CORE SUBJECTS Up to 8 GCSEs without options: English English Literature or Media Studies Maths Statistics (taken in Y10) Science (2 or 3 GCSEs depending on pathway) PE (GCSE or BTEC) Non examined – PSE (including IT & Citizenship)
GCSE Science Two pathways: Dual Award Science = Core Science GCSE + Additional Science GCSE OR Triple Science GCSE: separate Science GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) taken at the end of Y11) - to take triple you must take this as an option Set 1 in each half year group should be taking Triple and all others should be taking Dual
WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE? 4 GCSE subjects from a choice of 20 OR 3 GCSE subjects + Triple Science OR 3 GCSE subjects + Additional English/Study Support Different pathways in PE including Dance Some students with special needs or on a Headstart college course may do fewer subjects but only by special arrangement
A BROAD, BALANCED CURRICULUM Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) Humanities (History, Geography, RS or Sociology) Technology (Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food Technology, Textiles, IT or Computer Science) Arts (Art, Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Dance within PE this year ) Plus ……. Business Studies, Economics, Child Development)
English Baccalaureate (EBacc) A performance measure for the school, not a qualification Not compulsory, but Ofsted take it into account when inspecting schools English, Maths, Science, History or Geography & a Language We don’t chase points at Queens’
THE OPTION COLUMNS (plus Hairdressing option after school) (A)(B)(C)(D) French German Spanish History Art Food Technology Graphic Products Textiles Resistant Materials Additional English & Study Support (not a GCSE) Geography History Religious Studies French German Spanish Art Performing Arts Computer Science Triple Science Geography Drama Music Food Technology Graphic Products Resistant Materials Child Development Business Studies IT Art Drama Music Geography History Sociology Religious Studies Business Studies/Economics Computer Science
Increased job opportunities With the growth of the European Union, there is a much greater need for people who have a foreign language 60% of all UK trade is with non English-speaking countries Learning a language can boost an average worker’s earnings by up to 20% Multi-national companies like employees to have an MFL Many universities like applicants to have an MFL
MFL Requirements All dual linguists must do an MFL Must achieve at least Level 5 by the end of Y9 if choosing MFL1 Must achieve at least Level 6 by the end of Y9 if choosing MFL2
BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE Business Studies is delivered over a period of two years Students follow the Edexcel GCSE with Assessment comprising 2 units – Year 10 – Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business Year 11 – Unit 2 - Building a Business 25% is Controlled Assessment task 75% is exam at end of Year 11
What does course entail ? Answers to questions such as -How do you start up a business ? -How do you make a business a success ? GCSE builds on TV programmes such as The Apprentice and The Dragon’s Den - with experience of real business at the heart of the course
Beyond GCSE ? Department offers opportunities at A level in - Economics - Accounting - Business Studies - Applied Business Each course offers opportunities for workplace visits and overseas trips
Why choose Business Studies ? On average today’s student is predicted to change jobs 17 times in their career At least one of those changes could well involve setting up their own business A basic understanding of business principles will equip students whatever their choice of career
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Food Graphic Products Resistant Materials Textiles
CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT Takes the form of an extended project under teacher supervision Over a period of 45 hours 60% is practical so students have approximately 27 hours to make a product which fits a specific brief 40% is a design folder which shows the development of their product from brief through to evaluation. Approximately 20 sides of A3 containing photographic evidence of the finished product as well as a record of its development during making.
EXAMINATION 40% tests the theoretical aspects of the subject Helped by a preparation sheet issued in March None of the courses are solely practical and students must be prepared to do written work
IMPLICATIONS Support from parents for the provision of fabric/materials and ingredients in Food - twice a week towards the end of the course Organisation - bringing in design folder and practical materials when required Meeting of deadlines so that the controlled assessment is completed in time Requires commitment from the student
A written paper (40%) 2 controlled assessments (60%) – 27 hours of supervised work Must study and visit a child under the age of five at least 6 times over 6 months CHILD DEVELOPMENT
COURSE CONTENT Planning a family Pre-conceptual care Pregnancy Preparations for the birth Birth Care of the Child Newborn babies Feeding and nutrition Hygiene Medical needs and childhood illness Development of the Child Physical Development Intellectual Development Emotional Development Social Development The Family
Graphic Design Computer Game Creation Web Site Authoring Data handling Further study at University
Computer systems and programming Written paper: Candidates answer all questions. 1.5 hours 80 marks 40% of the qualification Candidates answer all questions. Paper includes a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which will require candidates to write program code. Practical investigation Controlled assessment An investigative task Approx. 20 hours 45 marks 30% of the qualification Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR. Programming project Controlled assessment Approx. 20 hours 45 marks 30% of the qualification Candidates create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.
Programming App creation (eg mobile devices) Games Business Applications Systems Analysis Consultancy Networks – CCNA to CCIE Further study at University
Technical Types!User Friendly! ProgrammingUsing applications How the computer worksProducing ‘Products’ Computing Computer Science CiDA IT
GCSE Sociology Sociology is the study of culture, identity, inequality and social change
What do we study at GCSE? Process of socialisation Norms, values, roles, status and culture Copying/imitation, sanctions, role models, Agencies of socialisation Family, School, Peers, Religion, Media, Workplace Sociological research methods
Students study 3 from 6 possible in depth topics Family Education Mass Media Youth Work Crime and deviance Focus on social change, evidence for inequality and difference and explanations/theories
The exam 3 exam papers taken at the end of Y11 No coursework Paper 1. 1 hour Paper 2. 1 hour 30 min Paper 3. 1 hour Paper 3 based on pre release material 2 research studies looked at in school before the exam
Why study Sociology? New Interesting topics/ideas Helps you understand the world Challenges some ‘common sense’ assumptions about the world Helps you understand social change and inequality Introduction to social theories a good foundation for studying A level Politics, Psychology, RS, History and Sociology Develops extending writing/essay and evaluation skills
Is Sociology hard? Similar difficulty to history Some debate and discussion but you must be prepared to write extended answers and do lots of note taking Need to be organised having your own folders, plastic wallets and paper etc. No exercise books You will be expected to study really hard Tough but enjoyable
Don’t pick sociology because you couldn’t think of anything else to do!
OPTIONS FORM Options booklet final 2014-15\Page 31 Option Form.docx Options booklet final 2014-15\Page 31 Option Form.docx
CHOOSE CAREFULLY! Think about: Strengths Enjoyment Future ambitions Further advice ….. You are not alone!
TIMESCALE Mon 10 th Mar – Assembly, Parents Information Eve & distribution of booklets Mon 17 th Mar – Individual interviews begin Fri 28 th Mar – All options selected & signed forms with interviewers April – Checking of choices June – Confirmation of allocated subjects
WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN APRIL & JUNE? Selections are recorded You will be asked to check they are correct Group sizes are looked at Staffing is decided Choices may need to be changed Some students will be re-interviewed Notification of your final subjects in writing Last minute changes
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND? Before getting confirmation form – bring a letter from parent/carer to Mrs Clarke After confirmation of options but before end of Year 9 - bring the options change form or a letter from parent/carer to Mrs Clarke Within the first 2 weeks of Year 10 - bring a letter from parent/carer and signed by your teacher to Mr Vekaria In October or later – TOUGH! You’re too late.