Year 10 Options

Our aim is to engage and inspire our pupils. A key strength of the academic provision at Bredon School is that breadth of offering, being able to offer pupils a wide variety of courses, from the traditional, such as Geography and History, to the more creative such as Photography and Art. 

Teaching staff offer an encouraging and supportive learning environment allowing pupils to progress and develop, whilst structured lessons and courses ensure pupils reach their full potential. 

Choices made at this stage are key to learning success and marks the start of preparation for a potential career pathway.

Agriculture
Level 1/2

Agriculture
Level 1/2

In the first year of this course you will learn about livestock management based on the school farm. This includes life cycles of beef, sheep, pigs and poultry. You will be working practically with these animals and learning ways in which we can increase productivity and profitability. In the second year of this module you will study a Estate skills unit; this includes modules in boundaries, surfaces and habitats. A large amount of this unit is practical work that will take place around the school’s estate.

How is the course structured and graded?

On completion of this course you will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and this is the equivalent to a GCSE. This award is calculated based on completed written work. There is no exam for this course, and is therefore 100% coursework based.

Will this course be suitable for me?

Your time spent in lessons will be split as 60% written theory work and 40% practical lessons on the school farm. You will need to enjoy working with livestock and being in the great outdoors. Due to the amount of written work, you will need to have good literacy skills.

What could this course lead to?

After completing this course, students can go on to complete a Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture or BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture.

Art & Design
GCSE

Art & Design
GCSE

You will create a portfolio of artwork in Year 10 based on a starting point of your choice. This will be followed by an exam project set by OCR in January of Year 11. Your projects will need to include artist research and reference to cultural links, experimentation with different materials and techniques, and the creation of a personal final piece. The course combines practical and theory, with the study of artists feeding into your own creativity.

How is the course structured and graded?

You will create two projects. The coursework project is worth 60% of your final mark. The set task project is worth 40%. You will have a controlled assessment at the end of the year of your coursework project plus a 10-hour exam in the Spring Term of Year 11 in which to complete one outcome for your set task project. The course is graded on the usual GCSE scale.

Will this course be suitable for me?

To be successful on this course you will need to be enthusiastic and committed to the subject. You will need to be motivated to complete work away from the classroom and be keen to experiment with different materials and techniques. You will be required to put in an extra three hours on top of your timetabled lessons each week.

What could this course lead to?

Pupils who take this course can go on to study it at AS/A2 Level. This further opens up fantastic pathways to Art Foundation Courses and Degrees in the Arts.

“GCSE Art is a great start to the creative courses. It allowed me to work on a theme of my choice with the support and guidance throughout. It was my first glimpse of being an artist.”

ASDAN
Entry Level

ASDAN
Entry Level

You will learn the basic aspects of agriculture on a principally livestock farm. You will learn how to provide the principles of livestock husbandry across the range of animals we have on our farm. Modules include Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Care, Environment and Countryside Management and Health and Safety.

How is the course structured and graded?

This course is entirely vocational. No grade is given, however on completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate which will count towards your final qualification should you choose to progress to the ASDAN course in Sixth Form or BTEC Level 2 in Agriculture.

Will this course be suitable for me?

The course involves a great deal of practical work. You will be on the farm for most lessons, taking part in husbandry tasks and helping the Farm Manager with the day to day running of the farm. You should enjoy working with animals and being outdoors. There is also an element of written work.

What could this course lead to?

This course is aimed at pupils who may wish to study the ASDAN course and/or a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Agriculture in Sixth Form.

“I found the course varied and interesting. I love being outside and working with the animals, they give me a great sense of satisfaction!”

ASDAN ENTERPRISE

This will involve you running your own business enterprise. You will develop skills to allow you to do this such as communication, teamwork, negotiation and personal selling. You will also learn who to target with your products, how to calculate costs, revenue and profit, and how to market your business successfully.

 How is the course structured and graded?

The course is an Entry Level course and is made up of separate units which include challenges such as researching successful businesses and running your own enterprise project.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is suitable for students who might find the GCSE pathway challenging and would benefit from developing confidence whilst learning in a safe environment. This course is ideal for students who are also taking other Entry Level courses.

What could this course lead to?

This course provides the opportunity to study CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) Level 1 or 2 in the Sixth Form, which builds on what has been studied in Years 10 and 11.

“I found this course a lot of fun and enjoyable. The teachers helped me to become better at studying and understanding how to solve problems.

ASDAN PERSONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (Entry Level 3)

The aims of this qualification are to offer imaginative ways of supporting young people to become confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy. Pupils will learn more about the importance of being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change, whilst also taking on new activities and personal challenges.

