Year 11 Curriculum from September 2018


Subject External Assessment Other
English Language External Exam: 100%  
English Literature External Exam: 100%  
Mathematics External Exam: 100%  
Science External Exam: 100%  
Religious Studies External Exam: 100%  
Art External Assignment:40%     Portfolio (Centre Set): 60%
Graphics External Exam: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60%
Textiles External Exam: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60%
Business Studies External Exam: 100%  
Drama External Exam: 40% Practical Assessment: 40% (Internal 20%(External)
French External Exam: 75% Non-exam Assessment: Speaking 25%
Geography External Exam: 100%  
Health & Social Care External Exam: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60 %
History External Exam: 100%  
Hospitality & Catering External Exam: 25% Controlled Assessment: 75%
ICT External Exam:25% Controlled Assessment: 75%
Music External Exam: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60%
P.E. External Exam: 60% Practical Performance: 40%
Product Design External Exam: 40% Non-exam Assessment: 60%
Spanish External Exam: 75% Non-exam Assessment: Speaking 25%
Construction   Controlled Assessment: 100%

Art:GCSE   Course: AQA Art, Craft and Design ( 8201 )

Art aims to develop formal and practical artist skills in a range of media, to develop conceptual skills alongside the 'creative process' and to combine traditional and contemporary aspects of art and the wider world.  It will also encourage students to research subjects (themes) that can include popular cutlure, society, history, environment, religion, current affairs and politics. It will prepare you for future careers in the vast world of Art and Design.

Subject Content:

  • Development of a portfolio of work and moderator's exhibition
  • Research other artists, art movements and cultures
  • Explore and develop formal art skills in a range of media
  • Develop, explore and experiment, creatively, with the use of a range of media and materials
  • Develop ideas based on a theme taken from the world around us


Business: GCSE Course: AQA Business (8132)

Business aims to develop your knowledge and skills relevant to the business world. It hopes to help you apply knowledge and skills to real life businesses in order to evaluate how these operate effectively and understand the importance of key business topics such as marketing, finance and human resources.  Business opportunities and issues will be investigated, analysed and evaluated.

Subject Content:

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on Business
  • Business Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance


Computer Science: GCSE  Course: AQA Computer Science (8520)

Computer Science will focus on the well established methodologies of computing, alongside the technological advances.  A computational thinking exam will provide an academically challenging programme of study.  There is a range of programming languages for non-exam assessment, which allows the course to be tailored to the strengths of the students.

Subject Content:

  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society
  • Cyber security

Construction : Technical Award Level 1  Course: Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Construction

Students will experience practical tasks and develop a variety of skills. Structures are explored from both technical and practical aspects. Client's needs through design and execution are explored.  Mathematics and science are integral to the rudiments of construction and the building industry, students experience cross-curricular learning opportunities.  Students studying construction can become confident in bricklaying, plastering, tiling and joinery amongst other practical skills, and become adept at using both hand and machine tools.

Subject Content:

  • Construction Technology
  • Construction and Design
  • Scientific and mathematical Applications for Construction
  • Exploring Carpentry and Joining principles and techniques

Drama: GCSE Course: AQA Drama (8261)

Drama hopes to develop your confidence and presentation skills ready to compete in a competitve 21st Century workplace. It will develop vital skills which are essential and looked on favourably by a range of career pathways from the theatre itself to journalism, management, human resources and teaching.  You will work independently and as part of a group, in acting, directing and designing. Wriiten work and practical assessment are both used in this GCSE.

Subject Content:

  • Understanding Drama: study of a set play and analysis of a live theatre production
  • Devising Drama: research, collaboration, devising, performance, review
  • Texts in Practice: Interpretation and performance of a script
  • Design option ( in addition to performing): lighting, sound, make-up, costume


English Language: GCSE  Course: Eduqas English Language (C700QS)

English Language is important as it develops the ability to use English as active and informed citizens. It demonstrates speaking, listening, reading and writing skills that are instrumental in communicating with others confidently, effectively, precisley and appropriately.  It helps to develop skills in order to meet their own personal needs as well as the needs of employers and further education in order to fully participate in society and the world of work.

Subject Content:

  • 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing
  • 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing
  • Spoken Language


English Literature: GCSE Course: Eduqas English Literature (C720QS)

English Literature gives you the opportunity to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding. It allows you to read in-depth, critically and evaluatively to discuss and explain understanding and ideas.  The habit of reading widely and often will be encouraged, alongside the opportunity to write accurately,effectively and analytically.

Subject Content:

  • Shakespeare and Poetry
  • Post-1914 Prose/Drama
  • 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry


French: GCSE Course AQA French (8658)

French will help you to develop an awareness of foreign cultural knowledge whilst developing your language skills, using ICT facilities you will be able to perfect your listening and speaking skills. You will also have the opportunity to join the Limousin French Exchange and establish email correspondence to further develop your language abilities.

Subject Content:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment


Geography: GCSE Course AQA Geography (8035)

Geography is perfect for anybody who has a genuine curiosity about the world's places, people and environments. It allows exploration outside the classroom of geographical issues through fieldwork.  As well as exploring local, regional and global issues it will also improve key abilities such as probelm solving, decision making and the ability to think independently.   You will also discover human, physical and environmental geographical relationships.

