Year 9 Options 2012 Booklet - King Solomon High School

Year 9 Options 2012 Booklet - King Solomon High School

Year 9 Options

King Solomon High School



Message from the Head Teacher

11:25-12:20 Period 3

12:20-1:15 Period 4

1 Introduction

2 General Information

3 Art

4 Business Studies

5 English

6 Geography

7 History

8 Information and Communication Technology

9 Ivrit

10 Jewish Studies

11 Media BTEC

12 Maths

12 Music

13 P.E

14 Spanish

15 Sociology

16 Technology The School Day

8:30 Registration

8:45- 9:40 Period 1

9:40-10:35 Period 2

10:35-10:55 Break

10:55 - 11:50 Period 3

11:50-12:45 Period 4

12:45-13:40 Lunch

13:40-14:35 Period 5

14:35-15:30 Period 6


8:30 - 8:45 Registration

8:45 - 9:15 Tutorial/Assembly

9:15- 10:10 Period 1

10:10-11:05 Period 2

11:05-11:25 Break

Head Teacher’s Introduction

I am delighted to introduce this Year 10 course information at

this really important time in your education. I know that it seems

strange that you are already making serious choices regarding

what courses you want to study and that you might feel a little

too young to be making such important decisions but I firmly

believe that with the correct guidance and help you will make

the right choices.

Obviously there are some subjects that you have to take such

as English, Maths, Jewish Studies and Science and there are

others where you have more of a choice. Within Technology

you will need to choose which of the options you think you

might enjoy and we will try to accommodate you and give you

your first choice, although it might not always be possible to do

so. Please read about all the courses available, discuss your

choices at home and with your tutor and remember to ask the

subject teachers if you have any questions about a course.

Your form tutors will be talking to you about which courses

might suit you best in light of your academic performance

throughout Key Stage 3 as we will be roughly dividing the year

group up into 3 tracks based on your work so far.

Please do remember that it is important that as many of you

as possible pass the English Baccalaureate and so if you are

in tiers 1 or 2 you must choose either Spanish or Ivrit and History

and/or Geography.

For some of you, we also have a course available in Media

Studies. The course is a BTEC course where you will be able

to study a wide variety of things such as film, TV, radio and

internet including how the media influences our lives and views.

I think that this will be a course that many of you will enjoy as

it offers those students who enjoy a more practical way of

working a really good option. We also offer Media Studies at

the next level in the 6 th Form which will give those who take

it a chance to develop their skills more fully.

Please do read the information supplied very carefully and

remember that it is important to make the most of every

opportunity. As we say in our school motto:


Mr S Lewis

Welcome to the Year 9 Options Booklet

If I am not for myself, who will be for me,

but if I am only for myself,

Who am I?

If not now, when?”

Mr S Lewis

Head Teacher


What will I study in years 10 & 11?

In September you will be starting your GCSE courses. The purpose of this CD is to explain the GCSE

system to you and your parents and to help you in making the choices that are most appropriate for you.

You will be meeting with your tutor to discuss your choices and ensure you are on an appropriate

course to meet your individual needs.

What will I have to study?

All students must study:

English Language




Jewish Studies


What can I choose to study?

Students can choose to follow an Academic or Vocational Pathway. An Academic Pathway is recommended

for those students who favour theory based study and examinations as an assessment method. A Vocational

Pathway is recommended for students who prefer practical study and coursework as an assessment


Academic Pathway:

Students will choose 3 of the following subjects. Students following this pathway will continue with a Modern

Foreign Language, History and/or Geography. At your meeting with your tutor to organise your options you

will be advised as to the subjects you should choose.

Thinking beyond GCSEs and ‘A’ Levels many of you will be seriously thinking of continuing your studies

at University. Most Universities will value you as a student if they can see evidence at GCSE that you have

studied a Modern Foreign Language as well as the basics of English, Maths and Science.

