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15/12/17

News: Pupils will finish at 1:35 on Wednesday 20th December for the Christmas holidays 🎄

14/12/17

It’s our amazing breakfast reading morning tomorrow from 7:30am. Come and read and have a free breakfast on us 📖🍳🥓 https://t.co/NCdjTnYIl1

14/12/17

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Another day, another show! Today Y2 are watching perform Bugsy Malone https://t.co/iyzWY6YshB

14/12/17

Enjoy 😊

14/12/17

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Enroute to CERN with our a-level physics students. Far too excited

23/11/17

Just a reminder for tonight 😊

23/11/17

A really informative day so far- brilliant to see 👍🏻 https://t.co/poQy6n5STS

23/11/17

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In with team for for Yr12 https://t.co/lZdES7pIVl

23/11/17

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Student drop-ins at lunch time today: and both with . If you can't attend you can still speak to us via https://t.co/fvoQpHDJvD

22/11/17

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HACH’s finest... a pretty good teachmeet. https://t.co/TTMcJ6klJX

22/11/17

You are all welcome to our sixth form opening evening tomorrow night, starting at 6pm until 8 👍🏻😁

22/11/17

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What an amazing turnout and presentations https://t.co/GICV2I6j93

21/11/17

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A blustery day at Mersea today - well done year 11 for getting stuck in with some ‘proper geography’ in preparation for the mocks https://t.co/kjeBZe5DJl

21/11/17

We hope you all had a brilliant day at the kids lit quiz 2017- keep reading 😁 https://t.co/Vgs6r7E8TG

21/11/17

Wow what an amazing day at the Kids Lit Quiz today. Fantastic effort to all involved 👌🏻📚👍🏻😁 https://t.co/suZDkKrCwS

20/11/17

Just a reminder we have our sixth form open evening this Thursday evening from 6pm- All welcome 😁

12/11/17

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and Michelle Harrison https://t.co/wsQ01XT1FF

09/11/17

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How about a retweet to raise awareness of our twitter account?

20/10/17

Happy half term everyone 👍🏻 see you all back on Monday 6th November

20/10/17

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Year 7 5-a-side borough champions!!! Mr Bridges https://t.co/Bn0t47Dy1i

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Subjects studied in years 10 and 11

The content below is designed to give a brief summary of the contents of subjects studied in years 10 and 11.

The subjects are arranged by the department responsible for their teaching. At the beginning of each group of subjects is the name of the department responsible and the contact details for the director of achievement who will be able to answer any questions about the content of a subject. 

Subjects which are GCSE have the acronym GCSE in their titles. These subjects will usually be studied into year 11. Some students may have started a GCSE in year 9 and may complete it in year 10. Where subjects are GCSE, the name of the examining board is included; if you prefer to find details direct from the board responsible for setting the content and examining it, you can find all the details about the subject in the course specification which can be looked up on the website links at the bottom of this page.

Teachers very often adapt teaching plans and strategies in response to progress and therefore it is not always possible to publish in advance exactly what will be taught in each week or month of the course. These details, however, are available from the director of achievement mentioned above. and will be made available free of charge.

 

English and Media

GCSE English

GCSE English Language & Literature

GCSE Media Studies

GCSE Film Studies

Achievement Director: Mr T Street

t.street@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

GCSE English, English Language & Literature (AQA)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  60%

Coursework:  40%

Choice = 1 or 2

Begins: Yr. 10

 Course Content:

This is a two year course that equates to either one or two English GCSEs (depending on whether the student studies them separately or combined). This choice is generally made by the English Department depending on ability.  Students will cover:

  • Spoken Language
  • Media / non-fiction
  • Moving Images
  • Poetry      
  • Shakespeare
  • A 20th Century Novel and drama

During the course, students will demonstrate their ability in functional English through investigation and analysis.  They will experiment with the use of language and use it creatively. 

Extended reading and creative writing are assessed through controlled assessment.

The specification provides students with a firm foundation for study at AS and A2 levels.

All students follow this course

WRL links (applied learning):

Careers in law, teaching, office administration, journalism, theatre, media and medicine provide examples of area of professional employment where English is a particularly valued qualification.  In addition to this students will find that they require a qualification in English for the vast majority of occupations.
 

GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  40%

Coursework:  60% controlled assessment

Choice: 1

Begins: Yr. 9 or 10

Completion: Yr. 10 or 11

Course Content:

This course attracts students as it makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun.  It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world.  Students study the codes and conventions of a variety of media, including the following: comics, magazines, quiz shows, films, news and the popular press.

The study of each medium will focus on audience, representation, institution and language, and will be of interest to students who are keen to explore new technologies.

