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KS4 Curriculum

 

art

Studying art and design at GCSE level enables students to become confident, independent learners. All students are supported in developing their own strengths and interests through exciting and extensive use of materials and thorough personal research. The course consists of structured project work, which enables students to further develop their skills, and more open ended starting points, whereby students can explore their own choice of themes. The final displays are exhibited in school and celebrate students’ work and achievements in a public setting.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Telling Stories
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Secret Garden
  • Childhood
  • Imaginative animals
  • Disguise
  • Selected examination title

 

Exam board: AQA Art, craft and design 8201

Nature of examination:  

Coursework =60% consisting of project work based on a series of themes.

Exam=a practical project selected from a range of starting points provided by the exam board, culminating in a final piece.

Paper name=The course consists of 2 units, the Coursework unit and the Externally assessed assignment.

Length of paper= For the EAA students have a preparatory period of approx. 4 months and then complete a 10 hour final piece

% of final grade= 40%

 

biology

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in biology expands on the Key Stage 3 experience, with many of the topics covered building on the Key Stage 3 syllabus. Key Stage 4 begins to develop practical skills through the required practical element of the course, whilst also focusing on the exam skills demanded by the linear nature of the course. Students learn how to apply their biology knowledge to situations they may not have experienced before, thinking for themselves and working out how what they have learned fits in to the new scenario. There are numerous opportunities to investigate cutting edge developments in the field of biology such as stem cell research and human impact on the environment.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Transport systems in plants
  • Digestion and uses of enzymes
  • The heart and circulatory system
  • Gas exchange in animals and plants
  • Health and disease
  • Medicines, immunity and vaccination
  • Nervous system
  • Homeostasis
  • Reproduction and contraception
  • The human genome and DNA
  • Asexual reproduction and sexual reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • Genetics and inherited diseases
  • Variation, natural selection and evolution
  • Genetic engineering and cloning
  • Ecosystems
  • Human impact on the environment

 

Exam board: AQA GCSE biology 8461,  GCSE trilogy 8464

Nature of examination:

Linear

GCSE Trilogy 8464 biology paper 1

What's assessed

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

GCSE trilogy Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response

 

GCSE biology 8461 Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

 

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

GCSE biology 8461 Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

 

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

business studies

Business studies is a social science which is a broad subject encompassing the setup of a business, managing a business, accountancy, finance, marketing, economics and government policies.  In general, you will investigate organisations that seek to provide us with the things we want or need. All students will get a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how businesses operate in this dynamic and changing environment.  It is not only stimulating but uses the students own knowledge and experience to promote discussions and opinions.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Business in the real world
  • Influence on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Finance
  • Marketing

 

Exam board: AQA / 8132

Nature of examination:GCSE

Paper 1 – Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

What is assessed

Business in the real world

Influence on business

Business operations

Human resources

Written exam: 1hour 45 minutes

90 marks – 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 

Paper 2 – Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

What is assessed

Business in the real world

Influence on business

Finance

Marketing

Written exam: 1hour 45 minutes

90 marks – 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 

chemistry

In key stage 4 chemistry students become familiar with core concepts which are built into several main topics.  These are internally assessed with timely feedback allowing students to take ownership of their progress and set aspirational targets.   There are also twelve required practical assessments for the students to undertake all of which link directly to the AQA specification.  Inspirational teaching aims to instil enthusiasm into the students and uses real life examples of scientific content in order to promote further education and careers in science.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Reactivity
  • Acids, Alkalis and Salts
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy Changes
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Using Resources
  • Reversible reactions and le Chatelier’s Process

 

Exam board: AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462

Nature of examination: Two 2 hour examinations

 Paper 1           Paper 2

2 hours            2 hours

50%                  50%

 

Computing

 The AQA specification has been created to get students working with real-world programming and provides a good understanding of the fundamental principles of computing. It provides an academically challenging specification for students of all ability levels. Units include: Algorithms; programming; data representation; computer systems; networks; cyber security; ethical, legal & environmental impacts, including data privacy; software development. There is a programming project, to be completed in lessons, as part of the GCSE qualification.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Programming in Visual Basic (console and windows forms)
  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Data Representation
  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory and Storage
  • Networks
  • System Security
  • Hardware & Software
  • Computational Logic
  • Classification of Programming Languages
  • Ethical, Legal & Environmental Impacts

 

Exam board: AQA Computer Science 8520

Nature of examination:

 

Paper 1: Computational Thinking and problem solving

1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks, 50% of final grade

A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational

thinking skills.