Choices for Academic Pathway Students:

1 Art and Design

2 Business Studies

3 Geography

4 History

5 Ivrit

6 Music

7 P.E

8 Sociology

9 Spanish

10 Media (BTEC) (Counts as two choices)

Vocational Pathway:

Some students are being advised to follow the vocational pathway. This pathway is mainly for

students who find exams difficult. The courses are more practical and are mainly assessed

by coursework. On the vocational pathway students will choose Media BTEC (counts as two

options) and one other GCSE.


You must choose:

Media (BTEC)

and you must choose one of these

1 Art

2 Music

3 P.E

4. Spanish

5. History

6. Geography


When choosing your GCSE subjects it is important to have a broad and balanced curriculum

and to choose subjects which you think you will enjoy and in which you will succeed. You do

not need to know at this stage what job you would like to do.

You will need to discuss all this information at home and with your teachers at the Parents’

Evening on March 14th. It is important that students attend Parents’ Evening.

Every student will have a personal interview with their tutor to discuss which options they

should take. At those meetings they will finalise the appropriate course of subjects for each

students. Parents can discuss these choices with their children prior to these meetings.

N.B In some cases teachers may advise that you are not suitable for one of the courses you

have chosen. Other courses such as Sociology and some of the Technology options such

as Food and Textiles have a limited number of places and, if the course is over subscribed,

students may be disappointed and may have to make other choices. Also we must point

out that, due to timetable and staffing constraints, we may not be able to accommodate

every student’s first choice of options.

Please note that, in order to accommodate the choices that students have made, some students

will have to change their band and form at the start of Year 10. Unfortunately this is unavoidable

and non negotiable.


Art & Design

Business Studies







Jewish Studies

Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Media



Physical Education






The Course

GCSE in Art & Design (Fine Art)

The GCSE course taken will be through EDEXCEL.

Fine art may be defined as work which is produced as an outcome of

students’ personal experiences, rather than that which is created exclusively

for a practical function or that which is the outcome of a tightly prescribed


Work produced for this qualification will demonstrate the use of formal

elements and creative skills, and give form to individual thoughts, feelings,

observations and ideas. Students will show evidence of trying to extend

their own and others’ way of seeing the world. They will use the language

of the subject sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions.

In the context of this specification, disciplines will include painting and

drawing, printmaking, sculpture and alternative media. For this endorsement,

students will need to work in at least two of the disciplines for the GCSE.

The examination consists of

1.Personal Portfolio in Art and Design supported by

sketchbooks/work journals (60%)

2.Externally Set Assignment with supporting/preparatory work


The personal portfolio submitted for assessment consists of centre-devised

activities, carried out by students under controlled conditions. The activities

should take approximately 45 learning hours to complete.

The externally set assignment involves students undertaking investigations

and development, with approximately 20 hours of informal supervision

leading to a final 10-hour sustained focus, conducted under formal


Both components will be assessed in an exhibition at the end of the course.

Marks given by tutors, based on the work exhibited, are moderated by an

External Moderator from EDEXCEL.

Students who choose Art must be very well motivated and enthusiastic

about the subject because of THE EXENDED PERIODS OF TIME

REQUIRED FOR HOMEWORK and that the course is based heavily upon

an on-going assessment of individual project work over the two years. A

student CANNOT pass this subject i.e. achieve a grade C or above, without

a substantial commitment towards homework.




Business Education Department

How the world of work works!

The BICT department offers a modular course in Business Studies.

This course is both active and enjoyable. You will learn more about

how small businesses are developed, and discover how businesses

promote themselves and keep their customers happy. You will

learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people

who work for them.

Study of this subject will offer a business and economics pathway

to Sixth form, subjects which are both offered by the department

at that level.

Business Studies is a popular choice at Key Stage 4 and 5. Our

classes are mixed ability, but teachers differentiate their teaching

to ensure that each student performs at their best level. The

qualities of the students who study the subject are expected to be;

an interest in current affairs

fairly developed Maths skills

good English skills

The skills that students will develop include;

Problem Solving

Team work

Number skills

Research skills

ICT Skills

Creative thinking


Exam board :Edexcel

Exams and controlled assessment:

2 exams 75%

1 controlled-assessment task 25%

The Business Studies teachers in the department are Mr Ngwenya,

Mrs Lidher and Miss Akoto.


