GCSE Options Guide 2018
Contents Principalâ€™s welcome message Planning for the future Pathways explained GCSE options choices Art, Craft and Design Business Studies BTEC Computer Science Drama Economics English Language English Literature Food and Cookery NCFE L2 Certificate French Geography Graphic Products GCSE D&T History Latin Mathematics Music PE Religious Studies Resistant Materials GCSE D&T Combined Science: Trilogy Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) Sociology Spanish Textile Design
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A warm welcome from our Principal, Mark Malcolm The choices that students make for GCSE are critical in terms of their future academic and/or career path as well as their potential achievement. Courses should be chosen to maximise achievement and ensure that your childâ€™s preferred career options remain open. There is a lot of information on hand and expert advice available from our teachers over the coming weeks that will ensure that the correct curriculum choices are made for each and every student. The City Academy, Hackney recognises the importance of parents/carers and the school working together to establish the best route for each student to achieve their potential. The school expects parents/carers to play a key role in supporting their children as they make their options choices, providing the support and encouragement needed at this important stage in their education, helping them to achieve their aspirational target grades. The quality of all we do is extremely high - there is no compromise. The importance we place on creativity and the expressive subjects mean that our standards and achievement in technology, drama, music, art and physical education are exceptional. We also model and actively promote the broader personal development of students to adulthood and see those values as integral to our success. This is an academy where a childâ€™s talent can flourish in tandem with the important personal characteristics of kindness, good manners and professional conduct. Mark Malcolm Principal
Planning for the future Most students will not have decided what they would like to do as a career in the future but many will know which subjects they excel in, giving themselves the widest possible chances and opportunities to achieve. Expecting to go to university is a really important start. You cannot get to university without three or more very good A level qualifications (or equivalent) and you cannot begin A level courses unless you have at least five or more 9 - 5 GCSE grades including English, maths and science. In addition, it is considered that studying a foreign language and either history or geography provides a good indicator that you are able to think for yourself and work independently of teachersâ€™ and other adultsâ€™ help.
Job/ career University degree/ High quality apprenticeship
Good A level grades ** 9 - 5 GCSE grades incl. English, maths, science, a language and a humanities subject plus subjects of your choice ** or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pathways explained The academy offers four distinct pathways - Foundation, Core, Extended and Russell Group - that are recommended to students/parents and designed to help all students fulfil their potential and achieve the very best results they can. All Core pathway and Extended pathway students will study for the English Baccalaureate comprising English, maths and science, French or Spanish, and geography or history. Extended pathway students will take biology, chemistry and physics as separate science exams. In addition, some students identified on our Russell Group pathway may be encouraged to study facilitating subjects, computing and economics. A maximum of 15 students will follow the Foundation pathway. They will be given additional support in English, maths and science, and a structured programme of support with vocational qualifications in place of their options subject time. In addition, they will have the opportunity to continue to study a language and achieve a level 1 qualification.
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In year 10 and 11, all students have an extra maths and English lesson on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Typically, 22 out of the 32 hours of a studentâ€™s weekly timetable are dedicated to the English Baccalaureate subjects; three hours per week per options subject; two hours of core PE, plus two hours of pastoral time including tutor period and an assembly on Mondays.
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English Baccalaureate Nearly all students will study for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). The EBacc is a collection of very important subjects including:
+ a modern foreign language
+ either geography or history
In addition, all students will have two hours of PE per week.
Options choices Having chosen a modern foreign language and a humanities subject, students will then be able to study two options subjects alongside the English Baccalaureate. Options choices are as follows (A - Z):
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Art, Craft and Design Business Studies BTEC Computer Science Drama D&T: Resistant Materials D&T: Graphic Products Economics Food and Cookery NCFE L2 Certificate French (Accelerated) Music PE Religious Studies Sociology Textile Design
*NB Students cannot choose both Art Craft & Desgin and Textile Design
Art, Craft and Design
GCSE Art, Craft and Design is an exciting programme which aims to introduce you to many aspects of art. This course requires students to create a portfolio of coursework based on a theme. The portfolio must demonstrate that the student has: made accurate drawings and studies of what they see; experimented with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes; developed their skills and modified their work as it progresses.
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise, is for learners who wish to acquire skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, setting up, running and reviewing an enterprise as part of their Key Stage 4 learning.
Every week the department runs Additional Studies sessions for GCSE students to receive extra tuition, use the materials in the department and complete or improve work. Students who attend these sessions and spend time completing independent research achieve higher grades at GCSE. The academy offers A level Art and Design. You could also study design or photography. Future career opportunities include graphic design, architecture, animation, fashion, jewellery design, painting, printmaking and illustration.
The qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills based approach to learning and assessment. There are 3 units to cover: Unit 1 Exploring Enterprises and Unit 2 Planning for and Running an Enterprise are internally assessed and are worth 60% of the qualification, whilst Unit 3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise is a 2 hour supervised exam which is worth 40% of the qualification.
Exploring new technologies, computer systems, programming and coding, this course covers a range of topics through both theoretical and practical assignments. The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works; provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science; develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.
Lights, camera, action! Drama builds confidence, nurtures creativity and develops empathy - our understanding of the experiences and viewpoints of others. Students develop emotional intelligence through the actorâ€™s process and improve vocal and physical skills, equipping them for challenges beyond the classroom. A range of theatrical styles and forms are explored, including key practitioners such as Brecht and Stanislavski. Students devise original work for examination and create a portfolio documenting its journey as well as studying a set text for written examination. All GCSE drama students participate in our annual Key Stage 4 production and whole school events. The academy Sixth Form offers A level Drama and Theatre, with many performance opportunities. For those interested in following this route, future career pathways might include: acting, writing, directing, stage management, teaching, drama-therapy, broadcasting, theatre /TV design, arts management, publishing, PR and advertising.
It is recommended that students applying for this course should be in set one/two for both English and maths. Homework will be set on a weekly basis. Students will be required to do extensive self-guided study to ensure high grades in this subject. Computing is available as an A level course in the academyâ€™s Sixth Form, potentially leading to degree courses in Computer Science, mathematics and engineering, and professional careers in these same fields as well as programming and software design.
Drama isnâ€™t just for aspiring actors, but anybody who is happy to explore creative possibilities, enjoys team work and problem solving and would like to increase personal presence and confidence.
This course aims to equip candidates with the basic tools of the economist to help them understand their place in, and contribution to, the local, national, and global economy as consumers, workers and citizens. They will be encouraged to investigate a range of contemporary issues, analysing evidence from different perspectives so as to make reasoned judgements and informed decisions.
This linear specification is assessed through examination and covers the functional elements of English as well as creative writing, and speaking and listening.
Homework will be set on a weekly basis. Students will be required to do extensive self-guided study to ensure high grades in this subject. GCSE Economics is fully examined with no coursework, with Unit 1 Introduction to Economics and Unit 2 National and International Economics both consisting of 50% each. Students with GCSE Economics will be able to progress into taking any A levels of their choice.
The study of English Language will naturally lead to the study of English at A level. It also benefits students wanting to study humanities subjects.
It is recommended that students applying for this course should be in set one/two for both English and Maths.
The study of English Language requires regular independent study from all students. This should amount to at least 1 Â˝ hours each week. This will take the form of reading, writing and research.
Students should be aware that most employers will expect prospective employees to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language. A secure grasp of English Language will help you in any career. Attaining a higher grade can lead students into a wide range of careers including journalism, publishing and broadcasting.
English Literature EBacc
Food & Cookery (NCFE L2 Certificate)
The specification develops students’ enthusiasm for literature by taking a skillsbased approach to the study of English Literature that is consistent across the genres. It is a linear specification that is assessed through examination.
This qualification is designed for learners who have an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a good understanding of the skills required for a career in food.
The study of English Literature requires regular independent study from all students. This should amount to at least 1 ½ hours each week. This will take the form of reading, essay writing and research. Students are encouraged to read other books written by the author they are studying. The study of English Literature will naturally lead to the study of A level English Literature in the academy’s Sixth Form. It also benefits students wanting to pursue humanities subjects such as History or Religious Studies. English Literature GCSE helps develop students’ critical thinking skills which will help them in any career. Attaining a higher grade can lead students into a wide range of careers including journalism, law, publishing and broadcasting.
This qualification aims to focus on an applied study of the food and cookery occupational area. It offers breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability. The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to prepare and cook using basic skills whilst understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of balanced diets with modifications of recipes for health. They will plan and produce dishes for a purpose with a clear focus upon planning, research skills, communication, problem-solving skills, health and safety. The course lays an excellent foundation for further study of Design and Technology or related subjects such as trainee chef, catering level 3, food product development, catering manager.
AQA Geography 8035
French as an accelerated three-year programme is available as a GCSE option. This course will only be run if a viable number of students choose it. During this course, five themes are explored: Identity and Culture; Local Area and Travel; School; Future Aspirations; The International and Global Dimension. These core topic areas will continue to build on the curriculum of Key Stage 3. Students are encouraged to participate in a trip to France as its impact on all four skills cannot be underestimated.