 

Paper 2: Written Assessment

1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks, 50% of final grade

A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.

 

Practical Programming Project

This is a 30 hour mandatory project, which does not count towards the final grade.

 

dance

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in dance focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the symbolic use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and appreciation. Dance is a powerful and empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities. Dance develops creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.

This specification acknowledges the important role that dance plays in young people’s lives. Whilst many students will bring some previous experience of dance, others will have very little. This specification aims to value and build on whatever experience they have. GCSE students will study a range of dance styles which acknowledge aspects of the repertoire of dance that can be seen in the United Kingdom today.

Year 10 Year 11

Theory

  • Safe practice and nutrition
  • Actions, Dynamics, Space and Relationships
  • TEMP skills (technical, expressive, mental and physical)
  • A Linha Curva
  • Shadows
  • Infra

Practical

  • Performance

Theory

  • Emancipation of expression
  • Artificial things
  • Within her eyes
  • Exam Technique

Practical

Choreography

 

Exam board: AQA Dance 8236

Nature of examination: The GCSE dance course is based on 60% practical and 40% theory. The practical element of the course is split into 2 sections, 30% performance and 30% choreography.  In the performance section the teacher selects two set phrases for each student to perform as a soloist, from the choice of the four set by AQA. The two remaining set phrases are then developed using actions, dynamics and spatial elements to generate dance content for a duet/trio performance based on a choreographic intent chosen by your teacher. The choreography section students must learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreography their own complete dance. This can be a solo or a group dance and the student isn’t required to perform in their choreographed dance but may do so if they wish. To support the student’s ideas they must write programme notes of approximately 120-150 words. The theory paper is split into 3 sections, dance appreciation, critical appreciation of own work and critical appreciation of professional works.

Paper name: Component 2: Dance appreciation

Length of paper: 1 hr 30 mins

40% of final grade

 

Design and Technology

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in design and technology prepares students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on design and technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. GCSE design and technology allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Origins and conversion of raw resource into usable material, stock form
  • Material properties, characteristics and applications (timber and polymer based)
  • Processes, finishes, tools and equipment (timber, polymer, paper and board based)
  • Design strategies including iterative, user centred, social and moral design
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy creation
  • Developments in new materials
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • The work and influence of past and current designers and design movements
Mathematical skill is a core area of study for A level design and technology. Area, volume, length, ratios, percentages, handling and displaying data, conversions and trigonometry are the main topics covered.  
  • Scales of production
  • Environmental, social and economic challenges
  • Tolerance and material management
  • Health and safety legislation

 

During Y11 students will also complete a major piece of assessed work. The NEA (non-exam assessment) challenges students to develop a prototype in response to an exam board set contextual challenge.

 

Exam boardGCSE Design and Technology 8552

Nature of examination: 

NEA (20 page portfolio with practical outcome) completed by March of the examining year. 50% of final GCSE 

Exam Paper 50% of final GCSE 

Paper name: Paper 1 

Length of paper 2 hours 

50% of final grade

 