There are three controlled assessments and each is chosen from a variety of possibilities made available by the examination board. There is also a terminal exam at the end of the second year of study.

The course offers:

  • The media in theory and in practice
  • Practical work
  • Production from a choice of assignments
  • Opportunities to learn about real products and industries
  • Opportunities for progression to courses such as a Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Media Studies

Questions to ask yourself:

Do I have an interest in reading magazines, comics or newspapers?

Am I interested in films and in television?

Would I like a career in media?

WRL links (applied learning):

Students who follow this course should find it supportive of careers in journalism, media, education, publishing and research.

 

GCSE Film Studies (WJEC)

Length of course:  2 years or 1 year Fast-track option.

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  50%

Coursework:  50% controlled assessment

Choice: 1

Begins: Yr. 10 or 11

Completion: Yr. 11

Course Content

Film Studies appeals to students as it makes learning interesting, whilst challenging their creativity and ability to analyse.  For many students, Film Studies offers them their first opportunity for independent thought about the film industry: an area which they all have some experience of.  Students will learn to analyse films through studying the micro and macro elements of Film Language and will also study a variety of film genres. 

There are two exams, both of which are sat at the end of Year 11. The first exam (worth 30% of the final grade) tests the student’s knowledge of a set genre, e.g. Sci-Fi, Horror, Disaster, etc. The second exam (worth 20% of the final grade) assesses the student’s knowledge of a non-Hollywood film. This film is studied throughout the 2 years of the course and is selected from a list provided by the exam board. This list currently includes options such as Amelie (2001, France), Persepolis (2007, Iran), Tsotsi (2005, South Africa) and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas (2008, UK).

There are six controlled assessments and together these are worth 50% of the student’s final grade. Each controlled assessment offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of tasks provided by the examination board.

The course offers:

 

  • The study of film both in theory and in practice
  • Practical work including scripting, directing and editing
  • Opportunities to learn about film industry institutions such as the BBFC and the BFI
  • The potential for progression to courses such as A Level Film Studies

Questions to ask yourself:

Am I interested in films and in television?

Do I watch films critically, to appreciate how they are made and the messages they communicate?

Would I like a career in the film industry?

WRL links (applied learning):

Students ambitious for a future in the creative arts should find this course supportive of careers in journalism, media, education, publishing and research.

 

Mathematics

GCSE Maths

GCSE Statistics (Yr. 11 only)

Achievement Director: Ms S.Stronach

s.stronach@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

GCSE Maths (Edexcel)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  100%

Coursework:  N/A

Choice = 2

Begins: Yr. 10

 Course Content:

Students will follow a GCSE Maths course at Foundation or Higher Tier.  There will also be the possibility for some students to fast-track and take their GCSE at the end of Year 10.

Number and algebra

  1. Using and applying number and algebra
  2. Numbers and the number system
  3. Calculations
  4. Solving numerical problems
  5. Equations, formulae and identities
  6. Sequences, functions and graphs

 

Shape, space and measures

  1. Using and applying shape, space and measures
  2. Geometrical reasoning
  3. Transformations and coordinates
  4. Measures and construction

 

Handling data

  1. Using and applying handling data
  2. Specifying the problem and planning
  3. Collecting data
  4. Processing and representing data
  5. Interpreting and discussing results

 

All students follow this course

FAST TRACK MATHS: There is an accelerated Maths GCSE option at the Academy to allow those students who are performing at a very high level in Maths to complete the GCSE early and go on to access a higher level course. Entry to this course is by selection only and parents will be informed if this option is advised.

WRL links (applied learning):

The vast majority of career choices require a good qualification in mathematics and mathematics is fundamental to all students who wish to take courses in further and higher education.  A wide variety of careers is supported by this qualification and these include, as examples, accountancy, financial services, physicist, chemist, and statistician.

 GCSE Statistics (Edexcel)

Length of course:  1 Year

Level:  GCSE     A* - G

Examination:  75%

Coursework:  25%

Choice =1

Begins: Yr. 11

 

Course Content:

The principal aim of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the role that accurate statistical representations, calculations, reasoning and interpretation can play in their lives. This course:

  • Offers a course of study which complements the GCSE in Maths.
  • Is based on good practice in statistics.
  • Emphasises the theoretical, practical and applied nature of the subject.
  • Provides a background for the study of statistics beyond GCSE.

 

The following aspects of Maths will be covered:

  • Accuracy of data
  • Manipulation of fractions
  • Significant figures and decimal places.
  • Efficient use of a calculator, including redundant figures, accuracy and rounding.
  • The sigma notation
  • Fractional or percentage change
  • The selection of scales for graphical representation of variables
  • Proportion and factors
  • Reading graphs, including obtaining interpolated and extrapolated values.

