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Art

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 40% 

Controlled Assessment: 60%

 What is Involved:

Art & Design is a rewarding and enjoyable subject covering many areas of creative study. A wide variety of mediums are available for you to study from your own selection: 3D work (clay, papier mache, wire forms), printmaking, painting and drawing, work of artists, both traditional and contemporary.  The course includes gallery visits and work with practising artists.

 Special Requirements

An interest in the subject and willingness to develop your ability in various art and craft study areas.

 Key Skills Gained:

  1. Creative thinking and independent work management
  2. Visual communication

 Progression to Sixth Form:

GCSE Art leads onto A Level Art and Design courses covering a range of Art and Design study areas.

 Further Progression:

University courses are available following successful completion of an A Level Art and Design course.  Many students progress to full time Art and Design foundation courses before moving on to specialist degree courses.  The foundation course lasts for one year, enabling students to follow a more clearly defined career path within the subject. Careers include photography, teaching, stage or set designers and much more

Support Resources

www.tate.org.uk

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/ – The National Gallery . The Nation’s Gallery. The story of European art, masterpiece by masterpiece

www.npg.org.uk/ – National Portrait Gallery. 

Business Studies

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100% 

 What is Involved:

This subject gives you the opportunity to study real life businesses from LFC to Chester Zoo. It gives a basic understanding of how businesses work, how they make money and what affects their decision making process. Visits to local businesses will support your learning.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Problem solving
  2. Investigation and research
  3. Verbal communication

 Progression to Sixth Form:

Business Studies gives you the opportunity to study A Level Business, Accountancy or Economics. It would also support a pathway to apprenticeships.

Further Progression:

University studies in Business, Accountancy and Economics are open to those students with good qualifications in this subject area. Public Relations and International Business are also good degree options.

Some students may become successful entrepreneurs in their own right.

 Support Resources

Edexcel GCSE – Business Studies (weebly.com) 

GCSE Business – Edexcel – BBC Bitesize 

Business | tutor2u 

Edexcel GCSE Business (2017) | Pearson qualifications 

Youtube:  

Two teachers – business studies revision videos and worksheets  

GCSE Business | Study Livestream | Business Ownership – YouTube – live stream revision sessions  

Enterprise and Marketing

National Certificate in Business Enterprise and Marketing

Qualification Type: Cambridge National Certificate

Methods of Assessment:

  • Exam: 50%
  • Controlled Assessment: 50%

What is Involved:

This qualification will develop knowledge in Business with the focus on enterprise and marketing through a range of practical skills and applied knowledge you’ll need in business. Practical elements such as carrying out market research and designing a product will build on theoretical knowledge so that you can put your learning into practice while also developing valuable transferable skills such as presenting ideas to an audience

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Research and analysis
  2. Discussion
  3. Creativity
  4. Verbal Communication/presenting ideas

Progression to Sixth Form:

The course lends itself well to continuing with Business into Sixth Form where knowledge of the subject will be developed further in order to produce a business proposal and marketing materials, along with new topics such as leadership and management and investigating business. It would also be an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to start their own business in the future.  

Further Progression:

Business enterprise and marketing gives you the opportunity to continue your study at university following courses such as Business finance and/or Accountancy, Management, Human resources and Marketing and PR. Former students have gone on to start their own businesses or have careers in Accountancy, Human resource management and Retail.       

Support Resources

OCR national Business (enterprise and marketing)

Useful websites: 

Enterprise and Marketing Level 1/2 Certificate – J819 – OCR 

 Business Studies (weebly.com)

Youtube:  

Two teachers – business studies revision videos and worksheets  

DT 3D Design

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 40%

Coursework via Controlled Assessment: 60%

What is Involved:

Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products whilst using a wide range of materials and processes.

Through studying GCSE 3D Design, you will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils will analyse existing designers work and relate it to their own whilst creating a design portfolio and a range of practical outcomes.