Year 10




The Course

There will be three qualifications: most pupils will be entered

for both English Language and English Literature with the

WJEC Examination Board. In Year 11 the Department will

decide whether some pupils should take English instead

of English Language.

A new element of English is Functional Skills. These are

included in the ordinary examination process, but pupils

must meet these standards to gain grade C, however well

they do in other parts of the subject.

Speaking and Listening is assessed through coursework,

and will also involve a written study of spoken language.

The knowledge and skills assessed are listed below.


Reading different kinds of text

Writing factually and imaginatively for different purposes

and audiences

Speaking and Listening

Study of spoken language


Study of plays by Shakespeare and a modern writer

Study of two novels from before and after 1914

Study of poetry from before and after 1914

Some elements of Literature, and most of the Language,

will now be assessed in school, but under examination

conditions. Pupils will have information about the assessed

units, and will have the chance to prepare for them, but no

opportunity to redraft work.


Langugae and Literature


Geography.. you’d be lost without it.

Edexcel Syllabus B

This is a modular course focusing on the study of places, landforms,

people, issues and conflicts in the world today. It is up-to-date, interesting

and relevant to anyone keen to understand the world around them. It

encourages students to ask questions about their environment and to

find the answers.

What will I study?

Dynamic Planet

· Restless Earth – Structure of the earth, volcanoes and earthquakes.

· Climate change – Changes in the earth’s climate and the impact of



· Battle for the Biosphere - Study of global ecosystems and why they are

under threat.

· Water world – The water cycle and water management issues.

· River processes– Fieldwork based unit comparing parts of a river system.

· Extreme climates – Focus on Antarctica, resources use, tourism and



People and the planet

·Population dynamics – Issues of population growth, structure and migration.

Consuming resources –Consumption of the world’s resources and sustainability.

Living spaces – Where people choose to settle and what makes a good living


Making a living –Types of employment and their environmental impact and


Changing cities – The eco-footprint of fast growing cities round the world

such as Dubai.

Development Dilemmas – Country development, development differences

and growing sustainably.

How will I be assessed?

Module Exam (Year 10)

25% Decision making exercise based on information given to students prior

to exam.

Fieldwork Investigation (Year 11)

25% based on a residential activity trip .

Final exam (Year 11)

50% spread over two exam papers on the units above.

Why study geography at GCSE?

It enhances your knowledge of the world by bridging social sciences and the

earth sciences.

It raises awareness of the environment and develops problems solving skills.

You will learn to communicate effectively through written, oral and ICT media.

Employers rate geography highly because of the variety of skills students



The Course

What specification will I be studying?

You will be studying the AQA GCSE History B Modern world syllabus. This

is designed to give students an understanding of a cross section of modern

history whilst developing the skills required to study academic subjects at

university and be equipped for life in the workplace.

What will I study?

1. Unit 1 – International relations: Conflict and peace in the

20 th century; in this unit we will study:

a. The origins of The Cold War 1945-55

b. Crises of the Cold War 1955-70

c. Failure of Détente and the collapse of Communism 1971-199

2. Unit 2 – 20 th century depth studies; in this unit we will


a. The Roaring 20s: USA 1919-1924

b. Depression and the New Deal: USA 1929-41

c. Race Relations in the USA 1955-1968

3. Unit 3 – Historical enquiry – the Changing Role and Status

of Women since 1900

How will I be assessed?

You will sit two exams and complete one controlled assignment which will

be completed in class:

Paper 1: This is a written exam assessing knowledge of unit 1 and is

taken at the end of year 11, it will be 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 60

marks. This will make up 37.5% of your final grade.

Paper 2: This is a written exam assessing knowledge of unit 2 and is

taken at the end of year 11, it will be 1 hour and 45 minutes and worth

60 marks. This will make up 37.5% of your final grade.

