Year 8 Guided Pathways 2016

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Year 8
Guided
Pathways
2016
North
Bromsgrove
High School
and
Sixth Form
Contents
Section 1 – General Information
Letter from the Headteacher
Our Guided Pathways Routes
Key Dates and Staff
Guided Pathways Process
College and Pastoral Systems
Section 2 – The Core Curriculum
English Language
English Literature
Mathematics
Science
Section 3 - GCSEs
Art
Computer Science
Drama
Film Studies
Food and Nutrition
French
Geography
History
Media Studies
Music
Physical Education
Product Design 3D
Psychology
Religion and Society
Separate Sciences
Sociology
Spanish
Textiles
Section 4 – Other Subjects
Business and Enterprise
Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering
Health Studies
ICT
ASDAN
Russell Pathway
Open Pathway
Gateway Pathway
Letter from the Headteacher
Dear Student
Congratulations on securing a place at North Bromsgrove High School; we look forward to welcoming
you when you start with us in September. Now is the time for you to start considering which GCSE
and possibly vocational courses you would like to study with us, alongside your core curriculum.
As a school we have significant experience and success in ensuring students make the right
decisions to allow them to succeed in their options and further education. Based on our experiences,
I would like to offer you some advice to reflect on in the coming weeks.
Choose subjects:
- you enjoy and are good at
- that will help you on the road to a job or career that you might be contemplating for the future
- that reflect the instructions located on the form given to you.
Do not choose a subject because:
- you liked the teacher at middle school
- your friends are doing it, as they may be in different groups
- your brother/sister did it: you are not the same person as him/her
- you think it's going to be easy.
Read the information carefully regarding the content and skills required before you make your
choices. Some of the subjects you will have studied in middle school already. Whilst the skills
developed will be similar, the content and teaching style might be noticeably different. Other subjects
will be completely new but by reading the information provided and making the most of the support
processes we have put in place to help you, I’m sure you will find out all the information you need to
make the right decision.
You and your parents are invited to a Guided Pathways Evening on Tuesday 8 March from 6-8pm.
During this evening we will explain the process in more detail. Your future subject teachers will be on
hand to offer advice and information about individual courses too.
It is worth remembering that the standard expectation to study A levels is usually 5 GCSEs or
equivalents at grades 9-5, including either English language or English literature and mathematics.
Vocational qualifications have more varied entry requirements. For those who aspire to higher
education, www.ucas.co.uk lists thousands of courses and their entry requirements. Increasingly,
universities are requesting that their aspiring students have studied specific GCSEs or A levels and
the pathways and curriculum we have at North are both built with this in mind.
Listen carefully to the advice given to you, choose wisely, and I hope you make the most of this great
opportunity you have to spend an extra year preparing for your year 11 examinations.
D. HADLEY-PRYCE
HEADTEACHER
Expected Programme of Events
Tuesday 1 March
Students and parents learn of high school place
Friday 4 March
Personalised letters, route forms and Guided Pathways booklets delivered to middle schools
Tuesday 8 March
Guided Pathways Evening at North Bromsgrove (6-8pm)
Thursday 10 March
Deadline to hand in subject choices for the Taster Day to your middle school’s reception. You
may wish to hand the form in to us at the end of the Guided Pathways Evening, should you have
made your choices by then.
Wednesday 23 March
Taster Day at North from 8:45am-3:15pm. An opportunity to experience six options subjects to
support your final decision making
Late May – mid June
Further taster sessions and events held at middle schools. More information to follow.
Option of a personalised interview to support your decision making. Your parent(s)/carer(s) will
also be invited along. The interview will be held at your middle school with either Mrs Schofield or Mr
Horton.
Following these events you will need to make your choices. You will need to have your parent/carer's
signature to indicate they approve of your decision.
Wednesday 22 June
Final deadline to return your choices form to North Bromsgrove, if you did not hand it to us
after your interview. It can be handed in at reception or emailed to Mr Horton.
Half term one of year nine
You will start studying your option choices on arrival, together with your core curriculum. For
the minority of students who find they have chosen subject(s) that are not for them, there will be a
brief window of opportunity to change subjects during this half-term.
We will do all we can to ensure that you will have your first option choices, but this may not always be
possible due to demand for certain subjects changing or the availability of specialist staff. This is why
the form you complete will ask you for some reserve subjects that you would still like to study and
enjoy, but are not your first choices.
Key Staff:
Mr M. Horton - Senior Teacher: Guided Pathways [email protected]
Mrs S. Schofield - Deputy Headteacher [email protected]
Miss S. Figg - Head of Sixth Form [email protected]
Our Guided Pathways Process
As indicated in the letter accompanying this booklet, you have been placed onto one of three
pathways. This decision has been based on your performances in your year six tests and on the
advice of your middle school teachers.
All students will continue to study the following core subjects:
- English language
- English literature
- mathematics
- science
- non-examined PE.
We will offer you academic and careers guidance and time will be given to the religious, ethical and
moral dimensions of education through assemblies, tutor times and personal development days.
As well as this core curriculum, the vast majority of students will choose four options subjects within
the pathway they have been put in. The pathways are as follows:
Russell - All students will choose GCSE French or Spanish and either history or geography. The
other two subjects will be a free choice from a wide range of courses, these could include a second
humanity or language. This pathway is designed to prepare students for the demands of A level study
and the rigours of Russell Group university courses.
Open - Here students must choose at least one GCSE from French, history or geography. There is
then the opportunity to choose three further courses from a wide range of options. This pathway is
designed to prepare students for the demands of A level study, leading onto either university, college
study or an apprenticeship.
Gateway - Students will be offered a range of opportunities, including the majority of subjects featured
in the Open and Russell Pathways. Most students will have a free choice of four option choices. This
pathway is designed to equip students with the basic skills they need to develop the independence
and confidence to access college courses, apprenticeships and employment.
A minority of students on the Gateway Pathway might benefit from a smaller number of options.
These students and their parent(s)/carer(s) will be contacted directly. If this is the case, the ASDAN
course (see section four) will be made available to support you. Some subjects are only available in
certain routes. This is indicated in the option blocks, the contents page and on subject pages.
Our College and Pastoral System
We aim to support all our students in both a care and guidance capacity and in an academic
achievement capacity. The school has four different colleges, which are made up of groups of
curriculum options subjects with a common theme. The subjects that make up each of the colleges
provide the form tutors for that college. This process is intended to engage you in subject areas in
which you have an interest of an academic aspiration and will provide you with age-related specific
guidance accordingly. There will also be a host of inter and intra college competitions for you to get
involved in during your time with us.
