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KS4 Options Booklet


This handbook is for students and parents to read, think about and to discuss with others. It should help everyone

to make up their mind about the subjects that students will study in Years 10 and 11. Most courses are offered at

GCSE level or equivalent. Some students will have the opportunity to do vocational or applied GCSE or similar



The National Curriculum allows schools some flexibility in the subjects that are offered to students entering Year

10. There is still a compulsory 'core' of subjects, and this takes up a large part of the week. The remaining time is

allocated to other subjects which are grouped together in option ‘columns’. You will see these on the Options Form

(in the back of this booklet). Students will need to choose a subject from each column according to their

recommended route. (See below). Subjects in each of the columns are timetabled at the same time so it is

impossible for students to do more than one subject in each column.

We are introducing some new courses including more applied courses which are mainly assessed through

coursework and portfolio work rather than external examinations. Also available is the new Diploma in Society,

Health and Development which is a course run in conjunction with other schools in North Devon.

The new courses can vary in the GCSE equivalence; this is written after the course title.

The part of the weekly timetable that falls outside of the options columns will look like this:

Maths - 1 GCSE

English - 2 GCSEs Language and Literature for most students

Science - 2/3 GCSEs


Citizenship - Including RE (short course GCSE qualification)


ICT - Functional Skills

In choosing their options, each student is encouraged to select a broad and balanced range of subjects in order to

avoid limiting their career or higher education choices in the future.

Whilst there is a wide range of options available, there are actually three possible ‘routes’ that students may take.

Based on their performance during years 7, 8 and 9 and their particular needs, we have recommended which route

each student should follow.

Some students will be confident of success in nine (plus) GCSE areas and will be advised to follow Route X.

These students should choose a subject from each column.

For some students, that route may be too wide ranging and they will be advised to follow one of the new

applied/vocational GCSE courses which offer awards in single subjects. They should also choose other option

subjects. The advantage of this for the student is that they could finish with the same number of qualifications but

they haven’t had to “get their head around” another different subject. This is Route V.

The final route is aimed at students for whom the core 5 GCSEs with PHSE, ICT and Citizenship will prove

sufficient challenge. Route L will focus on life skills and work related activities including the possible opportunity

for work placements in year 11 and study support on coursework to help with their GCSE courses. Most of this will

be covered through the Asdan course (details in this booklet). Some Route L students will also want to study a

maximum of two subjects for GCSE. If this is the case, they should write it on their Options Form so that it can be


All students need to talk to their teachers about their choices to find out what might be the best options for them.

Some students will be guided to take particular courses for a variety of reasons. Others will need to take particular

subjects because of their likely career choice. Not all of us have the same strengths and we realise that some

students will be more suited to a different mixture of subject choices.

The options process is about students telling us their initial preferences which will then form the basis of our

planning for next year’s timetable. Each student will need to have their final choices agreed by a member of staff


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before they will be accepted. Options Interviews will take place on Thursday 11 February 2010 to help both

students and parents/carers through the process. This will be a central part of the Progress Day interview

with the form tutor.

Although we will try to provide everyone with the options they choose, we cannot guarantee this as there are some

limiting factors including the staff available, the timetable, the previous work ethic of a student in a subject and the

number of students that we can put in a group. In order to make this process as fair as possible, we ask all

students to provide at least one choice that would be acceptable as an alternative. When we do have to consider

alternative choices each student involved will be contacted to discuss the situation.


All students will be involved in making a choice of subjects from each of the columns according to their

recommended route X, V or L. Heads of subject departments and other teachers will talk to Year 9 students during

the time in which they are making their choices, either in lessons or in assembly time.

The process involves students, parents and teachers communicating throughout and arriving at a choice of

subjects appropriate to the needs and interests of each student. This handbook provides the relevant information

about each of the courses to inform the discussion and to help guide students towards their final choices.


A number of important dates are on page 3. The critical date is Monday 22 February 2010. Students must

hand in their option choices by then. After that date we will attempt to match your choices to the available places.

Inevitably, it will not be possible to offer all students their first choices and some of you may be offered your reserve

choice. In some cases this might not be possible and we will have to talk about alternatives. This can take a

considerable amount of time and we cannot be precise about the final date when all allocations will be known. The

final list of subjects will be confirmed during the Summer Term, probably in June.


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The Careers Education and Guidance programme has the following broad aims to help you to:

• know yourself better

• be aware of education, training and career opportunities

• make choices about your own continuing education and training, and about career paths

• manage transition to new roles and situations

The programme is delivered in various ways:

• as part of the PSHE programme.

• in assemblies and tutor time.

• through other National Curriculum subjects.

The Careers Department in College works closely with the local Connexions Service. A Connexions Officer is

attached to the College and makes regular visits to provide guidance and information for groups and for individual

students. Individual guidance interviews are available for all Year 11 students. Advice may be sought at any time

from Mr Rush, Careers Co-ordinator.

The College Careers Library has a full and comprehensive stock of guidance and information materials. The most

up-to-date computer-based careers guidance packages are fully networked across the College. An important

element of the Careers Education Programme is the work experience week in July of Year 10.


In the first instance you should talk to your Form Tutor but there are other people who may be able to help:

E1 – Mr G Day

E2 – Mr N McKernan-Lewis

N1 – Mrs S Langford

N2 – Mr M James

N3 – Mrs V Hill

N4 – Mrs M Harrison

S1 – Mr D Palmer

S2 – Miss S Dyer/Mr I Hodgetts

S3 – Mrs H Ayre

W1 – Mrs S Neill

W2 – Miss F Stewart

Mr W Gibbins Head of Year 9 Mrs G Tucker SENCO

Mr K Baker-O’Haire Assistant Principal KS3 Mr S Rush Careers Co-ordinator

Mrs J Eastman and

Ms S Ohlson

HSLOs Ms A Pollok Assistant Principal KS4


Tuesday 2 February 2010 KS4 Information Evening for parents of students in Year 9

Tuesday 11 February 2010

Options Interviews/Progress Day for students and parents – reports issued

Monday 22 February 2010 Option letters handed in to Tutors (if not done on Tuesday 11

February 2010)

June 2010 Letters to parents confirming subjects to be followed in Year 10.



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Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and all students in Years 10 and 11 continue

with the study of this subject.

Students at Bideford College currently follow the OCR programme of study. This is a modular course

that provides a series of accessible targets that give students a sense of achievement and progression.

Students commence the course at a stage appropriate to their ability at the end of Year 9. Each module

requires knowledge and understanding of aspects of number, algebra and shape, space and measure.

Students are entered for three modular examinations and the best two contribute 50% to the final GCSE

grade. It is anticipated that students will progress through the stages and improve their attainment

grades. The terminal paper makes up the remaining 50%. A student’s achievement in the module tests

will determine the level at which they take the terminal paper. There are two levels of entry, foundation

and higher. A grade C is the highest grade that a student can attain on the Foundation Tier and the

Higher Tier targets grades D to A*. Clearly students should be motivated to get high modular results, as

these play a significant part in their achieving a good final grade.

Students are set in two populations of equal ability and commence the course at a stage that depends

on their previous work and attainment. In the event of students being unable to access this course there

is an alternative Certificate of Achievement course available.

Students need to provide their own equipment to use in school and for homework. This should include a

ruler, protractor, compasses and a calculator as well as the equipment required for use in most subjects

– pens, pencils, and coloured pens or pencils. Students are provided with textbooks for use as they

study the different stages and opportunities exist to purchase additional revision guides and workbooks

and CD’s. Every student also has login details to access the lessons, homework and booster materials


Many students enjoy mathematics and strive to achieve good grades. Our more gifted students are

entered into the Maths Challenge run by UKMT, and also participate in the Devon Maths Challenges run

by the further maths support programme.


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“English is the dominant international language in communications,

science, business, aviation, entertainment, t, diplomacy and the Internet

and is considered to be the universal language.” (Wikipedia.)

Communication is a key aspect of human society; it goes on around us all day, every day. We listen to

the radio, watch T.V., read magazines, newspapers, books, instructions, web pages, signs and we

converse on a daily basis. We write frequently, whether we are writing notes in class, filling out forms or

writing an e-mail. Language, and the ability to understand it and use it well, is the key to success. The

English department aims to provide you with the necessary skills to communicate effectively in today’s

modern environment.


This is a core subject and is not optional. However, the skills you will learn in English are all transferable,

and will help you to succeed in your other subjects too. The English course develops a variety of

essential communication skills in three key areas: Writing, Reading and Speaking and Listening.