How is this course structured and graded?

The qualification is 100% coursework. Pupils are required to build up a portfolio of evidence ranging from small pieces of written work to photographs and witness statements. The course is delivered through a series of challenges, which accrue credits. Challenges include Environmental Awareness, Health Lifestyles and Preparation for Work. 6 credits are required for the Award and 13 credits for the full Certificate. Each credit represents at least 10 hours of study.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is suitable for pupils who may find the GCSE pathway challenging and would benefit from developing confidence whilst learning in a safe environment.

What could this course lead to?

Pupils on the 6th form can study ASDAN CoPE at level 1 or 2, with Level 2 being the equivalent of a B grade at GCSE.

“I found this course a lot of fun and enjoyable. The teachers helped me to become better at studying and understanding how to solve problems.”

Biology
GCSE

Biology
GCSE

This course covers the principles of Biology and topics covered include: Cell Level Systems (cell structures, what happens in cells, respiration, photosynthesis); Scaling Up (supplying the cell, the challenges of size); Organism Level Systems (coordination and control, maintaining internal environments); Community Level Systems (ecosystems); Genes Inheritance, Selection and Global challenges (monitoring and maintaining the environment; feeding the human race; monitoring and maintaining health). Practical work is also heavily involved and enhances the theoretical ideas covered.

How is the course structured and graded?

Content is split into six teaching topics and a practical skills topic that consists of a minimum of eight practical activities. Students will sit two exams at the end of the two year course; each exam with a duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, and a weighting of 50%. The practicals carried out during the course will account for 15% of the questions asked in the examinations. GCSE qualifications are now graded on the scale: 9–1, where 9 is the highest.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you are working at around Grade 2 or above in Year 9 this may be the course for you. All assessment is by means of exams which are taken at the end of the two-year course. Your teachers will recommend which Science course is suitable for you, taking into account your work in Year 9 and how likely you are to succeed on this course.

What could this course lead to?

Attaining a grade 5 or above will allow you to progress to further study at Sixth Form at Level 3 (BTEC Science). Attainment of a 5 at GCSE in Science is often a prerequisite for going to college or Sixth Form.

It’s great that I can just study Biology. I always struggled with Chemistry and Physics. I love all the practical work too”

Caring For Children
Level 1/2

Caring For Children
Level 1/2

These qualifications encourage an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. They cover children’s growth, learning and development. There are also units to help with self-development.

How is the course structured and graded?

Assignments will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks set by CACHE such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Will this course be suitable for me?

These qualifications are suitable for you if you are considering a career in caring for children. They could also support you with re-engaging with learning and help you enter the childcare workforce.

What could this course lead to?

This course is specifically designed to give real world experience of the childcare and education sector. This course gives some good opportunities to make contacts in the field and gain references from employers. It is ideal preparation for our Level 3 course in Sixth Form.

“I have experienced working in a nursery on this course. The mentors were really welcoming and I have gained experience and confidence.”

CISCO CompTIAA
Level 2

CISCO CompTIAA
Level 2

General Information

All course materials are available online. Students will become members of the Cisco Network Academy and will be able to access the material from anywhere with an internet connection. Students will also have a study guide (a question and answer sheet) that will be available through Google Classroom and their Cisco Google drive area. All study guides will have to be completed within a stipulated deadline. All work and information is thus available to both students and parents at all times. All costs are inclusive in school fees apart from any industry certification re-sit examinations.

Will the courses be suitable for me?

If you are interested in computers and enjoy subjects with a large practical element, then you will enjoy this subject. Do take note that none of the courses have large written parts and there is no coursework in any of these. If you are prepared to work hard, our courses will offer you a route to a bright future. It is very much ‘full on’ and students have to do their bit every day.

What could these courses lead to?

Students normally continue with the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching course in our Sixth Form. Students who may find the CCNA course difficult will be able to follow on with our Networking Essentials course. At the end, the main focus is to gain a proper IT apprenticeship. Many of our students have found their way to an apprenticeship and successful career in the IT Sector.

CISCO IT Essentials
Level 2

CISCO IT Essentials
Level 2

What will I study? 

In Cisco IT Essentials you will learn about computer components, how to identify different components, and how to strip and rebuild a computer. You will learn how to load operating systems and software to make your computer work effectively. You will learn about printers, tablets and smart phones and their operating systems. You will also learn about viruses, worms and security. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

Cisco IT Essentials consists of 14 chapters. At the end of each chapter students take a chapter exam. At the end of the course students do a final theory exam as well as a final practical exam. Students must gain 70% in both theory and practical exams to pass the course.

