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									     CARDINAL ALLEN

Key Stage 4 Courses
    2010 ~ 2012
Information for Parents / Guardians
Dear Parents / Guardians

In the next academic year your child will enter Year 10 and the subjects he or she chooses
now will determine the courses to be studied to examination level. These choices should be
a reflection of the abilities, interests and needs of each pupil. The selection of these
subjects can affect future career choices and should be made through discussion between
pupils, parents and teachers.

This booklet is intended to help your son / daughter in making his/her choices and I would
ask you to study it very carefully with them. It gives information about possible careers and
their requirements, the subjects which the school offers at GCSE and BTEC, and the
demands which will be made of pupils during the next two years if they are to make a
success of their courses.

Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Studies, Citizenship and Games are compulsory.
In addition, all pupils will continue to study Btec ICT but can also choose another ICT related
subject. There is a choice of 3 option subjects. Advice and help will be given by all Subject
Teachers and Form Teachers. New subjects will be explained to pupils, as will the
requirements of both careers and public examinations.

All courses demand a commitment of time and effort. Good examination results cannot be
obtained without consistent hard work. Most subjects, in addition to a final examination,
include coursework as a compulsory element. Parents should be aware that if pupils do not
complete their coursework assignments they cannot be entered for the final examination.
Consequently, regular attendance, punctuality, consistent application and homework
completed promptly and carefully are essential. School work should take priority over
additional activities such as part-time work. If Homework is done as soon as possible after
returning home, it is out of the way and your child can then relax. Your support and
encouragement will also have a vital part to play in your child‘s success.

This guide is intended to be read by pupils and parents and we hope you will find it useful in
helping your son/daughter in making an informed choice. Further information is available on
the school website (follow the drop down link Students to Year
9 Options), and also on the Fylde and Wyre Area Prospectus at

Yours faithfully

M Akers
Mr. M. Akers
Assistant Headteacher

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                         Key Stage 4 Courses
   The subjects to be studied during Year 10 and 11 fall into two distinct categories.

            CORE SUBJECTS – which are studied by all pupils:

            English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, BTEC Certificate in ICT,
            Citizenship and Games

            Choices are made by choosing ONE PREFERRED subject from each of the
            following blocks plus one alternative subject from each block. Further details
            regarding each subject and the qualifications available are included in part
            two of this booklet.

         Block One                            Block Two                       Block Three
Art and Design                      BTEC Construction               Business & Communication Systems

Geography                           Electronics                     Drama

BTEC Health and Social Care         Food Technology                 French

BTEC I.C.T.                         Geography                       History

Music                               History                         Key Skills

Physical Education                  BTEC Horticulture               Spanish

                                    Resistant Materials             BTEC Sport

   All pupils have an equal opportunity to follow the courses which have been chosen.
   Our aim is to create a timetable that accommodates the highest possible number of
   chosen subject combinations allowed by the available resources (i.e. teaching time,
   rooms and pupil numbers). However, some courses do become over subscribed.
   Therefore pupils will be asked to:

            i)       place the three preferred subjects in order of importance

            ii)      choose an alternative subject from each option block

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                      Advice for pupils

Choosing your subjects for Years 10 and 11 may be one of the first big decisions you
will have to make in your life. You may not know what career you want in the future,
but your decisions will affect what you do when you leave Cardinal Allen.

Start by thinking about the following questions:

   Q. Are you good at a subject?
   A. Ability in a subject is a solid foundation upon which to base future studies
      especially to examination level.

   Q. Do you like the subject?
   A. Enjoyment and interest in a subject are a big help when studying. However,
      consider why you like a subject. Is it because you like the teacher? If so it
      may well be that the same teacher will not be taking you in Years 10 and 11.

   Q. Do you know the demands of the subject?
   A. Find out all about the subject before you choose. Does the subject require
      coursework, oral work, etc.? Ask the subject teacher if you want more

   Q. Are you willing to work hard both in class and at homework?
   A. This is vital for all subjects if you are to be successful.

   Q. Would the subject be useful for a future career?
   A. Talk to teachers. Use the Careers Section in the LRC. Read your copy of
      ‘Which Way Now’ and go on KUDOS.

   Q. Have you a good ‘balance’ of subjects?
   A. Most employers look for someone with an all round education who is willing to
      learn. A ‗good balance‘ will also allow you to keep your options open if you
      apply to go on to sixth form or a college.

   Q. Is it foolish to choose a subject because a friend has chosen it?
   A. YES – so don‘t do it!

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During Year 10 and 11 there will be a full programme of Careers Education and
Guidance. The Connexions service provide individual guidance and lead group work
sessions. Representatives from all the local sixth forms, colleges, and training
providers come into school to work with groups and advise individuals. You will be
encouraged to use the Careers section in the LRC and KUDOS. You will learn about
all the different options and qualifications available to you post 16 so that you will be
ready to make the next big decision in your life.

In Year 10 all pupils will undertake two weeks of Work Experience.

Most of our pupils go on to some form of further education or training. The most
popular options are:-

      Blackpool 6th Form - (mainly A Levels)

      Blackpool & Fylde College - (mainly BTEC and NVQ)

      St Mary‘s 6th Form - (mainly A Levels)

      Beneast Training - (apprenticeships)

      Training 2000 - (apprenticeships)


Mr Akers, the school careers co-ordinator is available to give further advice.

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All students will follow one of the two following AQA pathways which will test your ability to
read, write, speak and listen. Each pathway is available at both the higher and lower tier.

GCSE English Language and English Literature
More able students will follow this joint course. You will be awarded two GCSE‘s – one in
English Language and one in English Literature. You have to do these subjects together.

There will be timed controlled assessments done in school. The tasks for reading and writing
will be from the Controlled Assessment Bank set by AQA.

English Language
Speaking and Listening (20% of the course): You will be assessed on three activities -
presenting, discussing and listening, and role playing. These tasks will help you to improve
your communication skills.

