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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Options Evening Tuesday 17 January 2017 4.30 pm Option Form To be returned by Friday 20 January 2017 [2]

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CONTENTS Letter of Introduction from the Principal Mission Statement Choices at 14+ Career Options Option Form Sample Year 10 Curriculum 2017-2019 What Next? CORE SUBJECTS Religious Studies English Mathematics Science P.E. ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY COURSES OPTION CHOICES Art and Design Business Children’s Play, Learning & Development Computer Science Creative Media Geography Health & Social Care History I.C.T Modern Foreign Languages Music Music BTEC Physical Education Physical Education - Technical Physical Education – Sports Leadership Science – see Core Science Information Technology Options: Creative Studies Electronics Food & Nutrition Materials Technology Resistant Materials Textiles & Fashion Wider Key Skills APPENDIX Summary of GCSE Results 2016 [3] Page 1 2 4 5 6 7 Page 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 35

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November 2016 Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s), I am pleased to be able to present the Carmel College Option Choices 14+ Booklet for 2017/2019 for your consideration. It contains a great amount of information and should serve to answer many of the questions we are asked each year by parents when their son or daughter is faced with making subject choices in Year 9. All students in Years 10 and 11 must study religious education, English, mathematics, science and physical education, a modern foreign language and a humanity. Choices can be made between Spanish and French and geography and history. This will give a very good balance between subjects and ensure each student can complete the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) in Year 11. I would like to draw your attention to the Education and Skills Act 2008, which places a duty on all young people to participate in Education or Training until their 18th birthday. Young people therefore will be able to choose how they participate in Post-16 which could be through Full-Time Education in College, an Apprenticeship or Part-Time Education or Training if they are employed for 20 hours or more per week. (see section on Post-16 of the Option Choice 14+ booklet). In arriving at your decision, Carmel College staff will, as always, be available to help you. You will have an opportunity to discuss any option subject with staff of that department at the Options Evening on 17 January 2017 at 4.30 pm. Full parental support in the matter of homework and in attendance at Student Academic Mentoring Days, when the professional advice of the teaching staff is available for your guidance, is always welcomed and indeed, such involvement reinforces the work done within the College. We are always happy for parents to visit the College to discuss problems which may affect a student’s progress. However, I would ask that you telephone first in order that someone is available to see you. With every good wish. Yours sincerely, M Shorten Principal M Ed, NLE, NPQH [4]

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MISSION STATEMENT We shall endeavour to be a community which witnesses to the Gospel and the values contained therein. 'I came that you may have life in abundance.' John Ch10 v10 We shall endeavour to be a worshipping community and celebrate this in daily prayer and liturgy. Our community must be characterised by supportiveness, a welcoming approach and a caring ethos, with justice given to all within it. We shall strive to provide opportunities and an environment in which all pupils develop according to their full potential. We must seek to ensure that all members of our community experience and find hope, joy and fulfilment and a sense of their own worth and that of others, by participating as fully as possible in College life. We shall strive to maintain fruitful links with parents, parishes, Primary feeder Schools and the local community, in the recognition that the College is dependent on the interaction and support of many agencies to achieve the aims embodied in this Mission Statement. We shall regularly evaluate our organisational and management structures to ensure that they reflect the spirit of this Mission Statement, especially through the effectiveness of the College's communication systems. 'Where there is no vision, the people perish.' Proverbs Ch 29 v 18 [5]

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CHOICE AT 14+ Options - Your Next Steps Choosing your options is your first chance to influence your educational future. Until now, such decisions as, which school you attend, the subjects you study and the groups you are in, have been made by someone else. This is your chance to choose the subjects to study that will best help you to achieve your chosen career. With such an important decision it is crucial that you: Take your time and carefully consider your choices- you owe it to yourself to give serious thought to your choice of option. Consult key people before making your final decision. There are people who can help you make the right choices. These people are your parents, your subject teachers, your form tutor, your Academic Mentor, your Pastoral Learning Manager and Careers Advisers. At this point, in Year 9, you may not know or be certain what your career next steps are and it would be sensible to make sure you choose a broad range of subjects. However, some universities and careers do demand certain subjects. It is important to research and consider your choices carefully in order to make a fully informed decision. How to choose your options Give all your subject areas careful consideration before you make your choice. This is your future you are investing in.  Consider all the subjects you are good at and the ones you like. This is not always as easy as it seems. Subjects will become increasingly more difficult and you need to be confident that you can achieve your potential.  Don’t choose subjects because your friends are doing them, or you have a favourite teacher. There is no guarantee who will teach you or who your classmates will be.  Don’t drop a subject only because “you don’t like it”; that subject may be important for your future.  Do not assume that certain subjects are needed for certain careers; do your research and check the most up to date information. Remember, your education is not only about your future career. By studying a wide range of subjects, you will learn new skills, gain new knowledge and understanding which will shape you as a person and support you in leading a full and happy life. Faye Mellenthin Pastoral Learning Manager [6]