 

Students are required to be achieving at least a B grade in GCSE Maths or have completed the Fast track Maths GCSE in order to select this course due to the extensive maths content.

 

Sciences

GCSE Core Science

GCSE Biology, Physics & Chemistry

GCSE Additional Science

Achievement Director: Mr N Power

n.power@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

GCSE Core Science (AQA)

Length of course:  1 Year

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  60%

Coursework:  40%

Choice = 2

Begins: Yr. 9 into 10

Course Content:

 

GCSE Science provides knowledge and understanding of science that is relevant to our learners’ everyday lives. Our aim is to engage students – to stimulate intrigue and excitement about how science works.

The course helps students develop their questioning, analytical and evaluative skills alongside core practical skills.  The course is flexible and can be adapted to suit individual learners’ needs.

Course Structure:

There are 4 units in total with the first 3 units, Biology, Chemistry and Physics each consisting of a 1 hour written paper with structured and closed questions giving a maximum of 60 marks or 25% of the GCSE.  There will be at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context in each unit.

The 4th unit is the Controlled Assessment which is an Investigative Skills Assignment which consists of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing.  This is worth 50 marks and 25% of the GCSE. 

WRL links (applied learning):

Medicine, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Pharmacology, Marine Biology, Engineering, Agricultural Studies, lab researcher, Oceanography, Geology, Dentistry, Veterinarian Scientist, Optometry and many more.

GCSE Biology, Physics & Chemistry (AQA)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  1 GCSEs A* - G

Examination:  70%

Coursework:  30%

Choice = 3

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

Learners may choose to follow the Triple Award GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. If successful, they will receive three GCSEs in Science.

Choosing to study all three sciences separately will require an additional timetabled period of science.

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics are single GCSE awards and, when taken altogether, they cover the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Science. The courses help students develop their questioning, analytical and evaluative skills alongside core practical skills and provide a greater base of scientific understanding in preparation for AS/A2 level study.

The course structure is flexible and adapted to suit individual learners’ needs. Assessments are designed to recognise and support the learning styles of individuals.

Course Structure:
 

There are 4 units in total with the first 3 units, Biology, Chemistry and Physics each consisting of a 1 hour written paper with structured and closed questions, giving a maximum of 60 marks or 25% of the GCSE.  There will be at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context in each unit.

The 4th unit is the Controlled Assessment which is an Investigative Skills Assignment which consists of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing.  This is worth 50 marks and 25% of the GCSE. 

WRL links (applied learning):

Medicine, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Pharmacology, Marine Biology, Engineering, Agricultural Studies, lab researcher, Oceanography, Geology, Dentistry, Veterinarian Scientist, Optometry and many more.

 

GCSE Additional Science (AQA)

Length of course:  1 Year

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  60%

Coursework:  40%

Choice = 2

Begins: Yr. 11

 

Course Content:

After completing GCSE Core Science (usually at the end of Year 10), learners may choose to follow the GCSE Additional Science course. If successful, they will receive two GCSE awards in Science.

GCSE Additional Science builds on the knowledge and understanding that students have gained from GCSE Core Science. Together, they allow students to progress on to the individual A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry and A Level Physics qualifications and on to higher education in either science or engineering. The course helps students develop their questioning, analytical and evaluative skills alongside core practical skills through which they will gain a deeper understanding of how science works in the world around us.

The course structure is flexible so that it can be adapted to suit the individual needs of our learners.  Assessments are designed to support the learning styles of individuals.

Course Structure:

There are 4 units in total with the first 3 units, Biology, Chemistry and Physics each consisting of a 1 hour written paper with structured and closed questions, giving a maximum of 60 marks or 25% of the GCSE.  There will be at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context in each unit.

The 4th unit is the Controlled Assessment which is an Investigative Skills Assignment which consists of two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing.  This is worth 50 marks and 25% of the GCSE. 

WRL links (applied learning):

Medicine, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Pharmacology, Marine Biology, Engineering, Agricultural Studies, lab researcher, Oceanography, Geology, Dentistry, Veterinarian Scientist, Optometry and many more.

 

Information & Communication Technology

GCSE ICT

GCSE Computing

Achievement Director: Mr E Giles

e.giles@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

GCSE ICT  (Edexcel)

Length of course:   2 yrs.

Level:  2 (GCSE)

Examination:  40%

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:

In 1995, only 4% of the world’s population had access to the internet.

