Year 9 KS4 Options Booklet 2017-19

 

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Year 9 2017-2019

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Contents Welcome to Key Stage 4 Options The Options Process Useful Contacts The Key Stage 4 Curriculum Qualifications EBacc Frequently asked questions GCSE Art & Design BTEC Business Studies GCSE Computer Science GCSE Design & Technology GCSE Drama GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE French GCSE Geography GCSE German BTEC Health & Social Care GCSE History Cambridge Nationals in IT GCSE Music GCSE Physical Education GCSE Psychology GCSE Separate Sciences GCSE Textiles Subject Talks Venue and Schedule Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 4 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 2

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Welcome to your Key Stage 4 Options Dear Year 9 student, This booklet is designed to guide you through one of the most important education choices you have ever had to make. Choosing your Key Stage 4 programme of study is a really exciting opportunity for you to reflect on what your curriculum strengths and interests are, as well as the career path you might wish to follow later in life. It is a chance to tailor a package of subjects and courses that you will enjoy and experience success in and that will provide you with a strong base from which to launch into the next phase of your education in our Sixth Form. However, making your option choices can also be quite a daunting and stressful time. Over the next few weeks you should discuss your ideas with as many people as possible: your teachers, your tutor, your parents/carers and any relatives who have taken GCSEs and other Key Stage 4 courses. Read this booklet very carefully, as it contains vital information about each of the courses. If you are confused about which subjects are compulsory and which are optional, or which combinations of option choices are allowed, do ask a teacher for guidance or see Mr K Cumming, Assistant Head or Mr T Davies, Year 9 Year Leader. I wish you every success with your decision-making. Steve Green Headteacher The Options Process 25th January Options Evening 8th February 12th May Options Form deadline Letters confirming option choices issued. Useful Contacts Subject booklets and option forms issued. Subject talks in various venues with further information and opportunity to ask questions. Please return completed forms to your Tutor or Exams office. Please note that the timing of this is provisional, we would hope to be able to provide this information earlier but cannot guarantee this as the Year 9 options process is running alongside Year 8 options and 6th form options. Assistant Head (Curriculum): Year Leader: Mr K Cumming Mr T Davies kcumming@axevalley.devon.sch.uk tdavies@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 3

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The Key Stage 4 Curriculum The timetable runs on a two-week cycle and contains 50 x 1 hour periods and 10 x 25 minute tutor/assembly periods; the time allocated to each subject area is as follows: Core Subjects English 8 hours Maths 8 hours Combined Science 8 hours Religious Education 2 hours Physical Education (Non-Exam) 4 hours PSHE (Non-Exam) Tutor Time Option Subjects Option Subject 1 Option Subject 2 Option Subject 3 Option Subject 4 5 hours 5 hours 5 hours 5 hours Core Subjects The core courses that all students study are: English Language (GCSE) English Literature (GCSE) Mathematics (GCSE) Combined Science (GCSE) 1 Religious Education (GCSE) Physical Education (Non-Exam) PSHE (Non-Exam) Option Subjects The option courses that students can choose from are: Art & Design (GCSE)2 Business Studies (BTEC) Computer Science (GCSE)2 Design & Technology (GCSE) Drama (GCSE) French (GCSE) Food Preparation & Nutrition (GCSE) Geography (GCSE) German (GCSE) Health & Social Care (BTEC) History (GCSE) IT (Cambridge National)2 Music (GCSE) Physical Education (GCSE) Psychology (GCSE) Separate Sciences (GCSE)1 Textiles (GCSE)2 1 All students study at least two GCSEs in Science (combined science) but selecting Separate Sciences as an option means that you will study three separate GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. 2 To ensure that students experience a broad and balanced curriculum the following option combinations cannot be studied together: Art & Design and Textiles Computer Science and IT. Qualifications GCSE Most of the option subjects are GCSEs. The structure of these courses and course content has in many cases changed significantly in recent years. As you may be aware, the GCSE grades have changed from the letter grades (A*-G) to numerical grades (9-1, where 9 is the highest). Subjects follow a two-year linear course leading to final, in some subjects tiered, examinations in summer 2019. BTEC and Cambridge Nationals Some students prefer an assessment system with fewer written examinations and a more practical approach; we offer a number of courses which can be completed alongside the GCSE subjects offered. These qualifications are awarded grades such as Distinction, Merit and Pass which schools, colleges and employers recognise as being equivalent to GCSE grades. EBacc The EBacc is achieved if a student gains a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English, Maths, at least two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language and a Humanities subject (Geography or History). In order for students to have the opportunity to meet this standard, students should choose either French or German and then complete the rest of the right hand side of the option form. 4

