Kinlochbervie High School Information Booklet for S3 Courses March 2006 S3 Choice of Course Information All pupils in S3 should take English, Maths, French, Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies (RMPS), Personal & Social Education (PSE) and core Physical Education (PE). Pupils must choose to do another five subjects. Subjects are at Standard Grade unless stated otherwise on the relevant page. Choices should include at least one subject from each of the following groups. The final subject chosen may be from any group. The groupings taken are from national guidelines to schools that have been put in place to ensure pupils follow a broad curriculum. Creative/aesthetic Science Social Subjects Technological Art & Design Biology Business Mgmt* Accounting FTT* or LCT* Chemistry Geography Art & Design* Music Physics History Business Management* Physical Education* Computing Practical Cookery* ECS or EFT or WWS FTT* or LCT* Music* Product Design LCT: Lifestyle & Consumer Technology, FTT: Fashion & Textile Technology ECS: Engineering Craft Skills, ETC: Enterprise Through Craft, WWS: Woodworking Skills Some subjects fully meet the requirements of their particular group. Other subjects (marked * ) do not meet the requirements of the group automatically, but depend on the details of the courses prepared in a school. We have carried out careful comparisons with the requirements and all of the above subjects can be considered as fitting. However, parents should be aware that they may limit the breadth of their child‟s curriculum by choosing such a subject and Mrs Gunn should be consulted before a decision is made. Subjects that appear in two groups can be chosen to represent either, e.g. Art & Design can be chosen as the creative/aesthetic or the technological subject. Please contact Dr Smith or Mrs Gunn should you wish to discuss any aspect of this process. Pupils are encouraged to speak to relevant subject teachers. We will endeavour to provide as many pupils as possible with the subjects of choice, but it is inevitable that some pupils will have to accept at least one of their reserve subjects. Also, it is likely some subjects will be withdrawn due to low levels of interest. Please return the choice of course form to Dr Smith no later than Wednesday 29 March 2006. Forms received after this date may be too late to be taken into consideration when the timetable is being made up and all the chosen subjects may not be available. Art & Design : Intermediate 1 and 2 Aims Art and Design is a two year course which follows the Higher Still Intermediate level guidelines and aims to offer a wide range of practical experiences. This course provides pupils with better preparation for progression in S5/6 and gives them an opportunity to achieve at a higher level than Standard Grade. It encourages pupils to become more visually aware, to have the confidence to express their own ideas and feelings visually and to be able to solve practical design problems. Content The course is devised to benefit pupils at all levels of ability with a variety of activities and experiences throughout the two years. Pupils follow a common course and individual areas of interest are encouraged and developed. Towards the end of S3 pupils will be advised as to the level they should achieve in S4: either Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2. Art & Design covers both the technological and the creative/aesthetic areas of the curriculum. There are three main areas of study. Expressive Activity involves pupils in practical work exploring a given theme and expressing their own ideas and feelings visually using a variety of media and materials which may include drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, 3-dimensional work, computer graphics and digital imagery. Pupils are expected to keep personal sketchbooks at home to record ideas and research for work in the classroom. Design Activity gives pupils the opportunity to tackle practical problem solving through a process which demonstrates investigation and research into a design brief, development of ideas, presentation of their own solution in 2-dimensional or 3- dimensional form and evaluation of the result. This can include activities such as product design, graphic or fashion design. Art & Design Studies is intended to encourage pupils to develop ideas and opinions on their own and on the work of other artists and designers and to make their own judgments in written and visual form. Throughout the course pupils will have to complete written assignments which will be closely related to their practical work. Assessment Assessment at Intermediate level is based on a pupil's performance in each of the three activities, with most of the course work being assessed internally (this provides frequent opportunities for individual discussion on progress). Classroom folio work is currently verified by a 3 hour practical exam, with art work sent to the SQA for final grading. Pupils working at Intermediate 1 submit a piece of written work to the SQA for external marking while those at Intermediate 2 level take a 1 hour written exam in Art & Design Studies. Further Study Pupils who achieve Intermediate 1 or 2 in S4 can progress to Intermediate 2 or Higher respectively in S5. Progression then leads to the Advanced Higher course in S6, which has had a good uptake of pupils in past years resulting in acceptances at Art College or University to study fine art, design or architecture. Biology Aims Standard Grade Biology aims to provide pupils with an understanding of living organisms and their relationship to the natural environment in which they live. The course also aims to provide pupils with an insight into the applications of biological principles to relevant areas of human activity such as health care, environmental management and technology. Content Standard Grade Biology not only covers the traditional study of plants