Additionally we do, of course, have our year teams, which look after the specialist needs of
individuals in each year group and are involved in your day to day pastoral care.
BLAKE
COLLEGE
RUTHERFORD
COLLEGE
SMITH
COLLEGE
THORNE
COLLEGE
Theme
Media Arts
Public Professions
Life Sciences
Related Subjects
Art
Computer Science
Business
Food Studies
Drama
Engineering
French
Child Development
Film
IT
Geography
PE
Media
Resistant Materials
History
Psychology
Textiles
Separate Sciences
Religious Studies
Separate Sciences
Sociology
Spanish
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13
Head of Year
Miss Travers
Mr Nolan
Mr Rogers
Miss Skate
Miss Figg
Progress Leader
Dean of Students
Mrs Guy
Mrs Bishop
Miss Slater
Mr Gleave
Engineering Solutions
It is intended that every student will have the opportunity to work with employers related to their
college theme to prepare them for life beyond high school. This will include an introduction to
employers and employment in year 9 before moving onto project based learning in years 10 and 11.
On your pathways form, select your first and reserve college choices. As with your options choices
we will do our best to meet your first choice wherever possible.
Core
Curriculum
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE English Language EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mr Horton in room 1.31 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
English Language is invaluable for your future, no
matter what you are aiming to do. A good
command of the spoken and written word will help
you every day – and benefit all your other GCSEs
too, by allowing you to appreciate the most
powerful tool you have at your disposal: your ability
to communicate.
Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have
subject for sixth form, university, work and life!
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination
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What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
Students study a wide range of non-fiction and
fiction texts to help develop critical analytical skills.
These are from 19th-21st century writing and are
often linked by theme. Students also develop their
understanding of writing fiction and non-fiction
accurately for different purposes and audiences.
attaining a grade of 5 or higher is seen as
essential for most college or 6th form courses.
Without it, students have to continue further
GCSE English study after year 11
you will also receive a separate certificate
based on performances linked to speaking and
listening tasks.
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A Level and possibly degree study in English
Language or English Language and Literature
linguistics
speech therapy
teaching
careers in journalism, television, radio or other
forms of media
creative writing
There are two exams. The first asks students to
respond to one literary fiction text through a range
of reading tasks and one writing task. The second
asks you to respond to two linked non-fiction texts
from different time periods through a range of
reading tasks and one writing task. A significant
proportion of the final marks are based around
accurate use of spelling, punctuation and
grammar. Students need to build a range of crosstransferable skills and apply these to any text they
may face.
I feel like English has really boosted my confidence and
helped support my understanding of my other GCSEs as it
develops my skills when reading and writing. I like the range
of texts that we study in class; it’s not all just literature but the
sort of material you come across in different contexts too.
Matt
Core
ENGLISH LITERATURE
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE English Literature EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mr Horton in room 1.31 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
English Literature is a core subject as it provides a
firm foundation for all other subjects you take and
for your future, no matter what you are aiming to
do.
By exploring interpretations of a wide range of
poetry, plays and novels you build confidence in
your reading skills and interpretations regarding
how writers use language and structure to achieve
particular effects. You can then apply the same
skills to texts beyond the English classroom.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination
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What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
Students study a wide range of poetry, plays and
novels from across a wide time period. This
includes one Shakespeare play and the ability to
compare literary texts based on language and
theme.
attaining a grade of 5 or higher is seen as
essential for most college or 6th form courses.
Without it, students have to continue further
GCSE English study after year 11.
English literature examinations are now closed
text – students are not allowed copies of the
texts with them and therefore need to know
quotations from memory.
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A Level and possibly degree study in English
Literature or English Language and Literature
courses and careers linked to history
law
teaching
careers in journalism, television, radio or other
forms of media
creative writing
Text choices will depend upon teacher and class
preference, but include classic texts such as Great
Expectations, An Inspector Calls and Animal Farm,
as well as very modern works including the plays
DNA and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night-time.
There are two exams. The first assesses your
ability to write in detail about a Shakespeare play
and a 19th century novel. The second asks
students to analyse one modern text, compare two
poems already studied in lessons before finally
analysing and comparing two unseen poems.
There’s always so much to debate in the literature we study
and everyone listens and learns from one another. Seeing a
play adaptation of Lord of the Flies with the school really
brought the text’s messages home to me and showed me
how powerful its themes are, even today.
Sarah
Core
MATHEMATICS
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Mathematics EXAM BOARD: Edexcel For further information, please contact
Mr Wynne in room 1.03 or
[email protected]
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination What’s the course about?
Please note that:
Mathematics is at the corner stone of all GCSEs
and is essential to any further employment,
education or career. A good grasp of mathematical
concepts and the ability to problem solve is what is
driving all businesses now and will do in the future.
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Our society demands young people to be not only
numerate, but be able to apply a range of concepts
in order to solve problems throughout every facet
of life.
What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
The course, as has been the case for several
years, is 100% examination and takes the form of
three examinations at the end of year 11.
With the new GCSE the focus is on reasoning,
fluency and problem solving.
Students are
required to understand a range of skills and
concepts across the following key areas:
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achieving a grade of 5 or higher is seen as essential
for most college or 6th form courses. Without it,
students have to continue further GCSE
mathematics study after year 11.
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any further educational course
A Levels or equivalent in mathematics-based
subjects, including: mathematics, economics,
further maths, accountancy and psychology
a confidence in mathematical applications,
including engineering and finance
careers in any field – most employers will be asking
for a grade 5 or higher
Number
Algebra
Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Geometry
Statistics and Probability
Students are expected to develop detailed thinking
and demonstrate their understanding of
mathematical proofs, whilst formulating clear
mathematical arguments. The move away from
purely learnt material is a leading factor in this
change of assessment focus.
I have really enjoyed my lessons so far in year 10. I didn’t
realise that actually what we were learning does have a real
life purpose and I now know that maths is hugely important to
me becoming successful later on in life. I like the way that
every lesson is very different, but I can see the connections
between each concept. From knowing that a fraction can
terminate, to understanding why we have interest rates.
Thomas
Core
SCIENCE
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Combined Science Qualification at a glance
For further information, please contact
Mr Crawshaw in room 2.15 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Science is a key to understanding the world around
us and here at North we teach science following
the ‘New Science’ syllabus, which has an exciting
and fun approach to learning science relevant to
the world about us.
Every aspect of our lives is now touched by
science: medicine, astronomy, technology,
engineering, drug research, and environmental
issues like global warming. We know that our work
force has a shortage of scientists and we need to
develop more young people with science based
skill sets.