Subject Content:

  • Living with the physical environment
  • Challenges in the human environment
  • Geographical applications
  • Geographical skills

Graphics (Visual Communication) GCSE/Technical Award

Course: AQA Visual Communication (3755)

Graphic Designers are creative, innovative and able to communicate to a wide variety of target audiences using a range of techniques. Students will explore and develop a key range of key skills, supporting and developing a full understanding of a creative subject area. Traditional drawing skills provide the foundation for computer aided design. Students will learn about typography, layout, modelling, photographic direction. advertising and marketing techniques.

Subject Content:

  • Investigating Design Context
  • Developing Design Proposals
  • Modelling and Making for both 2D and 3D Outcomes
  • Market Testing and Product Evaluation

Health and Social Care: Technical Award

Course: Pearson BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care allows students to explore health, social care and early years provision at both national level and within their local community. It will encourage their understanding of how an individual's needs can be met through collaboration. Personal development is studied to enable students to feel confident about themselves and their relationships with others. Positive communication skills will be developed to enable students to interact with a range of people with varying health and social care needs.

Subject Content:

  • Care needs of major client groups
  • Types of care services
  • Ways of obtaining care services and barriers to access
  • Careers in Health and Social Care and Early Years services
  • Care Values

History: GCSE Course AQA History (8145)

History encourages students to become curious, to develop their own opinions based on a respect for evidence, and to build a deeper understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past. Students will engage with historical sources to enhance their knowledge of the past.

Subject Content:

  • America 1920-1973
  • Conflict and Tension 1894 - 1918
  • Britain, Health and The People 1000 - Present Day
  • Elizabethan England 1568 - 1603


Information and Creative Technology (ICT) : Technical Award

Course: Pearson BTEC First Award in ICT

Information Technology inspires and enthuses students to become technology savvy, it gives them the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the IT sector. It allows students to explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge and understanding to design, make and review IT systems and creative technology products.

Subject Content:

  • Investigate online services and online communication
  • Investigate components of the Internet and how digital devices exchange and store information
  • Investigate issues with operating online
  • Design a digital portfolio
  • Create and test a digital portfolio
  • Review the digital portfolio
  • Understand the applications and features of digital video products
  • Design a digital video product
  • Understand the uses of spreadsheets and features available in spreadsheet software packages
  • Design a spreadsheet
  • Develop and test a new spreadsheet
  • Review the finished spreadsheet


Mathematics: GCSE Course: Edexcel Mathematics (1MA1)

Maths will enable you to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills that are highly valued by employers.  Numeracy skills will enable you to confidently budget and deal with personal finances. You will also learn to understand statistics and interpret graphs 

Subject Content:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Data Handling & Probability
  • Problem solving in context


Music: GCSE Course OCR Music (J536)

Music is designed to cater for a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions in music. Students will have the opportunity to perform and complete work on their own instrument. Students will be encouraged to develop an awareness of music from other cultures and give them an opportunity tobe creative.

Subject Content:

  • Performance on chosen instrument
  • Composition
  • Ensemble performance
  • Listening and appraising music
  • Aural recognition of unheard music


Physical Education: GCSE Course: AQA Physical Education (8582)

P.E. will provide you with the opportunity to understand how and why you are able to be successful in physical activity by studying the theory behind practical performance. It would also be beneficial if you are thinking about a future career in Sport / PE. 

Subject Content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of Data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being


Product Design ( Materials Technology) Technical Award

Course: AQA Materials Technology (3740)

Product Design will give you the opportunity to design and make exciting and innovative products using a range of materials and techniques. Sublimation, Laser Cutting and other CAD/CAM facilities are available. An awareness and understanding of sustainability and environmental impact will be achieved. Research and communication skills become an intergral part of the student's attributes.

Subject Content:

  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Design and Making Practice


Religious Studies: GCSE Course: AQA Religious Studies A (4050)

Religious Studies will challenge beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truth.  It will encourage students to gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.  Analytical and critical thinking skills will be developed along with the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

Subject Content:

  • The study of Christianity and Buddhism: beliefs, teachings and practices
  • Thematic Studies:    
    • Religion and life
    • Religion, Peace and Conflict
    • Religion, Crime and Punishment
    • Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice


Science: GCSE

Science is everywhere, it enables you to understand the universe around you and consider the impact scientific developments has on all living things.  Skills such as obtaining, analysing and evaluating evidence from experiments will be developed. The ethics behind scientific research and the impact on society will also be discussed. Science also develops many valuable and transferable skills such as problem solving, literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Course: Combined Science Trilogy or Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Subject Content:


  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology


  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources


  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Materials and Components


Spanish: GCSE Course: AQA Spanish (8698)

Spanish will develop an awareness of foreign cultural knowledge whilst developing your language skills, and you will have the opportunity to establish email correspondence to further develop your language abilities. ICT facilities will be used to perfect listening and speaking skills.

Subject Content:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Textiles (Fashion and Textiles): GCSE / Technical Award  Course: AQA Fashion & Textiles (3720)

Textiles students show an awareness of the current market trends, the role of designers and the histroy of textiles. They will design products which meets the needs of client and consumers and are able to utilise a range of equipment with confidence in the making process. Students will develop an understanding of textiles, both modern and smart materials, as well as established textiles and their techniques are explored by students and intergrated in their own designs.

Subject Content:

  • Investigating the design context
  • Developing the design proposals
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Design and Making Practice
  • Testing and Evaluation of products