During year 10 pupils will complete a range of set projects to develop their designing and making skills. These currently include lighting and architecture.

During year 11, pupils can choose their area of focus. This could include architectural design, sculpture, product design, jewellery and body adornment, interior design, environmental/landscape/garden design, exhibition design, 3D digital design or designs for theatre, film and television.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Creativity
  2. Numeracy
  3. ICT

Progression to Sixth Form:

A Level 3D Design is currently available to students with a good GCSE in this subject area.

Further Progression:

A wide range of university courses, apprenticeships and employment opportunities following on from this course. They include, Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture, Marketing or Manufacturing.

Key online resources:

https://www.youtube.com/user/producttank

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design/subject-content/three-dimensional-design

https://madeproducts.uk/best-blogs-for-product-design

www.pinterest.co.uk – Can be good for inspiration

https://designmuseum.org/

https://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/projects/tate-modern-project/design

https://www.architecture.com/

DT Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and Catering Level 1/2

Qualification Type: WJEC Level 1/2

Methods of Assessment:

Unit 1 Exam: 40% 

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment: 60%

 What is Involved:

Unit 1 – The Hospitality & Catering industry. This is the exam-based unit. It can be done on paper or on a computer.

The exam can be done in June of year 10 and re-sat in January and June of year 11 to improve your grade.

Unit 2 – This is the coursework element of the course. It is made up of several pieces of coursework relating to the topics below and a final practical assessment of you cooking two dishes in timed conditions.

Key Skills Gained:

  • Cooking and food preparation
  • An awareness of food hygiene and safety
  • Skills required for independent learning and development
  • The ability to solve problems
  • The skills of project-based research, development and presentation
  • The ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment

 Progression to Sixth Form:

There is currently no course related to Hospitality and Catering Level 1/2 available to be taught at Sixth Form.

Learners may be able to access Level 3 qualifications relevant to the hospitality and catering sector in other centres such as colleges. These range from: WJEC Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition (certificate and diploma), Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery, Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision.

Further Progression:

Employment within the hospitality industry including junior roles such as assistant chef, waiter/waitress, assistant front-of-house staff, temporary events/match day hospitality staff, concessions, catering or apprenticeships in hospitality and catering, food science and nutrition.

Key online resources:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/hospitality-and-catering-level-1-2/#tab_overview

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zvtx47h/revision/1

https://www.hospitalityandcateringnews.com/

https://www.vegansociety.com/

English Language and English Literature

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

What is Involved:

For GCSE English Language, students engage with different styles of texts exploring creative reading and creative writing and analysing writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.  Students will sit two examination papers for English Language which are 1 hour 45 minutes in length and assess both reading and writing skills.

For GCSE English Literature, students study a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a modern text and a collection of poetry.  English Literature is assessed by two examinations which are 1 hour 45 minutes and 2 hours 15 minutes respectively.

Key Skills Gained:

Develop skills of analysis and close reading of texts.

  1. Listening skills
  2. Use of Standard English in spoken situations
  3. Subject knowledge
  4. Written communication with supporting evidence
  5. Exploration of literary heritage texts

Progression to Sixth Form:

English GCSE grade 6 or above will be required for students who wish to progress to A level courses.

Further Progression:

University courses are available in both of the English subject areas, and employers value students with a good grade at GCSE in both English Language and English Literature.

Support Resources

BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx

Oak Academy

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-4/subjects/english

CGP Revision Guides

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/gcse/english

GCSE Texts Online

http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/macbethscenes.html

https://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Charles_Dickens/A_Christmas_Carol/

https://genius.com/Jb-priestly-an-inspector-calls-act-one-act-two-annotated

Geography

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

Three Examinations

What is Involved:

  • The challenge of natural hazards.
  • Physical landscapes in the UK
  • The living world
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resource management
  • Issue evaluation
  • Fieldwork

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Knowledge and understanding
  2. Analysis, interpretation and evaluation
  3. Geographical skills

Progression to Sixth Form:

AS and A-Level courses are available in Sixth Form for students with levels 5 or above at GCSE

Further Progression:

University courses for Geography are available for BSc and BA students. Careers in the area include:

  1. Climate change / global warming
  2. Aid / trade and international development
  3. Journalism: TV, radio, newspaper, internet
  4. Accountancy / law
  5. Field work

Support Resources

Seneca Learning https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/blog/gcse-geography-revision/

BBC Bitesize AQA GCSE Geography https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zy3ptyc

Tutor2U GCSE Geography revision blasts.