Assessment consists of 20% Speaking and Listening coursework, 20% written coursework, 60%


Speaking and listening skills taught and examined include:

• Speaking for a variety of purposes

• Drama focused speaking and listening

• Individual presentation skills

• Group discussion

Written coursework consists of:

• The study of one Shakespeare text

• The study of one pre-1914 novel

• Original writing

• Media

The first two pieces can also be used for the Literature qualification.

The examination tests:

• Ability to understand a variety of texts.

• Writing for a specific audience and purpose.


Students study a wide range of Literature from Shakespeare to contemporary poetry, drama and prose.

The course encourages enjoyment of reading, independent thinking, analytical and critical skills.

Assessment consists of three pieces of coursework (worth 30%) and an examination (worth 70%).

Students will study a combined course leading to the award of two GCSEs, English and English

Literature. An entry level course is also available if it is deemed the most appropriate qualification.

Coursework is an essential aspect of all of these courses and must be completed on time. In additional,

all students will be expected to complete speaking and listening assessments.


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Your Science teachers will give you advice as to which is the most suitable course for you. Each Year 9 student

must have a conversation with their Science teacher about which course they should take in Years 10 and 11.

The GCSE courses in Science changed enormously for the year group

beginning GCSEs in 2006. Below is the likely combination of courses we

will offer and the routes through these courses with assessment values.


Every student must be taught the Core Science. For most students this

will be done by following the AQA Science A specification. This is a

modular course and the six modules are examined by objective tests

throughout year 10. There is also a practical assessment worth 25% of

the total mark. This is a single GCSE. Students that find Science difficult

can be assessed at Entry Level instead of GCSE.

All students will be required to follow a second course in Science from the list below unless invited to

follow Applied Science (see below)


Some students will follow this course in year 11. It is taught as AQA Additional Science. It is examined with short

answer questions and has a practical assessment element worth 25% of the total mark. The course is equivalent to

one GCSE and, when taken with Core Science, it is the nearest equivalent to the old Double Science course. This

is a suitable grounding for A levels in the Sciences.


A number of students will be entered for Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three separate GCSEs. This still

involves following all of the Core and Additional material as well as an extra module and practical for each subject.

Any student obtaining Level 6 or above in their end of Key Stage 3 Assessment can choose this course. It will,

however, be taught in the time normally used for Core and Addition Science. This means that students must be

ready for a lot of hard work. It will not take up one of their option choices. Students who do not obtain at least a

Level 6 will NOT be considered for this course.


There is a non-GCSE course being offered for those students who find GCSEs difficult and may prefer a more

practical course. This can run alongside Core Science at GCSE.


Several classes will follow this course. The Science is taught in vocational contexts and requires students to

undertake 17 tasks to complete the course. There are no exams. Passing this course is equivalent to a double C

grade at GCSE. There are opportunities for Merit (BB) and Distinction (AA or A*A*)

This course is therefore, completely independent of the Core Science course.


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The Personal, Social and Health Education Department run modular courses in

Year 10 and Year 11. These are structured courses covering a variety of life

issues and are delivered by experienced teachers.

The aim of the department is to provide students with a constructive personal

development programme, in order to help them become informed and

responsible members of society.

These courses will provide students with an opportunity to formulate their own

views and opinions and help them develop skills to cope with problems that arise

in life.

The areas of study include:

1. Personal Development

2. Careers Education

3. Health Education

4. Parenting

5. Leaving Home

6. You and the Law

7. Stress Management and Mental Health

8. World Citizenship

The learning objectives of the PSHE “Passport Framework” from the DfES are contained within six

broad statements:

1. Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities.

2. Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.

3. Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.

4. Know and understand about becoming informed citizens.

5. Develop skills of inquiry and communication.

6. Develop skills of participation and responsible action.

7. Personal well being

8. Economic well being and financial capability

These aims are followed in all units of work connected to the areas of study. Students are offered

opportunities during these courses to:

• Develop a sense of their own identity, know the roles they have and want to have.

• Express rational arguments having researched social, moral and environmental issues.

• Respect and value the environment and other living things.

• Work as part of a team.

• Understand what prejudice and discrimination mean.

• Have concern for human rights.


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This course covers the student’s entitlement to both Religious Studies and Citizenship.

This is a fantastic subject for students who enjoy heated discussions, and are able to

express strong opinions about topical and moral issues!

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to become

informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens. They will have opportunities to discuss

their own views and also listen to and respect the opinions of other students and

religions. This enables them to develop vital life skills, and allows them to tackle many

thought provoking, spiritual and relevant issues.

This subject follows the OCR short course, and works in conjunction with the Devon

Agreed Syllabus. The course also has the possibility of accreditation as a short

course GCSE. This is 100% exam, with no coursework.

Students will study and discuss their views on some of the following issues:

• Religion and Human Relationships

• Religion and Medical Ethics

• Religion and Equality

• Religion, Poverty and Wealth

• Religion and The Media

• Religion, Peace and Justice

Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics is taught by a small team of specialist staff. This is a compulsory subject,

and all students will have 1 x 50 minute lesson a week


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There is an entitlement ICT programme for Years 10 and 11, which runs

alongside the PSHE and Citizenship modular courses. The course is

aimed at engaging students whilst also providing necessary computer and

software skills for all. Its objective is to ensure they are sufficiently

prepared for the ICT they will encounter as they progress through Key

Stage 4 and beyond. The course is delivered through the ICT department

and all students get one lesson per week.

We currently offer assessment for all students in Functional Skills ICT and it is hoped that all students will

attempt Level 2 ICT Functional Skills certification, worth ½ a GCSE at A* to C. This will formerly certify their ICT

ability and will be recognised by employers and other education institutions as proof of the student’s ability in


Functional skills are those core elements of ICT that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills

and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work.

Individuals who possess these skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and

employment. They will also be able to develop and secure the broader range of aptitudes, attitudes and

behaviours that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

Although students have practiced the skills needed for a Functional Skills

assessment during their work in ICT lessons during Key Stage 3 they will

need to perfect these skills before taking the assessment. The course that

is used to deliver Entitlement ICT has been carefully created to ensure that

essential skills are developed whilst producing meaningful output.

Students will develop their ICT skills by producing a curriculum vitae (CV)

and Personal Statement that they can use with employers or Further

Education establishments. They will also develop essential financial

understanding and investigate future career and learning opportunities.

The Functional Skills assessment is currently in two parts, a short multiple

choice and short answer examination and an on-screen assessment.

The course has also been designed to provide a route into, or further development of skills in, a wide range of

job roles within the dynamic interactive media industry. They are designed to stimulate students’ creativity and

develop real-world, practical skills that will motivate learning with a particular focus on interactive media areas

like; digital imaging, web design, graphic art, multimedia production, flash animation, 3D animation, sound

design and editing, special effects, video production, logo/titles design, desktop publishing, games design, and


It should be noted that this course is only intended to give students a

minimum level of ICT experience during Key Stage 4 and should not be

seen as a replacement for the IT GCSE or Nationals. GCSE or Nationals

are still recommended for all students who are intending to take ICT

qualifications later in their academic careers or those planning on career or

vocational paths that involve the need for significant ICT understanding.



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Art GCSE is open to all students; it is practical subject that allows students to work in an expressive and

individual way.

In all Art courses students will be building on the skills developed in Key Stage 3. The course is project based

and is designed to encourage students to work with growing independence as the course progresses. In all

projects students would be expected to draw, research and develop their ideas through to a final piece by using

a variety of materials, techniques and approaches. Students will continue to develop their understanding of Art,

Craft and Design from the past and present as well as from different cultures.

Our main requirement is that students are willing to work hard and have an enthusiasm for making Art!

Remember Art is a very rewarding subject but has added bonus of being useful for many careers including,

Architecture, Textile Design, Ceramics, Fashion, Interior design, Illustration, Web Design, Chef, Animator,

Garden Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser, Graphic Designer and many more.


We offer 2 different courses!

ART: (Range of materials) (3201)

This course suits that prefer to explore a range of materials in both 2D and 3D,

students will develop skills in painting and drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture,

batik and ceramics. Projects will have a range of starting points and will include

Fine Art and design. Students will gain the skills to respond to themes and

challenges such as “conflict” or re-inventing famous artworks! An exciting

opportunity to work in a flexible and experimental way.


In Fibre Art students will be introduced to a variety of visual and tactile experiences in a whole range of Fibre Art

media and techniques including dyed, printed, stitched and constructed fabric work. Using techniques and

processes such as, machine embroidery, batik, cutwork and other media manipulation.

