Year 11 Handbook



Year 11 Handbook

Miss V Matthews


Ms Alison Pollok Assistant Principal (Key Stage 4)

Mr Rod Cope

Ms Sandra Ohlson

Mrs Loraine Symons

Head of Year

Home School Liaison Officer

Student Support Assistant

Miss Claire Sanders Admin Support to Key Stage 4

Contact Number 01237 477611


Dear Students and Parents/Carers

As we approach the final year of compulsory education I am sincerely looking forward to the challenges and

opportunities that arise in the course of the next few terms. It is a busy and stressful year and the students will

need to remain focused on the final outcome: exam success. It is important to me that all students fulfil their

potential. In order for this to happen they will need to keep their attendance to a maximum, spend a minimum of

two hours a night on homework and take advantage of all the revision opportunities offered by staff. Coursework

is a requirement of many subjects and if at any time it appears that your child does not have work then this is an

area that can be considered for extra attention.

However it is important that the students continue to function in a normal fashion and despite the extra workload

they need to still take part in sport, social activities and take a break from their studies. Whether this is as a part

of College organised events or external it is vital that they get some exercise, eat well and challenge themselves

mentally and physically.

I fully expect students to give 100% to focusing on their work in class, maintaining any extra-curricular

commitments and improving their relationships around the College.

Traditionally the end of Year 11 sees the “Prom”, a Year photograph and a group activity on the last day before

study leave. The Year Council will also be trying to put together a yearbook and signed “hoodies” as a

celebration of their time at the College. These events need a great deal of planning and organising and I hope

that students will volunteer to take an active role in ensuring that they happen.

If you have anything that you wish to discuss, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. However

students are welcome to approach me when I am not teaching to discuss any of their concerns.

Mr Rod Cope

Head of Year 11


Every student is in a mixed ability tutor group for registration purposes.

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Please refer to this section in the College prospectus.


Everyone works better when the good work they do is recognised. Your child’s teachers will praise enthusiasm,

effort and achievement in a variety of ways; by speaking to the student in class, by writing comments on their

work and by giving good marks. Recognition of achievement is open to all students of all ages and all abilities:

it will reflect effort and achievement related to the students’ individual ability.

To reward good effort and achievement on a particular piece of work, or over a period of time, teachers will use

the College Award System. Recognition may also be earned for anything which is done that sets a new

standard for the student personally, or for others to follow; for example: good conduct, helpfulness, leadership

and other qualities which make a genuine contribution to College and community life.

We run a different Reward System for students in Key Stage 4 than the postcards of KS3.

Every month, teachers will award a “credit” to every student who has made good progress and shown

sustained effort. This can be in lessons, in extra-curricular activities, in any college activity and for good

attendance and punctuality.

Each month, your child will be told how many credits they have. They should record the total in the planner.

When your child has achieved 25 credits, their Year Head writes home.

When your child has achieved 50 credits, the Director of Key Stage 4 will present them with a Certificate, a

letter home, and a pen.

When your child has achieved 100 credits, the Principal will present them with a Certificate, a letter home,

and a cash donation.

When your child has achieved 150 credits, the Chair of Governors will present them with a Certificate, a

letter home, and a cash donation.

Principal’s and Governor’s Certificates will be presented to students in The Principal’s Office.


We hope that formal discipline procedures are not required, but if the informal warnings are not acted upon,

students may be involved in more formal and recorded consequences. These are:

Being on report to Subject Teacher, Form Tutor, Year Head or Principal.

Being sent out of the lesson (withdrawal) to another classroom

Isolation which will include the student losing their time at break or lunch or after college

College detention

Principal’s detention

Fixed Period exclusion

Permanent exclusion

If it is necessary to remind students of the need for better behaviour or a better attitude to their studies, the

College has a detention policy. Detentions are held after College; either a College Detention (3.20pm to

3.50pm) or a Principal’s Detention (3.20pm to 4.2 0pm). Parents/carers will be informed by letter of the reason

and of the date of the detention at least 24 hours in advance. These are not optional. More serious

punishments, involving temporary or permanent exclusion will involve parents/carers and Governors.

We want to work closely with parents and carers in our efforts to improve the behaviour and attitudes of those

students who are not making best use of their time here. Everyone has the right to work: students and

teachers. Every teacher has the right to teach and every student has the right to learn.

