We believe in offering a “Whole” education at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. This means a commitment to not only developing essential knowledge and skills but also developing essential qualities (characterised by our “5 Rs +1 ” – see separate section on Culture and Community in the Prospectus for more details).
We have a commitment to ensure our students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. All students study our core subjects of English, Maths, PE and Science and in addition study Modern Foreign Languages, Technology, Humanities subjects, ICT and both Visual and Performing Arts. As students move through the academy there are increased opportunities to study a broad range of subjects as students choose their options in year 10 and again for year 12 sixth form courses.
Personal Health and Wellbeing is taught through a comprehensive tutor programme and complimented through our “wellbeing” days which take place four times a year. This ensures that our young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they will need now as students and in the future as adults contributing to their family, community and working lives.
In addition to all the above and the broad range of trips, clubs, and sporting activities on offer to our students, there is also an exciting enrichment programme for all students in years 7, 8, and 9. Enrichment takes place every Wednesday afternoon between 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Here students choose from a range of over 40 different activities under the headings of Challenge, Community, and Creativity.
These activities are designed to give students an opportunity to try things they may not have thought about and to develop skills and qualities they will need in later life.
Year 7 One project per year which introduces the formal elements of Art and Design. Topics can vary and may include: Food / Music and Colour / Still Life
Year 8 One project which consolidates previous key skills and knowledge. Topics may include: The Human Form / Cultures / Portraits / Identity
Year 9 One project which focuses on the refinement aspect of the assessment objectives. Topics may include: Pattern / Journeys / Landscapes / Identity
Year 7 The Changing English Language – introducing and exploring how to present a viewpoint. Begin to understand how to use rhetorical devices effectively Reporting Major Events - Exploring a writer's viewpoint. Beginning to compare texts The Gothic Tradition - Introducing and exploring Victorian context. Writing Horror Stories - Introducing and exploring conventions of narrative writing. Using structural and figurative devices for effect Presenting my Opinion: Introducing and exploring writing to argue and persuade
Year 8 Dystopian Fiction - Introducing and exploring Conventions of dystopian fiction Of Mice and Men - American literary tradition Much Ado About Nothing - Developing understanding of Shakespearean context Presenting Opinions - Developing how to write to argue and persuade People who have changed the world - Developing how to use rhetorical devices for effect Speech writing - Developing how to write for audience and purpose Journey's End - Social and historical context: WW1 Writing from WW1 - Developing speaking and listening skills
Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English Language - Consolidating and securing knowledge of how writers use language for effect Giving my opinion and presenting an argument - Consolidating and securing knowledge of how to use rhetorical devices Issues that matter to me. Consolidating and securing knowledge of how to write for audience and purpose Creative Writing - Consolidate and secure knowledge of how to use structural and figurative devices for effect. Studying Poetry: GCSE Anthology. Poetry that explores the presentation of conflict - Explore a range of poem from various contexts. GCSE Literature Text: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet - Consolidate and secure further knowledge of Shakespearean contexts
Term 1: Geographical Skills and the Local Environment
Students will learn important skills such as OS map skills, research skills and basic statistical skills and begin to use this skills in relation to their local environment.
Term 2: UK Urban Growth
Students will study Newcastle, Gateshead, as well as other major UK cities, and begin to look at challenges and opportunities within them, such as planning issues, migration, transport and housing.
Term 3: Rivers and Landforms
Students will study the work of rivers and how they have and can shape and determine our land and lives. We will look at how rivers erode, transport and deposit material and how landforms such as meanders and waterfalls are created.
Term 1: Tropical Rainforests
Students will look at the locations, structure and ecosystem of tropical rainforests, how species adapt to living there, including humans, and some reasons for their destruction.
Term 2: Cold Environments (Antarctica)
Similarly to tropical rainforests, students will look at the location of various cold environments, with special reference to Antarctica, and study how species have adapted to live there and what opportunities and challenges exist there.
Term 3: Tectonic Hazards
Students will study the structure of our planet, how the shape of the countries and continents are only temporary and how dangerous our planet can be. We will look at earthquakes and volcanoes in various parts of the world and how we can prepare and manage the risks.
Term 1: UK Extreme Weather and Climate Change
We will look at UK extreme weather events, including flood events, severe storms and heatwaves and discuss their effects on the UK population. We will then link this to evidence of and impacts of climate change, on local, national and global scales and look at how we can manage and reduce these impacts.
