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     14-19
PATHWAYS AND
 UPPER SCHOOL
   COURSES

   BAND H

 YEAR 9 2010
                                                                  Contents

  General Information                                                         3
  Art & Design                                                                6
  Art & Design in Creative Media                                              7
  Construction                                                                8
  Dance                                                                       9
  Drama                                                                      10
  GCSE English Language & English Literature or                              11
  GCSE English
  Food Technology                                                            12
  French                                                                     13
  Geography                                                                  14
  Graphic Products                                                           15
  Health & Social Care                                                       16
  History                                                                    17
  Hospitality Diploma                                                        18
  ICT – Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)                           19
  ICT (Compulsory)                                                           20
  Mathematics                                                                21
  Media Studies                                                              22
  Music                                                                      23
  PE (Compulsory)                                                            24
  PE (GCSE)                                                                  25
  Product Design                                                             26
  PSHEE&C                                                                    27
  Psychology                                                                 28
  Religious Studies (Compulsory)                                             29
  Religious Studies (GCSE)                                                   30
  Resistant Materials                                                        31
  Science                                                                    32
  Travel & Tourism                                                           33
  Options Form                                                               34




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                                                                  General Information


You will find that this handbook contains:
    Information about all the courses you can study at Key Stage 4
    Where to ask for help when you need it
    Information to help you look ahead, beyond Year 11.



Good Luck. Read carefully and here are some dates for you to remember.




                     Thursday 11 February Options and Parents’
                                     Evening
                                 5.00pm onwards

                        A chance for you and your parents to find out about
                what you will be learning for the next two years at Westleigh High
              School, and to speak to your subject staff about how you are doing this
                                                year.




                           Monday 1 March
                Deadline for final decisions and return
                           of option forms




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Pathways 14-19
Making Choices

The next two years, are the start of a pathway which will lead you on to further study at college
or in the workplace.
We are offering you an exciting range of subjects, which will give you opportunities to learn in
different ways and gain the skills and qualifications needed for post-16 education and training.



What if I can’t decide?

            You will be getting a lot of help and advice before you make any decisions at all.

            This booklet sets out a lot of information about all the subjects you can choose, so the
             first thing to do is read that carefully.

            You will be getting more and more careers advice in PSHE+C and tutor time to help you
             look ahead.

            Your teachers will be talking to you about the subjects they offer students in years 10
             and 11. Ask them about anything that’s still unclear.

            There will be the options and parents’ evening, at which you and your parents get the
             chance to talk to teachers about your choices,

            Finally, you will have an individual interview to discuss your choices.

     ALWAYS ASK IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU’RE NOT CLEAR ABOUT!




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TO HELP YOU CHOOSE



       Read all the subject information:



            Choose subjects:


             √            That you are interested in and you are well motivated in.

             √            That you expect success in.

             √            That will be useful in your future working life.

             √            That you may want to study further in years 12 and 13.

      What subjects do I have to take?

       English and English Literature
       Mathematics
       Science
       Design Technology
       PE (Physical Education)
       RS (Religious Studies)
       PSHE+C
       ICT



Why do I have to take certain subjects?

It’s really important that you continue to learn a broad range of skills. Some will
prepare you for the world of work; others will help you develop key skills.




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Art & Design (GCSE)

Examination: 40%
Coursework: 60%


Course Details:
    Coursework
                          A minimum of two coursework assignments are required. From initial
                          drawings and artist research, students will be expected to experiment
                          with a variety of materials and techniques which could include textiles,
                          clay, collage and papier mache in order to produce a finished piece of
                          work.

                          At the end of each assignment they will be expected to produce
                          a finished piece of work.

             Externally set task
                          This consists of an unlimited period of preparation time and ten
                          hours in examination conditions to produce a final piece of work.




What the Course prepares you for:
                          The course provides progression from Key Stage 3. It provides a strong
                          foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses
                          such as GCE A level, BTEC and Creative Media Diplomas, Art and
                          Design foundation and BA degree courses.




For further information please see Mrs Thomas
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ABC – Certificate in Art & Design and Creative Media. (Level 1)
Examination: 0%
Coursework: 100%
Course Details:
                          The Certificate in Art, Design and Creative Media has been
                          specifically designed to provide students with an introduction to
                          developing personal creativity in an area of Design and Craft.

                          The course requires students to undertake a range of focused design
                          tasks that each require a small design folio and end with a final practical
                          outcome.

                          Pupils will gain experience in using hand tools and a range of
                          equipment. They will explore materials and media to develop basic
                          outcomes. They will also become familiar with health and safety
                          practices appropriate to the operation of selected equipment.

What the Course prepares you for:
                          Preparation for Certificate in Art & Design and
                          Creative Media. (Level 2)
                          Various GCSE Design and Technology courses.
                          Jobs within the Creative Design Industry




For further information please see Mr Morris.
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Construction (BTEC Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

Coursework: 100%


Course Details:
                          This course is designed to give students a clear understanding of
                          construction and the skills needed. The course will involve ongoing
                          practical assessments and end of unit tests. There is an element of
                          written work involved that needs to be completed to achieve the award.
                          There is a possibility for the more able student to access a Level 2 award
                          but to attain this students would need to be willing to undertake further
                          assessments.