Which is why back in 1995, shopping, chatting or researching homework on a computer seemed incredible. But now, just 14 years later, over 25% of the human race have been online and the World Wide Web has transformed the way we communicate and do business. And that’s just the net. Other advances in digital technology have revolutionised our phones, our cameras, our cars – even the way we watch TV. Young people have lived through the most significant decade yet in information and communication technologies and they are the people who understand and use them the most. This is why GCSE ICT is the perfect qualification.  

GCSE ICT will qualify students to operate confidently in today’s digital world. It doesn’t teach how computers work or how to program them, but it does show how to use ICT effectively and safely. It’s like the difference between a good driver and a mechanic - you don’t need to know all about what’s under the bonnet to be a good driver. GCSE ICT is a useful, real-world qualification, whether a student’s future includes university, training or going out to work.

GCSE ICT will look good on a CV regardless of the career path chosen. Today virtually all workers need to be confident operators of digital devices. Taking GCSE ICT gives a valuable digital know-how which is a key skill that can be used in all walks of life.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you want to develop your digital media skills?
  • Do you want to understand how to create effective business related products such as spreadsheets and databases?
  • Do you want to create exciting animations, engaging podcasts and interactive multimedia products?
  • Would you like to learn how to continually evaluate and improve your work?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

This course provides skills that are useful in any industry where an understanding of technology is important, not necessarily a career in ICT. It is a route to design based roles such as graphic and web design, computer game design and in marketing, PR and events organisation.  It may also be helpful as background support for careers as a computer technician, a database administrator, a systems analyst or a network manager.

 GCSE Computing

Length of course:   2 years

Level: 2 (GCSE)

Examination:  40%

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.  Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that run on mobile devices, operate in a web enabled environment. In addition they will, learn how to create simple computer games, gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications, and have opportunities to work collaboratively.

Students are assessed at the end of each milestone and are provide with detailed instructions on how to improve each piece of work. This is regularly made available to them on Moodle. Pupils are given the opportunity to improve their work based on this assessment during lesson time.

The course is made up of two components:

Component 1 – Practical Programming

Approximately 50 hours of controlled assessment (2 tasks of 25 hours each). This is worth 60% of the total marks (126 marks) - 63 marks for each of the two tasks. These tasks are internally assessed and externally moderated. Different tasks will be provided by AQA each year. Each pupil should complete two tasks from a choice of four. Working independently pupils demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts, e.g. gaming, web, mobile phone applications.

Component 2 – Computing fundamentals

This is an exam that lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the marks. All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from across the subject content. This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you enjoy a challenge?
  • Have you investigated programming before?
  • Are you willing to investigate a problem until you have found the solution?

WRL links (applied learning):

The increasing importance of information technologies means there’ll be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field. The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the skills you’ll develop, especially where they’re applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

 

Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education

Core Physical Education

GCSE Dance

Achievement Director: Mr C Papworth

c.papworth@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk


  GCSE Physical Education (Edexcel)          

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  Theory 40%

Coursework:  Practical 60%

Choice = 1

Begins = Yr. 10

Course Content:

The areas covered in the theory include:

  • Knowledge of bones, muscles, the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Reasons for participation in sport
  • Health and fitness, training, diet
  • Injuries, first aid and drugs

A whole variety of sports will be covered in the practical and students must be willing to participate in all areas that the practical covers.  40% of the final grade is based on the theory aspects of the course therefore equal effort must be given in practical and theory.

One hour per week will be practically based and one hour per week will be theory based, although this sometimes may be taught through a practical session. 

There is also a practical exam which takes place over three days in the Spring Term of Year 11. This is moderated externally and is worth 60% of the overall grade.

 Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you competent in a variety of practical activities?
  • Are you willing to learn the theory involved, which involves a lot of science?
  • Are you willing to be involved in extra curricular PE activities?
  • Are you organised?  You will need the correct PE kit every lesson.

WRL links (applied learning):

Health and Physical Education Teacher, Personal Development Teacher, Education Aid, Athlete, Fitness Instructor, Outdoor Adventure Leader, Teacher - Primary or Secondary, Fitness Instructor, Physiotherapist, Recreation Officer, Sports Coach, Sports Scientist, Recreation Therapist.

Core Physical  Education

Length of course:  1 year

Level:  Non examination course

Choice = 1

ALL YEARS

 Course Content:

 

You will participate in a variety of activities including:

  • Invasion Games — E.g. football, hockey, rugby, netball
  • Net Games — E.g. badminton, tennis, table tennis, volleyball
  • Striking and Fielding games — E.g. rounders, cricket

 

You will complete short blocks of work and rotate activities throughout the year, including some off site where possible. 

If you choose Core PE then you are expected to take part in all activities.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you want to maintain a good level of fitness?
  • Are you trying to lead a healthy life?
  • Do you enjoy participating in sports activities?