Term 2: Resource Management (food/energy/water)
Students will look at the global inequality in the distribution of resources and what impacts this has on people in different parts of the world. We will look at how the UK, and other countries, tries to manage its resources.
Term 3: Economic Development
Students will look at how development is measured and why some countries are rich and some countries are poor. Special reference will be given to rapidly industrialising economies such as China and also to the UK as we look at life after the EU.
Year 7 The Norman Conquest – Background to 1066, Contenders to the throne, Battle of Hastings, Consequences Medieval England – Black death, peasants Revolt and Challenges to Power The Tudors – Henry VII, Reformation, Elizabeth and her problems The English Civil Wars – Why James became King? Charles 1’s problems, Civil Wars, Execution of the King and Oliver Cromwell
Year 8 Slavery – Slave trade triangle, Slavery in the USA and the UK, How slavery ended in the UK and USA The Industrial Revolution – What revolution is, how industry changed, Public health and living conditions Herstory – Women over time and impact, Suffragettes WW1
Year 9 Rise of Hitler and WW2 The Holocaust The Cold War USA: Boom or bust
Year 7 Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly - Identifying and protecting against online threats, Common file types Scratch programming – what are algorithms? Introduction to Variables and Data Structures, Selection, Operators, Loops, Procedures. Programming events, effective testing Programming with Small Basic - Creating graphics with code. Different types of loops (For/While) and variables, selection with IF statements. Generating random values Graphics - Characteristics of and differences between Bitmap and Vector graphics. Using fonts, colour and images to convey meaning. How white space and consistency affect a poster or advert. Resolution, calculating file sizes. Sound editing - Identification of sound file types, including lossy and lossless formats. How to convert analogue sounds to a digital format. Effective use of sound and stereo effects. How audio based advertisements use different elements effectively. Planning using storyboards
Year 8 Understanding computers - The differences between Hardware and Software. Input, Output and Storage devices. What is memory used for (and the differences between working and main memory). Defining units of memory and stating typical capacities of common storage devices. What happens during the 'Process' stage. How a CPU works and how it's speed is measured. Binary and why it is used. How the same binary code can represent a range of different information. How to convert between binary and denary data. How binary is encoded onto CDs and HDDs. Review of how technology has developed. Moore's Law and predicting the future. Introduction to Python programming - Syntax Errors, Setting appropriate variables. Using appropriate data types (string, integer, float) and their effect on how a program runs. Generating random numbers. Using selection statements with multiple outcomes (if, elif, else), using and nesting while loops and if statements. How to write algorithms in pseudocode. Describe and compare efficiency of linear, binary and random search algorithms
Control Systems and Flowcharts - Identification and use of control flowchart symbols. Why a control system might fail and the impact this can have on safety. Identification and description of how common sensors can be used in control systems. Understand and use subroutines to improve the effectiveness of a program. Understand what an actuator is used for. Understand and use variables in control systems HTML and Website Development - Understand the WWW is a huge collection of websites from all over the world. Describe what HTML is and what it is used for. State how CSS is used to control styles in web pages and websites to provide consistency in design. Understand the principles of good website design, including responsive design and consistency. Understand the principles of good website design, including responsive design and consistency. Modelling in Small basic - Produce a small basic program using input, output and variables. Understand what is meant by computer modelling. Perform calculations and use mathematical functions (methods) in a program. Know about and use selection statements, For and While loops, and subroutines. Explain the advantages of subroutines to build a complex program. Identify the limitations of models. Computer Crime - Identify common types of computer crime, including fraudulent emails, computer misuse, malware, hacking, and identity theft. Describe laws relating to computer use (Computer Misuse Act, Copyright Law, Data Protection Act, Health and Safety Act)
Year 9 Python: Next steps - Interpreting existing programs, recalling data types, converting between data types with casting. Selection, while and for loops, list data structures, procedures, parameters and functions Game Maker - Know what an object is within a program. Understand GameMaker programming is based on events and actions. Program using object oriented concepts. Understand and use variables within an object oriented environment, Understand how objects can be programmed to interact with each other, describe the use of boolean variables
Networks - Describe the differences between the Internet and the World Wide Web. State how web addresses are constructed. Explain what a protocol is and why one is needed for data communication. Describe what packet switching is, and what the Domain Name Server (DNS) does State the meaning and significance of bandwidth and compare the different types of cable with regard to data transmission speeds. Calculate download times for different file sizes at different bandwidths. Describe why buffering is used. Compare different network topologies. Spreadsheet modelling - Understand what a computer model is and compare different types of computer model. Understand how spreadsheets can be used to build a financial model. Understand relative and absolute cell references and the importance of validation