EXAM BOARD: TBC ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination Please note that:
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What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
All pupils will follow a combined science course
unless they select separate sciences as an option.
this path is the recommended foundation for
those who wish to keep their options open, but
it still allows you to follow a science-related path
to university
if you wish to pursue a career in sciences then
the ‘separate science’ route is recommended.
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A Levels and later degree courses in the
sciences
apprenticeships in science, health and social
care or engineering
working in any technology-based industry.
Combined Science is made up of all three
sciences: biology, chemistry and physics.
Throughout years 10 and 11 students will study
elements of all three sciences.
There will be at least 16 mandatory practical
activities, that act as part of the qualification as
recognised by a school statement to the exam
board.
15% of exam marks test understanding of practical
work.
20% of exam marks test mathematics skills.
Science is a challenging subject, where you strive to
question and understand the world around you. The most
interesting challenge was to identify how things work,
before applying the concepts to real life situations. With a
little perseverance, you realise how powerful science can
be. The practicals bring science to life!
Noah
Core
GCSE
Subjects
ART AND DESIGN
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Art and Design EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mrs Flello in room 0.30 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Through art and design we encourage diversity
and difference in our students, in an environment
that will challenge creativity and talent. The
“creative industries” are now one of the most
important generators of wealth in this country: a
visual education will be advantageous for everyone
in the 21st century.
The course will introduce you to a wide range of art
and design skills, including drawing, painting and
mixed media work.
How is the course structured? 11: Portfolio
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 60% Portfolio 40% Externally Set Assignment Students should take the course if they…
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What might the course lead to?
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Component 1: portfolio (60%)
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A portfolio includes a sustained project,
evidencing the journey from initial ideas to the
completion of a finished piece and a selection of
further work undertaken during your course of
study.
enjoy creating artwork and are motivated and
curious in their approach
are resilient and know that success does not
happen overnight – it requires hard work and
perseverance
are prepared to work hard outside lesson time
as well as in lessons
can concentrate effort and attention for long
periods of time.
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A Levels or further study in art and design
graphic designer, web designer, fine artist or
craft specialist
marketing, gallery curation, animation, theatre,
TV or film production
teaching
Component 2: externally set assignment (40%)
Students respond to their chosen starting point
from an externally set assignment paper relating
to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all
four assessment objectives.
I have really enjoyed being able to develop my own ideas and
it’s great when I create work I am proud of. I also like the fact
that it’s fine to make mistakes and really that’s how you learn
and develop your skills. People choosing art need to realise
you have to work hard outside lessons in order to get
everything done. On the plus side there is no revision and all
the work I create goes towards my GCSE.
Katie
Russell
Open
Gateway
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Computer Science EXAM BOARD: OCR (TBC) For further information, please contact
Mrs Twist in room 2.70 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Computer Science allows students to develop their
problem solving skills and apply them to practical
problems. You will learn about the components
that make up a computer system and how they
communicate, alongside investigating the impact
of technology on individuals and society. You will
also develop your project management skills
through learning how to design, write and debug
programs.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 80% Examination 20% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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can think logically
enjoy solving problems
enjoy using computers
are interested in how a computer works
want to learn more about how modern
technology affects our society and how we
communicate with one another.
What might the course lead to?
How is the course structured?
Computer Science consists of three units:
Computer systems: students will learn about
computer system architecture, networks, security
and the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental
concerns. Students are assessed at the end of
the two year course by a 90 minute written paper,
counting towards 40% of the total GCSE.
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Computing A Level
Apprenticeships in computing or ICT based
fields
Cambridge Technical qualification in ICT
Principal Learning in Engineering
any computer or engineering based careers
pathway
Computational thinking, algorithms and
programming: students will learn about
algorithms, programming techniques, how data is
represented in computers, computational logic
and how to produce robust programs. Students
are assessed at the end of the two year course by
a second 90 minute written paper, worth 40% of
the total GCSE.
Programming project: a 20 hour programming
project, assessing programming techniques,
design, development, testing and evaluation,
worth 20% of the total GCSE.
Computer Science allows me to explore something I am
passionate about and use every day in a lot of detail. I used
to take the computer programs I use for granted but now I can
see how intricate they are.
Dan
Russell
Open
DRAMA
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Drama Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: OCR (TBC) For further information, please contact
Miss Tabassum in room 0.38 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Drama teaches fantastic social skills for life and the
work place, including working collaboratively,
problem solving and considering how to present
ideas to an audience. Students who follow the
GCSE course comment on how enjoyable and
rewarding they find it.
Several different areas of drama can be explored,
including: lighting, sound, set and costume, as well
as acting and directing.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 40% Examination 60% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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30% of the course is assessed through you
researching and exploring a stimulus text or topic
before working collaboratively in small groups to
create your own dramatic response.
A further 30% is assessed through you developing
and applying theatrical skills in acting or design to
present a showcase of two extracts from a play of
the school’s choice.
like working in groups as well as individually
have an interest in the theatre or acting
can take on board constructive criticism from
the evaluations of others
are prepared to rehearse outside of lessons
don’t mind performing in front of others
want to develop communication skills.
What might the course lead to?
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A Levels or equivalents in drama and/or
theatre based routes
a continuing interest in drama, such as through
acting, directing, stage management or similar
teaching
arts administration
careers in journalism, television, radio or other
forms of media
The examination will ask you to explore a set text
to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
of drama, as well as analysing an evaluating a live
theatre performance you will have seen.
Please note that acceptance on this course is
through an audition process where you perform an
improvised piece on your own or as a group. You
must be prepared to perform in front of others, as
an individual and as a group to be able to complete
this course.
There’s so much diversity in the lessons and it teaches you
how important preparation is when you have to present your
ideas to others. Group work is crucial to success and you
have to listen to each other to succeed. It’s helped me to be
myself around people. I have more control over my emotions
thanks to my drama lessons.
Emily
Russell
Open
Gateway
FILM STUDIES
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Film Studies EXAM BOARD: WJEC For further information, please contact
Mr Horton in room 1.31 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Everyone loves a good film. There are particular
scenes, lines and musical scores that stay with
you for life.
This GCSE seeks to explore the power of film as
an art form, analysing a wide range of films in
terms of technique, narrative and characterisation
as well as helping to develop your creative skills
when you get to make your own texts linked to the
film industry.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 70% Examination 30% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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like films and can articulate why they prefer
some over others
are willing to explore films that might be
outside of their comfort zone in detail
like developing practical skills
are patient and value the importance of careful
planning, preparation and taking risks.
What might the course lead to?
How is the course structured?
You will explore a wide range of films, most will
be contemporary Hollywood blockbusters or from
British cinema. You will also study at least one
film from a different culture.
The course combines analysis and creativity,
giving you the chance to look at how films are
planned, created, edited, produced and marketed
and trying out these techniques yourself.