Everyone needs some physical exercise during the course of a learning week. If you have not chosen GCSE PE or Dance, then Core PE must be selected as one of your options.

 

GCSE Dance (AQA)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  60%

Coursework:  40%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

GCSE Dance focuses on the artistic qualities of dance movement as a way of expressing and communicating themes and issues through performance.

Students will be introduced to a variety of dance styles focusing mainly on contemporary dance and the different varieties within this style. Students will have the opportunity to study professional dance companies, the work they have done and the social and cultural issues surrounding them.

Questions to ask yourself:

Are you open minded about trying new things?

Do you have an interest in the Performing Arts?

Do you enjoy working as a team?

Are you creative? Do you enjoy expressing your ideas through an art form?

Are you capable of transferring themes and issues from one context to another?

WRL links (applied learning):

Dancer; entertainer, theatre; teacher; actor/actress, choreographer; disc jockey, stage manager, circus performer,  stage wardrobe assistant, music industry promotions manager—are a few of the career possibilities that would be supported by a study of dance.

 

European Culture & Languages

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

 Achievement Director: Ms A.Ashwoord

  a.ashwood@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk


GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  100%

Coursework:  controlled assessment for speaking and writing

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10 (Students must have studied the language at year 9)

 Course Content:

During Key Stage 4, students will begin to use the language they are studying more independently, drawing on a firmer grasp of grammar and a wider and more complex range of expression. They will learn to understand a more extensive range of unfamiliar language by reading and listening to a variety of materials from countries where the language is spoken. They will also increase their cultural awareness through more direct contact with people who live in these countries and communities.

Students studying French and Spanish will have a terminal examination in the Summer Term of Year 11.  They will be assessed in the 4 skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The weighting of each skill is as follows:

 

  • Listening and Understanding 20%
  • Speaking in the language 30%
  • Reading and Understanding 20%
  • Writing 30% (examined by controlled assessment)

 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you enjoy learning something new in every lesson?
  • Do you want to know more about the world?
  • Have you enjoyed learning a language in Key Stage 3?
  • Do you like the variety of activities that a language lesson offers?
  • Do you like meeting new people and talking to them?
  • Do you want find out about other countries and cultures?
  • Do you want to add an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

Computer programmer, credit controller, interpreter, teacher, translator, travel and tourism, secretary, personal assistant, marketing, public relations, journalism and the media—are all examples of the sorts of career opportunities that are supported by the learning of a modern foreign language.

 

Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies

BTEC Business Studies

Achievement Director: Mr E Giles

e.giles@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

 

GCSE Business Studies (OCR)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE       A* - G

Examination:  40%

Coursework:  60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:

For Business Studies, you will sit two 11/2 hour external examination papers and two controlled assessments.

The first examination will cover how and why businesses operate, the factors influencing the way businesses operate and the impact they can have (20%) The second examination will cover the functional areas within businesses and associated activities (20%)

Two controlled assessments will allow you to carry out research based on given scenarios. 

The first will allow students to put together a proposal on how to make a business successful and they will be required to produce marketing material.  The second will examine how human resources operate within a business, including the recruitment and selection process, applying for a job, the interview process, induction/training programmes and promotion. 

Each of these assessments account for 30% of the final mark.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you enjoy carrying out research and working independently?
  • Do you have an enquiring mind and enjoy asking lots of questions?
  • Do you enjoy reading and writing
  • Can you meet deadlines?

WRL links (applied learning):

It is useful if you are interested in working for any type of large business. It enables students to take employment in a range of business related careers such as starting your own business, marketing, financial support, logistics and production and Human Resource Management.

 

BTEC Business Studies (Edexcel)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  2 GCSEs     A* - G

Examination:  N/A

Coursework:  continuous assessment

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 Course Content:

 

This course covers the following areas of study:

  • Exploring Business Purposes
  • Training and Employment in Business
  • People in Organisations

 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I prefer internal assessment to examinations?
  • Am I interested in how business operates?
  • Do I enjoy carrying out research?
  • Do I want to prepare myself for working in administration?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

The study of business provides students with a background that covers a whole variety of business structures from self-employment to becoming part of a trans-national company.  In addition it helps to prepare students for careers such as administration, financial services, marketing, production and logistics.

 

Humanities

 

GCSE Citizenship

GCSE Sociology

GCSE R.E.

GCSE History

GCSE Geography

GCSE Psychology

Achievement Director: Ms S Downey

s.downey@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

 

GCSE Citizenship (OCR)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE  A* - G

Examination:  40%

Controlled Assessment:  60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

In this Citizenship course, candidates gain the skills and knowledge to help them understand what goes on in society. Candidates will gain an understanding of those areas of law, politics and economics that affect our everyday lives in a way that helps them make more sense of the complicated world we live in. Citizenship lessons give students the opportunity for discussion, practical action and enquiry.