Year 7 Four Operations – Place Value, Calculations with whole numbers, order of operations Negative Numbers - , use negative numbers in context, calculate intervals across zero, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers Rules of Algebra – collecting like terms, algebraic notation, expand/factorise single brackets Types of Number – Recognise and use key types of numbers, understand place value Units of Measure – converting between units of measure Four Operations Revision – Place value, calculations with whole numbers Decimals and Rounding – Calculating with integers and decimals Expressions and formulae – Substitution Properties of 2D and 3D shapes - Know properties of 2D shapes. Be able to identify different 3D shapes and their nets. Fractions - Use common factors to simplify fractions. Add and subtract fractions with different denominators. Recall and use equivalence between simple fractions and decimals Perimeter and Area - Compare lengths (m/cm/mm) Measure lengths (m/cm/mm) Convert between different units of metric measure Calculate the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms Recognise when it is possible to use the formula for the area of a shape Area - Compare lengths (m/cm/mm) Measure lengths (m/cm/mm) Convert between different units of metric measure Calculate the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms Recognise when it is possible to use the formula for the area of a shape Percentages - Use common factors to simplify fractions. Add and subtract fractions with different denominators. Recall and use equivalence between simple fractions, decimals and percentages. Angles - Identify acute and obtuse angles. Know angles are measure in degrees. Draw given angles and measure them in degrees Ratio and Proportion - Solve problems involving the relative size of two quantities. Solve problems involving unequal groups using knowledge of fractions and multiples.
Year 9 At KS4 we start the GCSE in year 9 which is GCSE mathematics done with AQA, the students will follow the foundation (Grades 1-5) or higher (Grades 5-9) pathway over the course of 3 years which are assessed by three exams at the end of the course in year 11.
Year 8 Four Operations and Negative numbers - 2, 5 and 10 Times Tables Number bonds for addition Use of number lines for whole numbers Written methods for the four operations with whole numbers. Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero. Count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero Perimeter, Area and Volume - Calculate the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms. Recognise when it is possible to use the formula for the area of a shape. Describe simple 3D shapes Recognise and build simple 3D shapes including making nets Finding the surface area and volume of cuboids. Rules of Algebra - Use simple formulae Express missing number problems algebraically Collecting like terms Factorising and expanding simple expressions. Linear Equations - Order of operations Collecting like terms Expanding brackets Place Value - Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy Perform mental calculations, including mixed operations. Multiply a 4 digit number by a 2 digit number Units of Measure - Compare lengths (m/cm/mm) Measure lengths (m/cm/mm) Convert between different units of metric measure Sequences – generate linear number sequences Decimals - Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy Perform mental calculations, including mixed operations. Multiply a 4 digit number by a 2 digit number Functions and graphs - Sequences, generating values Substitution into formulae Transformations - Draw 2D shapes given dimensions Draw and translate simple shapes Reflect shapes Rotate shapes Fractions - Use common factors to simplify fractions Add and subtract fractions with different denominators Recall and use equivalence between simple fractions, decimals and percentages Angles - Identify acute and obtuse angles Know angles are measure in degrees Draw given angles and measure them in degrees Percentages - Recall and use equivalence between simple fractions, decimals and percentages FDP - Use common factors to simplify fractions Add and subtract fractions with different denominators Recall and use equivalence between simple fractions, decimals and percentages Probability and averages Collecting and displaying data - Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems. Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
Year 7 An introduction to German Family and descriptions - Brothers and sisters; Names Character of self and family Physical descriptions: size Physical descriptions: hair eyes Age; Numbers 31-100 CULTURE: Describing famous German figures Where I live - Where you live – name of town and location + compass points Saying whether it’s a town or village/big or small; Food and drink – what you eat and drink, giving opinions, healthy options and ordering food when out
Year 8 Introducing myself - Meeting and greeting Classroom commands How are you Name Numbers 1-31 How old are you Months Birthdays where you live Myself and my family – brothers and sisters, siblings Describing myself and others – physical characteristics Food and drink – mealtimes, culture