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A Levels or further study in media or film
studies
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media-related careers such as journalism,
TV/film/music production
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working in any creative-based industry
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public relations and events management
Controlled assessments will involve planning and
creating film products, from storyboards and short
films to considering how to market films.
The examinations test your understanding of
specific film genres and individual films chosen by
the exam board. These change from year to year
but include popular and less mainstream films.
There’s so much I used to take for granted when I watched
a film in the past. Now I find that I will always analyse every
minute detail, thinking about what techniques have been
used by a film-maker. I love the practical areas of the
course as I get to try out some of the techniques we learn
about. It’s harder than I thought as there’s a lot more to it
than just sitting and watching films, but it’s so rewarding!
Joe
Gateway
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Food and Nutrition EXAM BOARD: WJEC For further information, please contact
Mrs Johnson in room 0.15 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Students are given the opportunity to make a huge
variety of recipes over the course of two years in a
well-structured but slightly less formal setting than
the average classroom.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 50% Examination 50% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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This course will give you valuable key life skills,
enabling you to cook and make informed choices
about what and how well you are eating.
How is the course structured?
The whole course is built around the following six
core elements:
1. Food commodities
2. Principles of nutrition
3. Diet and good health
4. The science of food
5. Where food comes from
6. Cooking and food preparation
enjoy cooking and experimenting with food
enjoy a large variety of foods
are highly organised
want to learn to have a greater understanding
of nutrition, hygiene and safety, and a whole
variety of factors that affect food.
What might the course lead to?
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dietician or nutritionist
food sales and promotion
product development
chef, baker, restaurateur
food journalist or critic
health and safety/environmental health work
further study in food related qualifications
The one hour 45 minute examination covers a
range of areas linked to food preparation and
nutrition. Some questions involve responding to
stimulus material. Questions also require a variety
of short and extended responses.
15% of the controlled assessment involves
responding to an investigatory task, including
research, creation and evaluation. The remaining
35% of marks are awarded for planning,
preparing, cooking and presenting a selection of
dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a
dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.
I have always loved cooking, baking and food in general. This
GCSE has made me much more aware of nutrition and the
science behind it all. It’s also great to be confident enough to
make a wide variety of dishes. Making quiche was a highlight!
Russell
Open
Tom
Gateway
FRENCH
QUALIFICATION: GCSE French Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: Edexcel For further information, please contact
Miss Normansell in room 1.39 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
We believe languages should be accessible for all
students. The authentic situations and material in
this course allow students to see language used in
a real situation and to learn about the culture of
France.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination
Students should take the course if they…
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Assessments will provide plenty of opportunities
for students to apply their knowledge
independently and creatively.
How is the course structured?
French consists of four externally examined
papers based on the following skills:
- Listening: Students are assessed on their
understanding of standard spoken French in a range
of public and social settings. Students will respond to
multiple-response and short-answer questions.
- Speaking: Students are assessed on their ability to
communicate and interact effectively in French for
different purposes and in different settings, for
instance a role-play and a discussion of a picturebased stimulus followed by a conversation based on
two themes.
- Reading: Students are assessed on their
understanding of written French across a range of
different types of texts, including: advertisements,
emails, letters, articles and literary texts. This area
includes a short translation passage.
- Writing: Students are assessed on their ability to
communicate effectively through writing in French for
different purposes and audiences. Students are
required to produce extended responses of varying
lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in
French.
have an interest in learning a language
wish to travel and potentially work abroad
wish to broaden their cultural horizons as well
as study a subject which is considered highly
academic by colleges and universities
are prepared to work independently to
strengthen their grammar and writing skills.
What might the course lead to?
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progression to A Level French. Languages is a
popular choice to study alongside another
subject (joint honours)
there are many routes you can take with
languages, such as journalism, business
management, translation or teaching
being competent in a language will give you
broader career options, whatever you decide.
Studying a language has been a rollercoaster ride! I have loved
studying the different topics and learning new vocabulary
however the grammar was not so easy. It took loads of practice
to get my tenses right and even a bedroom full of post-it notes
with them on, however I got there in the end! The best part for
me was when I went to France with my parents and I could put
sentences together and understand what people were saying.
Charlotte Russell
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GEOGRAPHY
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Geography For further information, please contact
Miss Price in room 2.42 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Geography is all around us; from the country we
live in, our culture and beliefs, our understanding
of global events, even something as simple as our
route to work.
Studying the GCSE allows you to look at the world
through a range of stimulus from maps, to
documentaries, articles to photos. The wide
ranging content linked to geography means that
there is something for everyone!
How is the course structured?
The course develops an understanding of
fundamental topics in physical and human
geography. Students will travel the world from the
classroom, exploring case studies in the UK, newly
emerging economies and lower income countries.
Topics of study include climate change, poverty,
deprivation, global shifts in economic power and
the challenge of sustainable resource use.
Students are encouraged to understand their role
in society, by considering different viewpoints,
values and attitudes.
EXAM BOARD: AQA ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination
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want to understand the world around them
are prepared to display a strong work ethic and
respond to feedback
like to display a range of skills including
discussion, extended writing and the use of
creativity
are empathetic to the experiences of others
around the world
have a good standard of literacy to facilitate
strong exam responses.
What might the course lead to?
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A Level and a degree in geography
a wide range of careers including conservation,
cartography and surveying, GIS, and landscape
design
a more developed awareness of the world
around you which will help in a multitude of
service related fields.
The majority of learning will be classroom based.
Each student is required to undertake two fieldwork
study days and produce coursework which will be
examined rather than traditionally marked; this
links to 30% of the final mark.
Examinations have short and long answers based
around knowledge and stimulus response. From the highest fold mountains to the deepest ocean trench,
studying geography has allowed me to understand everything
in between. Geography is not just colouring in, it has included
a lot of hard work and writing but it has all been worth it! I
really liked the range of activities with the lessons as it helped
to keep me really interested. Geography has opened up a
world of possibilities for me…
Emme
Russell
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HISTORY
QUALIFICATION: GCSE History Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mrs Noble in room 2.41 or
[email protected]
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination Students should take the course if they…
What’s the course about?
The GCSE covers a broad study of history ranging
from periods studied in great detail such as Nazi
Germany and Restoration Britain to studies of
change and continuity over time such as the history
of medicine. This enables you to understand some
of the forces, events and issues that have shaped
our modern world.
Understanding history helps shape your
understanding of how we live today, and will live in
the future.
