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GCSE Core Subject Information

In Year 10 you will follow the core subjects of:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Core PE

You will also follow programs in:

· Personal, Social & Health Education, including aspects of Religious Education.

· Citizenship and Enterprise Education Key Skills Development.

       · Careers Education. You will obtain information about the wide range of qualifications                         available to you after GCSEs.

 

English Language

Subject Overview

On this course, students develop several skills from information retrieval to analysis and evaluation skills. Students are given a 20th Century extract. They are asked five questions on the text and have one hour to respond. The second section of the paper asks students to write a story. They have 45 minutes to do this. In Paper Two, students are given two extracts; one 19th Century Non-Fiction and the other 21st Century Non-Fiction. Students are given an hour again to answer six questions. Section B asks students to write two transactional tasks. These can be anything from a letter to a report.

 

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How is the course assessed?

The course is 100% external examination:

· 40% Fiction and Imaginative Writing

· 60% Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

Each paper will have multiple questions to test your ability to understand and write effectively.

 

Progression Routes and Careers

GCSE English Language is needed to get on to any course, whether it be A-Level, BTEC or college. 

Apprenticeships and Traineeships will also ask for you to have your English. It will also be something possible employers will certainly look at.

 

Maths

Subject Overview

The mathematics course followed is a Linear GCSE. 

Regular internal assessments will ensure that students’ progress is closely monitored during the course and ensure that appropriate interventions take place to allow students to achieve the best grade possible.

The course has two tiers of entry – Higher (Grade 4-9) and Foundation (Grade 1-5).

 

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How is the course assessed?

The scheme of assessment is linear, with three papers at each tier to be taken in the same examination series.  Questions for all 3 papers are a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper. Any of the course content can be assessed through any of the exam papers.

Progression Routes and Careers

This qualification can prepare learners for further education and is a required standard for many jobs and apprenticeships.

Future career routes are massively varied as maths,  in both  its theoretical and practical usage, form important  parts of almost all jobs.

 

Science

Subject Overview

Science helps us to understand many of the things that happen in the physical world.  We can use our knowledge to predict what will happen in unfamiliar situations.  Most importantly however, science provides us with techniques and skills for finding answers to questions.  New technology affects us all and we are only just becoming aware of our impact on the environment.  Everyone has the right to influence decisions made in these areas, but we need to understand them first.

 

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How is the course assessed?

The examinations are 6 written tests and these tests are taken at the end the course (2 exam for Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Students with good GCSE Science grades are ideally placed to continue their study of science to a higher level, in the 6th Form.

During the course all students will complete a series of required practical’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.        

Progression Routes and Careers

Fancy being a Crime Scene Investigator, a Forensic Scientist, or being a Food Taster? What about aircraft maintenance or designing racing bikes?  Forecasting the weather or launching a satellite?  It could be possible with a good background in Science!

 

Core PE

 Subject Overview  

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables students to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

How is the course assessed?

You will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. The units covered are:

· Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Assessed by an on-screen test)

· Unit 2 – Practical Performance in Sport (Assessed through coursework and practical )

· Unit 3 – Applying the Principles of Personal Training

· Unit 6 – Leading Sport Activities

 

Progression Routes and Careers

If you are interested in taking your study of sport further, the subject-specific knowledge and skills outlined above, and developed through studying this qualification, will give you a strong foundation for academic or vocational study at level 3 at Campsmount Academy Post 16 and including apprenticeships.

 

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