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									OUTLINE OF KEY STAGE 4 COURSES
      AND OPTION CHOICES
             2010
                                      INTRODUCTION

This booklet aims to give you, the student, and your parents/carers, information about the courses
available to you in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), and guidance in considering and making
decisions about the choices available to you.
You are now about to make decisions concerning the combination of courses, or pathway, that you
wish to follow in the next two years. This forms part of your broader future 14-19 and beyond.
When you look at the choices available to you, you must consider the following:

   1. Some of these courses are compulsory, in other words, you must follow them. In many
      other cases you have options between a number of courses. Make sure you know which
      courses are which!

   2. Think about your choices as part of your 14-19 pathway. You need not make decisions
      about what you want to do post-16 at this stage, but you must make sure that you do choose
      a pathway that keeps options open for you when you come to making further choices at Key
      Stage 5; don‟t drop subjects that you may need later. Use the Connexions Library for
      research and ask for an interview with a Personal Advisor, via Mrs Smith, if you need more
      advice.

   3. Think about your preferred learning styles and read very carefully the information on the
      following pages.

   4. Think about your sanity and your stress levels. Education is not about collecting the highest
      number of qualifications possible, it is about studying courses that you enjoy, find interesting,
      and can do well in. Look carefully at the coursework and final examination requirements for
      each subject; does your pathway have a good balance in terms of workload? Is it right for
      you?

   5. Think about the commitment you are making when you decide your pathway. You will need
      to ensure you continue to develop good study habits; use the library, your teachers and
      parents/carers to help you make the best use of your ability.

   6. Don‟t pre-judge your own ability! If you are well-organised, committed and positive, and if
      you take advantage of the support and help available to you, you will surprise yourself on
      what you can achieve.

   7. Employers and Higher and Further Education institutions will be interested in your effort and
      achievement in the core subjects. Beyond that, they will expect you to have a good, all-
      round education; they will expect you to be enthusiastic and well-motivated; and they will
      want to know how much effort you have put into your courses and the success you have
      gained.

When you think about your pathway, you should use the following to guide and advise you:

 your form tutor

 your subject teachers and Learning and Achievement Co-ordinator

 the Connexions Personal Advisors

 anyone else who can offer helpful advice and enable you to make the right decisions for you.

Friends‟ advice is useful, but remember – they‟re not you! Above all, make sure your decisions are
informed ones. Good luck!
                                     QUALIFICATION ROUTES
                                                      Degree
Level 4




           Higher National Diploma
                                                   Foundation Degree                   NVQ Level 4
                   (HND)




                                                                               NVQ Level 3
          AS and A Levels                      Edexcel (formerly BTEC)         (Including Advanced
Level 3




          International Baccalaureate          National Diploma                Modern Apprenticeships
                                                                               and Technical Certificates)




                                                                  Level 2 Diplomas
                                                                   Engineering
                                          Key skills Level 2
          GCSEs and Applied                                        Hair & Beauty Studies
          GCSEs Grades A* - C             Certificate of
                                                                   IT
Level 2




                                          Personal
                                          Effectiveness            Environmental & Land Based Studies
                                                                   Creative & Media
                                          BTEC Work                Sport & Active Leisure
                                          Skills Level 2           Construction & Built Environment
                                                                  City and Guilds Certificate:
                                                                   Engineering Level 2




                                                                  Level 1 Diplomas
                                          Key skills Level 1       Hair & Beauty Studies
Level 1




          GCSEs and Applied               Certificate of           Environmental & land Based Studies
          GCSEs Grades D -G               Personal                 Creative and Media
                                          Effectiveness           Level 1 City & Guilds
                                          BTEC Work                Basic Construction Skills, Performing
                                          Skills Level 1              Engineering Operations (Plumbing
                                                                      and Electrical
                                          Woodworking             City & Guilds Certificate:
                                                                     Basic Engineering Level 1
                                                                  CLAIT




                                        Start here and work your way up

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OPTION CHOICES
In the choices that follow, you will find some courses with the flavour of the world of work,
especially with the 10 hour and 15 hour options. These courses are just as rigorous and
demanding as the traditional 5 hour options, but they offer more opportunities for in-depth study
and, in some cases, practical work, because they are 10 and 15 hour options. They also require
particularly high levels of commitment as they will occupy a large amount of your timetable.
Diplomas, in particular have a high content of rigorous academic study and theory work.

Whichever option you choose, you will find:

      The same rigour (there are no easy options).
      Opportunities to achieve the same number of Level 1 or 2 qualifications.
      Opportunities to progress to Level 3 in the sixth form or elsewhere.

Look at all the pathways open to you, and choose carefully!



5 hour Options                                          10 hour Options

Art and Design                                          Certificate in Engineering (Level 1 and 2)
Business and Communication Systems
Business Studies                                        15 hour Options
Catering
Child Development
Drama                                                   Basic Construction Skills, Performing Electrical
                                                        Operations (Plumbing and Electrical) Level 1
Food Technology
French                                                  Construction & Built Environment Higher Diploma
Geography
German                                                  Creative and Media Foundation and Higher
Graphic Products                                        Diploma
Health and Social Care
                                                        Engineering Higher Diploma
History – Schools History Project
History – World                                         Environmental & Land Based Studies Foundation
Industrial Technology                                   and Higher Diploma
ICT
Key skills: Certificate of Personal Effectiveness       Hair & Beauty Studies Foundation and Higher
                                                        Diploma
Leisure and Tourism
Music                                                   IT Higher Diploma
Physical Education
Resistant Materials                                     Sport & Active Leisure Higher Diploma
Spanish
Systems and Control
Textiles                                                For more information about diplomas you must
                                                        read pages 5 and 6.
Woodworking
Work skills




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                                The Curriculum Pie Chart

                       Choose this combination (4 x 5 hour options)


                        Hours per fortnight of curriculum time
                                                       5 hours
                                                       Option 1


                                                                  5 hours
                                                                  Option 2




                                                                    5 hours
       30 Hours Core                                                Option 3




                                                              5 hours
                                                              Option 4




If you choose a 10 hour option your                If you choose a 15 hour option your
      pie chart will be different                        pie chart will be different

        Choose this combination                            Choose this combination
(1 x 10 hour option + 2 x 5 hour options)          (1 x 15 hour option + 1 x 5 hour options)




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More about diplomas:
What are Diplomas?
        A new type of qualification for 14-19 year olds and they are one of the three main options alongside
         GCSEs, A levels and Apprenticeships
        They offer a stepping stone for young people aged 14-19 and more choice of courses and learning
         pathways
        They have been developed by schools, colleges, universities and employers working together and
         are based around a particular employment sector

They help young people gain the:

        qualifications they need for work, college and university, and
        skills and knowledge needed by employers and higher education

At Cedars the following diplomas are available:

What subjects do they cover?

        Construction and the Built Environment                 Hair and Beauty Studies
        Creative and Media                                     Information Technology
        Engineering                                            Sport and Active Leisure
        Environmental and Land-Based Studies

More diploma subjects are being developed and will be available in the future.

Your Questions Answered

Are there different levels of a Diploma?                    Will Diploma be valued by employers?
There are three levels of Diploma                           Employers, schools and higher education have
     Foundation Diploma – Level 1 –                        been working together to develop Diplomas to
        equivalent to 5 GCSEs grades D-G                    help meet the needs of business. Young people
     Higher Diploma – Level 2 – equivalent to              will get the skills, knowledge and understanding
        7 GCSEs grade A*-C                                  they need for work.
     Advanced Diploma – Level 3 –
        equivalent to 3.5 A levels
For KS4 students at Cedars, diplomas are
available at Level 2 (and, in some cases, Level 1)         Will Diplomas be accepted by universities?
                                                           Universities will regard the Advanced Diploma as
                                                           broadly equivalent to 3.5 A levels. Colleges and
                                                           universities know students should have the kind of
                                                           knowledge and skills they are looking for, both for
Will my teenager study other subjects?                     relevant degree subjects and for higher level
Alongside the core curricular subjects your                study
teenager can choose from a range of optional
subjects. For example a student studying for a
Diploma in Construction and the Built
Environment might choose a more specialist
subject like surveying.                                    What could a Diploma lead to?
Or they could broaden their course by studying a           Foundation and Higher Diploma students can
language or science. In addition to these they will        continue with their education or take new skills
also complete a project and spend at least 10              into a job that offers further training. They can
days with an employer.                                     study for the next level of a diploma or take a
                                                           different type of qualification like GCSEs, A levels
                                                           or an apprenticeship. Doing a Diploma does not
                                                           necessarily mean a young person can
How long does it take to complete a Diploma?               automatically go into a job.
It generally takes two years to complete a
Diploma at three days a fortnight.
                                                       5
 3. Additional Learning                                                         4. Specialist Learning
 Opportunity for young person to make                                           Opportunity for young person to study
 course broader by studying a different                                         in more depth. For example studying
 qualification, for example a GCSE in another                                   complementary and alternative health
                                                                                therapies as part of the Hair and
 option subject
                                                                                Beauty Studies Diploma



2. Project                                            What does a                 5. Functional skills
All young people will complete a                    Diploma involve?
project about what interests them                                                 A young person will learn practical
and to show what they have                                                        skills in English, Maths and ICT.
understood                                                                        They will also learn about Personal
                                                                                  Learning and Thinking skills which
                                                                                  help young people to work in teams
                                                                                  and think creatively. This is the
                                                                                  same for all Diplomas
  1. Principal Learning
  A young person will gain knowledge
  about an employment sector. For
  example, a Diploma in Engineering                       6. Work Experience
  enables a young person to understand                    Each young person will
  the key features of engineering                         experience a minimum of 10
                                                          days specifically targeted
                                                          work experience

                                             Diploma assessment
  Diplomas are made up of different parts. A young person will do a mixture of practical assessments and
  exams. Look at the chart below to see what happens at different levels.
  The diploma is a total package, so it incorporates elements from other options and from core subjects.
  These are the ingredients:

                                                                        Level 1 diploma            Level 2 diploma
                                      Where, when
                                                                          assessment                 assessment
1.
Principal learning                                                   Practical assessments      Practical assessments
= Main subject           At main venue (named school or Central      and 1 exam                 and 1 exam
(e.g. engineering)       Bedfordshire College); 3 days a fortnight
2.
                                                                     Foundation project         Higher project
Project
3.                       At home school as part of options
Additional learning      timetable (e.g. a GCSE option)
(e.g. a GCSE in          Students must make an additional level 1    Level 1 assessment         Level 2 assessment
another subject as       or 2 learning choice from options           (e.g. GCSEs)               (e.g. GCSEs)
part of options          subjects available. (nb: GCSE counts as
choices)                 a level 1 and 2 course)

                         At main venue as part of extended day
4.
                         on 1 of the 3 days a fortnight. Students
Specialist                                                           Several forms of assessment depending on course
                         can choose this to extend their principal
learning
                         learning
5.                       At home school, taught to all students as
                                                                     Functional skills in literacy and numeracy exam in
Functional skills        part of ordinary maths and English
                                                                     year 11 for all students; ICT exam in year 9 with
(Literacy, Numeracy,     lessons; students at Cedars follow the
                                                                     opportunity to resit
ICT)                     functional skills ICT course in year 9
6.
                         In world of work                            Minimum 10 days over the 2 years
Work experience
Achieving all of
these is equivalent                                                  5 GCSEs (grade D-G)        7 GCSEs (grade A*-C)
to...


