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Year 10 Curriculum 2015-2016

Moving From Key Stage 3 To Key Stage 4

 

We are constantly striving to ensure that the curriculum we offer at Astley Community High School is appropriate to the individual needs of our students. To this end, we constantly review our curriculum offering. The information in these pages reflects our latest review of the curriculum.

PATHWAYS

Some subjects are compulsory – the Government says that all students must take them. Other subjects are “Entitlements” – the Government says that students must be able to choose a subject in that area if they so wish. Not all subjects are suitable to all students. Whether or not a pupil likes and/or enjoys a subject is important, as is their ability or potential to do well in that subject. Deciding which subjects your child can or should take can be difficult.

We can help you with this. We have a wealth of information about your child. The Student Progress Leader for Year 9 and a number of other teachers meet to consider every child in the year group. Over the next few weeks we will speak to your child to ask him/her what sort of subjects he/she would like to do from September, and what his/her career aspirations may be. Using this information we will help guide your child towards what, in our professional judgment, would be the most appropriate combination of courses for your child to study at Key Stage 4.

Here you will find details of both the compulsory examined subjects your child must take and a range of subjects for your child to choose from. You will see that the form attached to this letter lists all the optional subjects we offer. Your child will study FOUR of these subjects – one subject from Block A and three subjects from Block B. We also ask you to nominate reserve choices in case it isn’t possible to give your child their first choices.

The core consists of compulsory subjects that all students must follow. There is no choice.

All students follow a core of:

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Mathematics, Science, English Language and English Literature are taught as separate lessons with formal assessment leading to GCSEs in these subjects.

Physical Education and Religious Education are also delivered in the core but as non-examined courses. Students who wish to obtain a formal qualification in Physical Education and Religious Education can opt to choose the GCSE courses in these subjects as part of their entitlement choices.

During their 2-year Key Stage 4 course all students have curriculum time for:

  • Citizenship
  • Careers Education
  • Sex Education
  • Enrichment experience

British Values and what it means to be British is explored and discussed as part of this curriculum time.

Please complete the Pathways Form with your child stating one option from block A and three options from block B. Remember to also nominate your reserve choices.

Our Key Stage 4 Booklet contains all of the curriculum information for current Year 10 students. Please contact us if you require a printed copy.

 

Core Non-Examined Subjects

1. Why study this course?

All students will cover a PSHE programme that aims to:

• Promote their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development
• Prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and ensure they are prepared to take their place in society.

As a result of the work we do with students, it is our expectation that will they become well-rounded citizens and responsible members of the communities in which they live. In addition, we are committed to equipping them with the skills required to succeed in modern Britain.

2. What students will study during this course

Our programme of study is based around a fortnightly PSHE lesson. This is complemented by RE lessons, year group assemblies, cross-curricular work, intervention activities, enrichment courses and drop in sessions. We also have a network of agencies that support students both inside and outside of school.

We use PSHE education to build on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

We will deliver 4 key units to students which include a variety of different topics. The basic information about each topic is as follows:

Learning & IAG – Including careers advice, people skills, interview techniques, safety at work & the world of work.

Health & Social – Including keeping yourself safe, legal & illegal substances, sexual health, anti-bullying & healthy living.

Citizenship – Including British values, homelessness, charity work, anti-racism, the law & our planet.

Financial awareness – Including managing your money, being enterprising, running your own business, savings and credit.

Year 9 Students also receive extra PSHE sessions, on a rotation basis, during enrichment on Wednesday week1 on the topics of Sex Related Education, homophobic bullying and alcohol/substance misuse.


3. How the course is assessed

There is currently no formal assessment of the PSHE course.

You can download the information about our PHSE course.

For further details please contact Mr Scott

 

Why study this course?

RE focuses on pupils valuing themselves and others. RE celebrates diversity in society by helping pupils understand similarities and differences. It promotes self-awareness, tolerance, respect, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder. RE also helps pupils develop key skills such as communication, working with others and problem solving.

What will you study in this course?

Year 10 Core RE

In year 10, Core RE students study a range of moral, contemporary issues and religious attitudes to these issues. Topics studied include:

• Attitudes to the environment and animal rights, examining both Christian and Muslim attitudes to these.

• Wealth and poverty and Christian and Muslim attitudes to helping the less fortunate.

• Abortion, euthanasia, transplant surgery and Christian and Muslim attitudes to them.

• Human Rights, the UDHR and the electoral process in the UK.

How the course is assessed?