Parents/carers are invited to contact their child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year if they wish to discuss their child’s

progress. The Principal and members of the College Leadership Group are also available but it is usual for the

first contact to be made with the Year Head or Form Tutor.


Bideford College has a large network of computers used for the education of all. This network has recently

been upgraded and therefore contains up-to-date software.

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In Key Stage 4, students can gain access to the latest computer technology through consultation with Mr

Fairweather, Head of ICT. Subjects often make use of the network to enhance the teaching of their courses.

Our intention is to increase the range of Information and Communication Technology provision for students and

remain at the forefront of this technology. This will give our students up to date information and practical

experience resulting in a thorough grounding in information technology.

The network obviously utilises a range of information. To ensure proper use of the system we maintain the

following rules:

• Students and parents/carers support the College in ensuring that all students act responsibly with all

computer equipment and treat it with respect. Students are expected to obey the rules in the use of

computer equipment.

• Parents’/carers permission is sought for students to access the Internet. The College will take all reasonable

precautions to ensure students cannot access inappropriate materials, but cannot be held responsible for

the nature or content of materials accessed through the Internet. The College is not liable for any damages

arising from the use of Internet facilities.

• If selected, students’ work may be published on the College Website, with parents’/carers’ permission.

• Photographs that include students may be published, with parental permission; such photographs will not

clearly identify individuals and full names will not be used.


We have an extensive library based in the Geneva building. CD-ROM facilities are available to students and we

encourage students to use the library as a resource for homework and private study, as well as reading for

pleasure. Library staff are always pleased to give all students, and their parents/carers, advice on the most

appropriate books and reference materials.

Students also have access to networked computers that they may use to assist them with their studies.


In Year 11 all students continue to study English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Personal Social

Health Education (including sex education) Citizenship and Religious Education plus their optional subjects

chosen in Year 10. All students have the opportunity to gain experience in Information Communication

Technology across other subjects of the curriculum.

The College is placing a greater emphasis on the range of courses that are on offer to students, particularly

matching this to ability and interest. For some students it is more appropriate to focus on a narrower range of

skills than for other students and to emphasise the work related or vocational elements of education. These

courses reflect the needs and expectations of employers and, for some students; part of their College time is

spent on an extended work placement in a vocational area of their choice. Our XL programme – a special

programme for Year 11 students has been particularly successful in helping students who have not found

school very rewarding. Parents are involved in the Key Stage 4 course decisions.


Homework is both important and necessary. Homework done regularly throughout secondary school can be

equivalent to an additional year of study!

The Student Planner is used to keep a check on what students have to do and by when it must be completed.

Students should talk to their teachers and arrange when the homework will be set each week. The homework

for each subject must be written in the subject space of the Student Planner.

Please note:

̌ Students should try to do homework in a quiet place where they are free from distraction.

̌ Students are likely to achieve more by working regularly for relatively short periods (say 1 hour at a time)

than in a single long session when concentration will fail.

̌ Please remember – it is not the time taken to the homework that is important, it is the quality of the work

that is done.

̌ Above all, it is vital to plan ahead to make the best use of time and not to leave projects, coursework or

homework until the last minute.

In Year 11 the length of time for homework will extend to 10 hours per week during the GCSE courses with

homework for each of your subjects. All of your GCSE subjects will set at least one task per week; sometimes it

will be two. Homework can take a variety of forms including revision, research and improving coursework.

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Young people with learning difficulties do not always follow the official homework timetable, as a more flexible

approach may be necessary in these cases; these changes are discussed during the regular and routine review

meetings with the College SENCO.

We ask parents/carers to encourage their child to do the homework set and, as far as possible, to provide them

with suitable facilities. If your child has difficulties with homework, please let the subject teacher or form tutor


There are homework clubs and revision sessions available.

The College subscribes to SAM Learning, a top quality online learning service that can be used at home and at

College. The website address is

SAM Learning usually costs home users £49.99 per year, but students now have full use of this service totally

free of charge. It's useful for students to take a break from textbooks and try learning on the Internet instead.

Learners need three details to login:

School ID

User ID



Date of birth followed by two initials; first name then last name. Example:

010885DJ is the User ID for David Jones born 1st Aug 1985.

Initially same as User ID, you should change your password as soon as you login.

We hope you will take full advantage of this service. We wish all our students good luck with their studies. If any

student has a problem accessing this website, they should see Mrs Meaker in the Burrough building.