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                                                                        CORE COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (30 Hours)

                             Subject                                                    Qualification                               Hours per fortnight   Page    Choice   Code

    English AND English Literature                              2 GCSEs (Language and Literature)                                            6             10               E
    Mathematics                                                 1 GCSE                                                                       6             11               M
    Science                                                     1,2 or 3 GCSEs                                                               9             12               S
    Personal, Social and Religious Education                    1 GCSE (Philosophy and Ethics)                                               5             13              Pr
    Core Physical Education                                                                                                                  4             14              Pe
                                                                                                                                      Total 30 hours

                                                                                 OPTIONS CHOICES (20 Hours)
    5 HOURS                                                                                             10/15 HOURS
    Each of the following courses is 5 hours per fortnight                                              Each of the following courses is 10/15 hours per fortnight.

              Course                    Qualification             Page     Choice    Code                        Course                  Qualification    Page    Choice    Code
     MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
                                                                                                        You may take only ONE of the following courses:
     French                    GCSE                                30                  F
                                                                                                        10 HOURS
7




     German                    GCSE                                32                 Gn                Certificate in            City & Guilds Award
                                                                                                                                                            26               En
     Spanish                   GCSE                                48                 Sp                Engineering               Level 1 and 2

     DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY                                                                              15 HOURS
     You may not take these combinations                                                                Basic Construction
                                                                                                        Skills, Performing
                                                                                                                                  City & Guilds Level 1     17               Bu
                                                                                                        Engineering Operations
               Resistant Materials and Industrial Technology
                                                                                                        (Plumbing & Electrical)
               Food Technology and Catering
                                                                                                        Construction & Built
     Catering                  GCSE                                20                 Fs                                          Higher Diploma            22               C
                                                                                                        Environment
     Food Technology           GCSE                                29                 Ft                                          Foundation and Higher
                                                                                                        Creative and Media                                23/24              Cr
                                                                                                                                  Diploma
     Graphic Products          GCSE                                33                 Gr
                                                                                                        Engineering               Higher Diploma            27               Ed
     Industrial Technology     GCSE                                41                  Ip               Environmental & Land      Foundation and Higher
                                                                                                                                                            28               Lb
     Resistant Materials       GCSE                                47                 Rs                Based Studies             Diploma
                                                                                                                                  Foundation and Higher
     Systems and Control       GCSE                                49                 Sy                Hair & Beauty Studies                             34/35              Hb
                                                                                                                                  Diploma
     Textiles                  GCSE                                52                 Tx                IT                        Higher Diploma            40               Id
     Woodworking               BTEC (through Work Skills)          53                 Cj                Sport & Active Leisure    Higher Diploma          50/51              Pd
    5 HOURS Continued….
                                                                                     HOW TO COMPLETE THIS FORM:
                Course                 Qualification          Page   Choice   Code
                                                                                        Select your first choice of options subject. You may choose
    BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND ICT
                                                                                         any subject.
    You may not take these combinations:
             Business and Communication Systems with CLAIT and ICT                     Write 1 in the box next to your first choice.
    Business Studies                GCSE                       19              Bs
    Business and Communication                                                          Select your second choice of option subject. Write 2 in its
                                    GCSE                       18              Bt        box.
    Systems with CLAIT
    ICT                             GCSE                       39              It
    Work Skills                     BTEC                       54             Ws        Select your third choice of option subject. Write 3 in its box.
    HUMANITIES
                                                                                        Continue until you have made SIX selections. The last two
    You may not take these combinations:                                                 or three choices will be your reserves.
             History (Schools Project) and History (World)
    Child Development               GCSE                       21             Ch
    Geography                       GCSE                       31              G
    Health and Social Care          Applied GCSE               36             Hc     Student Name:
8




    History (Schools History
                                    GCSE                       37              Hs
    Project)
    History (World)                 GCSE                       38             Hw
    Key skills: Certificate of      ASDAN Level 1 or                                 Form:
                                                               42              Ks
    Personal Effectiveness          Level 2
    Leisure and Tourism             GCSE                       43              Lt
    CREATIVE AND EXRESSIVE ARTS                                                      SIGNATURES:
    Art and Design                  GCSE                       16              Ad
    Drama                           GCSE                       25              Dr    Student:
    Music                           GCSE                       44             Mu

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
                                                                                     Parent(s)/Carer(s):
    Physical Education              GCSE                       45              Px
                                    ½ GCSE (Short
    Physical Education                                         46              Pt
                                    Course)
                                                                                     Tutor:
COMPULSORY CORE SUBJECT




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Course Title         English and English Literature

Qualification and
Exam Board           2 GCSEs A*: 116 points                  C: 80 points            WJEC

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School

Course               This course builds on previous knowledge of English at KS3 developing skills in
description          reading, writing, speaking and listening.




What will I learn?   You will study: a Shakespeare play, a novel written before 1914, a variety of poetry.
                     You will also look at various media texts including: films, leaflets, extracts from
                     newspapers and magazines. You will develop skills and submit coursework in different
                     types of writing. A variety of assessed Speaking and Listening tasks will be set,
                     including individual presentations, group work and drama based activities. For the
                     exams, you will prepare to answer questions on: a novel written after 1914, a play
                     written after 1914, unseen poetry, passages for comprehension, a variety of writing
                     tasks. It will be very important for you to concentrate on becoming an effective and
                     accurate writer.

What are the         Not applicable
entry
requirements?




How will I be        There will be written and oral coursework. Writing will be started in lessons and
assessed?            continued for homework - sometimes for periods of several weeks. This means that
                     organisation and self-motivation will be very important.
                     Speaking and Listening coursework makes up 20% of the GCSE English grade. 30%
                     of the English Literature GCSE depends upon coursework results.
                     GCSE English: Two 1 hour papers and 1 controlled assessment.
                     Each exam tests skills in a variety of reading and writing tasks.
                     GCSE English Literature: Two 2 hour papers and 1 controlled assessment.

What are the         You may wish to purchase your own GCSE texts.
costs?


Post-16              GCSE English Language at grade C or above is a requirement for entry to all degree
opportunities        courses and many careers.
                     With GCSE English Language and Literature at grade B or above, students will be able
                     to study AS Level English Language, English Literature or Film Studies in the Cedars
                     Sixth Form.

Other
Information




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Course Title         Mathematics

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE             A*: 58 points           C: 40 points             OCR

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School

Course               The course builds upon previous knowledge of maths at KS3 developing skills in
description          number, algebra, shape, space, measures and handling data. In Years 10 and 11 you
                     continue to follow the National Curriculum for mathematics at either the Foundation or
                     the Higher tier. Both lead to you gaining GCSE grades and both cover similar topics but
                     in different depths.
                     All students are taught in mathematics groups that are made up of students with similar
                     ability. There are opportunities for stretching the more able students and supporting the
                     weaker students in each group.

What will I learn?   The National Curriculum divides Mathematics into Attainment Targets, which are:
                     Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures, Handling Data. A strand of Using and
                     Applying Mathematics runs through all the attainment targets to enable you to see how
                     to use the work in real life.
                     Functional skills is now an integral part of the maths curriculum enabling you to become
                     independent in your thinking about maths and to use the maths you learn to solve a
                     wide range of problems.

What are the         Not applicable
entry
requirements?

How will I be        Exam :
assessed?            Two papers each lasting 2 hours at the end of Year 11. One paper is non-calculator
                     and one a calculator paper.

                     There is no coursework. Coursework was removed from Mathematics GCSE in
                     September 2007. However, the skills needed for problem solving will now be
                     incorporated into the exam.


What are the         Optional costs:
costs?                       Revision Guides £4.00
                             Revision courses as available
                     You must have all maths equipment including a calculator for all lessons.

Post-16              Most employment and Higher Education courses require GCSE Mathematics at grade
opportunities        C or above.
                     It is profitable to study maths at AS/A2 as research shows that people with A Level
                     maths earn more than their contempories.
                     With GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above, students will be able to study AS Level
                     Mathematics, or Financial Studies in Cedars Sixth Form.
                     With GCSE Mathematics at grade A* or A, students will be able to study Further
                     Mathematics A Level..

Other
Information


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Course Title        Science

                    1, 2, or 3 GCSEs                                                  AQA
Qualification and   1 GCSE:      A*: 58 points               C: 40 points
Exam Board          2 GCSEs : A*: 116 points                 C: 80 points
                    3 GCSEs: A*: 174 points                  C: 120 points

Delivery
Location            Cedars Upper School

General             In Year 9 you have already begun the Core Science B qualification from AQA. This
description of      course will be 40 -50% complete by June of 2010.
courses to be
offered from        However as the time progresses you will have the opportunity to opt for different
June 2010           courses.

                    There are four routes planned the timing of which will allow for transfer between some
                    of the routes should that be necessary at a later date.

                    Route 1 Core Science B Additional Science  Separate Science in Biology,
                    Chemistry and Physics leading to 3 GCSEs in the three separate sciences
                    Route 2 Core Science B  Additional Science leading to 2 GCSEs in total.
                    Route 3 Core Science B  Additional Applied Science leading to 2 GCSEs in total
                    Route 4 (Entry Level Science)  Core Science  Higher Project Qualification leading
                    to 1 GCSE and 1 ½ GCSE equivalent (HPQ)

                    The immediate options that will be offered are as follows and you should refer to other
                    sheets provided by the science department for more detail.

                        1. One group of students will be invited to take the Entry Level/ Core
                           Science/HPQ route (Route 4) based on prior attainment and performance
                        2. All other students will follow Core Science (Routes 1, 2 3).

                    Later this year in late March/early April we will seek your ideas on which of the routes
                    1, 2 or 3 you wish to follow to give us numbers to plan groups.

                    The first group to be set up will be Route 1, a fast track Core/Additional /Triple group
                    sitting Core exams in Jan of year 10 (2011), Additional in Jan of year 11(2012) and the
                    Separate Science exams in June of year 11 (2012). These timings are provisional as
                    we wish you to have the opportunity to run at your own pace and have the flexibility to
                    change groups or courses. (There may also be a slower group for this option being
                    examined in June of year 10.) These groups will be running after the May half term in
                    2010. The Science Staff will advise as to whether this is a viable option based on
                    performance in the normal Science Module Tests up to March. We will encourage the
                    highest achievers to take this route.

                    For other students, in the latter half of the Autumn Term 2010 we will seek your ideas
                    on whether you will wish to do the Core/Additional Science, Route 2, or Core/
                    Additional Applied Science, Route 3. This will allow us to plan for opening these groups
                    when the Core Science is completed in April of year 10 (2011). You will all be examined
                    in Core Science in June of year 10 (2011). However you will have the chance to
                    transfer to Route 1 if your priorities and performance change.

                    For more details see the detailed sheets on each course to be offered.

                    If you have any queries please contact the Dr. Everett, Team Leader, Science
                    preferably by email on g.everett@cedarsupper.beds.sch.uk or on 01525 219330.

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Course Title         Personal, Social and Religious Studies

Qualification and    GCSE      A*: 58 points                 C: 40 points            OCR
Exam Board           (Philosophy and Ethics)
Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               The examined part of the course focuses on religion and the religious views of
description          believers. The approach is often discussion based although you will be expected to do
                     some quality written work to show what you have learnt.
                     You are encouraged to develop your own opinions concerning topical issues. It is
                     useful to keep up with what is happening in the news.




What will I learn?   The GCSE course includes modules based on Philosophy and Ethics. For each of the
                     modules you will be expected to complete an essay and an exam practice question the
                     marks of which will be recorded on a grade tracking sheet to help you and your teacher
                     to monitor your progress.




What are the         Not applicable
entry
requirements?




How will I be        The assessment will be done on a modular basis, with 4 x 1 hour papers in total.
assessed?
                     Two papers will be taken in the summer term of Year 10, one after Christmas in Year
                     11 and the last one in the summer term of Year 11, thus spreading things out a bit.




What are the         None
costs?



Post-16              With a grade B or above you will be able to study AS and A2 Religious Studies in the
opportunities        Cedars Sixth Form.



