GCSE Courses

Course: Art Qualification: GCSE length: 1 Year

All students studying art will be given the opportunity to experience painting, drawing, printing, 3D construction and related mixed media. Students will be expected to work on two units engaging with, analysing and reflecting upon the artwork of artists, craft workers and designers. They will use a range of processes, techniques and media throughout their sketchbooks to develop ideas, record observations and research artists. Homework will be given throughout the course, which will include research, sketchbook work and preparation work.

 

Course: BusinessQualification: GCSElength: 1 Year

The first unit studied looks at starting a business. Students study what they would have to do to start up their own business successfully. This includes looking at how to attract customers by marketing, how to organise staff, how to produce products and the ways to finance their business. At the end of the unit there is a multiple choice exam worth 25%. Students will then complete a Controlled Assessment where they complete a task about small businesses. This is a timed task worth 25%.The second unit looks at building and managing a more established business. Students study similar topics but in more detail. There are units in marketing, human resources, production and finance. This unit has an exam worth 50%. There are short and long questions about real businesses.

 

Course: DanceQualification: GCSElength: 1 Year

This course develops students understanding of dance theory and choreography.

  • Unit 1: Critical appreciation of dance (exam, 20% of the course marks)
  • Unit 2: Set dance
  • Unit 3: Performance in a duo/group dance related to a set professional work
  • Unit 4: Choreography

Or:

Expressive Arts
This is a creative course that is based on the idea of combining art forms (at least 2).
The course will be taught with ‘dance’ as the main art form.
There are four Areas of Study:

  • From Past to Present
  • People and Places
  • Universal Themes
  • Contemporary Issues

 

Course: Drama Qualification: GCSE length: 1 Year

  • Unit 1 Drama Exploration
    Students will take part in two assessed coursework units. The first is a devised unit based on the holocaust. In this unit students will develop ideas for performance through a range of drama workshops. They will record their ideas, which will be completed under controlled conditions.
  • Unit 2 Exploring Play Texts
    The second assessed coursework piece will be based on a published play. Again students will explore this through a set of workshops and record their ideas under controlled conditions.
  • Unit 3 Drama Performance Students will take part in a group performance of a written play. This unit will be externally assessed and performed in front of an examiner.

 

Course: D&T Electronic ProductsQualification: GCSElength: 1 Year

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. The course consists of two units: -

  • Unit 1 – A written paper, externally assessed, worth 40 % of the total marks.
  • Unit 2 - Consists of a single design and make activity worth 60% of the total marks.

All students complete a Controlled Assessment which is a single design and make project which will be selected from a list of tasks provided by the exam board (AQA) e.g. a Road Safety Device, a Electronic Alarm System, a Electronic Game, A Money Box.

This Controlled Assessment will be regularly marked using the exam board’s assessment criteria with feedback giving an indication of working at grades and areas for improvement.
The Controlled Assessment should take about 45hrs of lesson time.

The end of the Spring Term and the available time in the Summer Term is spent in preparation for the final written exam that will last for 2hrs and will take place towards the end of the Summer Term.

 

Course: D&T Food TechnologyQualification: GCSElength: 1 Year

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. The course consists of two units: -

  • Unit 1 - A written paper, externally assessed, worth 40 % of the total marks.
  • Unit 2 - Consists of a single design and make activity worth 60% of the total marks.

All students complete a Controlled Assessment which is a single design and make project which will be selected from a list of tasks provided by the exam board (AQA) e.g. Children’s Food Products, Celebrating Society, Airline meals.

This Controlled Assessment will be regularly marked using the exam board’s assessment criteria with feedback giving an indication of working at grades and areas for improvement.

The Controlled Assessment should take about 45hrs of lesson time.

The end of the Spring Term and the available time in the Summer Term is spent in preparation for the final written exam that will last for 2hrs and will take place towards the end of the Summer Term

 

Course: : D&T
Graphic Products
Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. The course consists of two units: -

  • Unit 1 – A written paper, externally assessed, worth 40 % of the total marks.
  • Unit 2 - Consists of a single design and make activity worth 60% of the total marks.

All students complete a Controlled Assessment which is a single design and make project which will be selected from a list of tasks provided by the exam board (AQA) e.g. Board Games, Pop up Books, Flat pack model building kit.

This Controlled Assessment will be regularly marked using the exam board’s assessment criteria with feedback giving an indication of working at grades and areas for improvement. The Controlled Assessment should take about 45hrs of lesson time.

The end of the Spring Term and the available time in the Summer Term is spent in preparation for the final written exam that will last for 2hrs and will take place towards the end of the Summer Term.

 

Course: Geography Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

Geography is an intellectually demanding subject that requires excellent literacy and numeracy skills and an ability to research, interpret, analyse, evaluate and make and justify decisions.

  • Unit 1 – Dynamic Planet: This is assessed with a written examination based upon the following geographical topics: Restless Earth, Climate and Change, Battle for the Biosphere, Water World, Coastal Change and Conflict and Extreme Climates.
  • Unit 2 – People and the Planet: This is assessed with a written examination based upon the following geographical topics: Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Living Spaces, Making a Living, Changing Cities and Development Dilemmas.
  • Unit 3 – Making Geographical Decisions: This is assessed with a written examination based upon making decisions about the future of Planet Earth. Questions are all based on a resource booklet that you are allowed to work with before and during the examination.
  • Unit 4 – Researching Geography: This is assessed through a written project completed in controlled conditions. It is based upon an investigation that will be carried out during a field trip in the first half term of the course.

 

Course: History Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

History is an intellectually demanding subject that requires excellent literacy skills and an ability to debate, research, infer, interpret, analyse, and evaluate are also necessary.

