Year 9 Curriculum

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English Faculty: GCSE  Curriculum Outline

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 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



Mathematics: GCSE  Curriculum Outline

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


Science: GCSE  Curriculum Outline

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

Business, IT & Computer Science Faculty

Curriculum Outline

Business: GCSE

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

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

Information Technology (IT) : Technical Award

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:

  • Exploration of digital tools and technologies used by organisations and their suitability
  • Investigate issues with operating online
  • Explore how organisations collect, manipulate and use data to provide information
  • Research planning tools and techniques, putting them into practice to solve IT specific problems
  • Implement the Project Life Cycle to perform data import and management tasks and develop a data analysis and handling solution to meet client requirements
  • Digital safety and security measures for individuals and businesses


Expressive Arts Faculty Curriculum Outline


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.

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

Drama: GCSE

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

Music: 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.

Subject Content:

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


Geography: GCSE Curriculum Outline

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

History: GCSE Curriculum Outline

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.

Subject Content:

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

MFL Faculty Curriculum Outline

French: GCSE

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

Spanish: GCSE

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

Physical Education: GCSE Curriculum Outline

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

Social Sciences Faculty Curriculum Outlines

Religious Studies: GCSE

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 and life
    • Religion, Peace and Conflict
    • Religion, Crime and Punishment
    • Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Health and Social Care: Technical Award

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

Technology Faculty (A) Curriculum Outline

Hospitality & Catering: Technical Award

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.

Subject Content:

  • Investigate different aspects of the hospitality and catering industry
  • Understand the importance of team working in the hospitality and catering sector
  • Investigate personal attributes neccessary to work successfully
  • Discover aspects of health and safety in the hospitality and catering industry
  • Review different areas of food safety law
  • Explore the understanding and skills required for proficiency in planning, preparing, cooking and finishing a range of food products


Textiles: GCSE / Technical Award

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:

  • Characteristics of materials such as natural and synthetic, functionality, recyclability and sustainability
  • Properties of colour, texture and light
  • The effects and creative potential of combining and manipulating materials and media
  • Develop and explore ideas through research
  • Experiment with media, materials and techniques
  • Investigating the design context
  • Developing the design ideas


Technology Faculty (B) Curriculum Outline

Graphics: GCSE

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.

Subject Content:

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


Design & Technology: GCSE

Design & Technology students will have the opportunity to design and make exciting and innovative products using a range of materials and techniques. You will be able to use CAD/CAM facilities including Sublimation and Laser Cutting. An awareness and understanding of sustainability and environmentmal impact will be achieved. Research and communcation skills become an integral part of the Design & Technology students skills and attributes.

Subject Content:

  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Development in new materials
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Materials and their working properties
  • Using and working with materials
  • Specialist techniques and processes
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development

How are the Subjects assessed?

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 Assignment: 40% Portfolio (Centre Set): 60%
Textiles External Assignment: 40% Portfolio (Centre Set): 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: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60%
IT External Exam:40-50%                    Controlled Assessment: 50-60%
Music External Exam: 40% Controlled Assessment: 60%
P.E. External Exam: 60% Practical Performance: 40%
Design & Technology External Exam: 50% Non-exam Assessment: 50%
Spanish External Exam: 75% Non-exam Assessment: Speaking 25%