and animals and their environments, but also recently developed areas such as molecular biology and biotechnology, which are highly relevant to society today. Three aspects of the subject are developed: * the biological basis of life, which includes the study of cells, plant growth, genetics and the processes necessary for animal survival. * the relationship of living things to their environments, and to each other, including human influence on the environment * the ways in which Biology is applied in work, health and leisure activities, such as sport. Completion of homework on a regular basis is an important feature of the course. Assessment There are three assessable elements in the course: * Knowledge and Understanding (KU) * Problem Solving (PS) * Practical Abilities (PA). KU and PS are assessed by means of an external examination held towards the end of S4. PA involves the assessment of the skills required to carry out an experimental investigation in Biology. This element is assessed internally by the class teacher. The three assessable elements contribute to the overall grade gained in the proportions 2 parts KU, 2 parts PS and 1 part PA. Further Study/Career Options Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher Biology in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 2 Biology in S5/6. Standard Grade Biology can open the way to a wide range of careers including careers allied to medicine, agriculture, environmental science, biotechnology and scientific research. Biology is also suited to provide skills which can be useful in other career areas such as Management, Accountancy or the Civil Service. Business Studies Department The department is offering two courses to S3 this session, Accounting and Business Management. However, it is highly likely only one of them will actually run. Both courses are offered at Intermediate level rather than at Standard Grade. This is because Intermediate offers a better preparation for continuing at a higher level in S5/6. Also, an A pass at Intermediate 2 is thought to be a better qualification than a Grade 1 at Standard Grade. Further information is available from Mr McMahon. Accounting : Intermediate 1 and 2 This course aims to develop in candidates the ability to identify, accurately record and communicate financial and other relevant information to allow judgments and decisions to be made. It encourages candidates to think logically and to apply accounting principles in a consistent and effective manner, thus developing their problem-solving and decision-making skills. Course Structure The course has two units: Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. Financial accounting enables candidates to understand how entrepreneurial organisations are structured, financed, managed and controlled. It will enable candidates to develop the ability and knowledge to prepare business documents, record financial transactions, prepare financial statements of business organisations and gain the skills necessary to analyse and evaluate business performance. The study of management accounting will enable candidates to understand the significance and need for classifying and controlling costs, to develop skills in cash budgeting and to prepare a range of cost statements. It will also develop the skills and techniques necessary to allow candidates to prepare and interpret break-even charts, and to use break-even analysis and marginal costing techniques to make informed decisions. All pupils will initially follow the Int 1 course. Pupils who achieve the required standard will be offered the opportunity to sit the Int 2 exam in S4. It would be beneficial if the candidates had shown an aptitude for mathematics. Throughout the course candidates will be encouraged to use spreadsheets when preparing financial and management accounting statements as their use is mandatory in the unit assessment. Assessment To achieve the course award the candidate must pass the units as well as the course assessment. The candidate‟s grade is based on the course assessment. For each unit, the unit assessments will be of a closed book nature and should take place at an appropriate time. The maximum time allowed for this is 1 hour 30 minutes. The course assessment is an exam which will last 1 hour 30 minutes and will cover the whole course. Business Studies Department, continued Business Management : Intermediate 1 and 2 The study of Business Management at Intermediate 1 develops an awareness of the key elements of business with which managers have to deal. It will enable candidates to acquire knowledge and understanding of the role and operation of business, to develop and apply some problem solving skills, and to communicate by means of written or spoken language. This should benefit all candidates, whether or not they subsequently follow a career in business. Candidates will gain from both the theoretical underpinning and the vocational relevance of the study of business management at this level. Course Structure This course has three units, Business in Contemporary Society, Business Activities and Information in Business. Topics covered by the course include the following. The contribution of business to society, wealth creation, production and consumption, satisfaction of human wants. Types of business organisation: self-employed, private limited company, public limited company, voluntary organisation, charity, public corporation, government-funded service provider, local authority-funded provider. The role of the entrepreneur, enterprise, identifying business opportunities, risk taking. Objectives, profit, survival, growth, social responsibility, provision of a service, relating to different types of organisation. Operations, marketing, human resources and information in business. All pupils will initially follow the Int 1 course. Pupils who achieve the required standard will be offered the opportunity to sit the Int 2 