GCSE Curriculum

Art

Observing & Recording; Artist & Cultural Investigations; Developing & Refining Ideas; Creating a Final Piece/Response.

Business & Economics

The course covers three core units which are delivered over the two years. Unit 1 – An introduction to Small Business; Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business; Unit 5 – Introduction to Economic Understanding.

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Drama

Year 10: Develop the use of explorative strategies, mediums and elements. Pupils write an analysis of a performance, as well as analysing and evaluating their own performance work on ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Dennis Potter. Additionally they study the ideas and techniques of two practitioners: Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht.

Year 11: Explore a variety of stimulus material from WW1 through performance, followed by a written documentary response.  An externally examined final assessment of either performance or technical skills.

English

Year 10 – Jekyll & Hyde; Poetry; Exploring Creative Reading/Writing; Macbeth.

Year 11 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives; Lord of the Flies; Poetry.

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Food

Nutrition, food, cooking and preparation and skills.  Please click here for more information.

Geography

Rivers & Coasts; Natural Hazards; Economic Development; Population & Settlement; Fieldwork Enquiry.

History

GCSE History – final examination 2017.

The American West 1840-1895; The Vietnam War 1945-1975; Medicine Through Time; Transformations in Surgery.

New GCSE History – first examination 2018.

The American West 1835-1895, Medicine in Britain 1250 to present day, The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches, Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and The USA 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad.

Mathematics

Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change; Geometry & Measure; Statistics & Probability.  Please click here for more information.

Media

Year 10 – Genre: horror, film posters and film trailers, research, planning, production and evaluation of comic.

Year 11 – Exam topic preparation (which changes every year), TV Crime Drama, theories of audience and organisations, marketing and advertising.

Modern Foreign Languages

Over the two years students will study the following three themes:

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities.

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home, town, local area and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism.

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: My studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions.

Examinations take place at the end of Year 11, although the Oral exam takes place in the Spring of Year 11.  Students will have regular GCSE style assessments throughout the course to prepare them for the final exams.

Assessment Structure:

Students are assessed in 4 skill areas; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, each of which makes up 25% of the final grade. Students will be entered for either the Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher Tier (grades 4-9) in all four skills.  The Year 10 exams and Year 11 Mocks are used to decide which Tier students should enter for.

Music

Year 10 study Yiri By Koko; Something’s Coming from West Side Story; The Skye Waulking Song By Capercailie; Grace By Jeff Buckley; Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich; All Blues by Miles Davis; And the Glory of the Lord; Handel; Symphony No40 by Mozart; Raga Desh.

Year 11 study Raindrop Prelude by Chopin; Why does my Heart Feel so Bad? by Moby; Controlled Assessment.

Core PE

Year 10 – Football; Netball; Basketball; Badminton; Volleyball; Hockey; Table Tennis; Exercise Activities; Rounders; Athletics and Tennis.  Please click here for more information.

Year 11 – Football; Hockey; Netball; Basketball; Badminton; Exercise Activities; Volleyball; Rounders and Softball.  Please click here for more information.

GCSE PE

Theory areas covered at GCSE level are Healthy Active Lifestyles; Influences on your Healthy Active Lifestyle; Physical Activity as part of your Healthy Active Lifestyle; Personal Health and Well-being; Cardiovascular System; Respiratory System; Muscular System and Skeletal System.  Pupils also study practical areas in more depth and these include Football; Netball; Basketball; Hockey; Swimming; Athletics; Rounders; Personal Survival and Exercise Activities. Pupils will also design a Personal Exercise Plan which they will complete.  Please click here for more information.

Product Design

Print production techniques; Health and safety and consumer issues; CAD/CAM; Scales of production; Materials; Tools and equipment; Designer influences; Jigs, formers and moulds; Designing for different markets; The environment and sustainability; Drawing techniques; Packaging; Human factors; Quality assurance; Research and product analysis.

PSD (Personal, Social Development)

Year 10 – Finance; Citizenship; Anti bullying; SRE; Drugs education; Revision skills; Work experience; Enterprise

Year 11 – Healthy living; Finance; Employability (in conjunction with the Mock Interviews and Post 16 choices) ; SRE; Drugs education; Revision skills; Anti bullying

RE

Religion & Science; Religion, Reason & Revelation; Religion & Human Relationships; Religion & Medical Ethics; Religion, Poverty & Wealth.

Science

Year 10 GCSE Science (Core) – B1, C1, P1

Year 11 GCSE Additional Science – B2, C2, P2

GCSE Triple Science – B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, P1, P2, P3

 

B1 – Keeping Healthy; Nerves & Hormones; The Use & Abuse of Drugs; Interdependence & Adaptation; Energy & Biomass in Food Chains; Waste Materials from Plants & Animals; Genetic Variation; Evolution.

B2 – Cells & Simple Cell Transport; Tissues & Organs; Photosynthesis; Organisms & their Environment; Proteins; Respiration; Cell Division & Inheritance; Speciation.

B3 – Movement of Molecules in and out of cells; Transport Systems; Homeostasis; Humans & their Environment.

 

C1 – Fundamental Ideas; Limestone; Metals & their Uses; Crude Oil & Fuels; Useful Substances from Oil; Plant Oils; Changes in the Earth & its Atmosphere.

C2 – Structure & Bonding; Properties & Uses of Substances; Atomic Structure; Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry; Rates of Reaction; Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions; Acids,Bases & Salts; Electrolysis.

C3 – The Periodic table; Water; Energy Change; Further Analysis; Ammonia; Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids & Esters.

 

P1 – Energy Transfer; Efficiency; Usefulness of Electrical Appliances; Generating Electricity; Waves.

P2 – Forces and their Effects; Kinetic Energy of Objects; Currents in Electrical Circuits; Using Mains Electricity Safely; Radioactivity; Nuclear Fission and Fusion.

P3 – Medical Uses of Physics; Using Physics to make Things Work; Keeping Things Moving.

Travel and Tourism

The UK Travel and Tourism Sector; UK Travel and Tourism Destinations; The Development of Travel and Tourism in the UK; International Travel and Tourism Destinations.