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Year 8

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Learning Pathways

Which direction will you choose?

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Year 9 Learning Pathways All Students in Year 9 will study the core Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, World Studies (RE, Geography, History, Citizenship and PSHE), ICT and Physical Education. In addition to these core areas students will also choose to study the courses that they are most interested in from the Year 9 Learning Pathways. Instructions  Read this information booklet carefully  Make sure you read about all the courses on offer

 Look at how many lessons you will be studying it for (unless otherwise stated each pathway will run for 3 periods)  Discuss the choices that you are interested in with your parents

 Talk to the teachers form that Learning Area  Discuss your ideas with your Learning Guide  Do not choose subjects just because your friends are doing them  Attend the Pathway evening on the 10th March  To start a GCSE early you should be particularly talented in that subject area or be working at a level 6+ Once you have thought about the options that are available, you will need to make a final choice of the subjects you would like to do next year. Your final choice will be made at Learning Review Day 3. You can choose either:

Three 3 Lesson Pathways ‘OR’ One 6 Lesson Pathway and One 3 Lesson Pathway 2


Blocks You can choose one subject only from each block, remember that you should only choose the first year of a GCSE if you are on level 6 or above. The one year courses have some GCSE’s that will be sat at the end of year 9 and some level one courses. The blocks are as follows:

GCSE – Year 1 Level 6+ only

Taster GCSE Open to all

Block 1 Music Textiles Child Development Art Applied Art Drama i Media (L2) Public Services Spanish Textiles PE Catering Drama Child Development

1 Year courses ASDAN Statistics(GCSE) Modern History(GCSE)

Block 2 Applied Art I Media (L2)

Block 3 ICT Applied Art

Drama

Spanish PE Child Development French Catering Media Philosophy and Applied Ethics Child Development Art Product Design Drama Music

PE Psychology COPE Business GCSE

Product Design Applied Art PE Spanish Drama French

Understanding Business and Enterprise Food Technology (GCSE) Statistics (GCSE) Modern History (GCSE)

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Year 9 Learning Pathway Courses                       

Art and Design Applied Art Produce Design Understanding Business and Enterprise – OCR Public Services - BTEC (Equivalent to 2 GCSE’s) Child Development Textiles Technology Drama Media – GCSE Food Technology – GCSE Catering Modern World History - GCSE ICT – OCR (equivalent to GCSE) Statistics – GCSE French Spanish Music Physical Education Personal and Social Development (ASDAN) Psychology – GCSE Philosophy and Applied Ethics – GCSE Business Studies – GCSE i Media

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Art and Design – (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9)

What you will do: In the Year 9 Art and Design Learning Pathway you will learn how to produce lots of different kinds of artwork to a really high standard. Painting, drawing, printing, sculpture and photography will be included in the course, as well as other kinds of art, craft and design. You will also learn about great artists, how to understand their work, and how to use their work to give you ideas for your own. You make beautiful sketchbooks to record what you have learned. You will be assessed on the coursework in these books.

Why choose the pathway? Art and design is a brilliant way to express yourself, and helps you build lots of skills that you can use in your everyday life. Art helps you to:    

Think creatively and be original. Communicate clearly with other people. Manage projects and plan carefully for success. Have outstanding presentation skills.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers: Students who study this learning pathway will have the opportunity to progress to GCSE-level Art and Design. If your work is of a particularly high standard, there is even the possibility that you could be entered for a GCSE in Year 10. There are a MASSIVE number of career opportunities for students of Art and Design- particularly in London. The creative industries make nearly 10% of all the money made in the UK each year. Just some of the careers you can follow are: Graphic design, fashion design, architecture, theatre design, computer games design, museum curator, textile design, interior design, illustration, animation, advertising.

Who should choose Art and Design? You need to be hardworking and motivated. Art is NOT an easy option! There will be a lot of work, and plenty of EL to be done. However, if you love Art then this work will be fun, enjoyable and exciting. You do not need to have studied Art in Year 8, but it will be an advantage if you have.