There are four Units:

  • Unit A341: Rights and Responsibilities - Getting started as an active citizen
  • Unit A342: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Understanding our role as citizens
  • Unit A343: Rights and Responsibilities - Extending our knowledge and understanding
  • Unit A344: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Leading the way as an active citizen.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to meet local councillors and travel to Parliament to meet Thurrock's MP.  The cost of this trip is approximately £15 per student. 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like being an active member of the community?
  • Do you like to have your say and get involved in matters that concern you and your future?
  • Do you enjoy debating?
  • Do you have an interest in current affairs?
  • Do you enjoy discussing the problems of the world and coming up with possible solutions?

WRL links (applied learning):

Politician; Legal Secretary; Lawyer; Human Resources; Social Worker; Police; Judge; Government and Charity Organisations.

 

GCSE Sociology (WJEC)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  100%

Coursework:  0%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 9 or Yr. 10

Course Content:

 

Sociology seeks to teach us about the varied forms of human society and examine the impact of culture and social organisations on individual lives. It does this through the study of two core-compulsory topics and then giving you a chance to study from a selection of optional topics. Topics covered within GCSE Sociology include:

  • CORE: Understanding Social Processes - Looking at how we gain our culture and learn our society’s norms and values
  • OPTION 1: The Structure of the Family - How the structure of the family has changed and is this a good thing or a bad thing?
  • OPTION 2: Education-Do we need education, does it help us to help ourselves or does it help the government control us?
  • CORE: Understanding Social Structures: We will be looking at stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • OPTION 3: Power & Participation - What is democracy? What alternatives are there to democracy? Why is it important to know who you are voting for?
  • Crime and Deviance - What makes people turn to crime and what can be done to prevent it?

This course is designed to make the students think about the world they live in and understand why it is the way it is. It also encourages pupils to take an active part in their own social, political and economic lives and to question the social reality they find themselves in.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you curious about the world we live in and why we have certain structures?
  • Do you want to know more about how society works?
  • Are you the kind of person who likes to know what and why things happen rather than just accepting what you are told?

WRL links (applied learning):

Personnel Management; Recruitment; Social Work; Youth Work; Play Work; Health Service; Legal Work;  Social & Market Research ; Journalism; Local Government; Marketing; Advertising; Media, National Government & Charity Organisations.

 

GCSE Religious Education (AQA)

Length of course: 2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  100%

Coursework:  None

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10 / Yr. 11

 

 

Course Content:

In this Religious studies course, candidates study two units: religion and morality plus religious philosophy and ultimate questions. The content of the course is designed to encourage students to reflect on both moral and philosophical issues and explore the answers that religion (and specifically Christianity) gives to these challenges. In each topic 6 units are studied with each topic assessed through an exam at the end of the course.

Religion and Morality includes: 

Medical ethics (including issues such as stem cell research, fertility treatment, genetic engineering); attitudes to the elderly and death (including issues such as euthanasia); drug abuse, crime and punishment; attitudes to the rich and poor in British society and attitudes to world poverty.

Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions includes:

The existence of God; the concept of revelation; the problems of evil and suffering; immortality; miracles and science and religion.  This unit is designed to encourage students to reflect on fundamental questions and the purpose and meaning of life while developing their own reasoned response to these questions.

 Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you interested in exploring issues of right and wrong such as euthanasia, stem cell research, inequalities in wealth and the purpose of punishment in society?
  • Do you enjoy asking deep questions such as why evil and suffering exist?
  • Do you enjoy discussing and debating moral issues and ultimate questions such as the existence of God or the possibility of an afterlife?

WRL links (applied learning):

The course provides a strong foundation for study in the following areas at A’ level: Philosophy, Law, History, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature. In addition the course encourages students to reflect on issues that relate to careers within these areas as well as social care, nursing and other public sector and caring professions.

GCSE History (OCR)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  2 papers

Coursework:  controlled assessment

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

The course covers twentieth century history up to the present day.

Firstly, candidates study an outline of developments in international relations from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the Second World War.

Secondly, candidates look at one study in depth. Candidates will study Germany 1918—1945. The in-depth studies are more concerned with the various aspects of political, social, economic and cultural development in a single society rather than with a theme (international relations) over a longer period of time, as in the Core.

Also, the course includes an element of British history in the British Depth Study which looks at social change in Britain between 1890 and 1918. This course will build upon the vast amount of historical knowledge gained by students in their Year 9 History Course.