Extended Reading (15%): You will choose a task which will ask you to write about a text you
have studied in class.

Creative Writing (15%): You will have two tasks to complete.

Spoken Language Study (10%): You will choose from the Controlled Assessment
Bank a task which asks you to analyse an aspect of oral communication.

Examination Paper (40%): You will be tested on your reading and writing skills.

English Literature
Shakespeare (25%): You will have to do a controlled assignment on Shakespeare
which asks you to make links with another text from the English Literary Heritage.

Examination Paper (75%): You will have to analyse a modern text, poetry and literature from
other cultures.

GCSE English
This is the second pathway. It combines a range of language and literature topics. You will
be awarded one GCSE at the end of the course.

There will be timed controlled assessments done in school. The tasks for reading and writing
will be from the Controlled Assessment Bank set by AQA.

Speaking and Listening (20%): You will be assessed on three activities –presenting,
discussing and listening, and role playing. These tasks will help you to improve your
communication skills.

Reading (20%): You will write about a Shakespeare text, a text from the English Literary
Heritage and a text from a different culture.

Writing (20%): You will have two tasks to complete.

Examination (40%): You will be assessed on your reading and writing skills.

Decisions as to which of the above courses you will follow are made by the Curriculum
Leader and are based on the recommendations of your English Teachers. If you want to
know more or want aspects of the courses explained to you, come and talk to us.
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Cardinal Allen Catholic High School was awarded Specialist Mathematics and Computing
Status in July 2007 and therefore enjoys a unique status within the school.

As a Specialist School we not only strive for academic excellence for all our students but aim
to share our expertise and experience with the wider school community. Mathematics is
also at the forefront of teaching and learning initiatives within the school. Results at both key
stages have been consistently high for a number of years and place us as one of the leading
schools in the Fylde Coast.

Mathematics is extremely well resourced at Cardinal Allen and we are privileged to teach in
a dedicated suite of classrooms in the ―Allen Building‖. We have benefitted from extensive
developments to our ICT capabilities in the academic year 2007/2008 including 2 dedicated
ICT suites in the Allen building and all Mathematics teaching rooms being fitted with
Interactive Whiteboards.

Key Stage 4 Provision

Pupils who are currently in Year 9 will study for the new 2 tier Edexcel Modular Mathematics
GCSE. This new exam is similar to previous versions of modular EDEXCEL courses but will
have a greater emphasis on ―Applications of Number‖ and ―Functional Skills‖.

Pupils are examined 3 times in KS4 and the timings of these examinations will be quite
flexible. At present pupils receive 4 hours of Mathematics a week in Year 10 and 3 Hours of
Mathematics a week in Year 11. Modules will be available in November, March and June
for pupils in Year 10 and Year 11. The grades available at each tier are listed below:-

Foundation Tier G to C

Higher Tier        D to A*

―A‖ Level uptake has been very high for Cardinal Allen students for the last 2 years with 35
of our year 11 cohort in 2009 going to study Mathematics at a higher level. ―A‖ Level
Mathematics Modules and GCSE Statistics will be offered as enrichment activities at KS4 to
our current year 9 pupils. We have close links with the Sixth Form College and St Mary‘s
Sixth form centre. Tutors from both colleges come in on a regular basis and deliver ―A‖ Level
taster sessions to our KS4 students.

We aim to offer a series of experiences that will prepare our students for their future but also
offer them lifelong thinking skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

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                        Religious Studies
Award:                GCSE in Religious Studies

Examining Board:      Edexcel

Timetabled hours:     Three hours per week in Year 10, two hours per week in Year 11.

Homework:             Twice a week throughout the course.

Year 10: Unit 3 Religion and life based on a study of Roman Catholic Christianity.
This unit requires our students to think of ways in which our Catholic faith is lived out in
today‘s world. We question and consider important moral and social issues, such as life
after death, abortion and euthanasia; racism and prejudice, poverty and wealth; and the
course encourages us to consider the influence of media coverage and attention.

             Believing in God                 Matters of Life and Death
             Marriage and Family Life         Religion and Social Cohesion

Year 11: Unit 10 Roman Catholic Christianity
This unit asks the students to think more deeply about Roman Catholic Christianity during
their important final year in school. It encourages questions and debate as the students
consider what it means to live as a Catholic today. It asks Why? What if..? How?

             Beliefs and Values               Community and Tradition
             Worship and Celebration          Living the Christian Life

Assessment is through a one-and-a–half hour written examination for each unit. The
examination is divided into four sections and students are expected to choose one of the two
questions set on each section.

Religious Studies papers are designed to give access to the full range of grades and are
not tiered. The students work from a study file which contains all the required detail of the
courses. They are expected to bring this file to each lesson.

Key Dates:

Year 10:      Examination for Unit 3 is expected to be in May 2011

Year 11:       Examination for Unit 10 is expected to be in May 2012

Useful websites:
BBC –SOS – Teacher – GCSE Religious Studies,uk

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  You will study:                  GCSE Additional Science
                                  Btec First Certificate Science
                  (a two year course worth 2 A*-C but not externally examined)
                                        Triple Sciences

GCSE Additional Science
This GCSE follows on from the Science GCSE studied in Year 9 and students can progress on to
further education, training or employment. Appropriate further education includes GCE AS and
Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Care and BTEC Firsts and

BTEC First Certificate and Diploma in Science
This new qualification offers an approach based on the student taking the role of being employed
within the science industry. Teaching strategies reflect the nature of the work within science based
industries, using a series of assignments and activities encouraging learners to take responsibility and
ownership for their learning. This course is 100% internally assessed. Students may progress on to a
BTEC National in Applied Science or related BTEC Nationals, GCE Applied Science or related NVQ
qualifications, or enter employment.

Triple Sciences
These GCSEs build on the Core Science GCSE delivered in Year 9. Appropriate further education
includes GCE AS and Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Care
and BTEC Firsts and Nationals.