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Applied Art – (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do: In the Year 9 Applied Arts Learning Pathway you will learn how to produce professional-style Art and Design work. You will be given project briefs like a real designer, and will be asked to think creatively to solve them. We will work in traditional artistic media like paint, but also in more modern ways, such as with computers and using photography. Some of your design briefs might be set and judged by real businesses, or entered for live competitions with prizes for those who are successful.

Why choose the pathway? Applied Art and Design allows you to express yourself creatively, but also gives you the chance to learn professional skills. You will learn:    

How Art and Design is used in the professional world. How you can make money from being creative. Complex ICT skills, using new programs you will not have tried before. To be independent and to manage projects successfully.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers: Students who study this learning pathway will have the opportunity to progress to GCSE-level Applied Art and Design. There are a huge number of career opportunities for students of this kind of course. You will have learned many of the practical skills that design companies of all kinds are looking for in a new employee. These career paths are just some of the ones that will be open to you: Graphic design, fashion design, architecture, theatre design, computer games design, museum curator, textile design, interior design, illustration, animation, advertising.

Who should choose Art and Design? You need to be hardworking and motivated. Design work takes time, concentration, and lots of care. You will have to put in plenty of effort to do well. However, if you love thinking creatively and would like to do something that you love for a job in the future, then this course is for you. You do not need to have studied Art in Year 8, but it will be an advantage if you have. Good ICT skills will also boost your chances of doing well.

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Product Design What you will do Product Design as a subject gives you an understanding of the way in which designers change the world around them to make life easier or more comfortable. During the course you will be guided through a number of designing and making tasks that will increase your practical skills working with wood, plastic, metals and using CAD and CAM. Why choose the pathway Studying Product Design will enable you to:  Continue to develop your designing and making skills  Further your experience using CAD and CAM packages  Explore and work with a variety of resistant materials (wood, plastics and metals).  Understand and experience common processes used within industry such as injection molding, casting, welding and brazing.  To learn skills that will equip you for life.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers There are incredible opportunities for students who complete a GCSE in Product Design. It is useful for those who wish to study related topics beyond GCSE, e.g., AS and A2 in Product Design, or a GNVQ and NVQ in a related topic or a modern apprenticeship in other design related careers. The aim of the GCSE Product Design course is to develop your ability to solve the sort of problems you might meet if you were working in one of these areas.  Engineering Design: Mechanical, Electronic, Automotive  Industrial Design: Product Manufacture  Construction Industry:

Who should choose Product Design The Product Design course is ideally suited to students who are interested in manufacturing full size prototypes of products they have designed. It is a demanding course requiring much hard work but the outcomes can be very rewarding indeed. If you choose Design and Technology you will also be expected to put time and effort in and outside of school so that you end up with a project you can be proud of.

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Understanding Business Enterprise Activities OCR Level 1 Award (1 year course) What you will do The pathway provides students with a high quality, industry-recognised award. It is a vocationally-related qualification that provides valuable opportunities for individuals to gain underpinning knowledge and understanding in aspects of both Enterprise in general and the setting up of a business. This qualification specifically aims to:  

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Identify the personal qualities, knowledge, skills and behaviours required of an enterprising person and how to improve these. Raise awareness of the realities of planning and running a business: including promoting yourself and your product/service; having business goals; attracting customers and managing money. Identify the sources of help and information available to businesses and how these may be used to a business's advantage.

Why choose the pathway This pathway is for those students who are excited by the prospect of running their own business one day. They will learn how a business idea can become a reality when the time is taken to follow some simple procedures. Students who have enjoyed planning enterprise activities at school will already know whether this pathway is right for them. Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers This pathway will provide students with a natural stepping stone into BTEC in Public Services. The pathway is also ideal for students wishing to start work at an earlier stage. They will develop a good understanding of the skills required to participate in a variety of business environments. People with Business qualifications can work in almost any job and industry, including: Finance, Technology, Engineering, Social and Civil Services, Education, Travel and Tourism, Government, Marketing, Research and Development. Who should choose the pathway This course is open to all students regardless of their previous achievement. However, students will need to demonstrate good motivation and commitment if they are to achieve the greatest reward from their studies.