Fibre Art is a very exciting course to explore different topics and themes in an alternative art medium. All

projects will be art based but in the production of final pieces paint and paper will be replaced with stitching,

fabric and dye. These final pieces may take many forms including pictures, panels, soft sculpture and decorative

accessories. An opportunity to do something different!


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The Coursework Folder (60% of total mark):

Projects produced throughout the course as classwork and homework.

The Controlled Test (40% of total mark):

Students respond to a question paper set by the examination board, there will be a preparatory period of four

weeks followed by 10 hours of supervised time.


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OCR Level 2 Nationals

2 GCSE equivalent = 3 units. To include units 1, 2 + one optional unit.

4 GCSE equivalent = 6 units. To include units 1,2,3,4, + two optional units.

Both courses are assessed through the coursework units, there are no


This qualification specifically aims to:

• Develop student's knowledge, experience and understanding of art and


• Develop student's ability to work effectively in different art and design


• Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills,

knowledge and understanding which students will need to undertake

further education opportunities or enter employment.

Units include:

• Unit 01: Planning and researching for art and design briefs.

• Unit 02: Exploring media, materials and techniques.

• Unit 03: Realising art and design ideas.

• Unit 04: Presenting and displaying work.

• Unit 05: Exploring photography.

• Unit 06: Exploring fashion and textiles.

• Unit 07: Exploring graphic design.

• Unit 08: Exploring the work of others.

• Unit 09: Exploring 3D design.

• Unit 10: Exploring Fine Art.

• Unit 11: Introduction to career planning for the art and design industry.

• Unit 12: Work experience in the art and design industry.


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ASDAN qualifications are internationally recognised and suitable for students of all abilities.

The qualifications can help students if they want to continue their education at college as well as preparing them

for employment. Students gain credits by working through challenges. There are a variety of modules to

choose from, these are:

Information Handling

Sports and Leisure

The Environment

Health and Survival


Expressive Arts

The Community

Home Management

Number Handling

World of Work

The Wider World

Beliefs and Values

Students compile a folder of work, which is then assessed. Alongside the work students also need to show they

have developed the following key skills:

Improving own learning and performance

Working with others

Problem solving


Application of number

Information technology

Students can achieve a Bronze or Silver Award or progress to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness,

which is the equivalent of a GCSE grade E. This course is accessed through the L Route.


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This course aims to give students opportunities to:

• make effective use of relevant terminology, concepts and methods and recognise the strengths and

limitations of the ideas used;

• apply their knowledge and critical understanding to current issues and problems in a wide range of

appropriate contexts;

• distinguish between facts and opinions and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data in order to help build

arguments and make informed judgements;

• appreciate the perspectives of a range of stakeholders in relation to the environment, individuals, society,

government and enterprise;

• have an understanding of the dynamics of business activity. The understanding must be rooted in current

business theory and practice and must reflect the integrated nature of organisations and their decisionmaking


• understand the practical side of running a business and appreciate the necessary skills involved.


The course is divided into units of varying length covering the following topics:

1. Introduction to Small Business – this covers the key issues and skills involved in

enterprise. The emphasis is on starting and running small businesses.

2. Investigating Small Business – this builds on the above knowledge and looks at the

key functions within small businesses.

3. Building a Business - this looks at the key issues in developing understanding of life in medium and large

sized businesses. We look at external factors such as the environment, ethical behaviour as well as

marketing and people management.

At Bideford College we teach Business Studies by:

• emphasising current issues which affect businesses, their operation and their success;

• focus on current business practice;

• using real business examples whenever possible;

• providing content that is firmly rooted in current business practice;

• helping students to understand the importance of seeing business problems and situations through different


• emphasising that ICT is essential to business decision making processes and success, and affects all

functional areas of business. Students should understand that the efficient use of information communication

technology depends upon the establishment of effective IT-based management information system;

• enabling students to identify business problems, plan appropriate investigations into such problems, and

make justifiable decisions consistent with their analysis of primary and/or secondary material in order to

suggest solutions to those problems.

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you:

• Have a keen interest in studying businesses and how money is made

• Want to focus on the real world of work, jobs and business

• Want to investigate how local and international businesses work

• Have aspirations to run your own business

• Like programmes such as Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice


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What about assessment and exams?

The assessment grid below shows the breakdown of the course:-

Unit 1 % Marks Time/pre-release

Introduction to


1.1 Spotting a business


1.2 Showing enterprise

1.3 Putting a business

idea into practice

1.4 Making the start-up


1.5 Understanding the

economic context

25 40

Compulsory unit

externally assessed

45 minutes (exam)

Unit 2

Investigating Small

Business (Content as

Unit 1)

Unit 3

Building a Business

25 40 Compulsory unit

controlled assessment.

Recommended time: 6

hours maximum for

research, 3 hours

maximum for write up

50 90

a. Marketing

b. Meeting customer


c. Effective financial


d. Effective people


e. The wider world

affecting business

Compulsory unit

externally assessed


Is there any coursework?


What skills do I need?

Business Studies requires students who have a range of skills and want to develop these and others during the


• You will enjoy researching information from a range of sources and present it in a variety of ways

• You will need good experience of using data, statistics and ICT software such as word processors and


• You will need good skills in communication and numeracy which will be useful in the world of work and are

valued by employers.

• You will enjoy the use and meaning of words and have good literacy skills.

What could I do next with GCSE Business Studies?

A good grade at GCSE will help you move onto a range of AS and A levels. You might want to continue with

Business Studies AS in Year 12, and/or study an area such as ICT. The subject is very useful if you are looking

for employment and/or going to university.

To find out more about the course, please see Mrs Merrick or visit


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This GCSE course offers students the opportunity to develop an awareness of the needs of children and to

increase their knowledge and understanding of how children develop from birth to 5 years.

The course covers the family, pregnancy and birth, care of the newborn baby, care of children to 5 years old,

including nutrition and health. The four areas of development are explored: physical development, intellectual

development, social and emotional development. Students will study play and toys, childcare provision and

safety and accident prevention.

Assessment is through two pieces of coursework – 60% and a final written exam – 40%.

The main coursework involves studying the progress and development of a child under the age of 5 years over

a period of time. It is essential that students have regular contact with this child for the duration of the course. A

second piece of coursework is a research task based on one aspect of the course.

Please note that this course is not a child-care course and it involves a lot of written work.

Tasting baby foods

The Virtual Babies

Making Playdough

Taking the Virtual

Baby home

The Simulation

Pregnancy Bump


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Students are expected to chose at least 1 of the technology subjects and have the

opportunity to choose to study a second technology subject. The faculty is pleased

now to be able to offer 8 different choices as detailed below. Students are welcome

to discuss any of their choices with the Heads of Technology, either Miss Dyer or Mr

Gilbert or indeed any of the Technology teachers. Students will learn the practical

ability to apply knowledge and skills when designing and making good quality

products with materials and components. They will learn the knowledge and skills

required to design and make products to evaluate and to improve their products until

they are fit for their intended purpose. During the course, students will develop

technological capability by systematic application of knowledge, concepts and skills.

They will also look at the impact of technology on everyday life.

Students will be expected to:

• identify and state clearly the needs and opportunities for design and technological activities through

investigation in a variety of contexts,

• generate a design specification, explore ideas to produce a design proposal and develop it into a realistic,

appropriate and achievable design,

• make artefacts, systems and environments, preparing and working to a plan and identifying, managing and

using appropriate resources, including knowledge and processes,

• develop, communicate and act upon an evaluation of the processes, products and effects of their design and

technological activities and those of others.

The emphasis throughout the whole course will be on designing and making. Whilst much of the work is

practical, students can expect to spend a proportion of their time taking notes and recording their ideas both

graphically and in a written form by hand and computer.

All Technology subjects are of equal complexity and difficulty. All have equal amounts of practical work and

written and design work.

Design and Technology : ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS - GCSE

What will the course involve?

There is hardly an industry you can’t work in without an Electronics background. Car Mechanic, Military

(Design), Military (Electronics Technician), Electrical Engineer, Computer Technician, Electronic Repair

Engineer, Electronic / Software Design Engineer … the list goes on! This course will help you acquire the basics

of electronics: handy for all engineering sectors and industrial design work. Will complement physics, ICT and

engineering interests as well as being useful for technician roles or further education. It will be fun, hard work

and rewarding.

What will I study during the course?

Year 10

• Learn about existing electronic products that you use everyday.

• Build your own circuits using computer simulation programs.

• Build real circuits using a wide range of components.

• Program your own Integrated Circuits.

• Design your own electronic products.