exam in S4. It would be beneficial if the candidates had shown an aptitude for English. Assessment To achieve the course award the candidate must pass the units as well as the course assessment. The candidate‟s grade is based on the course assessment. For each unit, the unit assessments will be of a closed book nature and should take place at an appropriate time. External assessment will be by means of a single written exam, worth 50 marks, of 1¼ hours duration. Knowledge & understanding, problem solving and decision making will be assessed in this paper. It will consist of two interpretation items; each answer should be about 300 words and is worth 25 marks. Progression within Business Studies Department at the End of S4 Pupils with an Int 2 pass can progress to Higher in S5/6 while those with an Int 1 pass can progress to Intermediate 2 in S5/6 and get a head start in their career. Chemistry Aims The Standard Grade Chemistry Course aims to make pupils aware of the chemical basis of the world around them - for example, food, clothes and the environment are all results of chemistry in action. The course also aims to show something of the contribution of chemistry to the quality of everyday life - for example, in searching for better fuels and for better medicines, in fighting against corrosion, in developing and improving substances to help crops grow and in producing plastic and other useful materials. It is important for pupils to be aware of the problems of pollution caused by misusing materials and the dangers of squandering resources. A proper awareness of the problems and dangers, along with possible solutions, can only be gained through a study of chemistry. Content The course provides a sound basis for further study, for training or for work. It is available only at the two upper levels of Standard Grade - General Level and Credit Level. Knowledge of chemistry is not gained for its own sake; it is put to use in practical work and in solving chemical problems. Practical laboratory work has an essential place in the course and it acts as a stimulus to interest and enjoyment. Completion of homework on a regular basis is an important feature of the course. Assessment Work is assessed on performance in the following course elements: * Knowledge and Understanding (KU) * Problem Solving (PS) * Practical Techniques * Practical Investigation. Ku and PS are assessed internally on a regular basis through homework and end of topic tests and nationally by written examination, set and marked by SQA. Performance in Practical Techniques and Practical Investigations are conducted in class time, assessed by the teacher, with assessment standards checked by SQA. A combined mark is allocated for this aspect of the course work. Further Study Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher Chemistry in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 2 Chemistry in S5/6. Computing : Intermediate 1 Purpose “The development of computing over the last few decades has been significant in terms of speed and scope. It has had an effect on all aspects of our lives, and its future course remains unpredictable. Our society requires more and more individuals who have the skills to use these tools, who understand how they work, and who have the ability to develop new and improved tools.” Scottish Qualifications Authority, 2004 The aims of the course at Intermediate 1 level is to provide knowledge and understanding of computing, practical skills to use both computer software and hardware, the ability to solve problems using technology and an awareness of the application of these skills socially and in the world of work. There will be the opportunity for able pupils to prepare for Intermediate 2 and Higher in S5. Course Details The course is divided into three units of equal length. Unit One – Computing Applications increases the awareness of a variety of applications and hardware promoting practical skills related to technology. Unit Two – The Multimedia Applications unit is designed to introduce pupils to the software and hardware needed to capture and manipulate text, graphics, sound and video. Unit Three – Computers and the Internet develops further knowledge and understanding of a computer system, as well as the Internet as a source of information and the production of a web site. Assessment and Certification Each unit is internally assessed. This will represent 50% of the final mark. Students who are successful in the unit work will be able to sit the end of course exam. This comprises the remaining 50%. Certification will be at levels; „A‟ (70% and above), „B‟ (60% - 69%), „C‟ (50% - 59%) and „D‟ (45% - 49%, designated a near miss). Students who do not sit, or fail the final exam, will be credited with any unit assessments that they may have passed. Progression Students who achieve Intermediate 1 may progress to * Intermediate 2 Computing or Higher Computing or PC Passport * Further education opportunities using the award for specialist or general entry to courses * A very wide range of employment and training opportunities where the use of, or knowledge of the application of computers is regarded as a core or background skill. Computing : Intermediate 2 Purpose “The development of computing over the last few decades has been significant in terms of speed and scope. It has had an effect on all aspects of our lives, and its future course remains unpredictable. Our society requires more and more individuals who have the skills to use these tools, who understand how they work, and who have the ability to develop new and improved tools.” Scottish Qualifications Authority, 2004 The aims of the course at Intermediate 2 level is to provide knowledge and understanding of computing, practical skills to use both computer software and hardware, the ability to solve problems using technology and an awareness of the application of these skills socially and in the world of