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CAREER OPTIONS How Will Year 9 Options Shape Your Career Next Steps? During Years Seven, Eight and Nine you will have studied a range of subjects. During this time you will have begun to discover which subjects you enjoy and where your strengths lie. Year 9 GCSE option choices allow you to study subjects which you are passionate about. Reasons for choosing subjects include: Enjoyment How much you enjoy the subject content and how interesting you find the topics is important because the work will become more difficult and you will need to be committed and find it rewarding. Achievement You need to pick subjects that will bring you success and enable you to achieve your potential. Next Steps Your options will open the doors to the next phase in your academic life. Make sure you are informed of what subjects you need to pursue your career ambitions, whether that is in the world of work or for college or university. Core subjects such as English, maths and science are valued by all employers and are useful for many jobs and higher education courses. Studying a language is also advisable and valuable to most professions and future study. It is important that the subjects you choose enhance you academically and socially helping you to fulfil your career ambitions and give you a love of learning. Whatever subjects you take, excellent attendance and punctuality, positive work ethic and achieving your full potential is central to your success. Information on Careers is available on the school website. Students and Parents can also get further advice from the One Stop Shop. Address and box with the add in from the one stop shop C: The One Stop Shop 13 Horsemarket Darlington DL1 5PW Tel: 01325 406170 [7]

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WHAT NEXT? Carmel is an 11 - 19 RC College offering opportunities for students in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form. We are unique in two ways: we promote Christian values and we are the only maintained school with a Sixth Form in Darlington. Year 9 students should be thinking very carefully, not just about the subjects they are choosing for GCSE but also about what they would like to do in the longer term. It is not too early to consider what type of work or career they would like and how they are going to achieve that goal. Changes in the raising of the participation age mean that current Year 9 students will be required to continue in Education or Training until their 18th birthday. In the Sixth Form at Carmel we offer a wide range of AS and A Levels, GCE Applied, BTEC and specialist ICT courses - see Sixth Form prospectus. There are many advantages to studying post-16 education at Carmel:  Excellent examination results  Wide choice of programme of study - tailored to individual requirements  New courses introduced if there is a demand for them  Close monitoring to ensure continued success and optimum results  A varied programme of enrichment courses  Leadership opportunities  Special privileges that are not extended to students in other year groups  Closer relationships with teachers  Dedicated teachers and contemporary teaching methods  Free books and equipment and laptop leasing scheme  Superb common room and Bistro facilities  New clubs, societies and sporting opportunities Generally speaking, to study AS and A Levels, students must have a minimum of five A* to C passes at GCSE including English and maths. These examinations will be necessary for entry to university, as well as many careers where work-based training is more appropriate. At Carmel we offer AS and A Levels in traditional subjects, such as English, maths, science and languages, as well as newer ones such as media studies, music and sports studies. Applied GCEs are vocational subjects that can be used for entry to university or for careers where you need a mixture of skills and knowledge, such as business, engineering, health and social care and information technology. [10]

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There is a wide range of extra-curricular courses/activities available in the Sixth Form at Carmel including:  Young Enterprise Scheme  Dinner dances/Christmas and Summer Balls  Opportunity to go on the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes  Challenging and enlightening retreats  Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Foreign Language students are usually able to spend some time in France or Spain. The College is also involved in many international projects and students often get the chance to attend conferences in other countries. There is also the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes with HCPT (The Pilgrimage Trust) where Sixth Form students have the opportunity to look after children less fortunate than themselves. Carmel Sixth Form is an excellent place to study and students go on to study at universities across the country, including Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, York, Warwick, Bristol, University College London and Newcastle to name but a few. Ex-students have been very successful in their routes through Higher Education to challenging and exciting careers. [11]