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BTEC First in Public Services

What you will do The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success when moving towards a career in the uniformed services, for example, Police, Emergency Fire Services, Prison Service, Security or Armed Services. It will allow learners to investigate the uniformed services — what they are, what do people who work for them do, what careers are available to them. There is no formal written examination; students will be assessed entirely through practical or written assignments. Subject content includes:

Why choose the pathway This pathway is ideal for those students who have an interest in learning more about the public services, or, those who are considering a future career in the public services. Students will: -

identify the service that most appeals to them develop understanding of those people that work in the public services learn a variety of communication skills provide opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers This pathway will provide opportunities for students to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the public service sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National in Public Services. People with this qualification can naturally look to work in a variety of jobs within the uniformed and non-uniformed public services. However, many of the skills obtained are universal and relevant to other job sectors as well.

Who should choose the pathway It is expected that students should be working at a minimum of Level 5a or above in ICT and English. This is due to the heavy assessment of computer processed work and the requirement for effective evaluation. Students should also demonstrate good motivation and commitment to their studies.

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Child Development (if you are level 6 or above you could start this BTEC in year 9)

What you will do This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study both the practical and theoretical aspects of Child Development. Topics covered in this course include: Parenthood and Pregnancy; Physical Development; Nutrition and Health; Intellectual, Social and Emotional Development; The Family and Community; Safety Issues.

Why choose the pathway 

To increase your knowledge and understanding of human needs, how individuals and groups interact, and the influence of the social, cultural, and economic factors. The course will look into technological changes in child care and the use of information and communication technology (ICT) you will also touch on some scientific developments. Develop the skills of decision making and problem solving.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers This course will help you develop the skills you will require to do a level3 course in Child Care or Social Health and Development. There are many future careers in this field including: Nursery Nurse, School teachers, Social Work and Nursing. It could open many doors into a wide range of careers and also help with managing your own family in the future.

Who should choose the pathway Year 9 Child Development is open to all students (Boys and Girls). You should be motivated and feel able to work alongside young children.

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Textile Technology (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do The purpose of studying Textile Technology is to increase your practical skills and develop your confidence working with a variety of materials, using equipment such as using a Sewing Machine and using CAD and CAM.

Why choose the pathway Design and Technology Textiles will suit any student who has an interest In developing skills in textiles. This is a new course which will allow you to produce individual work in both areas of fashion and interior design. There will be opportunities to try out both fashion and Interior Design before choosing which area you would like to specialise in for your coursework project. By the end of the course you will have developed a range of new skills including, Pattern cutting, Printing and painting onto fabric, Designing for fabric, Garment construction and Fabric decoration techniques.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers This will provide opportunities to progress to one of the many further and higher education courses in fashion and textiles in the area. As well as providing valuable skills for working in a range of careers including:  Fashion design  Clothing manufacture  Textile design  Fashion retail and buying

Who should choose Textiles The Textiles course is a demanding course requiring much hard work but the outcomes can be very rewarding indeed. During the major project you will produce a single high quality product that is accompanied by a design folio that will demonstrate your knowledge and practical ability within the subject, the product will be selected to suit your strengths. If you choose Textiles you will also be expected to put time and effort in and outside of school so that you end up with a project you can be proud of. This will involve research: questionnaires, writing to companies, visiting shops to see existing products, taking photographs and writing reports.

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DRAMA (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9)

What will you do In year 9 Drama Learning Pathway students will explore real life situations through drama. Students will start to understand and develop the three main elements of Drama: Making, Performing and Responding. Students will be assessed on their written and spoken responses, practical performances and group participation. Why choose the Pathway Drama will help you understand the values, issues and culture of the world today. It will help you develop:  Your communication skills  Your sensitivity  Your creativity Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers The future possibilities for students who study Drama are limitless:  Performing Arts courses / Drama School  Journalism  Public Speaker  Teacher of Drama or English  Actor  Back Stage Team  Lighting and sound Technicians  Set design Drama encourages planning and research techniques and physical and reflective skills. Drama will help develop your ability to work in a team. It gives you the opportunity to understand points of view, create your own opinions, listen purposefully and develop important language skills. Of course it will also allow you to explore theatre through the ages and develop an appreciation of Drama as an art form and its place in our society. Who should choose Drama Drama Learning Pathway is open to students with drama knowledge and those without. Drama can be studied by students who want to explore all the other needed roles in the theatre not just the actors! You should choose Drama if you like ‘Pretending well’ and having SERIOUS FUN!