work. Course Details The course is divided into three units of equal length. Unit One – Computer Systems develops an understanding of how computers work, how computer hardware and software is organized and how data is input, stored and output. Unit Two – Software Development looks at the software environment and the solving of problems using a programming language. Unit Three – The Multimedia Technology unit is designed to introduce pupils to the software and hardware needed to capture and manipulate text, graphics, sound and video. Assessment and Certification Each unit is internally assessed. This will represent 50% of the final mark. Students who are successful in the unit work will be able to sit the end of course exam. This comprises the remaining 50%. Certification will be at levels; „A‟ (70% and above), „B‟ (60% - 69%), „C‟ (50% - 59%) and „D‟ (45% - 49%, designated a near miss). Students who do not sit, or fail the final exam, will be credited with any unit assessments that they may have passed. Progression Students who achieve Intermediate 2 may progress to * Higher Computing or PC Passport at intermediate or advanced level * Further and education opportunities using the award for specialist or general entry to courses * A very wide range of employment and training opportunities where the use of, or knowledge of the application of computers is regarded as a core or background skill. English Aims The general aims of the English Department apply to all pupils: to develop as fully as possible for each individual the language skills of listening (including viewing), reading, talking, writing and thinking in contexts which promote a growing social and personal awareness. Content More specifically teaching at Standard Grade will seek to improve pupils' performance in the following skills. * Reading For understanding and enjoyment (novels, stories, prose extracts, poems, plays, journalism, etc.). For information (books of reference, instructions, non-fiction, timetables, etc.). * Writing Creative Writing (description, stories, scripts, poems). Writing for Practical Purposes (to convey information, notes, redrafting, letters, forms, etc.). Critical Evaluation of Reading. * Listening & Viewing For understanding and enjoyment (stories, plays, poems - directly or via the media of radio, TV and film). For information. As part of discussion (ideas, feelings, argument). * Talking To convey information, experience, tell stories. To convey ideas, attitudes, feelings. As part of discussion (committee skills, interviews). Assessment Final grades for Reading and Writing will be equally based on external assessment of a folio and on performance in the Standard Grade examination in May. The final grade for Talking is assessed by the class teacher. The Standard Grade Certificate will show separate grades for Reading, Writing and Talking and the overall grade for English. The three separate elements have equal weighting. Further Study All pupils will take English at an appropriate level in S5. French Aims The Modern Languages Department aims to develop some linguistic competence, knowledge about language and confidence in pupils. It will promote the language in everyday use. Pupils will develop the skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing in the foreign language. Content The course is topic based and these will relate to the interests and lifestyles of young French speakers. There will be an emphasis also on the culture of France. The course book is Métro pour l’Ecosse – specially written for pupils studying for Scottish exams. Occasionally this will be supplemented by other materials. Assessment Speaking is continuously assessed over the two years of the course. Speaking is allocated one third of the marks. There is no final speaking exam. Pupils should therefore make their best effort at each of these assessments. Reading comprehension is allocated one third of the marks and is externally assessed in the final exam. Listening is assessed by a final exam and is allocated one sixth of the marks. Writing is a compulsory part of the exam and is also allocated one sixth of the total mark. Writing will be assessed by a folio of three pieces of work which is externally marked by SQA. Further Study/Career Options There are many university courses now available which combine languages with other fields of study e.g. languages/engineering, languages/computing, languages/sciences, languages/law, languages/business studies. Languages are now seen as a desirable even essential skill by many employers. Having one or more foreign language makes the possibility of working abroad much more accessible and increases job prospects at home. Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher French in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 1 or 2. Other languages may be available through open learning in S5/6. Geography Aims The Standard Grade Geography course refines and expands concepts and themes introduced in S1/S2 and develops new concepts and ideas to broaden the geographic understanding and skills of the pupil. Content The course covers two years of class work and is based on three study themes. The Physical Environment (P); The Human Environment (H); International Issues (I) Each of these themes include a range of units which are spread over the two years. Throughout the course relevant geographical enquiry skills are introduced. S3 Units Geographical Skills 1 (P,H) Settlement Studies (H) Farming (H) Industry (H) Physical Landscapes (P) Rural Land Use and Competition (P,H) S4 Units Geographical Skills 2 (P,H) Weather and Climate (P) Natural Environments (P,I) Population (I) Trade, Aid and Development Issues (I) International Relations (I) (S4 also includes a Revision section prior to Final Exam.) Local outdoor field work is an integral part of the course and is essential to the learning of a range of geographical skills which are introduced