Year 11

• Major Coursework Project – This involves researching, designing, developing and making an electronic

product. Recent students have designed BB Gun Targets, Automatic Cat Flaps, Surf prediction systems,

Windsurfing aids, Fish Bite Alarms, Baby Monitors, Motor Cross Start Gates and more. ….. The choice is


• Preparation for exam

Which syllabus will I be following? AQA – Design Technology/Electronic Products

How is this GCSE assessed? Coursework Folder (60% of total mark) A coursework project based around a

design brief of your choice will be produced during classwork and homework. Written Exam (40% of total mark).

For more information see Mr Fordham


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Design and Technology: PRODUCT DESIGN

What will the course involve?

All major companies have a product development team. They create the fantastic new products that appear on

the shelves in the shops. This course offers an exciting opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and

skills within the product design industry. It is an ideal course is for anyone who has a passion for design and

practical making skills. It will be fun, hard work and rewarding. Developing all types of problem solving skills.

What will I study during the course?

Year 10

Year 11

• The design process

• Basic Skills

• Material areas such as woods, metals, plastics, smart materials and electronics

• How to design products for a required purpose or need,

• Production methods and Industrial Processes

• Design history, iconic products and design movements

• Major Coursework Project – This involves designing, making and developing products in answer to a design

brief and presenting a design folder. Recent students have designed products based on a problem of their

choosing. Some examples are skateboarding breaking systems to learn how to skateboard, a clip system to

prevent the strap from coming free from guitars, a golfing product to prefect the technique of putting.

Students are encouraged to use ICT as much as possible.

• Preparation for exams

• There is also the opportunity to enter national design competitions; in fact in 2007 Rob Jeffery a year 11

student was crowned Young Designer of the Year.

Which syllabus will I be following?

OCR – - design technology/Product design technology

How is this GCSE assessed?

Coursework Folder (60% of total mark) A coursework project based around a design brief of your choice will be

produced during class work and homework. Of which this is split 60% in favour of making the actual product


Written Exams (40% of total mark) Design exam (20%) Students will be given a specific theme in which they will

have to spend six hour designing and making a product under exam conditions. Theory exam (20%) Students

will be tested on all aspects of design and material areas. They will be expected to know about design eras,

movements and iconic products.

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Design and Technology: GCSE GRAPHIC PRODUCTS

What will the course involve?

Graphic Designers create ideas for a vast range of products that surround us in

everyday life. Examples include books, magazines, TV graphics, posters and

packaging. Graphic Products involves the study and development of 3D products

that include aspects of Graphic Design, The study of Graphic Products offers

exciting opportunities to students who display a flair to develop ideas and

communicate these through a variety of drawing and modelling techniques. Graphic

Products is not all about drawing, and includes making 3D products from compliant

materials that include paper, board and plastics.

What will I study during the course?

Year 10

Study includes the following areas:

• The design process, following the way in which designers work in industry

• The use of a variety of graphic media and equipment

• Sketching & enhancement techniques

• A variety of drawing techniques

• The application of range of graphic materials [papers, boards, plastics]

• The use of CAD for development of ideas and modelling

• Packaging – design and production

• Industrial processes such as printing and finishing techniques

Single lessons will often cover theory, and you will undertake 2 designs and make assignments mostly in double

lessons. Current year 10 projects include designing a logo and freestanding menu for a juice or coffee bar, and

a point of sale display for the launch of a new CD or DVD.

Year 11

• Major Coursework Project

This involves designing and making a graphic product that will fulfil the requirements of a design brief. You will

be able to choose from a selection of problems to solve each giving opportunity to attain your target grade.

Examples include: designing innovative packaging for cosmetics, point of sale displays, board games, logo and

image for a new shop or restaurant. You will be expected to complete the coursework in lessons and

homework. It should represent about 40 hours work.

Exam preparation

Which syllabus will I be following? AQA – - design technology/graphic products

How is this GCSE assessed? Coursework Folder [60% of total mark] - Written Exam [40% of total mark]

Three months before the written exam the students will receive a Preparation paper that will set the theme for

the exam. Revision lessons will then be structured around the focus.

Students will need to buy an A3 folder for their design work and equipment such as a fine liner and colour

pencils is recommended.


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Design and Technology: FOOD TECHNOLOGY - GCSE

What will the course involve?

All food companies have a product development team. They create the fantastic new products that appear on

the shelves in the shops and supermarkets. This course offers an exciting opportunity for students to combine

their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create a quality product. It will

also encourage students critical and aesthetic abilities thus allowing them to evaluate existing products. It is an

ideal course for anyone who has a passion for designing and developing food ideas.

What will I study during the course?

Year 10

• Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certificate (replaces Food Hygiene Certificate)

• Food product design, development and production

• The composition, structure and properties of food

• Food manufacture and processing

• Students will be given the opportunity to apply ICT skills to a range of design and make activities

• Students will participate in a range of investigative, experimental and practical activities

Year 11

• Major Coursework Project – this involves designing, making and developing food products to meet a

design brief and presenting a design folder. Recent students have designed products inspired by

different countries, new ides for desserts and tasty savoury snacks.

• Preparation for exam

Which syllabus will I be following? - AQA 3542 GCSE Food Technology

How is the GCSE assessed?

Controlled Task (60% of total mark)

A coursework project based around a design brief

chosen from a given selection will be produced during

classwork and homework.

Written Exam (40% of total mark)

Three months before the final exam the students will

receive a ‘Preparation paper’ that will set the theme for

the exam. Revision lessons will be structured around


Students will need to bring ingredients from home most weeks. This is essential if students are to be able to

follow this course.

For more information see Miss Dyer


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Design and Technology: TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY - GCSE

What will the course involve?

This course offers an exciting opportunity for students to combine their designing and

making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create a quality product. It

is an ideal course for anyone who has a passion for designing and making textile

produces either fashion or furnishings.

What will I study during the course?

Year 10

• The composition, structure and properties of fabrics and fibres

• Textile manufacture and processes

• Task 1 – Students will undertake a fashion project examining current trends

and design and make a piece of clothing for themselves.

• Task 2 – Students will experiment with different decorative techniques eg.

Silk painting, transfer paints, quilting and appliqué. They will then design and

make an item using these techniques.

Year 11

• Major Coursework Project – this involves designing, developing and making a textile product either

fashion or furnishing to meet a design brief and presenting a design folder Recent students have

designed products inspired by different designers, different cultures and artists.

Which syllabus will I be following? - AQA 3547 GCSE Textiles Technology

How is the GCSE assessed?

Coursework Folder (60% of total mark)

A coursework project based around a design brief of your choice will be

produced during classwork and homework.

Written Exam (40% of total mark)

Three months before the written exam the students will receive a ‘Preparation

paper’ that will set the theme for the exam. Revision lessons will then be

structured around this.

Students will need to supply fabric and components in the fashion task in

Year 10 and for their GCSE project.

For interested students the department offer ‘A’ Level D & T Textiles in Years 12 and 13.

For more information see Mrs Boyne


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The Design and Technology Faculty are offering one of the

new vocational GCSE’s in Workshop Products

Manufacturing. A Vocational GCSE is a nationally recognised

work-related qualification designed to provide a choice of

routes into further education or employment. Manufacturing

is one of the most important job sectors offering a wide

choice of careers. Manufacturing is about designing

processes to produce products on a large scale to a standard


This course is a double award course which means that at

the end two GCSE’s are awarded. It takes twice the

curriculum time of a single GCSE, currently the equivalent of

one whole day per week. However, there is obviously twice

as much work as a single GCSE.

Why should students choose this course?

You will:

• Be learning in both classroom and practical environments

• Have an opportunity to learn in a practical way and apply your skills in work related situations

• Develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and further education

• Carry out a range of activities including investigations into different aspects of manufacturing industries

• Gain a good understanding of the main principals of manufacturing and an insight into how companies


• Learn about manufacturing practices and processes

What will students do on the course?

The emphasis of this course is vocational in that they are designed to simulate the way products are

manufactured in the real world. Students will spend a large amount of time on practical work studying different

skills and techniques. Students will not always be making individual items but instead will be working together

to produce items in quantity. Working in teams is a key aspect and students will not be successful if they cannot

master this skill.

Students will visit various different companies to see how manufacturing companies run their production and

outside speakers will talk to students about differing aspects of the industry. Students will have the opportunity

to not only work in an industrial way but hopefully to have related work experience. Students will use hand and

power equipment including ICT and CAD/CAM equipment where appropriate.