                          This construction course will take place on the school site.


What the Course prepares you for:

                                              Studying for further qualifications in construction and the
                                               built environment at college.
                                              Employment in the construction industry
                                              Gaining an apprenticeship in a construction based trade or
                                               occupation




For further information please see Mr Morris
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Dance (BTEC First Certificate Level 2)

Coursework: 100% Practical Coursework

Course Details:
                          The BTEC First Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) is a three
                          unit qualification and is worth two GCSEs.
                          The course consists of one core unit plus two specialist units.

                          Core Unit – Performing Dance

                          Two Specialist units from the following:
                                  Performing Arts Production Process
                                  The Performing Arts Business
                                  Understanding Dance
                                  Contemporary Dance
                                  Jazz Dance
                                  Musical Theatre
                                  Make-up for Stage Performers

What the Course prepares you for:
                                              Provides a broad educational base for further training,
                                               further education or for employment within Performing Arts
                                               or Dance
                                              BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and
                                               education institutions
                                              Provides a good progression route to more advanced
                                               qualifications e.g. BTEC Nationals
                                              Performing in and organising shows and other dance
                                               activities




For further information please see Miss Kidd
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Drama (GCSE)

Examination: 40%
Coursework: 60%

Course Details:
The course is split up into three units:
Unit 1 is worth 30% of the final marks.
                          It explores the aspects of drama and marks are given for the student’s ability
                          to work maturely with others using clever and thoughtful ideas to explore given
                          themes and communicate them in a powerful way. Students have to show that they
                          can use Drama techniques such as freeze frames and thought tracks effectively.
                          The students will also be marked on how they use the medium and elements of
                          drama which include how to use movement, mime, lighting set, props and
                          symbolisation. When the unit is complete the pupils will then have to complete a
                          section of coursework based on the work they have done.
Unit 2 is worth 30% of the final marks.
                          In this unit the students will explore a play text chosen by the Drama department.
                          Within the unit the students will explore the characters and their relationships,
                          interpret the play’s themes, message and settings. When the unit is complete the
                          pupils will then have to complete a section of coursework based on the work they
                          have done. Lastly within the unit the pupils will watch a live theatre performance
                          either at a theatre or at school, where they will show their understanding by writing
                          a theatre review.
Unit 3 is worth 40% of the final marks.
                          Unit 3 comprises of a devised play where the students will work in small groups to
                          devise a play based on a given theme from the examining board. The devised play
                          will show their ability to use their acting skills. The devised piece of theatre is
                          performed to an audience and a visiting examiner. There is no coursework element
                          for this unit.
What the course prepares you for:
                          Although there is always the possibility of becoming a professional performer, it is
                          important to remember that Drama develops skills that are important to whatever
                          students do in the future. These include:
                              Working maturely and creatively with others
                              Suggesting relevant ideas, listening to and developing the ideas of others
                              Understanding other view points
                              Developing self confidence and self esteem
                              Making decisions and solving problems
                              Accepting and acting upon constructive criticism
                              Working independently and being responsible for decisions made
                              Giving helpful advice to others
For further information please see Mrs Fraternale - Denton
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GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature or GCSE
English
                          Three subjects will be offered to students studying English from 2010. They can
                          study either English Language and English Literature for which they will be
                          awarded two separate GCSE awards, or English for which students will be
                          awarded one GCSE.

Examination:                            All courses contain formal examinations. Examinations will be
                                       completed in either January or June 2010
Coursework:                            All courses will assess students during the two years through a
                                       series of controlled assessments which will replace the traditional
                                       coursework tasks.

Course Details:
English Language
                          Students will:
                                    Complete at least three speaking and listening tasks
                                    Complete a study of spoken language
                                    Study and compare different texts
                                    Produce a variety of written tasks for different audiences and purposes
English Literature
                          Students will:
                                    Study a variety of texts such as poems, novels, short stories and
                                       analyse the language, ideas and themes.
                                    Make comparisons between different texts.
English
                          Students will:
                                    Complete a variety of speaking and listening tasks.
                                                   Study a variety of texts and make comparisons, looking at the language
                                                    and ideas.
                                                   Produce a variety of written tasks for different audiences and
                                                    purposes.

The Course prepares students with:
                                              The functional skills that all employers require.
                                              The qualifications that all Further and Higher Education
                                               establishments require.
                                              The reading, writing and speaking and listening skills that are
                                               essential skills in life.
                                                   The ability to empathise with others.

For further information, please see Mrs Smith
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Food Technology (GCSE)
Examination:                           40%
Coursework:                            60%


Course Details:
          Food Technology is a course based on the design process used
          in years 7– 9, i.e. research, development, making and evaluation.
          During the course students will be required to design and make products
          using food.

                          A good understanding of design and some sketching skills are essential
                          as well as an interest in food products, skills in cooking and the ability to
                          work as part of a team and independently.