Finally, for the controlled assessment, candidates will complete an historical enquiry based on a taught course. Candidates will be expected to complete one task

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you the kind of person who wants to know the truth about our past?
  • Do you listen to your grandparents or watch programmes and wonder what life was like then?
  • Will you be looking for a job in law, government or business?
  • Do you have an enquiring mind?

WRL links (applied learning):

Lawyer; Politician; Tourism and leisure; Librarian; Author; Journalist; Teacher; Television presenter; Researcher; Government and Charity Organisations.

 

GCSE Geography  (OCR

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  75%

Coursework:  25%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

 

In this Geography course, candidates study people, places and themes through an issues based enquiry approach. The specification content is presented in the form of questions for enquiry linked to themes and sub-themes. These cover all the content   areas central to modern Geography, with an emphasis on decision making and problem solving. This makes it relevant, stimulating and interesting. It offers many opportunities to develop numerous employability skills and serves to bring many different areas of learning together.

There are four themes:

  • Theme 1: Rivers and Coasts
  • Theme 2: Population and Settlement
  • Theme 3: Natural Hazards
  • Theme 4: Economic Development

Students will, wherever possible, engage in work in the field and it is anticipated that all students will participate in a residential field study. 

 Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you enjoy learning about the world around you?
  • Are you interested in natural hazards such as tsunamis and hurricanes?
  • Would you enjoy going on a field trip and doing your own research?
  • Do you enjoy discussing the problems of the world and coming up with possible solutions?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

Transport & Environmental Management; Water supply and disposal; Town and Country Planning;

Journalism; Leisure, Travel & Tourism; Marketing; Advertising; Government & Charity Organisations

 

GCSE Psychology  (OCR)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  100%

Coursework:  None

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

 Course Content:

 

Students who opt to follow the Psychology course will study a number of topics including:

  • Attachment
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Obedience
  • Criminal Behaviour

Students are expected to attend extra curricular support sessions in Years 10 and 11 to enhance their progress.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you interested in human behaviour?
  • Can you cope with research and theory?
  • Can you think analytically and evaluate different ideas?
  • Can you compare different ideas and discuss them objectively?

WRL links (applied learning):

Teacher, psychologist, child care, police force, forensic science, journalism are examples of careers supported through a study of Psychology.

 

Expressive Arts

GCSE Drama

GCSE Art

Achievement Director: Mr G Graham

g.graham@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

 

GCSE Drama (Edexcel)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  60%

Coursework:  40%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:

This is a two year course following the GCSE EDEXCEL specification. Students will complete 2 pieces of coursework and a final practical examination. The coursework is assessed in two parts; performance assessment lasting 6 hours and 2 controlled written assessments of 2000 words each. During Unit One of the coursework, students will study a theme and in Unit Two they will study ‘Blood Brothers’ as their set text. The final practical exam is externally assessed and will be performance work based on a theme set by the exam board. Students will be expected to attend regular theatre trips with the school and also rehearse as part of extra curricular activities. It is also recommended that students considering GCSE Drama as an option participate in the whole school productions

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like to create?
  • Do you like to act?
  • Do you enjoy performing?
  • Do you prefer working in teams, or on your own?
  • Are you prepared to commit to both the theory and practice of Drama?

WRL links (applied learning):

Actor/Actress; Public Speaker; Teacher; Stage Manager; Director, Producer, Careers in Film and Television.

 

GCSE Art  (OCR)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  40%

Coursework:  Practical 60%

Choice = 1 (or 2)

Begins: Yr. 10

 

Course Content:

Students will complete three coursework based projects and a 10 hour final examination.  Students are given a theme around which they have the opportunity to develop and create their own original work.  Students are expected to attend extra curricular support sessions in Years 10 and 11 in order to enhance their projects. 

Some students will be required to use two option choices for this course.  You will be advised if this is to be the case.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you a creative person?
  • Do you enjoy a range of activities in Art, drawing, painting etc.?
  • Are you motivated to work independently, outside of lesson time, for at least 2 hours a week?

WRL links (applied learning):

Careers that are supported through the study of art include fashion design, graphic design, publishing, architecture, artist, creative designer, careers in media and in computer arts.

 

Design Technology

GCSE Textiles

GCSE Catering

GCSE Product Design

VGCSE Health & Social Care

Achievement Director: Mr P Morris

p.morris@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk


GCSE Textiles Technology (AQA)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  Theory 40%

Coursework:  Practical 60%

Choice = 1 (or 2)

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:                   

                                                                                                                

If you choose this course you will:

  • Research around a given Design Brief
  • Analyse existing textile products
  • Look at possible markets
  • Develop a range of ideas for a textile product
  • Make a product using a range of textile techniques
  • Test and evaluate your work

This course will also include a section on textile theory including fibres and fabrics, technology in manufacturing, environmental issues in Textiles, industrial processes and marketing.  This will form the basis of the end of course examination.  A variety of textile skills will be taught before starting the coursework, starting with an initial denim project to get the students used to working in line with GCSE criteria.