Students will learn how to develop design specifications and design ideas, how to present design solutions,

work with production plans and schedule manufacture. They will use appropriate tools and equipment, how to

combine assemble and finish materials and components/ingredients, applying quality and production control.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed in three ways:

• Firstly the student’s ability to develop a design specification for a product and plan a design and

manufacturing solution

• Secondly the student’s ability to work in a team to manufacture a quantity of products

• Thirdly a written open examination based on the application of the skill learnt throughout the course. The

paper is not an ’easy’ paper in that it caters for students or all abilities from A* through to G.


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Students will work largely within the College workshops

using a variety of different tools and equipment. Students

will experience the use of Wood, Metal, Plastics and other

relevant materials. Students will use both hand and power

tools and computer-controlled equipment.

Initially students will begin to construct smaller items working

in small teams and as their skill base increases they will

produce more and more complex items. Students will have

the opportunity to work on different stages of production.

Students will work on a variety of different projects

throughout the course, some will be set by the class teacher,

some will be set after discussions with local people, some

will be determined by the student teams themselves as a

response to a local need.

The course will be of particular interest to students who

have an interest in making things and would like to have

a greater understanding of how everyday objects are

made in industry. It would suit students who may

consider entering one aspect of the many different

manufacturing professions when they leave College.


Students are assessed on how well they work within a

team so this will only suit students who can work with

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What will the course involve?

This course offers an exciting opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and

skills within the catering industry. It is an ideal course is for anyone who has a passion

for preparing and cooking food and wants to learn more about food and the industry. It

will be fun, hard work and rewarding. This course gives students a suitable basis for

further study at 16+.It also provides a satisfying and worthwhile course of study for

students with an interest in Food but who may choose not to progress to further study

in the subject.

What will I study during the course?

The course covers four areas:





The catering industry,

Nutrition & menu planning,

Food production

Technological advancements.

As part of the GCSE course students will take the Level 2 Food Safety Certificate in Catering which has

replaced the Food Hygiene Certificate and is a recognized qualification for all who work in commercial food


Course Contents

Only students with a love of cooking should choose this course since practical work is an essential part and

students will need to provide ingredients and cook on a weekly basis. Students will be required to dress in a

catering uniform for all practical work.

Students will work using a large selection of equipment and techniques. They will develop practical catering

abilities by making a wide range of foods to include: stocks, sauces, starters, egg dishes, rice pasta, fish, meat,

poultry, pastry, cakes, desserts and yeast mixtures.

Which syllabus will I be following? GCSE catering

How is this GCSE assessed?

The Scheme of Assessment consists of:

• Final Examination 40%

• Practical Assessment Year 10 15%

• Practical Assessment Year 11 25%

• Work Experience 20%

Students will need to bring ingredients from home most weeks. This is essential if students are to be able to

follow this course.

For more information see Miss Dyer


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(Double Award)

What will the course involve?

The course is worth 2 GCSE’s and expands on what is offered in the single Catering

GCSE by investigating the Hospitality Industry in more depth. You will use this

information to help you to organise and host an event.

What will I study during the course?

The course covers four areas:

o Catering skills related to food preparation and service

o Catering, food and the customer

o Hospitality skills related to events and functions

o Hospitality and the customer

Course Contents

Areas of study:

• The industry – hospitality and food + drink.

• Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.

• Health, safety and hygiene.

• Food preparation, cooking and presentation.

• Nutrition and menu planning.

• Communication, teamwork and record keeping.

• Types of service provided and the related client groups.

• Planning for functions and events.

• Costing menus and events.

• Customer care.

Which syllabus will I be following? Hospitality and Catering Double Award

How is this GCSE assessed?

• UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food prep and service

Practical Assessment Controlled Task 30%

• UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer

Written Paper 1 ¼ hours 20%

• UNIT 3: Hospitality skills related to events and functions

Event Based Task 30%

• UNIT 4: Hospitality and the customer

Written Paper 1 ¼ hours 20%

As part of the GCSE course students will also take the Level 2 Food Safety Certificate in Catering which is a

recognized qualification for all who work in commercial food preparation.

So are you up to the challenge?

Do you want to be the next Jamie, Gordon or Nigella?

If you think this is the course for you please see Miss Dyer


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With the purpose built Theatre, the Drama and Theatre Arts course offers a challenging and very exciting

opportunity for those students who are interested in Performance and producing drama.

There are very few careers today that do not require the ability to work with other

people. The ability to express ourselves in words is an important skill in the modern

world. Students following either Drama Course will develop creative and transferable

skills within the practical Drama lesson. Being involved in a theatrical performance

brings together many personal qualities and capabilities. The work demands

sensitivity, discipline, commitment, confidence, trust, understanding and sincerity.

The work also brings excitement and enthusiasm unique to theatre to those taking


The Drama and Theatre Arts courses offer a wealth of skill and opportunities to students. They offer skills

suitable for careers in theatre, television, radio, teaching, design, music, fashion and any career where the

ability to work with people and express oneself is an important part.

What do you do during the two years?

A large amount of time is devoted to practical work. Students must be aware that homework can take the form

of practical rehearsals after school and in your own time. During the Drama lessons students explore all

aspects of theatrical presentation. The skills and discipline of performer and actor are explored together with

how roles and characters are created and developed.


Drama skills are used to explore a variety of stimuli or texts (Paper 1: Unit 1) and a complete play text(s)

(Paper 1: Unit 2). In the Spring Term of the second year, students rehearse towards a final devised or scripted

performance which is examined by a visiting examiner.

The course also involves the learning of a theatrical vocabulary so that students become adept at selecting the

most effective means of expression for their piece of Theatre.

Paper 1: Practical Coursework – 60% of the marks.

Unit 1: using Drama to explore ideas and issues within workshops spread over half a term.

Unit 2: interpretation of a complete play within workshops spread over half a term.

The year 10 course is based upon skills and techniques used within this explorative practical work.

Each unit of practical work is supported by the written portfolio which involves evaluation and recording of your

practical work.

Paper 2: Practical Performance – 40% of the marks.

The performance of either:

• a devised performance or

• a scripted performance.

The paper has the technical option or performance support, here you choose from one of the following:

Costumes, masks/make-up, stage design, lighting or sound. This performance is presented in the evening to a

visiting examiner with an invited audience.

During the two-year course you will be taking part in a number of performances in the Theatre in the evening.

These will be assessed as part of this GCSE examination.

This course finishes in the Spring Term of the second year. There is no written examination in this GCSE


As part of the course Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to take part in theatre workshops and visit

theatre performances at Plymouth, Bristol or London.

We would strongly advise students wishing to take A Level Drama in the Sixth Form to follow this GCSE

Drama course in Years 10 and 11.


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What do I get at the end of this course?

BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to 2 GCSEs grades A*- C. It will be achieved over two years in three

lessons a week.

What is a BTEC first?

A BTEC First Certificate is a practical, work related course.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and


How is this course assessed?

This course is 100% coursework and performance based pieces. There are no external written exams for this


How is this course structured?

The First Certificate in Performing Arts is made up of Core Unit and 2 Specialist Units, outlined below.

Core Unit


The skills developed in this unit are vital in the development of confidence and understanding of the role of the


Specialist Units

Understanding Drama

Provides an overview to the field of drama allowing both theoretical and practical exploration of drama forms

and the process of creating drama.

Performing Scripted Plays

Learners will develop the skills required to interpret a role as written by a playwright and will rehearse a role

within a group and perform it before an audience.


• Prepares you for careers in the performing arts industry.

• Will provide a broad educational base for further training, further education or for employment within the

performing arts sector.

• Motivates learners via applied learning and assessment.

• BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions.

• Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications e.g. BTEC Nationals.

• Esteem of working in a sector of choice

What can I do at the end of this course?

• Go on to study A Levels or BTEC National/Higher in Performing Arts.

• Further train in the Performing Arts industry.

• Go on to work in the Performing Arts business


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The aim of KS3 Geography is to engage and stimulate students into the world around them – both locally and

globally. If you have enjoyed it so far – keep going, it only gets better!

This course is brilliant because:

• It is only 50% final exam

• You have another exam, which you don’t have to revise for! You just have to make sure you have a good

understanding about the topic the exam is on

• There will be field trips

• You are taught interesting, up to date and varied topics

• We help you to get proper exam practice all the way through the course so you really know how to achieve in

the exam at the end of the course

• We have very good results

• Lots of students enjoy it so much they go on to do Geography related jobs, AS/ A2 Geography or to do

Geography related courses at University

• It teaches you a range of skills, which can be improved at A Level or easily transferred to help in other


There are two tiers of entry to the final exam enabling all students to achieve success within a wide ability


• Foundation Paper is designed for grades C-G

• Higher Paper for grades A*-D.