Other                As you progress through the course, you will set targets based on your report grades.
Information




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Course Title         Core Physical Education

Qualification and
Exam Board           No formal exam qualification is attached to this course

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               You will participate in a set curriculum, which will offer a wide range of activities chosen
description          from National Curriculum areas. All lessons are practically based 4 x 1 hour sessions
                     per fortnight.
                     The aims of the curriculum are that students become successful learners, confident
                     individuals and responsible citizens. The PE programme of study provides
                     opportunities for students to become independent enquirers, creative thinkers, team
                     workers, self managers, effective participators and reflective learners.



What will I learn?   You will learn how to develop a strong commitment to sport, understand what you are
                     trying to achieve and how to go about it. You should understand how sport contributes
                     to a healthy and active life style and give you the confidence to get involved in sport.
                     You should develop new skills and be able to apply them to a range of different sporting
                     situations. With time you should be able to make appropriate decisions and show a
                     desire to improve. You should improve your stamina, suppleness and strength and
                     enjoy your PE lessons.



What are the         Not applicable
entry
requirements?



How will I be        Self and teacher assessment at the end of each unit.
assessed?




What are the         None
costs?



Post-16              Preparation for a healthy lifestyle.
opportunities



Other                Please ensure you have:
Information               Indoor and outdoor kit as listed in the school prospectus.
                          Shin pads for hockey and football.
                          A gum shield is strongly recommended for all contact sports.
                          Navy Blue tracksuit for cold weather.
                     View the school website for full range of kit and health and safety details.

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                                  OPTION CHOICES




Warning!
The organisation of this programme is a very complicated business and sometimes we cannot provide everyone's
choice. For example, the number of people choosing a course may be too small or too large, or a particular
combination of subjects chosen cannot be timetabled.

This is why we have asked you to choose more subjects than you will actually be taking (your reserves). Some of
you may have to adjust your choices at a later stage. We hope that this will not happen, but we cannot rule out the
possibility. Choose your reserves carefully!




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Course Title         Art and Design

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points              EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               A range of projects, materials techniques and approaches will be used to enable you to
description          cover the assessment objectives of the syllabus.
                     As well as the expected emphasis upon your own practical work you will need to show
                     an understanding of other artists and cultures through written notations (using a visual
                     vocabulary), alongside visual images and sketches.
                     Your understanding will be mostly expressed by making connections between your own
                     work and that of other artists and designers.

What will I learn?   You will learn about the creative experience and how to develop, explore and realise an
                     idea or ideas in a final piece of work. This is achieved by fulfilling the assessment
                     objectives which are:
                            Analysing and evaluating works of art.
                            Developing and exploring ideas, media and processes.
                            Recording observations, experiences and ideas.
                           Presenting a personal response that makes informed connections with the
                            work of others.
                     Your coursework includes all of your work, both class work and homeworks, which are
                     set weekly.

What are the         Successful completion of KS3 art and design course.
entry                An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
requirements?
How will I be        All your coursework, controlled assignments and examination completed in Years 10
assessed?            and 11 will be assessed using the above assessment objectives. You will undertake a
                     controlled coursework assessment task in Year 10 and another in Year 11. These will
                     form your “Personal Portfolio”, which, together with other coursework, accounts for 60%
                     of your overall mark.
                     You will also sit a terminal test which consists of a ten-hour practical exam following an
                     8-week taught period where you will have researched, developed and explored a set
                     theme.
                     The marks for the preparation and the terminal exam together account for 40% of the
                     marks.
What are the         A range of sketchbooks, pencils and paints are available for you at discounted prices
costs?               within the department. The use of a conventional or digital camera is useful for
                     gathering and recording visual images and ideas.
Post-16              The department offers a further course at AS and A2 Level which provide a visual
opportunities        education to many sixth form students, and provides the opportunity for students to go
                     on to a range of degree level courses from the vocational (applied design specialisms)
                     to fine art.
                     It is desirable, but not essential to study Art GCSE in order to continue at A Level.
                     If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE you will
                     be interviewed by the Art Team.
Other                You are welcome to use the department outside the set lessons at lunchtimes and after
Information          school. The department facilities include 4 teaching studios, a pottery, a dark room and
                     two seminar rooms for small group work.



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Course Title
                Basic Construction Skills, Performing Engineering
                Operations (Plumbing & Electrical)
                Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills:
                75 points (equivalent to 3 E/F Grades)
Qualification                                                                    City & Guilds
and Exam
Board           Level 1 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (Plumbing
                & Electrical): 168 points (equivalent to 6 E Grades)
                                                                                 City & Guilds

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School and Central Bedfordshire College

Course          You will study a variety of trade specific elements in different areas of construction.
description     There is some theory but this is a practical qualification that will provide a range of
                multi-skills and basic skills that can lead you on to a trade career. This is a 15 hour
                course.


What will I     Core units will include
learn?           Health and Safety.
                 Working Safely
                 Working Efficiently
                 Using and Communicating Technical Information
                 Developing yourself and Working with Others
                 A variety of units covering a variety of construction trades

What are the    You will be expected to have a good record of attendance and positive behaviour at
entry           school. Entry will be subject to an interview, a project and a report from school.
requirements?



How will I be   You will be continually assessed through out the course on assignments and practical
assessed?       work. A portfolio will be developed throughout the course which will be submitted for
                verification prior to accreditation.




What are the
costs?


Post-16         On successful completion of the course, you can go on to do one of the trade specific
opportunities   City and Guilds courses. Alternatively, you could gain employment in the construction
                sector or an Apprenticeship scheme.


Other           You will require Personal Protective Equipment PPE – Safety Boots and an overall.
Information




                                                17
Course Title         Business and Communication Systems with CLAIT

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE             A*: 58 points            C: 40 points               AQA

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               The aims of this course are to provide you with a broad understanding of a
description          business/office environment. The course will develop communication skills through
                     responses to business problems. There is a heavy bias towards practical computer
                     work.




What will I learn?   The subject content includes:
                            The business environment.
                            Workplace organisation.
                            Human resources.
                            Communication.
                            ICT in the business environment and computer applications.


What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be        1 x one hour theory paper and 1 x one hour 30 minutes practical paper + a piece of
assessed?            coursework completed under controlled conditions.
                     5+ computer-based practical assessments at intervals throughout the second year of
                     the course for the CLAIT qualification.



What are the
costs?



Post-16              AS/A Level courses are available in Both Business Studies and Economics together
opportunities        with an Applied Business A level.
                     It is desirable, but not essential to study Business Studies GCSE in order to continue at
                     A Level. If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE
                     a grade B in English would be preferable. To study Economics at A Level a grade B in
                     English and Mathematics would be preferable.

Other                A Level 1 CLAIT qualification is available as part of this course.
Information          CLAIT = Computer Literacy and Information Technology.




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Course Title         Business Studies

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               The aim of this course is to give you an understanding of the dynamics of small
description          business activity. The course will take you through the steps necessary to develop an
                     idea and spot an opportunity which can be turned into a successful business.




What will I learn?   The course comprises an introduction to small business, an investigation into a small
                     business and consideration of the functional areas of business such as marketing,
                     finance and human resources.




What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be        One 45 minute exam with 25% of the marks in Year 10.
assessed?            One controlled conditions assessment worth 25% of the marks in Year 10.
                     One 90 minute exam with 50% of the marks in Year 11.




What are the
costs?



Post-16              AS/A Level courses are available in both Business Studies and Economics together
opportunities        with an Applied Business A Level.
                     It is desirable, but not essential to study Business Studies GCSE in order to continue at
                     A Level. If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE
                     a grade B in English would be preferable. To study Economics at A Level a grade B in
                     English and Mathematics would be preferable.

Other
Information




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Course Title    Catering
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE             A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             WJEC
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          The course concentrates on the main areas of Food Production and Food Service.
description     There will be plenty of opportunity to develop practical skills.
                The course allows students to develop their critical thinking skills and to manage a
                range of resources in order to develop products which are suited to the needs of
                individuals and the catering industry.




What will I        About the catering industry structure and how to adapt to technological advances
learn?             Health and Safety
                   Knowledge of nutrition and the relationship between diet and health
                   How to adapt recipes to suit those who have specific dietary needs
                   How to manage resources and the importance of cost effectiveness
                   To select suitable dishes to suit the needs of customers in a multi-cultural society
                   How to work individually and communicate as part of a team
                   To develop your ability to evaluate and show creative and aesthetic appreciation of
                    Food
What are the    Builds upon knowledge from Key Stages 1-3 Design and Technology
entry           You must have an interest, aptitude, enthusiasm for this subject and an enjoyment of
requirements?   Food.




How will I be   COURSEWORK – 60% Internal assessment
assessed?       40% from 2 practical assessments (15% and 25%)
                20% from work experience project
                Coursework will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

                WRITTEN EXAM – 40%
                2 levels of entry, Foundation (grades G – C) and Higher (grades D – A*)


What are the    Ingredients to regularly participate in practical work.
costs?

Post-16
opportunities   Progression opportunities directly into employment, to further learning within
                employment and to further study options.


Other           Students will be required to undertake their year 11 work experience in a suitable
Information     venue. This will enable them to experience catering in an industrial or larger scale
                situation for their coursework assessment (20% of the exam).
                You may also wish to consider the Work Skills or Key Skills options as a good
                combination of subjects.



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Course Title         Child Development

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE             A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               This course offers an opportunity for you to learn about the development of children
description          from conception to the age of five. It is about families and learning what is good
                     parenting, not about „girls having babies’. Lessons are varied and include class-based
                     activities, experimental work, investigative assignments, discussions and exam focused
                     teaching.
                     Subject Content:
                           Parenthood – the family, planning for a family.
                           Pregnancy.
                           Diet, health and care of the child.
                           Development of the child.
                           Support for the parent and child.

What will I learn?   You will learn how to:
                             Observe and interact with young children.
                             Carry out individual, original research.
                             Explore and investigate the needs of young children.
                             Use ICT to present your coursework assignment.
                             Apply the skills learnt in coursework to the examination paper.


What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?


How will I be        Unit 1   Written paper 1½ hours:           40%
assessed?
                     Unit 2   Research Task:                  20%
                              This task will be completed under supervision
                              within the classroom.

                     Unit 3   Child Study:                       40%
                              This will involve studying a child over a period of 4 – 6 months.

What are the         Students are requested to provide 2 x A4 ring binders, 1 for class notes and 1 for Child
costs?               Study.
                     Students are also strongly recommended to purchase a GCSE Revision Guide at the
                     beginning of year 10 (cost £4.50).

Post-16              This Key stage 4 option can lead to courses at Key stage 5 including Health and Social
opportunities        care, pre nursing and other child-care qualifications.


Other                It is essential that any student wishing to take this course has access to a child aged
Information          between 6 months and 5 years to observe and visit regularly for 6 months.




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                     Construction and the Built Environment
Course Title
                     Higher Diploma
                     Level 2
                     Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C
Qualification and
Exam Board
                     grades)
                     Project: 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A*-C grade)
                                                                 EDEXCEL
Delivery
Location             Central Bedfordshire College
                         1.   Principal Learning: Designing, creating, valuing and using the built environment
                         2.   Additional and Specialist Learning: Practical Construction skills
Course
description              3.   Generic Learning: A Project, Functional Skills and Personal Learning and
                              Thinking Skills
                         4.   Work Experience – Minimum 10 days
                     The major learning of this Diploma is centred around three themes, which are
                     designing, creating and valuing and using the built environment.
What will I learn?   This includes how solutions to needs are designed; what processes are involved in
                     creating buildings and structures; the value and uses of those buildings and structures;
                     and the impact they have on communities and individuals.
                     A genuine interest in studying an applied, rather than a practical or craft, programme
                     designed to be the first step towards a career as a surveyor, an architect, facilities
What are the         manager or a quality surveyor.
entry                You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
requirements?        ks3. You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at
                     the start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with
                     the course.
                     Most of the work for the Principal Learning and the Additional and Specialist Learning
                     will be internally set and marked, i.e. continuous assessment.
How will I be        There will be a small amount of external assessment for the Principal Learning and
assessed?            Functional Skills tests are externally set and marked.
                     The Project will be marked by your teachers but will be externally moderated.