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=1KSoJVBYlOE&list=PLp8BSCLLWBUCtVT_HVxXzL74aBJIdBBqj

Oak Academy AQA GCSE Geography https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-4/subjects/geography

Health and Social

Qualification Type: Cambridge National Certificate

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 25%

Controlled Assessment: 75%

What is Involved:

This qualification will develop knowledge in Health and Social Care through a range of topics including individual rights, communication and development. It will provide you with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to access a range of careers in the health and social care sector, which is a growing sector in today’s economy.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Verbal communication
  2. Discussion
  3. Extended writing
  4. Research

Progression to Sixth Form:

The course lends itself to continuing with Health and Social Care into Sixth Form where knowledge of the subject will be developed and new topics such as first aid, health and safety and current legislation regarding child welfare will be investigated within health and social care settings

Further Progression:

Health and Social Care gives you the opportunity to continue your study at university following courses such as pharmacy, social work, midwifery, nursing and teaching. Former students have begun careers in nursing, social work, teaching and adult and child care as a result of this course.

Support Resources

http://www.nhs.uk/

www.skillsforcare.org.uk

BTEC_HSC_unit1:Unit1 (collins.co.uk)

History

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

What is Involved:

Students will study three units in the two year course.  Topics include: the History of Medicine, Life in Nazi Germany, the American West and Elizabethan England.  All exams will take place at the end of  Year 11.

 Key Skills Gained:

  1. Extended writing
  2. Ability to present an argument and support it with evidence
  3. Communication and literacy
  4. Enthusiasm for the subject

 

Progression to Sixth Form:

GCSE History is excellent preparation for the demands of the A Level course.

Further Progression:

Universities look favourably on students with a GCSE in History. Students of both GCSE and A Level History have gone on to become primary school teachers, lawyers, midwives and physiotherapists.

Support Resources

Online lessons:

Seneca learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Oak National Academy:

To support Elizabethan England topics and Medicine Through Time:  https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-10/subjects/history

To support Weimar and Nazi Germany unit:  https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-11/subjects/history

Youtube:

To support Medicine Through Time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVJV8iEAm88&list=PLcvEcrsF_9zJ8AqMTFZycm46Ks4DdSaLM

Revision Guides:

Medicine Through Time:  https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/kirsty-taylor/pearson-edexcel-gcse-9-1-history-medicine-in-britain-c1250-present-revision-guid/9781292169729?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIguWxsrSS8wIVGJ3VCh10DQDHEAQYASABEgKXuPD_BwE

Weimar and Nazi Germany:  https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/9781292264196?gC=5a105e8b&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6sXsyLSS8wIVibrVCh0Kjwf_EAQYCSABEgI0OfD_BwE

Elizabethan England:  https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/brian-dowse/pearson-edexcel-gcse-9-1-history-early-elizabethan-england-1558-88-revision-guid/9781292169712

iMedia

Qualification Type: OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 25%

Controlled Assessment: 75%

What is Involved:

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have information technology at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Transferable skills such as research, planning and review, and collaborating with others
  2. Creative thinking & Independence
  3. Communicating concepts effectively

 Progression to Sixth Form:

The Cambridge Technicals in Media are targeted at students aged 16+ in either a school or FE environment. They allow for greater flexibility with the choice of units that make up the qualification and are wholly internally assessed.

