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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

3 Optional Subjects Students choose 3 from 1.PE 2.BTEC Sport 3.Drama 4.Music 5.BTEC Performing Arts 6.Business Studies 7.BTEC Business 8.Geography All of these subjects have coursework 9. Art * 10. History 11. Textiles * 12. Photography * 13. BTEC Children’s Care 14. French 15. German * A maximum of 2 of these subjects

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.

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.

8 SSSStudents can refer to research, quotations or evidence but they must list their sources. The sources could be anything – books, internet sites, television programmes. SSS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.

9 CourseworkCoursework Timetable Timetable CourseworkTimetable

10 Science in Year 10 2009-10

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) – 13 th Nov Y10 Written Paper 18% of total assessment Written Paper 18% of total assessment  Module 3 (Number) – June Y10 Written Paper 27% of total assessment Written Paper 27% of total assessment  Module 5 (Algebra, Shape) – June Y11 Written Paper 55% of total assessment 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 1. Individual extended contribution – usually a talk 2. Drama based activity 3. 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 C20 th Drama 5 C20 th 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 “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 Food Technology

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, exam board


32 Contents 1.What is Information Communication Technology (ICT)? 2.Course Content 3.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 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 Timetable

37 Ten Top Tips 1. Don’t leave it late

38 2. Plan Ahead 2. Plan Ahead Use a wall planner showing deadlines

39 3. Set up a working area No distractions!

40 4. Hit interim deadlines to get feedback

41 5. Know the assessment criteria.

42 6. Provide access to a computer and the Internet

43 7. Prioritise Coursework

44 8. Work-Life balance!

45 9. Finish all coursework early so that you begin preparations for exams.

46 10. Don’t be afraid to ask for 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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