Drama

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in drama aims to really cement students’ knowledge in drama techniques, styles and practitioners to fully prepare them for both the practical and written exams. The curriculum aims to inspire and spark student’s imaginations in the hope that this then filters into their practical exams. Students will have two practical exams and one written; with this in mind, the theory for the latter is intertwined throughout the curriculum to keep the information fresh. As well as this, students will attend the theatre at least once during the GCSE course and will study a play text, allowing the students to see the world of theatre from different points of view.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Building a ‘GCSE Drama toolbox’ – developing skills and knowledge
  • Devising Drama – Practical internal exam (Component 2) and devising log.
  • Understanding Drama – Written Exam (Component 1) – Section A: Theatre terminology, roles and responsibilities and Section C: Review of Live Theatre
  • Understanding Drama – Written Exam (Component 1) – Section B: Study of a set text (Blood Brothers)
  • Texts in Practice – Practical exam (Component 3) – Visiting examiner
  • Understanding Drama – Written Exam (Component 1) – Section A: Theatre terminology, roles and responsibilities, Section B: Study of a set text (Blood Brothers) and Section C: Review of Live Theatre

 

Exam board: AQA GCSE Drama (8261)

The GSCE course is divided into 3 components:

  • Component 1: Understanding Drama - Written exam consisting of three sections - Section A: Theatre terminology, roles and responsibilities, Section B: Study of a set text (Blood Brothers) and Section C: Review of Live Theatre. The paper is 1 hour 45 minutes and is 40% of the GCSE.
  • Component 2: Devising Drama - Practical exam which is filmed in school and sent to AQA. Students are required to devise a short performance and create a devising log documenting their devising journey. Students may contribute as a designer. Practical – 20 marks, devising log – 60 marks. 40% of the GCSE.
  • Component 3: Texts in Practice – Practical exam which is examined by a visiting examiner. Students are required to perform two extracts of text from the same play. Students can choose to perform a monologue, duologue or a group piece. Students may contribute as a designer. 20% of the GCSE.

 

english

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in English is built on delivering two essential GCSE qualifications: English Literature and English Language. These qualifications are of vital importance to the future employability of our students, and both enable them to move into the next phase of their development with invaluable communication, organisation, analytical and creative skills all at a recognised national standard. In English Literature students learn to infer meaningfully, analyse and evaluate. In English Language these skills are also developed alongside practical creative skills with daily life applications. Both subjects are taught in English lessons with a focus on one qualification and assessment at a time.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Description and Narration
  • Speaking and Listening
  • William Shakespeare - Macbeth
  • Explorations in Creative Reading
  • Poetry - Power and Conflict
  • Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • JB Priestley - An Inspector Calls
  • The Curious Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Transactional Writing
  • Poetry - Power and Conflict
  • Revision and Exam Technique

 

Exam board: (AQA/Language 8700) Exam board: (AQA/Literature 8702)

Nature of examination: 2x written exams

Section A – Comprehension

Section B – Creative Writing

 

Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading

1 Hour 45 Minutes

50% of final grade

Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

1 Hour 45 Minutes

50% of final grade

 

*AQA also offer a Spoken Language Endorsement assessed separately.

Nature of examination: 2x written exams

Paper 1 -  Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

1 Hour 45 Minutes

40% of final grade

Section A - Shakespeare

Section B – 19th Century Novel

 

Paper 2  - Modern Texts and Poetry

2 Hours 15 Minutes

60% of final grade

Section A – An Inspector Calls

Section B – Power and Conflict

Section C - Unseen Poetry

 

french

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum in French is built on developing the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills that pupils have acquired in Key Stage 3. Knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar is extended and consolidated. The GCSE qualification is of vital importance to pupils in terms of future study and employability, and will enable them to move into the next phase of their development with invaluable communication skills at a recognised national standard, which importantly allows access to the EBacc.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology
  • Free time activities
  • France and customs
  • Home and where I live
  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Environment
  • Poverty and homelessness
  • Holidays and travel
  • School and future study
  • Employment

 

Exam board: AQA GCSE French-Specification code-8658

Nature of examination:4 examinations-Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

Listening

Length of paper: Higher-45 minutes, Foundation- 35 minutes

25% of final grade

Reading

Length of paper: Higher-60 minutes, Foundation- 45 minutes

25% of final grade

Writing

Length of paper: Higher-75 minutes, Foundation- 60 minutes

25% of final grade

Speaking

Length of test: Higher-12 minutes, Foundation- 7-9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time for each tier)