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What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
The course is designed to allow students to
experience a wide range of history: local, national
and international history is studied as well as a
wide chronology including medieval, early modern
and modern history. The course is divided into two
exams.
enjoy learning about people and major events
in the past
have strong opinions and enjoy defending their
point of view
are interested in understanding the motives and
experiences of different people
show skills in analysing concepts such as
change, continuity, significance, causation and
consequence.
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professions
such as
law, journalism,
management and broadcasting all of which
value and use the skills developed in History
specific history-related professions such as
heritage management
History is a facilitating subject which enables
students to access all, including the Russell
Group, universities.
Paper 1 – Understanding the Modern World
Germany,
Dictatorship
1890–1945:
Democracy
and
Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950–1975
Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation
Britain: Health and the People
Restoration England, 1660–1685
Russell
I enjoy History despite its complexity because I am learning
about a fascinating collection of events. We study in a variety
of ways and complete work in different forms but it is always
interesting to understand about other countries and past
events. As I learn about aspects of the past it allows me to
link it to the way in which the present world is formed.
Harriet
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MEDIA STUDIES
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Media Studies EXAM BOARD: WJEC (Provisional) For further information, please contact
Mr Horton in room 1.31 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Every aspect of our lives is now touched by the
media: news, music, film, tv, social media,
celebrities, the food you eat and even the
conversations and beliefs you have are potentially
controlled or manipulated by the media’s
influence.
Studying media involves changing the way you
look at the world by understanding how different
media work. It will open your eyes so you
appreciate how powerful an institution the media
really is.
How is the course structured?
The course combines written and practical work
and involves responding to a variety of media.
The topics covered will change from year to year,
but can include: music video, film trailers and
posters, the horror genre, television drama,
advertising, lifestyle and celebrity, websites,
computer games, DVD designs and film.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 70% Examination 30% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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have an active interest in the media
are willing to persevere to learn new
techniques
are prepared to draft and redraft ideas
like practical activities including planning,
filming, photography and editing
have a good standard of writing to support
essay and examination responses.
What might the course lead to?
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A Levels or further study in media or film
studies
media-related careers such as journalism,
TV/film/music production
teaching
working in any creative-based industry
public relations and events management
Most lessons will be spent in North’s fantastic
Apple Mac suite, where you will learn how to use
editing software such as Photoshop, so you can
appreciate how media texts are created before
making them yourself.
The first part of your GCSE is spent completing
your controlled assessments before you move
onto studying your examination topics. These are
chosen by the exam board and you will know
what they are at the start of the course. The
examination is structured around short answer,
longer answer and practical questions.
Media is a creative outlet, where you can make anything
your mind can stretch to. The hardest part was to remember
all the tools on Photoshop, but once understood, and with a
little perseverance, you realise how powerful it is.
I loved the GCSE course as it combined practical and
analytical work; it was an easy decision to carry on my study
into A level.
Ambre
Russell
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MUSIC
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Music Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: OCR (TBC) ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 40% Examination, 30% Integrated Portfolio and 30% Practical For further information, please contact
Miss Chater in room 0.47 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about? Studying music enables learners to explore
performance and composition with a focus on their
own instrument and genre choices and offers
opportunities to explore new instrumental skills.
Through the various genres, styles and eras
contained in the four areas of study, students will
explore a wide range of musical genres from
African drumming to the concerto, and film scores
to the conventions of pop. They will develop
musical language, performance and composition
skills through practical activities.
How is the course structured?: Integrated Portfolio: 30% - Students complete a
range of solo performances on their chosen
instrument or voice and a composition based around
a set brief.
Practical Component: 30% - Students complete a
range of ensemble performances, this can be with
another person, band or even a whole orchestra.
You will then compose a piece for several
instruments from a set brief.
Students should take the course if they… 
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play an instrument or sing
enjoy taking part in practical musical activities
such as learning to play or sing new pieces,
composing and performing as part of a group
enjoy listening to a variety of different musical
styles
are able to identify key features of different pieces
of music
are dedicated to developing their musical skills
outside the classroom and get involved with the
many musical-related events North offers.
What might the course lead to?
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Education: A Levels and beyond, teaching,
music therapy, music librarian, software writer
Performance: session musician, pit band
performer, armed service bands, professional
performer
Production: sound engineer, radio technician,
band manager, producer, publisher, composer.
Listening and Appraising: 40% - Students complete
a written exam paper which focuses on their
listening and appraising skills. It will consist of
unfamiliar music from the areas of study outlined
above.
Please note that acceptance on this course will be
based on an informal meeting with Miss Chater to
assess your musical competence.
I have always loved music performance as well as composing
and appreciating music in general. I really loved this GCSE
as I found new ways to express myself through developing
my performing standards, learning how to compose and
studying a wide range of musical styles. If you take it you
really do need to work hard but don’t let that put you off
because Music was one of my most active and fun lessons
and I can’t believe the progress I made!
Oliver
Russell
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE EXAM BOARD: OCR For further information, please contact
Mrs Lynch in the PE block or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
The content has been designed to allow learners
to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic
setting, allowing them to critically analyse and
evaluate physical performance and apply their
experience of practical activities in developing their
knowledge and understanding of the subject.
A wide range of sports can be studied across the
two year course and a significant proportion of the
marks come from practical performance.
How is the course structured?
The course will be examined by two one hour
written papers at the end of year 11, worth 60% of
the total GCSE.
The remaining 40% is assessed practically. Three
activities need to be assessed, at least one activity
should be an individual sport and at least one a
team sport. A wide range of sports can form part of
the assessment and this allows you to choose
sports that you are best at, as well as trying out
some sports and activities that you may not have
experienced before and will hopefully love!
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 60% Examination 40% Non‐Exam Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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have a keen interest in participating in sport
want to learn about how the body adapts to
training
like working as a team as well as individually
are willing to attend extra-curricular activities
have an interest in how sports people prepare
themselves for performances.
What might the course lead to?
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A Level in PE
BTEC Level 2 or 3 at college in sports-based
courses
sports nutritionist
physiotherapist
sports psychologist
sports coaching
Pupils also have to evaluate and analyse
performance in one of their chosen activities,
thinking about how a range of factors affect the
performance itself.
From an early age, I’ve always loved playing sport. A GCSE
in PE helped me understand some of the complexities behind
mine and other’s performances in a range of sports. It
developed my skills in my favourite sports. Some of the
science and terminology behind the activities was tough
going, but with perseverance it soon became fascinating.
Matt
Russell
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PRODUCT DESIGN 3D
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE DT Product Design 3D EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mr Wadams in room 0.07 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
You will be introduced to the workshop to develop
your designing and making skills. You will use
these skills to develop a range of manufactured
3D outcomes.
Through controlled assessment you will develop
innovative, creative and design technology
capabilities to produce a high quality final product.
