly so that s/he is up-to-date with current affairs and able to apply the ideas learnt in class.

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BTEC SPORT (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2 Over this two year course students will complete work on the following units: Unit 1: Fitness Testing and Training This unit gives learners the opportunity to explore the essential fitness requirements and training methods used to achieve successful sports performance. The unit also explores lifestyle and psychological factors and the effects these can have on sports training and performance. Learners will investigate their personal fitness levels by participating in a series of fitness tests.

YEARS 10 and 11

Unit 2: Practical Sport The aim of this unit is to develop learner knowledge of the rules, skills and techniques for one team and one individual sport through practical application. Unit 4: Anatomy & Physiology for Sport The aim of this unit is to give learners a good understanding of the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems of the human body. Unit 11: The Development of Personal Fitness This unit will enable learners to plan, implement and evaluate a personal fitness training programme specific to their sporting goals. Unit 18: The Effects of Exercise on the Body Systems This unit is designed to enable learners to explore the effects of exercise on the human body by participating in a range of practical experiments and activities.

Calendar of Key Events 1. Catch Up / Booster / Drop In Sessions These will take place every Friday night after school for one hour 2. February Half Term and Easter Further time for students to receive one to one help in catching up or boosting current attainment levels. 3. Final Deadline The course should be completed by Easter in Year 11.

Examination Assessment Overview: By the end of each unit students will be expected to present a portfolio of work. There is no exam for this course. Each unit is assessed through two or three assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks: Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s. Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values will replace those outlined above.

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BTEC Sport Controlled Assessment

A key element to the course is the opportunity to for students to act upon feedback and advice to improve their work further.

BTEC Sport Revision

BTEC Sport Revision Tips

The following websites would be appropriate for revision for the BTEC Sport course.

1.

Keep all of your notes and work from lessons safe. This will be an essential resource when acting upon feedback given to you by your teacher.

2.

Stay positive at all times. If you receive a piece of work back with lots of feedback, don't feel as if you have failed. This is constructive feedback to help you achieve the pass, merit or distinction criteria.

3.

Take your time to read through all feedback given to you. It is there for a reason.

4.

If you need help, don't be afraid of asking your teacher. They will be more than happy to help.

5.

Do not miss deadlines for your work. You do not want to be completing work at the end of Year 11 which you started in Year 10. It will make it a great deal harder.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/pe/ http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level http://www.brianmac.co.uk/index.htm http://www.teachpe.com/

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. Ask your son / daughter when the deadlines are for the different units. 2. Ensure that at least one additional hour is used, on top of completing homework, to revise the topics that have already been covered. It is important that the information learnt is not forgotten.

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GCSE TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY (AQA Exam Board) Specification 4570

Calendar of Key Events

YEAR 10

Students will investigate the following topics through design and making projects and written and discussion activities. Unit1 : Designing and making skills Fibres/fabrics, their properties and characteristics Fabric surface decoration Product analysis of existing products and their own Labelling and consumer legislation Environmental issues associated with textiles products/production Industrial processes and manufacture

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Mock exam Dec 2012 Pre release material available for section A of the exam March 2012 Easter revision April 2012 Controlled Assessment started Jun 2012 Practical element of controlled assessment started Oct 2012 Controlled Assessment completed March 2013

Examination Assessment Overview: Students are able to achieve an A* to G grade from this course. (There are no tiered papers). Unit 1: Written Paper: 2 hour paper, possible entry in Year 10 (Worth 40% of total marks) Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (worth 60% of total mark)

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment

Unit 1 Written Exam:

Students in Year 11 spend the majority of their time working on this important aspect of the course.

2 hours 120 marks 40% of the total marks

YEAR 11

One paper with two sections Section A A design question based on material from the preparation sheet supplied before the exam. (30 marks) Section B Covers all aspects of the specification Content. (90 marks) All questions are compulsory.