in both years of the course. Assessment To achieve a good Standard Grade in Geography, you must do well in two main elements. Element Worth General Content & Ideas Knowledge and 40% To develop a sense of place and location. Understanding To develop an understanding of people, Society and landscapes around the world. Enquiry Skills 60% Giving reasons for, justifying, making decisions and good choices. Evaluating information. The Knowledge and Understanding and Enquiry Skills elements will be externally assessed by the Standard Grade exam in May. All Geography candidates will be expected to sit the General Level exam paper and also either the Credit or Foundation paper, depending on their level of performance. Further Study / Career Options Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher Geography in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 2. Geography provides learning skills such as map reading, investigating, information handling, processing and understanding relationships in the human and natural worlds. This can be used in a wide range of careers such as travel, tourism & leisure, transportation, planning, information systems, environmental studies, natural heritage and conservation, countryside rangering & managing and emergency services. The subject is well regarded as a “bridge” between the humanities and sciences. History Aims Concepts and themes introduced in S1/2 are refined and expanded, but by Standard Grade, more focus is placed on skills of analysing evidence, constructing arguments and investigating. The course covers two years of class work and is based on three study themes. Content Scotland and Britain Population Coal Mining 1830s - 1930s Railways Rural Life Town life and Conditions Suffragettes Highland Emigration and Irish Immigration International Cooperation Causes of World War One Road to War & Conflict 1890-1920 Spread of the War Schliefen Plan & Stalemate Trench Warfare The Home Front Treaty of Versailles (1) League of Nations Keeping the Peace People and Power Germany in 1919 Treaty of Versailles (2) 1918-1939 Weimar Republic Inflation & Munich Putsch Rise of the Nazi Party Nazis in Power Assessment To achieve a good Standard Grade in History, you must do well in two main elements. Element Worth General Content & Ideas Knowledge and 40% Applying knowledge in a historical context Understanding and understanding the causes, consequences and importance of events Enquiry Skills 60% Giving reasons for, justifying, making decisions and good choices. The Knowledge & Understanding and Enquiry Skills elements will be externally assessed by the Standard Grade exam in May. All History candidates will be expected to sit the General Level exam paper and also either the Credit or Foundation paper, depending on their level of performance. Further Study/Career Options Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher History in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 2. The investigative nature of History combined with the skill of report writing makes history a good preparation for the following careers - Journalism, Management, Insurance, Local Government, Police, Administration, Law, Banking, the Civil Service, Primary/Secondary teaching, Broadcasting and Publishing. Home Economics Department Aims The general aim of the Home Economics department for S3/4 is to prepare pupils for further study or employment in the food industry, the service and consumer industry or the textile industry, or to provide them with a life long interest. This is achieved through units of work which give opportunities for the development of manipulative, sensory and creative skills, at all levels of ability, backed up by hygienic and safe working practices and by the relevant ICT. Three different courses are offered and pupils may choose two if desired. However, they should not choose both FTT and LCT. Home Economics Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) : Intermediate 1 OR Lifestyle and Consumer Technology (LCT) : Intermediate 1 Both these Home Economics courses have a similar format and are made up of two units of 20 and two units of 40 hours. In FTT the mandatory units involve work on practical fabric skills and design & make. An optional unit on the organisation of practical skills, the fashion industry, craft skills or the use of technology will also be studied. In LCT the mandatory units involve work on practical skills, food preparation and pre- school children. An optional unit on design & make, parenting or health & safety of the young will also be studied Assessment Each unit is assessed using practical and written tests. There is no final exam, but there is a final practical assignment. The assignment brief is set by SQA and the pupils have 10 hours in which to carry out their written preparation, do the planned practical tasks and then complete a written evaluation. Further Study Pupils who pass an Int 1 level course with a C, B or A pass will be able to take the course at Int 2 in S5, then possibly Higher in S6. Pupils who achieve an A pass with distinction may be allowed to go straight into Higher in S5 provided they are also studying Higher English. Career Options There are a wide variety of career choices at all levels. These include Nursing and Child Care, Education, Consumer Affairs, Fashion, Textile and Clothing and Consumer Products and Services. Home Economics Department, continued Hospitality Practical Cookery : Intermediate 1 This Intermediate 1 Hospitality course in practical cookery will help prepare pupils for employment in catering or in bakery production. There are two mandatory 40 hour units that involve work on food preparation techniques and cookery processes. There are two mandatory 20 hours units which involve work on the organisation of practical skills and on food hygiene, also leading to the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate. Further Study There is