Below is a list of what you need to study for the exam and then a quick break down of what the exam will be

like. You can use to prepare thoroughly for the exams.


% of your final mark

Decision Making Exercise (DME) 25% 1 hour

Terminal exam 50% 1 hour 30 minutes

Controlled assessment 25%

Pay attention to what your teacher tells you as the exam can be taken at different times.


• Hydrological cycle and drainage basins

• River process and landforms

• River flooding

• Coastal processes and landforms

• Coastal management


• Population distribution, structure and change

• Migration

• Changing land use within settlements

• Goods and retail provision in settlements


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• The nature and distribution of natural hazards (what and where? Earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms,

floods, droughts).

• Processes responsible for these natural hazards (physical processes and people’s activities).

• Effects of natural hazards on people (comparison of effects on rich/poor, urban/rural)

• Protection from natural hazards


• Measuring wealth

• Countries and different stages of development

• Aid

• The economies of other countries and how they are linked to ours

• Location of industries

• Climate change

Students considering further study will find that the successful A Level course has been designed to allow a

smooth transition the GCSE programme.


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Health and Social Care is an ideal subject for students who feel they may be

interested in a career in healthcare, child care or social care. In year 10 we offer

several courses:

GCSE Double Award

A double award is equal to two GCSEs grade A*-G.

Over two years you will study:

Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision: a study of a local service and the people who use it

and work there.

Understanding Personal development and Relationships: an examined unit that looks at how we grow

and develop, what makes us tick and why we are all unique individuals.

Promoting Health and Well-Being: a study of an individual’s health and planning how to improve it.

Safeguarding and Protecting Individuals: an examined unit that studies health and safety, first aid and

keeping people safe.

GCSE Single Award

A single award leads to one GCSE grade A*-G and you will complete two units:

Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision: a study of a local service and the people who use it

and work there.

Understanding Personal development and Relationships: an examined unit that looks at how we grow

and develop, what makes us tick and why we are all unique individuals.

OCR National Certificate in Health and Social Care

This course involves no exams and is equivalent to four GCSEs grades

A-C. It is ideal for students who prefer to be assessed practically and

through role-play and presentations. Students complete 6 pieces of

coursework covering subjects such as Practical Caring, Communication

Skills, Working in Health and Social Care and Health and Safety.

All of these courses are studied with the OCR Examination Board. For

more details please see the Bideford College web site or visit


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Ever wanted to know why Hitler was allowed to get away with what he

did? Or why he even got into power in the first place?

Did you know that blood-letting using leeches and trepanning (drilling

holes in the head) were common forms of medical treatment in the past?

Or that a surgeon’s skill in the 19 th century was based on how quickly he

could cut a person’s leg off before they fainted with the pain? You can

learn all this and more if you opt to study GCSE History.

The syllabus offered is the Schools History Project GCSE B (SHP) run

by the Edexcel Examination Board.

The course content is as follows:

Medicine and Treatment - Students will begin their study with a look at prehistoric Britain and the Ancient

World. They will then examine the History of medicine focusing on aspects such as the development of the

medical profession, surgery, medical theories and important individuals. They will consider factors of change

and how these helped or hindered development, such as war, technology or religion.

Sample questions:

• Describe the importance of Hippocrates to the development of medicine?

• How significant was war as a factor of change in the development of surgery?

The Transformation of Surgery, 1848-1918 – Students study how surgery was transformed – from

unaided amputations to the discovery and increased usage of anaesthetics, antiseptics and blood

transfusions using historical sources.

Controlled Assessment – On the Vietnam War.

The course is assessed the following ways:-

For the first time we are able to offer the History GCSE as a Modular Course. The Students are able to sit an

exam after each unit studied throughout the two years of the GCSE. This means that the work to be examined is

fresher in the student’s minds, revision is easier and more immediate and allows for the chance of resits if


Three Units – Germany, Medicine and Treatment & the Transformation of Surgery – each has an exam of 1

hour 15 minutes at the end of the unit. Each is worth 25% of the final mark.

One Unit – The Vietnam War – A controlled assessment – students investigate and analyse three different

sources and produce a written assignment. This is worth 25% of the final mark.

All students are welcome to study GCSE History, although we do expect a positive attitude and commitment.

For those who struggle with the full course, we do offer an Entry Level Certificate. This is assessed on a

submitted portfolio of work.

Where can History take you?

History is not just about taking you back to the past. It can take you places in

your future as well!

David Nicholls, Head of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, suggests

that after studying History "you can aspire to be Prime Minister, a press baron,

overlord of the BBC, a famous lawyer, Archbishop of Canterbury, diplomat,

Oxbridge vice-chancellor, famous comedian, business multimillionaire or celebrated

pop musician". His research into the careers of thousands of history graduates has

shown a disproportionate number of high fliers." Not only do history graduates enter

a wide range of careers, many rise to the top."


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Historians holding political power include Gordon Brown, Alan Milburn and John Prescott. At least four

historians have become bishops in the past ten years and in business, historians have swept the board. Among

the company directors, chief executives and managing directors who studied history are Lord Sainsbury, Sir

Roland Smith, chairman of Manchester United plc and Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop. Research also

shows that significant numbers of Cabinet ministers (six at present) and University vice-chancellors are


The skills acquired by studying history provide students with a wide range of transferable skills, which are

important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of issues and events is one. Other skill areas

developed in studying history include:

• an ability for clear expression both oral and written

• putting forward ideas and arguments in a concise manner

• gathering, investigating and assessing material

• condensing facts, ideas and arguments

• basing conclusions on research

• synthesising ideas

• organising material in a logical and coherent way

Some of the jobs that benefit from studying History: archaeologist, archivist, museum work, historical

researcher, university lecturer, History teacher, lawyer, barrister, business manager, prime minister, politician,

journalist, civil service, intelligence, librarian, publishing, recruitment, travel, art historian, heritage work, tourism,

project management, risk analysis, banking, advertising, marketing... the list goes on.

As you can see, GCSE History is an excellent choice.


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This is an optional course selected from the option blocks and taught over 3

lessons per week in Year 10 and 11. This course is intended for those

students who are intending to progress to A Level in this subject or related

areas. There is less emphasis on coursework and practical skills that the OCR

Nationals course and more emphasis on theoretical understanding and linking

this understanding to practical activities. Currently final certification is worth 1

GCSE but there are discussions with the examination board about a 2 GCSE

option becoming available.

The course divides into 4 main sections and will be 40% examination and 60% coursework. The first half of the

course will focus on general ICT applications and general theory. The second half will focus on digital

interactive tools such as website design, computer games design and databases.

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of

individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and

emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range

of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money

management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop

awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of

safe, secure and responsible practice.

Overall Assessment: Examination – 90 minutes – 20% of final mark.

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of

digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect

critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into

practice what they learned about digital technology

in Unit 1.

Assessment: Controlled Assessment Brief (Practical task set by the board) – 40% of final mark.

UNIT 3: Exploring Digital Design

In this unit, students explore the design of interactive digital products such as

websites, computer games and databases. They learn how to interpret and produce

design documentation. Students investigate the properties of different types of digital

content and features of the user interface. They develop knowledge and

understanding of legal and other constraints affecting the production and use of

digital content.

Assessment: Examination – 90 minutes – 20% of final mark.

UNIT 4: Creating Digital Products

This is a practical unit. Students apply the knowledge and understanding of digital design they acquired in Unit 3

to produce an interactive digital product for others to use. They can choose what sort of product to design and

make, but it must include an appropriate user interface and user input must determine the outputs that are


Assessment: Controlled Assessment Brief (Practical task set by the board) – 40% of final mark.

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These qualifications aim to:


If ICT is a definite option choice for you this is the course to pick. OCR

National is an optional course selected in one option column, consisting

three lessons per week over two years, the same amount of time as a

single GCSE course. It is intended for those students who want at

least two GCSE (A* to C) equivalent in ICT. Although it is expected

most students will get the two GCSE (A* to C) equivalent, it is possible

to get three or possibly even four GCSE’s (A* to C) for students who

demonstrate strong ability and positive work ethic during the two years.

It is a different approach to that adopted by the GCSE ICT course and

would suit those students with practical interest and ability in ICT who

achieved at least a Level 5 in ICT at Key Stage 3. This option cannot

be chosen alongside the GCSE ICT option.