                          Homework is ongoing and involves buying and preparing ingredients as
                          well as research and developing a portfolio of evidence.



What the Course prepares you for:
                          Food Technology will allow pupils to follow careers in food production,
                          catering, nutrition and dietetics.




For further information please see Mrs Bradshaw
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French (GCSE)

Controlled Assessment: Listening 20% Speaking 30%
Externally Assessment: Reading 20% Writing 30%

Course Details:
                          Students can take GCSE French at Foundation or Higher Level.
                          The grades available at Foundation Level range from C-G and the
                          grades at Higher Level A*-E.
                          Students will be following the AQA Linear Course in French
                          throughout Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11). This means that they
                          will sit an examination at the end of the two years which will determine
                          their GCSE grade. The writing element of the examination is done as
                          externally assessed work.
                          Their work throughout the two years concentrates on four themes:
                                       THEME 1 – MY WORLD
                                       Self, Family and Friends / Interests and Hobbies / Home and
                                       Local Environment / Daily Routine / School and Future Plans
                                       (up to age 18)
                                       THEME 2 – HOLIDAY TIME & TRAVEL
                                       Travel, Transport and Finding the Way / Tourism /
                                       Accommodation / Holiday Activities / Services
                                       THEME 3 – WORK & LIFESTYLE
                                       Home Life / Healthy Living / Part-time Jobs and Work
                                       Experience / Leisure / Shopping
                                       THEME 4 – THE YOUNG PERSON IN SOCIETY
                                       Character and Personal Relationships / The Environment /
                                       Education / Careers and Future Plans (after age 18) /
                                       Social Issues, Choices and Responsibilities
                          There will be many opportunities for pupils to visit France.
                          This will allow them to sample a different culture and improve
                          their language skills. They could join us on our very successful annual
                          visit to Disneyland Paris.
What the Course prepares you for:
                 Language learning can help:
                     Increase confidence
                     Improve listening skills
                     Perform well under pressure
                     Learn about new cultures
The course will help students in future careers. Employers and colleges are keen to
accept students who can speak a foreign language.
For further information please see Mrs Napoli
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Geography (GCSE)

Examination: Two modular exams worth 75 %
Coursework: Controlled Assessment/Fieldwork 25%

Course Details:
                          Geography is a subject that opens up opportunities in many different
                          walks of life. It teaches skills that are valuable in many different
                          types of employment.

                          The new GCSE Geography syllabus gives students the opportunity to
                          study topics that humans face in the 21 st Century. There are three main
                          units. These are:-
                              1) Physical Geography (Section A) – Restless Earth, Weather and
                                  Climate, Coastal Zones
                              2) Human Geography (Section B) – Population Change,
                                  Globalisation, Tourism.
                              3) Local fieldwork investigation.

What the Course prepares you for:
                          GCSE Geography lays the foundation for students to further their
                          education in the study of Geography or related subjects such as Leisure
                          and Tourism and Travel and Tourism.

                          GCSE Geography develops key skills that are essential for the world of
                          work and further education. To have an understanding of the processes
                          that go on around us ultimately gives us an advantage when facing
                          problems, issues and future developments that impact upon humans.

                          Typical careers associated with Geography:
                          Surveying                        Crime/Location analysts
                          Tourism & Recreation             Leisure and Sports industries
                          Emergency Services               Accountancy/Law
                          Engineering/Architecture         Environmental organisations
                          GIS specialists                  Retail




For further information please see Mr Killen
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Graphic Products (GCSE)

Examination: 40%
Coursework: 60%


Course Details:
                          The course builds on existing drawing skills students have gained in
                          lower school during Technology lessons. Students will investigate
                          different types of drawing styles including 2-dimensional and 3-
                          dimensional hand drawing techniques.

                          The course will also look at computer aided design, along with computer
                          aided manufacture using the laser cutter and Cam 1 machines. Students
                          will gain skills in prototype model making using various materials.
                          Computer graphics will also be covered looking at Techsoft and
                          Photoshop graphic packages.




What the Course prepares you for:
                          The course will allow you to pursue various careers in the graphics
                          industry including Graphic Design at A Level, Technical Illustration,
                          and Computer Graphics to name just a few.




For further information please see Mr Morris
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Health & Social Care (GCSE)

Examination:                                                       40% (A912)
Controlled Assessment:                                            60% (A911)

Course Details:
                          Health and Social Care covers two compulsory units, both of which must
                          be completed by the deadlines given.
                          These units are:
                                        1. Health and Social Care and Early Years’ Provision
                                           (Unit A911). This is in the form of a controlled
                                           assessment. Candidates are given a set of tasks and
                                           study any Health, Social Care or early years’
                                           organisation.
                                        2. Understanding Personal Development and
                                           Relationships, (Unit 912). This unit is externally
                                           assessed. The focus of this unit is to develop awareness
                                           of the ‘norms’ of development in the different life stages.
                                           Candidates also need to understand how factors can
                                           influence growth and development and contribute to the
                                           development of self concept.