“Love it! The course is very much hands on and the combination of theory and practical work suits my learning style.”

CISCO Panduit & Networking Infrastructure
Level 2

CISCO Panduit & Networking Infrastructure
Level 2

What will I study? 

In Cisco IT Essentials you will learn about computer components, how to identify different components, and how to strip and rebuild a computer. You will learn how to load operating systems and software to make your computer work effectively. You will learn about printers, tablets and smart phones and their operating systems. You will also learn about viruses, worms and security. 

How is the course structured and graded?

Cisco IT Essentials consists of 14 chapters. At the end of each chapter students take a chapter exam. At the end of the course students do a final theory exam as well as a final practical exam. Students must gain 70% in both theory and practical exams to pass the course.

“I am very interested in computers and this course helped me to understand how they work and even build my own special gaming computer!”

Design & Technology
GCSE

Design & Technology
GCSE

This course teaches innovation and iterative design, taking students through a process of making products and prototypes using a range of materials, tools and processes. You will also apply mathematical and scientific knowledge and learn about manufacturing and environmental issues. Students study one area in depth such as timbers or textiles.

How is the course structured and graded?

The Iterative Design Challenge is a single task that is carried out in class and is worth 50% of the qualification. The other 50% of the qualification covers the principles of design and technology in an examination with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ knowledge of design technology as well as mathematics and science.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course teaches students to become creative and critical thinkers, developing skills to design and deliver prototypes that solve real and relevant problems. You will gain skills which would be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study and in your personal life, developing decision making skills as well as planning and organising. There are written aspects as well as practical work as part of this course.

What could this course lead to?

The study of Design and Technology can lead to a future career in product design, engineering, architecture, fashion and graphic design. It will develop your design and thinking skills that open up a world of possibility.

“You need to do written work and remember some facts as well as doing practical work.”

Design & Technology
Unit Award

Design & Technology
Unit Award

The use of materials as well as components, tools, processes and finishes to design and make quality products and carry out practical tasks. The focus can be on either Resistant Materials (wood, metal, polymers and ‘smart’ materials) or Textiles.

How is the course structured and graded?

The Unit Award Scheme is a way of accrediting skills through certification but is not a formal qualification. It allows you to build practical skills through project work, each of which are then certificated at an equivalent level. By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of work demonstrating your skills and certification for each project completed. This can be used to take to employers as a record of your skills and achievements.

Will this course be suitable for me? Do you enjoy learning about materials and processes as well as designing and making things? You’ll need to carry out practical work safely and accurately to achieve high quality products. This course is ideal for you if you like hands-on practical learning and are willing to turn imaginative ideas into reality.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to a GCSE with further work in the future. It could help create some great career options in a range of different industries, especially if you are also taking Engineering, as well as provide access to further training.

“The course was challenging but very interesting. Although there is practical work, there is some planning and preparation, which is important too.”

Engineering
Level 1/2

Engineering
Level 1/2

Engineering and engineers have shaped the modern world; how products are resourced, designed and manufactured; how engineers and engineering are at the forefront of making our planet a cleaner and greener place; how engineering is a universal language spoken all over the world; and how new production techniques are leading to increasingly advanced products.

How is the course structured and graded?

This qualification is available as a three-unit Award that is equivalent to a single GCSE. In the first year you will study units covering: The Engineered World (this is a compulsory unit and is externally examined), Investigating Engineering Products and Machining Techniques. These units are graded at a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. These are equivalent to grades 4 – 9 at GCSE level.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is a mixture of continual assessment and a final exam. While containing a range of practical elements, it does have a written and research element. If you have a genuine interest in engineering and are hoping to develop your skills and abilities with a view to a career in the engineering world, this is an ideal course for you. It will give you a springboard into the engineering world beyond Bredon School. It is also an ideal companion subject to Maths, Science and Law.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to an engaging and fulfilling career in a wide range of engineering fields from automotive to aeronautics. It could also lead to further more in-depth and specialised studies on our Level 3 course in the Sixth Form.

“The things I learned about Health and Safety have really helped me when I was setting up my own business.”

English Language
iGCSE

English Language
iGCSE

Bredon School has adopted Cambridge International GCSE, First Language English Qualification. This well-respected and popular course retains written coursework, worth 50%. The final exam, also worth 50%, tests reading and writing skills. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

There are three pieces of written coursework to complete (two which test writing skills only and a third which also tests reading skills) and these may be drafted in class. Students may also undertake a range of speaking and listening exercises. The final exam tests both reading and writing skills. The final grading will be from levels 1 – 9. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

As a core subject, this course is compulsory. Bredon has chosen the IGCSE because it is flexible and allows students to succeed at their highest possible potential. What have other students said about the course? Year 11 students who have been entered so far have enjoyed the course. They particularly like the fact they are writing coursework which can be redrafted rather than controlled assessments which cannot. The scope of the course also allows for a wide range of literary material to be used as a basis for written work. 