Year 9 Munich - Basic items of food and drink Mealtimes and what I eat Likes and dislikes Culture: Kaffee und Kuchen- café dialogue Traditional food and drink of Munich. The eating habits of others/ their likes and dislikes. Vienna - What you normally do at the weekend What you plan to do at the weekend. what others do and plan to do in their free time. culture- Vienna-the Christmas market Berlin – main facts and sights. Shopping The Rhineland - My ideal holiday comparing holiday destinations Culture- the Rhineland and a holiday destination
Year 7 Introducing myself - Meeting and greeting Classroom commands How are you Name Numbers 1-31 How old are you Months Birthdays where you live Myself and my family – brothers and sisters, siblings Describing myself and others – physical characteristics My clothes
Year 8 School – Describing a school day, opinions In the town - Description of town. Buildings in town. Directions. Saying where you are and where you are going. Saying where you went and what it was like. Culture: Research on a French town. Where others are and where they are going. House and Home – houses and what we do in the evening. Food and Drink - Ordering drinks and snacks culture- regional specialities, food oddities in France
Year 9 Hobbies 1 - What you like (and do not like to do What you and others do in your free time, including sports What music you play and listen to Hobbies 2 – what you plan to do in the near future Holidays – where you were, what you saw, what the weather was like
Year 7 Elements of music, baseline, elements of music and performance and composition Toccata performance – Baroque music Ukulele Performance – Holding and playing, strumming, basic chords
Year 8 Fur Elise – Classical music elements – notation Jazz and Blues – 12 bar blues Performance – improvisation
Year 9 Minimalism – and performance Composition – rhythmic and melodic notation Pop Music and performance Composition – lyrics, bass lines, rhythmic backing
Year 7 Multi Sports - Identifying skills, ideas, techniques and tactics of competitive games. Trampolining – identify the basic moves and complex moves that make up trampolining Fitness - Identify the various training methods that are used to develop individual fitness. Netball - Mark, pass and move with some recognition of space in a game. Table tennis - Use the correct shots/strokes in a variety of isolated drills. Badminton - Use the correct shots/strokes in a variety of isolated drills. Athletics - Identify and demonstrate basic skills in at least 2 events.
Year 8 Multi Sports - Identifying skills, ideas, techniques and tactics of competitive games. Trampolining – identify the basic moves and complex moves that make up trampolining Fitness - Identify the various training methods that are used to develop individual fitness. Netball - Mark, pass and move with some recognition of space in a game. Table tennis - Use the correct shots/strokes in a variety of isolated drills. Badminton - Use the correct shots/strokes in a variety of isolated drills. Athletics - Identify and demonstrate basic skills in at least 2 events Striking and fielding – explain necessary skills
Year 9 Volleyball - Describe in depth all teaching points of each shot Trampoling – apply knowledge of the components of fitness needed Fitness – Analyse a variety of different training methods Netball – Apply correct rules Athletics - Identify and demonstrate basic skills in at least 2 events Striking and fielding – explain necessary skills
RE is delivered through timetabled lessons in years 7, 8 and 9. We recognise that the world is becoming a smaller more interconnected place and the need for our students to increase their social, moral and cultural understanding is crucial. RE is an integral part of how students become well – rounded, empathetic individuals.
Throughout KS 3 we focus on the 4 main religions in the UK (Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism). Students learn about religion first in year 7 and into year 8 in order to lay the groundwork for later thematic studies. Topics covered include: worship, celebrations, events and cultural practices, challenge, commitment. Themes covered are “taster” units from the AQA GCSE RS Syllabus A and include: Religious attitudes towards war and peace, poverty, religion and life, crime and punishment.
It is in these lessons that students will have their Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).
Year 7 CSI – Particles. Diffusion and Pure and impure substances A&E – Cells, tissues and organs. Organ systems and sexual reproduction Minions – Resultant forces, speed. Weight and mass Star Wars – Pressure. Stars, planets and Galaxy. Diet and Food tests. Earth and atmosphere Life – Classification, Variation and adaptation. Plant reproduction and ecology Investigation
Year 8 Hell’s Kitchen – Conduction, convection and radiation. Chemical changes and states of matter Magic – Particle model. Atoms, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, endothermic and exothermic reactions. Acid and alkali, periodic table, reactivity series Superheroes – Waves, light and sound. Waves transferring energy Jurassic Par – electric circuits, photosynthesis, cloning and sexual reproduction Wall-E – Atmosphere and recycling Investigation
Year 9 Atomic structure and the periodic table – simple model of the atom. Modern periodic table arranged in atomic number. Position of elements in the periodic table. Properties and trends in properties of the same group. Chemical reactivity in relation to position in the periodic table Cell structure and transport – cell structure, microscopy, specialisation. Diffusion, osmosis and active transport Bonding, structure and the properties of matter – types of chemical bonding, states of matter, bulk properties of materials related to bonding and intermolecular forces. Bonding of carbon – organic. Bonding of carbon – diamond, graphite, fullerenes and grapheme Cell division – growth and differentiation, stem cells and ethics.