                          The subject involves learning about:
                                         Health, social care and early years’ sectors
                                         The different jobs in health and social care
                                         Effective communication skills
                                         Promoting health and social care
                                         Factors affecting everybody’s health and happiness
                                         Understanding personal development at each life stage
                                         Social and economic factors that affect our development
                                         Types of support available for life changes

What the Course prepares you for:

                                                            Further vocational training at college
                                                            Entry on to training schemes for social work
                                                            Grounding for further work in the NHS or Early Years’
                                                             Service
For further information please see Mrs Roberts
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History (GCSE)

Examination: 75 %
Coursework: 25 %

Course Details:
                          All the work will be based upon modern world and British history during
                          the 20th century. There will be four units of work:
                                          Outline study – International relations 1900-1991. (One
                                            examination paper, 1hour 15 minutes). This topic covers
                                            The Cold War, how it developed, the problems involved
                                            and how it ended.
                                          Depth study – Germany 1918 – 39 (One examination
                                            paper, 1hour 15 minutes).
                                          A Source enquiry – Britain and the Second World War
                                            1931-51, (One examination paper 1hour 15minutes).
                                          A controlled assessment

                          Students will be working in different ways. Reading and writing are
                          important as they will be making notes and writing descriptions and
                          explanations about the events and changes being studied. Students will
                          also be using sources to evaluate and interpret their importance.
                          They will be encouraged to become independent learners, though
                          they will have opportunities to work in groups. Considerable use of
                          DVDs, CDs and interactive presentations will be made and students will
                          be able to use and develop ICT skills.

What the Course prepares you for:
                          Students do not have to work in a museum if they choose History!
                          It is a strong GCSE subject and is seen as a good qualification by
                          employers and colleges. It combines well with other subjects to give
                          them a good education. The skills and ideas they develop will help them
                          in many different careers e.g. law, journalism, social services, the health
                          service and business. The knowledge and understanding they gain will
             `            help them understand the world in which they live. Most further
                          education colleges offer History and related subjects and this course will
                          provide students with a strong foundation.


For further information please see Mr Killen/Miss Griffin
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Hospitality Diploma (Level 2)

Examination: Unit 1 has a 1¾ hour, short answer examination paper.
Coursework: Units2-8 are continually assessed.

Course Details:
                          There are eight units covering the following aspects of the Hospitality
                          Industry:-
                          The Hospitality Industry: Job opportunities and economic impact in
                                                       the UK.
                          People in Hospitality:       People and team work.
                          Hospitality Operations:      Practical skills in cooking, hotel operations
                                                       such as service and accommodation upkeep.
                          Business and Finance:        Budgets, costings, overheads and economy.
                              You could visit hotels, design hotel rooms for celebrity guests.
                              Design a menu for a themed party such as an Oscars Ceremony.
                              Provide top quality service for school events.
In addition:
                                 Additional and Specialist Learning – choose an additional subject
                                  to help your diploma such as GCSE Language.
                                 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.
                                 Personal Learning and Thinking skills.
                                 Work experience – 10 days working in the industry.
                                 Projects – In year 11 students will complete a project.
What the Course prepares you for:
                                
                               Advanced Diploma Hospitality
                                
                               BSC (Hons) Hospitality Management
                                
                               ‘A’ level Food Technology
                                
                               BSC (Hons) Food and Nutrition
                                
                               Training within the Industry in jobs such as Hotel Managers,
                               Bar/Restaurant Manager, Receptionist, Wedding planner, Cruise
                               Staff, Sports/Leisure Organiser, Events Management, Chef,
                               Waiter/Waitress, and Theme Park Management.
                          Find out more: www.direct.gov.uk/diplomas
                                         www.connexions-direct.com
                                        www.skillset.org/diploma.com


For further information please see Mrs Bamber
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ICT – Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
Examination: 0%
Coursework: 100%

Course Details:
                          In ICT, students will study towards Edexcel’s Certificate in Digital
                          Applications (CiDA). The course consists of two units of work, each
                          equivalent to one GCSE. The units are:
                                     Unit 1 – Using ICT (compulsory unit)
                                     Unit 2 – Multimedia
                                     Unit 3 – Graphics
                                     Unit 4 – ICT and Enterprise
                                     Unit 5 – Games Authoring

                          In Year 10, all students will study Unit 1 as this is the compulsory unit.
                          Students must attempt Unit 1 to pass the course.

                          In Year 11, students will study one of the units from Units 2 to 5. The
                          class teacher will decide upon the most relevant unit based upon their
                          strengths.

                          Further details are also available from www.edexcel.com/dida.


What the course prepares you for:
                          CiDA consists of two paperless qualifications that focus on the
                          practical application of technology and prepare students for the real
                          world of work or further education. It promotes the creative use of digital
                          application and challenges students to demonstrate what they know. The
                          course is designed to equip students with the skills they need to live, learn
                          and earn in the 21st Century.

                          CiDA enables students to make the leap from passive consumers to active
                          producers of quality digital content. It develops their ability to organise
                          themselves and their work and encourages them to reflect critically on
                          their own and others’ use of ICT.