Further Progression:

The Cambridge Technicals in Media is a Level 3 qualification that has UCAS points, supporting progression to higher education.

 Support Resources:

Text Book:

  1. Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Creative iMedia Hodder Education.
  2. OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia L1/2 Units R081 & R082 My Revision Notes.
ICT and Computing

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

What’s Involved?

This two unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and what goes on behind the scenes in the ICT industry. The two units are based on the following topics: computer systems, computational thinking, algorithms and programming. Students are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Analysis
  3. Problem solving

Progression to Sixth Form:

The course leads to A Level Computer Science and the skills developed will support work in all other areas of the curriculum. This course is also excellent preparation for study or work in areas that rely on computer science/engineering or the skills gained through this subject area.

Further Progression:

A GCSE in computer science will give you an advantage over those who pick up the subject at A Level or university. The increasing importance of information technologies has led to a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field.

Support Resources:

Websites:

  1. Craig’n’Dave YouTube Channel (OCR J277 Playlist): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0HzEBLlJxlrwBAHJ5S9JQg
  2. Seneca Computer Science Revision: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/
  • Year 10 Class Code: 80wf1y488a
  • Year 11 Class Code: 1iagp7ydno
  1. Oak Academy Key Stage 4 Computing: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-4/subjects/computing

Text Books/Revision Guides:

  1. CGP GCSE OCR Computer Science – The Revision Guide
  2. My Revision Notes – OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science
  3. GCSE (9-1) Computer Science OCR J277 PG Online
  4. OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science J277 Specification Hodder Education
Music

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

 Component 1: Understanding Music

(written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes – 96 marks – 40%)

 Section A: Listening (68 marks)

Unfamiliar listening – Aural & analytical skills – identifying key elements of music (rhythm, pitch, metre, tempo, dynamics & timbre, tonality, harmony & stylistic features of the areas of study covered.

 Section B: Contextual Understanding (28 marks)

2 Set study pieces

 Component 2: Performing Music

(externally assessed coursework – 72 marks – 30%)

Performance 1: Solo (36 marks)

Performance on main study instrument (2 minutes) – accuracy of pitch & rhythm, expression and interpretation.

Performance 2: Ensemble (36 marks)

Group performance on main study/2nd instrument – accuracy of pitch & maintaining own part, expression and interpretation. 

Component 3: Composition

(externally assessed coursework – 72 marks – 30%)

Composition 1: Set Brief (36 marks)

Composition 2: Free (36 marks)

What is Involved:

The GCSE Music course will enable you to develop your performing, composing and appraising and listening skills through the understanding of how music is created in the Areas of Study.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Performance
  2. Composition
  3. Analytical appreciation

Progression to Sixth Form:

Students who do well on this course can go on to study A Level Music or A Level Music Technology.

Further Progression:

Both university and employment are an option for students who complete this course. Careers are available in the following areas:

  • University degree
  • Music industry
  • Teaching music
Mathematics

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

What is Involved:

Students study all aspects of Mathematics: algebra, geometry, data handling, measurement and number. Content will build on the student knowledge from Key Stage 3.

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Subject knowledge
  2. The ability to problem solve
  3. Written communication in Mathematics
  4. Confidence in applying these skills and knowledge to real life applications

Progression to Sixth Form:

Achieving a grade 7 or higher will allow access to the A Level in Mathematics.

Other Mathematics qualifications will be available depending on the grade achieved in Year 11.

Further Progression:

There are many reasons why people choose to study A Level Mathematics. It might be a requirement for what you want to study at university (Physics, Psychology, Economics, Computing, and Business Studies prefer students to have A Level Mathematics if possible). Since Mathematics is one of the most traditional subjects, a good grade in Mathematics can boost an application for pretty much every course and job.

Support Resources

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

https://www.drfrostmaths.com/

Performing Arts

Qualification Type: BTEC Pearsons

Methods of Assessment:

Internal assessment 60%

External assessment 40%

What is Involved:

At KS4, students will explore three components in Btec Level 1 / Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts. Through Components one (Exploring 30 %) and two (Developing 30%) are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components will relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. The style of assessment allows deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.

