Course Information and Year 9 Options
Parent/Pupil Information about Options (updated December 12th 2017). Please click on subject for key facts. The Option Blocks are here.
Here is a list of when taster sessions are available : TASTER DATES
In Year 9, students study the following courses :
ENGLISH - AQA
Students continue to prepare for their GSCEs in both English Language and English Literature. 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.
Spoken language (previously speaking and listening) will emphasises 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.
English Literature is where students begin their study of Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls’ J. B. Priestly, Poetry from a selection AQA 2017 Love and Relationships cluster and an unseen poetry section.
BIOLOGY - EDEXCEL
Key Biological Concepts, Cells and Control, Genetics, Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health, Disease and the development of medicine
CHEMISTRY - EDEXCEL
States of Matter, Methods of separating and purifying substances, Atomic Structure, Periodic Table, Ionic Binding, Covalent Bonding, Types of Substance, Acids, Calculations involving mass, Electrolytic Substances
PHYSICS - EDEXCEL
Motion, Forces and Motion, Conservation of energy, Waves, Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Radioactivity, Forces doing work, Forces and their effects
The Iron Age, Medicine through time, The American West, The Troubles in Ireland, The social changes of the 1960s, Germany 1890-1945
Geographical skills, Natural hazards, Population and migration, Brazil, China, International development, Tourism
YEAR 9 TECHNOLOGY ROTATION (CREATIVE SUBJECTS)
Resistant Materials: Basketball Game (wood project)
CAD/CAM : 2D Design Phone Holder
Food Technology: Advanced Culinary Skills
Art: Coastline Themed Project (mixed media)
Textiles : William Morris (silk painting)
Music: Music Industry and Composition
RELIGIOUS STUDIES -
AQA GCSE Specification A – Full Course
Christianity - Beliefs, Islam – Beliefs, Christianity - Practices
AQA Citizenship Studies GCSE – Full Course
Media, Rights and Responsibilities, UK and international organisations, Censorship, Law and legal systems in the UK, NGOs, Active Citizenship Project
Computer Hardware and Binary, How Characters, Sound and Images are stored, Programming with Python. Algorithms, Networking, Databases
Year 9 Art- `The Coast`
In this project students are introduced to the theme of `The Coast`. The project follows a similar scenario to a BTEC project so that students gain a real idea of the work that they would be expected to produce should they choose Art as an option at the end of year 9. The project includes; a client brief, mood board, appropriate artist, use of a diverse range of media and a final outcome.
Year 9 Textiles `The Jungle`
Students are introduced to the process of textile design in this project. The theme is `The Jungle`. Students are expected to produce some independent research, create some studies in a range of media, experiment with a range of textile techniques and create a final outcome.