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GCSE Option Subject Information

Alongside your core subjects you will then opt for up to four other subjects from the list below. 

Final placement will depend on guidance and on timetable provision.  Some subjects have limited group size and occasionally we do not run some subjects if there are insufficient numbers of students.

We offer the following options subjects:               

Art and Design

Business Studies

Catering

Dance     

Drama

Engineering

French

Geography

History

ICT/Creative iMedia

Music

Photography

RE

Travel and Tourism

Full Course PE

Health and Social Care and Child Development (this counts for two options)

 

 

 BEFORE YOU CHOOSE

· Read this information carefully, to find out about the subjects that interest you.

· Think about what you want to do.  Do you have a certain career in mind?

· Does that career need certain subjects?  Speak to your tutor, your teachers and your parents.

· Think about your own skills, your strengths and your preferred learning style.

· Discuss your choices with your parents. You will also discuss your choices with a member of staff.

 

Make sure that what you choose suits you.

Do not go for a subject because a friend chooses it or just because you like the teacher.  You will be on this course for 2 years.

It has to be the best choice you can make!

 

What happens next?

Firstly, we will ask you to fill in a form telling us which subjects you would most like to study.  This form will be located on the Campsmount Academy Website.  We will inform you via parent mail when this is available.

We will then use this information to produce blocks of subjects that allow as many students as possible to study their favourite subjects.

You will have to choose your subjects from the blocks.

Sometimes you may find two of your favourite subjects are in the same block. If this happens you will have to choose another subject so it is a good idea to have a number of possible subjects in mind.

Questions you might want to consider during the options process include:

> What career/job am I particularly interested in?

> Are there any qualifications I will to get these jobs?

> Which subjects that I study now do I particularly enjoy?

> Are there any subjects that I have not studied before that I would like to learn more about?

 

Remember that you can only choose 4 optional subjects, and be aware that Health and Social and Child Development counts as 2 options.

 

Art and Design

Subject Overview

Students will develop a variety of skills such as drawing, painting and sculpture and will experiment with a variety of printing techniques.  Students will be taught how to advance their creativity skills along with developing ideas. The Art & Design Department aim to help develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform and influence their own work.

 

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How is the course assessed?

· Component 1 (60% weight – coursework) and

· Component 2 (40% weight – 10 hour exam and preparation)

These are internally moderated by Mr Swindles and Miss Harrison and then work is selected by the exam board (Edexcel) to be externally moderated.

Progression Routes and Careers

Developing creativity skills in Art will allow students to access potential careers such as game design, hair dressing, tattoo artist, illustrator, architect, makeup artist, photographer, animator, fashion and filmography to name a few.

 

Business Studies

Subject Overview

The Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing offers a broad understanding of business with a focus on marketing and enterprise and providing opportunities for students to be inspiring, creative and practical. The course is divided into 3 units which develop your knowledge of different types of ownership, market research, pricing products, product development and the different departments involved in launching and developing products.

Using this knowledge they will then have the opportunity to apply it to developing marketing campaign for a product of their choice.

 

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How is the course assessed?

The course contains 3 units:

· Unit 1 = 50% of the qualification and is assessed by an exam at the end of Year 10

· Unit 2 & Unit 3 = 50% of the qualification and are assessed by coursework assessed by your teacher

Progression Routes and Careers

Business surrounds you everywhere you go and uses a wide range of skills such as analysis, problem solving, creativity to name just a few.  It is a key part of many job roles to ensure your place of work continues to be a great success!

 

Hospitality and Catering

Subject Overview

WJEC Award in Hospitality and Catering.  This course is a vocational course where students learn aspects about the Hospitality and Catering Industry. They learn about hygiene control and the risks of cross contamination. How to use temperature control and hygiene and current legislation in food preparation.  It includes different types of services and how they are organised including types of jobs and job roles.  The role of the environmental health officer and nutrition are covered. 

 

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How is the course assessed?

There are 2 elements:

· A practical task worth 60%

· A written exam worth 40%

Both are completed in year 11. 

Progression Routes and Careers

Careers in the hospitality industry including chef, hotel receptionist, restaurant manager, waiter, business and management, dietician and teacher.

 

Dance

Subject Overview  

BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts Level 1 & 2.

Students will develop knowledge and skills on different dance genres e.g. contemporary, jazz and street dance.  They will develop an understanding of performing arts by examining practitioners and participating in workshops and theory lessons.

The course consists mainly of practical performance and assessment. There is also an element of written evaluation and planning work.

 

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How is the course assessed?

3 assessed units of work:

· Exploring the performing arts (30% of final grade).

· Developing skills and techniques in performing arts (30% of final grade).

· Performing to a brief (40% of final grade).

 

Progression Routes and Careers

Students should have a keen interest in Dance and performing arts and a basic knowledge of dance and dance styles.

Students who study this course can then continue in the Sixth Form, to study BTEC Performing Arts Level 3.

