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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 Literature Mathematics Science: Double Science or Biology/Chemistry/Physics Technology (DT Food / DT Product Design) Religious Education Information Technology (AiDA) PE …(Core PE which is not examined) Citizenship (Not examined) All of the examined subjects above have coursework… …except Religious Education and Mathematics All students study these subjects….and they all have a coursework element EXCEPT RE :

3 Optional Subjects Students choose 3 from
PE BTEC Sport Drama Music BTEC Performing Arts Business Studies BTEC Business Geography All of these subjects have coursework Art * 10. History 11. Textiles * 12. Photography * 13. BTEC Children’s Care French German * A maximum of 2 of these subjects These 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 EXCEPT RE :

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?

9 Coursework Timetable

10 Science in Year 10

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 Assessment All 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 assessment Module 3 (Number) – June Y10 Written Paper 27% of total assessment Module 5 (Algebra, Shape) – June Y11 Written Paper 55% of total assessment

16 KLP

17 English and English Literature
GCSE Coursework

18 English 1: Speaking and Listening 20% of final grade
Three tasks Throughout Years 10 and up to Spring Year 11 Individual extended contribution – usually a talk Drama based activity Group interaction

19 English 2: Reading and Writing 20% of final grade
1. Media 2. Original writing 3. 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 coursework Students given a ‘top sheet’ for each unit which explains assessment objectives Clear 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 for Students find it much more difficult to catch up once they have fallen behind Plagiarism – guidelines for using secondary texts and internet sites must be adhered to. Guidance has been given and is on display in classrooms One piece needs to be handwritten

23 How can we help? If students fall behind, get in contact!
Provide a memory stick Use the coursework booklet

24 Design & Technology Product Design Food Technology

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 skills Apply knowledge and understanding to a range of research, design, planning and making activities. Produce high quality products Understanding design influences from a historical perspective . Develop an understanding of industrial practices Use the computer to enhance their design & manufacture their work

27 SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT Written Paper: (2 Hours) 40% of the total marks. Summer 2010 One paper with two sections: Section A A design question based on theme/context (supplied before the exam) Section B Covers all aspects of the specification content Coursework (approx 45 hours) 60% of the total marks. Summer 2011 A 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 food Use drawing techniques & ICT to document information Identify trends in existing products Produce a detailed specification Modelling/trialling techniques to aid product development Use ICT/nutritional analysis Record chosen design ideas

29 SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT Internal assessment = 60%, external assessment = 40%, Examinations will be sat January & June 2011 4 UNITS Introduction 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 booklet Students can access /practise examination questions from the net. E.g.Technology student.com, exam board

31 Information Communication Technology

32 Contents What is Information Communication Technology (ICT)?
Course Content Timetable and Facilities

33 What is ICT? ICT is the use of computers to process and present information ICT also incorporates the use of generic software packages such as: Word Processing Web Design Spreadsheets Databases Presentation Software

34 Course Content The full course AiDA (Award In Digital Applications) is equivalent to one GCSEs Students will be expected to “Take Control” of their own work 1 pieces of coursework and NO Exam Planning Diaries Meeting deadlines Working at home and in school

35 Coursework Requirements
110 Pages 75 Pages

36 Timetable The full course is 4 lessons over a 2 week timetable Students will be expected to do at least 1 hour homework a week Facilities 500+ computers available for use It 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 Ahead Use 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

40 4. Hit interim deadlines to get feedback

41 5. Know the assessment criteria.

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 for No 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 – English Mr Daniel Carey - Mathematics Ms Bethan Riddick – Science Mr John Batchelor– Technology Mr James Russell – ICT Miss Georgina Rebello – Foreign Languages Mr John Goodchild – Geography Miss Felicity Preece – History Ms Sarah Hobbs – Art & Textiles Mrs Christina White - Photography Mr Martin Lee – Business Studies & BTEC Business Mrs Laura Davies – Music & BTEC Performing Arts Mr Simon Shorrock -Drama & BTEC Performing Arts Mr Carl Bennett – Physical Education & BTEC Sport Mrs Carrie Prosser– BTEC Children’s Care


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