The OCR Nationals suite of qualifications provides candidates with high

quality, industry-relevant qualifications geared to the specific

requirements of key sectors. They are vocationally-related

qualifications that provide valuable opportunities for individuals to

develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding

which will support entry into work or progression to further studies

through Further Education or Higher Education. The OCR Nationals are

attractive, practically-based qualifications intended to stimulate and

interest candidates.

1. develop your knowledge and understanding of the Information and Communication Technology sector

2. develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment

situations, thereby enhancing your employability within the Information and Communication Technology


3. develop your ability to work autonomously and effectively in an Information and Communication

Technology context

4. enable you to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of Information and

Communication Technology, and demonstrate the skills required in an IT specific or non-IT specific


5. encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that you

will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or

part-time basis

Key features of the assessment of these qualifications are:

• Assessment of all units can take place at a time to suit candidates and centres. There are no timetabled

exams required.

• Tutors and assessors can draw on real work-based opportunities for candidates to generate evidence.

This approach has been found to motivate candidates and increase the likelihood of them staying on

the programme. Even where work-based activities are limited; these qualifications are designed to

enable candidates to generate assessment evidence in a vocationally-relevant context.

• Performance at unit level is graded holistically, as Pass, Merit or Distinction, recognising that

candidates may perform better in meeting the requirements of some objectives more than others.

• All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator.


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Course Structure

Assessment is made in a range of topic areas divided into units. The

course is made up of a series of units which when assessed together

total a specific amount of guided learning hours. The intention is for all

students to achieve the OCR Nationals Award in ICT (equivalent to 2

GCSE’s at A* to C). The Award is made up of units totalling 180 guided

learning hours (glh).

All courses start with the mandatory unit called ICT Skills for Business.

This is worth 60 glh. It will be combined with an optional unit called Web

Page Creation also worth 60 glh which will be delivered alongside two

smaller units called Creating Animation and Creating Computer

Graphics (each worth 30 glh) to make the required total of 180 glh.

There will be opportunities for students who are doing well to attempt

other units to gain either the First Certificate (equivalent to 3 GCSE’s at

A* to C), or Certificate (equivalent to 4 GCSE’s at A* to C).

Summary of Available Certification:

First Award 1 GCSE 90 gl hours max of ONE 30 hr unit

Award 2 GCSE 180 gl hours max of TWO 30 hr units

First Certificate 3 GCSE 270 gl hours max of THREE 30 hr units

Certificate 4 GCSE 360 gl hours max of FOUR 30 hr units

Further information is available on the OCR website by searching

for Qualifications – OCR Nationals – ICT Level 2.

Alternatively please speak to Mr Fairweather.


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The Integrated Course is designed for those students who would benefit from a less demanding programme.

The course offers students the opportunity of covering a wide range of interesting activities, which will be taught

on a modular basis. In practice this means that students, in classes of around fifteen, are involved in activities

that change every term over the two years. The majority of the students’ time will be spent with specialist staff

offering the kind of regular contact, which leads to the establishment of good personal relationships.

Throughout the whole course, every effort will be made to ensure that each student is given a wide-ranging and

useful foundation in those areas, which are likely to affect him/her in the years immediately after leaving


The course will include the following modules:

You and Your Body

Basic Anatomy and Physiology – the type of information that should be found in any life skills

course for 15/16 year olds, e.g. Smoking, drinking, pregnancy, skin care, adolescent


The Environment

What does “environment” mean, studying various environments and setting up a seawater aquarium. The

seashore is also studied.

STEP Schools' Traffic Education Programme

This is a national course aimed at educating youngsters in the art of road use, both as pedestrians and riders.

The main thrust of the course is safety.

The War (In Europe and at Home)

The war in Europe will look at the rise of Hitler, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, D-

Day Landings and the final liberation of Europe. The War at Home will explore

many aspects such as bombing, evacuation and "dig for victory".

Life Skills

These modules cover a variety of areas of interest to young people. Money matters, wages, tax, insurance,

savings, banks etc., the Law and the Young Adult, housing, the magistrates' court, various offences, local laws.

European Awareness

As ties with Europe strengthen, it is important that students have an understanding of what Europe means to

them, how Europe works etc.

Economic Awareness

A small business is established by students, normally centred around horticulture and using the College



Types of housing, safety, dealing with emergencies.


The BBC Schools TV series is followed in one module.

awareness amongst young people.

This aims to promote social responsibility and

“Local” Studies

We travel from the Solar System to Bideford and investigate the world

on our journey!


A variety of internal and external certificates will be presented as the course progresses.


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Year 1

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Written Paper – 1 hour 30mins – 60 marks – 20%

External Assessment

Based on pre-released topic with guidance and stimulus.

What is Media Studies?

Remember the work you did at the beginning of Year 9 – doing your

quiz shows or looking at advertising? Well, that was a sample of

what goes on in media studies.

Media Studies is a DOUBLE AWARD – that means it’s the

equivalent of two GCSE’s

What will I have to do?

The course is divided into four units over the two years, with two

externally assessed exams. The units are:

Unit 2: Understanding the Media

Controlled Assessment taken from banks of set assignments – 90 marks – 30%

Three Assignments: Introductory assignment; Cross-media assignment; Practical Production and


Year 2

Unit 3: Exploring Media Industries

Written Paper – 1 hour 30mins – 60 marks – 20%

External Assessment

Section A: 10 short answer questions.

Section B: 5 longer responses to a media stimulus.

Unit 4: Responding to a Media Brief

Controlled Assessment – set brief (changed annually) – 90 marks – 30%

Research, Planning and Presentation to a ‘client’. Fully Realised Production and Evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

40% your marks will come from two exams, the remaining 60% from coursework.

What else do I need to know?

Media studies is not an easy option. It’s a steep learning curve, and you will be expected to work

independently as well as receiving support from your teacher.

Access to a computer at home is very important, as is a pen drive for data storage, and a pair of inear


You have to be able to work as part of a team, as well as work on your own, so you need to be able to

communicate with others. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own work, and the work

of any group you are part of. And of course you have to be reliable as well as responsible, as will be

working with expensive equipment and will not always be supervised.

It’s hard, but fun!


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Why should I do a language?

Most young people today should study at least one foreign language at least to GCSE level. A GCSE in a

language will earn you a lot of respect and increase your chances of finding employment in many areas. Many

companies are finding it increasingly difficult to find young people with the language skills they need and are

having to employ people of different nationalities to fill the jobs because their language skills are so much better.

Also many of the better universities are now requiring a language as a standard entry requirement to all

courses. Apart from these very good reasons for continuing with your languages, the skills of listening, reading,

writing and speaking which we teach will help you do better in all your subjects.

What can I study?

This year we are offering two types of courses:

GCSE in French, Spanish as a continuation of the language you are studying now.

GCSE German from scratch

GCSE Applied French Leisure and Tourism (You need to have studied French)

What will I actually learn and what do I have to do for the exam?

GCSE Applied French – Leisure and Tourism

This is a new course being offered for the first time. It will offer the students the opportunity of studying the

language in a specific context that of the leisure and tourism industry. It is a very practical course with

assessment being done on the computer and assessments taken as and when the students are ready to take

them. The students also keep recorded evidence for their speaking assessments. All the main skills will be

studied - listening, reading, writing and speaking but focused around the topics listed below.

Topics to be studied include:

1. At the tourist office

2. At the sports centre

3. In the hotel

4. Travelling to France

5. In the café, bar or restaurant

6. Festivals in town

7. Working in France

8. Working in the Leisure and Tourism industry

9. Internet cafes

GCSE French, Spanish and German

The GCSE course consists of 4 units based on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Listening

and reading are externally assessed by examination and speaking and writing will be internally assessed by the

teacher. Themes to be covered in the course will be:

1. Media and Culture – Music, films and reading

2. Sport and Leisure – Hobbies and interests, sporting events, lifestyle choices.

3. Travel and tourism – Holidays, accommodation, eating and food and drink.

4. Business, Work and Employment – Work experience and part-time jobs, product and

service information

For some candidates it may be possible to double enter for both exams.


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Common Topic areas include:

Out and About:

• visitor information

• basic weather

• local amenities

• accommodation

• public transport

• directions

Customer Service and Transactions:

• cafes and restaurants

• shops

• dealing with problems

Personal Information:

• general interests

• leisure activities

• family and friends

• lifestyle

Future Plans, Education and Work:

• basic language of the Internet

• job advertisements

• job applications and CV’s

• school and college

• work and work experience

Good Luck! Bonne Chance! Viel Glück! ¡Buena Suerte!