 

Drama – Creative and Performing Arts

Subject Overview

The RSL Creative and Performing Arts course is delivered through two equally weighted units. The performing text unit develops students’ understanding of classic and modern dramatic texts where students focus on scenes from two plays and rehearse, develop and perform selected scenes. In the externally assessed live performance unit, students will work in groups to respond to a brief in their final year. They will work together to plan, rehearse, produce, perform and evaluate a selection of scenes from a play for a set amount of time. All lessons will be taught through workshop style lessons and development of drama skills.

 

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How is the course assessed?

Students are assessed through the development of a portfolio of evidence that includes, recorded examples of rehearsals, research and planning, teamwork and decision making and evaluations. This will include recorded Drama performances for each unit.

 Progression Routes and Careers

Students could go on to take an A Level or Vocational qualification in Theatre Studies, Performing Arts or Drama. They could also gain an apprenticeship or training within the performing arts industry.

 

Engineering

Subject Overview

Engineering design is used to develop and enhance new products and systems in response to market opportunities. Students will develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. Using practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. Consulting with a client they will produce, test and evaluate a prototype in the form of a model to fulfil their brief.

 

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How is the course assessed?

There are 4 equally weighted units as follows;

· R105 – Externally assessed written paper.

· R106 – Product analysis and research.

· R107 – Developing and presenting Engineering designs.

· R108 – 3D design realisation.

  

Progression Routes and Careers

By developing skills such as communication and problem solving students open doors to a wide range of progression routes; Advanced Apprenticeships, A levels, IB Diploma, Tech Level Qualifications (T-levels).
Possible careers include; Engineering Technician, ICT Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, Chartered Engineer.

 

French

Subject Overview

GCSE French: The emphasis throughout this two year course is on communication.  Our aim is to develop the students’ skills as identified in the National Curriculum and the AQA GCSE syllabus in:

· Speaking French.  To be able to communicate effectively in French on a range of topics,                      expressing opinions, likes and dislikes and giving accounts of events.

· Writing French. To communicate in French with others via email, blogs or articles giving personal    opinions and using different time frames, as well as translating short English passages into              French.

· Reading and understanding French, for example articles in brochures, magazines and                        newspapers as well as online and some literary texts and translating from French into English.

· Listening to and understanding French using authentic audio and visual material.

 

How is the course assessed?

All four skills are assessed at the end of the 2 year course through examinations. Pupils will be entered for either Foundation or Higher level.  

Progression Routes and Careers

This qualification can prepare learners for a wide variety of careers and further education; Business, Travel and Tourism, Teaching, Banking, Social Care and Aid Work or Civil Services to name a few.  It forms part of the EBACC suite of qualifications which Russell Group universities beginning to look for in their applicants

 

Geography

Subject Overview

Geography tackles the important issues of ‘tomorrows world’.  It explains the rapid changes likely to be faced helping you to understand and prepare, it really does put the world in your hands!

 

Geography tackles big issues and possible solutions:

· Environmental responsibility.

· Our global interdependence.

· Cultural understanding and tolerance.

· Commerce, trade and industry.

 

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How is the course assessed?

The Course is split into 3 units:

· Unit 1 – Global Geographical Issues – 37.5%

· Unit 2 – UK Geographical Issues – 37.5%

· Unit 3 – People and Environmental Issues (Making Geographical Decisions) - 25%

All units are externally assessed examinations.

Progression Routes and Careers

Careers relating to successful Geography graduates vary massively from Journalists to Lawyers, Town Planners to Landscape Architects, Emergency Disaster Planning to Local Government, Environmental Waste Management Consultants to Investment Analysts, Accountants to Regeneration Project Managers, the list is endless!

 

History

Subject Overview

GCSE History at Campsmount follows the AQA specification and covers four topics over two exam papers. Students are assessed on the First World War and the USA, 1920-73 on Paper 1, and Norman England and the development of medicine on Paper 2.

In addition to developing new subject knowledge, students are also assessed on their ability to analyse and question evidence such as historical sources and interpretations.

 

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How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed over two exam papers, each lasting 2 hour.

Both papers represent 50% of a student’s overall grade. Questions will focus on both explanation and evidence based skills.

Progression Routes and Careers

GCSE History is excellent for preparing students for further education, at both A Level and degree. The research, explanation and evaluative skills that the course develops prepare students for careers in areas such as law, politics, teaching and archaeology.

 

ICT/Creative iMedia

Subject Overview

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip you with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, you will ultimately be creating fit for purpose creative media products. Units covered include Pre-Production Documents, Digital Graphics, Creating a Multimedia Product and Creating Digital Sound.

 

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How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 is an externally assessed examination. It represents 25% of the total assessment. You will be assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination, set and marked by OCR. The remaining 3 units are internally assessed pieces of coursework which involve research, planning, creating and evaluating.