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Frequently Asked Questions How many options do I study at Key Stage 4? You will study four option subjects at Key Stage 4, each one for five hours per fortnight. Can the school guarantee that I will be given my first choice of subjects? Every attempt will be made to give you your first choice subjects but we ask you to select a range of subjects in order of preference so we can best meet the needs of every student. What sort of future planning should I be doing? Where possible, if students have a goal to aim for, this can help focus their choice of courses. Having said that, we fully understand that many students will either not have a career path planned out or may change their plans. Our curriculum has the flexibility to accommodate this and we would also encourage students to choose a broad range of courses over Key Stage 4 to keep their future options open. What support is there to decide which options to take? Subject staff are available at the Options Evening to discuss option courses, please see the schedule and locations at the back of this booklet. Students are encouraged to continue to discuss option choices in relation to their future career plans and current level of performance with subject teachers and tutors over the coming weeks. Can I change my mind? As soon as the options deadline has passed, work begins on timetabling. Alterations to choices may not be possible from this point onwards. Once a decision has been made and a course has begun, it is extremely difficult to make any changes. It is therefore essential that time and thought be given to the combination of courses to be taken. Are there any subjects I cannot study together? The following combinations are not permitted as option choices as the courses are too similar and would not provide a broad and balanced curriculum: 1. Art and Design and Textiles. 2. Computer Science and IT. What if I cannot do my chosen course? We hope that the courses offered will be available to all the students who want them. However, despite every effort to give all students their preferred choice, this may not always be possible. Alternatives may have to be considered if:  Too many students opt for a particular course  Too few students select a particular course  We wish to advise a better range of courses to meet a student’s needs  Combinations of courses are chosen which are impossible to timetable. We will write to you in the summer term to confirm your choices. 5

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GCSE Art & Design Key facts: GCSE Art and Design is a broad course exploring practical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes, mixed media and photography. Students will produce practical and contextual work associated with the exploration of fine art, graphic design, three-dimensional design, photography and print. Art is a fascinating and rewarding subject that encourages the use of your imagination and creativity, whilst acquiring a range of skills and abilities. What will I do in lessons?  You will work on projects exploring and developing skills and technical ability in a range of techniques and processes.  You will learn to develop artwork with confidence in any given material or medium.  You will learn to understand a wide variety of artists’ work and use it in the development of your own methods, styles and ideas. What skills will I develop?  You will develop solid observational drawing skills.  How to develop ideas through experimenting with media.  The ability to work confidently, making and following independent decisions.  How to critically analyse artists and their work.  The ability to manage your time through effective problem solving. How can I find out more? For more information contact, Mr M Bowskill, Subject Leader for Art and Design, mbowskill@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 6

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BTEC Business Studies Key facts: The BTEC First Award in Business will help you develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills to real life business. You will take responsibility for your own learning and will develop skills that are essential for life when it’s time to get a job. BTEC First in Business will motivate you to learn new things and open doors into further study after Year 11. What will I do in lessons?  The course will give you the skills to work within a variety of workplaces.  Learning will include planning and presenting an idea for a realistic new business in your local area based on your research.  Learn how and why business ideas are successful – how do companies like Apple and Dyson manage to be so successful?  Learn how to be ‘entrepreneurial’ like Mark Zuckerberg who launched Facebook and Richard Branson who started Virgin. What skills will I develop?  You will learn how to work as a member of a team.  You will learn to be self-motivated in order to complete assignments.  You will learn to work to different deadlines.  You will practise how to present information effectively and professionally.  You will develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers like Google and Facebook.  It will provide you with a route through education that has a clear path into further study or an apprenticeship. How can I find out more? For more information contact, Mr A Miles, Teacher of Economics, amiles@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 7