                     There may be a modest charge for personal protective equipment required for the more
                     practical components of the Additional and Specialist Learning, such as basic Plumbing
What are the         and Brickwork skills.
costs?               A small contribution may also be required towards the costs of visits to national
                     exhibitions or large construction sites, such as those involved in preparation for the
                     London Olympics in 2012.
                     Successful completion of this Diploma can lead to:
                         1.   The Advanced Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
Post-16                  2.   A Construction apprenticeship
opportunities            3.   Employment with training e.g. as a Quantity Surveyor
                         4.   University to study Construction Engineering or Architecture
                         5.   A levels in other subjects in the sixth form
                     It is important that candidates understand that this is mostly a classroom-based
                     programme of applied learning designed to be the first step on the ladder to becoming
Other                a surveyor or a facilities manager. Although you will be taught some practical
Information          Construction skills, this is not the course for you if you are interested only in becoming
                     a Bricklayer.



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                Creative and Media
Course Title
                Foundation and Higher Diploma
                Level 1 (Foundation)
                Principal Learning: 102 points (equivalent to 5 D - G grades)
Qualification   Project: 7 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE D-G grade)
and Exam        Level 2 (Higher)
Board           Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
                Project: 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A*-C grade)
                                                                    EDEXCEL

Delivery        Cedars Upper School, Central Bedfordshire College and
Location        Manshead Upper School
Course          You should ideally be very motivated, hands-on, independent and passionate about the
description     world of the arts in all its many forms. You should have a desire to learn about many
                areas of the Creative & Media industry through a variety of settings. You will be given a
                breadth of exposure to both visual and performing arts during the two year course.
                They will be encouraged to look at how different art forms are interrelated and
                understand the importance of promotion and marketing of the arts through various
                media. You will participate in various work-related activities throughout the two years
                and have opportunity to work alongside professionals/practitioners to develop your
                skills.
                To answer any questions on how the diploma works as a qualification, you must read
                the introductory section of the Options booklet, pages 5 and 6, and the brochure on this
                diploma subject.
What will I     You will develop subject knowledge in many different art forms, ie Music, Dance,
learn?          Drama, 2D Art, 3D Art and many more. You will need to keep a „Process Portfolio‟
                throughout the entire course, providing evidence of your knowledge gained, but also to
                highlight the development of your functional skills. You will become successful in
                working alongside real professionals and therefore it is hoped that your independence
                and confidence will increase throughout the duration of the course. The key Personal,
                Learning and Thinking Skills that you will be developing are: Independent enquiry;
                Creative thinking; Reflective learning; Team working; Self-management; Effect
                participation.
What are the    We will expect you to have the skills and maturity to learn in a variety of different
entry           places, e.g. other schools, colleges and the workplaces.
requirements?   Level 1
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
                Level 2
                You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
                ks3. You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at
                the start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with
                the course.
How will I be   Principal learning and project
assessed?       Students will need to complete several tasks throughout the course, all of which
                must be evidenced in an overall ‘Process Portfolio’.
                All students will need to complete the 7 units as follows:
                     1) Scene- this unit allows you to expand your existing knowledge of the local arts
                         scene within your area. This will include exploring the cultural and media
                         opportunities that are already on offer and then finding the gaps in your area
                         where some more opportunities might be possible. You will study at least two
                         different art disciplines, for example, theatre and sculpture, and also have a
                         chance to develop your skills within these areas. You will present your findings
                         in the form of a „local arts guide‟.


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How will I be       2) Performance- this unit will develop your skills in the field of performance. This
assessed?              does not mean that you will be performing for the entire unit, but it is a unit that
                       offers you the chance to work with others to plan, develop and eventually
(continued)
                       perform your own production. Again, you are required to study at least two
                       different art disciplines, maybe dance and music, or drama and dance, or some
                       students may prefer to look at design and back-stage skills. Your final
                       assessment will be the production along with your planning & developing work
                       which should be submitted in a portfolio.
                    3) Artefact- this unit allows students to research artefacts from two different art
                       disciplines, for example stage props and 2-D art work. Students will then
                       understand the process of creating an artefact, plan and then create their own
                       piece which is used as the assessment object. Students will need to realise the
                       importance of keeping an on-going journal/sketch book which can be submitted
                       in the process portfolio at the end of the unit.
                    4) Record- this unit requires students to investigate the range of medium that
                       enables a professional to record the work of others, this will need to be a
                       minimum of 2 art disciplines, however the range of mediums covered may well
                       be more, for example, Creative Writing, Live Video, Audio Records, etc. The
                       medium will need to be able to record a style of art work- possibly a dance
                       piece. Students‟ work will be monitored and evaluated throughout all stages of
                       the process and will be displayed as a final document in the process portfolio.
                    5) Campaign- this unit explores the many methods in which people use the
                       creative and media industries to promote work or sell a product. The students
                       will be required to focus on a certain audience and will need to investigate at
                       least two art forms when doing this unit. They will then need to work in a team
                       to conduct a campaign and analyse the effectiveness of the results.
                    6) Festival- this unit allows the students opportunity to learn about the festival as
                       a means of celebrating and presenting art/performance work. Students will look
                       at local and national festival events/organisations, investigate the funding and
                       marketing aspects and then work with fellow students to organise and carry out
                       their own festival. All planning work will need to be evidenced in the process
                       portfolio.
                    7) Project Report- all students are required to complete this unit which enables
                       them to evaluate one of the units from the following list: units 2, 3 or 4. They
                       will need to understand how their work is perceived by other people- therefore
                       they are required to take primary and secondary research in this field. This
                       exam is submitted as a written document to the examination board.

What are the    Travel costs between different schools/colleges will be covered by your school.
                To answer any questions on assessment for all other sections of the diploma as a
costs?          The additional cost of read the galleries/theatres will the Options booklet, pages
                qualification, you mustvisiting artintroductory section of need to be covered by you. 5
                and 6, and the brochure on this diploma subject.


Post-16         Students who study this course will need to realise that they are gaining a level 1 or 2
opportunities   qualification and therefore it will offer them the very same opportunity as any other level
                1 or 2 course (GCSE for example).
                This means that students who study the Creative and Media Diploma will be able to
                                              th
                continue their studies into 6 Form or College courses like any other student of their
                age group.
                Students could also look to study the Creative and Media Diploma at Level 3 (A Level
                equivalence) if they decide that they wished to continue studying through the style of
                applied learning that integrates work experience and a range of art disciplines.
                Universities have recognised the Diploma and are willing to accept candidates with the
                qualification- realising the strength of the course.
Other           Students need to realise that this course will be delivered through a consortium not just
Information     their „home school‟- therefore it is quite possible that students will be travelling to other
                local upper schools and even the chance of working in a local college if necessary for a
                particular unit.




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Course Title         Drama

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE             A*: 58 points             C: 40 points              EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               You will develop practical skills of performing and understand the roles of costume,
description          make-up, lighting and sound, within the theatre.
                     You will be required to write about theatre, studying a text in relation to live theatre and
                     demonstrating an understanding of the whole theatrical process.
                     You must be able to co-operate and be willing to perform in front of others.
                     This course is not about “learning to act”, but more about learning through Drama as
                     well as enhancing performance skills. It‟s about building your confidence and working
                     in teams.

What will I learn?   You may study a number of the following:
                     Devising scripted performance
                     Theatre in Education
                     Improvisation
                     Set
                     Costume
                     Make-up
                     Properties
                     Masks
                     Lighting

What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?



How will I be        The course is split into two papers.
assessed?            Paper 1 consists of two teacher-led assessments which are both supported by written
                     coursework (60%).
                     Paper 2 is a performance, devised or scripted, in front of an external examiner. This is
                     worth 40% of the overall GCSE.




What are the         There will be at least one or two visits to the theatre which you are required to attend as
costs?               part of the course.
                     Prices will be confirmed, in writing, prior to each visit.


Post-16              This course leads naturally into the GCE Drama and Theatre Studies A Level course.
opportunities        It is desirable, but not essential to study Drama GCSE in order to continue at A Level.
                     If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE you will
                     be interviewed by the Drama Team.

Other
Information




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Course Title    Engineering Certificate
Qualification   City and Guilds
and Exam
Board           Level 2 is equivalent to 3 GCSEs at Grade C: 120 points
Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This is a vocational course that aims to give you a recognised qualification in the
description     workplace. It prepares you for safe work in an engineering environment.
                There are two levels.
                Level 1 is achieved by you in Year 10.
                Level 2 is achieved in Year 11.
                This is a 10 hour option with a pass at level 2 being equivalent to 3 GCSEs at B grade.
                You should demonstrate an interest in Engineering during year 9. You must
                demonstrate that you are capable of safe behaviour in the workshop.

What will I     You will learn a wide range of Engineering knowledge and skills. You will demonstrate
learn?          that you are capable of working safely and with proper regard for other people you work
                with.




What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be   Assessment is through application in both practical and theory lessons. The balance of
assessed?       theory and practice is 50/50.
                Workshop tasks involve making set products to the City and Guilds drawings.
                Theory involves making regular progress working on individual tasks for your Student
                Folder. This work is assessed as part of your award.
                To gain full certification for any level all work must be completed.
                There is one global on-line exam in Year 10 (core unit) and two in Year 11. All other
                units are assessed through short answer tests.

What are the    A contribution towards the costs of materials will be requested.
costs?


Post-16         You may wish to proceed to a Modern Apprenticeship in a place of work where you
opportunities   gain NVQs.
                In the Sixth Form AS/A Level Product Design is an option for you if you gain Level 2.


Other           This is a 10 hour option.
Information     Unlike Industrial Technology there is no design content in this course. The certificate in
                Engineering is more practical based than Engineering Diploma and therefore aimed at
                students who prefer a more „hands on‟ subject.




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Course Title    Engineering Higher Diploma
                Level 2
Qualification   Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
and Exam
Board           Project: 29 points(equivalent to ½ GCSE A* - C grade)
                                                                                   EDEXCEL
Delivery
Location
                Cedars Upper School and Central Bedfordshire College

Course          The engineered world: looks at the importance of engineering in the modern world
description     and the impact it has on the way we live our lives.
                Discovering engineering technology: introduces principles such as design,
                materials, electronics systems, maintenance and manufacturing.
                Engineering the future: what makes innovations succeed, how new materials
                contribute to design, how to develop and launch new ideas.

What will I     In the engineered world you will learn about the different engineering sectors and
learn?          engineering‟s diverse role.
                In discovering engineering technology you will learn how to use software packages
                and systems to design and manufacture engineering products.
                In engineering the future you‟ll learn about the relationship between innovative
                engineering design and business success.

What are the    A genuine interest in studying an applied, rather than a practical or craft, programme
entry           designed to be the first step towards a career within a specialist area of engineering
requirements?   such as aeronautical, building services or mechanical engineering.
                You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
                ks3.
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
How will I be   Most of the work for the Principal Learning and the Additional and Specialist Learning
assessed?       will be internally set and marked, i.e. continuous assessment. There will be a small
                amount of external assessment for the Principal Learning and Functional Skills tests
                are externally set and marked. The Project will be marked by your teachers but will be
                externally moderated.