limited progression above Int 2 with this course, without a sideways move into other aspects of Hotel Management and Catering. For further details see Mrs MacLeod. Assessment Each unit is assessed using practical and written tests. There is no final written exam, but there is a two hour final practical that requires written preparation. The assignment brief is set by SQA. Career Options There are a wide variety of career choices at all levels. These include Catering, Chef training in College or the Forces, Bakery, Confectionery and Hotel Management Mathematics Aims The compulsory studying in S3 and S4 of Mathematics aims to continue developing the students‟ knowledge and understanding. Enjoying and appreciating Mathematics at Standard Grade is equally important for those working at Foundation, General and Credit. In particular, there is a focus on how problem solving skills have wide ranging applications throughout everyone‟s life. Emphasis is placed on how so many other subjects depend on Mathematics from the more obvious Sciences through to Sport, Art, Music, Philosophy and Sociology. The techniques taught vary in application from everyday uses to opening up opportunities for particular jobs or further study. Content The course relies on developing the student‟s ability to communicate through explaining and justifying their answers. The ability to use technology, for example calculators and spreadsheets, is developed alongside improving their own mental skills to solve problems without relying on such tools. Assessment Students develop their ability to assess their own work in a positive and mature fashion with access to the answers of individual questions as they work through their exercises. At the end of each topic (roughly fortnightly) a Check Up exercise is completed with more formal marking, as the answers are not available to the students when they complete the questions. Formal examinations take place at the end of S3 and their Preliminary Examination is at December of S4. Progression A level 1 or 2 Credit pass allows progression to the S5/6 Higher course. A level 3 or 4 General pass allows progression to the S5/6 Intermediate 2 course. A level 5 or 6 Foundation pass allows progression to the S5/6 Intermediate 1 course. Intermediate 2 is approximately the same level as a Standard Grade Credit pass and Intermediate 1 as a Standard Grade General pass. Music Through practical involvement in music, the Standard Grade Music course aims to enrich the lives of pupils of all levels of ability by developing the skills and insights which are part of the full enjoyment of music. Content Pupils will engage in the following learning activities. * Performing music from a wide range of musical styles, including pop, musicals, etc. * Performing music, solo and/or in a group, on two different instruments. * Creating music through improvisation, composing or arranging. * Listening to music that is relevant, and related to their practical experiences, and developing listening skills which are pertinent to the broadest musical scope. The Standard Grade course places a great deal of emphasis on practical music making, in both solo and group situations. This is something that all pupils have been working towards during their first two years in the High School, gaining practical skills on electronic keyboard, guitar and percussion, as well as through access to other instrumental tuition via the instrumental scheme. These skills will be developed during the two years of the Standard Grade course, giving all pupils who follow the course a thorough working knowledge of at least two instruments. This, for example, may include acoustic/electric guitars, keyboards, woodwind, strings, brass, drum kit or voice. These practical skills, together with the listening and creative work required, make for an enjoyable and very worthwhile course, which will give all pupils who follow the course an understanding of the music that surrounds them in their everyday lives, as well as the pleasure gained from their playing abilities. It also can offer those more vocationally minded a solid initial step to further education in music, through courses at Higher level and beyond. Though the Standard Grade course is primarily a practical course there are another two elements involved; listening and inventing. Pupils will be encouraged to listen intelligently to all kinds of music, with an emphasis on the Traditional and Modern, rather than on Classical music. During the inventing part of the course pupils will learn, among other things, the basics of improvisation. Pupils will develop skills on two contrasting instruments, one of which may be learned in a group situation, the other in a solo context or both solo if wished. Assessment Solo performance is assessed by a visiting examiner, Group Performance or Second Instrument and Invention are internally assessed and externally moderated, and listening is assessed by a written paper, set and marked by the SQA. Further Study Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade may progress to Higher Music in S5/6 while those with a General pass may progress to Intermediate 2, though the final decision on entry level will be in consultation with music staff. For those whose practical skill on two instruments is weaker there is a possibility that an Int 1 course will be made available. Again discussion will take place before any decision is made. Physical Education Aims The Standard Grade Physical Education course contains both practical and theory components which require pupils to participate in a range of physical activities and show how the body works, responds to training and how we learn and develop our skills and abilities. Content Throughout the course the pupil will be an active performer in gymnastics, dance, individual activities, indoor and outdoor team games, and in a variety of roles - player, coach, leader, observer and performer. The