Biology GCSE
Topic 1 — Biotechnology: Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing new industries in the developed
world. The biotechnology industry will need highly-skilled people to work in it. This unit gives students
the opportunity to study the contribution of biotechnology in the production of food and drink, and how
this could impact on world food shortages, the treatment of disease and development of new

 Topic 2 — Behaviour in Humans and Other Animals: Behaviour is an essential part of any animal‘s
strategy for survival. This unit gives students an insight into instinctive and learned behaviour and how
humans may make use of conditioning when training animals. Understanding why people behave as
they do helps us to make rules and laws that work. The topic compares feeding behaviour in
herbivores and carnivores and considers parental care as part of reproductive behaviour. It also
explores the ethical issues surrounding the use of animals by humans.

Chemistry GCSE (As Additional Plus)
Topic 3 — Chemical Detection: In this topic analytical chemistry is used to enable students to widen
and deepen their experience of reaction chemistry and related calculations.

Topic 4 — Chemistry Working for Us: Students should come to appreciate the importance of alkali
metal compounds, sulphuric acid, and how chemical substances play a part in our everyday lives to
enhance our standard of living and quality of life.

Physics GCSE (As Additional Plus)
Topic 5 — Particles in Action: Particles range in size from quarks in nucleons to molecules in gases
and other forms of matter. An understanding of the behaviour of these particles can help scientists
explain phenomena ranging from the sub-nuclear scale to the macroscopic scale. Our knowledge of
particles has led to the development of applications such as televisions and X-ray equipment.

Topic 6 — Medical Physics: This unit enables students to study how applications of physics in medical
science can be used for non-invasive investigations of medical conditions, including the use of
endoscopes and positron emission tomography (PET).
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Information Communication Technology
  Why do we study ICT?
  The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate for ICT Practitioners offers a vocational approach to ICT.
  This means that you will learn practical skills which could be transferred into the workplace.
  Even if you don‘t want a career in ICT, the chances are that you will make use of the
  knowledge and skills you acquire whatever your profession! You have already started the
  course in Year 9 and it is likely that the compulsory unit is now completed. In Years 10 and
  11 you will continue to receive one hour per week of ICT teaching in which you will complete
  two of the additional units.

  What will I learn about?
  In addition to the compulsory unit you have done in Year 9 you will be required to complete
  two of the following option modules (Please note that the option modules delivered will be
  based on demand and the resources available):

  Graphic images are used in a wide variety of ways, from pictures
  enhancing the look of a website or poster, to diagrams used to simplify
  and explain information. Not all computer images are created from
  scratch: digital photographs, or paper images, can be imported and
  modified using specialist software and hardware. With the right
  software, a photo can be changed to make the sky look more blue, the
  focus can be sharpened or softened and it can even have someone
  removed from it completely.

  Website Design
  The purpose of this unit is to help the learner to see the potential of the web and to develop
  a skill set which will be highly valued by industry and commerce as well as being a useful
  personal skill for leisure pursuits. Web design is a skill that is becoming more and more
  popular as the worldwide web expands and as companies see the advantage of using
  browser technology for their company intranets.

  ICT Project
  The BTEC course needs individuals to have project management skills as well as the ICT
  skills. It is common to read or hear about large-scale projects that over-run their deadline
  dates or cost much more than it was thought at the start and this is often because of poor
  project planning.

  How will I be assessed?
  There is no exam for the BTEC! All of the assessment is based on project work which is
  completed in class and for homework. For this reason you must be organised, hardworking
  and willing to work at home in order to complete the assessment tasks.

  For this course you will awarded with:
     BTEC Qualification              Grade Boundaries                  GCSE Equivalent
  Pass                                   36-59                             CC
  Merit                                  60-83                             BB
  Distinction                            84-95                             AA
  Distinction*                           96-108                            A* A*

  How can I build on this qualification?
  As you will see in the option section, you can choose to ‗top up‘ this course. By choosing ICT
  as an option subject you can simply complete three extra modules and turn your BTEC first
  Certificate into a BTEC first Diploma (which is equivalent to 4 GCSE‘s A*-C).
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                      Physical Education
Students are taught motor skills, skilful body management, the importance of a healthy
lifestyle and are introduced to several different activities.
It is hoped that through their experiences in PE and School Sport our pupils will:
 show a commitment to PE and Sport making them a central part of their lives, both in
    and out of school
 have the confidence to get involved in a range of competitive, creative and challenge-
    type activities.
 Show a desire to improve and achieve in relation to their own abilities be it as a
    performer, leader, official, coach or choreographer.
 Enjoy PE, school and community sport
 Demonstrate an involvement in healthy, active lifestyles, understanding the importance
    of regular exercise and displaying the stamina, suppleness and strength to keep going.

Throughout KS4 PE an option system operates allowing pupils the opportunity to choose
activities that meet their preferences, previous achievements, personal interests and
motivation, within the resources available. Over the 2 years pupils are expected to cover at
least 2 activities from the National Curriculum areas.
Pupils receive 2 x 1 hour lessons per week in Y10 and 1 x 1 hour lesson per week in Y11.

Lesson 1: Focuses on developing leadership skills. Pupils have the opportunity to
participate in several accredited Leadership / Coaching / Officiating courses. These include
Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award (SLUK), JFO Organisers Award and the Initial FA
Refereeing Award. Pupils opting for the SLUK award follow this course for the whole year.
The remaining pupils will follow 3 different leadership focused units of work (1 per term) in
Hockey, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Netball, Fitness, Dance, Rounder and Cricket.

Lesson 2: Focuses on participation and improving performance in a range of activitiy areas
taught in half term blocks. The activities on offer to our pupils include: Basketball, Netball,
Hockey, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Squash, Health Related Fitness, Dance, Pilates,
Aerobics, Self Defence, Trampolining, Athletics, Rounders, Softball, Cricket and Volleyball.
Accredited Leaders Award

Sports Leaders Award – SLUK Level 1 (Tutors: Mrs Jones / Miss Mason)
This nationally recognised award is designed for the development of pupils' leadership skills
at Key Stage 4. As well as covering elements of the National Curriculum for P.E this award
complements many elements of the Citizenship and P.S.H.E National Curriculum.