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Students follow the AQA range of courses in Art and Design. These include unendorsed (range of materials),

fibre arts and the vocational double award. Students will be building on the skills gained in KS3 and may be

focusing on an area of study as the GCSE course progresses.

Students produce units of coursework that will take about a term to complete and collectively contribute to 60%

of the final grade.

Students will be expected to produce work at home in sketchbooks and should take advantage of the extra art

clubs that are on offer.

The final 40% of the GCSE is gained by sitting the exam in Year 11, which represents another project. Students

would find it beneficial to own their own basic art materials such as pencils, paints, and so on. These are sold

by the Art Department in the autumn term.


The business studies course in Year 11 investigates a variety of topics and building on those studied in Year 10.

Coursework (25%) is started in September, for completion by January. The final exam (75%) is taken in the

summer at either foundation (grades C to G) or higher level (grades A* to D).

Topics studied in Year 11 include:

• Business finance

• Managing staff

• Impact of government on business

• Impact of society on business

The coursework assignment topic is Marketing Strategies. Students will be asked to investigate the marketing

of a small-scale business and to prepare a marketing plan.

Texts are issued in September. An additional text that is highly recommended is The GCSE Business Studies

Handbook (published by Hodder). The BBC Bitesize Revision Guide is also excellent, as is their website. The

‘’ website is also very useful. Students will also need calculators and internet access.


At Key Stage 4 all students follow a planned programme of careers education delivered mainly but not entirely

as part of the taught PSHE programme. The programme has been constructed in line with the National

Framework for Careers Education and Guidance.

In Year 11 students build on the work they have done in Year 10. They will focus more sharply on career action

planning and examine in detail the options open to them Post 16. Students will compare the different options

and select a suitable one using their own criteria and the outcomes of information, advice and guidance. Any

student needing advice or full interview with a Connexions advisor will be able to have it. The practicalities of

interviews and applications will be dealt with. Free standing events on options and further education will be held

and made available to all students. There will also be a programme of mock interviews in which all students are

encouraged to take part. There are two progress days during the year which students review and set targets

with their form tutors.

Some students will have interviews with Connexions officers during Year 10. The college works very closely

with the Connexions service on all matters relating to careers education and guidance. Connexions have an

office next to the Student Reception. Staffed by advisors, the office is accessible to students of all years on a

drop-in basis on most days of the week.


All Year 11 students have an entitlement to Religious Education. Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics is a new

course which follows the OCR GCSE short course in Philosophy and Ethics. All students will continue to study

this course which will also lead to the option of gaining GCSE short course accreditation. This will be 100%

exam, with no coursework. 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 study the following modules:

• Religion and Human Relationships

• Religion and Medical Ethics

• Religion and Equality

• Religion, Poverty and Wealth

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Clearly some of the issues may be sensitive, if parents, guardians and students have any concerns, please

contact the Head of Religious Education, or any member of the department.

Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics is taught by a small team of specialist staff. Students work on a modular

basis on a rotation with ICT, they will therefore have 1 x 50 mins lessons every half-term.


Citizenship encourages students to play a positive part in the life of their school and community.

Citizenship is taught across the whole curriculum. With a large part of it being taught in PSHE and Citizenship,

Philosophy and Ethics. It gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in

society. It helps them to become informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens who are aware of their duties

and rights. Citizenship also teaches students about our economy and democratic institutions and values;

encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities; and develops students’ ability to reflect

on issues, take part in discussions and consider other people’s views.


Year 11 Paper 1 - 60% Coursework marks.

During the Autumn Term of year 11 students are assessed on their work for Unit 1 and Unit 2. This year we

begin with Unit 1: Titanic. Students will explore ideas and issues within Titanic. Again this work is practically

explored and written about for their portfolio - 30% Coursework Mark.

Unit 2: Blood Brothers. Students will be working practically and through written work on this play. During this half

term students will be awarded GCSE marks for this work - 30% Coursework Mark.

Paper 2: Performance - 40% of marks

The performance. From January 2009 students will be working on their texts for performance. These

performances take place at the end of March 2009 with a visiting examiner present. These performances and

dress rehearsals will take place in the evening. In order for students to achieve the highest mark possible,

students will be expected to rehearse their plays in the weeks running up to their final performances.