What are the    There may be a modest charge for personal protective equipment required for the more
costs?          practical components of the Additional and Specialist Learning, such as basic turning
                and milling skills.
                A small contribution may also be required towards the costs of visits to national
                exhibitions or large engineering projects, such as Terminal 5 at Heathrow or to
                advanced manufacturing sites like Toyota in Derbyshire
Post-16         It is intended that successful completion of this Diploma will lead to:
opportunities         1. The Advanced Diploma in Engineering or
                      2. A Engineering apprenticeship or
                      3. Employment with training e.g. as a CAD/CAM Technician or
                University to study in your chosen area of Engineering e.g. electrical and electronic or
                automotive engineering
Other           It is important that candidates understand that this is mostly a classroom-based
Information     programme of applied learning designed to be the first step on the ladder to becoming
                an engineering technician or a professional engineer. Although you will be taught some
                practical skills, this is not for you if your Maths is weak and you dislike academic work.



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Course Title    Environmental and Land-based Studies
                Level 1 (Foundation)
                Principal Learning: 102 points (equivalent to 5 D - G grades)
Qualification   Project: 7 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE D-G grade)
and Exam        Level 2 (Higher)
Board           Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
                Project: 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A*-C grade)
                                                                    EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location        Queensbury School, Dunstable

Course          The Diploma combines academic and practical learning to give students the knowledge
description     and skills they need for success in for further education or employment within the
                Environment and Land – based sector. It will appeal to students who have an interest in
                a wide range of topics from caring for animals, wildlife, to environmental conservation
                and sustainability

What will I     The ELB Diploma has 3 main themes: The role of plants and animals in today‟s society,
learn?          developing the sustainable environment and the productive and working environment.
                You will cover topics such as managing waste, the impact of people on the
                environment, plant and animal nutrition, welfare and breeding.
What are the    The school will expect you to have the skills and maturity to learn in a variety of
entry           different places, e.g. other schools, colleges and the workplaces.
requirements?   Level 1
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
                Level 2
                You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
                ks3.
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
How will I be   Principal learning and project
assessed?
                Level 1 – 4 Units internally assessed, 1 external assessment

                Level 2 – 7 Units internally assessed, 1 external assessment

                Project to be announced

What are the    There will be a charge of £50 as payment for protective clothing and it is a requirement
costs?          that this must be paid before you can be accepted on the course.



Post-16         Further education or employment opportunities in the Environment and Land –based
opportunities   sector. We have a link with Shuttleworth College for learners to move on to Advanced
                level Diploma.

Other           The course will be based at Queensbury school with a range of off – site work related
Information     learning opportunities built into the course; this may require a start before the beginning
                of the school day on occasions.



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Course Title    Food Technology
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          The course provides opportunities for you to develop Design and Technology capability
description     by applying knowledge and understanding of Food Technology when developing ideas,
                planning and making products and evaluating them.

                It is an ideal course for anyone who has a passion for preparing and cooking food and
                wants to learn more about food and the food industry.



What will I     Within this course you will learn how to analysis and evaluate existing products and
learn?          industrial processes, develop ideas, plan and produce products, recognise health,
                moral, cultural and environmental issues.

                In Year 11 you will produce a major coursework project. This involves designing,
                making and developing food products in answer to a design brief and presenting a
                design folder
                .
                Students are encouraged to use ICT as much as possible.
What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?



How will I be   Coursework project making up 60% of mark.
assessed?       This will be produced during class work and homework.

                Written exam counts for 40% of total mark
                In March students will receive a preparation paper that will set the theme for the exam.
                Revision lessons will then be structured around the focus.


What are the    Folder and revision guide plus cost of practical ingredients.
costs?

Post-16         AS and A2 Food Technology may be studied at consortium of schools. Many local
opportunities   colleges offer catering courses post 16.
                It is desirable, but not essential to study Food Technology in order to continue at
                A Level.
                If you wish to take up this subject at A level without having studied it at GCSE you will
                be interviewed by relevant staff.
Other           You are expected to participate in all practical sessions. Good time management is
Information     essential.




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Course Title    French
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          You will be working towards developing your ability to use the foreign language as an
description     effective use of spoken and written communication. Using a wide variety of listening,
                speaking, reading and writing activities, you will learn to:
                       Cope with the sort of language required in everyday situations.
                       Hold a conversation with a foreign person on a topic of mutual interest
                        (holidays, school life, etc).
                       Express yourself appropriately in more general contexts (making requests,
                        apologising, complaining).
                       Send simple written messages and letters to people in a foreign language and
                        understand public announcements and notices in authentic situations.

What will I     You will develop your receptive skills (listening to and reading the target language).
learn?          Communicate in the written and spoken medium.




What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be   You will be assessed throughout the course in Speaking and Writing. Reading and
assessed?       Listening are examined at the end of Year 11.




What are the    A study visit to France is usually available in Year 11.
costs?          The cost would normally be in the region of £400-450.



Post-16         It is essential to study French at GCSE to be able to take this subject at A Level. A
opportunities   minimum level of grade B is preferable in order to continue at A Level.



Other
Information




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Course Title         Geography

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             AQA

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               This course includes a variety of topics, with a balance between Physical and Human
description          Geography, and it includes the interaction between people and the environment.




What will I learn?       1. Physical Geography – 3 topics from the following list will be chosen:
                            The Restless Earth; Rocks, Resources and Scenery; Challenge of Weather
                            and Climate; Living World; Water on the Land; Ice on the Land; The Coastal
                            zone.

                         2. Human Geography – 3 topics from the following list will be chosen:
                            Population Change; Changing Urban Environments; Changing Rural
                            Environments; The Development Gap; Globalisation; Tourism.

What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?


How will I be        Coursework makes up 25% of the final GCSE marks. You complete one piece of
assessed?            coursework, which is usually done during the summer term in Year 10. All students
                     need to take part in local fieldwork, organised by the Geography Department, in order
                     to collect information for their coursework. The coursework involves both work in class
                     time and homework.
                     The exams make up 75% of the final GCSE mark. There are 2 written papers at the
                     end of the GCSE course. There are questions on each of the Physical and Human
                     Topics, and also questions relating to Geographical skills including O.S. Mapwork.
                     There are 2 tiers of papers:
                     Higher Tier                Grades A* - D
                     Foundation Tier            Grades C - G
What are the         About £10 for fieldwork costs to cover transport and insurance.
costs?



Post-16              Students should preferably achieve at least grade B at GCSE Geography to study AS
opportunities        Level Geography in Year 12, leading to A2 Level Geography in Year 13.



Other                Ask your Geography teacher if you need any other information.
Information




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Course Title         German

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             AQA

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               You will be working towards developing their ability to use the foreign language as an
description          effective use of spoken and written communication. Using a wide variety of listening,
                     speaking, reading and writing activities, you will learn to:
                            Cope with the sort of language required in everyday situations.
                            Hold a conversation with a foreign person on a topic of mutual interest
                             (holidays, school life, etc).
                            Express yourself appropriately in more general contexts (making requests,
                             apologising, complaining).
                            Send simple written messages and letters to people in a foreign language and
                             understand public announcements and notices in authentic situations.

What will I learn?   Develop your receptive skills (listening to and reading the target language).
                     Communicate in the written and spoken medium.




What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be
assessed?            You will be assessed throughout the course in Speaking and Writing. Reading and
                     Listening are examined at the end of Year 11.




What are the         A study visit to Germany is usually available.
costs?               The cost would be in the region of £400 + pocket money.
                     You have the choice of travelling in October or February.


Post-16              It is essential to study German at GCSE to be able to take this subject at A Level. A
opportunities        minimum level of grade B is preferable in order to continue at A Level.



Other
Information




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Course Title    Graphic Products
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE             A*: 58 points             C: 40 points              AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This course aims to cover the requirements of Design and Technology with an
description     emphasis on graphic techniques and the production of graphic products.




What will I     During year 10 you will develop your skills in graphic techniques and the design
learn?          process building a sound knowledge base.

                In Year 11 you will apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to undertake a
                project which you will follow through from the initial concept to the final solution as a
                model or prototype.




What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be   Coursework 60%
assessed?       You will produce a single project comprising a design folio and a three dimensional
                outcome (a model or prototype). The project will occupy approximately 40 hours of
                classroom time together with study and research undertaken at home.
                Written paper 40%
                The written examination will consist of a single 2 hour written paper with questions
                based on a design context given to you in advance of the examination.


What are the    A contribution towards the cost of project materials may be requested.
costs?

Post-16         A minimum level of grade B in a Design and Technology subject is preferable if you
opportunities   wish to study AS Product Design.
                AS/A2 Product Design forms a natural progression from GCSE Graphic Products.
                Product Design can be studied with an emphasis on Graphics, Resistant Materials or
                Textiles depending on personal preference.
Other           Drawing offices and computer aided drawing facilities will be available for use during
Information     most lunch times.




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Course Title
                 Hair and Beauty Studies Foundation Diploma
Qualification
and Exam Board   Level 1
                 Principal Learning: 102 points (equivalent to 5 D – G grades)
                 Project: 7 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE D – G grade)
                                                                           City and Guilds
Delivery
Location         Central Bedfordshire College

Course           Employability: How hair and beauty businesses operate, plus personal presentation,
Description      hygiene and wellbeing. Learn the principles of basic hair, beauty and nail treatments
                 and routines – along with historic and cultural differences
                 Customer interaction: Learn communication skills from client consultation to
                 managing expectations, as well as promotion and selling by recommendation.
                 Introduces basic business systems and processes in a salon reception
                 Creativity and innovation: Investigate how personality, culture, race, gender, fashion
                 and religious influences can be expressed through hairstyles, skin care and make-up
                 techniques. Learn the importance of innovation in hair and beauty product design


What Will I      The hair, beauty and related industry is fast paced and ever changing as it keeps up
Learn?           with fashion. You will learn some history of the industry about the roots of the” Bob”
                 and the impact of icons such as Mary Quant with the “paint box makeup”.
                 You will investigate what‟s involved in running a salon, nail bar, barbershop or spa and
                 the importance of customer relations in this service industry.
                 You will develop your own personal presentation skills, values, attributes and attitudes
                 to work in the six industries that make up the hair and beauty sector.
                 You will also discover the range of rewarding career opportunities that exists within
                 these industries.


What are the     You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
Entry            start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
Requirements?    course.

How Will I be    Most of the work for the Principal Learning and the Additional and Specialist Learning
Assessed?        will be internally set and marked, i.e. continuous assessment. There will be a small
                 amount of external assessment for the Principal Learning and Functional Skills tests
                 are externally set and marked. The Project will be marked by your teachers but will be
                 externally moderated.

