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T E L K O O B S N O I T OP

2013-14 Year 10

Contents
Introduction Core subjects GCSEs:
English Mathematics Science (Double) 1 Options choices grid 35

Introduction
Year 10 is an important school year when, in line with your growing maturity, you face option choices and have the opportunity to create an individual learning plan. Certain subjects are compulsory, for example, English, Mathematics and Science, which are referred to as core subjects and which are mandatory in every secondary school in the country. The option subjects, however, are for you to decide and need to be selected on the basis of your future aspirations, strengths and interests. Coaches will discuss appropriate programmes with you in the first week of term. It is advisable to choose a broad and balanced curriculum to keep your options open. The option blocks have been created with this in mind and follow on from the preliminary preferences you made on the student induction day. I hope you enjoy making your choices and enjoy the new chapter in your learning journey.

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Engineering/ Engineering (Double) English Literature Environmental and Land Based Science History ICT Business Studies Product Design Science (Triple)

GCSE Options:
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CORE: English

Assessment Structure
UNIT 1: External Examination 40% of the total GCSE marks (80 marks) Section A: Reading Media and Non-Fiction 20% of the total GCSE marks (40 marks) Section B: Writing to Argue, Persuade and Inform, Describe, Explain 20% of the total GCSE marks (40 marks) UNIT 2: Controlled Assessment Speaking and Listening 20% of the total GCSE marks (45 marks) 3 Speaking Assignments: Discussing, Presenting and Role-playing UNIT 3: Controlled Assessment 40% of the total GCSE marks (90 marks) Part a: Understanding Creative Texts (literary reading) 20% of the total GCSE marks (45 marks) 3 tasks on different texts Part b: Producing Creative Texts 20% of the total GCSE marks (45 marks) 2 writing tasks

GCSE English
Exam Board - AQA
All students will follow the course for GCSE English. Some may opt to complete the double GCSEs of GCSE Language and GCSE Literature instead (this option choice needs to be made at the start of Year 10).

Course Content and Skill Development


Good self-expression lies at the heart of any career. The purpose of this course is to provide everyone with strong literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Most career paths will require English as a qualification. More specifically, English may lead to a university for further study into journalism, feature writing, or creative writing.

CORE: Mathematics

Method of Study
Mathematics will be taught in an interactive and engaging way, with a link to real world practical applications whenever possible. Individual and team problem solving will be developed, and there will be plenty of practice undertaking examination style questions. Online and traditional resources will be utilised.

GCSE Mathematics

Assessment Structure
The GCSE Mathematics examinations consist of two tiers of entry: higher and foundation. Both of these are assessed by external examinations and there is no assessed coursework component. Application of Mathematics Paper 1: 1 hour written paper (foundation) 40% 1 hour 15 minutes written paper (higher) 40% Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (foundation) 60% 2 hour written paper (higher) 60% Methods in Mathematics Paper 1: 1 hour written paper (foundation) 40% 1 hour 15 minutes written paper (higher) 40% Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (foundation) 60% 2 hour written paper (higher) 60%

Exam Board - OCR


Mathematics is another core GCSE subject, where students will sit an examination in Methods in Mathematics and Application of Mathematics.

Course Content and Skill Development


This course is designed to be inspiring, motivating and challenging. Each GCSE is distinctive and, depending on ability, some students will be entered for the first GCSE at the end of Year 10. All students will take both examinations by the end of Year 11.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Mathematics GCSE is vital for most progression opportunities post-16. It is an important GCSE enabling routes into employment and HE. At A Level, Mathematics supports and combines well with many other subjects and is a vital component of several university courses. Scientific and financial courses use Mathematics extensively, and the skills developed are highly transferrable.

CORE: Science

Method of Study
- Class practical work - Class discussion - Data analysis - Formal practical assessment - Group work and presentations

Assessment Structure
Due to changes made in the exam structure by the Department of Education, Science is now a linear course. Students starting the course this September will have to sit all exams in the summer of 2014.