Most students will have been studying for two separately accredited GCSEs in English and English Literature

subjects. Coursework can be dual entered however for some aspects of the course. Moderation of coursework

will take place in February and so it is essential that all coursework has been completed by this point. Most

coursework should have been completed in Year 10.


20% written coursework:


Original writing


Pre 1914 prose study

(The Shakespeare assignment and comparative study are also assessed as part of the Literature course).

20% Speaking & Listening coursework:

Three assessed pieces that are both formal and informal. They must include:

Drama based assessment

Individual contribution

Group assessment

Speaking and Listening Assessment Day:


The examination is worth 60% of the students’ final grade. It includes:

Paper 1:

Reading for information and analysis

Writing to argue, persuade or advise

Paper 2, Study of:

Poems from other cultures and traditions.

Students also have to write a more imaginative piece as part of the examination.

English Literature

It is expected that most of the coursework will have been completed by the end of Year 10, however it is

possible that students may still be working on one of the following:

Coursework (30%):

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20 th Century Drama

Pre 1914 prose study

Examination (70%) – One, 1¾ hour paper.

In Year 11 students will study either a set text from the prescribed list or short stories from the Anthology. Study

will also include poetry from the poetry Anthology.

For Entry-level certificates students are expected to complete coursework and also sit tests on a regular basis.

These tests are administered in the classroom.

There are a number of study guides available in bookshops that can be very valuable. It is essential, however,

that students use these to inform their own thoughts, as examiners are extremely familiar with their contents.

Websites of value include BBC Bitesize.


Students are set coursework support tasks based on the specification. Homework in Year 11 is exam-based.

September Coursework to have been completed

November Revision for mock exams


Revision and check through exam board syllabus for completion of notes and understanding of

all topics.



Ongoing Independent reading of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.



Students in Year 11 continue the OCR C Geography GCSE.

They study the following topics:

Term Winter Spring Summer


• Settlement

• Economic systems

• Prep for DME

• Weather systems

• Places recap

• Revision and exam

questions practice

After each topic students will take an End of Topic Tests after a period of revision. These are marked,

discussed with students, filed for future reference, self-evaluated and based on this work, students set

themselves targets for the next End of Topic Test.

Students will complete a Decision Making Exercise in the spring term of Year 11, which is 30% of the final

GCSE grade.

Students will be set homework based on the topics they are studying at that time.

These might take for the form of:

• Exam questions based on the class work done during that day’s lesson

• Revision for End of Topic Tests and Mock exams

• Additional/preparatory research – if there are difficulties in performing these tasks, students can look in the

library, or come and use department resources in breaks and lunchtimes

• Consolidation tasks

• Thinking tasks – where there is little to write but a lot to think about!

• Completion of work started in class

• Reading as a preparation for the next lesson

• Literacy based work – e.g. focused on poems, leaflets, persuasive writing, diaries etc.

• What have you learnt today? Give me 5 things you have learnt

• Recording information

• Translating information from one format to another

As a department, we are keen to help ALL students reach their potential – please ask your child to ask us for

help if they are stuck or unsure!


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This double award GCSE has been running at Bideford College for 3 years now and students follow the OCR


In Year 10 students will have completed a piece of coursework, ‘Promoting Health and Well-Being’, where they

will have applied all they have learned about the health status of an individual.

They have also sat an exam in May of Year 10 which is about ‘Personal Growth and Development’. The results

of this exam will be out on August 27 th and the marks make up a third of the overall mark for the course.

‘Health, Social Care and Early Years Services’ is another piece of coursework commenced in Year 10 and

completed by May of Year 11. They will study local and national services and learn about good caring

techniques. As part of this course they will be visiting local services and most students will complete a work

experience placement in a care setting.

In year 11 the final two pieces of coursework will be completed and time is given to improve any individual

pieces of work which have not reached the target set for the student.

This GCSE equals 2 GCSEs grades A* - G and provides a good start to a career in care-related occupations as

well as entrance to courses at Level 3.


The Syllabus that we follow is Schools History Project History B under the guidance of the Edexcel Exam board.

Students studying GCSE History should have completed their controlled assessment in Year 10 and one exam.

In Year 11, we study Medicine through Time, the development study which looks at change over time. Students

will look at the core content - an overview of 2000 years of medicine, identifying trends, key individuals and

factors for change and continuity.

Please see the department’s pages on the College website and the department notice-board for details on

useful websites and books, revision classes and examination feedback.