Core RE is a non-examination subject. There are no final external examinations being worked towards. RE is delivered because of the statutory legal requirement. Student’s classwork is informally assessed by the subject teacher.

For further information please contact Miss Gannon

1. Why study this course

All pupils in years 9-11 will receive 3 x 1 hour lessons of core PE every cycle. There are 5 guiding principles which drive the delivery of core PE at Astley:

• Developing skills and techniques across a range of physical activities. We aim to allow our pupils to achieve their unique potential within physical activity and sport. Pupils will be guided on how to improve their sporting skills and how to access opportunities outside of the curriculum.

• Developing decision making skills. Pupils are taught how to select and apply a range of skills and tactics, across a range of sporting activities, in order to be successful. Pupils are given the opportunity undertake different roles within lessons (performer, official and coach) and experience the decision making requirements of each, regardless of physical prowess.

• Developing physical and mental capacity. Pupils will be given the opportunity to improve the physical and mental well-being through participation in core PE. Pupils will look at what their own physical strengths and weakness are and be guided on how to improve them. Students will also learn about how behave with respect and tolerance when competing in competitive situations (accept winning and losing in the appropriate manner, accepting referee’s decisions).

• Evaluating and improving performance. Pupils will be taught how to analyse their own performance and describe methods of improvement. Pupils will undertake the role of a coach/manager and endeavour to make improvements to the performance of their team or to a peer’s skill level and/or tactical understanding.

• Making Informed decisions about decisions about healthy active lifestyles. Pupils will be taught about the benefits of following a healthy active lifestyle. Lessons will include opportunities to discuss how the body reacts to exercise and the long term physical gains from regular participation. Pupils will also be taught about the mental and social involvement in sport (stress relieve, anxiety management, social mixing).

2. What you will study in this course 

Activities range from:
• Football
• Netball
• Swimming (stroke and personal survival)
• Dance (including Zumba)
• Badminton 
• Rugby League
• Fitness
• Trampolining
• Basketball
• Table tennis
• Rounders
• Cricket
• Athletics
• Softball
• Tennis
• Multi-sports

3. How the course is assessed
Core PE will be assessed in the following ways:

Year 9
Pupils will be assessed without levels. They will be assessed against set criteria we have developed across our partner Middle Schools.

It will involve being rated as:
• Emerging
• Developing
• Secure
• Mastered

The areas they will be assessed in will be:
• Technique
• Create and Perform
• Competition, Health and Fitness
• Outwitting Opponents
• Character and mind-set

Years 10 and 11

Pupils will be assessed against GCSE PE criteria.

The assessment without levels will filter through to year 10 and 11 as our current year 9 move through school. Then we will only assess GCSE PE students against GCSE PE criteria.

You can download the information about our Core PE course.

For further details please contact Mr Lamb.

Core Examined Subjects

The English department have a policy of inclusion where we believe the study of GCSE Language and Literature is an entitlement for all. We believe that there are many important areas that can be developed alongside the students’ ability to write. This includes an appreciation of life and relationships as well as an analysis of our role in society. These areas are explored through poetry, novels and plays. They are also debated through the study of Language where an analysis of the use of persuasive language and rhetorical techniques develops important life skills for all students.

English is a compulsory subject. By studying this course, students will be supported to gain qualifications which will be recognised by all employers. This course will also prepare students to study English Literature and English Language at a higher level.

The course is organised over the two years during which students complete a range of tasks:

English Language:

  • 19th century non-fiction (unseen)
  • Non-fiction from the 20th or 21st centuries (unseen)
  • Transactional writing
  • Creative writing

English Literature:

  • A Shakespeare play
  • Post 1914 Drama
  • 19th century fiction
  • Poetry

Spoken Language Endorsement:

  • Presenting
  • Listening to questions and responding
  • The use of standard English

Assessment:

All examinations in English Language and Literature are now linear; meaning all external assessments will take place at the end of year 11. Internal assessments will be carried out across the two years to monitor student progress.

English Language:

Two examination papers

Paper 1 (50% of qualification) Two hours

Paper 2 (50% of qualification) Two hours

English Language assesses reading, writing, speaking and listening. (20% of marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar).

 

English Literature:

Two examination papers

Paper 1 (40% Shakespeare and 19th century fiction) One hour 45 minutes

Paper 2 (60% Post 1914 drama and poetry) Two hours 15 minutes

English Literature assesses reading with 5% of the marks being awarded to spelling, punctuation and grammar.