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GCSE Media

What you will do In Year 9, Media Learning Pathway, students will start working towards a Media Studies GCSE. Students will learn various technical words and terms to enable them to interpret and make comments about various mediums of communication (media), such as film and advertising. Students will focus on developing key analytical skills to be able to critically discuss the media. Students will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams. Assignments will be split into three parts: a research/theory task, a practical element and then a third section which assesses your analytical skills. For example, you may study various magazines and theories of audience and then go on to create your own magazine, before analysing and evaluating your finished product. Why choose the pathway? This course requires a high level of analytical ability and use of language is required to do well on the course. You will find that Media is an enjoyable and relevant subject, in today’s ‘media driven’ world. A GCSE in Media will give students a number of real advantages. Students will:  improve their career chances (jobs in the media are sought after and it is a very competitive industry)  learn important communication skills  develop other transferable skills, including a range of technical and analytical skills.  Increase their ability to respond to the Media elements of their English GCSE successfully. Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers There are incredible opportunities for students who complete a GCSE in Media. Students who complete GCSE Media will be able to start AS and A2 Level Media. Many universities now offer students a range of degree courses that involve different elements of the Media. Employers recognise that learning about the Media helps to develop skills in general, e.g. communication, summarizing, ICT skills and is a very relevant subject in today’s world. Who should choose Media Year 9 Media Learning Pathways is open to students who have level 6+ in English. This is a new subject for all students, but the ability to work independently, creatively and to organise yourself is essential, as is an interest in the different forms of media.

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GCSE Food Technology (1 year) (6 Lessons) Sit GCSE at the end of year 9 What you will do? GCSE Food Technology involves designing and making food products. You will use food ingredients and components as you develop a wide range of skills to produce creative and innovative food products. You will also learn about important concepts concerning food, including healthy eating principles, food preparation skills, food safety and hygiene, applying industrial principles to food product development and social, economical, cultural and environmental considerations. Your assessment will include a written exam paper worth 40% and a design and make project worth 60%.

Why choose the pathway? You will get the opportunity to work in one of the biggest industries in the world. In addition to developing skills to design and make high quality food products, you are choosing this pathway to learn many transferable skills which will help your overall school career. These include the use of ICT, Planning and managing time, Problem solving, Communication skills, Numeracy as well as working with others.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers There is the opportunity for students to pursue their interest in this subject by pursuing an AS/A2 level course of study. Career opportunities are very extensive in the field of food including: chef, dietician, caterer, environmental health officer, food chemist, food consultant, food stylist, food photographer, home economist, hotel and restaurant manager, marketing and advertising executive, health professional, farmer, microbiologist, nutritionist, recipe developer, teacher, working in food magazines, radio and television.

Who should choose Food Technology? Do you enjoy designing new food products? Do you enjoy carrying out practical tasks and investigations? Are you good at research? Can you work well on your own and in groups with others? Do you want to learn more about issues relating to food? Is your average a level 6 or above? Do you want to take this GCSE early? If your answer is yes to most of the above, then this course is for you. Please note that you can choose this GCSE course even if you are not currently studying food technology as a learning pathway.

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Catering (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9)

What you will do ? This course offers an unique opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and extend your catering skills in a vocational (work related) context.

Why choose the pathway You will get the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills within in catering in a vocational context and to be better prepared for the world of work. You will get the opportunity to work in one of the biggest industry in the world. You are also choosing this pathway to learn many transferable skills which will help your overall school career. These include the use of ICT, Planning and managing time, Problem solving, Communication skills, costing, budgeting Numeracy as well as working with others.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers There is the opportunity for students to pursue their interest in this subject by studying a GCSE level course . Career opportunities are very extensive in the field of food including: chef, dietician, caterer, environmental health officer, food chemist, food consultant, food stylist, food photographer, home economist, hotel and restaurant manager, marketing and advertising executive, health professional, farmer, microbiologist, nutritionist, recipe developer, teacher, working in food magazines, radio and television.