GCSE Science
Exam Board - AQA
The Science GCSE course will allow students to study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, leading to a Double Award GCSE in Science. The course allows students to cover different aspects of science giving them a taste of all sciences before making the choice whether to study at A Level in the future.

These will be structured as: - Two biology papers - Two chemistry papers - Two physics papers - Two formal practical sessions to be taken, one per year of study

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Double Science will keep opportunities open for students considering A Level Sciences. These could lead to students taking science at university level. Students with an A Level in Science also have good opportunities in other fields such as sports, accounting, medical and environmental.

OPTION: Engineering Single/Double Award

The GCSE specification in Engineering encourages students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing. This subject prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

A study of the subject requires learners to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
Engineering Materials and their properties in the following groups: Ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys Polymers Ceramics Composites that combine the properties of different materials The Functions of: Mechanical components Electrical/electronic components Pneumatic/hydraulic components The properties, characteristics and features of materials that affect the: Ability to be shaped and formed Ability to be treated Ability to be given a surface finish Ease of handling Cost implications Availability form and supply Engineering processes: Material removal Shaping and manipulation Joining and assembly Heat and chemical treatment Surface finishing Quality control techniques: Information, communications and digital technologies. Modern and smart materials and components Systems and control technology to organise, monitor and control production The impact of modern technologies: When engineering a product On engineered products On engineering industries On stages in engineering a product Advantages and disadvantages that the use of modern technology has brought to society

GCSE Engineering Single/Double Award

Exam Board - OCR


GCSE Engineering offers learners access to real-life aspects of engineering practices. Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials to manufacture useful, well-engineered and designed products.

Engineered products: Investigate a variety of engineered products that use modern technology Investigate the impact of modern technology on the design and production of a range of engineered products Design a product: Analysing client design briefs for engineered products Producing, using and modifying design specifications for engineered products Generating design solutions for engineered products Reading, understanding and creating a range of appropriate engineering drawings to current industry standards Presenting a design solution for engineered products responding to client feedback Engineer a product: Producing and using production plans Selecting and using a range of appropriate materials, parts and components Selecting and using appropriate processes Applying quality control techniques Selecting and using appropriate tools

OPTION: Engineering Single/Double Award

Methods of Study
During the study of the subject, students completing Units 1 and 2 will gain a single award, and those completing Units 3 and 4 will gain two GCSEs. These units will be delivered through a combination of theoretical and practical study of the topics. The school curriculum, which is heavily based on project-based learning, will supplement the understanding of the topics and allow the students to apply their knowledge. Industrial visits will further augment and cement the learning.

If students wish to continue studying in a vocational context, students can progress on to a vocational A Level in Engineering or Manufacturing. Students may want to begin to focus on a specialist pathway by taking one of a number of BTEC National courses, such as Aerospace Engineering, or Telecommunications Mechanical or Electrical. Otherwise, students may wish to study an Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced GCE in Design and Technology. Alternatively, students can pursue a career in a range of engineering contexts, and an apprenticeship scheme allows students to continue training towards higher-level qualifications.

and equipment Applying health and safety procedures Analysing and revising the completed product, taking into account how it could be improved.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Students gaining this qualification will have access to a range of further education and career opportunities. Students will learn and use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognized and highly valued by employers and colleges.

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Assessment Structure

OPTION: Engineering Single/Double Award

GCSE (Single Award) Engineering

A: Study of an Engineered Product 6 hours/30 marks B: Engineering a Product 14 hours/60 marks + Unit 622 - Engineering Processes 1hour/60 marks Unit A263

Unit A621

Controlled Assessment Mandatory 60% of the single award

Examined unit - Mandatory 40% of the single award

GCSE (Double Award) Engineering = GCSE (Single Award) Engineering and:

A: Real World Engineering 6 hours/30 marks B: Making an Engineered Product 14 hours/60 marks + Impact of Modern Technologies on Engineering 1 hour/60 marks Unit A624

Controlled Assessment Mandatory 30% of the double award

Examined unit - Mandatory 20% of the double award

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OPTION: English Literature and Language GCSE Literature:


The Literature course is designed to foster a love of reading and provide analytical skills that will inform the criticism of the texts we study.