Year 7 D&M Money Box – understanding of brief and client research. Properties and uses of timbers, colour theory. Peer and self assessment
Food Food and Cooking – Eat well plate, macronutrients, methods Textiles Fibre properties and uses of textile fibres Little Rascal Soft Toy – Design development, pattern production, decorative and construction techniques
Year 8 Electronic organ - understanding of brief and task analysis. Understanding electronic components, analysis of existing products, understanding packaging requirements, research properties and uses of plastics Food Diet and Health - Eat well plate, micronutrients, methods, energy
Textiles Jungle themed cushion cover - Analysis of existing products to develop design work, knowledge and understanding of key textile processes, practical skills using a range of decorative techniques, knowledge of culture in relation to decorative techniques
Year 9 Trinket box - Analysis of existing products, understanding of brief and task analysis, develop knowledge of timbers and wood joints Food Making choices – food poisoning, traceability, packaging Textiles User needs to create a specification. SMES issues related to textile products Dress a girl around the world – design development, health and safety, knowledge and application of textile processes and equipment.
Project Time is delivered to G band students in Years 7 and 8 .Students have 7 timetabled lessons per week and are taught the basic key skills from English,Geography,History,ICT, RE, Citizenship and Maths;through a termly project. There is an emphasis on developing literacy, numeracy and organisational skills to enable students to cope with the demands of secondary school life. Students are supported so that they can become increasingly independent in their learning. Project Time lessons are taught by one teacher and every lesson is supported by a teaching assistant.Group numbers are much smaller than other bands.
GCSE English Literature and English Language You will be developing and improving upon your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills from KS3 English. You will recognise some of the work; such as writing to imagine or entertain. However you will be expected to embark upon some new, exciting and challenging work. You will study aspects of the media, poetry, Shakespeare, novels and drama texts. Both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature are assessed through 100% Exam. GCSE Language involves the study of fiction and non-fiction texts that students are expected to analyse and produce within the exam. In GCSE English Literature students are examined on a nineteenth century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern novel and unseen poetry.
GCSE Science All Year 9 Science students currently study the content of the National Curriculum as part of the AQA Science A specification. This course started in Year 9 and will continue in Year 10. GCSE Science A introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through topical investigations.
It covers the same content as the Unit 1 of the single Science GCSEs for Biology, Chemistry and Physics – which allows for co-teaching. A decision of which students would go onto study the single Science route is usually made around the November / December time in Year 10.
GCSE Maths • Maths is a fantastic, fun and exciting subject.
• Do statistics lie?
• How many legs does the average dog have?
• What kind of chart can you eat?
• Why do we use letters in maths?
• How can a number behave irrationally?
• What is the last digit of the number pi?
Maths is a challenging and very important subject and you do it every day even at home!
The maths department really want you to succeed and promise to
‘provide outstanding tuition and guidance for you to achieve your potential’
PE During years 10 and 11, students will develop their techniques and knowledge in:
• Health Related Fitness Activities
A new aspect of PE will be for students to prepare, plan and monitor an exercise programme for a healthy life style or to improve fitness in a particular sport.
Students will also be expected to assess performances of other students and develop umpiring, organisational and leadership skills.
GCSE Art and Design This art qualification is an exciting and challenging course that covers a wide range of art and design disciplines such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking as well as embracing new technologies such as photography and computer aided design. Over the two years you will produce two to three large coursework projects inspired by a variety of themes and the course will culminate in an externally set assignment with a ten hour examination. This qualification is an excellent grounding for all A-level Art and Design courses offered in Sixth Form and is an essential subject for those wishing to progress into careers in Art & Design. This will be well suited to students who wish to cover a more varied and general art based skill set.
BTEC Business • Finding out how businesses work and different types of business
• How businesses know where their money is
• How businesses look after their workers
• How businesses brand and promote themselves
It is useful to anybody BUT especially useful if you want to work in a business. Understanding how small or large businesses work is very useful information. BTEC courses allow you to learn skills which are useful for the world of work.