Controlled assessment: This is a personal, source based enquiry

based on research carried out by the student and written up in class

in a controlled environment. The final piece of work will be made up

of two questioned and about 2000 words and will be worth 40 marks.

This will make up 25% of your final grade.

Why study history?

History at KS is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers,

A-Levels and university courses. History allows access to a huge variety of

courses and jobs and is particularly desirable to students who wish to study

and pursue careers in law, business, management, development,

communications and the finance industry. This is because students who

achieve good grades in History have demonstrated skills in areas such as

research, report writing, analysis, reasoning, reporting and preparing and

presenting an argument. On average 30% of history graduates pursue a

postgraduate qualification, well ahead of an average 19% across all subjects.




Exam Board: AQA

Level of examination: Full-course and Short-course

This is a course that students have commenced in year 9. They will complete

the course at the end of year 10.

Exam-based Assessment:

The course comprises a written examination (for both the full-course and the

short-course). It is based on the use of ICT to find, collect, process and present

information. The students will demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge,

skills, and understanding of ICT to a range of situations. They will also develop

an understanding of the wider applications and effects of ICT. The students

will also need to consider the impact of ICT applications in the wider world

such as the social, economic, political, legal, ethical, and moral issues

surrounding data and information.


The coursework will comprise 60% of the examination and will consist of one

controlled assessment unit (for the short-course) which is set by the examining

board. This will introduce a range of software skills such as desktop publishing,

graphics, modelling and databases. In the second year of the course, the

full-course students will complete a second controlled assessment unit, where

they will choose a project from a selection. The coursework is the most

important part of the course as without it the students are unable to pass the



The GCSE in Modern Hebrew is a dynamic, communicative course,

engaging students in everyday, living Hebrew. At the end of the

two-year course, the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and

Writing are tested. There is only one tier entry covering A* - G.

At present students follow a non-modular course studying familiar

areas of experience

Participants on this course will enjoy contact with the living language

through audio tapes, videos, and up to the minute texts including

the Israeli learners’ newspaper, Sha-ar LaMatchil. They will learn

to communicate at an everyday level. The course equips the young

person with the language tools to feel comfortably part of life in Israel


Themes and topics:

· Lifestyles : Health, Relationships and Choices

· Leisure: Free time and Media

· Home and Environment: Home and local area, Environment

· Work and Education: School and future plans, Current

and future jobs



Students in Jewish schools have a strong track record of success in Religious

Studies GCSE and we feel that this should be no different at King Solomon.

The GCSE course intends to build on the work students have already

completed in Key Stage 3, whilst providing an opportunity for them to explore

religious, spiritual & social questions that should be of particular interest to

students of Key Stage 4 age.

We currently follow the OCR syllabus. This will consist of four units.

Unit one is called ‘Core beliefs, Holy Days, Divisions and Interpretations’.

Unit two is ‘Worship, Community and Family and Sacred Writings’.

Unit three is ‘Tenach (Bible)’.

Unit four is ‘Talmud’.

Each individual unit equals 25% of the total GCSE marks and all units are

externally assessed. Further information on this syllabus can be found at: RS A spec.pdf

It is worth noting that the Judaism section has now been incorporated into

the World Religions syllabus, and successful candidates will achieve a

GCSE in World Religions. This type of GCSE is important as it shows an

ability to understand and form a coherent opinion on many of the important

moral issues that are debated in the wider world in the twenty first century.

In addition to the GCSE syllabus, we dedicate some time in Year 11 to

learning about the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. As well as being

important in its own right, this study is expected to form the basis for the

Year 12 trip to Poland as well as developing a greater sense of Jewish



This is a new qualification that King Solomon has offered

from September 2009. It has been introduced to offer what

is becoming an exceedingly popular area for study, and will

open a clear link directly into the 6 th form.

The Diploma is the equivalent of 1 GCSE graded A* - C,

and aims to focus on offering theoretical and practical insight

into the world of Media.

Students will not just learn about the industry, but they will

have to complete practical tasks as well.

The qualification comprises compulsory and specialist units

which cover aspects of knowledge, understanding and

competency necessary for employment within the sector.