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Textiles Technology Controlled Assessment 90 marks 60% of the total marks A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

Textiles Revision

Textiles Revision Tips

Students will need to revise thoroughly for the mock exams. Some lesson time may be provided in order to practice for the design question.

1. 2.

A thorough revision programme will be provided for students prior to the exam. These lessons will be structured and guide students through the knowledge and skills required for the exam paper.

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During the Easter Holidays 2013 a half day revision session will be provided if required. Students can volunteer to attend.

4. 5.

Visit the BBC Bitesize website. Practice exam techniques by answering past paper questions and self marking them using the exam mark scheme. (see AQA web site). Practice the design question using the exam preparation materials. Keep up to date with current issues that may relate to aspects of the course. All project work and exercise books form the basis of the student’s revision notes. Keep them safe!

Students will be expected to work for approximately one hour extra beyond the school day, approximately once a fortnight, (possibly more frequently as the final deadline approaches). This is to ensure that the students’ practical work for the controlled assessment can be completed to the highest standard, and assessed effectively according to the exam board standards.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ensure your son/daughter is organised with the resources needed to complete their practical work. An essential element to this course is that pupils are responsible for providing materials for their practical sessions. Advance notice will be given. Ensure your son/daughter revises - help them to produce a time management plan so there is enough time to revise prior to the exams and have breaks. Encourage your son/daughter to log onto the BBC Bitesize website to aid their revision and knowledge. Read newspapers/magazines to keep up to date with topics that may relate to to key aspects of the course. Purchase a textbook/revision guide, to help support learning e.g. “AQA Design and Technology Textiles Technology” published by Nelson Thornes, or “Letts/Lonsdale Textiles Technology Revision” edited by Rosie Sinclair 73


BTEC TRAVEL & TOURISM (Edexcel Exam Board) Extended Certificate Level 2 1.

The UK Travel and Tourism Sector:

Through this unit students will understand the concept of the travel and tourism sector, will know the roles and relationships of organisations within the UK travel and tourism sector.

YEAR 10

2. UK Tourism Destinations: Students will know the location of significant UK Travel and Tourism destinations an gateways, will learn about the appeal of UK tourism destinations for different types of visitor and will be able to use sources of information to find out about UK destinations 3. Holiday Planning: Students will be able to plan journeys within the UK Will be able to use different sources to select and cost holidays outside the UK and will be able to provide information and advice to customers travelling to an overseas holiday destination

Units are studied in the following order. Assignment deadlines are issued throughout the term with the assignment brief. The UK Travel and Tourism Sector UK Tourism Destinations Holiday Planning Understanding Customer Service Developing Customer Service Skills in the Travel and Tourism Sector Understanding the Nature and Effects of WorldTravel

Examination Assessment Overview: Assessment will take the form of projects, presentations, case studies and assignments. There is no exam for this course. Each unit is assessed through two or three assignments during the course which means students can track their progress and “bank” their marks as they go. At the end of Year 11 the students will be credited with one of the following marks:

4. Understanding Customer Service: Students will understand different approaches to customer service in different travel and tourism organisations and will understand the needs and expectations of different types of customers in the travel and tourism sector. 5. Understanding the Nature and Effects of World Travel:

YEAR 11

Calendar of Key Events

Students should be able to identify and locate significant features and major destinations of the world, know world climatic conditions affecting travel to worldwide destinations and understand the effects of worldwide time on travellers. 6. Developing Customer Service Skills in the Travel and Tourism Sector: Students will understand the methods, skills and techniques needed to provide good customer service in the travel and tourism sector and will be able to demonstrate customer service skills and techniques in travel and tourism situations. 74

Pass: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade C’s Merit: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade B’s Distinction: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A’s. Distinction *: Equivalent to 2 GCSE Grade A*’s

Please note that changes to the value of vocational courses is under review by the Government and changes may be implemented at any time. New values, when published will replace those outlined above.


Travel & Tourism Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the two year course.