Progression Routes and Careers

Following on from this course you could study many different areas, such areas could include digital graphics, photography and website design. You could progress further in school or college by studying a Level 3 qualification or as an apprentice.

 

Music

Subject Overview

The BTEC Award in Music consists of 4 units.

· Unit 1: The Music Industry – This unit covers all aspects of the music industry and will include looking at different job roles, how they work together.

· Unit 2: Managing a Music product – This unit involves students organising a concert during their 2nd year.

· Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance – Students prepare 2 performances for an audience and show their rehearsal processes.

· Unit 7: Introducing Sequencing Performance – Students will learn how the ‘Garageband’ computer works and produce their own piece of music.

This course will suit any students with an interest in performing, playing or composing music.

 

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How is the course assessed?

Assignments involve students completing tasks set in a work-related scenario. Each component has a set content that will entail completion of tasks, developing a portfolio of evidence over time. The externally assessed unit will require students to develop a musical product from the set brief released by Pearson in the final year.

Progression Routes and Careers

Students could go on to complete a BTEC or A Level in Music or Music Technology or enter an apprenticeship within the Music Industry.

 

Full Course PE

Subject Overview

This BTEC 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 their knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

 

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How is the course assessed?

You will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. Your teacher will mark these, and you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. For the assessment for Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training, you will be able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed in the qualification as a whole.

The units covered are:

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

· 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 or apprenticeships/Post-16 College.

 

Photography

Subject Overview

In GCSE Photography, students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the principles of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop.  Students will be taught how to advance their creativity skills along with developing ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution and understandings of photography equipment.  The Art Department aim to help develop a critical understanding of photographers, artists and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform and influence within their own work.

 

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How is the course assessed?

· Component 1 (60% weight – coursework)

· Component 2 (40% weight – 10 hour exam and preparation)

These are internally moderated by Mr Swindles.  Sample work is then selected by the exam board (Pearson) to be externally moderated.

Progression Routes and Careers

Developing creativity and visual skills in Photography will allow students to access potential careers within game design, hair dressing, tattoo artist, illustrator, architecture, makeup artistry, photographer, animator, fashion and filmography to name a few.

 

R.E.

Subject Overview

The RE GCSE course allows students to develop their own opinions, arguing them appropriately as well as how to listen to and learn from the opinions of other people. We explore both Christian and Buddhist religions in depth covering religious beliefs and practices. Students investigate religious perspectives on ethical and moral issues including marriage and family life, matters of life and death, crime and punishment and peace and conflict.

 

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How is the course assessed?

There are two papers each worth 50%.

· Paper 1 -Christianity; Living a Christian Life, Marriage and the Family, Christian Beliefs and                Matters of Life and Death.

· Paper 2 – Buddhism; Buddhist Beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Buddhist Life and War and Peace.

Progression Routes and Careers

The subject is highly regarded by universities/employers, proving your ability to think critically, discuss and evaluate. It can be useful in many different jobs including broadcasting, film, media, medicine, education, finance, civil service, law, politics, publishing, social care and journalism.

 

Travel and Tourism

Subject Overview

This BTEC course includes two core units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism sector, followed by a selection of four optional specialist units from which a further two are chosen. You will learn about travel & tourism industries in the UK, where people travel to, how tourism develops & travel & tourism outside the UK.

How is the course assessed?

Core unit 1 is assessed by a written exam.

Core unit 2 is assessed by an internally assessed assignment.

The optional units are assessed by an internally assessed assignment.

Progression Routes and Careers

This course and qualification will be useful to students who want a career in the following areas:

Travel agents and tour operators, air cabin crew, holiday representative, airport employees, cruise company employees and the retail industries which involve customer service.

 

Health and Social Care and Childcare and Development (double option)

 

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Health and Social Care – Component 1

Subject Overview

Health and Social Care is a very diverse course and is a positive choice for anyone wanting a career in the Health and Social Care sector, such as in Social Work, the NHS, teaching or working with vulnerable individuals such as the elderly or children. It not only actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care and the nature and quality of human life, it also helps them develop as effective and independent learners.

How is the course assessed?

This course is assessed using 2 internally marked assignments (30% each) and one externally set and marked exam (40%) which are combined to create a final grade.

Progression Routes and Careers

The Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care can lead seamlessly onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care taught in Post 16 to enable further progression to University. It can also lead to further training after year 11 to work in the childcare or care sector.

 

Childcare and Development  – Component 2

Subject Overview

The BTEC Tech Award Child Development course gives learners the chance to understand the holistic development of children and factors that affect their development. Students will be introduced to observation strategies and how these can be used to support development through appropriate activities and care routines. Students will also learn how to prepare for work in child care settings and the responsibilities associated with this.

How is the course assessed?

This course is assessed using 2 internally marked assignments (30% each) and one externally set and marked exam (40%) which are combined to create a final grade.

Progression Routes and Careers

The Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care leads seamlessly onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care course taught in Post 16, leading to excellent job opportunities or the option to further your study at University.

 

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