25% of final grade

 

geography

The KS4 curriculum in geography follows the Edexcel B Exam board curriculum, pupils are exposed to a wide range of human and physical topics within geography designed to provide them with a better understanding of their role in an increasingly interconnected world. The first component of this qualification requires pupils to gain an understanding of a wide range of global geographic issues including development, the challenges of a rapidly urbanising world and global hazards (climatic and tectonic). The second component focuses upon Geography within the United Kingdom, examining the wide range of physical processes that have shaped our inland and coastal environments, as well as the human processes that impact upon both our urban core and rural peripheries. Moreover, as part of the second component pupils are required to carry out and understand the process of conducting a fieldwork investigation which is examined through unseen exam questions. Finally, the third component of the GCSE requires pupils to analyse and interpret a resource booklet based around the topics of energy issues, biomes and forests under threat, this culminates in an extended decision making exercise in which students construct an argument based around a data response.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Development dynamics
  • Challenges of an urbanising world
  • The UK’s evolving human landscape
  • The UK’s evolving physical landscape
  • Geographic investigations (fieldwork)
  • Hazardous earth
  • Energy issues
  • Forests under threat
  • People and the biosphere

 

Exam board: Edexcel GCSE 1-9 Geography B

Nature of examination:

100% examination based assessment

Paper name: Global Geographical Issues

Length of paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

% of final grade: 37.5%

Paper name: UK Geographical Issues

Length of paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

% of final grade: 37.5%

Paper name: People and Environmental Issues

Length of paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

% of final grade: 25%

 

Health and Social Care

Btec health and social care is two year course delivered alongside biology. This course is offered to students who may prefer a more coursework based scientific route. The course is designed to develop student’s awareness of health and social care practices including job roles and key care values. The exam unit which is sat in February of year 11 assesses health indicators and life stages as well as students’ knowledge of interpreting data.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Life stages
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Health and Well-being

 

Exam board:

Pearson- Health and Well Being

2 hour exam. 40% of overall grade.

 

history

GCSE history will help you understand how the world you live in was shaped, and make you consider today’s society in a different way. It uses the past to develop skills vital for the future, such as spotting bias in sources, communicating clearly and articulating an argument. With a key focus on migration it helps us understand different cultures and develop an empathy for those forced to migrate even today. In depth studies of the USA allows students the time to consider political issues such as capitalism and communism and exploring the role of Hitler in World War Two helps students to consider the notion of power and propaganda.
Employers and universities regard History qualifications very highly – GCSE history may just be your ticket to a better future…

Year 10 Year 11

America 1919 – 1973 Opportunity and inequality

  • 1920s – flappers, gangsters, prosperity, prohibition and racism
  • 1930 – Depression, Wall Street, Roosevelt and Hoover
  • 1940s/ 50s – Impact of World War Two, popular culture and Rock N Roll
  • 1960s/ 70s – Feminism, Civil Rights and Black Power

Conflict and Tension – 1918 - 1939

  • Treaty of Versailles
  • League of Nations
  • Manchurian and Abyssinian crisis
  • Success and failures of the League of Nations
  • Hitler’s steps to war

Migration, Empire and People

  • Saxons & Vikings
  • Norman invasion and Angevin Empire
  • Hundred Years War
  • Tudor exploration and pirates
  • American colonies and War of Independence
  • Huguenot migration
  • Highland clearances / Ulster plantation
  • India
  • Scramble for Africa
  • Losing the Empire
  • EU

Norman England

  • Battle of Stamford Bridge & Hastings
  • Norman Culture / everyday life
  • Norman religion
  • Norman historical sites

 

Exam board: AQA History (8145)

Nature of examination:

2 x written exam papers

Paper name

Paper 1 – understanding the Modern World

  • Part A – America 1920 – 1973 opportunity and inequality
  • Part B – Conflict and Tension – the interwar years 1919 - 1939