  • Unit 1 – The Cold War: This involves a large amount of content and pupils will be assessed on this knowledge. The course examines the Ideological struggles between the superpowers of USSR and the USA and the journey towards peace.
  • Unit 2 – The Rise of Hitler 1918- 1933: This examines the collapse of the Weimar Government, the effects of the treaty of Versailles and the growth of Germany under the Nazi party’s control. This section of the course is content based but pupils will also develop analytic skills, examine cause and consequence and the significance of key events.
  • Unit 3 – The USA 1945-1970: This is skills based. Pupils are required to analyse sources and test hypotheses. The course examines the battle against communism, the journey towards achieving civil rights for Black Americans and Women and protest movements in the 1960s.
  • Unit 4 – Crime and punishment 1888- 1990: This is a controlled assessment examining 3 questions. This section of the course is based on some classroom teaching but requires a large amount of independent research.

 

Course: Music Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

Students have already gained many of the basic skills needed for this course in their music lessons over the last two years.

Students will learn how:

  • To improve their performing skills
  • Music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product
  • To analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years or so.

Students will be assessed through:
Performing- Students will need to play one solo piece and one ensemble piece.
Composing- Students will need to create two compositions.
Listening and Appraising- Students will sit a 90 minute written paper with questions on their prescribed set works.

 

Course: PE  Qualification: GCSE
and Level 2 Sport Leader Award
 length: 1 Year

GCSE is a combination of theory and Practical with a lot of time in a class room learning about the body and how it works. The students will also have a good level of fitness and the desire to perform in a number of different sporting activities.

Practical 60% Coursework – two assignments

Theory 40% 1.5 hour examination

There is also opportunity in Year 11 to start AS PE if completed GCSE in year 10.

 

Course: PhotographyQualification: GCSElength: 1 Year

Photography is a highly practical subject that is assessed by 60% coursework and 40% exam, both of which are practical and the written element of the course is purely through annotation and evaluation. It is an intense subject that requires the student to think creatively and work practically. Firstly students will complete a skills based project in which they learn how to manipulate the camera on a manual setting to achieve the images they desire. After this students will move onto a theme based project involving self-exploration and personal research. Students need to be able to work independently with their developmental work and create innovative ideas. They will need to spend a great deal of time researching and planning their photo shoot.

The final exam consists of an 8 week project followed by a 10 hour exam.

 

Course: Polish Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

This GCSE course is intended for First language students so that they can perfect their grammar, spelling and understanding of their own language and achieve a high GCSE grade.

All 4 target areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are covered and examined at the end of the course. The speaking and writing tasks carry a greater proportion of the marks available so it is important that we build up confidence before attempting these.

Homework, set and completed regularly, is an integral part of the course and this usually involves learning vocabulary, practising speaking, completing grammar exercises and writing longer pieces of work.

 

Course: Portuguese Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

This GCSE course is intended for First language students so that they can perfect their grammar, spelling and understanding of their own language and achieve a high GCSE grade.

All 4 target areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are covered and examined at the end of the course. The speaking and writing tasks carry a greater proportion of the marks available so it is important that we build up confidence before attempting these.

Homework, set and completed regularly, is an integral part of the course and this usually involves learning vocabulary, practising speaking, completing grammar exercises and writing longer pieces of work.

 

Course: Russian Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

This GCSE course is intended for First language students so that they can perfect their grammar, spelling and understanding of their own language and achieve a high GCSE grade.

All 4 target areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are covered and examined at the end of the course. The speaking and writing tasks carry a greater proportion of the marks available so it is important that we build up confidence before attempting these.

Homework, set and completed regularly, is an integral part of the course and this usually involves learning vocabulary, practising speaking, completing grammar exercises and writing longer pieces of work.

 

Course: Sociology Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

Sociology is the study of people in society. Sociology starts from the assumption that we can only understand people as part of social groups such as families, schools and places of work. Sociologists look at how we are influenced by being part of a social group and by our role in it, for example being male of female or belonging to an ethnic group, religion or nationality, Sociology is also a Social Science, so we try to understand society in a systematic way based on evidence from research done by sociologists rather than our own personal opinions. As part of the course you will learn about different methods of social research for example surveys, interviews, using statistics and participant observation.

There are six key topic areas that we study:

  • Studying society (including methods of research)
  • Families
  • Education
  • Social inequality (class, gender & ethnic differences and poverty)
  • Mass Media
  • Crime and Deviance

The course is assessed by two exams in the Summer Term.

 

Course: Textiles Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

Students can develop ideas and explore practical outcomes by responding to project briefs which reflect a vocational, client-orientated context. These briefs will be as ‘real’ as possible and students will be encouraged to bring their own ideas and personality to the direction that the research takes.
Students will produce practical outcomes in response to two project briefs set internally (60% of the marks) and one set as an examined piece (40%). Within these projects all four areas of the mark scheme must be covered to gain a good final grade: develop ideas through investigations informed by research; refine ideas through experimenting; record ideas; present a personal response. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that involve exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media including traditional and new technologies.
They will develop practical art, craft and design skills, techniques and processes by working on project briefs and will explore how other artists, designers and craftspeople use visual language, formal elements, media, techniques and processes within a work-related environment.
Students will explore a range of artists, designers and craftspeople from the past and from more recent times in order to gain insight into skills and working practices

 

Course: Urdu Qualification: GCSE  length: 1 Year

This GCSE course is intended for First language students so that they can perfect their grammar, spelling and understanding of their own language and achieve a high GCSE grade.

All 4 target areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are covered and examined at the end of the course. The speaking and writing tasks carry a greater proportion of the marks available so it is important that we build up confidence before attempting these.