Who should choose Catering? Do you enjoy preparing and serving food? Can you work well on your own and in groups with others? Do you want to learn more about issues relating to the catering industry? Do you like experimenting with food ingredients? Do you enjoy trips in and trips out? If your answer is yes to most of the above, then this course is for you. Please note that you can choose this course even if you are not currently studying food technology as a learning pathway.

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GCSE Modern World History 1 year course (6 Lessons to sit at the end of year 9) What you will do In Year 9 History Learning Pathway, students will start working towards a History GCSE. Students will learn about different topics in history such as ‘The Vietnam war’ ‘The USA 1945 – 1975 Land of Freedom?’ and’ The Interwar Years 1919-1939’. Students will have an opportunity to develop analytical skills through critical analysis, research and independent enquiry. Students will also develop their communication and ICT skills. Assessment is by 2 exams and one piece of coursework.

Why choose the pathway There are a number of advantages to studying History: - You will be given the opportunity to study key historical events, people, changes and issues in history. - You will be given the opportunity to take a detailed look at the most dramatic and troubled lessons in human history - You will gain an appreciation of how learning from past events can help improve and shape the future

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Further study would be available in subjects such as Sociology, Politics, History etc A number of key skills obtained in studying History have been identified by employers as valuable within the workplace: -

Communication skills (verbal and written) Analytical skills Use of ICT Learning to Learn; improving one’s own learning and performance; working with others Numeracy

Careers include: research, law and accountancy, communications, industry and commerce, publishing, journalism etc.

Who should choose the pathway Studying History in Year 9 will require independent learners that are confident in their communication and literacy skills.

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ICT OCR

What you will do In Year 9 ICT Learning Pathways students will start working towards an OCR Nationals in ICT Level 2. This qualification is equivalent to 1 GCSE (A* - C). OCR Nationals in ICT relate directly to the expectations of employers, recognising learners’ skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT functions, environments and operations. Students will cover a number of topics ranging from working as a team in business and desktop publishing to creating animation for the Web using ICT, and cartooning and animation. The course is 100% coursework based; you will be given tasks to do in small manageable chunks. The course is done entirely electronically and you will submit all the work you do by eportfolio. All students are expected to have a memory stick to back up their work. A computer at home with internet access is helpful but not essential as students can use ICT room computers at lunchtimes, before and after school for coursework. Why choose the pathway To keep ahead of the increasing change in ICT. Students will:    

Gain relevant workplace skills and techniques to keep them one step ahead in a highly competitive market Be kept up to date with changes in technology Cover essential skills for the modern workplace, such as organisation and file management, downloading from the internet, using spreadsheets and database management They have also been designed to help candidates to develop their personal skills in the areas of team working, career planning, communication and problem solving.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers People with ICT can work in almost any job and industry, including: banking, Public utilities, the leisure industry, defence, retail trade, engineering, software engineering and consultancy, teaching and research, management and IT consultancy, web designers, graphic artists, multimedia producers, animators, sound designers, storyboards.

Who should choose ICT Year 9 ICT Learning Pathways is suitable for all students and abilities, no formal qualifications. Students simply need basic ICT skills.

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GCSE Statistics 1 year course (6 Lessons to sit at the end of year 9) What you will do Students will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the use of Statistics in the real world. The study will include the following topics  Planning an investigation  Data collection  Representing and analysing Data  Probability  Interpreting Data Why choose the pathway Benefits  Development of skills, techniques and knowledge which are relevant and transferable to other settings and subject areas such as Sciences, Geography and GCSE Maths.  Direct progression to GCE Maths and GCE Statistics for students wishing to pursue Maths beyond GCSE  Thinking processes which help develop effective and independent learners  A wealth of job opportunities Skills and knowledge in the following areas  Statistical methods and concepts  Understanding of the importance and limitations of statistical information  Critical and analytical thinking  Ability to conduct meaningful research

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers The course gives students a grounding in Statistics which enables progression to level 3 qualifications in  GCE Maths and GCE in Further Maths  GCE or BTEC in Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business, Sociology and Economics Statistics is essential in training and employment in sectors where quantitative research methods are used (e.g. in areas of Science and Technology)

Who should choose the pathway We would recommend students working consistently at level 6a and above in Maths for this course. Students will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the KS3 programme of study for Data Handling

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French (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do In Year 9 French Learning Pathways students will start working towards a French GCSE. Students will learn to understand and express themselves in a range of reallife situations. Students will focus on developing four key skills in French: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be assessed by a mixture of controlled work in the Academy (similar to coursework) as well as 2 final exams.