What are the     There may be a modest charge for your uniform required for the more practical
Costs?           components of the Additional and Specialist Learning.
                 A small contribution may also be required towards the costs of visits to national
                 exhibitions or professional competitions such as the L‟Oreal Colour Trophy to see the
                 industry working first hand.
Future           It is intended that successful completion of this Diploma will lead to:
Opportunities              1. The Higher Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies
                           2. An NVQ in Hairdressing, Beauty, Holistic or Spa Therapy
                           3. A Hairdressing or Beauty apprenticeship
Other            It is important that candidates understand that this is mostly a classroom-based
Information      programme of applied learning. Although you will be taught some practical skills, this
                 will not provide you with a qualification to be a Hairdresser or Beauty Therapist




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Course Title    Hair and Beauty Studies Higher Diploma
                Level 2
Qualification   Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
and Exam
Board           Project : 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A* - C grade)
                                                                          City and Guilds
Delivery
Location        Central Bedfordshire College

Course          Employability: How hair and beauty businesses operate, plus personal presentation,
description     hygiene and wellbeing. Learn the principles of basic hair, beauty and nail treatments
                and routines – along with historic and cultural differences
                Customer interaction: Learn communication skills from client consultation to
                managing expectations, as well as promotion and selling by recommendation.
                Introduces basic business systems and processes in a salon reception
                Creativity and innovation: Investigate how personality, culture, race, gender, fashion
                and religious influences can be expressed through hairstyles, skin care and make-up
                techniques. Learn the importance of innovation in hair and beauty product design
What will I     The hair, beauty and related industry is fast paced and ever changing. You will
learn?          discover the benefits and challenges of working within the sector prior to entering
                potential employment and the importance of key legal health and safety requirements.
                You will study basic anatomy and physiology linked to the delivery of basic hair, skin
                and nail services.
                You will understand how personality as well as cultural, racial, gender, fashion and
                religious influences can be expressed through the use of make-up and skincare
                techniques and recognise the importance of communication skills in building a
                successful career
What are the    A genuine interest in studying an applied, rather than a practical or craft area
entry           You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
requirements?   ks3.
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
How will I be   Most of the work for the Principal Learning and the Additional and Specialist Learning
assessed?       will be internally set and marked, i.e. continuous assessment.
                There will be a small amount of external assessment for the Principal Learning and
                Functional Skills tests are externally set and marked.
                The Project will be marked by your teachers but will be externally moderated.
What are the    There may be a modest charge for your uniform required for the more practical
costs?          components of the Additional and Specialist Learning.
                A small contribution may also be required towards the costs of visits to national
                exhibitions or professional competitions such as the L‟Oreal Colour Trophy to see the
                industry working first hand.
Post-16         It is intended that successful completion of this Diploma will lead to:
opportunities             1. The Advanced Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies
                          2. An NVQ in Hairdressing, Beauty, Holistic or Spa Therapy
                          3. A Hairdressing or Beauty apprenticeship
                          4. Employment with training
                          5. University to study in a variety of areas area e.g. business, marketing or
                              management
Other           It is important that candidates understand that this is mostly a classroom-based
Information     programme of applied learning. Although you will be taught some practical skills, this
                will not provide you with a qualification to be a Hairdresser or Beauty Therapist



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Course Title         Health and Social Care

Qualification and
Exam Board           2 GCSEs A*: 116 points                   C: 80 points              EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               GCSE Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification. This means that it is work
description          related. It aims to provide the basic knowledge, skills and understanding that you will
                     be able to use in a care workplace or as the basis for further education or training in
                     this area. The content of the course and the work that you do will all be related to the
                     health and social care area in some way; relating to the people who use or provide care
                     services and to the ways these services are organised and run.



What will I learn?   In health and social care you will learn:
                      Actively engage in the processes of health and social care to develop as effective
                        and independent learners.
                      Other aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years
                        sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and
                        organisations.
                      Develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social
                        care and early years sectors.
                      Examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an
                        appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.
                      Develop their awareness of the influences on an individual‟s health and wellbeing.
                      Understand the importance of motivation and support when improving health.

What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject. There is a significant written
entry                workload in this Double GCSE course, and students must be prepared to work very
requirements?        hard and effectively to achieve the qualification with the time allowed.



How will I be        This course is modular and consists of two units if you are following the Single Award
assessed?            GCSE and four units if you are following the Double Award GCSE course.
                     60% of the marks come from portfolio activities and 40% come from examinations.
                     You will be able to complete two units in a year. This means that all the assessment is
                     based on work you have carried out recently. You will have the opportunity to resit
                     external examinations and re-work your portfolio if necessary.
                     Students can achieve grades A* - G and questions are designed to meet the needs of a
                     wide range of students.

What are the         Minimum costs for occasional trips.
costs?


Post-16              This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of health, social
opportunities        care and early years. This could be an A Level course, a BTEC National qualification
                     or a 14 - 19 Diploma.
                     Some students may complete the course and progress to working or training in a
                     specialised area within the health, social care and early years field.

Other                A mature approach and independent study skills are essential.
Information




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Course Title    History – Schools History Project
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE               A*: 58 points          C: 40 points              EDEXCEL
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          Unit 1: You will learn about change and continuity in medicine from 1350 – present
description             day through a Development study.
                Unit 2: You will learn about a period in more detail with a Depth Study on
                        life in Britain 1815 – 1851.
                Unit 3: Source Enquiry: Surgery 1845 – 1918
                Unit 4: Representations of History – History Around Us: Cromford Village and
                        Richard Arkwright.

What will I     You will study:
learn?              1. Medicine and treatment 1350 – present day:
                         role of individuals; war, government, attitudes and beliefs in society, chance,
                         science and technology.
                    2. The transformation of British Society 1815 -1851:
                        how people in town and country areas were changing as a result of the
                        Industrial Revolution; reform and protest movements; railways.
                    3. Surgery: 1845 - 1918
                         anaesthetics, antiseptics, hospitals and technological developments.
                    4. Representation of History:
                         analyse and evaluate representations.
What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?

How will I be   For units 1, 2 and 3 you will take an examination. Unit 4 is a controlled assessment
assessed?       and you will research a task, and then write it up in the classroom.

                You will also be assessed at key points during each module.



What are the    No specific cost
costs?


Post-16         The course will give you the necessary tools to tackle AS Level and develop a range of
opportunities   skills that are transferable across the curriculum.
                It is desirable, but not essential to study History GCSE in order to continue at A Level.
                If you wish to study this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE a
                minimum of grade B in English is preferable.
Other           For units 1, 2 and 3 you will take an examination. Unit 4 is a controlled assessment
Information     and you will research a task, and then write it up in the classroom.
                These are modular exams:
                        Unit 1 will be taken in January 2011, Unit 3 in June 2011.
                        Units 2 and 4 in June 2012.


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Course Title    History - World
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE              A*: 58 points           C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          You will be studying the general history of the 20th Century, covering a variety of key
description     events and features.

                You will critically evaluate pieces of contemporary evidence and apply your knowledge
                to contentious statements.




What will I     You will study:
learn?
                The Cold War. International Relations in the 19th Century, following on from World
                War 2

                Nazi Germany and Russia or the USA 1919 – 1939.



What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be   Two pieces of controlled assessment on either World War 1 or World War 2 - each
assessed?       12.5%

                Two written exams - each 37.5%




What are the    History Revision Conference in Year 11 in the region of £17.00 (provided the
costs?          conference is still available).



Post-16         The course will give you the necessary tools to tackle AS Level and develop a range of
opportunities   skills that are transferable across the curriculum.



Other           It is desirable, but not essential to study History GCSE in order to continue at A Level.
Information     If you wish to study this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE a
                minimum of grade B in English is preferable.




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Course Title    ICT
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          You will develop practical skills with a range of software, learn how computers and
description     communication systems work and also consider the impact of computers on the world
                of work and leisure. Your competency and critical awareness skills of ICT will be
                developed by the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of ICT
                systems.
What will I     Current and emerging technologies. You will explore the function, purpose and
learn?          organisation of hardware and subsystems used in a wide range of everyday ICT
                systems and applications such as mobile phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth, wireless,
                blogs, social networking and digital broadcasting. You will also explore the effect of
                these technologies.
                ICT tools and techniques. You will explore the ways in which these are used to
                develop ideas and to solve problems. You will develop knowledge and understanding of
                the use of ICT to find, collect, process and present information. This will include
                activities like web design, databases and image manipulation.
                Society’s use of ICT. You will explore the legal (such as the Data Protection Act and
                Copyright law), social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of
                ICT for individuals, organisations and society.
What are the    Collaborative working in ICT. course explore achieved at least level 5 and how
                Normally students following this You will will havehow people work togetherin ICT andICT
entry           can help this happen.
                preferably level 5 in Maths and English too. Students below this level will need to show
requirements?   aptitude for this subject.
                ICT systems and applications in context. You will find out how businesses,
How will I be   organisations and individuals use the above areas.
                You will do controlled assessments, which are started early in the course and form 60%
assessed?       of the final mark for GCSE. skills needed to analyse, design, implement, test and
                This course focuses on the
                For one piece you will be provided are developed, the a scenario towards more
                review ICT systems. As these skillswith a booklet givingwork movesand details of two
                practicalbe completed. You will analyse, design and develop these use software with
                tasks to uses and integration of these ideas. You will learn how to tasks.
                teacher assistance.
                For the second you choose from a list of tasks set by AQA. All the tasks reflect practical
                Some theory work is mayas homeworkdaily lives. You will need to develop a realistic re-
                problems which you set face in your with regular lessons devoted to fundamental
                ideas of ICT systems. task consisting of a number of aspects. This system will
                usable system of that
                demonstrate your information technology capability.
                There is a 1½ hour examination at the end (40% of the GCSE) with 3 sections:
                Section A: 10 questions with very short answers to ones with up to 3 lines.
                Section B: 3 structured questions with short and extended answer questions
                Section C: A choice of 1 essay question from 2
                Considerable lesson time is devoted to coursework, but many successful students
                spend time preparing this work at lunchtimes and in their own time.
What are the    There are no additional costs involved. However owning a computer or laptop would be
costs?          an advantage. A full suite of Microsoft Office software would also help with preparation
                of coursework and coursework write-ups. Look at www.software4students.co.uk for
                competitive prices.
Post-16         When you have successfully completed this course you can bring a fuller appreciation
opportunities   of ICT implications and possibilities to other subjects and the world of work.
                It is desirable, but not essential to study ICT GCSE in order to continue at A Level. If
                you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE you will be
                interviewed by the ICT Team.
Other
Information



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Course Title    IT Higher Diploma

                Level 2
Qualification   Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
and Exam
Board           Project: 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A* - C grade)
                                                                          OCR

Delivery        Cedars Upper School, Manshead Upper School and
Location        Central Bedfordshire College
Course          This will suit the student who likes to learn by doing:
description     Interviews, planning and running a business activity, planning and running an event,
                designing a multimedia product, building a computer network, running a small project,
                carrying out a survey.
                It will interest the student who wants to explore IT in business.


What will I     The Principal Learning in the Diploma in IT focuses on three main themes:
learn?          Business: an introduction to the digital world in business;
                People: how to work well with other people;
                Technology: how to work with technology in business.



What are the    Level 2
entry           You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
requirements?   ks3.
                You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
                The school will also expect you to have the skills and maturity to learn in a variety of
                different places, e.g. other schools, colleges and the workplaces.
How will I be   There are 7 units:
assessed?       The Potential of Technology, Exploring Organisations, Effective Communication, Skills
                for Innovation, Technology Systems, Multimedia and Managing Projects.

                Six Of these units are assessed through coursework and one by a written exam paper.
                The main project is coursework that can explore a technological solution for business.


What are the    There may be costs of transport to visit businesses using IT.
costs?


Post-16         The successful student can
opportunities    enter employment at operative level, eg IT technician.
                 enter employment with a related Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship
                 undertake additional Level 3 qualifications (Level 3 diploma or A levels)

Other           Most of the study will be based at the delivery location above but with visits to local
Information     businesses to see them in operation.




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Course Title    Industrial Technology
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             OCR
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This course was developed by the OCR Examination Board in close collaboration with
description     the National Engineering Council. It not only satisfies the needs of the National
                Curriculum orders, but provides a course of study for those students who have an
                interest in engineering design and practical work or who are considering a post sixteen
                GNVQ course in engineering.




What will I     During the first year of the course, you will be expected to design and produce a
learn?          number of small assignments of high quality, and to study the associated theory related
                to the basic techniques and materials used.

                The work in the final year will be devoted to a coursework assignment, which will
                involve designing, making and evaluating. This will be assessed by the examining
                board and form part of the final mark.

What are the    An appreciation of modern machinery and production techniques, including
entry           demonstrations and the use of computer numerically controlled equipment, will form
requirements?   part of the course.