Students are studying towards GCSE Information and communication technology (ICT) using the OCR

specification B syllabus.

(Further Information may be found on the Bideford College website in the ICT department pages).

ICT is a fundamental part of our lives. The growth in the use of mobile telephones, portable computers and the

Internet is affecting the way we all live and work. This GCSE explores the use of ICT in society and gives

students the essential background they need to work and live in a technological society. It will prepare students

for life and work, helping them to secure employment. The course will also provide them with an essential

foundation for any further courses, including any specific to the use of computers and new technology, such as

A Level, AS Level, vocational and occupational courses.

Topics covered in the course:

• Practical use of ICT

• How to design ICT systems

• The growth in the use of the Internet, mobile

telephones and other communications


Skills learned by students:

• How to use hardware and software

• How to research ICT use

• How ICT is used in society, including moral and

ethical considerations, and security

• How to use the best hardware and software for a

given situation

• Key skills in numeracy, communication and ICT

• Practical design of ICT systems

The method of assessment divides into three main sections:

Paper 1 – Key Skills Examination = 20% of total mark taken in the January of Year 11

Coursework = two main sections: Coursework Task 1

Extended Coursework Task

Paper 2 – Industry Context Examination = 20% of total mark taken in the June of Year 11

During Year 10, students concentrated on developing their core knowledge and understanding of the use of

ICT. In Year 11 they develop and enhance their practical skills and understanding relating to the use of ICT

applications. This is done by working through various practical examples of ICT use and combining this with

general work on ICT theory.

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Students complete the submission of their first piece of coursework in the first half term of Year 11. They

complete their final piece of of coursework by spring half term. The final lessons prepare students for Paper 2,

which is a context scenario short answer question paper taken in May.

ICT Entitlement Course

Following on from Year 10, students continue study of ICT within the Citizenship/PSHE rotation, again studying

ICT for half of the year. Students continue to build their individual e-portfolio of evidence and this can be

submitted for accreditation for the Edexcel AIDA Certificate.


Students following the Integrated Course study a variety of subjects. The aim of the course is to provide

information and experience which the students will find both interesting and useful, in and out of school.

Subjects studied are on a modular basis, each lasting approximately one term. Modules to be studies will

include: You and Your Body, The Environment, Schools Traffic Education programme, The War at Home and in

Europe, The Law and Young People, Money and European Awareness. In addition students work towards the

ASDAN Award and complete courses in First Aid and Basic Food Hygiene.


In Key Stage 4, students follow the National Curriculum for mathematics. Topics studies include:

• Number

• Probability

• Algebra

• Space, Shape and Measure

• Data Handling

Students in Year 11 follow the OCR Graduated Assessment course. This is a modular course in ten stages.

Students usually take two external modular exams in Year 10. In Year 11 students have the opportunity to resit

one of these modules, if necessary, or to progress to the next stage. The best two, out of three, modular exam

results contribute 50% to the final GCSE grade.

Students are entered for a terminal paper at higher or foundation level in June of Year 11. This paper makes up

the remaining 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Students with special educational needs in mathematics follow a Certificate of Achievement course leading to

an entry-level qualification as well.


What is Media Studies?

Remember the work you did (and the fun you had) at the beginning of Year 9 – writing about, storyboarding and

filming your own television adverts? Well, that was a sample of what goes on in media studies.

What will I have to do?

In the first year you will study, in depth, at least three different media. This year’s students have had a chance

to dip into various things – they’ve had a go at presenting a weather forecast for television, studied the music

industry, and filmed part of a pop video. Next, we may look more closely at television, analysing TV viewing

schedules and audiences.

Each piece of coursework will involve some production or design work, where you can score some good marks,

BUT you will also have to do plenty of written work to go with it – about 800 words. YOU WILL ALSO HAVE

HOMEWORK TO DO which may sometimes be watching specific TV programmes, or carrying out a survey, or

completing an essay.

In the second year, you will concentrate on producing a really substantial piece of coursework that will include a

much longer piece of writing to go with it. You will be preparing for your three hour exam, but the good news is

that the exam paper is released BEFORE the exam date so that you can prepare in advance. Previous exam

topics have includes comics, television advertising and the music press.

What will I be assessed?

Half your marks will come from coursework, the other half from the exam.

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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 technical support from your teacher.

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 you 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.

Why should I choose this course?