Course Content:
Students will work on a range of texts from Shakespeare to the modern day, covering poetry, novels and plays. There are 3 units (chosen out of 5); 2 will have an external exam and there will also be an essay under controlled conditions in class.

Unit 1: External Examination - 40% of the total GCSE marks


Section A: Modern Prose or Drama (An Inspector Calls) Section B: Exploring Cultures (Of Mice and Men) 20% of the total GCSE marks - 45 minutes (34 marks) 20% of the total GCSE marks - 45 minutes (34 marks)

GCSE English Literature and Language


Exam Board - AQA
Students opting for GCSE Literature will also take GCSE Language (instead of GCSE English).

Unit 4: External Examination - 35% of the total GCSE marks


Section A: Shakespeare (Macbeth) 20% of the total GCSE marks - 50 minutes (30 marks) 15% of the total GCSE marks - 40 minutes (24 marks)

Section B: Prose from the English Literary Heritage (Animal Farm)

Unit 5: Controlled Assessment (Poetry) - 25% of the total GCSE marks


3 4 hours (total for the essay to be written in class) 40 marks

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OPTION: English Literature and Language

GCSE Language:
The course is very similar to the GCSE English course, with one important difference the spoken language study (worth 20% of the final grade) which looks at how language has changed over the years. Students will complete this when studying Macbeth as it will complement the Literature modules as well.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


If students have a love of reading and enjoy discussing ideas, themes and issues, this course will sharpen speaking skills, hone analytical capabilities, and provide students with endless food for thought. Students may want to progress on to study Literature at University, or students might just love getting lost in books either way, the development of vital critical thinking skills will stand students in good stead for most careers.

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OPTION: Environmental & Land Based Science

GCSE Environmental & Land Based Science


Exam Board - OCR

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Course Content and Skill Development


This course takes a practical, handson approach to learning the science related to the environment and landbased industries. This qualification is well regarded for the work-related teaching approach to science. Students will study local and worldwide environmental issues, the relationship of the soil to the animals and the plants it supports, human activities and how they impact on the environment, energy requirements, and traditional and alternative food production. Students will also study issues relating to the care and maintenance of plants and small animals in the home, the garden and at school, as well as considering the commercial environment relating to food production. In the science skills portfolio, students will present an annotated photo diary with an evaluation. There will also be assessed practical tasks, project and

OPTION: Environmental & Land Based Science


enterprise related, and a work-related report where students will research how science is important to the environment and land-based sector.

Method of Study
This course will involve investigations, where students will work together to raise understanding of the environment and how to manage it. Students will produce a resource base for the information needed for the external tests. The practical portfolio will be constructed over the two years. Students will be collaborating on events in the calendar such as Earth Day, and will occasionally work off site with local employers and environment groups. Students will be expected to handle animals on a regular basis in the second year.

Assessment Structure
Unit 1 Management of the Natural Environment Online test 20% of total GCSE mark Unit 4 Environmental and Land-Based Science Portfolio Skills Portfolio 60% of total GCSE mark Unit 2 - Plant Cultivation and Small Animal Care Online test 20% of total GCSE mark

Opportunities beyond Year 11


This course will suit those who are interested in the environment and in how we manage our natural resources, food production resources and wildlife/animals. Students wishing to continue this interest into post-16 can study projects related to the environment as part of their post-16 programme. This program will give an excellent grounding for those going on to study Biology or Social Science A Levels.

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OPTION: History

Course Content
Students study the development of medicine through time, dating from prehistoric to modern day. Students also undertake a depth study on Germany 1919 1945. This focuses on the reasons for the development of totalitarianism under the Nazis and considers the impact on and the reactions of different groups in German society.