Assessment will include a variety of assessment methods,

including case studies, assignments and work-based

assessments, along with projects, performance observation

and time-constrained assessments.

The BTEC First Diploma in Creative Media has been

developed in the Media sector to focus on:

Education and training for those who work, or

who are intending to work, in the Media industry

Providing opportunities for those who work, or

are intending to work, in the Media industry to achieve

a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally

specific qualification

Providing opportunities for learners to gain a

nationally recognised, vocationally specific

qualification to enter employment in the Media

sector, or to progress to higher education

vocational qualifications

Providing opportunities for learners to develop


range of skills and techniques,

personal qualities and attitudes essential for

successful performance in

working life.

In other words, the course will allow students the opportunity

to learn about the Media industry, both through research

and practical work. The qualification is accepted within the

industry and can contribute towards actual employment

within one of the sectors.

Level 2 BTEC first diploma


The qualification centres on assessment in three core subjects:

(1) Research for Creative Media Production

(2) Communication Techniques for Creative Media Production

(3) The Creative Media Sector

(4) Media Audiences and Products

and 4 optional units, such as:

(1) Video Production

(2) Audio Production

(3) Advertising Production

(4) Print Production

(5) Writing for the Creative Media

(6) Computer Games Testing

The core units provide learners with the opportunity to:

Develop the fundamental research skills which underlie all media


Gain a basic understanding of employment opportunities, job

requirements, and working practices in the media industry

Develop an understanding of how media products are constructed

for specific audiences or markets.

The optional technical and production units enable students to start practising

the technical skills and knowledge relevant to a sector (or sectors) of the

media industry.

Students should:

Have a keen interest in the Media

Be able to work well within a group

Recognise the importance of staying organised and meeting

deadlines under pressure

Maintain high levels of attendance, effort and behaviour

Be relied upon to undertake research and complete tasks


Level 2 BTEC first diploma


Mathematics is one of the core subjects and is compulsory for all students.

A good GCSE grade in mathematics is so important these days, in fact it

is one of the most essential qualifications that you can have. It is generally

required by most employers and is often required for entry to further or higher

education, in fact whatever your plans, a sound knowledge of the subject

will always count in your favour. You’ll cover everything from the basics, like

addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – through to more complex

subjects, such as algebra, trigonometry and vectors.


Mathematics is broken down into four strands these are:-

· Using and Applying

· Number and Algebra

· Shape, space and measure

· Handling Data

You will cover all four strands in your GCSE Mathematics course. Each

strand contains many modules and during the course of the two years you

will visit each strand regularly. For example the first few modules that we

complete are all to do with number such as fractions, decimals and

percentages. We then move onto another strand and come back to the

number strand a few modules later to complete some work on directed

numbers etc… The idea in Maths is to continually build on what you know

and to keep revisiting strands of the curriculum and adding to your knowledge.


As well as teaching you the numeracy skills to complete a GCSE Mathematics,

the course also helps to teach you the following basic skills:-

· Logical thinking

· Problem-solving techniques

· How to work independently

The above skills are vital for your development and will be essential in what

ever you do after your GCSEs.

Your teacher may decide that it would be appropriate for you to change sets

or courses. Your final “Level of Entry” at GCSE will depend on your success

with your work during the course of the two years and your success in the

“mock” examinations that you will take during Year 11.



At GCSE Mathematics we offer two tiers of entry, and the tier of entry

that is offered to you will depend largely on your SATs level at the end

of Key Stage 3 as well as how well you worked during year 9. All students

will follow one of the following two courses.

· GCSE Foundation Mathematics

Foundation level Mathematics will be offered to those

students who need practice of the basic concepts of

Mathematics to gain confidence and a solid understanding.

At this level you will be able to get GCSE grades C – G.

· GCSE Higher Mathematics

Higher level Mathematics will be offered to those of you

who can work at a fast pace and have already shown

some independence in your learning. If you follow this

course you will have already verified that you can

understand new concepts easily and that you are able to

apply your mathematics to new situations. At this level

you will be able to get GCSE grades A* - D.


