Years 7 to 13

Course Information

In Year 11 the following topics are studied :

 

ENGLISH -

English Language enables students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

 

English language covers two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.

 

Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

 

Spoken language (previously speaking and listening) will emphasise the importance of the wider benefits that speaking and listening skills have for students. The endorsed unit will draw on good practice to suggest how engaging formative tasks can lead to a single summative assessment.

 

BIOLOGY -

EDEXCEL : Classification, variation and inheritance, Responses to a changing environment, Problems and solutions to a changing environment, The building blocks of cells, Organisms and energy, Common systems, Control systems, Behaviour, Biotechnology 

CHEMISTRY -

EDEXCEL : The Earth’s sea and atmosphere, Materials from the Earth, Acids, Obtaining and using metals, Fuels, Ionic compounds and analysis, Covalent compounds and separation techniques, Groups in the periodic table, Chemical reactions, Quantitative chemistry, Qualitative chemistry, Quantitative analysis, Electrolytic processes, Gases, equilibria and ammonia, Organic Chemistry

PHYSICS -

EDEXCEL : Visible light and the solar system, The electromagnetic spectrum, Waves and the Universe, Waves and the Earth, Generation and transmission of electricity, Static and current electricity, Controlling and using electric currents, Motion and Forces, Momentum, energy, work and power, Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, Benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials, Radiation in treatment and medicine, X-rays and ECG’s, Production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources, Motion of particles, Kinetic theory and gases

HISTORY -

AQA GCSE History : Health and the People 1100 to present, Elizabethan England 1568-1603

GEOGRAPHY -

Urban issues and challenges, Rio de Janeiro, The UK, Changing economic world, Resource management and energy, Field work 2

RE -

AQA GCSE Specification B – Full Course (Religion and Life Issues and Religion and Morality), Religion and Crime, Attitudes towards drug abuse, Attitudes towards the elderly and death

BUSINESS -

•    Customer service roles and types
•    Customer satisfaction
•    Benefits/importance of customer service
•    Types of customers
•    Expectations and needs of customers
•    Customer service situations

 

COMPUTING -

Controlled assignment, plus Revision for External Exam - Computer Systems, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Representation of Data in Computers, Communication and Networking, Security, Legal and Ethical Issues

ART - 

Level 2 BTEC : 

BTEC Level 2 courses are available for students to choose as an option at the end of year 9. The BTEC Level 2 introduces students to project brief`s similar to those that would be used within a design environment. Projects are based upon a specific theme and specialism. In response to the project brief students are asked to create a portfolio of personal work and this culminates in a final piece.

Projects can include `The Powell Cotton Museum`, `St Peter`s Place` and `Mexican Day of the Dead`.

MUSIC -

BTEC L2 : Unit 1 Music industry, Unit 2 Managing a music product,Unit 4 Introducing music composition, Unit 5 Introducing music performance

TEXTILES -

AQA :  During the Textiles GCSE students develop a portfolio of work consisting of several projects. Students familiarise themselves with the Textile design process; researching project themes, learning a wide range of textiles techniques and creating final outcomes that cover art, interiors, fashion and accessories specialisms.

Projects that are usually included are; Recycling, Natural forms, Organic forms, coastline and Cultures. 

TECHNOLOGY -

The current KS4 options that are taught include Btec Level 2 in Engineering, Btec Level 2 in Hospitality and GCSE Engineering. At Level 3 students are given the opportunity to progress from Level 2 to study the Subsidiary Diploma that is Equivalent to an A-Level at 16-19. 

FRENCH / SPANISH - 

Speaking – Healthy Living, French - Holidays and Tourism Revision, Spanish CA – Celebrity and Media, French and Spanish - Revision and exam preparation