Why choose the pathway French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and a GCSE in French will give students a number of real advantages. Students will:    

improve their career chances (language graduates are amongst the most sought after graduates from university) learn important communication skills develop other transferable skills including a range of technical skills and also life-skills such as independence and resilience increase their opportunities of working and travelling abroad

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Students who complete GCSE French will be able to start AS and A2 Level French. Many of the top universities now expect students applying for a range of courses to have studied a Modern Foreign Language. Students who study languages do not just become translators. There is an almost limitless range of industries for people with language skills. Employers recognise that learning languages helps to develop skills in general communication, summarizing, proof-reading, cultural awareness, independence and many other areas. People with languages can work in almost any job and industry, including: Finance, Language services, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Journalism, New Media, Engineering, Social & Civil Services, Education, Travel and tourism…

Who should choose French Year 9 French Learning Pathways is open to all students, including both those who have studied French in Year 8 and those who have not. However, students who have not been learning French in Year 8 should be confident that they will be motivated and able to work alongside students who have had the extra year of study.

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Spanish (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do Students will learn to understand and express themselves in a range of real-life situations. Students will focus on developing four key skills in Spanish: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be assessed by a mixture of controlled work in the Academy (similar to coursework) as well as 2 final exams. It is expected that students will have the opportunity to go to Spain to put into place the language they have learnt in lessons.

Why choose the pathway Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, behind Mandarin and Hindi. There are more Spanish speakers than English speakers, by conservative estimates, well over four-fifths of the world's population does not speak English. Spanish is spoken in 21 countries around the world. A GCSE in Spanish will give students a number of real advantages. Students will:  improve their career chances (language graduates are amongst the most sought after graduates from university)  learn important communication skills  develop other transferable skills including a range of technical skills and also life-skills such as independence and resilience  increase their opportunities of working and travelling abroad

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Students who complete GCSE Spanish will be able to start AS and A2 Level Spanish. Many of the top universities now expect students applying for a range of courses to have studied a Modern Foreign Language. People with languages can work in almost any job and industry, including: Finance, Language services, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Journalism, New Media, Engineering, Social & Civil Services, Education, Travel and tourism…

Who should choose Spanish Year 9 Spanish Learning Pathways is open to all students, including both those who have studied Spanish in Year 8 and those who have not. However, students who have not been learning Spanish in Year 8 should be confident that they will be motivated and able to work alongside students who have had the extra year of study.

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Music (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do In year 8 Music Learning Pathways students will be learning fundamental music skills, that will prepare them for Music GCSE in year 10. Students will focus on developing composition, listening and performing skills as well as learning various music software packages. Students will be assed by coursework and practical assessments.

Why choose the pathway      

Studying music is fun and rewarding!! There are lots of Job opportunity in a thriving industry It allows students to create work that they can be proud off Music helps to unlock creativity Builds confidence through performance Gives students opportunities to develop broader life skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and emotional and cultural development.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Students who complete study music as a learning Pathway in year 9 will be able to start GCSE music in year 10. GCSE music leads to further educational opportunities such as AS and A Level Music, National Diploma’s in music and music technology. Jobs within music include – sound engineer, studio engineer, producer, radio DJ, club DJ, session musician, events manager, conductor, musical theatre, composer, arranger, Band member – amateur or professional, accompanist, Music Business- Music copyright, instrument sales, music agent, advertising executive, music manager, publicist Healthcare- Music Therapist, Speech Pathologist and voice Therapist. Music Theatre- Singer, Pit Musician, sound engineer, composer, music director Movies/TV/Radio- Music Editor, Film & TV, Disc Jockey, Film music composer Administration- Arts Organization, community Arts Manager, Performing Arts Administrator.