For further information please contact Miss Chadkirk, Head of English Faculty

  • Content is subject to slight changes following endorsement of new specifications

For further information please contact Miss Chadkirk

Our Aims

At Astley Community High School, we aim to develop a positive approach to Mathematics by making it interesting and relevant to students.

Changes to the GCSE syllabus have ensured that our students are given opportunities to solve problems independently, and that they develop their ability to think strategically. In addition to covering the traditional areas of number, algebra, geometry and statistics, there is now a greater focus on relating Mathematics to real world problems. This functional approach is exciting for students and teachers alike.

The Course

The GCSE course allows pupils to develop mathematical skills in four key areas: Number, Algebra, Shape and Statistics.

All students will follow the GCSE linear syllabus at either the Foundation or Higher tier. There is no coursework for GCSE Mathematics. For each tier there are two written examinations.

In order to ensure that pupil progress is monitored, there are regular progress tests. Pupils will be supported with revision prior to a test and be given the opportunity to revisit problem areas after the test. Pupils will also review previous targets and set new ones for the next half term block. Parents will be informed results which are significantly below target. Postcards will be issued for pupils who are working above the expected level. Set changes may occur as a result of progress test scores.

Support

Close to the GCSE examination, we will provide additional opportunities for revision. Over the last few years we have successfully used breakfast clubs and crammer sessions. All pupils are issued with practice examination papers, which are marked and graded.

The Mathematics Department subscribes to an excellent website (www.mymaths.co.uk), which may be used for effective independent revision. Students also have access to additional resources via shared files, which include mathswatch tutorials.

It is essential that students are fully equipped for the Mathematics course. They require a scientific calculator  for all lessons and will need a protractor and compasses for the examinations.

We are keen that all pupils make good progress and so we are more than happy to discuss the needs of individual pupils where necessary.

For further information please contact Mrs Ward

Science is a compulsory subject at GCSE and students can either follow a Dual Award (Core and Additional Science) program, or choose Science as one of their option choices.

This will enable them to convert the Core and Additional Science content into separate Science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Both Core and Additional Science count as part of the Ebacc subjects and are recognised by employers and higher education institutions as important indicators academic ability.


Core Science (Science A)

All students follow the AQA Science A course during Year 10. This consists of units from Biology; Chemistry and Physics (Units B1, C1 and P1).


Additional Science

Students who have completed the Core Science units in Year 10, will progress onto three further units from Biology; Chemistry and Physics (B2, C2 and P2) and sit these units at the end of Year 11 along with the units for Core Science. This gives students two GCSE’s one in Core Science and the other in Additional Science.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment in Core and Additional Science take the form of one written paper per unit studied of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

• Each unit will be assessed by one short answer test lasting 60 minutes each. These tests are taken in May/June of Year 11. These three tests contribute 75% of the final mark for Core Science and Additional Science.

• The remaining 25% of the final grade comes from one Centre Assessed Units (ISA) which is based on practical activities, involving some planning, practical and examined tasks under controlled conditions within Science lessons.

For Further Information contact Mr Hiscock or your Science teacher.

 

Triple Science (Biology; Chemistry and Physics)

The Triple Science is available as an option choice. It enables students to convert the Core and Additional Science units into separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Those that choose to follow the Triple Science route will cover the same six units covered in Core and Additional Science, plus three additional units from Biology; Chemistry and Physics (B3; C3 and P3). Like other option subjects, it is a taught over two years and assessed as separate qualifications at the end of Year 11.


Who should do the Triple Science?

If you enjoy Science, and expect to achieve a level 6 or better at the end of KS3, you should seriously consider choosing the Triple Science Option. It will enable you to have a much broader and more in-depth level of scientific knowledge and understanding.

It will also give you a real advantage, should you choose to study Sciences or Associated Subjects at A level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology) or if you want to pursue a career within Science and Technology. It would be a real advantage in the following career areas:

• Medicine
• Nursing
• Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical/Chemical) 
• Veterinary Work
• Forensic Science
• Physiotherapy
• Pharmaceutical e.g. MSD/ P and G
• Sports Science
• Pathology
• Law
• Research and Development

How will I  be assessed?
Assessment in Science takes the form of three 60 minute written papers for each Science studied. These make up 75% of the final grade.

The other 25% of the final grade comes from one Centre Assessed Units (ISA) which is based on practical activities, involving some planning, practical and examined tasks under controlled conditions within Science lessons.

For further information please contact Mr Hiscock or your Science teacher.