The course consists of 3 papers (Living with the Physical Environment, Challenges in the Human Environment, Geographical Skills) . It also includes a Strategic Decision Making Exercise (SDME) unit which requires students to analyse and interpret previously unseen resources using their knowledge and understanding from their studies throughout the course. There will be 2 fieldtrips, one around Hackney studying the quality of urban living and another in Walton-on-the-Naze assessing coastal management schemes.
It would be expected that students studying French would spend at least one hour per week on set homework and one hour of independent study. During this time they would be expected to engage in reading for pleasure in French, using online resources and, most importantly, expanding their vocabulary. â€œGraduates without a second language are disadvantaged when looking for a jobâ€? (Michael Palin, interviewed for the Independent Newspaper, 2009). The nature of the study of a language means that it can be successfully combined with any other course of study.
Students will be expected to complete a minimum of one hour of homework every week and are encouraged to read widely including current articles as well as guided work materials. Independent study is vital for preparation for their controlled assessment. This GCSE will equip students with the necessary skills to take A level geography. The breadth of study covered in geography leads to many different employment opportunities such as work in the charitable sector, conservation, journalism, town planning, international development, project management, and a range of jobs within the public sector or the business world.
Graphic Products (GCSE History Design and Technology)
WJEC/Eduqas GCSE (9-1) History
Through the Graphic Products pathway, students design and manufacture using compliant materials and focus upon manipulating visual aspects of products. A range of skills are developed such as sketching, pictorial drawing, production drawing, information graphics, typography, CAD applications and CAM (computer aided manufacture). Assignments cover packaging disassembly, analysis and redesign exercises. Following the design process students are required to produce an outcome, in the form of a working solution to a perceived problem.
Students will study four units in the GCSE History course: 1B. The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603 1H. The USA: A Nation Of Contrasts, 19101929 2B. The Development Of Germany, 19191991 2E. Changes In Crime And Punishment In Britain, c.500 to the present day.
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. The course lays an excellent foundation for further study of Design and Technology or related subjects such as graphic design, multimedia design, illustration, web design,
Students will be expected to complete a minimum of one hour of homework every week. This GCSE will equip students with the necessary skills to take a range of A levels in Humanities and the Arts. The breadth of study covered in history leads to many different employment opportunities such as work in the charitable sector, journalism and a range of jobs within the public sector or the business world.
City of London School for Girls will continue to run a pilot GCSE Latin course with The City Academy, Hackney. Latin is a subject highly regarded by universities as it shows that the student is able to translate a complex and challenging ancient language. This course would suit students who enjoy understanding how language works and, as it contains a literature component, it would also appeal to students who enjoy English literature.
The course will cover the following areas: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability. All these areas will be covered in detail, linking directly to real life situations and problem solving. The foundation course is made up of 50% problem solving questions and students can achieve grade 1-5. The higher course is made of 60% problem solving questions. 50% of the paper is pitched at grade 7 and above and students can achieve grade 4-9. Students will be required to complete one piece of written homework as well as online homework each week.
Studying Latin and its complex structure helps students appreciate fully how grammar works both in English and in other modern languages. A large number of English words, particularly formal terms, come straight from Latin and so the subject has a beneficial effect on studentsâ€™ knowledge of English vocabulary. The course runs over three years starting in year 9 with one session a week being held at City of London School for Girls during Additional Studies. The Cambridge Latin Course will be used for this course, which has a great deal of extra online resources which students can use for private study.
GCSE Further Mathematics is also offered to high attaining students. In todayâ€™s world, mathematics has an important role in providing key skills needed in many different careers. It provides a logical approach and intellectual rigour that contribute to an ability to solve a wide variety of problems. The subject has become a popular pre-requisite to many career paths and programmes of study at higher levels of education.
Eduqas (9-1) Music
GCSE Music is a largely practical subject involving minimal writing. It is a perfect choice for students who enjoy actively engaging in the study of music and will build on students’ creativity, selfconfidence, self-discipline and ability to work independently and with others.
Studying GCSE PE will allow students to receive a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works in relation to performance in physical activity. Topics including sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, physical training and movement analysis will be covered in the course.
The course is broken down into three key areas: 1) Performing (30%) – 2 pieces, one of which must be an ensemble 2) Composing (30%) – 2 Compositions. 3) Listening and Appraising (40%) – 1 hour 15 minute exam focusing on 4 areas of Study. Students will be required to complete one hour of homework a week and practice their performance and composition skills regularly. After successfully completing the GCSE, students may continue studying music through A-level music or A-level music Technology. There are a wide range of jobs available in the music and entertainment industry, from musician to composer, producer to events or venue management.
