GCSE and/or FUNCTIONAL SKILLS (Level 1 or 2) SUBJECTS

Our students study a minimum of 8 personalised GCSE’s that will relate to their selected school specialism.

At GCSE Key Stage 4, students will study:

  • 1 x Specialist Pathway
  • All core subjects, GCSE and/or Functional Skills Level 1 or 2
  • 2 x optional subjects

The breakdown of subjects in the KS4 curriculum will ensure that time is given to core subjects ensuring students will have the appropriate allocation of time to make and exceed targets set in English, Maths and Science

At key stage 4: the teaching allocation to year 10 and 11 is currently 5 hours per week for Mathematics and English.

Maths: 5 (1 hour) lessons

English: 5 (1 hour) lessons

Science: 6 (1 hour) lessons (double Award)

Specialist Courses

Within the course you will complete 7 units, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Fashion and Textiles Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Within the Engineering Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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Within the course you will complete 4 units totalling 40 credits, all of which are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. Many of the unit tasks are a mixture of these grades. You will be provided with appropriate resources and facilities throughout the course.

Within the Business Department we are committed to helping you realise your true working potential in a professional and friendly manner.

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CORE SUBJECTS

Department  Title: English Literature
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 students will learn:
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Macbeth
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • AQA Love and Relationships Poetry Cluster
  • Unseen Poetry
Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: AQA Specification
Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: Link
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): A Christmas Carol: BBC Education Macbeth: BBC Education

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: BBC Education

 

Teacher Name

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Department  Title: English Language
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 students will learn:
  • Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: AQA Specification
Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: Link
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): BBC Education Website
Teacher Name

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Department  Title:

 English: Functional Skills

Our Aims

The English department aims to:

Equip Functional Skills students with the skills they need to compete and succeed in the modern workforce.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)

Functional Skills at Key Stage 4:

 Exam specification:

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Past/specimen papers:

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 Revision: BBC Bitesize:

 BBC Bitesize

Staff List

Mrs S Boyle

Teacher of English

Our Aims:

The Mathematics Department aims 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Maths club: intervention for year 11.

Mathematics at Key Stage 4:

Students will cover either:

Functional skills (level 1 or 2), GCSE Mathematics Foundation Tier or GCSE Mathematics Higher Tier.

Functional Skills:

Level 1

  • Understand and use whole numbers and understand negative numbers in practical contexts 
  • add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers using a range of strategies 
  • understand and use equivalences between common fractions, decimals and percentages 
  • add and subtract decimals up to two decimal places 
  • solve simple problems involving ratio, where one number is a multiple of the other 
  • use simple formulae expressed in words for one- or two-step operations 
  • solve problems requiring calculation, with common measures, including money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature 
  • convert units of measure in the same system 
  • work out areas and perimeters in practical situations 
  • construct geometric diagrams, models and shapes
  • extract and interpret information from tables, diagrams, charts and graphs 
  • collect and record discrete data and organise and represent information in different ways 
  • find mean and range 
  • use data to assess the likelihood of an outcome.

Level 2

  • Understand and use positive and negative numbers of any size in practical contexts 
  • carry out calculations with numbers of any size in practical contexts, to a given number of decimal places 
  • understand, use and calculate ratio and proportion, including problems involving scale 
  • understand and use equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages 
  • understand and use simple formulae and equations involving one- or two-step operations 
  • recognise and use 2-D representations of 3-D objects · find area, perimeter and volume of common shapes 
  • use, convert and calculate using metric and, where appropriate, imperial measures 
  • collect and represent discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate 
  • use and interpret statistical measures, tables and diagrams, for discrete and continuous data, using information and communication technology (ICT) where appropriate 
  • use statistical methods to investigate situations 
  • use probability to assess the likelihood of an outcome.

Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/Maths.html

Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills/Maths.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials

Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s):

https://www.skillsworkshop.org/numeracy

Foundation Tier:

Number

Types of Number and BODMAS; Wordy Real-Life Problems; Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100 etc; Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers; Multiplying and Dividing with Decimals; Negative Numbers; Prime Numbers; Multiples, Factors and Prime Factors; LCM and HCF; Fractions without a Calculator; Fraction Problems; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Rounding Numbers; Estimating; Estimating; Rounding Errors; Powers; Roots; Standard Form.

Algebra

Simplifying; Multiplying and Dividing; Multiplying double brackets; Factorising; Solving Equations; Expressions, Formulae and Functions; Formulae and Equations from Words; Formulae and Equations from Diagrams; Rearranging Formulae; Sequences; Inequalities; Quadratic Equations; Simultaneous Equations; Proof.

Graphs

Coordinates and Midpoints; Straight-Line Graphs; Drawing Straight-Line Graphs; Gradients; y = mx + c; Using y = mx + c; Quadratic Graphs; Harder Graphs; Solving Equations Using Graphs; Distance=Time Graphs; Real-Life Graphs.

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

Ratios; Direct Proportion Problems; Inverse Proportion Problems; Percentages; Compound Growth and Decay; Unit Conversions; Area and Volume Conversions; Time Intervals; Speed, Density and Pressure.

Shapes and Area

Properties of 2D Shapes; Congruent Shapes; Similar Shapes; The Four Transformations; Perimeter and Area; Circles; 3D Shapes; Surface Area; Volume; Projections.