 

Optional Subjects

The GCSE History course contains three different units on three different topics. Two of these topics are examined (worth 75% of the marks) whilst one is used for the Controlled Assessment (worth 25% of the marks).

Unit One Modern World Study Controlled Assessment-25% of the marks
This task will be based on the study of a current problem or issue in its historical context. It will involve historical enquiry and students will use and evaluate a range of historical sources in their context to reach reasoned conclusions. We study the position of African Americans in modern society and the continued issue of race relations that continue to trouble American people. We trace history of the Civil Rights movement from slavery through World War One and World War Two to the role of individuals such as Martin Luther King and Malcom X.


Unit Two Study in Depth and Study in Development-45% of the marks
Our Study in Development looks at Medicine through Time and the changes and continuity that take place over a long period of time. We examine what caused people to be healthy or unhealthy, who provided the medical care, why and how did diagnoses and treatments change, what influence did new ideas have, and many other key issues. In terms of topics, we go back to prehistoric medicine, the ancient world of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, through the Middle Ages, and right up to the present day. Characters and events such as Hippocrates, Galen, Pare, Harvey, Pasteur, Koch, Nightingale, the Black Death, the discovery of circulation, DNA and the founding of the modern NHS all feature. This unit, at times can require a strong stomach, so if you like blood and guts in your history, this is the topic for you!


Our Study in Depth focuses on Germany 1919-45. We look at the reasons for the development of totalitarianism in Germany and the impact this had on the people. We explore the key features and characteristics of the period through content such as the Treaty of Versailles, hyperinflation, the Great Depression, the Nazi treatment of young people, women and minority groups, and the impact World War Two had on the regime. We examine enquiry questions such as: Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start? How was Hitler able to come to power in Germany? How effectively did the Nazis control Germany 1933-45? What was it like to live in Nazi Germany? The study of Germany at this time reveals one of the darkest and most evil periods in human history and is vital for anyone who wishes to understand the World in which we live in today.


Unit 3 Historical Source Investigation-30% of the marks
Our final unit complements well with our previous unit on Medicine through time as we study Public Health in Britain 1800-1914 with a focus on the source skills. This fascinating area of study looks at the causes, pace, effectiveness, significance, and opposition to public health reform in Britain. We look at the poor conditions in towns and cities as the Industrial Revolution took hold in Great Britain. We study the impact of people with wonderfully colourful names and/or spectacular facial hair-Sir Joseph Bazalgette, David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, and Seebohm Rowntree, as well as simpler names such as John Snow (no, not the Game of Thrones character-much more interesting and influential!)


Is this the right course for you?
The skills that you will develop through study of GCSE History are highly valued by ALL employers. Skills such as research and problem solving, written and verbal communication, the ability to select the right information to support an argument, and to decide if a source of information is reliable or not are abilities that are key in the 21st century workplace. Furthermore, you will be expected to read and understand a lot of information so it will further improve your already good literacy skills. Studying GCSE History will prepare you to progress to a wide range of Post 16 courses and will open up career opportunities in journalism, law, teaching, politics, television and media, banking, and archaeology to name but a few.


For further information please speak to Mr McCudden or Miss Chester.

GCSE Geography will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the wider world.  We will look at geographical issues and challenges of local, national and global importance, and their future management.  It will give you useful preparation for understanding the world in which you will work and live.

You will study Physical and Human Geography.

Unit 1 - Managing Places in the 21st Century

  • The Coastal Environment
  • The Urban Environment

Unit 2 - Hostile World & Investigating the Shrinking World

  • Living with Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms and wildfires)
  • Global tourism

Unit 3 – Local Investigation including Fieldwork and Geographical Issue Investigation

GCSE Geography will give you the opportunity to develop:

  • communication skills
  • technological skills, including ICT
  • graphical and cartographical skills
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • problem-solving skills
  • research skills

Assessment (AQA Geography Specification B)

Unit 1 – Managing Places in the 21st century

  • 1½ hour exam (37.5%)

Unit 2 – Hostile World & Investigating the Shrinking World

  • 1½ hour exam (37.5%)

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessments

  • Task 1: Local investigation including fieldwork (15%)
  • Task 2: Geographical issue investigation (10%)

For further information please contact Mrs Midgley

The 3rd Science is available as an option choice. It enables students to convert the Core and Additional Science units into separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Those that choose to follow the Triple Science route will cover the same six units covered in Core and Additional Science, plus three additional units from Biology; Chemistry and Physics (B3; C3 and P3). Like other option subjects, it is a taught over two years and assessed as separate qualifications at the end of year 11. 

