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1 GCSE & BTEC Coursework Welcome to our Parents’ Information Evening. We hope you have an informative and interesting evening.
2 The KS4 Curriculum Core Subjects – all students study these subjects English Language and LiteratureMathematicsScience: Double Science or Biology/Chemistry/PhysicsTechnology (DT Food / DT Product Design)Religious EducationInformation Technology (AiDA)PE …(Core PE which is not examined)Citizenship (Not examined)All of the examined subjects above have coursework……except Religious Education and MathematicsAll students study these subjects….and they all have a coursework element EXCEPTRE :
3 Optional Subjects Students choose 3 from PEBTEC SportDramaMusicBTEC Performing ArtsBusiness StudiesBTEC BusinessGeographyAll of these subjects have courseworkArt *10. History11. Textiles *12. Photography *13. BTEC Children’s CareFrenchGerman* A maximum of 2 of these subjectsThese all have coursework elements in them, the weighting of coursework varies from 20% to 60%.For subjects like Science, Mathematics coursework is around 20% of the assessment.BUT for subjects such as Art, textiles and Design technology Subjects, the coursework element is 60%.With 10 or more GCSE subjects to study, coursework needs very careful planning and good organisation , which not all teenagers have!This evening we are going to try and provide you with some special advice from subject leaders in the school and some general advice on what you can do to support your children.
4 BTEC First Certificate Equivalent to 2 passes at GCSE at grades A*-C.Provide a more vocational, practical approach.Good for students who prefer continual assessment rather than a final examination.100% coursework.Not allowed to take more than 2 BTEC courses.All students study these subjects….and they all have a coursework element EXCEPTRE :
5 Weighting of coursework Varies from 20% - 100%With 10+ GCSE’s/BTEC’s – careful planning!Record GCSE results – successful strategies.
6 This evening Some special advice from Subject Leaders in the school. Some general advice on what you can do to support your children.(Mr Holdsworth – Year Leader)
7 Plagiarism and Cheating You can encourage your child to do well and provide them with access to resource materials.You must not put pen to paper - you must not write the coursework!You can discuss the project with them but you must not give direct advice on what they should or should not write.Teachers can provide guidance on what should be included in coursework projects. They can also explain what they will be looking for when they are marking the project. But the teacher cannot tell students exactly how to do the work – the point of coursework is for your son or daughter to work independently. If your child is not sure how to complete their coursework then encourage them to speak to their teacher to get help. You can also suggest particular books that they might read or show them how to search the internet for relevant information. You should also encourage your child to use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout their coursework.Encourage your child to use their own words as much as possible. If they do want to quote or refer to others' work, tell them to use quotation marks and references. If your child is unsure on how to reference different sources then their teacher should be able to provide examples of good and bad referencing. By referencing their sources correctly your child will avoid being accused of cheating.How is cheating detected?Most coursework is marked by your son or daughter's teacher and then checked by the exam board. Since teachers are familiar with their students' work as well as books on specific subjects, they will be able to tell if the student did not do the work or if the work was copied from another source.Encourage your child to complete their work honestly and follow the rules. By taking the time to complete their coursework your child will learn to study independently, research different topics and present different types of projects. These skills will all be valuable when they go to university or enter the world of work.What happens if a student breaks the rules?There are a number of things that could happen. The relevant exam board decides which action is appropriate, but the student may not receive a mark for the work, be disqualified from the whole qualification or part of it, or be barred from entering a qualification with a particular exam board for a period of time.Finally...Coursework takes time and effort, and because it counts towards your child’s final grade it is important that they do as well as they can. You can help by providing a quiet place to work, encouraging them to do their best and hand their work in on time.
8 Students can refer to research, quotations or evidence but they must list their sources. The sources could be anything – books, internet sites, television programmes.Students must not plagiarise, copy or purchase essays or collude with anyone else. This is considered to be cheating and could lead to your son or daughter being disqualified.Are students allowed to quote from books or the internet?
11 The Courses All students are studying AQA Science courses. The majority are studying Science A this year and will move on to Additional Science in Year 11. A small group will study Additional Applied Science in Year 11.Approximately 40% of the year are studying the 3 separate sciences over the 2 years.
12 AssessmentAll students will sit 6 x 30min multiple choice tests during Year 10, 3 (Biology 1b, Chem 1a, Phys 1a) in November , 2 in March (Chem 1b, Phys 1b)and 1(Bio 1a) in June.In addition there will be a Centre-assessed unit (25%) based on normal class practical work
13 Coursework Not really coursework! Carried out in lessons. Practical skills assessed (PSA)Exam Board set investigative activity (ISA), carried out in 1 lesson and then questions on it in the next.
14 GCSE Mathematics GCSE Mathematics B (4307). This syllabus has no coursework elements. It is examination only.Foundation gives grades (C to G)and Higher (A* to D).