Pupils cover the following units: Planning, preparing and assisting a simple sporting activity
/ Basic communication skills for leading a sporting activity / Principals and practice in
delivering a basic health and fitness session / Understanding fair play in sport /
Understanding the role of the sports official / Understanding the scope of local sport and
recreation activities / Demonstration of leadership skills in sport.

The Junior Football Organisers Course (JFO): is a training scheme designed to give
young people aged 14 - 18 skills in leading groups through safe football related activities.
The course encourages students to take responsibility for 6 - 11 year old children in
organising activities such as FA Top Sport Football Clubs and mini - soccer festival games.
The course is divided into 13 sessions and should be completed under the guidance of a
qualified FA JFO tutor (Mr Walker / Mr McCann).

Pupils will also have the opportunity to access further Nationally Accredited Leadership /
Officiating Awards during extra-curricular time in: Badminton, Athletics, Hockey, Netball,
Basketball, Rugby and Rounders.
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Citizenship Studies (GCSE Short Course)
All pupils will study for this qualification in Year 10 and 11. The course will build on the work
that you have done in PSHCE in lower school.

In Citizenship Studies you will look at your rights and responsibilities against the background
of what is happening in society today. You will be asked to consider many topical issues on
which people disagree. You will look at how the law works, at how important decisions in
society are made, and at how ordinary citizens can influence what is going on.

Using your rights and accepting your responsibilities is not always easy. Where do you go
for information or help? How do you persuade someone that you are right? How do you
give a person or an organisation useful and practical help? Citizenship studies will provide
you with more confidence, skills and knowledge about how to become involved.

The course consists of one tier covering grade A*- G. You will have one lesson per week,
during which the following 2 units will be covered.

      Unit 1: Rights and Responsibilities – Getting Started as an Active Citizen

      Unit 2: Identity, Democracy and Justice – Understanding our Role as Citizens

Each of these two units focus on aspects of the role of the media. This is done to focus
attention on the media as a vehicle for the study of citizenship and to emphasise the
importance to citizens of the way in which the media represent events and influences

There is one written exam paper (1 hour) that consists of short answer questions, case study
questions and an essay question.

Exam is worth 40%
Coursework is worth 60%.

There is one piece of compulsory coursework:

      An evaluation of a Citizenship campaign within a school or local community.

This Short Course GCSE is worth half a normal GCSE and will provide useful points for
getting into Further Education. Although the requirements are different from a full GCSE,
you will be expected to work hard and participate fully in order to achieve the best possible

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                            Art and Design
Why study Art and Design?

A world without art would be a bleak place. No buildings, no clothes, no transport, no
entertainment whether it be film, television, video games and no live theatre/gigs.

You could be part of creating this and much more for the future!

It has been estimated that over the last ten years the creative industries have grown twice as
fast as the rest of the economy.
The North West of England is taking a lead role in this growth.

So how do I begin?

Right here with a GCSE Art and Design Qualification!

The Art and Design Department provides a vibrant, interesting and stimulating GCSE
course, where you will learn to express your ideas and feelings through visual and other
forms. Through exploring and sharing these ideas, you will develop confidence and
independence in learning, ultimitately making progress and achieving a good GCSE result.

What will I have to do?
We follow the AQA unendorsed GCSE course. You are required to work in at least two of the
areas listed below, but you may explore overlapping areas and a combination of different

      Applied Art
      Fine Art
      Graphic Communications
      Textile Design
      3D Design
      Photography

You will have two units to complete:

      Unit 1: portfolio of work ~ 60% of your final GCSE grade
      Unit 2: externally set task (exam) ~ 40% of your final GCSE grade

Be prepared to work hard and in your own time.

You will also learn about great artists both traditional and contemporary.

We offer the opportunity for Art Gallery visits and Field work where appropriate.

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Passionate about music?

   The Music Department offers a course that will change the way you hear and
   experience music – forever. The course is approached through three strands
   of learning: The Western Classical Tradition; Popular Music of the 20 th and 21st
   Centuries and World Music.

Want to perform?

   The AQA GCSE allows you to choose from a wide range of styles, instruments
   and techniques. Solo performance choices include Rapping, Turntables
   (‗Decking‘), Music Technology as well as playing your instrument or singing.
   You can also get credit for any ensembles you play in – bands, orchestras and
   groups of any size.

Want to compose your own music?

   Professional music notation is easy to learn on computers with Sibelious
   software. This lets you play back what you write, print your own scores and
   even publish your music on the internet.

    Unit 1                            Written paper
    Listening to and Appraising Music 1 hour                           20%
                                      80 marks
    Unit 2                            Externally assessed
    Composing and Appraising Music 40 marks                            20%

    Unit 3                              Controlled assessment
    Performing Music                    60 marks                       40%

    Unit 4                              Controlled assessment
    Composing Music                     30 marks                       20%

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                          PE/Games GCSE

The Physical Education course is one which offers a close link between practical
performance and theoretical justification. The weighting is as follows:- 60% of the final mark
is an assessment of practical performance which is internally assessed. A written
coursework component (PEP), worth 10%, is included in this section; 40% is theory and is
assessed in one final examination. Pupils considering this course should currently be
committed to, and actively involved in a range of extra-curricular sports clubs / teams.

In year 10 pupils will receive 2 lessons per week: 1 practical / 1 theory. In year 11 pupils
will receive 3 lessons per week: 1 practical / 1 theory / 1 coursework based

OUTLINE OF PRACTICAL STUDIES (60%): There is a choice of practical syllabuses
depending on the ability of the student in chosen practical activities. They can choose from
1. PE Syllabus or 2. Games Syllabus.