Who should do the Three Sciences?

If you enjoy Science, and expect to achieve a level 6 or better at the end of KS3, you should seriously consider choosing the Triple Science Option. It will enable you to have a much broader and more in-depth level of scientific knowledge and understanding.

It will also give you a real advantage, should you choose to study Sciences or Associated Subjects at A level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology) or if you want to pursue a career within Science and Technology. It would be a real advantage in the following career areas;

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical/Chemical)
  • Veterinary Work
  • Forensic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmaceutical e.g. MSD/ P and G
  • Sports Science
  • Pathology
  • Law
  • Research and Development

How will it be assessed?

Assessment in Science takes the form of three 60 minute written papers for each Science studied. These make up 75% of the final grade.

The other 25% of the final grade comes from one Centre Assessed Units (ISA) which is based on practical activities, involving some planning, practical and examined tasks under controlled conditions within Science lessons.

For further information please contact Mr Hiscock or your Science teacher.

It may seem that everyone speaks English, but in fact 75% of the world’s population don’t.  Languages are really important in the world we live in, and give you great skills for the rest of your life.  Also, GCSE French is fun to learn.  You will listen to songs, watch TV, read comics and books, all in French. 

The GCSE course in French will concentrate on the four themes:

Theme 1 - Lifestyle

  • Health - healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences
  • Relationships and Choices - relationships with family and friends

Theme 2 - Leisure

  • Free Time and the Media - free time activities
  • Holidays - plans, preferences, experiences

Theme 3 - Home and Environment

  • Home and Local Area - home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like
  • Environment - current problems facing the planet

Theme 4 - Work and Education

  • School/College and Future Plans - what school/college is like
  • Current and Future Jobs - advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

During the course, students will concentrate on the four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  At the end of the two-year course, the skills developed in these areas will be tested either at Foundation or Higher Level in Listening and Reading examinations, while the Speaking and Writing aspects will have controlled assessments.

The skill areas are weighted as follows:

Unit 1 - Listening 20%

Unit 2 - Reading 20%

Unit 3 - Speaking 30%

Unit 4 - Writing 30%

Throughout the two-year course, students’ progress will be monitored by regular completion of reviews and assessment tasks.

For further information please contact Mr Barrett

This course covers much of the subject content identified within Northumberland SACRE’S Agreed Syllabus.

The subject is followed by students throughout Years 10 and 11 leading to a full GCSE.  The course allows all students to demonstrate attainment irrespective of whether or not they believe in God, and regardless of their gender and ethnic or social background.  The course also covers several of the statutory elements of Citizenship Education.

Summary of Aims

i) Knowledge and understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of Christianity and other religions.

ii) Consideration of religious and non-religious responses to moral issues.

iii) Identification and response to fundamental questions of life raised by religion and human experience. 

Students are encouraged to formulate their own point of view.

Course Content

  1. Believing in God
  2. Matters of Life and Death
  3. Marriage and the Family
  4. Religion and Community Cohesion
  5. Rights and Responsibilities
  6. Environmental and Medical Issues
  7. Peace and Conflict
  8. Crime and Punishment

Assessment

This is a linear course and students sit two examinations in the summer term of Year 11.

  • 2 external examinations (1½ hours each)

The course does not include a controlled assessment element.

Students have some flexibility in that there is a choice of questions in the examination.  Religious Studies papers are not tiered and give access to the full range of grades A*-G.

For further information please contact Miss Gannon

Why Study Physical Education

Do you like PE and sport?  Do you like learning new sports?  Would you like to be rewarded for playing the sports you enjoy?  Would you like to study PE and sport?  If you have answered YES to these questions, then you will enjoy GCSE Physical Education.

GCSE Physical Education consists of both practical and theory-based lessons.  Theory lessons are classroom based and involve writing, discussion and homework.  Theory work is assessed through written examinations and is worth 40% of the final grade.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Develop and apply advanced skills and techniques in a variety of sports
  • Select and apply advanced skills, tactics, strategies and team skills
  • Evaluate and improve lifestyle/performance
  • Adopt a variety of roles in an activity such as performer, coach, referee
  • Apply rules of activity and safety regulations

Coursework (Practical):

This will be 50% of your overall result.  You will be assessed as a coach, official or as a performer in four practical activities from a wide range of categories which includes: Football, Badminton, Netball, Trampolining, Dance, Athletics, Table Tennis, Swimming, Rock Climbing and Fitness.  You will also be tested on your ability to analyse a person’s lifestyle as well as their practical and sporting performance.