How will I be   60%:
assessed?       Students will design and make a quality engineered product as a response to a brief set
                by the examination board; this is called a capability task. They will need to submit a
                design folder together with the completed product. This will represent approximately
                30/40 hours of classroom time together with study and research at home.

                40%:
                The terminal examination will consist of two papers to test the student‟s knowledge and
                understanding of Engineering through questions on designing and making and
                environmental sustainability.
What are the    A contribution towards the cost of materials will be requested.
costs?

Post-16         AS/A2 Product Design forms a natural progression from GCSE Industrial Technology.
opportunities   Product Design can be studied with an emphasis on Resistant Materials or Graphics
                depending on personal preference.
                A minimum level B in a Design and Technology subject would be expected for students
                wishing to study AS Product Design.

Other           The Certificate in Engineering and the Engineering Diploma have similar content.
Information     However, Industrial Technology has design content whereby workshop skill is shared
                with creative ability. Please discuss this with your technology teacher.




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Course Title         Key Skills: Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

                     Level 1: 25 points (equivalent to 1 E/F grade)
Qualification and
Exam Board           Level 2: 46 points (equivalent to 1 B grade)
                                                                                       ASDAN

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               COPE is based on students undertaking challenges. These may involve learning a
description          new skill, problem solving or research and presentations.
                     The challenges are equivalent to 5, 10, or 15 hours of work. Challenges are taken from
                     any of 11 available curriculum areas.




What will I learn?   This is a learner centred course and offers opportunities for you to pursue a
                     personalised curriculum. It also recognises achievement across the curriculum in other
                     lessons as well as at home, in the community and the world of work.




What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be        You accumulate credits on completing a minimum of five challenges from a curriculum
assessed?            area. You need to have 12 credits to gain certification.
                     You must also demonstrate and document six key skills such as working with others or
                     carrying out research.




What are the         There are some travel costs as you will be making short trips out of school.
costs?



Post-16              There is a level 3 post 16 COPE qualification that can be taken at Cedars in year 12.
opportunities



Other
Information




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Course Title    Leisure and Tourism
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points           EDEXCEL
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          A study of the Leisure and Tourism industries including key components and the nature
description     of business in the Leisure Sector. There is a strong emphasis on marketing in the
                second year.




What will I     How to investigate facilities and activities which make up the industries. The key
learn?          marketing strategies and tools used by organisations. How leisure businesses are run
                and structured.




What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?



How will I be   Unit 1: Investigating Leisure and Tourism will be tested by an exam at the end of
assessed?               Year 10. There will be an opportunity to retake in Year 11.

                Unit 2: Marketing in Leisure and Tourism will be assessed via a portfolio built up in
                        lesson time.




What are the    There are costs for some trips which students must attend. These are to attractions in
costs?          the local area and the cost is normally less than £10.00



Post-16         This provides a broad education basis for further training, further education or for
opportunities   moving into employment within the Leisure and Tourism sector.
                It is desirable, but not essential to study Leisure and Tourism GCSE in order to
                continue at A Level.
                If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE a grade
                B in a related subject would be preferable.

Other           Leisure and Tourism is a nationally recognised work related qualification. It is important
Information     that you recognise the need to be self-motivated as much of the work involved centres
                around research and links with outside businesses.
                Many students study this subject in combination with PE. You may also wish to
                consider the Work Skills option as a good combination of subjects.



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Course Title    MUSIC
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points            C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          The course has five Areas of Study which are taught through Classical, Popular Song
description     and World Music Strands. These five areas include Rhythm and Metre, Harmony and
                Tonality, Melody and Texture, Timbre and Dynamics and Structure and Form. It is a
                very practical course with the majority of students‟ learning being through playing and
                composition. Once the individual Areas of Study have been covered, the students focus
                in Year 11 on solo performance and composition.




What will I     You will learn how to develop your performing skills, both as a soloist and in a group.
learn?          You will learn how to write music and songs in a number of styles.
                You will also learn an understanding of music from many times and places, exploring
                context and background.




What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry           We ask for a minimum Grade 2 standard on any instrument or voice. Alternatively the
requirements?   student to be willing to attend choir and sing for the performance part of the
                qualification. We essentially have no entry requirement apart from the willingness to
                perform and learn. You do not have to be able to read music as that will be dealt with
                on the course, but obviously it would help greatly.

How will I be   There are five assessments – 40% Performance split between solo and ensemble (this
assessed?       is why it is imperative you have the intention to perform), 40% Composition divided into
                two solo compositions and 20% listening exam at the end of Year 11.




What are the    We always advise students to be having some form of instrumental or vocal lessons if
costs?          taking GCSE, alternatively Choir is free and provided by the school.



Post-16         Our minimum entry level to A Level Music and Music Technology is a B at GCSE with
opportunities   an addition of Grade 5 standard performance for the Music A Level.. The GCSE is an
                excellent grounding for either of these A Levels and we have a very high proportion of
                our GCSE students taking on either or both in Sixth Form.

Other           The best way to see if Music GCSE is for you is by discussion with students who are
Information     currently taking it. It is GCSE with large amounts of group work so good teamwork skills
                are incredibly important. We also expect attendance at one of the six extra-curricular
                clubs run by the school.



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Course Title    Physical Education
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE             A*: 58 points            C: 40 points            EDEXCEL
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          The course is open to all students with a real interest in sport.
description     There will be two theory lessons a fortnight and three practical lessons. Success in both
                components is essential.
                This is a new syllabus and those interested should visit www.edexcel.org for further
                details. Full course 2PE01.


What will I     The units in the theory lessons are:
learn?
                Healthy and active lifestyles; Your healthy active body; Exercise and fitness; Physical
                activity; The muscular, respiratory and skeletal systems; Healthy mind and body.

                In practical, students must offer four performances in the role of player, official or
                leader. At least two must be as a player. We strongly suggest you visit the Edexcel
                website for possible sports and combinations.

What are the    An involvement in and commitment to sport in and out of school.
entry           An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
requirements?   Students with a poor record of attendance in PE lessons during your 9 will not be
                accepted on this course
How will I be   There will be one final theory exam of 1 hour 30 minutes in June. This will account for
assessed?       40% of your marks. Questions are multiple choice, short answer and longer answer
                questions.
                Practical activities account for the remaining 60% of the marks. This is broken down in
                the following way:
                25% Continuous Assessment
                25% External Moderation
                10% Analysis of Performance
                There will be two days of external moderation where performance in four different roles
                will be assessed. These days are usually just before and just after the Easter break in
                Year 11.

What are the    Extra PE kit may be required to cope with the increased amount of practical work and
costs?          where necessary you will need to provide shin pads, gum shields and boots.
                You may need to purchase a revision guide or attend outside officiating or coaching
                opportunities. (See www.cedarscoachingacademy.com)

Post-16         B grade is essential for entry to AS PE.
opportunities   This qualification is beneficial for students wishing to enter the sport and leisure
                industry.
Other           Successful students participate regularly in, officiate in and coach in extra-curricular
Information     sport.
                Many students study this subject in combination with Leisure and Tourism.
                Please note: Due to different assessment modules it is not possible to start
                GCSE PE and then fall back to the ½ GCSE PE Short Course as stipulated by
                Edexcel.



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Course Title    Physical Education Short Course
Qualification
and Exam        ½ GCSE           A*: 29 points             C: 20 points        EDEXCEL
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          The course is open to all students with a real practical interest in sport, but who may
description     find the full GCSE challenging.
                There will be two theory lessons a fortnight and three practical lessons. Success in both
                components is essential.
                The course requires the same time as the full GCSE PE but has approximately half of
                the theory and practical work to cover. This is reflected in the points available.
                This is a new syllabus and those interested should visit www.edexcel.org for further
                details. Short course 3PE01.

What will I     The units in the theory lessons are:
learn?          Healthy and active lifestyles; Your healthy active body; Exercise and fitness; Physical
                activity; Healthy mind and body.
                In practical, students must offer two performances in the role of player, official or
                leader. At least one must be as a player. We strongly suggest you visit the Edexcel
                website for possible sports and combinations.


What are the    An involvement in and commitment to sport in and out of school.
entry           An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
requirements?   This course cannot be taken as an addition to GCSE PE full course.
                Students with a poor record of attendance in PE lessons during year 9 will not be
                accepted on this course.
How will I be   There will be one final theory exam of 1 hour in June. This will account for 40% of your
assessed?       marks. Questions are multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions.
                Practical activities account for the remaining 60% of the marks. This is broken down in
                the following way:
                25% Continuous Assessment
                25% External Moderation
                10% Analysis of Performance
                There will be two days of external moderation where performance in two different roles
                will be assessed. These days are usually just before and just after the Easter break in
                Year 11.
What are the    Extra PE kit may be required to cope with the increased amount of practical work and
costs?          where necessary you will need to provide shin pads, gum shields and boots.
                You may need to purchase a revision guide or attend outside officiating or coaching
                opportunities. (See www.cedarscoachingacademy.com)

Post-16         Very useful for entry into the recreation field.
opportunities

Other           Many students study this subject in combination with Leisure and Tourism. You may
Information     also wish to consider the Works Skills or Key Skills option as a good combination of
                subjects.




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Course Title    Resistant Materials
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This course aims to create an understanding and awareness in areas of creative
description     thinking and to develop skills in design and making. It will involve the manufacture of
                artefacts in resistant materials (wood, metal, plastics).
                Knowledge will be gained, as far as possible, through practical experience and
                complemented by additional theory work.
                The course is of a problem-solving, design-based nature and high standards of
                craftsmanship will be encouraged.

What will I     Designing skills:
learn?          Recognition of need, specification, generating design solutions, development of ideas,
                presentation of solution, evaluation.
                Making skills:
                Product planning, tools and equipment, processes, applications of CAD/CAM, industrial
                applications, materials, systems and control, health and safety.


What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?



How will I be   Coursework 60%
assessed?       You will produce a single project comprising a design folio and the practical realisation
                of your design solution. The project will occupy approximately 40 hours of lesson time
                together with study and research undertaken at home. Work on the project will start in
                the summer term of Year 10 and continue through to Easter in Year 11.
                Written Paper 40%
                A single 2 hour written paper will test the application of knowledge and understanding.
                A preparation sheet will be issued to you in advance of the written paper to give notice
                of the context of design questions within the examination.

What are the    A contribution towards the cost of materials will be requested.
costs?


Post-16         A minimum level of grade B in a Design and Technology subject is preferable if you
opportunities   wish to study AS Product Design.
                AS/A2 Product Design forms a natural progression from GCSE Resistant Materials.
                Product Design can be studied with an emphasis on Resistant Materials or Graphic
                Products depending on personal preference.

Other           Drawing offices and workshops will be available for use during most lunchtimes.
Information




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Course Title    Spanish
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE             A*: 58 points             C: 40 points           AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          You will be working towards developing your ability to use the foreign language as an
description     effective use of spoken and written communication. Using a wide variety of listening,
                speaking, reading and writing activities, you will learn to :
                       Cope with the sort of language required in everyday situations.
                       Hold a conversation with a foreign person on a topic of mutual interest
                        (holidays, school life, etc).
                       Express yourself appropriately in more general contexts (making requests,
                        apologising, complaining).
                       Send simple written messages and letters to people in a foreign language and
                        understand public announcements and notices in authentic situations.

What will I     You will learn to understand and provide information about:
learn?              Lifestyle
                    Home and environment
                    Leisure
                    Work and education

What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be   During Years 10 and 11 you will sit four controlled assessments; two in Speaking and
assessed?       two in Writing, worth 15% each.
                Reading and Listening are examined at the end of Year 11. Each of these components
                is worth 20% of the final mark.