Pupils will:

  • The development of core knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles and disciplines, and the key features that contribute to these such as practitioners’ roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques.
  • The development and application of skills such as: practical and interpretative, rehearsal and performance in acting, dance, /or musical theatre, through workshops and classes
  • Reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to respond to feedback and identify areas for improvement using relevant presentation techniques, for example a logbook.

Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

There is one external assessment, Component 3 (Applying 40%) that provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real – life situation. Component three is out of 60 marks.

Key Skills Gained:

  • Performance and technical skills
  • Teamwork
  • Analysis and evaluation

Progression to Sixth Form:

Further performing arts courses are available in Sixth Form.

Further Progression:

University courses are available for students in a range of performing arts. Various forms of employment are open to successful students including stage, screen and teaching

Religious Education

Qualification Type: EDUQAS

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

Three exams: Component one and two- 1hour 30 minutes each and component three is a one-hour paper.

What is Involved:

Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology

Theme 1- Origins and Meaning

Theme 2- Good and evil

Component 2- Applied Catholic Theology

Theme 3- Life and death

Theme 4- Sin and Forgiveness

Component 3- Judaism

Theme 5- Beliefs and teachings

Theme 6- Practices

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of two world faiths: Catholic Christianity and Judaism.
  2. Verbal communication through debate and discussion.
  3. Extended writing through evaluation and essay skills.

Progression to Sixth Form:

A level Religious Education and key skills that support work in all subject areas.

Further Progression:

University courses are available in Religious Education, and skills gained support a wide variety of employment opportunities. Many students pursue careers in Law, Medicine, Engineering and Philosophy.

www.amazon.co.uk  Type in religious studies revision guide title to purchase.

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies-gcse/#tab_overview

For access to past papers and mark schemes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

Search GCSE Religious Studies Eduqas

Spanish

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Students will take the following examinations at the end of the two year course:

Paper 1 : Listening

Paper 2 : Speaking

Paper 3 : Reading

Paper 4 : Writing

 What is Involved:

The course aims to enable students to develop their Spanish language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.  Students study all of the following themes on which the examinations are based.

 Theme 1 : Identity and culture

Theme 2 : Local, national, international and global

areas of interest,

Theme 3 : Current and future study and employment

 Key Skills Gained:

  1. Develop understanding of the spoken and written language
  2. Improve communication skills in many settings
  3. Expand knowledge of countries and communities that use the language

 Progression to Sixth Form:

AS and A2 courses are available in this for students who achieve a good grade at GCSE.

 Further Progression:

People with language skills are well thought of in the modern world. They stand out as talented and successful people with broad and exciting horizons! Studying languages can help you to make the most of holidays, and enable you to gain employment with foreign links.

 Support Resources

Language learning Apps – Duolingo Memrise – I’ve also attached another very comprehensive list.

Language learning – www.quizlet.co.uk / www.blooket.co.uk

Revision guides – AQA GCSE Foundation / Higher – www.cgpbooks.co.uk

Also available are work books, translation and exam style practice.

Seperate Science

AQA Separate Sciences

Separate sciences are taken by those students wanting to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of science and anyone wanting to pursue any type of scientific career.

Qualification Type: GCSE              

Methods of Assessment: Exam: 100%

For each separate science subject there are two 1 hour 45 minute exams. The course is linear so all 6 exams are sat at the end of the two year course.

Across the two year course the following subject content will be taught:

 Key Skills Gained:

  1. Problem solving
  2. Investigation skills
  3. Practical skills
  4. Extended writing

 Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

 Chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

 Physics

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space

 Progression to Sixth Form:

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be available to students with at least a Grade B at GCSE. BTEC Level 3 Applied Science and Medical Science are also available in Sixth form.