Those pupils who participate in activities outside of school can be assessed by either a coach or teacher, improving their chance of gaining higher grades.  Examples of this include Karate, Hockey and Horse-riding.

2 Written Papers (1 Hour per Paper):     

Both papers will be divided into two parts. Section A will be 15 multi-choice questions and Section B will consist of longer structured questions.

Paper 1 (B451): An Introduction to Physical Education

  • Key concepts and processes in Physical Education
  • Opportunities, pathways and participation in Physical Education

Paper 2 (B453): Developing knowledge in Physical Education

  • Developing skills, techniques and motivation
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Informed decision making using the principles of training/exercise

Summary

5 lessons over the two-week timetable consisting of 3 classroom-based and 2 practical lessons.

50% Practical coursework

50% Written in the form of written examinations

For further information please contact Mr Lamb

ASSESSMENT

Assessment includes 3 parts:

  • 1 written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes worth 40% of the GCSE grade.
  • A research task, which is completed as 7 hours of controlled assessment under supervision in the classroom, worth 20% of the overall GCSE qualification.
  • A child study worth 40% of the GCSE. This is a major piece of work where the students will follow the development of a child between the ages of 0-4 years (the child must still be 4 years of age at the end of the study in March). Students also carry out research of an aspect of development. To complete this each student will arrange 5 visits. 

The initial visit is to observe the child and make notes on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the child at the beginning of their study. In the four remaining visits, they will plan and carry out activities with the child to observe his/her developmental progress.

At the end of the study, students will evaluate under classroom supervision, the observed development of the child from the beginning to the end of the study.

Remember

All students who take this subject must have access to a child to study aged between 0-4years.

A GCSE in Child development can be used by students to follow a CACHE course, a BTEC Extended Diploma, AS/A2 level course in Sixth Form or a career across a range of Health and Social Care related roles.

For further information please contact Miss Bell

This GCSE provides a vocationally related qualification and is completed over a two year period.  The Health and Social Care GCSE is a single award (equivalent to one GCSE)

The qualification introduces students to work-related learning and provides a comprehensive view of the Health and Social Care sector.  A range of teaching, learning and assessment styles are used to enable and motivate students to achieve the best they can.

What is Studied?

  • 2 compulsory units over 2 years (Units 1 & 2)

UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND RELATIONSHIPS

This unit explores:

  • Human growth and development
  • Factors affecting human growth and development
  • Effects of relationships on personal growth and development
  • The effect of life events on personal development

UNIT 2: EXPLORING HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE AND EARLY YEARS PROVISION

This unit explores:

  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • How health, social care and early years services are provided.
  • How health, social care and early years services are accessed and the barriers to access
  • Career routes and roles of different staff in health, social care and early years services
  • Care values which underpin service provision

Assessment

Unit 1 is externally assessed via an examination and is worth 40% of your overall result.  Unit 2 is assessed by a controlled assessment task i.e., (coursework completed under controlled conditions in class).

Progression

This course support progression into Further Education, GCEAS and A2, BTEC Firsts and further training for employment opportunities (e.g. NVQs in Health, Social Care and Early Years).

For further information please contact Mr Lamb or Miss Bell

The  BTEC Level 2 Award in Hospitality is a  qualification that is equivalent to 1 GCSE and builds on knowledge and skills gained in food technology in year 9

This BTEC First Award has coursework units (internal) and a unit that is assessed via a final exam (external). 

1 Introducing the Hospitality Industry (External)

This unit covers the different aspects of the hospitality industry, looking at it’s component parts and the different products and services that are offered as well as the essential processes involved in operating a hospitality business

2 Working in the Hospitality Industry (Internal)

This unit covers the importance of team working and customer service for working in a variety of roles within the hospitality industry, and looks at other important aspects such as personal appearance and personal attributes necessary to work successfully.

3 Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality (Internal)

This unit covers the various aspects of health and safety and food safety law in relation to those working in the hospitality industry

6 Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Food (Internal)

In this unit learners will explore the understanding and skills required for proficiency in planning, preparing, cooking and finishing a range of food types in the hospitality industry

Credit value: 180 guided learning hours:

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:

  • to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
  • to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
  • to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the grading distinction criteria. 

For further information please see Mr Jones

Building on what you have learned in Art and Design in Year 9 the course gives you the skills you need to produce innovative, creative art and design across a range of disciplines.