Manufacturing companies need creative, dynamic
employees to work in areas such as design,
design engineering, installation, marketing and
management and this course will help you if you
have such an interest.
How is the course structured?
Year 9 students are introduced to the workshop
and will complete several small design products
and make projects to develop a broad range of
practical technical skills and processes.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 40% Examination 60% Controlled Assessment Students should take the course if they…
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are creative and innovative
have a strong interest in designing and making
quality products
enjoy learning new skills and techniques
aspire to work in the design, construction or
manufacturing industries.
What might the course lead to?
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A Levels, City and Guilds, degree courses in
similar areas.
Careers in 3D Design and Manufacturing:
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product/furniture design
product/automotive/construction engineering
engineering with wood, metal and plastics
retail buying and merchandising
production management
Year 10 students will develop their theory
knowledge of the design process, materials and
processes, whilst continuing to develop their
creativity and technical skills.
Students complete one piece of controlled
assessment in year 11 worth 60% of their final
mark. Revision of theory will ensure students are
fully prepared for their written examination in May
of year 11, which is worth 40% of the final mark.
Design Technology is one of my passions. It has shaped what
I want to do for my future after my GCSEs. It has improved
my eye for detail and patience whilst designing and making a
finished product. The course has encouraged me to take risks
and not settle for the first idea I come up with.
Emily
Russell
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PSYCHOLOGY
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Psychology Qualification at a glance
For further information, please contact
Mrs Haley in room 1.43 or
[email protected]
EXAM BOARD: OCR ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination Students should take the course if they…
What’s the course about?
Psychology at GCSE level gives you the
opportunity to study a broad range of topics in
psychology and makes an interesting introduction
to the approaches of the subject.
Through this, students will scientifically explore the
human mind and its functions, especially how we
behave in particular situations.
How is the course structured?
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would like to attempt to explain how our mind
works
are interested in human behaviour
are interested in the nature / nurture debate
enjoy relating real life situations to theoretical
explanations
can follow scientific procedures to complete
research.
What might the course lead to?
Unit
Assessment
Weighting
Paper 1 topics:
 sex and gender
 memory
 attachment
 obedience
 atypical
behaviour
Paper 2 topics:
 criminal
behaviour
 perception
 cognitive
development
 non verbal
communication
 the self
Paper 3 research
methods:
 planning
research
 doing research
 analysing
research
 planning an
investigation
Written
examination
1 hour 15
minutes
80 marks
40%
Written
examination
1 hour 15
minutes
80 marks
40%
Written
examination
1 hour
40 marks
20%
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A Level studies and beyond in psychology and
psychology based routes
a range of psychologist roles, such as clinical,
forensic or educational psychology
teaching
nursing, counselling and psychiatry
marketing
careers linked to human resources
I really enjoyed GCSE Psychology because I was able to
relate the ideas and theories to real life situations. It made me
realise that I am unique and that both my genetics and my
upbringing will shape my personality and my future.
Chloe
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RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Religion and Society EXAM BOARD: WJEC For further information, please contact
Miss Jones in room 1.42
[email protected]
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination What’s the course about?
Students should take the course if they…
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This course looks at a whole variety of 'real life'
issues. All the issues will be considered from the
perspective of Christianity and one other world
religion.
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We look at the topics like: relationship issues –
sexual relationships, divorce and different types of
families; medical ethics – abortion and
euthanasia; crime and punishment – death
penalty and forgiveness, and issues of social
justice, prejudice and discrimination.
How is the course structured?
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What might the course lead to?
Unit Title
Assessment
Weighting
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Religious,
philosophical and
ethical studies in the
modern world
Written
examination
2 hours
50%
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Study of Christianity
Written
examination
1 hour
25%
Study of a world
faith
Written
examination
1 hour
are interested in linking their own lives to what
they study
like to share their opinions about events and
issues in both verbal and written arguments
can appreciate two sides of an argument
are open minded and prepared to be resilient
when evaluating ideas
are keen to study a course that will support
study of a range of other subjects, including
history, English literature and sociology.
A Level study of RE or similar routes, such as
philosophy
media and journalism
working with others: teaching, youth or community
based work, social work, law
Do you
enjoy
sharing
your
opinions?
25%
This is a new GCSE but it builds on the content of what I
enjoy. I’ve really liked learning about things I didn’t know
about, like the death penalty and trying to understand
different opinions on difficult choices like abortion and
assisted dying. It’s not about being religious yourself, it’s
about working out what you think on topics but understanding
other people might think differently and that that’s okay.
Lauren
Russell
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SEPARATE SCIENCES
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics EXAM BOARD: TBC For further information, please contact
Mr Crawshaw in room 2.15 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Science is a key to understanding the world around
us and here at North we teach science following
the ‘New Science’ syllabus, which has an exciting
and fun approach to learning science relevant to
the world about us.
Every aspect of our lives is now touched by
science: medicine, astronomy, technology,
engineering, drug research, and environmental
issues like global warming. We know that our work
force has a shortage of scientists and we need to
develop more young people with science based
skill sets.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination Students should take the course if they…
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like science: students will have 9 out of 30
periods a week studying towards it
want to pursue a science-based career in
medicine, nursing, chemistry, pharmacy,
ophthalmics, health, physics, engineering,
dentistry or similar
are willing to persevere to learn new scientific
techniques
are prepared to develop critical thinking skills
like practical activities
have a good standard of numeracy to support
simple calculations and graph skills.
How is the course structured?
If you are in the Russell Pathway you have the
option of studying a science curriculum that leads
to either two or three GCSEs. All your science
lessons will take place within the six core lessons
you will receive per week.
If you are in either the Open or Gateway Pathways
then you can choose to study separate sciences as
one of your option choices. This means that close
to one third of your timetable will be science
lessons, so is ideal if you are heavily interested in
the subject.
What might the course lead to?
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A Levels in sciences
Apprenticeships in science, health and social
care or engineering based courses
teaching, nursing, physiotherapy
medicine, dentistry, astronomy, engineering
working in any technology-based industry.
There will be at least 16 mandatory practical
activities, that act as part of the qualification as
recognised by a school statement to the exam
board.
15% of exam marks test understanding of practical
work.
20% of exam marks test mathematics skills.
Science is a challenging subject, where you strive to
question and understand the world around you. The most
interesting challenge was to identify how things work,
before applying the concepts to real life situations. With
a little perseverance, you realise how powerful science
can be. The practicals bring science to life!
Noah
Russell
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SOCIOLOGY
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Sociology Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: WJEC For further information, please contact
Miss Jones in room 1.42
[email protected]
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination What’s the course about?