Who should choose the pathway Year 9 Music Learning Pathway is open to all students. Students who have not taken music as a year 8 learning pathway but have progressed well in immersion days are welcome however they should be confident that they will be motivated and able to work alongside students who have had the extra year of study.

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Physical Education (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do Students will spend time covering a variety of different sports / physical activities, developing specific skills and knowledge in relation to the GCSE PE assessment criteria. As well as completing weekly practical lessons they will also have 1 theory lesson a week in which we will introduce some of the more complex areas of study within this subject (e.g. bones, muscles, circulatory system, diet). Students will be assessed against the GCSE criteria in both practical and theory lessons. Assessment will be based on both practical performance and written examinations.

Why choose the pathway Students who choose to study PE at a GCSE level are often shocked by the demands that are placed on them from both a practical and theoretical level. By taking PE as a Learning Pathway in Year 9 we aim to give our students a “head start” on the GCSE PE curriculum, giving them an idea of what standards are expected, how they are assessed at this level and how they can progress to achieve an A* – C grade. Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Beyond a GCSE in PE students will be able to study AS and A2 level courses in PE or Sports Science. Alternatively a variety of Sport and Leisure related BTEC’s and National Diplomas are also available. These are all credible courses should you wish to then study this subject further at university. The career possibilities within PE, Sport and Leisure are endless, ranging from a Leisure Centre Instructor, PE Teacher, Physiotherapist, Sports Journalism and Sports Development amongst many others!

Who should choose the pathway We recommend that you should pick PE Learning Pathways if the following apply to you:  Enjoy all physical activity and sport.  Always bring your kit and take part fully in lessons.  Take part in sport/ physical activity out of school hours.  Would like to progress to complete GCSE PE in Years 10 and 11  Are prepared to do classroom based work as well as practical lessons.  Resilient and responsible worker. It is not essential to have completed the Year 8 Learning Pathways PE Course.

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ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development

What you will do In Year 9 students will begin working towards a Certificate in Personal and Social Development. The Course is divided into modules which will provide them with the skills they will need when they leave school. The modules cover a number of skills including how to be healthy, money management, leisure activities and environmental awareness.

Why choose the pathway PSD aims to support young people in:   

Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change Managing risk together with their own wellbeing

PSD is available at both Levels 1 and 2 and provides opportunities to include activities both inside and outside of school.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Students can progress up through levels which are nationally recognised. Opportunities to include activities from both a formal education and training, and non-formal situations.

Who should choose the pathway Those students for whom traditional exams may be difficult will find the 100% coursework an option to gaining a recognised qualification which demonstrates skills which they have learnt and providing them with skills which will benefit them when they leave school.

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GCSE Psychology (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do Students will learn a variety of topics over two years – Making Sense of Other People and Understanding Other People. Students will have an opportunity to develop analytical skills through critical analysis, research and independent enquiry. Assessment is by two controlled exams. Why choose the pathway There are a number of advantages to studying Psychology:  

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It provides an understanding of the methods/approaches in psychology. It illustrates these methods and approaches through various topic areas representing the core areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences It develops investigation and report writing skills and develops analytical and critical thinking skills It encourages an appreciation of 'how science works' and provides a strong basis for progression to A Level Psychology.

Psychology is exciting - Is there a relationship between psychological disorders and brain biochemistry? Why do people dream? What are the physiological responses to stress? Psychology is challenging - Does psychotherapy help people overcome psychological problems such as depression and anxiety? Can we change people's attitudes? Psychology is useful - Psychology has a broad range of real world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few. Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Further study would be available in subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Sciences etc. Careers include: Psychology, education, law, communications, science, social services, government, publishing, journalism, counselling, human resources, psychotherapy, management, market research, social work, nursing, advertising, sales, personnel management and career guidance Who should choose the pathway Studying Psychology at GCSE will require independent learners that are confident in their communication and literacy skills. Students whose strengths lie in Science, Maths and Humanities are encouraged to apply.

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GCSE Philosophy and Applied Ethics (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do In GCSE Philosophy and Applied Ethics you will study the following from both a Christian, Muslim, and personal point of view: Deities, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of Life, Good and Evil, Revelation, Science, Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth, Peace and Justice, Equality and Media. Class discussions will centre on issues like what happens when we die? Do miracles happen? Is it morally acceptable to have an abortion? What do we believe about sex and marriage?