What could this course lead to? 

Many Level 3 courses and jobs cannot be undertaken unless you have a Level 2 qualification in English, so this course is really important, regardless of what you might like to do later in life. Students who do not get a level 4 in IGCSE English will always automatically do retakes in the Sixth Form, in line with government policy.

English Literature
GCSE

English Literature
GCSE

If you are in set 1 for English you may study this course alongside the iGCSE in Language. In it you will study a range of poems, plays and novels. You will be assessed through written coursework and some in the final exam. You will cover familiar and also unfamiliar texts in a course that is great for developing your enjoyment of literature.

How is the course structured and graded?

For the exam (worth 75%) you will study one play, one novel and one collection of poetry from a wide and interesting range. The coursework requires the close study of two texts. These essays may be redrafted until they are as good as possible. The final grading will be from levels 1 – 9

Will this course be suitable for me?

It is a really good preparation for A Level Literature in the Sixth Form but also helps with any courses that involve a lot of reading and writing, such as History or Politics. What have other students said about the course? Past students who have studied similar GCSE courses have really enjoyed reading and thinking about the thought-provoking texts involved.

What could this course lead to?

It is a well-respected international qualification which shows colleges and employers you have the ability to read and understand a range of texts. Because of this, it is good preparation for almost any future course of study or employment.

Enterprise and Marketing
Level 1/2

Enterprise and Marketing
Level 1/2

This exciting course in Enterprise and Marketing will help you develop the business skills demanded by employers today. It offers a broad understanding of the key Business elements (Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Operations) as well as external influences on business. Coursework focuses specifically on Marketing. 

How is the course structured and graded?

Pupils will learn and apply their knowledge and skills using a variety of methods, such as investigation (internet and real-world businesses), formal written assignments, reports and presentations to class. We also visit businesses and invite guest speakers. The course will be assessed by exam (50%) and coursework (50%). The coursework comprises the development of a business proposal and a pitch of that proposal to an audience (the audience need not be large for those who do not relish such situations).

Will this course be suitable for me?

An interest in the business world is important. With a large emphasis on coursework, it is important that students become independent learners. Engaging content and practical learning will allow you to develop business acumen and enterprise skills.

What could this course lead to?

This course is ideal for studying Business related courses or preparing for the workplace. Students taking this course have gone on to study Business at Level 3. Others have moved onto apprenticeships in business or employment.

“I really enjoyed learning about the real world. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, business will always be useful. Having an understanding of how business works puts you one step ahead of others in the job world. I enjoyed the assessment through practical work and the trips and visits on the course were great as well.”

Film Studies
GCSE

Film Studies
GCSE

Using popular mainstream films, as well as films produced from outside Hollywood, this course allows you to study the ways in which we experience films and how they communicate ideas, attitudes and beliefs both now and in the past. 

How is the course structured and graded?

The course is divided into three parts. The first two parts form the examined content which tests your knowledge of film language and the development of cinema in the US and from around the world. Each exam lasts 90 minutes. The internally assessed part of the course focuses on the production of a genre based film extract of your own, together with an evaluative analysis.

Will this course be suitable for me?

This course is designed to build upon your own experiences and to encourage a recognition of how individuals and societies are represented. If you enjoy film, and are motivated to bring an initial idea to a polished completion, then you will enjoy GCSE Film Studies.

 What could this course lead to?

GCSE Film Studies, in addition to being an interesting and enjoyable subject, provides an initial foundation for anyone interested in studying Media, Film or Digital Communication courses. On completion of this course, pupils can progress to study Film Studies at A Level.

“I enjoy this subject. We get the chance to do lots of work with films and also lots of other work with images. I also enjoy filming.”