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CORE - RELIGIOUS STUDIES Syllabus Code C120PB WJEC EDUQAS GCSE QAN 601/88790/0 Unit Judaism Unit Foundational Catholic Theology Unit Applied Catholic Theology Catholic schools exist to provide a Catholic Education and a life based on Gospel values. It is because of this that Religious Education has been described as “the core of the core curriculum” and something which should occupy pride of place in our College. In this subject, students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the part they have in life. It helps them to consider and explore the origins, meanings, purpose and value of life. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own personal response to God, other human beings and moral issues. Course Outline The new GCSE Religious Studies includes three components: Judaism, Foundational Catholic Theology and Applied Catholic Theology. Assessment The assessment will be based upon the candidate’s performance in linear examinations. Examination The GCSE will comprise of three examinations. Students take all exams at the end of Year 11. Within each exam there are two sections: Judaism - Beliefs and Teachings and Practices, Foundation Catholic Theology - Origins and Meanings and Good and Evil, Applied Catholic Theology - Life and Death and Sin and Forgiveness. Progression Routes A significant number of our students progress to study AS and A Level Religious Studies, subsequently leading to University entrance equal to other academic subjects. Career Implications A qualification in Religious Studies is highly suitable for careers in medicine, teaching, social work, publishing, journalism, nursing and the religious life. Banks, broadcasters, the police force and the Law Society also recognise the positive benefits of such a wide-reaching subject. Religious Education encourages particular skills of listening, understanding, communicating and the ability to form and express a personal opinion. It gives an insight into human nature, how people relate to each other and it helps them to develop human concern and tolerance for others. As a result, it not only helps the student grow as a person but also has much to offer as a subject for anyone considering a career where relationship/social awareness is concerned.

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CORE – ENGLISH GCSE AQA English Language Syllabus Code 8700 QAN 601/4292/3 Course Outline You will be familiar with many of the activities on this course but you will be expected to respond to more challenging materials throughout Years 10 and 11 and to show an increasing understanding and appreciation of what it means to be an effective reader, writer and speaker of English. Furthermore, by the end of this combined course, you will have two GCSE grades. External Assessments: Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing 50% of the total GCSE 1 hour 45 minutes Section A: Reading - Response to one literature fiction text (25%) Section B: Writing – Candidates complete one descriptive or narrative writing task (25%) Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives 50% of the total GCSE 1 hour 45 minutes Section A: Reading – Responses to one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text (25%) Section B: Writing - Writing to present a viewpoint (25%) Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language Candidates present, respond to questions and feedback whilst demonstrating the use of Standard English. This unit is assessed by the class teacher throughout the course (0% weighting of GCSE).

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CORE - ENGLISH GCSE AQA English Literature Syllabus Code 8702 QAN 601/4447/6 Course Outline You will be familiar with many of the activities on this course but you will be expected to respond to more challenging materials throughout Years 10 and 11 and to show an increasing understanding and appreciation of what it means to be an effective reader, writer and speaker of English. Furthermore, by the end of this combined course, you will have two GCSE grades. External Assessments: Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel 40% of the total GCSE marks. Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes Section A Shakespeare: Candidates will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole. Section B The 19th-century novel: Candidates will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole. Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry 60% of the total GCSE marks. Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes Section A Modern texts: Candidates will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text. Section B Poetry: Candidates will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. Section C Unseen poetry: Candidates will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. English for life You need English skills in reading, writing and speaking to cope with the demands of modern life and a qualification in English is needed for almost all further education courses and most jobs. It is a subject which opens doors, helping you to achieve any ambition you may have and enabling you to play your full part in society. What is more, the GCSE course offers you the chance to enjoy and appreciate more fully the skills of writers, poets and playwrights and to cultivate habits, which will hopefully be a source of pleasure and recreation for the rest of your life. Make the most of the chances offered!

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CORE - MATHEMATICS GCSE EDEXCEL Syllabus Code 1MA1 QAN 601/4700/3 Course Outline The aims and objectives of GCSE Mathematics are to enable students to:  develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts  acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems  reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions  comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. Mathematics GCSE will assess content covered in the following areas 1. Number 2. Algebra 3. Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 4. Geometry and Measures 5. Probability 6. Statistics Examination Each student will be entered for one of the following tiers: Foundation or Higher. Students will take three examination papers within each tier. At each tier Papers 2 and 3 are calculator papers. Tier Foundation Higher Grade Range 1 -5 4-9 Assessment Component Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Time 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes Certificate of Achievement If it is felt that students are unlikely to gain a grade 1 at GCSE, they can take the Certificate of Achievement. Career Implications A grade 5 at GCSE in Mathematics is an important qualification to enable students to progress both in education and in work. Possible Progression Routes Higher Grade (7,8 or 9) would enable students to progress to A level and beyond Grade 5 or above would enable students to progress to Core Maths.

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