Well, obviously if you’re interested in the media, you’re going to enjoy this. Essentially, though, you need to look

at this course as a way of analysing media texts, and finding out WHY they look/sound the way they do. And

you must be interested in finding out the background of the various institutions such as the film and television

industry. If this sounds like you, choose Media Studies!


In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE course in French, Spanish or German, practising listening,

reading, speaking and writing. The vocabulary and structures covered relate to everyday activities, personal

and social life, the world around us, the world of work and the international world. The GCSE course involves

and element of written coursework which accounts for 25% of the final grade.

Homework is vital as it reinforces the work covered during lessons and contributes toward the production of

coursework. In addition, regular practice and thorough learning of the necessary vocabulary and grammatical

structures relating to the themes and topics covered will have a beneficial effect on performance in all skill

areas. Use of revision guides and Internet sites will also have a positive impact, as will homework booklets.

There are deadlines for the submission of coursework which must be adhered to. Students are expected to

show maturity and commitment throughout the course, which is based on the National Curriculum Areas of



Music at GCSE level aims to increase the student’s ability to perform, both individually and as a member of an

ensemble, and to compose music with understanding. Developing skills of listening and appraising, the

development of Western music from late Renaissance to the present day, provides a foundation for class

discussion and individual research. Additionally, students are introduced to a range of World Music and are

encouraged to integrate the range of techniques encountered with more conventional devices in developing

their own ideas. Students’ instrumental progress is assessed throughout the academic year and individual

progress in all areas of the syllabus is monitored. It is the requirement of the GCSE examination that students

submit a Composition Portfolio and perform both as a soloist and as a member of a group.


PSHE lessons in Year 11 are based on the learning outcomes identified in the Passport Framework. Students

participate in activities which help them to:

• Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities

• Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle

• Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people

• Know and understand about becoming informing citizens.

Year 11 students complete five units of work which are delivered by specialist teachers. The topics covered

include: Global Citizenship, The Law, Health Education Issues, Mental Health and Careers.

Each unit of work will be assessed separately and graded as follows:

P*: Progress Excellent

The student has displayed an excellent ability to work with others, has good communication skills, has

understood the unit of work well and contributed to discussion work. They have consistently worked to the best

of their ability.

PG: Progress Good

The student has worked well with others, communicated effectively, contributed occasionally to group

discussion and has a sound comprehension of the issues raised. The student has concentrated well on the

tasks in hand and has worked with continuous interest and enthusiasm.

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PS: Progress Satisfactory

The student has worked satisfactorily with others and attempted to complete most tasks set to the best of their

ability. Not all tasks have been completed. There have been occasional contributions to discussion. The

student is not working consistently towards achieving their potential.

PU: Progress Unsatisfactory

The student has made little effort, finds concentration difficult and does not participate in class discussions. The

student has not co-operated in the lessons, and has made very little effort to improve their work.

During the Health Education aspect of the course, students will recap and build on previous lessons on Sex and

Drugs Education.

We hope that all pupils will benefit from this course, and that you will have the opportunity to discuss with your

son or daughter what they are learning in College. If you have any queries about the course, please feel free to

contact Mrs Vowles, Head of Citizenship and PSHE, at the College.


All students are expected to bring full Bideford College PE kit and to take part in every lesson.

At Key Stage 4, the students will have an element of choice in deciding the courses they will follow. These will

come from a selection of activities, including basketball, badminton, netball, fitness, hockey, football, rugby,

aerobics, trampolining, tennis, cricket, rounders, squash, athletics, dance, golf, walking and problem solving.

During the Year 11 GCSE PE course, students will complete courses in the four practical areas selected for

assessment. The external moderator will visit in the spring term. Theory work will concentrate on sport and

society, and revision of all topics in preparation for the final exams.










Technology in Sport

Acquisition of Skill

Revision of work covered since year 10 exams for a test.

Practice questions on sponsorship and the Media. Possible research on both.

Revision for mock exams.

Social and cultural aspects of Sport – etiquette and hooliganism

Amateur and Professional

Questions on factors affecting individual participation in sport.

International sport

Revision and check through exam board syllabus for completion of notes and understanding of

all topics.


Having finished their Core Science GCSE in Year 10, most students will be required to follow a course from the

list below. There will be opportunities for students to resit their Core Science modules in November and March.

Additional Science

Most students will follow this course. 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 previous Double Science course.

This is a suitable grounding for A levels in the Sciences.