Whichever course you follow you will be expected to work hard and you

will be expected to complete all your work to a high standard.


Your progress in Mathematics will be monitored carefully by your teacher

and through regular assessments. At some time during Year 10 and Year

11 your teacher may decide that it would be appropriate for you to change

sets or courses. Your final “Level of Entry” at GCSE will depend on your

success with your work during the course of the two years and your

success in the “mock” examinations that you will take during Year 11.


For GCSE Mathematics we use Edexcel. For each course (Higher and

Foundation) you will complete two years worth of study and then complete

two examinations in the summer of year 11 that will test the whole course.

The first written paper is non-calculator and the second is a calculator

paper. At foundation level the exams last for 1 hour and 30 minutes whilst

at the higher level they last for 1 hour and 45 minutes.



Board: OCR

The structure of the exam is as follows:

Music at GCSE consists of three components:

Performing, Composing and Listening Appraising.

The coursework makes up 60% of the whole GCSE:

two compositions in contrasting styles are required

along with performances of one solo piece and one

within an ensemble.

Component Name Weighting

1 Listening Question Paper 25%

3 Performing Coursework 30%

5 Composing Coursework 30%

Component Name Weighting

6 Composing using a given

stimulus (composing a

melody to a set brief 15%

GCSE Music is open to all students who can demonstrate high levels of

attainment in listening/appraising, composition (including music theory) and

performance at KS3. The course covers a wide range of in depth study of

different Western “classical” styles from medieval to jazz and pop as well as

musical cultures around the world. It is therefore essential that a prospective

GCSE candidate has a genuine interest in all aspects of music past and

present and be willing to experience its diversity. This aspect of the course

is examined at the end of Year 11 with a history and listening paper. If you

are only interested in one or two particular musical styles, and uninterested

in exploring a wide range of other kinds of music then this is not the course

for you.

Students also learn to compose and have to submit two original compositions

of their own as part of their coursework. They will also be assessed on two

performances on a chosen instrument or voice, as a solo and in an ensemble.

Special Requirements

You can perform either as a singer or an instrumentalist but you are required

to have more than just a very basic level of proficiency on either in order to

be eligible to join the course. You should already be or must have the intention

of taking individual lessons privately or in school, otherwise you will not meet

the requirements. Your own study and learning skills are important in music

since many musical attributes that you develop are individually tailored. As

part of a music student’s development of general musicianship and aural

perception skills, essential attributes for all aspects of the course, it is

compulsory for all Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE music students to attend one

half-hour singing/aural perception practice, to take place one lunchtime each





What is Physical Education?

Physical Education is the practical study of four physical activities together with the theory of

Human Biology, health, fitness, training and analysis.

What is in the course?

The course is split into two areas:

1) 60% of your mark will be achieved by studying four practical activities. In each of these

activities you will develop your individual skill, understanding of tactics, ability to coach and

officiate and enhance your ability to analyse performance.

2) The other 40% will be achieved by studying the workings of the human body, for example

how the muscles, bones and heart work. In addition you will understand the importance of

health, diet and fitness, learn to construct a training programme, as well as be able to identify

and deal with various sporting injuries.

How will I be examined?

All your coursework will be of a practical nature. Your final examination will test both your

practical and theory work.

Practical Assessment of 4 Sports 24%

Courseworks Analysis of Performance 12%

Paper 1 Healthy Active lifestyles and

Written Healthy Active Body 40%

Paper 2 Practical Examination (4 Sports) 24%

What skills would be useful?

It would help you if you

· are an all-round sports person or a good knowledge of sport e.g. Football,

Refereeing or Leader

· show a commitment to a range of sports clubs both in and out of school

· are interested in Human Biology

· are always keen and enthusiastic to participate in all physical activities

· can work well in a team

· show a good understanding and knowledge at KS3

How will it help me in the future?