Methods of Study
- Analysing a range of historical source evidence - Discussion of concepts - Presentations and debate - Enrichment opportunities visits and speakers

Assessment Structure
Paper 1 (45%) Written exam lasting 2 hours Consisting of a compulsory source-based question and a structured question chosen from a choice of 2 Paper 2 (30%) Historical source investigation A written exam paper lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, consisting of 6 compulsory questions to investigate an historical issue Paper 3 (25%) A controlled assessment task of 2,000 words Based on Israeli/Palestinian conflict

GCSE History - Modern World


Exam Board - OCR

Opportunities beyond Year 11


- History is a highly regarded qualification for virtually any field of work - The subject is especially suitable for anyone considering law, journalism, writing or teaching - History combines well with many subjects and offers students the opportunity to reflect, analyse and develop skills of evaluation.

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OPTION: ICT

Methods of Study
During the study of this course, students will be completing the units as set out below. These units will be delivered through a combination of theoretical and practical study of the topics. The school curriculum, which is heavily based on project-based learning, will supplement the understanding of the topics and allow the students to apply their knowledge. Industrial visits will further augment and cement the learning.

Cambridge Nationals ICT Level 2


Course Content

Assessment Structure
Mandatory Units R001: Understanding Computer Systems - Written paper 1hour /60 marks (60 UMS) OCR set and marked. Learners answer all questions R002: Using ICT to Create Business Solutions - Centre assessed task (OCR set) OCR moderated. Approximately 10 hours 60 marks (60 UMS) Business Information Systems Strand - Approximately 10 hours/ 60 marks (60 UMS) All centre assessed tasks OCR moderated. R003: Handling Data using Spreadsheets R004: Handling Data using Databases Creative Strand

Exam Board - OCR

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new qualification in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject that can be used in everyday working life. Three themes are covered in this course: business information systems, creative and technical.

R005: Creating an Interactive Product using Multimedia Components R006: Creating Digital Images R007: Creating Dynamic Products using Sound and Vision Technical Strand R008: Introduction to Computer Programming R009: Exploring Computer Hardware and Networks R010: Developing Control Systems Learner-initiated Project R011: Understanding Technology - a project approach Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated. Approximately 15 hours /60 marks (60 UMS)

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OPTION: ICT

OPTION: Applied Business Studies

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Students gaining this qualification will have access to a range of further education and career opportunities. Students will learn and use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand, and are recognized and highly valued by employers and colleges. If students wish to continue studying in a vocational context, students can progress on to a vocational A Level in Computing/ICT. Alternatively, students can begin to focus on a specialist pathway by taking one of a number of BTEC National courses, such as Computer Engineering or Telecommunications Electrical or Electronic. Otherwise, students may wish to study an Advanced Subsidiary

or Advanced GCE in Computing/ICT and then continue studies in Higher Education, on a BTEC Higher National or Degree, either full-time or part-time whilst working.

GCSE Applied Business J213 (Single Award)


Exam Board - OCR
Qualification Number - 500/ 4581/7

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OPTION: Applied Business Studies Course Content and Skill Development


Business is all around us, and the entrepreneurial ethos is fundamental to the culture of the Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering. In this GCSE subject, students study different forms of business ownership and consider why businesses succeed or fail. Students will look at factors impacting on business, such as the economy, technological change and uncertainty. Students also have the opportunity to tone business skills by planning how a local business could be made more successful.