Students should take the course if they…
Sociology studies how society works. It will help
you to understand how individuals fit into a wider
social network and encourage you to question
beliefs about society which you may have
previously taken for granted.
Sociologists are interested in why society works in
the way that it does and the extent to which our
behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our
social class, age, gender and race.
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How is the course structured?
Unit
Assessment
Weighting
Unit 1:
Understanding
social processes
Written
examination
1 hour 30
minutes
50%
Unit 2:
Understanding
social structures
Written
examination
1 hour 30
minutes
50%
are interested in exploring their own lives and the
world around them
can link their learning in class to events beyond
the classroom
want to learn about how others might use
information to manipulate us and why they do that
to present a particular view of society.
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A Level and degree courses in sociology or
similar
careers in social work including community
projects, charity work, welfare advisors and other
areas of social services.
Other careers linked to the civil service: prison
work, journalism, police and teaching.
I really enjoyed GCSE Sociology. You think you know society
but there is so much I didn’t know. I particularly enjoyed
looking at topics around inequality like racism and sexism and
looking how poverty affects people’s life chances.
I think it’ll really help me in the future when I become a social
worker.
Jodie
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SPANISH
QUALIFICATION: GCSE Spanish Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: Edexcel For further information, please contact
Miss Normansell in room 1.39 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
Students in the Russell Pathway must study at least
one of French or Spanish. Students who opt for
Spanish need to appreciate the rapid pace of
lessons to get through the required content; the
majority of students will have already acquired a
solid understanding of the basics of French before
they arrive in year 9. Spanish is not taught in middle
schools so there is more content to cover over the
three year period to complete the GCSE.
How is the course structured?
Spanish consists of four externally examined
papers based on the following skills:
- Listening: Students are assessed on their
understanding of standard spoken Spanish in a
range of public and social settings. Students will
respond to multiple-response and short-answer
questions.
- Speaking: Students are assessed on their ability
to communicate and interact effectively in Spanish
for different purposes and in different settings, for
instance a role-play and a discussion of a picturebased stimulus followed by a conversation based
on two themes.
- Reading: Students are assessed on their
understanding of written Spanish across a range
of different types of texts, including:
advertisements, emails, letters, articles and
literary texts.
- Writing: Students are assessed on their ability to
communicate effectively through writing in
Spanish for different purposes and audiences.
Students are required to produce extended
responses of varying lengths and types to express
ideas and opinions in Spanish.
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Examination
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have an interest in learning a language
wish to travel and potentially work abroad
wish to broaden their cultural horizons as well
as study a subject which is considered highly
academic by colleges and universities
are prepared to work independently to
strengthen their grammar and writing skills.
What might the course lead to?
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progression to A Level Spanish. Languages is a
popular choice to study alongside another subject
(joint honours)
there are many routes you can take with
languages, such as journalism, business
management, translation or teaching
being competent in a language will give you
broader career options, whatever you decide.
I started learning Spanish from scratch in year 9. In year 7 and
8 I had studied French and I was excited to learn a new
language. I had to learn a lot faster than some of my other
subjects because there is so much to cover. Plus at home,
revision of basic vocabulary is vital! Making good notes is so
important in Spanish and organising your grammar book,
because these are essential when revising.
Mercedes
Russell
TEXTILES
QUALIFICATION: GCSE DT Textiles Qualification at a glance
EXAM BOARD: AQA For further information, please contact
Mrs Davidson in room 0.04 or
[email protected]
ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 40% Examination 60% Controlled Assessment
What’s the course about?
Students should take the course if they…
You will be introduced to the textile workshop to
investigate dyeing, printing, embroidery and
drawing. You will explore these techniques to
develop a range of textile outcomes for fashion
garments and fabrics for interior design.
Through controlled assessments you will develop
your innovation, creativity and design technology
capabilities to produce a high quality final product.
Please note that you cannot take this subject and
product design 3D together.
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are creative and innovative
have a strong interest in fashion
enjoy learning new design and decorative
techniques
have a strong interest in designing, modelling and
making products
aspire to work in the design or textile industries.
What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
Year 9 students will complete several small
‘design and make’ projects to develop a range of
practical technical skills including e-textiles and
decorative techniques.
Year 10 students will learn the theory behind the
textile and fashion industry, whilst continuing to
develop the creativity and technical skills that
were started in year 9.
A Levels, City & Guilds or degree courses in
textiles-based subjects
Careers in Fashion and Textiles:
 fashion design or journalism
 interior design
 retail buying and merchandising
 garment production management
Students complete one piece of controlled
assessment in Year 11. This will need to be
presented in an A3 folder and is a major project
on the topic of your choice, allowing you to
develop creativity and independent thinking skills.
Revision of theory will ensure students are fully
prepared for their written examination along with
transferable key skills developed across the
course.
I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher. GCSE
Textiles gave me the opportunity to work creatively, building
my confidence developing my practical skills in making a final
product. I was encouraged to work independently very quickly
which really helped my self-confidence. These are all skills
that I would need to explore my career choice. I did not think
twice about continuing my GCSE onto the A Level course.
Hannah
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BUSINESS
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: Cambridge National Certificate in Business and Enterprise For further information, please contact
Mrs Mann in room 2.71 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
This qualification offers students the opportunity to
develop the skills required by today’s employers.
Students will prepare for the world of work through
both practical and knowledge-based activities, with
the aim of enhancing their employability when they
leave education.
You will be encouraged to develop effective
communication skills when working as part of team
and show your creative side when working
independently.
How is the course structured?
There are three units:
Introduction to business: students will learn how
different forms of business operate, the impact of
external factors on success, and understanding
business objectives. Students are assessed by a
one hour written paper.
EXAM BOARD: OCR ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 25% Examination, 25% Controlled Assessment and 50% Portfolio
Students should take the course if they…
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have an interest in how businesses operate
want to gain an insight to the recruitment
process and develop skills to help them when
applying for jobs
are innovative and want to develop
entrepreneurship skills
want to learn the transferable skills of projectplanning, time-management, decision-making
and team-working.
What might the course lead to?
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A Level or Cambridge Technicals in business
related subjects
apprenticeships
vocational qualifications in business enterprise
or business and administration.
Planning for work: students will learn about the
different job roles within businesses, the
recruitment process and will also create a career
plan to help understand how to achieve these aims.
You will be assessed by completing a ten hour
controlled assessment task.
Setting up and running an enterprise: students will
develop skills to gain a better understanding of
enterprise activities in a business context. You will
produce a portfolio of evidence taking
approximately 20 hours.
It introduced me to the idea of setting up my own business.
We have excellent resources and we have the privilege of
being taught in an ICT room where we have instant access to
the internet and where we can develop our independent
learning skills.