60% of the qualification will be assessed through examination on theoretical content, which will be made up of two exams: Fitness and Body Systems and Health and Performance. 40% of the GCSE will be from non-examined activity consisting of practical activity and performance analysis. Future studies include AS and A level PE, BTEC National Diploma Sports and Exercise Science Degrees. Career opportunities include physical education teacher/lecturer, physiotherapist, nutritionist, sports/ leisure manager, sports analyst and sports journalist.
Resistant Materials (GCSE Design and Technology)
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The Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving religious studies environment. The GCSE deals with a range of moral, ethical, social and political dilemmas, and looks at what different religions have to say about these. You will study the two major religions of Christianity and Islam. This subject is examined wholly by examination sat at the end of year 11.
The Resistant Materials pathway offers a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the tools, machines and equipment used in the production of working products, including the use of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacture).
This GCSE will foster in students analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments. This will aid them in progression to successful A level study in subjects as diverse as biology and religious studies. Students will develop academic skills such as evaluation and analysis alongside other important skills such as empathy and compassion. The breadth of study covered in religious studies leads to many different employment opportunities such as work in the charitable sector, journalism and a range of jobs within the public sector or the business world.
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. The course lays an excellent foundation for further study of Design and Technology or related subjects such as architecture, engineering, product design, furniture design, interior design, 3D design and manufacturing.
Combined Science: Science (Biology, Trilogy Chemistry, Physics) EBacc
AQA 8461, 8462, 8463
Combined Science: Trilogy gives students a broad, coherent course of study that develops their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. Each of the three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) are taught separately and success in this course leads to a double award of two GCSEs. Practical skills are developed throughout the course and assessed as part of the end of course exams.
GCSE Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. GCSE Chemistry enables students to explore the nature of substances and how they react together; how chemistry is used in industry and how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the environment. Physics provides the chance to gain a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy, waves, radiation and space and the application of Physics.
Combined science contributes towards the English Baccalaureate qualification. The academy offers A levels in all three sciences and future science career paths could include: medicine, engineering, pharmaceuticals, banking and accountancy, food or nutrition industries.
Similar to studying Combined Science: Trilogy, the three core sciences contribute towards the English Baccalaureate, but the students get 3 GCSEs, one in each science. In this instance, the best two grades form part of the qualification. Students will be set weekly homework of about an hour. The academy offers A levels in all three sciences and future science career paths could include: medicine, engineering, pharmaceuticals, physics, banking and accountancy, food or nutrition industries.
Sociology helps students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. Students look at topics including: Education; Why do girls outperform boys in education? and Crime; Why are some social groups more likely to appear in crime statistics than others?
During this course, five themes are explored: Identity and Culture; Local Area and Travel; School; Future Aspirations; The International and Global Dimension. These core topic areas will continue to build on the curriculum of Key Stage 3. Students are encouraged to participate in a trip to Spain as its impact on all four skills cannot be underestimated.
The GCSE full course is fully examined, with no coursework. Students are encouraged to question evidence and issues and develop their critical and evaluation skills. There is a smooth progression from GCSE to A level sociology. This GCSE develops skills of analysis and interpretation through the study of society using the lens of different sociological perspectives. Students’ skills of debate are developed in this course and these skills can support a transition to A-Level subjects in the humanities and also in the arts and sciences.
It would be expected that students of Spanish would spend at least one hour per week on set homework and one hour of independent study. During this time they would be expected to engage in reading for pleasure in Spanish, using online resources and, most importantly, expanding their vocabulary. “Graduates without a second language are disadvantaged when looking for a job” (Michael Palin, interviewed for the Independent Newspaper 2009). The nature of the study of a language means that it can be successfully combined with any other course of study.
Textile Design 19 AQA 8204 Textile Design involves the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed or decorative textiles that might have a functional or nonfunctional purpose. The specification has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with sources. This is a creative and practical subject. It focuses on the design and creation of textile products from many areas such as clothing and fashion, accessories and home wear. Students will learn a range of decoration and construction techniques which they will then use to turn their designs into reality. The theory side of the course will back up the practical knowledge learnt by students. Areas such as pattern drafting and cutting are studied giving the students the skills to construct and adapt garments and to bring their visions to life. The course lays an excellent foundation for further study of design and technology or related subjects such as fashion design, tailoring, textile design, dressmaking, print designing, fashion/textile buying, and upholstering.
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