Assessment Structure
The course is examined in two parts: Unit A241 - Business in Action This is examined at the end of Year 11 via a written paper, where students are required to answer 4 or 5 questions over 1 hour 30 minutes. This accounts for 40% of the qualification Unit A242 - Making your Mark in Business This is examined via a controlled assessment project. Students will choose one business scenario from a choice of five and then choose a local business on which to base their subsequent investigations. This accounts for 60% of the qualification

Method of Study
Through research, investigations and practical activities, students will learn how to develop business skills. Case studies will help students develop problem solving and creative thinking skills. Business Studies will focus on a lot areas of study which have practical applications to real businesses.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


The course sits well with the entrepreneurial culture offered by The Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering and complement most areas of study. It can help prepare students for further and higher education, through a range of routes, BTEC or A Levels. It provides an insight into the world of work and enables students to appreciate the different functional areas within business and provides helpful career guidance. The course can lead to business focused degrees and career pathways such as accountancy, law, marketing and banking.

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OPTION: Design Technology Product Design 3D

Methods of Study
This subject centres learning around designing and practical work. Students will work creatively and imaginatively to design improved and exciting products. Drawing upon inspirational and iconic design pieces, the students will apply their knowledge and concept of fashion, style and proportion to their own designs. Students must develop excellent skills in management and organisation using all the equipment in the workshop and ICT within the design studio. Students are challenged to produce prototypes or working models using a range of traditional, new and smart materials. Supporting work documenting the progress and development of their products will be evidenced in a design folder.

GCSE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN 3D


Course Content

Assessment Structure
Unit 1: Written Paper (45551) - 2 hour paper/40% of total mark Candidates answer all questions in two sections (120 marks) Unit 2: Design & Making Practice (45552) - Approximately 45 hours/60% of total mark Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of broad set tasks (90 marks)

Exam Board - AQA


3D Product Design is a practical subject which develops an understanding and appreciation of good design within the manufactured environment. The course requires the students to apply acquired knowledge to create varied, interesting and exciting three-dimensional products. Designing and making is focused within contexts that are relevant to society today such as social and environmental issues, along with sustainability and emerging new technologies. This GCSE builds upon the work studied across all Design & Technology subjects studied at KS3.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Product Design can be followed through to AS and A2 at the Da Vinci Studio School. This in turn can pave the way for a design foundation course at college, a practical, hands-on BA Degree or a more scientific BSc Degree. The management of time and resources, the ability to work independently with commitment and motivation, to overcome problems and to react positively to criticism are just some of the personal and employability skills that will be developed through the experience of Product Design. Career options in the design world are incredibly wide and varied, from designing creative iconic objects of desire, advertising campaigns, or exciting new architecture and everything in between. Subjects complementing this subject include Art & Design and Physics.

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OPTION: Triple Science Methods of Study


Class practical work Class discussion Data analysis Formal practical assessment Group work and presentations

GCSE Science Triple Award

Assessment Structure
Due to changes made in the exam structure by the Department of Education, Science is now a linear course. Students starting the course this September will have to sit all exams in the summer of 2014. These will be structured as: - Three biology papers - Three chemistry papers - Three physics papers - Three formal practical sessions to be taken, one per topic.

Exam Board - AQA


Course Content and Skill Development
This Science GCSE course will allow students to study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics, leading to a Triple Award GCSE in Science (a separate GCSE in each of the three disciplines). Students should select this course if they have a strong focus in science, and are seriously considering progression into studying an A Level in Science across all Design & Technology subjects studied at KS3.

Opportunities beyond Year 11


Triple Science students are generally looking to further study in the sciences at university. This can lead to careers in the science industry, such as research and development, and medicine. Opportunities also occur in computing, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. Scientists also form an important part of the aerospace industry, industrial chemical manufacturing, textiles and motor vehicle industry.

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Student Name:

Option Choices Grid

Please select one option from each option block. If you wish to select Double Engineering, you need to also select Single Engineering.

Block

Options
Triple Science Business Studies Construction or similar non GCSE course Environmental and Land Based Science ICT Product Design Double Engineering History Product Design Single Engineering English Literature

Tick Choice

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Please complete and return the form by Friday 13 September at the latest, so that students can start their chosen study programme in week 2.

Student signature: Coach signature:


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