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Year 9 – Coursework Summaries 2013/14

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Year 9 – Coursework Summaries 2013/14

Art and Design: Coursework will account for 60% of your final grade. During Year 9, you will start working on at least 2 units (projects) of work. These are continued in year 10 and completed at the start of year 11

GCSE Business Studies: A three hour controlled assessment (coursework completed in exam conditions) will take place in year 11. The write up will be completed during a FLD day.

GCSE Applied Business:  students will complete 2 controlled assessments (worth 60% of qualification) . One piece will be completed in the summer term of year 10 and the final piece in year 11 . Controlled assessment 1 will be about ‘People in Business’ and will involve researching and studying a business to see how they motivate and organise their workers as well as how to apply for jobs. Controlled assessment 2 is about marketing and customer service. This will involve researching the marketing techniques used by businesses and the effects and impacts of these.

Catering: During Year 9 you will focus on a range of practical cooking skills that will prepare you for the practical assessments in Year 10 and 11. There will be no formal coursework to complete in Year 9 as this is a foundation skills year. From the start of Year 10 pupils will be researching, trialling and planning for their first practical assessment which accounts for 20% of the final mark. The theme is an ‘Afternoon Tea’ and the formal assessment will take place in January 2015. The written aspect of the coursework will be due in two weeks after this. In the February of 2015, students will start working towards the second assessed practical which accounts for 40% of the final mark. This is an ‘international two course meal’ from a country of their choice. In Year 11, students will continue working towards their second assessed practical for their final formal practical exam in February 2016. All written work will be due in by the end of February 2016.

GCSE Computing: In Year 9 all students are taking part in a national competition to research, design, create and market a mobile phone app. They are all working in teams and if successful they will have the opportunity to go to London and present their app design to a delegation of leading app designer/investors. If they win, they will have their app created and marketed. Therefore, throughout this year they will be working on the process of team work and app development. Experts from industry will also be assigned to teams and in lessons they will have the opportunity to skype chat and discuss how they are getting on. For more information about the competition you can go to the following website: http://www.appsforgood.org/
Dance: Year 9 will be used as a foundation year to develop technique and choreographic skills. Students will also complete the Dance leadership award. The GCSE specification will be started in Year 10 where students will continue to build on these skills and also their ability to critically analyse professional dance works. All practical assessments will be completed around Easter time of Year 11. Practical assessments amount to 80% of the final grade. The written paper is sat during the summer term of year 11 and is worth 20%.

Health and Social Care: This course is run in Years 9, 10 and 11. It is available at Award, Certificate and Diploma level. This will involve completing two, four or eight units. All course routes will involve a one hour written exam for one of these units. Other units will cover topics such as; communication, understanding body systems and using basic first aid. All units are made up of a number of assessments covering the associated learning objectives. The course allows students to achieve at either Level 1 or Level 2 and is graded from Pass at Level 1 up to Distinction* at Level 2.

Drama: Year 9 is a foundation year leading to the GCSE in years 10 and 11. Students will learn practical skills in improvisation and scripts resulting in a solid grounding for subsequent years.

Electronics: You will spend Year 9 working through a range of electronics derived tasks. These will range from product disassembly to learning about components and circuits. Tasks will be assessed as part of an ongoing process and the marks gained will be used to feedback on progress and predict grades at specific times. Homework tasks will be set at regular intervals to reinforce the learning in the classroom. You will also be assessed on presentation of work.
At the end of Year 9 a miniature version of the GCSE project will be attempted. This will embrace many of the required designing and making skills and will be assessed in a similar format to the major project. Written feedback will be given at various stages of the designing and making. This project will run through into Year 10 and is intended be used to apply the skills learned to date. An A3 design folder will be essential for this task.

At the end of the spring term of Year 10 (Easter 2015), students will decide upon a theme for the major project. This will then be the focus for most of the remainder of the course. An A3 design folder will gradually evolve, and the making of the product will start at the beginning of Year 11. Feedback will be given at regular intervals in written and verbal form, and it will be important for students to act upon this. The final piece of coursework will need to be submitted by Easter of Year 11, and will account for 60% of the final GCSE grade. A mock examination will be sat at an appropriate time, allowing for some preparation in the lessons as this time approaches.

English: All students will begin their studies for both their IGCSE English Language GCSE and GCSE English Literature and will take their exams in these subjects in June 2016. Coursework for the IGCSE involves three short writing assessments and with Literature, students will complete a comparison of a Shakespeare and a literary heritage text. Students are also required to keep orderly exercise books where they will develop toolkits for exam skills in reading and writing.
French: Written: You will be practising the skills needed to complete written controlled assessments but you will not complete any formal assessment to be submitted to the exam board until Year 10.
Speaking: You will be practising speaking tasks, including presentations and conversations, ready to do your first controlled assessment in the first term of Year 10

Geography: You will begin your GCSE coursework at the end of Year 10 and will participate in a compulsory local field trip before the Summer holidays. In September of Year 11, you will then have up to 20 hours in school in which to write up your findings. All of this coursework must be completed under controlled conditions and some will completed under exam conditions. This will account for 25% of your final GCSE grade.