Food Preparation & Nutrition
GCSE

Food Preparation & Nutrition
GCSE

This course is designed to build on basic skills and knowledge acquired at KS3 in Years 7, 8 and 9. It allows you to develop a broad knowledge of cookery and a detailed understanding of the related nutrition. It will help you develop a wide range of practical cookery skills as well as improving skills such as planning, organisation and timekeeping. The course covers the science behind cookery, enabling you to be able to explain what happens to the ingredients in the preparation and cooking processes. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The first year is all about learning and working with the various food commodities. Fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, rice and pasta products are all covered. Each week, you will cook a dish related to one of the food groups and at the end of each six-week block, you have the opportunity to showcase your own chosen recipe. The second year is a busy year where you carry out an investigation into a given topic (worth 15%), a practical assessment (worth 35%) and a final exam (worth 50%). 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

This course will appeal to students who enjoy working in a practical situation and have a passion for food. This course is not a cooking course, even though it has a strong practical element. As with all Level 2 courses, there is an expectation that the learner is able to carry out in-depth research, writing and analysis about given food topics. Students will also need to be able to work independently and have a desire to continually improve. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course could potentially lead on to further study or an apprenticeship in the catering industry. Many who take this course move onto a Hospitality course in our Sixth Form. Courses include the BTEC Level 3 Award in Hospitality and the BTEC Technical Certificate in Patisserie

“I love the way this course has challenged me to become better. Not only in my cooking but in the way I choose more difficult and different recipes to make.”

Functional Skills English
Level 1/2

Functional Skills English
Level 1/2

Using a range of non-fiction texts and situations based around the world of work, you will learn how to respond using a variety of written formats such as reports, emails, letters and articles. Literacy skills will also be reinforced and taught in order to write accurately and to present yourself in a professional and legible manner. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The course is divided into three examined parts. The first part tests your response to reading non-literary texts such as leaflets or articles. You will then have to respond to summarise ideas in the article or comment on what is written. The second examination is a writing test where you complete two written tasks. The final section is a speaking and listening test. You are graded either a Pass or Fail at Levels 1 and 2. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

Your English teacher will guide you as to whether this is the correct core option in English for you. What have other students said about the course? Some students prefer this course to IGCSE English language because it uses real life situations and factual texts rather than responding to fictional texts. 

What could this course lead to? 

The work you do in Functional Skills gives a firm foundation in communications for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Geography
iGCSE

Geography
iGCSE

This engaging course covers three relevant and exciting themes, building upon your previous geography study: ‘Population and Settlement’ including world population issues, migration and the impact of rapid urban growth; ‘The Natural Environment’ including earthquakes and volcanoes, managing coastal erosion, using weather and climate data and ecosystems; ‘Economic Development’ including globalisation, renewable energy and sustainable development. Your geographical skills are developed throughout the course. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

Paper 1: Geographical Themes (45%) written paper Paper 2: Geographical Skills (27.5%) written paper Coursework: Residential coastal investigation – Slapton Ley (27.5%) 

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you are enthusiastic, have an enquiring mind and an interest in the world around you, then yes! If you enjoy exploring new places and investigating important issues relevant to your daily life, then this is the course for you. Lessons are practical and draw upon multiple resources including video footage, news reports, photographs, data and recent case studies. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course prepares students for further study at A Level. It not only complements both humanities and science subjects, but it also provides students with practical skills needed in today’s workplace such as decision making and problem solving.

“The course was challenging but there was lots of help and support for me to succeed.”

Graphic Communications
GCSE

Graphic Communications
GCSE

Graphic Communications is defined as the practice of creating work to convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of graphic elements such as colour, icons, images, typography and photographs. Areas of Graphic Communications which you may choose to study include; typography, communication graphics, design for print, advertising, multimedia, illustration, and signage techniques.

How is the course structured and graded?

You will create two projects. The coursework project is worth 60% of your final mark. The set task is worth 40%. You will have a controlled assessment at the end of your coursework project plus a 10 hour exam in the Spring term of Year 11 in which to complete one outcome for your set task project.

Will this course be suitable for me?

To be successful on this course you will need to be enthusiastic and committed to the subject. You will be required to put in an extra three hours a week on top of your timetabled lessons. If you are a creative and motivated student this is a fantastic course for you.

What could this course lead to?

The course is good preparation for progression to A Level in Art and Design: Graphic Communication or a suitable vocational course. It could lead towards a career in new media, advertising, design, games development, games technologies and more.

History
GCSE

History
GCSE

You will cover a range of topics that develop your understanding of key periods of world history. Paper 1 Thematic study has two sections: Medicine in Britain 1250-present; The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches Paper 2 has two sections: Superpower Relations 1941-1991: Cold War; and Henry VIII and his ministers. Paper 3 Modern non-British depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

There are three externally examined units at the end of Year 11. In particular, the course tests your ability to recall and use historical data, your ability to communicate your interpretations of events and evaluate how time affects perspectives. Exams last for between 1 hour 20 mins and 1 hour 45 mins depending on the paper. The ability to write extended answers is an essential key to success at GCSE History. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

If you have a genuine interest in the past and a willingness to connect the dots then the study of History is for you. It will help develop your analytical skills, your communication skills and provide you with a framework to relate modern issues to their historical roots. 