“It’s your world – communicate with it”


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Year 10 Options Statement

In GCSE Music students take the following units of study:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Listening to and Appraising Music

Composition and Appraisal

Performance – one solo and one group


It is a flexible course based upon the following 5 themes:






Rhythm and Metre

Harmony and Tonality

Texture and Melody

Timbre and Dynamics

Structure and Form

The content is developed through three Strands of Learning:

• The Western Classical Tradition

• Popular Music of the 20 th and 21 st centuries

• World Music

The GCSE course in Music is open to students who have a particular interest in Music who enjoy developing

and improving performing skills.

Here are some of the main questions that students ask when considering music as a GCSE subject:

Do I have to be a good player before I can do GCSE music?

You need to have a genuine interest in the subject and a willingness to perform on an instrument or sing. All

students taking music in years 10 and 11 receive regular tuition on the instrument (including voice) of their

choice and specialist teachers will help students reach the standard required at GCSE – but a great deal of

dedication and hard work is required

One of the aims of GCSE music is to develop your performing skills throughout the course. It would be difficult

to achieve success without developing performance skills.

What type of music will I study?

Well, you may well become a rock star. But all types of music are considered equal. If you are interested in

Rock Music, you can be assessed in that musical style. If it’s classical music that you are interested in, that’s

fine too. During the course, all students study music they are most interested in but are also introduced to

musical styles with which they may be less familiar. Students are required to be open to all types of music.

I’ve been told you have to be a good composer. Is that true?

Because I don’t how to make music up!

Throughout the course, many different types of music are considered. Students

practice composing exercises that help to develop ideas and experiment with many

different methods of composing music. For the GCSE examination, 2 or 3 good

compositions written during the course must be entered as coursework.


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Is music at GCSE just like it is in year 7, 8 & 9?

No. It’s very different. There are really three sections to the course studied alongside each other. The first two

have already been mentioned - PERFORMING and COMPOSING - and the final area is listening and

understanding music. For this part of the course, music in styles taken from all over the world is heard,

discussed, analysed, performed and written.

I want to be a doctor, a pilot, a soldier, a primary school teacher or a nurse - what use is

GCSE music for professions like these?

A student who left Bideford College in 2000 with a GCSE in music has

supplied the following answer:

“Music GCSE is not essential. It took me a long time to decide what I wanted

to be when I left school. Eventually, I went for an interview for a university

place to be a primary school teacher. They told me that because I had GCSE

music, I had increased my chances of employment.”

If you are thinking about taking music and have any further questions,

please ask.


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This course offers students the opportunity to gain a qualification in Physical Education and includes practical

and classroom based theory lessons. Those who choose PE will either take GCSE PE or the BTEC First

Certificate in Sport. Which course they take will be decided after discussion with their PE teachers and after

their practical and theory ability has been assessed.

Students who take PE as a qualification will also have their normal core PE lessons with the rest of their year


Practical (60%)


Students must take 4 practical assessments. At least 2 of these

must be as a player/performer. There is some written work within

the practical.

Students will take part in a number of sports which may be team

games and/or individual activities. It is an advantage if they are

playing/performing at a high standard in at least one sport. It is

possible for students to be assessed in a sport which they do not

cover in lessons e.g. golf, swimming, trampolining, rowing, sailing,

surfing, horse riding, boxing. Most sports are accepted, but this

must be negotiated with their PE teachers and students should be

playing/performing regularly. Taking part in or helping at extra

curricular activities is an advantage.

Theory (40%)

The subject content of the theory includes the range of physical activities and

roles that people can participate in, individual differences, injury prevention,

aerobic/anaerobic, health and fitness, types of fitness, training, diet, school

policies, social and cultural factors, media, sponsorship, the Olympics and

sports science and ICT. The theory is assessed in a one and a half hour

exam in the May of year 11. There is no coursework.

Homework – will usually be set every week in the theory and may also be

set in the practical.

For more details – visit the AQA website


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The BTEC First Certificate in Sport is a vocational qualification. It is assessed purely on coursework throughout

years 10 and 11 and the deadlines for these have to be strictly adhered to. There are no exams. Homework will

be set regularly.

Assessment will be made on 3 units of work. There are 7 units available for study but it is very likely that

students will cover:

• The body in sport

• Planning and leading sports activities

• Practical Sport

There is a practical element to 2/3 of this course but it must be emphasised that everything covered, even the

practical work has to be written up in coursework. The unit of practical sport has to be one team game and one

individual sport and it is impossible to say at this point what this sport will be. It may not be their favourite or

best. When the lesson is of a practical nature students must wear full and correct Bideford College kit.

This qualification is the equivalent of 2 GCSEs but it is more of a vocational qualification and will be viewed as

such by employers.

Homework will be set. It will usually be writing up coursework but students will be given the opportunity to do

this in lessons with support.

For more details visit


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Sociology is the study of society. At GCSE, this involves looking at the different groups within society, such as

the family, religious and ethnic groups, males and females. We ask how we fit into these groups ourselves, and

how they influence our life chances.

Sociology will be of interest to those students who are interested in inequality, that is, how our society is not a

fair place for some people, perhaps because of their gender or their ethnic group or religion.

Much use is made of students’ own knowledge and experience, and they are encouraged to read newspapers

and listen to the news regularly. Sociology also involves the study of theories and ideas, and students need to

be able to read and understand the writings of Sociologists.

The topics studied in Year 10 and 11 are:

What is Sociology?

• How sociologists do research

• The social roles of people in society and role conflicts

• How we are socialised into behaving in certain ways

• Which skills do children fail to develop if they are not socialised in the normal way

The family:

• changes in the typical family since the 1950’s

• Changes in the rate of divorce and cohabitation and reasons for these

• Differences in family life for people of different ethnic groups and different social


• How family life can be difficult for some children and adults

• Who does most of the housework and child care in different types of household


• Changes in the education system since the 1960s and how the Government is trying to raise standards in


• Who is most likely to do well in schools and why, for example, girls or boys, Indian or African Caribbean

Crime and deviance

• How our behaviour is controlled by our family and friends, the law and the police

• How much crime there really is in Britain

• What are the age and gender of the typical offender and the typical victim

• Why people are thought to commit crimes

Social Inequality

• How your gender, your social class and your ethnic group can affect your chances in life

• Does social class still matter?

Assessment of students is by one examination at the end of Year 10 (giving a half GCSE) and one at the end of

Year 11 making a whole GCSE.


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Statistics is offered as an option for students who reach high attainment levels in mathematics at KS3. Students

at Bideford College follow the AQA Statistics GCSE programme of study.

There is one piece of coursework and one controlled written assignment that together contribute 25% to the final

grade and one terminal examination that makes up the remaining 75%.

Statistics is a specialised part of mathematics that finds answers to questions using surveys, charts, graphs,

questionnaires and diagrams. It includes probability, chance and the use of ICT. Studying Statistics helps GCSE

mathematics, as there is some overlap in content. It has links with geography, technology, sociology and other

subjects where market research or surveying opinions is important. Knowledge of statistics is useful for many

careers in management, business, retail, science, logistics, marketing, tourism, medicine, and many others.

How do doctors

know which

medicine will work


How do shopkeepers know

how much stock to order?

How do food companies make sure

your crisp packet is full without

giving you too much?

• “It’s really interesting and fun”

• “A pass in statistics can get you a rewarding career”

• “You meet new people with the same interests as you”

• “You get new skills that will be useful in almost any area of employment and you

can choose varied careers”

Comments from current statistics students

For more information, ask your Mathematics teacher


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This exciting new course which is being offered by the Geography Department

offers you an opportunity to follow a two year vocational programme in Travel and

Tourism. It is designed for students who have an interest in the tourism industry

and will be considering it as a possible career path


Being a vocational course there is a focus on gaining practical skills, such as

report writing, customer service and presentation skills that will be beneficial in the

work place. During the course students will study a range of topics including:

• Exploring travel and tourism

• Dealing with customers in travel and tourism

• Investigating tourist destinations

• Promoting travel and tourism

This course will include a variety of approaches such as: assignment planning and preparation; presentations;

group work and the development of research skills. The course is entirely portfolio based and there are no



Assessment is by portfolio which are marked by your teachers and moderated externally. It will include a range

of written and practical work.

This course is being offered at two levels:

• Award = equivalent to 2 GCSE’s (A* – C)

• Certificate = equivalent to 4 GCSE’s (A* - C)

It should be noted that due to the portfolio nature of the course, you would be

required to work independently on your coursework. A focused attitude is

essential for this course, together with commitment, dedication and the ability to

plan your time effectively.


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