For further information please see Mrs Coleman
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ICT (Compulsory)
Examination: 100%
Coursework: 0%

Course Details:
                          In compulsory ICT, students will work towards the requirements for
                          Functional ICT

                          Functional ICT is about developing practical skills that help students
                          gain the most out of work, education and everyday life, encouraging
                          students to use technology in ways which make them effective and
                          involved as citizens and enable them to operate confidently in life and
                          work in a wide range of contexts.

                          Throughout the course, there are a number of practical and theory based
                          tasks to help prepare students for the examination.

What the course prepares you for:
                          In order to use ICT effectively in everyday life, students must demonstrate
                          that they can confidently apply, combine and adapt their ICT knowledge
                          to new situations in their life and work. Students must also demonstrate
                          that they understand the role that ICT plays in the world and use ICT in
                          ways that enable them to function as effective citizens.

                          Assessment will cover three skill areas including:

                                      Using ICT Systems
                                      Using ICT to find information
                                      Communicating information using ICT




For further information please see Mrs Coleman
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Mathematics (GCSE)
Examination: 100%
Course Details:
                          At Westleigh all students will get to study a modular mathematics course. A
                          modular mathematics course allows students to be assessed in different areas
                          of mathematics when the students are prepared for the assessment. A typical
                          student schedule for these assessments are:

                                                     Unit 1 – Statistics & Number        27% November Y10
                                                     Unit 2 – Number/Algebra             33% June     Y10
                                                     Unit 3 – Geometry & Algebra         40% June     Y11

                                       Students will study each module at a level that is appropriate to their
                                       ability. There are two tiers available - Higher and Foundation.
                                       The grades available for each tier are shown in the table.
                       Higher                           A*        A   B        C      D
                       Foundation                                              C      D        E   F       G

                          All students will be supported to achieve or exceed their target grades in each
                          module. As part of this support, provisions are made for those pupils who may
                          need to repeat a module examination to ensure they reach their full
                          potential.

                          Within the mathematics faculty, students will learn through ICT with access to a
                          dedicated ICT suite and suite of laptops. Every room has an interactive whiteboard
                          that is used to develop students’ understanding. We believe that by using ICT to
                          complement traditional learning resources such as mathematics textbooks all
                          students will be able to achieve success during their time on the course.

What the Course Prepares you for:
                          As well as gaining an essential qualification, the course will prepare students
                          to use mathematics within the real world. We encourage students who gain a
                          C grade or above to study mathematics further, whether this is at AS and A
                          level or within a diploma.

                          Typical careers involving mathematics include:

                                       Accountant                              Insurance               Architect
                                       Engineer                                Economist               Actuary
                                       Medicine                                Meteorologist           Programmer
                                       Analyst                                 Statistician            Cryptologist
                                       Environmentalist                        Surveyor                Project Manager

For further information please see Mr Karsondas
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Media Studies (BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Creative Media
              Production)

Controlled Assessment: 100%


Course Details:
                          This course is assessed by written coursework and presentations for each
                          module.

                          The course consists of 2 x compulsory units (e.g. Research Creative
                                                       Media Production)
                                                 2 x Optional units (e.g. Animation Techniques)
                          This exciting course would be a great opportunity for students who have
                          an interest in the Media; wish to study TV and film; discover how they
                          are produced; try their hand at photography and wish to create new
                          media artefacts using a variety of media equipment.


What the Course prepares you for:
                          This course can lead to a course at college and then in further education
                          to study Creative Media. Many past pupils have gone on to study
                          photography, film studies, journalism, teaching, web design and many
                          other jobs that are going to be extremely important in the future with the
                          growth of technology.




For further information please see Miss Kedward
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Music (GCSE)

Examination: 20 %
Coursework: 80 %

Course Details:
                          This course is designed for students who have a keen interest in music or
                          are talented musicians. GCSE Music focuses on practical music making
                          and offers students the opportunity to study an enjoyable and rewarding
                          course. It focuses on three compulsory areas – Composing, Performing,
                          Listening and Appraising.
                                       Performing
                                           Students must sing or be able to play a chosen musical instrument
                                           Students must perform two pieces of music – a solo and an ensemble
                                             piece
                                           All students will learn and develop keyboard skills in music lessons
                                           Ideally all students will have the chance to have instrumental music
                                             lessons, which are at a reduced rate for GCSE pupils.
                                       Composing
                                           All students will learn to make up their own pieces of music
                                           Students must submit two pieces of music in different musical styles
                                           Students will learn how to use computers with music software to
                                             record their music
                                           Students must demonstrate an understanding of composing skills
                                       Listening
                                           Students must demonstrate a broad understanding of musical styles
                                           Students must listen to a variety of music styles and answer questions
                                           All students will study the development of music, including pop music.
                                           Students will learn to identify different musical styles and instruments

                          Coursework consists of practising performance pieces for recording and
                          developing original compositions using classroom resources. The
                          flexibility of the course allows students to submit work throughout the
                          course to continuously improve assessment marks and potential grades.