You will be given the opportunity to develop a range of artistic skills and demonstrate these by creatively manipulating a broad range of materials and processes.  Students will have opportunities to work with a range of other disciplines which will include working with:

  • Fine Art - painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture        
  • Fashion / Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Photographic / Digital imaging

You will gain experience of working in all of these areas through the beginning of the course but may choose to specialise in one area in Year 11 if you wish to.

In the projects you work through you will use the world around you for inspiration for your ideas and a range of methods including photography can be used to record sources of inspiration.  You will also study cultural influences on art and design as well as the work of professional artists, designers and crafts people.  Ideas will be recorded and developed through a range of methods. Experimentation with materials and processes and creativity is key.

The course is split into two units:

Unit 1: This is the coursework unit in which all project work from Years 10 and 11 is marked as a whole.

Unit 2: This is an externally set assignment which begins in the January of Year 11. Students chose a theme or brief from a choice set by the exam board.  This project then follows the structure of the coursework projects but has a time limit and must have an   outcome generated during a period of controlled assessment.

Both units are assessed on the same criteria which assess your ability to:

  • Understand art and design by analysing the work of designers and crafts people from a range of cultures and historical periods and apply this knowledge when developing your own work.
  • Experiment with ideas, materials, and processes.
  • Record ideas and sources of inspiration in a range of appropriate methods.
  • Produce final outcomes, realising intentions making connections with the work of designers and crafts people studied.

If you have any questions about this course see Mr Jones

Building on what you have learned in both Art and Design and Design Technology in Year 9 the 3D Design course gives you the skills you need to produce innovative, creative and well constructed 3 dimensional products.

You will be given the opportunity to develop a range of 3D making skills and demonstrate these by creatively manipulating a broad range of materials and processes.   Working with wood as the principle material through basic carpentry methods, turning, carving, etc will be one of the broadest elements of the course but students will also have opportunities to work with a range of other disciplines if they choose to.

These will include working with:

  • Finishing techniques such as painting, stencilling, distressing, varnishing etc.
  • Working with paper and card through concept modelling.
  • Ceramics through tiling, modelling, throwing and glazing.
  • Textiles through upholstering, dyeing, leatherworking, printing etc.
  • Stained Glass.
  • Jewellery.

Some of these media areas will be offered as part of the course whilst others will be offered as extracurricular after school classes.  Skills learned in these areas can be used to enhance wood based products or to develop outcomes in their own right.

In the projects you work through you will use the world around you for inspiration for your ideas and a range of methods including photography can be used to record sources of inspiration.  You will also study cultural influences on 3D design as well as the work of professional designers and makers.  Ideas will be recorded and developed through a range of taught drawing skills from simple thumbnail sketches to more complex technical drawing and digital design methods.  Experimentation with materials and processes and creativity is key.

The course is split into two units. Unit 1 is the coursework unit in which all project work from years 10 and 11 is marked as a whole. Unit 2 is an externally set assignment which begins in the January of year 11. Students respond to a theme set by the exam board but which will have a number of suggested starting points one of which the students must chose. This project then follows the structure of the coursework projects but has a time limit and must have an outcome generated during a period of controlled assessment.

Both units are assessed separately but marked against the same criteria which assess your ability to:

  • Understand 3D design by analysing the work of designers and crafts people from a range of cultures and historical periods and apply this knowledge when developing your own work.
  • Experiment with ideas, materials, and processes.
  • Record ideas and sources of inspiration in a range of appropriate methods.
  • Produce final outcomes and products, realising intentions making connections with the work of designers and crafts people studied.

If you have any questions about this course see Mr Jones

Why do you study this course?

• This course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

• It will allow you to develop skills in a range of Business areas including Finance and Customer Service.

• It will allow you to progress into employment, further education or onto the Level 3 Business course in the sixth form at Astley.

 

 Units you will study in Year 10

Units BTEC First Award Assessment Method
4 Principals of Customer Service Internal (Coursework)
2 Finance for Business Internal (Coursework)

 

Units you will study in Year 11

 Units   BTEC First Award  Assessment Method
 3 Promoting a brand   Internal (Coursework)
 1  Enterprise in the Business World   External (Examination)

 

Who will do the course?

• As this is a level 2 course it is open to students who expect to get a grade C or above in English and Maths.


How is the course assessed?

• There are three units in year 10 and 11 which will be assessed using coursework projects. These will be marked in school by your teacher and moderated by the examination board.

• There is one online examination in year 11 which is worth 25% of your overall grade.

• The course is equivalent to one GCSE grade A* to C but marked as a BTEC Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star.