What could this course lead to? 

An awareness and accumulation of skills provides an excellent foundation to study History at A-Level. It is recognised as one of the traditional subjects and is highly valued by both employers and universities.

“There is no such thing as a bad question… the teachers encourage you to have an opinion and express it openly – just remember to have the evidence to back it up.”

Hospitality
Level 1

Hospitality
Level 1

This course is designed to build on basic skills and knowledge acquired at KS3 in Years 7, 8 and 9. It allows you to develop a broad knowledge of cookery and a detailed understanding of the related nutrition. It will help you develop a wide range of practical cookery skills as well as improving skills such as planning, organisation and timekeeping. The course covers the science behind cookery, enabling you to be able to explain what happens to the ingredients in the preparation and cooking processes. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The first year is all about learning and working with the various food commodities. Fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, rice and pasta products are all covered. Each week, you will cook a dish related to one of the food groups and at the end of each six-week block, you have the opportunity to showcase your own chosen recipe. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

This course will appeal to pupils who enjoy working in a practical situation and have a passion for food. This course is not a cooking course, even though it has a strong practical element. As with all Level 1 courses, there is an expectation that the learner is able to carry out in-depth research, writing and analysis about given food topics. Pupils will also need to be able to work independently and have a desire to continually improve. 

What could this course lead to? 

This course could potentially lead on to further study or an apprenticeship in the catering industry. Many who take this course move onto a Hospitality course in our Sixth Form for example, the BTEC Technical Certificate in Patisserie Level 2.

“I love the way this course has challenged me to become better. Not only in my cooking but in the way I choose more difficult and different recipes to make.”

Humanities
Entry Level

Humanities
Entry Level

This is a flexible and personalised course with a wide range of options, suited to the learner’s needs and interests. For example, you could choose: Threatened Ecosystems, Responding to a Major Tectonic Event, Climate Change and People and Protest.

How is the course structured and graded?

The course is an Entry Level course and is made up of separate units. One unit is studied each term over two years. Individual units can be entered at either Entry 2 or Entry 3 level, which is just below the range of GCSE grades. All units offered have either two, three or four credits attached to them. Award = 8-12 credits Certificate = 13-36 credits. This course is ideal for students who are also taking other Entry Level courses.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you enjoy working as part of a group, discovering the world around you, and have an interest in current affairs, then this course can be tailored to suit your needs. It is best suited if GCSE Geography or GCSE History would be very challenging for you.

What could this course lead to?

Taking units on this course leads to a greater understanding of the world around you. This has a benefit in a globalised world, increasing your confidence and understanding, and will help in future interviews and work placements. It will also develop your social understanding and awareness.

Mathematics
GCSE

Mathematics
GCSE

Students will study a wide range of topics, including Number, Algebra, Statistics and Measures, Probability, Geometry and Shapes. The topics will be split into calculator based and non-calculator. You will work through these topics using a range of interesting activities, many of which involve solving mathematical problems and applying mathematical understanding. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The course is offered at two tiers. We will select the most appropriate tier for each student, based on their progress. Higher tier allows the student to achieve up to a Grade 9, whilst the Foundation paper is capped at grade 5. Final exams are linear based and will take place at the end of the two-year course. Final assessment consists of three papers. Paper 1 is non-calculator, Paper 2 and 3 are both calculator based, all for one hour and 30 minutes. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

A minimum of grade 4 Maths is essential for many Sixth Form courses as it shows a general knowledge of Mathematics. All students must study Mathematics during Year 10 and 11; it is a compulsory subject for all pupils in the UK.

 What could this course lead to? 

A minimum grade 4 is needed for the next step in education. If you would like to go to university, a grade 4 is needed to access many courses. If you don’t achieve a grade 4 the first time around, you will automatically be entered to retake it in the Sixth Form.

“I’ve always enjoyed Maths and it makes such a difference having teachers who know their subject very well and are enthusiastic about it”

Mathematics
Entry Level

Mathematics
Entry Level

Students will study a wide range of topics, with the aim of further developing their basic maths skills. The course looks at the subject in a practical way, helping students to apply their maths to everyday life tasks, such as understanding percentages or making measurements. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

Assessment for entry level involves two short written exams and coursework at the end of the two-year course. The course will look at a range of mathematical areas, covering the key knowledge and skills necessary to achieve at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

Some students find a GCSE Mathematics course too much at this stage. This course enables students to carry on studying and improving their basic maths skills at a more accessible level, without experiencing the frustration of studying a course that is too challenging. This course is ideal for students who are taking other Entry Level courses. 