Further Progression:

A wide range of University courses and careers are available for students with science qualifications including Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacology, Forensics and Midwifery

Combined Science

Qualification Type: GCSE

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 100%

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. There are six exams, 2 for each of biology, chemistry and physics. Each exam is 1hr 10 minutes long with multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions based on the subject content, and on aspects of the required practicals. Each paper is equally weighted. Foundation and Higher tiers are available.

Combined science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9-9, 9-8 through to 2-1, 1-1.

What is Involved:

The qualification will help inspire students of all abilities. The course covers combined content of biology, physics and chemistry.

As part of their leaning, the students will complete practicals which are designed to engage the students and are also essential for the students’ understanding of scientific theory.

Summary of subject content:

Biology

  1. Key concepts in biology – Cells, microscopy and enzymes
  2. Cells and control
  3. Genetics
  4. Natural selection and genetic modification
  5. Health, disease and the development of medicines
  6. Plant structures and their functions
  7. Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  8. Exchange and transport in animals
  9. Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

  1. Key concepts in chemistry – Atomic structure, The Periodic Table, Bonding, Types of Substances and mass calculations
  2. States of matter and mixtures
  3. Chemical changes
  4. Extracting metals and equilibria
  5. Groups in the periodic table
  6. Rates of reaction and energy changes
  7. Fuels and Earth science

 Physics

  1. Key concepts of physics – SI units, units multiples and conversions and standard form
  2. Motion and forces
  3. Conservation of energy
  4. Waves
  5. Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  6. Radioactivity
  7. Energy – Forces doing work
  8. Forces and their effects
  9. Electricity and circuits
  10. Magnetism and the motor effect
  11. Electromagnetic induction
  12. Particle model
  13. Forces and matter

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Practical and investigation skills
  2. Problem solving
  3. Extended writing

Progression to Sixth Form

A Level biology, chemistry and physics if you have level 6 and above

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science, Medical Science

Further Progression:

University courses related to science include medicine, pharmacy and forensics. There is a wide variety of employment opportunities available with a degree or A Levels in any of the sciences.

Support Resources

https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

https://www.khanacademy.org/

https://www.thenational.academy/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv

Sport Studies

Qualification Type: Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies Level 1/2

Methods of Assessment:

Exam: 25% (externally marked)

You will be examined on your knowledge of the following topics:

Contemporary Issues in Sport

Coursework 75% (internally marked)

Students will complete 10 detailed pieces of coursework on the following topics:

Practical Sport

Analysis of performance in sport

Officiating in Sport

Practical performance in an individual sport

Practical performance in a team sport

Sports Leadership

Roles, characteristics and qualities of sports leaders

Planning a coaching session

Assessing risks in sport

Evaluation of the planning and delivery of a coaching session

Outdoor Education

The provision of outdoor activities in the UK

The value of participating in outdoor pursuits

Planning an outdoor activity

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in an outdoor activity

Key Skills Gained:

  1. Communication
  2. Skills of analysis
  3. Teamwork and problem solving
  4. Practical skills

Progression to Sixth Form:

This course leads into BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport

Further Progression:

The sports sector is a popular and growing industry. Possible careers include physiotherapist, sports coach, PE teacher, sports development officer and fitness instructor.

Travel and Tourism

BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism. 

The travel and tourism sector.

 The travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. The value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £209 billion, and the sector employs around 4 million people.

Course content.

 The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

Learners will develop:

  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector such as the appeal of different tourist destinations to different types of customer, and the factors that influence travel and tourism
  • Skills such as researching different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations, and the products and services available to meet the needs of different customers
  • Attitudes that are considered to be very important in the travel and tourism sector, including how to develop tourism while respecting the environment and local communities.

Assessment

This qualification is taught over 2 years. It has mandatory and optional specialist units. These units include:

  • three mandatory units
  • one optional specialist units.

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a paper-based examination that Pearson sets and marks (external).