Why choose the pathway There are a number of advantages to studying Philosophy and Applied Ethics: - There is NO coursework. Your mark is based on 4 exams-each 1 hour long. - You will be given the opportunity to take to discuss/debate with others your beliefs and theirs. - You will gain the skills of evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and presenting arguments.

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers Further study/careers would be available in areas such as Medicine, Sociology, Psychology, Politics, History, Social Services, Journalism etc. A number of key skills obtained in studying History have been identified by employers as valuable within the workplace: -

Communication skills (verbal and written) Analytical skills Description skils Ability to explain Ability to use evidence Ability to give reasoned arguments

Who should choose the pathway You should choose this option if you are passionate about religion, ethical issues, and debating ideas with others. Strong literacy skills are important, and they will be developed in you with the help of your teacher.

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GCSE Business Studies (if you are level 6 or above you could start this GCSE in year 9) What you will do This qualification specifically aims to develop student understanding of the dynamic environment in which business operate and to appreciate the many and varied factors which impact upon business activity and business behaviour. You will work towards gaining an understanding of the issues facing UK businesses in the 21st century. Topics learnt include:   

Marketing and Enterprise Business and People Production, Finance and the External Business Environment

Why choose the pathway This pathway is for students who are excited to learn about the decisions made by business and the significant impact that this can have on society. Students will have the opportunity to discuss key issues relating to the above topics, identifying business problems and possible solutions. Some of the questions that will be answered include:    

How can one car company charge more than another car company and still make a profit? Why can’t the government print more money and give it to the poor? Why is a fish & chip shop worried about a pizza shop opening down the road? What are the key skills needed in setting up and running your own business?

Pathways beyond Year 9 and possible careers This pathway will provide students with a natural stepping stone into AS/A Level Business Studies. The pathway is also ideal for students wishing to start work at an earlier stage. They will develop a good understanding of the skills required to participate in a variety of business environments as well as the decisions that businesses make. Who should choose the pathway This course is open to all students regardless of their previous knowledge of Business. However, students will need to demonstrate good motivation and commitment if they are to achieve the greatest reward from their studies. It is expected that students need to be performing at a Level 6 as a minimum.

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iMedia Level 2 What you will do Students will start working towards an iMedia Level 2 qualification. This qualification is equivalent to 1 GCSE (*A - C). iMedia develops students’ ability to plan and prioritise tasks effectively, manage their time and develop candidates’ skills and knowledge in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations. Students will develop skills in a number of areas, such as, editing sound and videos, creating animations, developing websites and many more creative aspects of ICT. The course is 100% coursework based; you will be given tasks to do in small manageable chunks. The course is done entirely electronically and you will submit all the work you do on to a secure website, where it will be assessed. All students are expected to have a memory stick to back up their work. A computer at home with internet access is helpful but not essential as students can use ICT room computers at lunchtimes, before and after school for coursework. Why choose the pathway To keep ahead of the increasing change in ICT. Students will:  Gain relevant workplace skills and techniques to keep them one step ahead in a highly competitive market  Learn how to use ICT in a creative way to create products for a client. Which, is what is required for industry  Cover essential skills for the modern workplace, such as organisation and file management, creating websites, editing sound and images.  They have also been designed to help candidates to develop their personal skills in the areas of team working, career planning and time management. Future People with ICT can work in almost any job and industry, including: banking, Public utilities, the leisure industry, defence, retail trade, engineering, software engineering and consultancy, teaching and research, management and IT consultancy, web designers, graphic artists, multimedia producers, animators, sound designers, storyboards.

Who should choose ICT This Learning Pathway is suitable for students who have a level 5 or above in ICT.

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Pathway Choices Name:

Learning Home:

Remember you can choose either:

Three Pathways ‘OR’ One 6 Lesson Pathway and One other Pathway Block 1 Block 2 Block 3

Signed:.................................................................................................... You need to hand this form to your learning guide once it has been completed.

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Year 9 Learning Pathways Information Booklet