Graphic Products: During the autumn term in year 9 you will learn new drawing styles and techniques, both freehand and computer aided. You will complete a creative advertising project, with a laser cut final outcome. Through this project you will learn two-point perspective sketching, isometric and oblique drawing. You will learn to use the computer to enhance your design folder by developing skills in 2d design, serif draw, serif photo and Google sketch up. Your work will be presented in an A3 folder that can be purchased from the design department. The design folder will be assessed throughout the year. In the autumn term in year 10 you will complete a series of mini projects, using skills and techniques you gained in the foundation year before starting the major project (60% of the final grade) in the summer term. The major project will be submitted in the spring term in year 11 (2016). You will complete an exam at the end of the summer term, which will account for 40% of your final grade.

History: Assessed pieces of writing will be set throughout the year and be marked according to GCSE criteria. Students have a discrete exercise book for these pieces. Year 9 will also sit a mock exam in the Spring Term. This will take place in a double lesson in class. The Controlled Assessment module will be completed in Year 11.
ICT Core: Students are working on a three year Cambridge Nationals L1/L2 course. This year they are working on one of the coursework assignments and will be designing and creating a mobile phone app for a zoo. The aim is to complete this unit by February half term.
Leisure and Tourism: ‘The Nature of Leisure and Tourism’ is a coursework piece worth 60% of your grade in Leisure and Tourism. It will start at the beginning of Year 10, based on a visit to London and its attractions, and will be completed throughout the year. Six strands are completed. These include: what facilities exist for visitors and how they use them; how attractions market themselves; and the changes they have faced; as well as the jobs they provide for young people.
Maths : Coursework is not used as a form of assessment.

Music: Your coursework will be completed at home or at lunchtime/after school clubs by June of Year 9. Composition 1 (20%) and Performance 1 (15%) have to be completed.

Resistant Materials: During the Summer Term of Year 9 you will learn new skills in the use of tools, equipment and processes leading to the design and manufacture of the “Clock Project”.
You will need to obtain an A3 folder for the transportation and presentation of work; these can be purchased from the department for a nominal fee. You will also develop your: drawing, presentation, IT and communication skills whilst producing the design folder, which is an essential part of the coursework requirement.
Homework will be set on a regular basis and will need to completed on time and be your “Best Effort”. You will also expect to sit a Mock Exam in the Spring Term. The project work, both practical and design folder will be handed in a week before the Easter break. You will commence the final project after Easter and aim to be at the development stages on your return from the summer holiday (Year 10)

Science: (GCSE & BTEC) – All coursework is completed during lesson time.

Spanish: Written: You will be practising the skills needed to complete written controlled assessments but you will not do any formal assessment to be submitted to the exam board until Year 10
Speaking: You will be practising speaking tasks, including presentations and conversations, ready to do your first controlled assessment in the first term of Year 10

Sport Education: Students in Year 9 will study specific aspects of the GCSE & BTEC PE course. This will be carried out both in a theoretical and practical environment. Content includes many areas such as: fitness testing, principles & methods of training as well as leadership courses linking into National Governing Bodies. The students will be internally assessed throughout the year and towards the end they will be told whether they will continue into Year 10 as a GCSE or a BTEC PE student. The GCSE course is 60% coursework (four sporting activities and an oral exam) and 40% theory (1 ½ hour paper). The BTEC is a vocational pathway which consists of coursework assignments beginning in Year 10 followed by a short multiple choice online exam at the end of the course. Homework will be set on a regular basis using planner live and regular feedback will be provided within coursework books by the class teacher. We really hope that each student enjoys their first year of learning within Sports Education and the PE Department will provide your child with the guidance and support needed to fulfil his/her potential over the next three years.

Textiles: Year 9 will be spent building a solid foundation of designing, research and practical skills. This will be achieved through a fast paced programme of practical projects, with students completing on average one project per month.

This foundation will lead students into Year ten, where during the first two terms they will work on two longer practical projects and begin building a solid foundation of theoretical understanding which they will need to become informed, competent designers and in order to pass the written exam element of the course.

The final term of Year 10 will be spent selecting a design brief from a list set by the exam board, which they wish follow for their longer coursework project. They will begin researching and designing their products, ready to be made in the autumn term of Year 11. The final deadline for both the portfolio of research, design and evaluative work as well as the accompanying practical project is February 2016. This project accounts for 60% of the overall GCSE grade.


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