It will give you the knowledge and understanding of why a healthy active lifestyle

and how this could benefit you. G.C.S.E. P.E. is seen as an extremely valuable

examination subject by all employers, as well as by colleges and universities.

There is also a possibility of going on to A.S and ‘A’ level courses in P.E. at K.S.



Board: EDEXCEL 360.

Most students will take two GCSEs in science: GCSE Science and GCSE

Additional Science. The modules for GCSE Science will take place during year 10

and those for GCSE Additional Science will be taken during year 11.


Biology B1 – Influences of life

Classification, variation and inheritance

Responding to a changing environment

Problems of and solutions to a changing environment

Chemistry C1 – Chemistry in our world

The Earth’s sea and atmosphere

Materials for the Earth


Obtaining and using metals


Physics P1 – Universal physics

Visible light and the solar system

The electromagnetic spectrum

Waves and the Universe

Waves and the Earth

Generation and transmission of electricity

Energy and the future

Each of biology, Chemistry and Physics is assessed by a one hour exam worth 25%


A controlled assessment based on a scientific investigation that is carried out in class



Biology B2 – The components of life

The building blocks of cells

Organisms and energy

Common systems

Chemistry C2 – Discovering Chemistry

Atomic structure and periodic table

Ionic compounds

Covalent compounds

Groups in the periodic table

Chemical reactions

Quantitative chemistry

Physics P2 – Physics for your future

Static and current electricity

Controlling and using electric current

Motion and forces

Momentum, energy, work and power

Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive material

Each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is assessed by a one hour exam worth 25%


A controlled assessment based on a scientific investigation that is carried out in class

covers the final 25%.

The most able students have started their Science GCSE in year 9 and will be taking

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.


The content covers all of the units in the GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science

and the following Extension units:

Biology B3 – Using Biology




Chemistry C3 – Chemistry in action

Qualitative analysis

Quantitative analysis

Electrolytic processes

Gas, equilibria and pressure

Organic chemistry

Physics P3 – Physics to help medicine

Radiation in treatment and medicine

X-rays and ECGs

Production, uses and risks of using ionising radiation from radioactive sources

Particle accelerators

Kinetic theory and gases

Students will also take a controlled assessment in each subject.



Board: AQA

In GCSE we will be building on the skills and language that you have been

learning over the past three years.

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate and understand

effectively in Spanish. You will also have come into contact with the culture

of the country in more depth. Above all, you will have taken the first crucial

steps to acquiring a skill that many people now consider a pre-requisite for


We use the AQA full course syllabus. This means that the course is based

around 4 self-contained units of work. Each unit of work has a distinct theme

to it. The advantages of a the units of works are

· it provides you with short term goals

· it combines all four skills mocks and preparation exams

· it offers you feedback of results after each unit

· it gives you a clear idea of your own progress.

The topics covered in the course are outlined below:


Title Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4


Title Lifestyle Leisure Home and Work and

Environment Education

Timing of Year 10 Year 10 Year 11 Year 11

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Sociology-The study of Human Society.

Sociology involves researching and explaining human social life, groups and

societies. Sociologists are particularly interested in understanding the ways

in which society influences us and shapes our lives.

In studying Sociology, you will be actively involved in exploring and asking

questions about the society in which you live. Studying Sociology offers you

opportunities to gain a greater understanding of society and to make sense

of your own experiences.

The course focuses upon modern British society, examining the main social

institutions and groups such as families, schools and the mass media. Other

areas of interest include crime and deviance, politics and wealth and poverty.

It also explores the divisions that may exist in society and the impact of social

class, gender, ethnicity and age on the opportunities open to individuals and


Some Examples of the Questions Sociologists Research:

· What types of family and household exist today?

· Is housework shared equally?

· Who does better in schools, boys or girls?

· What is the purpose of education?

· What factors affect the way people vote?

· Who commits crime and why?

· Who controls the media?

· What is the most useful way to carry out research?

The topics covered on the Course:

Studying Society

Power & Politics


Mass Media


Crime & Deviance

Social Inequality

How the course is assessed:

100% Written Examination

Why Study Sociology?