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GCSE Computer Science Key facts: Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded – as a result, businesses require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web-related industries. Possible career paths: business analyst, database administrator, games developer, information systems manager, IT consultant, multimedia programmer, search engine optimisation specialist, systems analyst, systems developer, user experience analyst, web designer, web developer, university, apprenticeships and much more. What will I do in lessons?  You will develop your Computer Science knowledge effectively through the skills of listening, reading, researching and writing.  You will cover the following three unit areas: computer systems, computational thinking and algorithms and programming.  You will look at different programming techniques and analyse the requirements of a programme and then design, develop and test and evaluate your solution. What skills will I develop?  Computational thinking: breaking down a complex problem or system into smaller, more manageable parts, looking for similarities among and within problems, ignoring irrelevant detail and developing a step-by-step solution to the problem, or the rules to follow to solve the problem.  Independent thinking.  Resilience.  Team work. How can I find out more? For more information contact, Mr M Brookman, Subject Leader for Computing, mbrookman@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 8

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GCSE Design & Technology Key facts: You will engage in design and making activities which will include working with and learning about a range of material areas, for example, paper and card, wood and plastic, metal and electronics. This course has core theory, design and making topics. You will learn how to make one-off prototype products and develop an understanding of design history. This course has a written exam and a non-exam assessment (NEA) which are undertaken in year 11. What will I do in lessons?  Theory and science about materials and manufacturing.  Design activities.  Making activities.  Maths skills linked to design work.  Learn about the history of design. What skills will I develop?  2D and 3D drawing skills.  DTP and CAD skills (Desk Top Publishing and Computer Aided Design).  Making and visualising shapes in 3D.  Analysis skills in evaluating the design work of others.  Creativity. How can I find out more? For more information, contact Mrs Stone, Subject Leader for Technology, sstone@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 9

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GCSE Drama Key facts: You will study, create and perform plays. The course is a practical GCSE in three units that will help you to develop a good understanding of how theatre works. 1. Devising drama - Create and perform a drama. You will produce a final Log to show your thinking and preparation of the piece. 2. Texts in practice – Two performances from a published play. There is no written assessment. 3. Understanding drama – An exam based on a play you have studied practically and a play you have seen in the theatre. Drama is recognised by employers as a subject that develops essential skills for work. What will I do in lessons?  Explore ideas for making drama including different styles and techniques based on a variety of starting points.  Practically explore scenes and ideas in plays and think about how directors, designers and actors turn them into performances.  Learn about and use some technical aspects of theatre.  Rehearse and perform drama to an audience (some technical/design options are available).  Develop your ability to record your own ideas and write about drama including reviewing productions you have been to see. What skills will I develop?  Drama specific skills – including interpretation, devising, performing, characterisation, technical, design, reviewing and evaluating.  Transferrable skills – including interpersonal/collaborative group work skills, communication skills and enhanced confidence to present in front of other people, independence and self-motivation, research and problem-solving. How can I find out more? For more information, contact Mr R Selby, Subject Leader for Drama, rselby@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 10

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GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition Key facts: The main topics you will study are: cookery skills, nutrition, food science, healthy eating, diet through life and where food comes from. You don’t need to want to work in the food industry to study this course. To do well you need to be interested in food, enjoy cooking and be organised to bring your ingredients for practical lessons. The course is made up of 50% non-examined assessments that have to be completed in Year 11. (“Coursework” - One food investigation and one designing and cooking a two course meal). The remaining 50% is one written exam at the end of Year 11. What will I do in lessons?  Practical cookery once every two weeks. Sometimes you will be given a recipe so that you learn a specific skill, other times you will be able to choose your own recipe.  A practical food investigation on average once every month. This helps you understand the food science part of the course and means you can practise for your first non-examined assessment.  Theory work – researching, practising questions, learning key facts.  Individual and group work. What skills will I develop?  Medium and high level practical cookery skills.  Problem solving.  Organisation and multi-tasking.  An understanding of how ingredients work in recipes.  An understanding of how food affects health. How can I find out more? For more information contact, Miss R Chainey, Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition, rchainey@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 11

