Year 10 Curriculum (2016-18 Cohort)

Core Curriculum

All students study the following core curriculum; across Britain and when combined with other optional subjects, they are considered to be of the utmost importance in the education of young people.

Under the guidance and advice of our staff, students will study the following course in English language and, in addition, may then follow a second course in English literature.

GCSE English Language

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8700
Course Specification

English Language

GCSE English Literature

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8702
Course Specification

English Literature

All students will study for the following GCSE Mathematics qualification.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8300
Course Specification

Mathematics

Students study either GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or they will study separate sciences GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. A decision will be made in discussion with and guided by the teachers of the department. All students start by following the same programme of study with the courses diverging part-way through Year 10.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8464

Additional Science

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8464
Course Specification

Additional Science

Separate Sciences -GCSE Biology

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8461
Course Specification

Biology

Separate Sciences -GCSE Chemistry

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8462
Course Specification

Chemistry

Separate Sciences -GCSE Physics

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8463
Course Specification

Physics


Common Curriculum

All students follow a common curriculum of mandatory subjects. These are not examined, but form an integral part of a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to develop the whole student, including an understanding of and appreciation for values and beliefs within our country’s society.

This course leads to a GCSE in Religious Studies.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J621
Course Specification

Religious Studies

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J625AA
Course Specification

Physical Education

The programme supports the aims of the school and in particular the creation of a social ethos which encourages students to feel secure, and to be tolerant and respectful towards each other, and to give students the maximum opportunity to develop all their abilities.

The teaching of discrete PSHE and Citizenship is through the ASPIRE programme, which is delivered to students across the school in tutor groups once every two weeks. Through ASPIRE we aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, to develop a healthy lifestyle, learning how to recognise and manage risks and how to make safe and healthy choices, to develop effective and fulfilling relationships and to respect the needs and rights of others, and to develop an understanding of our society and local community and learn how to play an active part in community life.

PSHCE is also part of our hidden curriculum, where students are consistently encouraged to respect themselves and each other and to make the most of their abilities, thus allowing them to progress further in education and employment.


Optional Courses

Students are provided with extensive information, advice and guidance through the options process and choose further courses from the following selection. Guided by, and in discussion with teachers, students study an additional three or four courses; this may depend on the number of courses they take as part of their core curriculum. Students’ choice of language is also guided and a number study more than one.

The following examined courses were available as part of the options scheme and are currently being studied by Year 10 students.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J170
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2AB01
Exam Board
CACHE VRQ
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2GR01
Exam Board
AQA
Specification
4242
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9790A1
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9810A1
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
C560
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2FR0
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
8035
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1GN0
Exam Board
VCERT
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1HI0
Exam Board
IFS
Specification
CeFE
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2IT01
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
4390
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J536A
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J173
Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8582
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2RU01

Twilight Course

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1SP0