GCSE Business Studies This subject is about real life. Business & People
• Marketing and Enterprise
• Production, Finance and the External Environment
You will study the different types of businesses, from small corner shops to powerful multinationals, how businesses grow, why people are the most important resource a business has, who helps but also controls business activity and what happens to businesses when “things change”. You will learn how to describe business situations, analyse problems, evaluate the evidence and communicate clearly your arguments using business terms. You will regularly use ICT to carry out classroom tasks and study real businesses. You will also have the chance to take part in enterprise activities.
GCSE Child Development If you have a brother/sister and have been intrigued by their development, you will find this course interesting. This course involves issues about parenthood as well as pregnancy and the birth of the baby. The care of the child is studied. A proportion of the course deals with how the child develops physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially up to 5 years old.
BTEC Creative Digital Media Production During the initial period you will gain an insight into the current digital world of media research, conducting your own market research through questionnaires and interviews then presenting your findings. This will teach you the necessary research and presentation skills vital in today’s media job market. The second stage of your course is geared towards the development of a host of new skills, from the practical skills needed for video production, and presentation to the creativity required for digital publishing and video advertising.
GCSE Drama The course consists of both practical work and a final written examination. You will learn about different genre and performance styles and the ways in which performers and designers communicate meaning to an audience. You will take part in practical workshops whilst studying a range of plays, selecting two for performance.
BTEC Engineering · Unit 1: The Engineered World – mandatory
• Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product – mandatory
• Unit 3: Health & Safety in Engineering
• Unit 4: Engineering Maintenance
• Unit 5: Engineering Materials
• Unit 6: Computer-Aided Engineering and Manufacture
• Unit 7: Machining Techniques
• Unit 8: Electronic Circuit Design and Construction
The emphasis of the course will be learning engineering skills through ’hands on’ practical activities that allow students to work at their own pace.
GCSE Food and Nutrition GSCE Home Economics: Food & Nutrition requires students to plan and carry out investigations. Students produce tasks in which they analyse issues and problems, and identify, gather and record relevant in-formation and evidence. Students will also analyse and evaluate evidence, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of human needs within a diverse society and relevant technological and scientific developments.
GCSE French focuses on communication with French speakers in France, Belgium, or anywhere you may need to speak or understand French. A good GCSE in French will give you the competence to discuss and describe issues in a variety of contexts, which relate to your own experience:
Students follow the AQA specification and build upon their skills and knowledge from KS3 and begin to look more deeply at the issues concerning 'Living with the Physical Environment', including:
- UK Flood Management
- Tropical Revolving Storms
- Glacial Landscapes
- Tropical and Cold Environments
We also look at ‘Challenges in the Human Environment’, including:
- Urban Growth in LICs (low income countries)
- Sustainable Living
- Managing the UK’s Energy
- How Humans Adapt to Different Environments
There is also a residential fieldtrip where students will collect data in both a physical and human environment in preparation for one of their 3 exams at the end of year 11.
GCSE German focuses on communication with German speakers in Germany, Austria, or anywhere you may need to speak or understand German. A good GCSE in German will give you the competence to discuss and describe issues in a variety of contexts which relate to your own experience:
GCSE Graphic Design This is an art qualification which specialises in graphic design techniques. It is an exciting and challenging course which covers all aspects of Graphic Design. Areas of study include packaging design, DVD, CD and games cover design and advertising and promotion. You will have the opportunity to use up to date industry software such as Photoshop as well as learning the more traditional aspects of Graphic Design.
GCSE Health and Social Care The Edexcel GCSE in Health and Social Care gives students opportunities to:
• actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and inde-pendent students • understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations • develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors • examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diver-sity and cultural issues.
GCSE History You will learn about a variety of topics that cover life in Europe, America and Britain. You will study a range of decades that encapsulate the change and turmoil of the 20th Century – from the Prohibition era in America to Britain in WWII and the power balance of the Cold War between the USA and the USSR.
GCSE ICT You will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals and society and investigate current and emerging technology. You will develop an awareness of risks inherent within ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
You will broaden and enhance your ICT skills and capability. You will demonstrate this by producing effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.
GCSE Computer Science You will develop an understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work. You will demonstrate an ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms. You will study binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression. You will work with a structured database and experience use of SQL as well as study encryption. Additionally, you will work with logic statements and read and interpret fragments of assembly code. You will use HTML and CSS to construct web pages. Additionally, you will study computer networks, the internet and the world wide web as well as an awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.