What styles of teaching and learning will be used?

• A variety of styles will be used to enable you to complete the course. You will research the Business industry through group work, individual assessment, the internet and teacher led activities.

You can download the information about our BTEC Level 2 Award in Business.

For further information see your Business teacher or Mr Armstrong.

Why study this course?

  • The GCSE in Leisure and Tourism will give you an invaluable insight into the way in which the Leisure and Tourism industry operates.
  • Leisure and Tourism is currently one of the worlds fastest growing industries.
  • In addition this course develops a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in your education and working life.

Units of study in Year 10 and Year 11 

Units

AQA GCSE Leisure & Tourism (4842)

Assessment Method

1

Understanding leisure and tourism destinations (48401)    

1 Hour Examination
(40%)

2

The nature of leisure and tourism             (48402)

Coursework                   (60%)

What do I need to be able to join the course?

  • The course is open to all pupils who with no previous knowledge of Leisure and Tourism required.

How is the course assessed?

  • Students will study two units and assessments will take place in Year 11.
  • There is a one hour written exam totalling 40% of the final grade.
  • There is one controlled assessment which is worth 60% of the final grade.

What styles of teaching and learning will be used?

  • A variety of teaching styles will be used to enable you to complete the units.
  • You will be expected to work independently and as part of a team.
  • You will research and learn about the leisure and tourism industry through visits, group work, outside speakers and internet research.

Visits

  • Current visits include Alton Towers Resort and Newcastle United FC.

 Pathways

  • Many students who study Leisure and Tourism at GCSE go on to study the subject in the Sixth Form.
  • As a result of studying the course some of our former students have been successful in gaining places at university or have taken up apprenticeship schemes with organisations such as Thomas Cook.

For further information contact Mr Gilhooley or Mr Armstrong

Why study this course? 

  • The GCSE in Computing will give students a real in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of computer programming which many students find absorbing.
  • In addition this course develops a range of critical thinking skills, analysis and problem solving which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life.
  • OCR have also teamed up with partners such as Raspberry Pie and Computing at School to invigorate the curriculum. 

Units of study in Year 10 and Year 11 

 Units

 OCR Computing (J275)  

 Assessment Method  for one 1 GCSE grade

1

Computer Systems and Programming A451

1 hour 30 mins written examination 40%

2

Practical Investigation A452

Controlled Assessment set by OCR 30%

3

Programming Project A453

Controlled Assessment set by OCR 30%

What do I need to be able to join the course?

  • The course is open to students who we expect to achieve a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Maths. This is due to the technical requirements of computer programming.    

How is the course assessed?

  • Students will study three units.  
  • There is one examination totalling 40% of the final grade.
  •  There are two controlled assessments which make up 60% of the final grade.

What styles of teaching and learning will be used?

  • A variety of teaching styles will be used to enable you to complete the units. 
  • You will be expected to work independently and as part of a team at times. 
  • You will research and learn about computing through possible visits, group work, outside speakers and internet research.

 Pathways

  • Students who study Computing at GCSE can go on to study ICT in the sixth form at Astley. Many have then gone on to successfully gain ICT places at university before embarking on their own careers. 

For further information see your ICT teacher or Mr Armstrong

Why do you study this course?

• This course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

• It will allow you to develop skills in a range of software packages and develop your understanding of the ICT industry.

• It will allow you to progress into employment, further education or onto the Level 3 ICT course in the sixth form at Astley.

Units you will study in Year 10

Units   BTEC First Award Assessment Method
6 Creating Digital Graphics (Started in Year 9) Internal (Coursework)
9 Spreadsheet Development Internal (Coursework)

 

Units you will study in Year 11

Units     BTEC First Award                                             Assessment Method
3 A Digital Portfolio Internal (Coursework)
1 The Online World External (Examination)

 

Who will do the course?

• As this is a level 2 course it is open to students who expect to get a grade C or above in English and Maths.


How is the course assessed?

• There are three units in year 10 and 11 which will be assessed using coursework projects. These will be marked in school by your teacher and moderated by the examination board.

• There is one online examination in year 11 which is worth 25% of your overall grade.

• The course is equivalent to one GCSE grade A* to C but marked as a BTEC Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Star.


What styles of teaching and learning will be used?

• A variety of styles will be used to enable you to complete the course. You will research the ICT industry through group work, individual assessment, the internet and teacher led activities.

You can download the information about our BTEC Level 2 Award in Information and Creative Technology.

For further information see your ICT teacher or Mr Armstrong

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