15 Modules Module 1 (Data Handling) – 13th Nov Y10 Written Paper 18% of total assessmentModule 3 (Number) – June Y10Written Paper 27% of total assessmentModule 5 (Algebra, Shape) – June Y11Written Paper 55% of total assessment
18 English 1: Speaking and Listening 20% of final grade Three tasksThroughout Years 10 and up to Spring Year 11Individual extended contribution – usually a talkDrama based activityGroup interaction
19 English 2: Reading and Writing 20% of final grade 1. Media2. Original writing3. Prose text *4. Shakespeare **also assessed for English Literature
20 English Literature 30% of final grade (3) Prose text *(4) Shakespeare *5 C20th Drama*also assessed for English
21 Organisation of written coursework Topics and precise timings set by class teachers.Most of Year 10 lesson and homework spent on courseworkStudents given a ‘top sheet’ for each unit which explains assessment objectivesClear guidelines are given in class (task and title details, what needs covering, expected word count etc)Interim deadlines for each unit are given by class teachers – a date by which first draft must be handed in and a subsequent date by which the final piece must be completed.Final deadline: January 2011
22 What to watch out forStudents find it much more difficult to catch up once they have fallen behindPlagiarism – guidelines for using secondary texts and internet sites must be adhered to. Guidance has been given and is on display in classroomsOne piece needs to be handwritten
23 How can we help? If students fall behind, get in contact! Provide a memory stickUse the coursework booklet
25 Design & Technology AQA Product Design (4 lessons a fortnight) OCR Food Technology (4 lessons a fortnight)Homework 1 hour per week
26 PRODUCT DESIGN“The generation, development, & testing of a physical object or service”.Develop creativity and entrepreneurial skillsApply knowledge and understanding to a range of research, design, planning and making activities.Produce high quality productsUnderstanding design influences from a historical perspective .Develop an understanding of industrial practicesUse the computer to enhance their design & manufacture their work
27 SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENTWritten Paper: (2 Hours) 40% of the total marks. Summer 2010One paper with two sections:Section AA design question based on theme/context (supplied before the exam)Section BCovers all aspects of the specification contentCoursework (approx 45 hours) 60% of the total marks. Summer 2011A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks.The development of a manufactured outcome and concise design folder
28 Food Technology“The fresh approach to the science, manufacturing, and handling of foods”Identify how cultural issues have an influence on food products lifestyles.Understand how sustainabliity impacts on the manufacture of foodUse drawing techniques & ICT to document informationIdentify trends in existing productsProduce a detailed specificationModelling/trialling techniques to aid product developmentUse ICT/nutritional analysisRecord chosen design ideas
29 SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENTInternal assessment = 60%, external assessment = 40%,Examinations will be sat January & June 20114 UNITSIntroduction to designing and making(Folio/practical – 30% - 20hours -Year 10)Sustainable design(January exam - 20% - 1 hr exam – Year 10)Making quality products(Folio/practical - 30% - 20 hours - Year 11)Technical aspects of designing and making(June exam - 20% -1 hr 15mins – Year 11)
30 What can we do? Coursework catch up sessions: Exemplar coursework KLP If students fall behind, get in contact!Use of coursework bookletStudents can access /practise examination questions from the net. E.g.Technology student.com, exam board
32 Contents What is Information Communication Technology (ICT)? Course ContentTimetable and Facilities
33 What is ICT?ICT is the use of computers to process and present informationICT also incorporates the use of generic software packages such as:Word ProcessingWeb DesignSpreadsheetsDatabasesPresentation Software
34 Course ContentThe full course AiDA (Award In Digital Applications) is equivalent to one GCSEsStudents will be expected to “Take Control” of their own work 1pieces of coursework and NO ExamPlanningDiariesMeeting deadlinesWorking at home and in school
36 TimetableThe full course is 4 lessons over a 2 week timetableStudents will be expected to do at least 1 hour homework a weekFacilities500+ computers available for useIt would be helpful to have a computer at home but not essential
37 Ten Top Tips 1. Don’t leave it late Most problems arise when students have left too much to do at the end….so make an early start.Things don’t always go smoothly and this gives you much more time to get help and feedback from teachers.
38 2. Plan AheadUse a wall planner showing deadlines
39 3. Set up a working area No distractions! It isn’t really possible to concentrate on coursework with the television on or an MP3 player plugged into your ear. If students have a computer in their bedroom, it would be better if they
42 6. Provide access to a computer and the Internet Colour Printer
43 7. Prioritise Coursework it is part of the qualification.
44 8. Work-Life balance!Allocate enough time, early enough and don’t overdo it.Don’t write words when you are asked forNo late nights…no missing sports, make sure that you get some relaxation.
45 9. Finish all coursework early so that you begin preparations for exams.
46 10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help Seek help early. If you are under pressure talk to your tutor. Get subject help
47 Our Subject Leaders in Attendance this evening are : Ms Penny Anderson – EnglishMr Daniel Carey - MathematicsMs Bethan Riddick – ScienceMr John Batchelor– TechnologyMr James Russell – ICTMiss Georgina Rebello – Foreign LanguagesMr John Goodchild – GeographyMiss Felicity Preece – HistoryMs Sarah Hobbs – Art & TextilesMrs Christina White - PhotographyMr Martin Lee – Business Studies & BTEC BusinessMrs Laura Davies – Music & BTEC Performing ArtsMr Simon Shorrock -Drama & BTEC Performing ArtsMr Carl Bennett – Physical Education & BTEC SportMrs Carrie Prosser– BTEC Children’s Care