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GCSE French Key facts: You will engage in different activities to enable you to develop your ability to communicate effectively in French and to develop an awareness and understanding of France and its language. Foreign languages are increasingly essential for a wide variety of careers and they are also important for personal and social development and enjoyment. 93% of the world’s population does not speak English as their native language; come and join us on this exciting journey of discovery. What will I do in lessons?  You will learn to communicate effectively through the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  You will cover the following five topic areas: home and local area, health and sport, leisure and entertainment, travel and the wider world, and education and work.  You will do some translations both from French to English and English to French.  You will also look at literary texts to further develop your reading skills. What skills will I develop?  You will practise the language by speaking and writing.  You will be exposed to the language for listening and reading comprehension.  You will develop dictionary skills and use ICT creatively to support the development of your language skills.  You will complete project work including songs and research into foreign countries.  You will be able to take part in a trip to France to further develop your speaking skills. How can I find out more? For more information, contact Mrs N Flynn, Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages, nflynn@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 12

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GCSE Geography Key facts: Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands-on, it is relevant and it is fun. The course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our planet. What will I do in lessons?  There are so many ways of learning in geography.  We use maps, photographs, videos and a range of graphs to find out about places.  We use evidence to examine the issues places have and make decisions about the future of places.  It can be practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS)  Fieldwork is an important element, you will get the chance to carry out 2 days of fieldwork and spend time in lessons preparing for this fieldwork and afterwards examining the results we collect and drawing conclusions based on them. What skills will I develop?  Literacy skills through report writing and written work.  Numeracy skills by interpreting data and constructing graphs.  Computing skills through the use of Geographic Information Systems.  Decision-making skills by examining issues and viewpoints and recommending actions. How can I find out more? For more information contact Mr M Child, Subject leader for Geography, mchild@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 13

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GCSE German Key facts: You will engage in different activities to enable you to develop your ability to communicate effectively in German and to develop an awareness and understanding of German and its language. Foreign languages are increasingly essential for a wide variety of careers and they are also important for personal and social development and enjoyment. 93% of the world population does not speak English as their native language; come and join us on this exciting journey of discovery. What will I do in lessons?  You will learn to communicate effectively through the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  You will cover the following five topic areas: home and local area, health and sport, leisure and entertainment, travel and the wider world, and education and work.  You will do some translations both from German to English and English to German.  You will also look at literary texts to further develop your reading skills. What skills will I develop?  You will practise the language by speaking and writing.  You will be exposed to the language for listening and reading comprehension.  You will develop dictionary skills and use ICT creatively to support the development of your language skills.  You will complete project work including songs and research into foreign countries.  You will be able to take part in a German exchange to further develop your speaking skills. How can I find out more? For more information contact Mrs N Flynn, Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages, nflynn@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 14

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BTEC Health & Social Care Key facts: Careers within the health and social care sector are wide-reaching and there are many job opportunities available to those who enjoy working with people and who have a caring nature. You will identify the essential skills and qualities required to be an excellent health and social care worker and will engage in different activities that will develop your own health and social care skills. This subject will help to develop your writing and communication skills which are essential skills needed for future employment within the health and social care sector or in general when working with people. What will I do in lessons?  You will develop your communication skills and learn how to communicate effectively with people of all ages through reading and discussing case studies and news articles. You will engage in a variety of tasks that will include independent, paired and group research, presentations, essay writing and other practical activities.  You will cover the following four topic areas: health and social care values; human lifespan development; health and wellbeing; and equality and diversity in health. What skills will I develop?  You will develop knowledge and understanding of fairness and the importance of treating people with respect and care.  You will develop your communication skills and consider the importance of verbal and non-verbal body language.  You will develop valuable team-working skills by taking part in whole class and small group discussions and presentations.  You will develop research skills to enable you to think more critically about health and social care related issues.  You will develop knowledge of human growth and development through the life stages. How can I find out more? For more information contact, Mrs A Rawles, Subject Leader for Health and Social Care, arawles@axevalley.devon.sch.uk 15

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