Length of paper: 1 hour 45 minutes

% of final grade: 50%

Paper 2 – Shaping the Nation

  • Part A - Migration, Empire and peoples – c790 to present day
  • Part  B – Norman England 1066 – 1100

Length of paper: 1 hour 45 mins

% of final grade 50%

 

Mathematics

The importance of a GCSE in mathematics can be reflected upon by the fact that nearly 97% of the jobs now require the candidate to pass GCSE in mathematics. GCSE mathematics not only helps in imparting mathematical skills to the student but also enables students to become fluent in their understanding of mathematical knowledge and concepts. It helps students apply mathematical techniques to real-world problems. The study of mathematics can satisfy a wide range of interests and abilities. It develops the imagination. It trains in clear and logical thought. It is a challenge, with varieties of difficult ideas and unsolved problems, because it deals with the questions arising from complicated structures. Yet it also has a continuing drive to simplification, to finding the right concepts and methods to make difficult things easy, to explaining why a situation must be as it is. In so doing, it develops a range of language and insights, which may then be applied to make a crucial contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the world, and our ability to find and make our way in it.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Formulae and functions
  • Working in 2D
  • Probability
  • Measures and accuracy
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Circles and construction
  • Ratios and proportion
  • Factors, powers and roots
  • Straight line and quadratic graphs
  • Working in 3D
  • Handling data
  • Calculations(number)
  • Graphs and transformations
  • Pythagoras, trigonometry and vectors
  • Probability of combined events
  • Sequences
  • Units and proportionality

 

Exam board: GCSE AQA 8300

Nature of examination:

Externally assessed examinations covering any part of the specification

Paper 1 Non Calculator.

Papers 2 and 3 Calculator allowed

Length of  each paper 1hr 30 mins

Each contributing 33.33% of the final grade

 

music

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in music will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in music and express themselves as a performer. BTEC music and GCSE music are very similar; however, GCSE music has more of a focus on theory and analysing classical, and other forms of music; whereas, BTEC music is more vocational and has an increased practical element. BTEC music is designed to prepare students for taking part in the world of work in the music industry, whereas GCSE music is more theory based. Both subjects are a solid foundation for further and higher education in music and are pathways to BTEC Level 3 and A Level music, as well as university degrees in music.

Year 10 Year 11

BTEC Music:

  • Music Industry (external examination)
  • Live Sound

GCSE Music:

  • Composition 1
  • Solo recording
  • Set work study: Vocal Music
  • Set work study: Fusions

BTEC Music:

  • Managing a music product
  • Introducing music performance

GCSE Music:

  • Composition 2
  • Ensemble recording
  • Set work study: Instrumental Music
  • Set work study: Music for Stage and Screen

 

Exam board: Edexcel: BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music & Edexcel: GCSE Music

Nature of examination:

BTEC Music Level 1/2 is separated into four units. The only externally assessed element is the Music Industry examination.

A log of evidence and various assessed performances combine to formulate the assessments for the other three units.

GCSE Music consists of three elements: performing (30%), composing (30%) and the listening/ appraising examination (40%).

Component 1- performing (30%): 2 performances (1 solo/ 1 ensemble) – the two must equal least 4 minutes in total  

Component 2- composing (30%): 2 compositions (1 set to a brief/ 1 free composition) - must equal at least 3 minutes in total

 
Component 3- appraising (30%): assessing 8 set works – 1 hr 45 mins examination

 

Physical Education

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in physical education tackles a variety of complex and demanding physical activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to participate in a range of activities that promote personal fitness and encourage healthy active lifestyles. Students can build on their lessons by taking part in the many enrichment opportunities provided and by joining local clubs to continue their development. A leadership programme is embarked on by all students teaching the importance of communication, teamwork, health and safety and effective planning. This results in students delivering coaching sessions to classes in the junior school and evaluating their delivery.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Handball
  • Leadership
  • Rounders
  • Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Handball
  • Leadership
  • Rounders

 

Exam board: AQA/8582

Nature of examination: The GCSE is comprised of 2 exam papers, a practical component and coursework. For the practical you must compete in 3 different sports, either 2 team and 1 individual or 2 individual and 1 team sport. Coursework is an evaluation and analysis of one performance to bring about improvement. Practical and coursework combined makes up 40% of the final grade.