Travel & Tourism Revision

Travel & Tourism Revision Tips

Parents and students need to remember that there is no end of year / unit exam for this course.

Parents and students need to remember that there is no end of year / unit exam for this course.

However, there is continuous assessment through this course and all assignments need to be completed to the best of your ability to do well.

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Hand all your assignments in time.

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Follow all teacher instructions to improve your work.

Follow the news and make a note of any incidents that happen around the world that could have an impact on the travel and tourism industry. Regularly check travel and tourism websites such as Thomas Cook to keep up to date with popular tourist destinations. Be aware of how employees conduct themselves when you go to places to see the importance of good customer service.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1. 2. 3. 4.

Check through your child’s assignment before they hand it in to see if they have met the requirements outlined in the assignment brief. Make sure that your child completes any improvements to their assignments so they can achieve the highest level possible. Help to keep your child on target to meet the deadlines for their assignments—these will be issued with each assignment brief. Discuss any experiences / knowledge you may have that link to what they are studying in class.

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BTEC WORKSKILLS Certificate Level 2

Calendar of Key Events

This is a ONE year course that will be completed in year 10 ONLY.

1. External Visit (location to be confirmed) for the Working as a Team unit:

April 2012

2. Completion of the course:

July 2012

3. Certification of results:

May 2013

The units that will be covered in this course include: 1. 2.

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YEAR 10

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Making a Product: Learners will decide on an appropriate product to plan, make and evaluate the process. Planning an Enterprise Activity: Working as a team to plan a business opportunity withi school. Plan the equipment and resources required. Set up a business plan and think about the finances. Running an Enterprise Activity: This is about putting the planning into practice and evaluating the performance of the business enterprise. Managing your own Money: This is an extended unit that investigates many aspects of how to mange money in terms of income, debt, credit, essential and non-essential outgoings. Search for a Job: Where can you search for job vacancies?, which would be the best locations for you and why? What jobs would you search for and why? Applying for a Job: Learners will work with a scenario of completing application forms (electronic and by hand) for a job at MK Theatre. They will also complete a CV and covering letter. Preparing for an Interview: discussions regarding what to wear, how to conduct yourself, research of the job applied for and questions to be asked. Interview Skills: A practical unit to experience a job interview and evaluate the performance. Working as a Team: This unit will include a visit outside of school. Learners will have to work as a team to complete tasks. They will have to evaluate theirs, and their team mate’s, performances. Preparing for Work Experience: Learners will set personal targets and investigate further about their work placement. Learning from Work Experience: once work experience has been completed, Learners will analyse and evaluate their performance against the targets they set.

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Examination Assessment Overview: BTEC Workskills at Certificate Level 2 is the equivalent to a GCSE Grade B. Students/learners can either Pass or Fail this course. They must attain 13 credits from the completion of several units of work. Learners are assessed throughout the course on the completion of each unit. They can redraft and edit their work until it meets the criteria required to pass each unit. The units give learners the opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.


BTEC Workskills Controlled Assessment

There is no Controlled Assessment with this BTEC course. Students are assessed on tasks set throughout the course.

Workskills Revision

Workskills Revision Tips

Learners will have time in the lessons to draft and re-draft work until it reaches the criteria required to attain a Pass standard.

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Learners must be prepared for the fact that the first draft of work may not meet the required standards. They need to be able to accept constructive criticism in order to improve the quality of their work.

2. Develop and provide evidence of working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving.

Learners need to be able to work both Independently, as a member of small groups and larger teams.

Take responsibility for planning, organising and carrying out a number of activities and challenges.

3. Develop and provide evidence of the skills of research, discussion and presentation. 4. Produce evidence of their achievements in a Portfolio of booklets.

How Parents Can Help at Home 1.

Keep up to date with what you son/daughter is doing at any time during the course and offer practical advice and knowledge of your own experiences in the workplace.

2.

Learners may not have weekly homework tasks to complete.

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GCSE Choices Guide  

A guide to help you make your choices on GCSE subjects.