Angles and Geometry

Angle Basics; Five Angle Rules; Parallel Lines; Geometry Problems; Angles in Polygons; Triangle Construction; Loci and Construction; Bearings; Maps and Scale Drawing; Pythagoras’ Theorem; Trigonometry — Sin, Cos, Tan; Trigonometry — Examples; Trigonometry — Common Values; Vectors.

Probability and Statistics

Probability Basics; Probability Experiments; The AND / OR Rules; Tree Diagrams; Sets and Venn Diagrams; Sampling and Bias; Collecting Data; Mean, Median, Mode and Range; Simple Charts and Graphs; Pie Charts; Scatter Graphs; Frequency Tables — Finding Averages; Grouped Frequency Tables; Interpreting Data; Comparing Data Sets;

Higher Tier:

Number

Types of Number and BODMAS; Multiples, Factors and Prime Factors; LCM and HCF; Fractions; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Fractions and Recurring Decimals; Rounding Numbers; Estimating; Bounds; Standard Form.

Algebra

Powers and Roots; Multiplying Out Brackets; Factorising; Manipulating Surds; Solving Equations; Rearranging Formulas; Factorising Quadratics; The Quadratic Formula; Completing the Square; Algebraic Fractions; Sequences; Inequalities; Graphical Inequalities; Iterative Methods; Simultaneous Equations; Proof; Functions.

Graphs

y = mx + c; Drawing Straight Line Graphs; Coordinates and Ratio; Parallel and Perpendicular Lines; Quadratic Graphs; Harder Graphs; Solving Equations Using Graphs; Graph Transformations; Real-Life Graphs; Distance-Time Graphs; Velocity-Time Graphs; Gradients of Real-Life Graphs.

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

Ratios; Direct and Inverse Proportion; Percentages; Compound Growth and Decay; Unit Conversions; Speed, Density and Pressure.

Geometry and Measures

Geometry; Parallel Lines; Geometry Problems; Polygons, Triangles and Quadrilaterals; Circle Geometry;

Congruent Shapes; Similar Shapes; The Four Transformations; Area — Triangles and Quadrilaterals; Area — Circles; D Shapes — Surface Area; D Shapes — Volume; More Enlargements and Projections; Triangle Construction; Loci and Construction; Loci and Construction — Worked Examples; Bearings.

Pythagoras and Trigonometry

Pythagoras’ Theorem; Trigonometry — Sin, Cos, Tan; Trigonometry — Examples; Trigonometry — Common Values; The Sine and Cosine Rules; 3D Pythagoras; 3D Trigonometry; Vectors.

Probability and Statistics

Probability Basics; Counting Outcomes; Probability Experiments; The AND / OR Rules; Tree Diagrams; Conditional Probability; Sets and Venn Diagrams; Sampling and Bias; Collecting Data; Mean, Median, Mode and Range; Frequency Tables — Finding Averages; Grouped Frequency Tables; Box Plots; Cumulative Frequency; Histograms and Frequency Density; Time Series; Scatter Graphs; Comparing Data Sets.

Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s):

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/z38pycw

Staff:

  • Mr G O’Leary
  • Mrs R Hughes
  • Miss E Tansey
  • Mrs W Jack
Department  Title: Science
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
Science at Key Stage 4 students will learn: All students will study GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) qualification, which is similar to the Core and Additional Science GCSEs. This will allow them  to achieve at least 2 GCSEs in Science while more able students are given the opportunity to study Separate Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry GCSEs).
Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: AQA Specification
Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: AQA Past Papers
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): BBC Education

Youtube

Course content:

Biology

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology

Chemistry

  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources

Physics

  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

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Options subjects:

Our Aims
The ICT Department aims to: The ICT Department aims to give students a real understanding of their digital environment, develop key skills, and prepare them for their future use of IT in their chosen careers across a wide range of job roles. Using real life examples from smart watches and music apps to cybersecurity and fake news, our students will be taken on a journey of discovery on how information technologies are applied, and revealing to them the extent to which digital footprints impact their everyday lives.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
ICT at Key Stage 4 YEAR 10 – Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in

Information Technologies

Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: OCR Specification
Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: OCR Assessment Material
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): BBC Revision
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
ICT at Key Stage 4 YEAR 11 – Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for Schools
Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: Pet-Xi Exam Specification
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): BBC Revision
Staff List
Teacher name Miss L Waywell Teacher of ICT & Business
Art and design/Photography at Key Stage 4 students will learn: The department aims to introduce students to a variety of skills and techniques in order for them to develop, explore and experiment throughout the creative courses. Students will grow in confidence and will be able to express and communicate using the many forms of art and photography.

60% Portfolio coursework

40%  Externally set task

Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: OCR Specification (Overall course spec)
Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: OCR Past Papers (Past exam paper)
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): Studio@Deyes Pinterest Account
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Art and Design at Key Stage 5
Hyperlink to appropriate exam spec: OCR Coursework Specification

 

Hyperlink to appropriate past/specimen papers: OCR Externally Set Task
Hyperlink to appropriate BBC bitesize page or other website(s): Studio@Deyes Pinterest Account
Staff List
Teacher name Miss E Tansey Teacher of Art and Design and Photography

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