What the Course prepares you for:
                          GCSE Music is a demanding and intensive course which develops self-
                          discipline, confidence, independent learning and promotes creative skills,
                          whilst providing a balance to other subjects.


For further information please see Mr Dykes
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PE (Compulsory)


Course Details:
                          In line with government requirements, each pupil will take part in at
                          least one hour of physical activity a week.

                          Each student will work towards the requirements for the Edexcel GCSE
                          short course PE. If these are met they will be entered for the
                          examination at the end of year 11 and therefore gain half the points of a
                          full GCSE grade.

                          Some of the practical activities on offer are:
                                                 Hockey, Netball, Football, Trampolining,
                                                 Badminton, Swimming, Athletics, Rounders,
                                                 Rugby, Fitness Training

                          Students will also develop their knowledge for the theory element of
                          the examination course, completing units such as: sports injuries, diet,
                          training and fitness.


What the Course prepares you for:

                                       Careers in the following:
                                                      Coaching/sport
                                                      Science background
                                                      Any work where teamwork and co-operation are
                                                        important
                                                      Leadership roles
                                                      A healthy lifestyle




For further information please see Miss Bakstad
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PE (GCSE)

Examination: 60% Practical
Coursework: 40% Theory


Course Details:
                          Students will study several sports. They will do this in practical lessons
                          where they will be taught the correct techniques, tactics and rules of each
                          sport and will improve their practical performance.
                          At the end of the course they are examined in their four best sports which
                          will be marked out of 10. (=60%)

                          Sports usually offered:                 Hockey, Netball, Football, Trampolining,
                                                                  Badminton, Swimming, Athletics,
                                                                  Rounders, Rugby, Fitness Training

                          In addition, students will be taught in theory lessons one lesson a week
                          about factors affecting performance and how the body works,
                          particularly when exercising. We call this anatomy and physiology. They
                          are examined by a One hour 45 minute written paper worth 40%.

                          Pupils opting to study full course PE will also be trained as Junior Sports
                          Leaders during Year 10, as well as gaining a qualification in either First
                          Aid or as a rugby referee. One hour of primary coaching is also
                          included.


What the Course prepares you for:
                                       Careers in the following:
                                                      Coaching/sport
                                                      Science background
                                                      Any work where teamwork and co-operation are
                                                        important
                                                      Leadership roles
                                                      A healthy lifestyle



For further information please see Miss Bakstad
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Product Design (GCSE)

Examination: 40 %
Coursework: 60% - Design Portfolio, 3D products

Course Details:
                          Product Design involves the designing and making of new and innovative
                          products. Throughout the two-year course, students will be looking at
                          how businesses find and develop new products. As part of their major
                          project in year 11, students will then develop their own product, seeing
                          it through each stage from design to manufacture.

                         In Product Design students will create a design folder showing the
                          development of their own new product. This folder, as well as a 3D
                          model of their product, will form 60% of their GCSE grade. The other
                          40% of the marks will be awarded in an examination, testing their
                          understanding of the theory of Design and Technology.
                         Product Design combines different branches of Design and Technology
                          (Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles and Electronics). High-grade
                          projects are often those that involve a range of materials and techniques.
                         The manufacture of models and prototypes is an essential aspect of any
                          Product Design course. Students will be expected to make models using
                          materials such as styrofoam, foam clad board, MDF and a range of
                          other modelling materials. Sometimes a skilfully made prototype will be
                          the final outcome.
                         Computer Aided Design will be a key part of the course. Product
                          Designers will be expected to use a range of ICT techniques as well as
                          other methods of presenting work/ideas (e.g. researching using Internet
                          resources, using Computer Aided Design software such as Pro/Desktop
                          and Photoshop).


What the Course prepares you for:
                          The Product Design course will give students knowledge, skills and
                          understanding to form a strong foundation to study Design and
                          Technology further at college. It will also form a strong base for
                          vocational study in Technology.

For further information please see Mr Thompson or, Mrs Caldwell-
Richards
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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) with
Citizenship Studies
The work you complete in both subjects will count towards the ASDAN CoPE qualification
(Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)

How you will be assessed:
                          There are no exams to sit but you do need to complete a portfolio of evidence as you
                          go along. For each of the credits that you complete you must prove that you have
                          met the standards required by showing the assessor the work you have done. This
                          evidence can come in many forms from written notes to photographs and video
                          diaries.

                          There are two levels of the qualification: Level 1 which is equivalent to a GCSE
                          grade D/E and level 2 which is equivalent to a grade B. The same booklet is used
                          for both levels but the portfolio you complete needs to be of a higher standard for
                          level 2.
Course Details:
                          Each pupil will study PSHEE & Citizenship in years 10 and 11. The topics studied
                          include:
                                            Careers – including preparing for interviews and finding a job
                                            Health – including Drug, Sex and Relationships Education
                                              (SRE)
                                            Citizenship – including human rights, politics and the
                                              environment
                                            Economic Understanding
                          Citizenship is studied for one lesson a week over the two years and PSHEE is
                          studied for one lesson a week for half of each year. Pupils have the opportunity to
                          take part in a two-week work experience and will receive careers guidance from the
                          Connexions service. In order to facilitate an interview with a personal advisor
                          Connexions will require access to names and addresses of parents/guardians from
                          school. If you do not wish Connexions to access this information please let the
                          school office know.