ECDL Successful completion of this qualification will give you the ECDL certificate. This certificate is awarded in grades and you should be able to achieve an ECDL qualification in line with your target grade. This is a very skill based course and you will work on developing skills for each unit of study with your teacher. Additionally, all materials are available on our Learning Platform so you can access these in order to undertake independent learning and support your classroom progress.
GCSE/BTEC Music Both courses give a thorough understanding of music from three different perspectives; performance, composition and listening appraising. Following an introduction to the key elements required for the courses, students will be individually guided onto the appropriate pathway either GCSE or BTEC Music
BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) Are you looking for an exciting, motivating, challenging and entertaining course? Do you want to develop and improve your interest and skills in dance, drama and singing? If so then Performing Arts is the ideal course for you. GCSE Dance GCSE Dance is suited to learners who are interested in the knowledge and history of dance as well as developing practical performance and choreography skills.
Achievement in GCSE Dance is 80% Practical 20% Written
GCSE Photography The course encourages a creative approach to photography, offering an opportunity for artistic expression which does not rely on drawing and painting ability. Students will use digital cameras to explore themes such as portraiture, landscape, documentary and movement. Students will learn how to compose, combine and manipulate images. Critical studies is an essential part of the course and students will be expected to undertake detailed, written case studies on the work of relevant photographers. To be successful on this course you need to be flexible, committed, determined creative and imaginative. The course may involve visits to galleries and museums as well as the opportunity to take part in workshops and work on location.
GCSE PE The content of this GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle; to provide a route to further study in Further Education awards, such as A levels and to Higher Education in PE as well as future career opportunities
GCSE Product Design Product Design provides a range of practical activities as the course is designed to build upon the multi discipline approach of KS3. The flexibility of the course allows students to pursue major project tasks in any of the three key areas i.e. Electronics, Graphics and Resistant Materials. This first year of the two year course deals mainly with the students acquiring the underpinning knowledge and skills that are essential to their success. This is delivered through a combination of taught theory and a series of mini projects.
BTEC Public Services This course is aimed at students that are more suited to Vocational Courses and have an aspiration to join one of the emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard) or one of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force or Royal Marines). Students who take this option need to have an interest in this kind of work.
GCSE Textiles GCSE Textiles is a dynamic and exciting subject area that will appeal to students who are interested in fashion, textiles, costume and interiors. This course enables you to develop your creativity in textiles and fashion, allowing you to experiment with many different processes such as freehand machine embroidery and printing, whilst building a portfolio of work that will enable you develop your skills as a designer. We study cutting-edge designers and contemporary textile artists as well as using influences from more historical traditions of textile design. We actively encourage studying current trends in fashion and textiles, examining contemporary practitioners, and producing creative and experimental samples, garments and textiles. Our students enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to have the freedom to experiment, develop their skills as a designer, and explore options in many different media using conventional and unconventional processes. To be successful on this course you need to be flexible, committed, determined creative and imaginative. The course may involve visits to galleries and museums as well as the opportunity to take part in workshops.
VRQ Hair and Beauty This qualification has been developed for learners aged 14-16 with an interest in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy. It aims to support young people to:
- develop a broad understanding of the hair and beauty sector
- develop significant knowledge which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries
develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly, across the range of sectors.
NVQ Beauty Therapy This course is delivered offsite. The course helps to develop a range of skills essential to your working life. It will provide a sound basis for the transition from school life to a busy beauty salon. Students cover a range of beauty skills suitable for work in a beauty salon BCS Level 3 Certificate in Using IT This is a very skills based course which comprises of four modules of study which are assessed via in-house testing. This is a well-recognised course nationally as well as an industry compliant qualification
Applied Science This course has a strong vocational element and is intended to give students who perhaps want to look at all aspects of science rather than one specialism. This course gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or further education. It is a practical course to follow on from GCSE or BTEC Science.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media This course is the equivalent of one A level, offering specialised practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of the television and film industries. Skills will be developed in a wide range of areas including camera work, production management, film making and editing.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Engineering is an excellent subject for those who wish to develop a creative and practical element to their studies that will lead to developing skills for success in the work place. This course can lead to many engineering career paths; including: aerospace, civil, electrical and electronic, materials and mechanical but to name a few.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT This is a two year course during which you will focus on six units of coursework. This will cover the core units of computer systems and communication and employability skills for IT as well as four others. Your problem solving skills will be challenged with engagement in finding solutions to real life problems using spreadsheet and database software. You will undertake a practical unit requiring you to design and develop computerised solutions to given problems.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music The music industry is a very diverse but difficult industry to work in. If you are interested in working in the music industry this qualification will give you an insight into what it is really like as well as giving you lots of opportunities to develop the variety of skills needed to be a performer.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts You may wish to develop existing skills or discover the hidden dancer within you, experience your 15 minutes of fame or develop lifelong skills. Dance will challenge you outside of your comfort zone, increase your self-esteem and encourage you to reach your full potential. You will study a range of classic dance styles and techniques through modern methods
A level Sport Students are graded upon their understanding and knowledge of sport. Students will not be graded on their practical ability of performance. This course is mostly theory and little practical
A level Art and Design We deliver a diverse qualification aimed at students wishing to enter careers across many areas within the visual arts such as, fine art, mixed media, site specific art, installation graphics, web design, fashion, textiles and animation or photography.