What are the    A study visit to Spain is usually available in Year 11.
costs?
                The cost would be in the region of £350-400.


Post-16         It is essential to study Spanish at GCSE to be able to take this subject at A Level. A
opportunities   minimum level of grade B is preferable in order to continue at A Level.



Other
Information




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Course Title    Systems and Control
Qualification
and Exam        GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA
Board

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the integrated technologies
description     associated with modern industry.
                With both practical and theoretical elements, a broad range of areas are covered with
                the main focus on electronics and mechanisms within design.



What will I     During Year 10 the core and focus subjects (electronics and mechanisms) are studied,
learn?          then applied to practical assignments.
                In year 11 the skills acquired are then developed and applied to analysing and solving
                problems that combine several different technologies.
                A broad range of additional areas are covered including:
                       Materials and Making Processes.
                       Programmable Control.
                       CAD/CAM and Industrial Processes.
                       Design & Manufacture.
                     Health & Safety.
What are the    An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?

How will I be   Coursework 60%
assessed?       You will produce a single major project that applies a focus technology combined with
                core technologies to the design and make of a marketable control system product. It
                must include a concise design folio as well as a made solution and will occupy
                approximately 40 hours of lesson time together with study and research undertaken at
                home.
                Examination 40%
                The terminal examination consists of one written paper of two hours duration to test the
                application, knowledge and understanding of the core technologies and one of the
                focus technologies as well as the evaluation of commercial practices and products. A
                design context is given to you in advance of the examination.

What are the    A contribution towards the cost of project materials will be requested.
costs?

Post-16         AS/A2 Product Design forms a natural progression from GCSE Systems and Control
opportunities   Product Design can be studied with an emphasis on Systems, Resistant Materials or
                Graphic Products depending on personal preference.
                A minimum level of grade B in a Design and Technology subject would be expected for
                students wishing to study AS Product Design.
Other           Drawing offices and workshops will be available for use during most lunchtimes.
Information




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Course Title    Sport and Active Leisure Higher Diploma
                Level 2
Qualification   Principal Learning: 290 points (equivalent to 5 A* - C grades)
and Exam
Board           Project: 29 points (equivalent to ½ GCSE A* - C grade)
                                                                                  EDEXCEL
Delivery
Location        Vandyke Upper School

Course          If you have an interest in working in the Sport and Active Leisure Diploma. The course
description     will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to help increase
                participation opportunities in sport and leisure helping people to become more active
                and healthy.




What will I     You will learn about:
learn?                 Positive Lifestyle Choices and Sport and Active Leisure
                       Encouraging Participation in Sport and Active Leisure
                       Science in Sport and Active Leisure
                       Working in the Local Sports Industry
                       Businesses in the Sports Industry
                       Media in Sport and Active Leisure
                       Access for All in Sport and Active Leisure


What are the    You will have achieved at least level 5 in all 3 of English, Maths and Science at
entry           ks3.
requirements?   You will be required to produce an assignment and attend a ‘taster day’ at the
                start of the summer term in order to assess your willingness to engage with the
                course.
                The school will also expect you to have the skills and maturity to learn in a variety of
                different places, e.g. other schools, colleges and workplaces.
                You will also require a good reference from your Head of P.E. showing that you have a
                positive attitude towards P.E. and Sport.

How will I be   Principal learning and project
assessed?
                       Unit 1: Positive Lifestyle Choices – assessed by an externally set exam of 1
                        hour 30 minutes in length, made up of multiple choice and short and longer
                        questions.

                       Unit 2: Encouraging Participation – assessed by an assignment based on
                        you supporting the delivery of a simple group or active leisure activity.

                       Unit 3: Science in Sport – assessed by an assignment in which you will use a
                        fitness test and a test to measure movement on a sport or active leisure
                        participant to draw conclusions about their performance.

                       Unit 4: Working in the Local Sport and Active Leisure Industry – assessed
                        by an assignment you will find out about the structure and provision by the
                        sport and active leisure industry and employment opportunities within it.
                                                                                     Continued overleaf

                    
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 How will I be
assessed?               Unit 5: Businesses in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry – assessment
Continued                is based upon you developing and presenting solutions to identified business
                         problems of a sport and active leisure business.

                        Unit 6: Media in Sport and Active Leisure – assessed by an assignment
                         based on you planning and implementing a promotional campaign for a sport or
                         active leisure purpose and reviewing the effectiveness of promotional
                         campaigns in sport and active leisure, one of which must focus on raising
                         awareness of a social agenda.

                        Unit 7: Access for All in Sport and Active Leisure – the assignment requires
                         you to review current access to sport and active leisure for different participant
                         groups and to show that you can meet the customer service needs of two
                         different participants in sport and active leisure in a realistic work setting, using
                         your communication and presentation skills.

                        Project – you will carry out research, interview people involved in the Sport
                         and Active Leisure industry and come up with conclusions about current / new
                         initiatives which can help to increase participation and positive lifestyle choices.




What are the     There may be costs towards trips / residential visits.
costs?




Post-16          This course will act as a useful stepping stone into the Sport and Active Leisure
opportunities    industry. It will help prepare you for a career in Leisure Management, Sport
                 Development, Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Media, running your own
                 Sports Business etc.

                 After you have completed this course you will be in a position to go onto Level 3
                 Diploma, BTEC or AS/A2 courses which will prepare you for University courses.




Other
Information




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Course Title         Textiles

Qualification and
Exam Board           GCSE            A*: 58 points             C: 40 points             AQA

Delivery
Location             Cedars Upper School
Course               Textiles is essentially a practical course where knowledge is acquired through small
description          focused practical tasks, supported by written work.




What will I learn?   The focus of learning centres around the concept of design and make, where a good
                     working knowledge of fabrics, textile decoration, garment construction and the fashion
                     industry will be achieved.




What are the         An interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for this subject.
entry
requirements?




How will I be        Coursework will account for 60% and theory paper 40%.
assessed?            Coursework takes the form of a design folder and a related practical product.




What are the         You will need to purchase an A3 folder and any necessary fabrics for approximately
costs?               £15.



Post-16              Further study to AS and A2 level textiles in Sixth form. Foundation courses in textiles
opportunities        are available at FE colleges.
                     It is desirable, but not essential to study Textiles GCSE in order to continue at A Level.
                     If you wish to take up this subject at A Level without having studied it at GCSE you will
                     be interviewed by the Textiles Team.
Other                Information in the form of CAD and CAM plays a major role in today‟s textile industry
Information          and you will have the opportunities to work in simulated situations.




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Course Title    Woodworking
Qualification   Scottish Qualifications Authority – Intermediate 2
and Exam
Board           Partial accreditation through Work skills (see below)

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School Design and Technology

Course          This course is designed to prepare students for possible entry into the building and
description     carpentry industry. You will gain an insight into the Carpentry trade by completing
                practical tasks and assessed outcomes in wood utilising hand tools and modern
                equipment.




What will I     Areas of study include:
learn?
                Tools and materials              Craft related drawing
                Portable powered tools           Joinery
                Carpentry                        Woodwork machinery
                Health and safety                Career studies
                Wood types and properties        Environmental Sustainability


What are the    A valued interest in the carpentry industry and working in practical environment.
entry           Candidates should take pride in their work and be able to demonstrate care, attention
requirements?   to detail and craftsmanship.




How will I be   3 mandatory units all practical outcomes with theory association:
assessed?       Bench skills – Wood flat frame construction
                Bench skills – Wood carcase construction
                Machining and finishing

                1 assessment project where students produce an outcome of quality, skill and demand
                based upon experience of the mandatory units.


What are the    A voluntary contribution towards the cost of materials and tooling would be warmly
costs?          appreciated. This would allow us to expand upon the variety of outcomes the
                candidates would undertake.


Post-16         Students may wish to study AS/A2 Product Design with an emphasis on either
opportunities   Graphics or Resistant Materials. However, in most cases they would be expected to
                have achieved a B or above in an alternative D & T subject. Further vocational studies
                in the construction industry

Other           If you take this course you should also take the Work Skills course as an option,
Information     as you will have the opportunity to accredit some of your work on the
                Woodworking course through the Work Skills qualification.



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Course Title    Work Skills

                BTEC in Work Skills
                Level 1 BTEC Certificate: 25 points (equivalent to 1 E/F grade)
Qualification   Level 1 BTEC Diploma: 100 points (equivalent to 4 E/F grades)
and Exam        Level 2 BTEC Certificate: 46 points (equivalent to 1 B grade)
Board
                Level 2 BTEC Diploma: 184 points (equivalent to 4 B grades)
                                                                                      EDEXCEL

Delivery
Location        Cedars Upper School

Course          This course is suitable for you if you like learning about ideas and skills that are
description     relevant to you and your future career.
                 It will enable you to develop skills that will be useful in the workplace, such as team-
                working, communication and leadership.
                It is likely that you will do work experience as part of this course.




What will I     You will cover aspects of the world of work such as applying for jobs (e.g. writing CVs
learn?          and letters of application), effective interview skills, working in a team, leadership skills.




What are the    There are no formal entry requirements but you will be expected to complete
entry           assignments (often written) and keep to deadlines.
requirements?



How will I be   You will complete a range of assignments; these may take the form of „traditional‟
assessed?       written assignments or other forms such as making leaflets or posters, writing letters,
                recording a group discussion, practising your interview skills in pairs, doing work
                experience.
                Each assignment is worth 1 or 2 credits.
                 BTEC Certificate = 13 credits
                 BTEC Diploma = 37 credits

What are the
costs?


Post-16
opportunities


Other           You may consider the Leisure and Tourism, Woodworking, Catering or Short course PE
Information     options as a good combination with this course.




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CONTACTING THE SCHOOL ABOUT OPTIONS



While a wide range of staff may be involved in helping your son or daughter to choose options, if you do
have any questions please contact either Mrs Goring Farrow, Learning and Achievement Co-ordinator for
Year 9, or Dr Brimicombe, Assistant Headteacher, in the first instance.


We are always very willing to see parents/carers at school, or to answer queries on the telephone. However,
while it may be possible to make personal contact with a particular member of staff by visiting the school
during normal hours, we prefer parents/carers to make an appointment in advance by means of a letter or a
telephone call. This helps to avoid the risk of an unduly hurried conversation in the course of a very busy
daily routine.



Please contact: -

The Cedars Upper School, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 2AE.

Telephone number: 01525 219300         Fax: 01525 850864.

E-Mail: cedarsus@deal.bedfordshire.gov.uk

Website: www.cedarsupper.beds.sch.uk




CONNEXIONS:                      Careers Guidance: - SUSAN HOLDITCH

Students can make an appointment for an interview on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Please see
Mrs P Smith in the first instance. Ask your form tutor for more information.




Key Dates:
Tuesday 2 February:                      Options information evening

Wednesday 24 February:                   Parent/Carer Consultation sessions

Wednesday 3 March:                       Deadline for return of Option Choices Form to your form tutor

April / May:                             Confirmation of choices




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Post – 16 Opportunities
This is taken from our Sixth Form Prospectus:

Entry guidelines:

Entry to the sixth form requires a minimum of 5 A* – C passes and preferably a minimum of B in subjects
to be studied. This entry guideline is based upon previous experience of students‟ success or otherwise in
the demanding post 16 curriculum. Credit will also be given to students who have completed successfully
work related pathways in Year 11.

In the case of a new subject, a student must have proven their ability in a related subject at GCSE. Please
check with subject staff.

A 90% + attendance during Year 11.


Important consideration for students:

Previous academic attainment is the sole criterion for entry into the Sixth Form, however, students
considering staying on should also give due consideration to their:

               attendance record
               work record
               attitude to school in years 9 – 11




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