course encourages pupils to make and accept decisions and to take on responsibility. Throughout the course the pupil's practical experience and learning will be supported by checklists used in practical skills, by worksheets requiring structured written and graphic responses, and by oral participation in explanations. In Standard Grade PE the Knowledge & Understanding and Evaluating sections are worth 50% of the final course award. Therefore, homework and written class work are a vital part of the course. Whilst this is a mostly practical course, theory and understanding are essential and equally important aspects. Assessment Candidates will be assessed by a system common to all three levels, Foundation, General and Credit. These assessable elements are Practical Performance, Knowledge & Understanding and Evaluating. * Practical Performance is continually assessed by the teacher throughout the course with assessment standards being checked by the SQA. * An externally assessed written paper combines both the Knowledge & Understanding and Evaluating elements. The subject matter is portrayed on video film which contains a variety of excerpts from several physical activities. The Knowledge & Understanding element will assess the candidate's understanding of facts and principles involved in learning skills whilst the Evaluating element tests that the candidate observes and recommends means of improving the observed performance. Further Study These processes form the foundation for a more advanced study of movement performance and pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher PE in S5/6, while those with a good General pass can progress to Intermediate 2. Physics Aims The aims of Standard Grade Physics are as follows. * To promote a better understanding of pupils physical surroundings. * To encourage and develop skills and attitudes which will be of value during and after the pupils' school careers. * To enable pupils to gain a better understanding of the basic principles on which modern technology is founded. Content Although the more traditional areas of Physics are still studied fully, more emphasis is placed on the more modern aspects of the subject. In particular the course is biased towards applications of the subject i.e. studying how different aspects of the subject are relevant to, and made use of, in modern society. A large amount of experimental work is involved where possible by individuals or small groups, occasionally on a large group basis or by demonstration. The main areas of study are: * Telecommunications * Using Electricity * Health Physics * Electronics * Transport * Energy * Space Completion of homework on a regular basis is an important feature of the course. Assessment Assessment is carried out in 3 main areas. * Knowledge & Understanding (KU) * Problem Solving (PS) * Practical Abilities (PA) KU and PS are assessed by an external examination held towards the end of S4. PA is assessed internally on a continuous basis throughout S3 and S4. Further Study/Career Options Physics is a widely accepted and required entry qualification for many careers including all branches of engineering and related industries, most areas of medicine, many branches of the Armed Forces, many skilled trades, etc. It is also often a useful qualification on other areas such as finance etc. Pupils with a Credit pass at Standard Grade can progress to Higher Physics in S5/6 while those with a General pass can progress to Intermediate 2. Product Design : Intermediate 2 This course is not available at Intermediate 1. Pupils who opt for this course but do not achieve at Intermediate 2 level may opt to complete the units only (and not sit the final exam) or to change to Standard Grade Craft & Design at General level. Aims The aims of the course are to: * develop the ability to produce solutions to design tasks * develop knowledge and understanding of basic considerations which have to be addressed when designing commercial products * develop basic graphic skills * develop practical skills in the production of models and prototypes * develop an awareness of commercial manufacturing processes & materials * develop an awareness of economic considerations, and the social and environmental implications of design and manufacture * prepare for further in-depth study of product design and manufacture Course Details There are three mandatory course units plus external assessments. Product Design: Design Analysis 1. Produce an evaluation of a commercial product. 2. Establish a design specification from a brief. Product Design: Developing Design Proposals 1. Produce a design proposal. 2. Communicate using graphics. 3. Use modeling techniques. Product Design: Manufacturing Products 1. Explain why particular materials are used for the manufacture of commercial products. 2. Explain why particular processes are used for the manufacture of commercial products. 3. Produce an orthographic drawing suitable for use in the manufacture of a product. External Assessment Details The external assessment of the Intermediate 2 Product Design Course will consist of two equally weighted components: * Examination Question Paper (1½ hours) 50 marks * Design Assignment 50 marks Progression Higher Product Design in S5/6 Further Education courses involving Design, Manufacturing or Engineering Practical Craft Skills Engineering Craft Skills (ECS) : Intermediate 1 Woodworking Skills (WWS) : Intermediate 1 This is a practical workshop-based course where pupils learn many skills that are appropriate to a wide range of applications. The course will develop skills in marking- out, cutting, shaping and machining materials. Apart from giving an insight into industrial practice, such studies help with the development of self-confidence, manual dexterity & control, perseverance, maturity and spatial awareness. Both subjects are made up of three course units followed by a course assessment project