A level Biology In Biology you will develop practical skills by designing and analysing experiments. You will also learn how scientific models are developed and learn to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.
A level Business Studies You will study marketing, finance, people and operations management and external influences.
A level Chemistry Chemistry is all around us and affects every aspect of our everyday lives. You will gain an insight in to why some reactions take place while others don’t. You will discover why energy changes take place between different types of reactions and how atomic structures relate to this. Once chemical concepts have been developed, applications to real life situations are considered
A level Drama and Theatre Studies The aim of A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is to encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre, both through experience as audience members and through your development of dramatic and practical skills.
A level English Language
A level English Literature Immerse yourself in a world of literature. Develop the skills that you have already learnt at GCSE and analyse the way that writers form and structure their work. Look at plot, character, themes and the language choices an author makes. More than this, become introduced to texts you have never encountered before. You will study a number of set texts from across the ages and will be expected to undertake a lot of independent reading.
A level Further Mathematics Further Maths A Level or AS is an extremely challenging subject highly prized by the top universities. You will have the opportunity to explore maths in more detail and typically class sizes are very small.
A level Geography You will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary issues facing global citizens of the 21st century. We will learn about people and their societies, economies, cultures and their environments. Geography is about how all of these interact with each other.
A level German You will build on your competence at GCSE by developing your language skills so you will be able to discuss issues in greater depth, such as: media, current affairs, environment, and relationships.
By building a sound knowledge of grammar, you will gain more freedom and more confidence when speaking and writing, and you will be able to understand television and radio announcements, as well as newspaper and literature articles. You will be given more independence and have the opportunity to explore topics of your own in more depth.
A level Graphics This is an art based qualification specialising in Graphic Design. The course covers all aspects of Graphic Design including image manipulation, visual communication and presentation, layout and typography, product design, advertising and magazine work.
A level Health and Social Care Six units are studied over 2 years, covering communication, positive care environments, diseases and health promotion. Included in Year 12 are placements to Primary Schools and to care homes in order to gain experience. Assessment is a combination of written examinations and internally assessed course work. It will provide a sound basis for university with a view to training for teaching, nursing, social work, environmental health, the Police and many more. This is valuable training for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the health and care sectors
A level History History is a highly regarded and established subject. The skills learnt at this level are desired by universities and employers alike. If you are thinking about a career in law, politics, Civil Service, sociology, psychology, journalism, TV, radio, research, marketing or PR, then History is the subject for you. History really does open the doors to a range of careers: ‘Historians stalk the corridors of power.’
A level Maths Mathematics opens many doors to you once you have left school: business, accountancy, finance, teaching, medicine, law, computing, the list goes on and on. Whether you have a clear goal for the future or don’t yet know what to do, Mathematics is a general key subject that can be combined with almost anything, either in Higher Education or the world of work.
A level PE This is a two year course that requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding linked to theoretical aspects of PE as well as practical performance. Assessment is a combination of both theory and practical ability. Subject to satisfactory qualification at Years 12 & 13 students can achieve a full A Level grade. At the end of Year 12 students can “Cash In” and achieve an AS Level qualification
A level Physics Physics can qualify you for a whole range of higher education courses and careers including architecture, engineering, medicine, optics, space science and many more.
A level Psychology Have you ever wondered why humans act the way they do? Psychology looks to draw insights into what influences behaviour and why people develop in certain ways.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It is a science based subject which draws on knowledge of biology and maths