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GCSE Options Modern Languages French and German It is important to realise that the GCSE courses in both French and German began the day you started to learn each language and most of you will be quite surprised at how much of the course you have already covered! In Years 10 and 11 we are therefore building on, and extending knowledge you have already gained. In Europe today, a qualification in one or more European language at GCSE level or beyond is an extremely valuable asset that is highly regarded by employers and Higher Education institutions. The GCSE courses in French and German are divided into four equally weighted components: Listening: 25% Reading: 25% Speaking: 25% Writing: 25% Students will be required to: • Listen and respond to different types of language. • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes. • Read and respond to different types of language, including relevant literary texts and other authentic materials. • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes. • Translate from the target language into English and from English into the target language • Use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures • Actively apply the grammar of the language in a variety of contexts. The GCSE specification covers three broad contexts: The contexts are organised into themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics. The three broad contexts are: identity and culture –this could include working on topics about life as a young person in the UK and the target language country and learning about the target language customs and traditions local, national, international and global areas of interest – this could include your local area, where you go on holiday and travel current and future study and employment – this could include working on topics about life at school and your future aspirations for study and work All themes and topics are studied in the context of both your home country and that of countries and communities where the target language is spoken. You will be able to talk, read, listen and write about anything from socialising and family relationships to environmental issues and the customs in your target language country. We encourage you to spend time in the country of the language(s) you are studying. Languages staff are also available to advise you about courses and individual exchanges to a French or German speaking country. Bon Courage! Bonne Chance! Viel Glück! Viel Spaß! 24

GCSE Options Geography "Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future." Michael Palin Geography is an exciting and challenging subject that is unique in its study of human and physical patterns and the interaction of people and their environment in shaping the landscape. It also makes a wider contribution to the curriculum in the skills and personal development, and also the moral, social and cultural development it fosters. Geography is an essential component in preparing our pupils for life beyond school where the challenges to the environment are multiplying, and geographical knowledge and understanding is more vital than ever in all areas of trade and industry. The skills learnt in geographical studies make our pupils of potential interest to a wide range of employers. The close link between the subject and the world around us makes for a long and varied list of related careers including working with development or aid agencies, environmental work, using Geographical Information Systems, working for the census office and in tourism and recreation. However most of these areas involve only one part of the broad subject of Geography. Statistics show that, compared with other subjects, geographers are among the most employable. Assessment Pupils will sit three papers at the end of Year 11, one covering human topics, one covering physical topics and one applying fieldwork alongside a decision-making exercise. Paper 1: Living with the physical environment The challenge of natural hazards (mostly covered in Year 9) The living world Physical landscapes in the UK 25

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