                          All of the work completed in lessons and the two-week work experience count
                          towards the 12 modules required to complete the qualification.
What the Course prepares you for:
                          Many organisations such as colleges and employers take a good view of the CoPE
                          and what it says about the person that has completed it. Doing the course can
                          provide you with many of the ‘soft’ skills that employers are looking for such as
                          working in a team, showing leadership skills and giving presentations. Completing
                          a portfolio for evidence rather than sitting an examination is also good preparation
                          for working life.



For further information please see Mr Gregory
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Psychology
Examination:
           There are two examinations, both of which are one hour and fifteen
           minutes. They account for 80% of the final mark, 40% each.
Controlled Assessment:
           There is also a controlled assessment which accounts for the remaining
           20% of the marks. This is a research piece which is carried out in
           several lessons and is then discussed, along with provided material, in
           timed and monitored conditions.
.

Course Details:
                          Pupils will study a range of psychological approaches and topics. There
                          are five approaches covered and within each there are two topics.
                                    Social Psychology: Non-Verbal Communication and
                                      Obedience
                                    Developmental: Attachment and Cognitive Development
                                    Individual Differences: Atypical behaviour and the self
                                    Cognitive: Memory and Perception
                                    Biological: Criminal behaviour and sex and gender




What the Course prepares you for:
                           The course prepares students for an extensive range of jobs and further
                          educational studies. The course focuses on learning more about people,
                          the mind and behaviour so any career where students are working with
                          other people will benefit from studying psychology. The subject has an
                          impact on all areas of life, especially education, health, crime, economy
                          and industry, so related jobs could be anything from teaching to social
                          work. Students will also learn valuable transferable skills, and as
                          Psychology is currently the most studied ‘A’ Level it may additionally be
                          something to consider.




For further information please see Mrs Anthony/Mr Gregory
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Religious Studies (Compulsory)

Non examination
Course Details:
                           At KS4 all pupils will continue to study CRE ‘Christianity and Ethics’
                          The lessons are interesting, stimulating and topical but this is not an
                          examination option.
                                Subjects covered include:
                                     Year 10
                                     The Right to Life : Abortion/Euthanasia
                                     The Use of Medical Technology : Fertility /Genetic
                                     Engineering
                                     Global Concerns : The Environment/ World Poverty
                                     Year 11
                                     Personal Responsibility : Sex /Religion /Drugs
                                     Social Responsibility : Marriage / Prejudice and
                                     Discrimination Conflict: World Peace / Crime and
                                     Punishment

                                                    Religious Studies is a dual process of learning about and
                                                    learning from. Written work is required but the subject also
                                                    provides a forum for discussion, encouraging students to
                                                    listen to the opinions of others and to their express personal
                                                    viewpoints.

                                                    Skills learned
                                                    Clear and logical thinking
                                                    Literacy and expression
                                                    Planning
                                                    Problem solving
                                                    Research

What the course prepares you for:
                          Skills developed in CRE can be applied in other contexts, especially
                          on a CV.
                          Religious Studies also fosters the development of personal and social
                          responsibility, and generates good citizenship.


For further information please see Mrs Smith
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Religious Studies (GCSE)

Examination: 100%

Course Details:
                          This is an OPTION subject for a FULL COURSE GCSE
                          Sections studied: JUDAISM and CHRISTIANITY
                                We learn:
                                         how two major and very important religions originated
                                           and evolved
                                         about special and inspirational people
                                         about beliefs and how they affect the way that people
                                           live their lives

                          Religious Studies is a dual process of learning about and learning from.
                          Written work is required but the subject also provides a forum for
                          discussion, encouraging pupils to listen to the opinions of others and to
                          their express personal viewpoints.
                                Skills learned:
                                            Clear and logical thinking        Planning
                                            Literacy and expression           Problem solving
                                            Negotiating                       Research
                                            Organising                        Working to deadlines
                          These skills can be applied in other contexts, especially on a CV.
                          Religious Studies also fosters the development of personal and social
                          responsibility and generates good citizenship.

What the course prepares you for:
                          Religious Studies is a very highly regarded and academic
                          qualification, opening doors into further education‘A’ level Religion and
                          Philosophy Courses and other courses, particularly those that may
                          require specific qualifications e.g. Law
                                Professional Careers
                                            Advice Worker                   Retail and Business
                                            Counsellor                      Social Worker
                                            Equal Opportunities Officer     Journalist
                                            Health and Social Work          Librarian
                                            Public Administration           Prison Officer
                                            Youth and Community Worker Teacher

For further information please see Mrs Smith
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Resistant Materials (GCSE)
Examination: 40%
Coursework: 60%

Course Details:
                          Resistant Materials is a course based on the design process students
                          have used in years 7–9, i.e. research, development, making and
                          evaluation. During the course students will be required to design and
                          make products using resistant materials, such as wood, metal and plastic.