Practical Option ~ PE: Candidates are assessed on a total of 4 activities chosen from at
least two of the following groups:
Group 1 Games            Association football, basketball, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby
                         football, badminton, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball.
Group 2   Gymnastics     Artistic gymnastics, compositional gymnastics, trampolining.
Group 3   Dance          Modern educational dance.
Group 4   Athletics      Athletics, weight training/weight lifting.
Group 5   Swimming       Competitive swimming, life saving, personal survival.
Practical Option ~ Games: Candidates are assessed on a total of 4 activities chosen from
two of the following groups:
Group 1 Invasion games          Association football, basketball, hockey, netball, rugby football
Group 2 Net/wall games          Badminton, squash, table tennis, tennis, volleyball.
Group 3 Striking/fielding games Cricket, rounders, softball
For each activity, the candidate is assessed on: the performance of individual and group
skills; application of skills in the activity situation; knowledge of rules and regulations; the
ability to analyse and improve their own and others‘ performance; and the ability to
undertake and evaluate a safe health promoting exercise/training schedule. The school
intends to offer the vast majority of these activities, though it must be appreciated that
constraints of staffing and lack of facilities may result in a lessening of the choices available.


1 x 2 hour paper covering the whole GCSE grades (A*-G). Questions will relate to the
following topics: The theory component is reasonably difficult and therefore this should not
be seen as just a practical course. Student‘s books must be kept up to date and homework
is set regularly.

PROGRESSION: At 6th Form pupils may choose to follow either the ‗A‘ Level Sports Studies
 / PE pathway or the vocational BTEC National Diploma in Sport / Exercise pathway. It will
    also lead into any further sport related courses such as Sports Management, Fitness
                 Instructor, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy or Coaching.

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         BTEC First Certificate in Sport
BTEC First Certificate in Sport has been introduced to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum in order to offer our
students a qualification that: best suits their personal learning styles, enhances the vocational
provision and continues to improve the achievement of five A* - C GCSE‘s. The course provides
students with opportunities to gain a vocational course that will be useful if considering a career
related to sport, or to provide a platform from which to progress to the advanced BTEC National in

The BTEC First Certificate in Sport is both a practical and a vocational work related course. Students
learn through the completion of projects and assignments that are based on personal performance
development and a work related implementation of knowledge and skills. Students will required to
independently complete all assignments using the knowledge and understanding gained during
lesson times.

The BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to two GCSE‘s Grade A* - C

Pupils are not necessarily required to be practically gifted to undertake the BTEC programme. Instead
pupils are required to gain knowledge and understanding of practical components that influence
performance. Through the submission of assignments pupils are required to provide evidence relating
to assessment criteria set in the assignment.

The course is taught in units and one unit is approximately 60 hours teaching/contact time. The First
Certificate in Sport requires the participants to undertake three separate units.

Preparation for Sport: involves the nutritional, psychological and physical components of sport.

Practical Sport: comparing tactics and technique for individual and team sports

Health, Safety & Injury: assessing risk and injury in sport. Prevention of injury.

Each assignment will allow pupils to achieve pass, merit and distinction grading criteria from the
unit. Pupils must achieve all the criteria from the unit to achieve a distinction, all the pass and merit
criteria to achieve a merit and all the pass criteria to achieve a pass.


Each assignment will indicate a draft and final submission date. Each student will be given a
minimum of four weeks to plan, research and word process the assignment. Assignments will
be returned by the unit teacher after the draft copy has been submitted. Pupils must then act
upon the recommendations given by the teacher before final submission.

PROGRESSION: At 6 Form pupils may choose to follow either the ‗A‘ Level Sports Studies / PE
pathway or the vocational BTEC National Diploma in Sport / Exercise pathway. It will also lead into
any further sport related courses such as Sports Management, Fitness Instructor, Leisure
Management and Physiotherapy.

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Drama is an exciting subject. All that is needed is interest and a willingness to have a
go. Everything else will come from you as you progress through the course and grow
in confidence.

Drama is a practical subject. It deals with people. It involves looking at people‘s
thoughts, their feelings and their relationships with each other and with the world
about them.
Working as part of a team is something that draws people to the subject. It
is also a skill that attracts prospective employers because it shows you
     work toward and meet tight deadlines
     work with others constructively
     communicate effectively
     interpret your own and other people‘s ideas and realise
There are three parts to the assessment:
    1      PROCESS – you will be marked on your development as you work on a
    2      PRESENTATION – you will be marked on a final performance of a piece
           of work.
    3      WRITTEN PAPER – the exam will test you on what you have learned and
           done during your course.

You will be fine if you follow the assessment brief for each topic, keep notes on what
you have done and why you did it in that particular way. Most importantly:
*Show commitment to your group and the project
*Carry out research for yourself and share it
*Listen to advice and constructive criticism and act upon it
*Be attentive, punctual, reliable and most importantly, present for all lessons.

Your two best performances over the course will be put forward as coursework

The written paper offers no surprises and will be based entirely on practical work you
have done or seen as part of your course. It is organised in three sections:

Section A is a compulsory question based on the practical work you have done
during the course.

Section B is based on the study and performance of a scripted play as part of your

Section C is based on the study of a live theatre performance you have seen.
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Why is geography important?
 As international links become closer, easier and faster, we need more than ever to
  understand the geography of the world
 To help protect the environment both at home and abroad, we need to understand
  geographical influences and relationships linking people and their surroundings
 To make the most of our multicultural society we need to understand and appreciate the
  cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world
                            Geography is about real world issues
What do you do in geography?
 The Restless Earth – The Earth‘s crust, plate margins, characteristics of supervolcanoes
  and tsunamis.
 Living World – How an ecosystem works. Temperate deciduous forests and hot deserts.
 The Coastal Zone – Rising sea levels and threats of coastal flooding.
 Population Change – Population growth and its problems and issues in LEDCs and
 Globalisation – It‘s impacts and repercussions. China as an industrial giant.
 Tourism – It‘s advantages and disadvantages, tourism in extreme environments.
                   Geography helps you make sense of the world you live in
Why choose geography?
You will learn to;
 Interpret a variety of maps and diagrams, graphs, tables, satellite images, photographs
 Find things out for yourself, using a wide range of primary and secondary data
 Communicate your work confidently in reports, decision making exercises and fieldwork
              Geography encourages the development of useful skill