What could this course lead to? 

After completing this course a student could consider studying GCSE Maths at Foundation Level in the Sixth Form.

Music
GCSE

Music
GCSE

You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. You will learn the skill of appraising rather than just learning a piece of music, and this course will enable you to appraise your own music to allow refinement in performances and compositions.

How is the course structured and graded?

You will be marked based on three main areas; Performance, Composing and Appraising. The weighting will be as follows – Performance (30%), Composing (30%) and Appraising (40%). There will be a 1 hour 45 minute examination to achieve the 40% Appraising section of your grade.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you have a keen interest in composing, performing or producing music then this course will be of interest to you. This course assumes that students have a basic understanding of music, either through practical skills or theory.

What could this course lead to?

Our Music qualification has been designed to give all students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of music whatever their previous experience. This course supports the development of musical fluency and provides access to further study of Music at AS and A level.

Performing Arts
Level 1/2

Performing Arts
Level 1/2

These qualifications provide a broad introduction to the Performing Arts sector and give you the opportunity to demonstrate increased skill levels. You will develop the necessary transferable and sector skills to progress more quickly. The qualifications prepare you for progression to Level 2 BTECs or other study programmes.

How is the course structured and graded?

In this course, you will study three core units; ‘Introduction to the Performing Arts’, ‘Taking Part in a Performance’, and ‘Starting to Develop Performance Skills’. The qualification gained will depend upon the completion of the core units in addition to a selection of other optional units.

Will this course be suitable for me?

To be successful on this course, for musicians it is helpful if you are learning at least one musical instrument at Grade 2 level and are able to identify notes on the treble clef stave. For actors you must be confident performing in front of a live audience and prepared to learn lines.

What could this course lead to?

On completion of this course you will have the correct knowledge and experience to undertake a Level 2 course in Performing Arts or specialise in a GCSE in your chosen field. This course will suitable if you wish to learn more about the Performing Arts Industry.

“I really like this course. It has helped me to understand music in a new way. I was able to express my character through my compositions and my performances. It has really boosted my confidence.”

Photography
GCSE

Photography
GCSE

You will create a portfolio of coursework plus a final exam project. Students are required to study different photographers and artists and make cultural links, to experiment with different techniques and to produce a personal final outcome. The coursework will be a bespoke project, inspired by your own interests, while the set task is chosen from the exam paper. You will learn about both the technical and creative aspects of photography. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

You will create two projects. The coursework project is worth 60% of your final mark. The set task is worth 40%. You will have a controlled assessment at the end of your coursework project plus a 10-hour exam in the Spring term of Year 11 in which to complete one outcome for your set task project. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

To be successful on this course you will need to be enthusiastic and committed to the subject. You will be required to put in an extra three hours a week on top of your timetabled lessons. If you are a creative and motivated student this is a fantastic course for you. We will advise you whether this GCSE or the Level 1 option is the best route for you. 

What could this course lead to? 

Students who take this course can go on to study it at AS/A2 Level. This further opens up fantastic pathways to Art Foundation Courses and Degrees in the Arts.

Religious Studies
GCSE

Religious Studies
GCSE

Students study aspects of the beliefs and practices of two contrasting world faiths (Christianity and one other religion). You will also study contemporary ethical issues from both a religious and secular point of view. In doing so, you will consider religious and other attitudes towards abortion, euthanasia, relationships, human rights, and good and evil 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The course is assessed through examination only. There are three components: ‘Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World’ is assessed by a two-hour examination and is worth a total of 50% of the qualification; ‘The Study of Christianity’ has a one-hour examination and is worth 25% of the final qualification; ‘The Study of a World Faith’ is also examined by an exam of one hour and is worth 25% of the final qualification. The course is awarded with the 9-1 grading system. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

In order to do well in this subject, you must be interested in exploring the beliefs of others and be able to see things from different perspectives. You will need to have good written English as the exams are mostly essay based. 

What could this course lead to? 

Further study in Religious Studies in Sixth Form is possible. The key skills of analysis and structured argument are a good platform for study in other areas such as Law, Politics and History too.

“The GCSE is a great course. I really enjoyed looking at the different issues and learning about the different opinions out there. I especially liked ethics as it allowed me to express my views on some really great topics.”