Some students will be required to use two option choices for this course.  You will be advised if this is to be the case.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have an interest in fashion or textile design?
  • Are you good at putting your ideas into practise?
  • Do you want to investigate further into fabrics and technology in Textiles?
  • Do you understand that this course contains both written and practical work?
  • Are you good at keeping to deadlines?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

Graphic Design, Textile Design, Education, Textiles Buyer, Freelance Designer, Fashion Designer. 

 

GCSE Hospitality and Catering - Single Award in Catering (WJEC)

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE   A* - G

Examination:  Theory 40%

Examination:  Practical 60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:

If you choose this course you will study the following units:

  • The industry – food and drink.
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.
  • Health, safety and hygiene.
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation.
  • Nutrition and menu planning.
  • Costing and portion control.
  • Specialist equipment.
  • Communication and record keeping.
  • Environmental considerations

The above units of theory will form the basis of the end of course exam.  A variety of food production methods and skills will be taught before starting the practical exams. The first practical exam is taken in summer of Year 10 and the second in the spring of Year 11.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have an interest in catering or food production?
  • Are you good at putting your ideas into practise?
  • Do you understand that this course contains both written and practical work?
  • Are you prepared to bring ingredients to the lesson each week?
  • Are you good at keeping to deadlines?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

There are now 2.5 million people working in Catering and Hospitality in Britain. They work in a wide range of places such as hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs, theme parks and even cruise liners! Your Catering GCSE could lead to one of the following careers: Chef, Contract Caterer, Restaurant Manager, Fast Food Assistant, Waiter/ Waitress, Kitchen Assistant, Catering Manager, Confectioner.

 

GCSE Product Design (AQA)
 

Length of course:  2 years

Level:  GCSE A* - G

Examination:  40%

Coursework:  Practical 60%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:                                                                                                                               

Product Design is a two year course.  Students will study the application and properties of various materials and processes.  They will work on a coursework project in which they must design, make and evaluate an FM radio; this is worth 60% of the overall grade.  At the end of the course they will sit an external examination which is worth 40% of their final grade.  To be able to be entered for this course students must have achieved a level five in both Design and Technology and Literacy by the end of Year nine.

GCSE Product Design is a Design Technology based subject which has a good mix between written and design work.  The coursework consists of producing a finished product and a design folder explaining how it was designed and made.

 

  • Research around a given Design Brief
  • Analyse products already on the market
  • Look at possible markets
  • Develop a range of ideas for a given product
  • Make a product using a range of technology techniques
  • Test and evaluate your work
  • Evidence of all of the above must be recorded in a 20 page design folder

This course will also include a section on technology theory.  This will form the basis of the end of course examination.  A variety of technology skills will be taught before starting the coursework.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have an interest in the design of everyday products?
  • Are you good at putting your ideas into practise?
  • Do you understand that this course contains both written and practical work?
  • Are you good at keeping to deadlines?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

Graphic design, Product design, Design education, Architecture, Automotive design, Practical trades.

 

VGCSE Health & Social Care (OCR)

Length of course:  2 Years

Level:  1 GCSE A* - G

Examination:  34%

Coursework:  66%

Choice = 1

Begins: Yr. 10

Course Content:                                                                                                                      

Health and Social care is about how we need to look after ourselves and others, looking at a variety of client groups and sectors within the caring professions.  We also look at how personal development can actually affect our development and health.

This course is made up of two units.

Unit A911 - Health, Social care and early years provision

This involves learning about the areas of care that are provided, the way in which the services are organised and the different jobs available. This will help to prepare you to make your own decisions about a career in health, social care and early years work.

Unit A912 - Understanding personal development and relationships

This unit will help you to find out about the process of human growth and development, and the different factors that can affect an individual’s experience.

In the first year of the course, you will look at unit A911 and complete one controlled assessment, which is a research project.

In the second year of your course you will complete the exam unit, A912. 

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like to research?
  • Do you like completing detailed coursework?
  • Do you like learning in a variety of situations?

 

WRL links (applied learning):

Nursery nurse/care worker/play therapist/any professional role within a health or social care setting either working with children, adults or older people

 

Useful Websites and Contacts

Our Careers Advisor is Stephen Mason from the Harris Federation and he is available at: Stephen.mason@harrisfederation.org.uk.

www.aqa.org.uk

www.edexcel.org.uk

www.ocr.org.uk

www.wjec.org.uk

 

 

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