  Tiers              Grades
  Foundation         G–C
  Higher             D – A*

   Assessment is by:
   Unit 1: Physical Geography – written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) 37.5%

   Unit 2: Human Geography – written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks)              37.5%

   Unit 3: Local fieldwork investigation – controlled assessment (60 marks)            25%

    The course has a modular structure with two written papers taken over the two years
    Assessment can be divided between Years 10 and 11

   What kind of jobs can I do with GCSE geography?
   To enter many jobs and vocational courses you will need some examination passes
   (usually about five). Geography can almost always count as one of them. It can help
   you qualify for GCE AS and A2 level, GNVQ, RSA and City and Guilds in many different
   For many jobs it is a real help if you have taken Geography – so think seriously about the
   subject if you are interested in any of these types of work:
Armed services     Selling & Marketing   Social Work    Police      Farming/Forestry     Surveying
 Journalism      Teaching    Planning    Leisure & Tourism       Transport     Local Government

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What History will I study?
We study the OCR Syllabus B (Modern World) GCSE History course. The course has been
chosen so as to ensure that your experience of History is as enjoyable and as rewarding as
possible. There are no tiers of entry for History GCSE and so all students sit the same
examination paper and have the opportunity to achieve the full range of grades.

What are the aims of the course?
The course will give you the opportunity:
       to acquire knowledge and an understanding of the human past;
       to investigate historical events, changes, people and issues;
       to recognise that History is an interpretation of the past based on evidence;
       to draw your own conclusions based on the evidence available.

What does the course involve?
We study Britain before the Great War, a period of great social reform. We examine how
women won the right to vote and how they contributed to the war effort. We consider how
the First World War impacted on the lives of the people at home. We study the rise of
America, the effects of the Great Depression and the achievements of President Roosevelt.
We also look at International Relations between 1945 – 1975, focusing on the Cold War,
studying who was to blame for the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war.

How is the course assessed?
Unit A971:                International Relations and USA                  2 hours
Unit A972:                Britain 1890~1918                                1 hour 30 minutes
Controlled Assessment:    The First World War                              1 assignment

Is it for me?

There are many different reasons to study history, as it is a fantastic combination of all the
other school subjects.

   History helps you discover how your world evolved.

   History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions
 properly, and to express your own opinions.

   History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information.

   History helps you make sense of most other subjects.

    A lack of historical knowledge prevents people from truly understanding the world they
 live in.

   History helps you understand the origins of modern political and social problems.

  History makes you appreciate that people in the past were not just 'good' or 'bad', but
 motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.

   History provides you with many skills valued by employers.

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           Modern Foreign Languages
The department offers a variety of courses covering French and Spanish at both GCSE and
NVQ. The exact course/s to be offered will be determined by the number and ability of pupils
choosing each language.

AQA GCSE Spanish / French

Is this subject right for me?

Do you enjoy learning a language at school? Are you prepared to ―have a go‖ at
communicating in the language? Do you have an interest in how a language works?

In the GCSE course you will work with 4 topic areas:

                    Lifestyle                           Home and Environment

                    Leisure                               Work and Education

You can mix and match higher and foundation level in the 4 skill areas.

Both languages are assessed as follows:

Unit 1 ~ Listening ~ Examination 20%      Unit 3 ~ Speaking ~ Controlled assessment 30%

Unit 2 ~ Reading ~ Examination 20%        Unit 4 ~ Writing ~ Controlled assessment 30%

The speaking work will be recorded withy your teacher, and your teacher will mark it (like
coursework). The written element is now similar to controlled coursework, with 6 hours of
lessons used as preparation time for the final piece. You can also re-sit each section of the
course to improve your grade.

OCR NVQ Level 2 Spanish / French for Business

Is this subject right for me?

Do you prefer to work towards regular short assessments rather than an end of year exam?
Do you prefer language learning without lots of grammar rules?
Are you prepared to ―have a go‖ at communicating in practical, sometimes work situations?

The NVQ Level 2 offers you the opportunity to develop your speaking, listening, reading and
writing skills in a way which would be of use with any future job.

It is based on business situations and you will learn about businesses as well as the
language you would use in a ―real-life‖ situation. Vocabulary is focused on:

   Travel and Tourism, Business and Marketing, Hospitality, Banking, Journalism/Media,
   Retail, Engineering, Customer Service, Public Service Organisations.

The level 2 NVQ is the equivalent of a GCSE at grade A*-C dependant on how much of it
you complete.

Assessment is task-based on completion of each element and covers the four skills (reading,
writing, speaking and listening). On completion of the course, successful candidates will
receive an NVQ certificate from OCR stating skills and levels achieved.

These will be taken at regular intervals during the course, and can you can re-sit them if

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         Level 2 BTEC First DIPLOMA
             for ICT Practitioners
Why should I study ICT at Diploma Level?
The BTEC diploma allows you to ‗top up‘ the ICT First Certificate which all pupils will
be completing in their compulsory ICT lessons. By completing three additional units
you can increase your accreditation from a certificate to a diploma (which is equal
to 4 GCSE‘S).

What will I learn about?
You will study one compulsory unit:
                    Introduction to Computer Systems

You will then be required to choose two of the option modules. Choices include:

Graphics, Website Design, Databases, ICT Project, Mobile Communications
Technology, Spreadsheets, Doing Business Online.

Please note that the option modules delivered will be based on demand, resources
available and the topics you will have already covered by the BTEC certificate.