Paper name: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Length of paper 1hr 15min

30% of final grade

Paper name: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Length of paper 1hr 15min

30% of final grade

 

physics

The key stage 4 curriculum in physics expands on the Key Stage 3 experience, with the core principles of physics covered in much more detail. Key Stage 4 begins to develop practical skills through the required practical element of the course, whilst also focusing on the examination skills demanded by the linear nature of the GCSE courses. Students learn how to apply their physics knowledge to situations they may not have experienced before, thinking for themselves and working out how what they have learned fits in to the new scenario. There are numerous opportunities to investigate cutting edge developments in the field of physics such as how scientists are searching for extra-terrestrial life in the solar system and beyond.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Energy
  • Particle model of matter
  • Electricity
  • Atomic Structure
  • Waves
  • Forces
  • Electromagnetism
  • Space Physics (Separate science only)

 

Exam board: AQA GCSE physics 8463,  GCSE trilogy 8464

Nature of examination:

Linear examinations – all examined at the end of the 2 year course

GCSE Physics 8463

Paper 1

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of the GCSE

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Questions Style: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2 (May draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.)

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of the GCSE

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions Style: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

GCSE Trilogy 8464 (Physics aspect)

Paper 1

1 hour 15 minutes

70 marks

16.7% of the GCSE

Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Paper 2

1 hour 15 minutes

70 marks

16.7% of the GCSE

Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

 

PSHE

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in PSHE is contained in 6 drop down days, during which students are off timetable and follow a programme devised to cover a variety of issues relating to both the physical and mental health of the students. They also support the future focus of our students to help them meet the GATSBY standards, and ensure that our students can make informed decisions about the future.

Year 10 Year 11

Four key days across the school year which focus upon:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health; recognising when to ask for help.
  • Managing money
  • Employability skills
  • Careers
  • Understanding the society we live in

Two key days in the Autumn term which focus upon:

  • How to learn and revise
  • Health and well- being day

 

Religious Studies

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in religious studies focuses on Christianity and Judaism and studies the beliefs and practices within these religions. It develops students’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying. It develops students’ ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. It provides opportunities for students to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life and challenges them to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Component 2: Christianity: beliefs and practices
  • Component 3: Judaism; beliefs and practices
  • Component 1: :Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
  • Theme 1:Issues of Relationships
  • Theme 2:Issues of Life and Death
  • Theme 3:Issues of Good and Evil
  • Theme 4:Issues of Human Rights

 

Exam boardEduqas Route A

Component 1:Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World 

Written examination: 2 hours 

50% of qualification 

Component 2: Study of Christianity 

Written examination: 1 hour 

25% of qualification 

Component 3: Study of a World Faith: Judaism 

Written examination: 1 hour 

25% of qualification

 

Spanish

The Key Stage 4 curriculum in Spanish is built on developing the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills that pupils have acquired in Key Stage 3. Knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar is extended and consolidated. The GCSE qualification is of vital importance to pupils in terms of future study and employability, and will enable them to move into the next phase of their development with invaluable communication skills at a recognised national standard, which importantly allows access to the EBacc.

Year 10 Year 11
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues-Charity and voluntary work, Health
  • Global issues-Environment, Poverty and homelessness
  • Travel and tourism
  • School and subjects
  • Life at school
  • Future study/employment

 

Exam boardAQA GCSE Spanish -8698

Nature of examination:

4 exams-Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

Listening

Length of paper: Higher-45 minutes, Foundation- 35 minutes

25% of final grade

Reading

Length of paper: Higher-60 minutes, Foundation- 45 minutes

25% of final grade

Writing

Length of paper: Higher-75 minutes, Foundation- 60 minutes

25% of final grade

Speaking

Length of test: Higher-12 minutes, Foundation- 7-9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time for each tier)

25% of final grade