                          The course offers students the opportunity to apply and extend the skills
                          learned in Design and Technology during years 7-9 whilst completing the
                          necessary coursework and theory.

                          A good understanding of design and some drawing ability are essential,
                          as is a willingness to work independently on a project chosen from a
                          range of tasks set by the examination board.

                          Homework is ongoing and involves work required for the chosen
                          project. It may also involve research and require students to attend
                          workshops after school or at lunchtime.


What the Course prepares you for:
                          Resistant Materials will allow students to follow many different careers.
                          It is especially useful for people wishing to become Design Engineers,
                          Craftsmen or Construction Workers.

                          For those who want to continue their studies, the following courses are
                          available at Wigan & Leigh College:

                          A Level Design & Technology        GNVQ Engineering
                          GNVQ Manufacturing                 NVQ Engineering Manufacture
                          GNVQ Construction and Built Environment
                          NVQ Bench Joinery                  NVQ Construction Crafts
                          BTEC National Diploma in Computer aided Mechanical &
                          Manufacturing Engineering

For further information please see Mr Morris
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Science Courses (GCSE)
                                                  Core Science    Additional    Additional      Triple Award Science
                                                                   Science       Applied
                                                                                 Science
                                                                                             Biology Chemistry   Physics
                        Examination
                        %
                                                          67         67             50        67        67         67
                        Coursework
                        %
                                                          33         33             50        33        33         33

Course Details:
                          Students will study the OCR Core Science course in Year 10 which includes various
                          biology, physics and chemistry modules, literacy through science and how science
                          is related to everyday life.

                          Practical work and report writing play an important part in the GCSE Core Science
                          course and these will be assessed throughout the course.

                          To further their science studies, students will be advised by staff on the course that
                          would best suit them for Year 11. This allows a more personalised approach to
                          learning and ensures that the students follow a path that matches their ability.

Dual Award Science (2 GCSEs):
                                 OCR Core and OCR Additional Science enables the students to follow a
                                  traditional academic route onto A-levels and then university.
                                 OCR Core and OCR Additional Applied Science enables the students to go
                                  on to study Applied Science A-level or enter the world of work.
Triple Award Science (3 GCSEs)
                                 There will be the opportunity for students who achieve level 6+ at Key Stage
                                  3 to study OCR Triple Award Science which will allow them to gain a GCSE
                                  in each separate science: biology, chemistry and physics. This allows for a
                                  more academic route into a science career or university degree.
                                 Students who take Triple Award Science will miss one lesson of compulsory
                                  ICT in year 10 and one lesson of compulsory PE in year 11.
Vocational Science
                                 There will also be a vocational science course available to some pupils which
                                  will provide a practical and engaging alternative to GCSEs. This course will
                                  be suited to those who may wish to take a more vocational approach to their
                                  career and is based on continuous assessment so there are no formal
                                  examinations to sit.
                                 Pupils will carry out a range of tasks that have been designed to recognise
                                  their achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the
                                  workplace. The completed course is equivalent to 2 GCSEs (A*- C)
For further information please see Mr Darby
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Travel & Tourism (BTEC First Certificate Level 2)

Coursework:100%


Course Details:
                          Students will study various units including worldwide travel and
                          tourism destinations, work place communication skills, selling
                          skills, business skills for travel and tourism and retail travel
                          services. Students will be assessed mainly by coursework
                          assignments and several external tests on specified units.


What the Course prepares you for:
                          This course is designed for people who are thinking about working
                          in the travel and tourism industry, which is the largest employer in
                          the country by providing jobs in travel shops, airports, holiday
                          destinations, visitor centres, amusements parks, hotels, restaurants,
                          bars and clubs.

                          Students can go into employment within the travel industry or
                          progress to the National Certificate (A level standard) in Travel and
                          Tourism at sixth-form college.




For further information please see Mrs Napoli
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                                                                        BAND H
                            NAME                                                                     FORM
                                                             OPTION A DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
                                                                 CHOOSE ONE: (3 lessons)

                        Art and Design in Creative Media                                                    
                        Food Technology                                                                     
                        Graphic Products                                                                    
                        Product Design                                                                      
                        Resistant Materials                                                                 

                                                          OPTION B CHOOSE ONE: (3 lessons)
                                                         (With 1 lesson of ICT and 1 lesson of PE)
                        Construction                                                                        
                        Drama                                                                               
                        Geography                                                                           
                        ICT – Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)                                    
                        Music                                                                               
                        PE - BTEC                                                                           
                        Psychology                                                                          
                        Travel & Tourism                                                                    

                                                           OPTION C CHOOSE ONE: (2 lessons)
                        Art & Design                                                                        
                        Dance                                                                               
                        French                                                                              
                        Health & Social Care                                                                
                        History                                                                             
                        ICT – Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)                                    
                        Media Studies                                                                       
                        PE - GCSE                                                                           
                        Religious Studies                                                                   

                        Tick this box if you want to do Triple Award Science                                
Reserve Subject ______________________________________
Career Intention ________________________
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