How will I be assessed?
There is no exam for the BTEC! All of the assessment is based on project work
which is completed in class and for homework. For this reason you must be
organized, hardworking and willing to work at home in order to complete the
assessment tasks.
For this course you will be awarded with:

        BTEC Qualification       Grade Boundaries        GCSE Equivalent
        Pass                           36 - 59               CCCC
        Merit                          60 – 83               BBBB
        Distinction                    84 - 95               AAAA
        Distinction*                  96 - 108              A* A* A* A*

As you are already studying a compulsory ICT course, this decision should not
be taken lightly as the amount of work could become overwhelming. Your
commitment and your project management skills are essential to keep on top
of project work. You MUST have a real interest in ICT to be successful on this
course, as it is aimed at those pupils who are interested in a career/course in
this field.

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Business and Communication Systems
 Why should I study this course?
 This course covers a broad range of business theory with a practical introduction to
 ICT. It allows you to develop a wide range of skills which will be applicable to jobs in
 many different areas, but also for those of you who wish to go on to further study.

 What will I learn about?
 In Year 10 and 11 you will complete a series of projects. Each one is a business
 scenario which has both a business theory and specific ICT focus.

 Module               Outline of Content
 The     Business Aims and objectives of a business, identifying stakeholders,
 Environment      business organisation and management structures

 Workplace            Office organisation, health & safety, preparation and
 Organisation         management of data and identification of modern working

 Human Resources The recruitment process, training, contracts of employment,
                 pay and rewards
 Communication        Importance and use of communication methods including
                      meetings, discussions, video conferencing, business letters,
                      memos, reports, newsletters, e-mail, websites and advertising

 ICT in Business      Input and storage devices, word processing, presentations,
                      spreadsheets, databases, desk top publishing, computer

 How will I be assessed?
 Theory Papers (33%) - 1 hour paper which requires short answers and extended
 writing to test your knowledge and understanding of subject content.

 Practical Paper (67%) - 2 hour paper which will test your ability to use computers
 and the appropriate software for a given business scenario e.g.:
  Production of posters or advertising materials using desk top publishing
  Creating spreadsheets to manage information
  Use of word processing to produce business documents e.g. letters, memos,
  Designing a database to enter, store and organise data

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                 Design and Technology
Do you enjoy:
    Thinking creatively
    Problem Solving
    Discovering new ideas
    Making products
    Designing products
    Learning new skills
    Discovering how designers / chefs work

Would you like to be:
   At the forefront of new technology
   Solving problems of the future
   Designing for the future
   Part of some of the most amazing companies in the world
   Inspired everyday

If you have answered yes to some of these questions then you probably need to take an
option in DT.

All the DT options are enjoyable, interesting, inspiring and challenging but most of all useful
throughout your lives. They allow you to find jobs, enrol on college courses or just to enjoy
the experience and challenge of designing and making. Whatever you motivation you are
sure to have fun and enjoy your DT lessons.

Course Structure:
All our DT options follow the same structure and exam board (Edexcel) which is outlined

The course is split into two units.

Unit One: Coursework 60% (completed in year 11)
You will have the option of completing your coursework in two different ways.
1. Through a combined design and make activity where you design a product and then
    make it.
2. Through separate design and make activities where you design one product but make

Unit Two: Examination 40%.

The exam will be based on the theory side of the subject and will be 1 ½ hours long.
Unit Two can be taken at the end of year 10 with a chance to re sit in year 11 if needed.

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Resistant materials: This course builds on the work            studied at KS3. During year 10
we will design and make a wide range of small projects using wood, metal and plastic. The
course will also study the theory of the subject with an emphasis on designing for
sustainability. During year 11 you will produce your own piece of coursework. To be
successful in this course you need to be interested in design and keen to improve your
drawing, designing and making skills. Good science, art and mathematical skills will also be
of benefit. Creativity is an important part of this subject and regular homework‘s will be set
which will allow you to develop your creativity.

Career Options
This course is good for many career options but some possibilities are listed below:
~ Product design, Stage design, Architecture, engineering, Building and surveying,
Landscape design ~ or maybe you just like being creative!!

Electronics:      This course builds on the work studied at KS3. During year 10 you will
study electronic components and design and make circuits which, can be used for practical
outcomes. This is an interesting and intelligent course which has you working with cutting
edge technology such as programmable chips and remote operation. It will be an advantage
if you have a good level of Maths and Science. During year 11 you will produce a piece of
electronics coursework. This course is very good for pupils who want to go on to sixth form
or university.

Career options
~ Electrical Engineering, Electronics Industry, BAE, TV and Radio, Sound and light
engineering, Armed forces

Food Technology: This exciting new course will allow you to learn how to investigate,
design and make are offering quality food products for a range of different occasions and
people. This subject is ideal for you if you enjoy the challenge of investigating and problem
solving and also enjoy working with food.

There will be opportunities to you to taste and test different foods and to model, develop and
produce sustainable food products that could have a place in the diets of us all in the future.

In Year 10 we will investigate and develop foods for a wide range of occasions and special
diets. We will learn how to use research will develop products for a range of occasions
comparing manufactured products with those we could make at home and complete a
module of work which relates directly to sports nutrition. We will consider and design
products for people involved in a range of different activities developing our own products to
meet particular identified needs.

In Year 11 we will have the exciting possibility of designing and developing our own food
products for a particular occasion or group. This individual practical project is worth 60% of
the marks for the course and is completed almost entirely in lesson time.

Career Options
~ Hospitality and Catering Industry, Hotel Management, Dietetics, The Armed Forces, Food
Technologist. Nursing, Child Care Work, Retail.

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Level 2 BTEC First Certificate in Horticulture
  This is a BTEC Qualification equivalent to two GCSEs (A*-C), depending on how well you
  progress over the two year course. This course is delivered in the WAVE Centre in
  partnership with Myerscough College.