Science
GCSE

Science
GCSE

This course covers the principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and topics covered include: Cell Level Systems: Organism Level Systems (Coordination, and Control & Maintaining Internal Environments); Ecosystems; Genes; Global Challenges; Particles; Elements; Compounds; Mixtures and Reactions; Matter; Forces; Waves; Electricity and Energy. Practical work is also heavily involved and enhances the theoretical ideas covered. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

Most students will start their GCSE course in Year 9. Content is split into 18 teaching topics with some practical skills topics that consists of a minimum of 18 practical activities. Students will sit six exams at the end of the three year course; each exam is 1 hour 10 minutes. The practical’s carried out during the course will account for 15% of the questions asked in the examinations. GCSE qualifications are now graded on the scale: 9–1, where 9 is the highest. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

If you are working at around Grade 3 or above in Year 9 this may be the course for you. All assessment is by means of exams which are taken at the end of the two-year course. Your teachers will recommend which Science course is suitable for you, taking into account your work in Year 9 and how likely you are to succeed on this course. 

What could this course lead to? 

Attaining a grade 5 or above will allow you to progress to further study at Sixth Form at Level 3 (BTEC Science). Attainment of a 5 at GCSE in Science is often a prerequisite for going to Sixth Form or college.

“There is a lot of practical work in this course. This is the course to do if you like Science and it will let me to do the courses I want to in Sixth Form.”

Science
Entry Level

Science
Entry Level

Students cover the basic ideas and principles of all three Sciences in this course. The emphasis is on applying the sciences in a useful way to everyday things. Much of the learning is practical based. 

How is the course structured and graded? 

The course consists of a number of small units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each unit has a short test and a ‘Can Do Task’. Assessment is by means of accumulating points from the short tests and tasks as well as a longer assessed practical. 

Will this course be suitable for me? 

If you are working at Grade 1+ this is the course for you. Your teacher will help advise you on what is the most suitable science course. 

What could this course lead to? 

By completing this course to a good standard you could then progress to studying GCSE Biology in the Sixth Form.

“I find that the short units and tests mean I can learn the material in a short time. I really like the practical work and tasks.” 

Spanish
GCSE

Spanish
GCSE

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based. Each theme contains different topics in which new vocabulary and grammar for the four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) are consolidated. Theme 1: Identity and culture (Topics: Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries). Theme 2: Local, national, international and global of interest (Topics: Home, town, neighbourhood and region; Social issues; Global issues; Travel and tourism). Theme 3: Current and future study and employment (Topics: My studies; Life at school; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions). 

How is the course structured and graded?

There is one exam in each skill (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) at end of Year 11. In particular, the course tests your ability to recall vocabulary for each topic and accurately apply grammar rules. You have to be able to communicate both written and verbally in addition to understanding short extracts of listening recordings and reading passages. Exams last for between 1 hour 15 minutes and 20 minutes depending on the paper. Higher Tier and Foundation Tier are available.

Will this course be suitable for me?

If you demonstrate good ability in Spanish at KS3 and you have genuine interest in the Spanish language and culture, then this course is for you. It will help develop your communication skills in the second largest language spoken in the world and give you confidence to travel to Spanish speaking countries.

What could this course lead to?

The ability to communicate in a foreign language is a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding. It is useful for travelling and working in an international environment. An awareness and accumulation of skills provides an excellent foundation to study Spanish at A Level. It is highly valued by both employers and universities.

“It is a useful language that looks good on your CV.”

Sport Science
Level 1/2

Sport Science
Level 1/2

You will learn about many aspects of Sport Science, particularly thinking about how the body works to enable humans to participate in sport and creating training programmes to improve sport performance. Time will be spent discovering how to recognise injury, deal with recovery and explore psychological factors that impact performance. You will also develop practical skills in fitness testing and training techniques. 

How is the course structured and graded?

This qualification is available in a four-unit Certificate form (equivalent to a GCSE). Three of the units are coursework based and externally moderated. The other unit is an exam that assesses your knowledge of injuries, prevention of injury and health and safety in sport. The first unit studied is Applying Principles of Training, then we prepare for the exam which is taken at the end of Year 10. In Year 11 you will study the Body’s Response to Exercise and finally Sports Psychology.

Will this course be suitable for me?

To be successful on this course, you need to have an enthusiasm for sport, be it playing, watching or just wanting to learn more about your body. The course involves quite a bit of writing, with PowerPoint presentations and practical lessons. You will not be just playing sport but learning how to analyse and recognise good practice. This course will give you a well-rounded view on sport from biological views to practical issues.

What could this course lead to?

Pupils taking this course have gone on to study sports related courses at Level 3 in our Sixth Form. Others have moved onto apprenticeships in the sport industry or employment in personal training.

“I found that this course really helped to improve my understanding of how the body works and the effect that sport has on it. It gave me confidence to talk to others about my subject and my knowledge of how to look after myself increased. I now have a clear idea of what I want to do in the future, thanks to this course.”