Shannon
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PRE-APPRENTICESHIP IN
ENGINEERING
Qualification at a glance
QUALIFICATION: First Diploma in Engineering Technology For further information, please contact
Miss Nicklin in room 0.07 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
This course has been created through industry
links with ADI Ltd, a highly successful engineering
company with over 20 engineering divisions.
You will broadly be covering the following content
as part of the course: basic health and safety at
work training, welding and metal forming skills,
electronic panel assembly skills, fundamentals of
electrical engineering, fundamentals of
mechanical engineering and computer aided
design.
EXAM BOARD: EAL (Pending) ASSESSMENT DETAILS: Three mandatory units and one optional unit Students should take the course if they…
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want to gain a qualification that is as valuable
as a GCSE whilst gaining an insight into a
highly competitive field
have an interest in engineering
prefer to work practically
are prepared to work off-site from North, at
ADI’s site in Kings Norton
want to learn the transferable skills of timemanagement, decision-making and teamworking.
What might the course lead to?
How is the course structured?
We are working during this year to develop a
qualifications framework around the course, but
the underlying principle is that the course will be
employer led and therefore students will be
spending much of their time on the course at
ADI’s site in Kings Norton.
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a level three course, and later a degree, in a
field of engineering
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apprenticeships linked to engineering.
The objective is that the course will prepare
students fully to engage in an apprenticeship in
engineering and ensure that they are 'ahead of
the field' should they decide to apply for one as a
post-16 course in this highly competitive field.
Sessions will be interactive and ‘hands-on’ as
students will develop a highly practical
understanding of key elements linked to
engineering.
This new course is being designed in collaboration with Alan
Lusty, Chief Executive of ADI Group, who was himself an
instrumentation engineering apprentice. Alan has been
named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 most influential
industry role models for 2015 and acceptance on this course
will involve an interview with ADI. Please see
www.adiltd.co.uk for more details about the company.
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HEALTH STUDIES
QUALIFICATION: Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care Qualification at a glance
For further information, please contact
Mrs Evans in room 1.40 or
[email protected]
EXAM BOARD: OCR ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 25% Examination 75% Controlled Assessment What’s the course about?
Students should take the course if they…
The Cambridge National Certificate will equip
students with an up to date knowledge of issues
arising in health care, social care and early years
settings. This qualification provides learners with a
stimulating and engaging introduction to the health
and social care sector. It presents learners with
knowledge, skills and understanding in a
meaningful, work-related context, allowing them to
understand both the theories and their application
to real life.
How is the course structured?
What might the course lead to?
Unit title &
description
Assessment
& duration
Weighting
R021: Essential
values of care for
use with individuals
in care settings
Written paper
OCR set and
marked
25%
R022:
Communicating
and working with
individuals in
health, social care
and early years
settings
2 additional units
1 hour
duration
Centre
assessed
tasks
Centre
assessed
tasks
25%
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are considering a career in a related area
would like to apply theories to real life case
studies
are interested in why this sector affects
everyone
enjoy practising skills that will help you in real
life, like communication in the workplace.
A Level studies in health and social care
A university degree in health and social care
Any career within health, early years and/or
social care, like nursing, teaching, midwifery,
social worker, counsellor, youth worker, care
assistant
25% per
unit
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I really enjoyed studying health and social care as we use
real life examples in lessons and this made it easier for me
to understand. I like the balance between exams and
controlled assessment too.
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ICT
QUALIFICATION: Cambridge National Certificate in ICT Qualification at a glance
For further information, please contact
Mrs Twist in room 2.70 or
[email protected]
What’s the course about?
ICT skills are essential for success in employment
and higher education, and are among the
fundamental transferable skills required by
employers.
Studying this Cambridge Nationals qualification
will give you an opportunity to develop knowledge
and understanding of computer systems, of how
ICT is used in businesses and how to develop a
range of digital products suitable for different
purposes.
How is the course structured?
ICT consists of four units, two are compulsory and
two are optional. Each unit is worth 25%.
EXAM BOARD: OCR ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 25% Examination 25% Controlled Assessment and 50% Portfolio Students should take the course if they…
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have an interest in developing their ICT skills to
cover a range of software
want to learn more about how modern
technology affects our society and how we
communicate
can think logically and enjoy solving problems
want to progress into a careers such as game
design or web development.
What might the course lead to?
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Computing A Level
Apprenticeship in computing/ICT field
Cambridge Technical in ICT
Principal Learning in Engineering
Compulsory units:
Understanding computer systems: teaches the
underpinning knowledge to use computer systems
effectively. Students will be assessed by a one
hour written paper.
Using ICT to create business solutions: students
will learn how to operate effectively in business
context. Students will be assessed by completing
a ten hour controlled assessment task.
Optional units:
Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
or handling data using spreadsheets. Both are
assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence to
meet the learning outcomes for that unit.
I really enjoy ICT because the teacher gives us examples that
I can relate to my own use of ICT. This has helped me to
understand how ICT is used in society in a variety of
situations. I have learned new skills using different software
that will help me when I go to college and when I am looking
for a job.
Charlotte
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ASDAN KEY STEPS
Qualification at a glance
For further information, please contact
Mrs Swift in room 0.18 or
[email protected]
QUALIFICATION: ASDAN CoPE EXAM BOARD: ASDAN ASSESSMENT DETAILS: 100% Portfolio Assessment
Students should take the course if they…
What’s the course about?
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You will develop and recognise a range of skills
that will be invaluable when you start work, and
begin living independently.
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You will learn how to solve problems and
discover the best ways to do this.
Improve your learning and performance by
developing skills to cope with everyday
problems you may encounter.
Work with others to promote team building
skills and supporting one another.
Take part in discussions to build confidence
and self-esteem.
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need to improve their confidence in working
with others
want to develop their knowledge in number
skills and straight forward tasks
prefer practical activities
would like to develop planning and researching
skills
need to improve problem solving skills, by
using different methods to find a solution.
What might the course lead to?
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How is the course structured?
The course is structured by working through 12
different modules in a work book.
Bronze Award
Silver Award
CoPE Level One
Each module will entail you completing a number
of challenges, to gain credit.
The course involves written, practical, computer
and photographic work, along with witness
statements to prove that the challenges have been
completed.
Lessons will take place in the ASDAN Base,
where you will learn to do practical and written
work.
Students will also go to visit other venues within
Bromsgrove to improve their knowledge and
understanding of the facilities in the area.
When enough credits are completed students will
gain certification to enable them to go on to the next
level.
I really love my ASDAN lessons because they have improved
my confidence. We have visited lots of different places such
as a local temple to develop our communication and
interaction skills.
Jack
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