Sociology allows you to develop a range of skills that are useful in further

and higher education, as well as to employers, especially in those careers

that have considerable contact with people. Sociology also allows you to

develop a critical awareness of how society works and your own place within

it, so that you can be an informed and active citizen.

Please Note that this course has a limit of 25 places and should it be

oversubscribed we shall be selecting students for entry onto this course

on the basis of whether students have shown an interest in other similar



Exam Boards: AQA WJEC

All students will study for a GCSE in Design and Technology.

We are very fortunate in having the best Design & Technology resources in the


At A level we currently offer Product Design.

Decisions are made on student choice, teacher recommendation and available

space. Approximate spaces that are available this year are –

Food 44 Textiles 40 Graphics 20 Electronic Products 20

Resistant Materials 20.

Although we are the only school in the borough to offer 5 choices at GCSE, it

is not always possible to get your first choice and a second choice must be

made. Priority will be given to students who fill out the form correctly and meet

the hand in deadline. Students who are in the higher ability tier are strongly


to take Electronic Products as it has content shared by both Science and Maths

and could bolster a CV for university applications.

All courses are made up of 60% coursework and 40% written exam.

Coursework involves students designing and making a product.

Our aim is to ensure that you achieve the highest grade possible in the subject

which best reflects your interest and abilities.

Please seek advice and guidance from the teachers in charge of your Design

and Technology option.

Graphic Products

In year 10 you will complete several design and make projects learning how to

think creativity and originally, and how to use a range of Graphic and modelling

materials. Hand drawing and shading are an important part of the course as

is making 3D models from card and paper. You will also have the opportunity

to use computer programs such as Photoshop and 2D design although this is

not the main focus of the course. You will need to enjoy drawing and presenting

your work to a high standard. You will be encouraged to learn through images

to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts,

and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation.

You will learn about the design process and how to evaluate other products and

your own work, you will learn to consider sustainability and the environmental

impact of your designing.

Towards the end of year 10 you will begin a controlled assessment which

comprises of 20 pages of coursework and make a set of products in class, this

is worth 60%. The design brief explaining your product is set by the exam board.

The final exam is in year 11 and is a mix of drawing and designing skills utilising

knowledge of materials.


Resistant Materials

Using a range of traditional and modern manufacturing techniques we will be

exploring methods of construction and processes.

Mr Moseley

GCSE Catering

During the course the students will learn how to prepare, cook and serve a

wide variety of dishes using professional techniques. This work is reinforced

by the theory lessons which focus on food hygiene, nutrition, menu planning

and the catering industry.

The Students undertake two practical exams with related research projects

one at the end of year 10 and the other in the spring term of year 11. This

gives the students a chance to demonstrate their acquired skills

Ms S. Mendel


During the two year course you will work through the design process, undertaking

several ‘design and make’ projects both as an individual and as part of a design

team. You will learn about and practice a wide range of textile decoration

techniques, including computerised embroidery (PE Design 4), photo transfer

printing and appliqué.

You will learn how to use computer technology to create patterns for clothing

(Pattern Master) and industry standard textiles design software (Speedstep)

to create clothing and fabric designs.

In addition you will learn about fabrics and fibres; their origins, how they are

constructed, dyed and printed and about new developments in fabric technology.

The course also covers analysis and evaluation of existing textile products.

Towards the end of year 10 you will begin work on a major piece of coursework.

This project will allow you to research into an area of your choice and develop

your own design for a fashion or soft furnishing product.

The course culminates in a design based exam at the end of year 11.

Mrs D. Roberts

Electronic Products

During this course you will learn about designing and making electronic

products. This involves prototyping and testing electronic circuits using

breadboards, computer software (Bright Spark and Livewire); generating

artwork for PCB production (using PCB Wizard); using industrial methods of

production to manufacture the circuit board. Students also investigate existing

products and learn about modern materials and processes. Students also use

computer software to generate artwork which is

then cut by CNC machines. Students will use high level programming languages

to control PICs (peripheral interface controllers).

Mr Warwicker


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