that combines the work of the individual units. Throughout S3 and S4, pupils will complete the three course units from both subjects followed by the course assessment in either woodworking Skills or Engineering Craft Skills. All individual units completed will be certificated. It may be possible for more able pupils to complete both course assessments. Woodworking Skills Engineering Craft Skills Bench Skills 1 – Wood Flat-Frame Bench Skills: Metal Construction Read and interpret drawings and use a range of common hand instructions. tools Use marking out tools and equipment to make a range of woodworking mark out components. joints Use a range of metalworking hand tools manufacture a product from a and equipment. working drawing. Plan and manufacture artefacts from Bench Skills 2 – Wood Carcass working drawings. Construction Machine Processes: Metal select and use woodworking Use marking out tools and equipment. materials for specific purposes Demonstrate knowledge of common make a range of woodworking machine tools and equipment. joints Manufacture an artefact from a working manufacture a product from a drawing. working drawing. Fabrication and Thermal Joining Techniques Machining and Finishing – Wood Apply hot-forging techniques to form and use common machine tools bend steel. use common power tools Apply thermal joining techniques. use finishing techniques on Manufacture an artefact incorporating timber products fabrication and thermal joining with the aid of machine and techniques from a working drawing. power tools, manufacture a product from a working drawing. Progression * Woodworking Skills or Engineering Craft Skills at Intermediate 2 * Employment at operator or semi-skilled level in construction and engineering industries or placement on an industrial training course. * Employment as craft apprentice in the construction & engineering industries. Enterprise Through Craft (ETC) : Access 2 This is the final Practical Craft Skills subject offered by the CDT department. This subject will be taken in the same class as Woodworking Skills and Engineering Craft Skills. It could be offered also at the higher level of Access 3. Aims The aims of the course are: * to foster practical skills in the creation of artefacts * to develop understanding and skills in areas of practical activity * to encourage interpersonal skills and awareness of the advantages of working as part of a team * to highlight the importance of safety and encourage responsible attitudes in the work environment * to contribute to personal development, in particular regarding practical capability. Course Units Working with Craft Tools: An Introduction The aim of this unit is to develop the candidate‟s appreciation of the value of tools and equipment generally, so that he or she will have a responsible attitude towards the use of tools. Outcomes: Identify the tools associated with practical craft skills. Use a range of tools safely. Demonstrate that the value of tools in the practical environment is understood. Practical Craft Skills This unit develops the candidate competence necessary to complete a range of activities relating to craft skills, using a range of materials. Outcomes: Identify and prepare the materials suitable for two artefacts which will be manufactured. Produce a range of artefacts in a learning situation. Carry out health and safety instructions. Craftwork Enterprise This unit develops competence in the manufacture and marketing of a product as a group activity. Outcomes: Participate in the initial planning of the enterprise activity. Perform individual practical tasks as part of a team engaged in the manufacture of a product. Carry out work in accordance with current safety procedures and practice. Perform individual tasks as part of a team engaged in selling or providing a product. Progression Practical courses at Intermediate 1. Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies (RMPS) : Intermediate 1 Pupils in S3 will study RMPS and, unless otherwise decided on an individual basis, all will be assessed at Intermediate 1 level. Aims Contemporary Scottish society can accurately be described as both multi-faith and multi-cultural. It is vitally important that each person has the opportunity to explore and strengthen his/her beliefs and value in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect. The Intermediate 1 RMPS course provides certificated progression in S3-S4, from the core curriculum from P1-S2, and gives individuals the opportunity to explore their own beliefs and values, and to develop an appreciation of the beliefs and values of others. Content The course consists of three mandatory units. The World Religion unit involves an introductory study of how the human condition, the goals of existence and the means of achieving these goals are understood in one religious tradition (choice of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. In the Morality in the Modern World unit candidates develop knowledge and understanding of both religious and non-religious viewpoints on contemporary moral issues (choice of 2 issues out of 8 from Gender Stereotyping to Genetic Engineering to Responses to War etc). The Existence of God unit involves an introductory study of classical philosophical arguments relating to the question of the existence of God as well as traditional and contemporary treatment of these arguments (First Cause, The Design Argument, The Freewill Defence to Suffering, etc.) Assessment To achieve the course award, the candidate must pass the units as well as the course assessment. Attainment in the course is assessed through an individual candidate‟s performance in a final exam. The time allocated is 1 hour 30 minutes. Further Study and Career Options Intermediate 1 articulates well with respective units at Intermediate 2 with progress to Higher RMPS or Higher Philosophy, as well as providing valuable skills in any chosen study or career.