  Brief Description of the Course: You will learn both in a classroom and practical situations.
  The course is assessed in a few different ways including written assignments, case studies,
  practical assessments and projects. The First Certificate is a broad-based course, which
  encourages the student to explore several major sectors of the horticultural industry. The
  major sectors catered for are:
  General Horticulture, Garden Centre Operation, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape
  During the course some of the areas you will look at are:
         Safe working, Logical and progressive thought, Concern for the environmental issues
         related to land based industries and The role of technology in the land based

  List of Modules

        Amenity and Decorative Horticulture - This module looks at understanding the
         needs of plants. You will learn what to plant where, and how the soil works and what
         it gives to the plant.

        Basic Landscape Construction – In this module you will look at the hard landscape
         aspects of the industry, covering flag laying, block paving, fencing and drainage.

        Use of Specialist Horticulture Machinery – tractors, mowers rotivators etc.


  A key feature of BTEC Firsts is that they provide opportunities for learners to develop a
  range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for working life
  beyond school learners gain a nationally recognised, vocationally-specific, qualification
  which enables them to enter employment or progress to further education qualifications
  such as BTEC National Diplomas in related subject areas.

  This qualification is suitable for any one interested in the environmental and land-based
  industries and is an introduction to a wide range of careers in this sector. The skills learners
  will develop range from practical land-based construction (flag laying, fencing, drainage,
  woodwork), to landscape design and plant biology.

  Students can progress onto the National Diploma in Horticulture Landscaping, at
  Myerscough College if they gain sufficient merits on the First Diploma Course.
  N.B. Before starting this course you will complete an initial basic skills assessment,
  organised in school by the College. You will then be invited to an interview/taster session at
  the WAVE Centre. This will give you the opportunity to seek further information about the
  course. You will also complete a Myerscough College application form which requires
  parental consent.

  Additional                                                              Requirements
  Sensible outdoor clothing is expected for practical work. Steel toe cap boots and / or
  wellingtons are essential.

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           Level 2 BTEC First Certificate
             In Health and Social Care
First Certificate Health and Social Care

The First Certificate in Health and Social Care is a vocational course that is equivalent
to 2 GCSE grades (A-C). This course is delivered in the WAVE Centre in partnership with
Blackpool and the Fylde College.

About the course

The aim of this course is to provide a broad background to the Health and Social Care sector
and is an ideal introduction to careers within this area. It can contribute to the entry
requirements for a career in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursery nursing,
care work, or early years education etc.

Topics covered include:

           Communication and Individual Rights within the Health & Social Care Sectors

           Individual Needs within the Health and Social Care Sectors

           Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

Pupils will also have the opportunity to complete some work experience within a vocational


An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who
successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

There is no final examination.

Pupil work is assessed through a variety of methods which includes; written work, role play,
display work and oral presentations.


This course provides good preparation for advanced courses such as BTEC Nationals, As-
level or A-level in Health and Social Care as well as apprenticeships and the employments
mentioned above.

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                Level 1 BTEC Introductory
                Certificate in Construction
This course will be delivered in the WAVE Centre and is led by tutors from Blackpool
and Fylde College

About the course
This course provides an introduction to the Construction industry. You will follow the Edexcel
BTEC Level 1 which is equivalent to 2 GCSEs (below grade C). More able pupils may be
entered for the First Certificate, Level 2 qualification.

What will you learn?
The qualification provides you with the opportunity to acquire useful personal skills, building
up your individual confidence, as well as a broad introduction to the construction sector, by
developing relevant practical skills and the associated knowledge and understanding
required in this field of work.

The units covered include practical sessions in some of the following areas; developing
joinery skills; developing painting and decorating skills; and developing skills in plumbing and
electrical areas of building services. Along with theory sessions in the following topics;
starting work in construction; developing skills and working safely in construction; and
personal effectiveness.

Unit 1 – Starting Work in Construction
Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Working Safely in Construction
Unit 3 – Personal Effectiveness
Unit 4 – Developing Service Skills, plumbing and electrical work.

The course will cover theory and practical units delivered by tutors with industry expertise to
ensure that sessions are educational, enlightening and enjoyable.

What happens when you have successfully completed your course?
Having achieved the BTEC Introductory Certificate in Construction, it may be possible to
further your personal development and employability by undertaking another introductory
qualification in a vocational area that interests you. Alternatively, you could progress to a
qualification at Level 2, such as a BTEC First Certificate in Construction and the Building

N.B. Before starting this course you will complete an initial basic skills assessment,
organised in school by the College. You will then be invited to an interview/taster session at
the WAVE Centre. This will give you the opportunity to seek further information about the
course. You will also complete a Blackpool and The Fylde College application form which
requires parental consent.

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                       Key Skills Course
This option provides students with the opportunity to follow the ASDAN CoPE Award, the
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and also to complete course work alongside improving
English and Numeracy skills.

The ASDAN CoPE Award (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) enables pupils to complete
challenges and tasks up to level 1 or level 2 for which they achieve accreditation. These
challenges address the following Key Skills required for the work place:

  -   Working with others
  -   Improving own learning and performance
  -   Problem solving
  -   Carrying out a piece of research
  -   Communicating through discussion
  -   Planning and giving an oral presentation

Here are some examples of the challenges that pupils might complete in CoPE:

Example 1:   Independent Living:
  - Imagine you are living on your own. What bills might you have to pay and what
    methods are there for paying them? If you were on a low income or unemployed what
    help night you be able to get?

Example 2:    Sport and Leisure:
  - Show that you have taken part in at least two of the following indoor activities over a
    period of time and met agreed targets:
    -Table Tennis                  -Snooker/Pool
    -Badminton                     -Volleyball
    -Squash                 -Bowling
    -Ice/Roller Skating            -Basketball

The Duke of Edinburgh‘s Award Scheme is an internationally renowned award which covers
4 sections:
   - Volunteering
  -   Skill
  -   Physical Recreation
  - Expedition

If students opt to take this Award, some of the work will have to be done outside normal
school time, as a requirement of the Award.

Students will also have the chance to improve their literacy and numeracy skills as well as
catching up with course work.

If you want to know more about Key Skills then please see Mrs Gibson.

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