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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospitality & Catering inspires and enthuses students to consider being more than just a patron. It gives the student the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the hospitality and catering sector.
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.
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.
Engineering 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.
|English Language||External Exam: 100%|
|English Literature||External Exam: 100%|
|Mathematics||External Exam: 100%|
|Science||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%|
|Engineering||External Exam: 40%||Non-exam Assessment: 60%|
|Spanish||External Exam: 75%||Non-exam Assessment: Speaking 25%|
|Construction||Controlled Assessment: 100%|