Separate Sciences (AQA)

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. Students who opt for this course must use one of their option choices. They will only be allowed to

follow this course if they obtained a Level 6 or higher in the Science SATs test, at Key Stage 3.

Applied Science (AQA)

This course is completely separate from those mentioned above and counts as two GCSEs,

Practical uses of Science in the real world are studied and students produce a portfolio of work which counts for

65% of the final grades.

Entry Level Certificate Science Students (OCR)

Those who have been studying Science at Entry Level will also be taught a very practical course which is hoped

to raise their skills to a sufficient level to also be entered for Core Science at GCSE.

Year 11 Handbook


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.

Year 11 topics are:

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

• The age and gender of the typical offender and the typical victim

• Why people are thought to commit crimes

Mass media

• How new technologies have affected our access to media, that is, newspapers, the internet, magazines etc

• How media contribute to our growth and learning

• How media can encourage stereotyping

• Whether violence in the media affects people’s behaviour

Social Inequality

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


• Whether social class still matters

During Year 11, students may resit their Year 10 exam if they wish to gain a better grade. At the end of Year 11,

when they will have covered the final 3 areas of study as above, they will take another exam based on these

modules of work. The 2 exams together will give them a full GCSE.

There is now no coursework requirement in Sociology.


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 that contributes 25% to the final grade and the terminal examination 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



This course covers four main areas. We will look at the Catering Industry, Nutrition and Menu Planning, Food

Production and Technological Advancements.

Students will continue to work with a large selection of equipment and techniques to develop their practical

catering abilities. They will also undergo at least one day in the College canteen to experience the real world of


Students will have carried out a practical assessment in the summer term of Year 10. During their first term of

Year 11 they will produce a short investigation linked to the catering industry or a project that relates to their

Year 11 Handbook

work experience. There is another practical assessment during the Spring term of Year 11 and a final written

exam paper.


The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the development of a child from

conception to the age of 5 years. This covers all the stages of development in the areas of physical, intellectual,

social and emotional. There is one piece of coursework, which is worth 50% of the final marks; it is a study of a

child’s development over a period of 6 months combined with an element of research. It is completed by

Christmas in Year 11.

At the end of the course, students should have a qualification, which will equip them well for any further course

in Child Care or Health and Social Care.


This is a course of design and technology, concentrating on aspects of designing and making in various

materials. After five terms, the course is assessed by means of a major project, equivalent to 40-50 hours work,

and a written paper.


Students follow a course in electronic products. They will be taught to integrate their knowledge in the following

areas: design and making, materials and components, systems and control, products and applications, and

health and safety, and culminating in production of a quality product in Year 11. The course is assessed by 40%

written examination and 60% coursework.


This course is concerned with designing and making activities in food. Knowledge and understanding of food as

a material, its’ properties, effect of processing and the choice of equipment are gained through the main

coursework project in Year 11. Preparation for the final exam begins in March. The final exam grade comprises

60% coursework and 40% written paper.


In this course, students learn to design and make graphic products in response to needs which they identify.

The assessment of their work for GCSE is split between practical coursework (worth 60% of the total marks)

and a written exam (worth 40% of the total marks).


This course is concerned with designing and making activities in textiles. In Year 11, students choose their own

design brief and gain further knowledge and understanding of textiles as a material while developing individual

products. Preparation for the final exam begins in March of Year 11. The final grade comprises 60%

coursework and 40% written exam paper.

Year 11 Handbook



Autumn Term 2009 Wednesday 2 September – Friday 18 December 2009

Autumn Half Term Holiday Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2009

Staff Training Days Tuesday 1 September 2009

Friday 27 November 2009

Spring Term 2010 Monday 4 January – Thursday 1 April 2010

Spring Half Term Holiday Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February 2010

Easter Holiday Friday 2 April – Friday 16 April 2010

Summer Term 2010 Monday 19 April – Thursday 15 July 2010

May Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2010

Summer Half Term Holiday Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2010


Parents/Carers Evening Wednesday 11 November 2009

Year 11 Mock Exams Week commencing Monday 7 December 2009

16+ Evening Wednesday 27 January 2010

Employer Interviews Thursday 11 February 2010

Reports to Parents/Carers Week commencing Monday 23 November 2009

Week commencing Monday 8 February 2010

Progress Day Thursday 11 February 2010

Newsletters are issued every half term and contain up-to-date College news.

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