Year 10 Curriculum (2018-20 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.

Through the study of English Language students will:
– Learn how to analyse texts
– Understand how writers create meaning through their use of language and structure
– Create own texts, developing skills in narrative, descriptive and non-fiction writing
– Develop skills in speaking and listening to a variety of audiences

Course breakdown
Paper 1: Exploration in Creative Reading and Writing 50%
• Reading fiction text and writing to describe and narrate

Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives 50%
• Comparing non-fiction texts and writing to express a point of view

Non-examination assessment: Spoken Language 0%

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8700
Course Specification
English Language
Exam Component
100%

Through the study of English Literature students will:
– Explore a variety of texts including poetry, plays and prose
– Learn about the context of the texts studied, covering a wide historical range and encompassing different cultures, religions and social contexts
– Study a selection of texts in real depth and develop your own interpretations of them

Course breakdown
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel 40%
• Study of Macbeth and The Sign of Four

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry 60%
• Study of a modern novel or play and a range of poetry from different periods

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8702
Course Specification
English Literature
Exam Component
100%

There will be an increased emphasis placed on problem solving. Students will need to be able to use and apply maths in other contexts, interpreting and evaluating results and solutions. Good mathematical reasoning and communication skills will also be important so students can present arguments clearly through both method and results.

The course has an examination time with a minimum of 4.5 hours of exam time being specified. Topics and areas covered by the specifications include:
• Number skills
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8300
Course Specification
Mathematics
Exam Component
100%

Students study either GCSE Combined Science Trilogy, 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.

The GCSE Combined Science Trilogy course will enable students to build upon the topics that they have studied in Year 7, 8 and 9. Students will study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics including:

Biology
• Cell biology
• Bioenergetics
• Ecology

Chemistry
• Atomic structure
• Chemical changes
• Organic chemistry

Physics
• Energy
• Waves
• Magnetism and electromagnetism

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8464
Course Specification
Science Combined
Exam Component
100%

Students who choose to study the separate sciences will cover all of the same exciting topics from the GCSE Combined Science course but in greater detail.

Separate Sciences – Biology

• Organisation
• Infection and response
• Inheritance, variation and evolution

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8461
Course Specification
Biology
Exam Component
100%

Separate Sciences – Chemistry

• Bonding, structure and the properties of materials
• Quantitative chemistry
• Chemistry of the atmosphere

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8462
Course Specification
Chemistry
Exam Component
100%

Separate Sciences – Physics

• Forces
• Electricity
• Particle model of matter

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8463
Course Specification
Physics
Exam Component
100%

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.

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.

ASPIRE 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 are available as part of the options scheme.

The course is divided into two units of work: a portfolio and an examination. The portfolio consists of class-based projects that contribute 60% of the final mark. The final unit is the examined unit which is worth 40% of the final mark.

The portfolio unit is completed after Christmas in Year 11 and the examination unit then begins. Students have up to ten weeks to develop their projects before completing a final piece in examination conditions over a 10 hour period. To successfully undertake the course students need good KS3 results and a commitment to producing independent work, along with a passion for the subject.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J171
Course Specification
Art (Fine Art)
Exam Component
40%
Controlled Assessment
60%
The study of business and enterprise involves understanding the functions of business and data analysis, the importance of other influences in the external environment and the characteristics of being an entrepreneur and gives a real insight into running your own business.

Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills should be evident:
• team working – the qualification requires learners to work with others either on small tasks or during the final project task
• communication skills
• presentation skills – learners will learn to present their work to those around them in a suitable way and will also learn the most appropriate way of communicating as an entrepreneur
• use initiative – learners will learn what initiative is and why it is important for an entrepreneur or business person
• work independently – learners will understand how to work independently on specific tasks.

Unit No
Unit title
GLH
Assessment Method
Unit 01Starting a business or enterprise
15
Internally & externally
Unit 02Market research and analysis
25
Internally & externally
Unit 03People, operations and recruitment
25
Internally & externally
Unit 04Finance for business and enterprise
25
Internally & externally
Unit 05Produce a business plan for a business or enterprise
25
Internally
Unit 06Evaluate a business plan
5
Internally
Exam Board
NCFE – V Cert
Course Specification
Business & Enterprise (specification coming soon, click this link for details)
Exam Component
50%
Controlled Assessment
50%
The course is a vocational course which sets students up for further study at Key Stage 5 or to move into employment through apprenticeships. There are three units to the course, two of which are assessed through the production of portfolios, the third encompassing an external exam.

Unit 1 focuses on planning and preparing to work with children aged 0-5 and as such looks at best practice, activities which promote the development of children and the role of observations in demonstrating the development of children over time. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of catering for individual needs of children in order to facilitate development.

Unit 2 looks at how children develop between the ages of 0-5. The unit covers the different strands of development, for example physical and emotional and looks at how these develop and factors which can affect these development strands. This unit also looks at the role and use of care routines as well as supporting children through transition points and events in their lives.

Students are assessed externally at the end of the course through a short exam (Unit 3) which also covers elements of both portfolio units.

Exam Board
CACHE VRQ
Specification
Course Specification
CACHE Award in Child Development and Care
Exam Component
5%
Controlled Assessment
95%
Everything is centred around three key areas; safety and security in construction, practical construction skills and planning construction projects. For example, the health and safety legal requirements for working in the construction industry and how to carry out effective risk assessment; learn how to understand technical information and use this to prepare and carry out practical construction tasks; learn the job roles of people involved in realising construction projects and how to plan built environment development projects.

Students learn a minimum of three different skill areas; these are likely to be tiling, electrical and plumbing but could extend to basic joinery and painting and decorating. While carrying out these specialist trades, students will demonstrate that they can work safely, can store and dispose of materials safely and can keep work area clean and organised.

Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9810A1
Course Specification
Construction
Exam Component
25%
Controlled Assessment
75%
Students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of Design & Technology within an overall design and make approach to everyday products. The students design and manufacture products using a combination of wood, metal, plastic, composite and smart materials. Typical examples of products include: contemporary lighting, house signage, bespoke furniture, etc.
The course will enable students to understand and appreciate the design and manufacture of products, making a more discerning purchaser. It will help students to be creative in their approach and will use a range of design techniques to design and create products including CAD/CAM.
During Y10, students will work with a variety of materials on a range of small projects. Alongside the practical element they will build upon their knowledge and understanding of the core technical principles used in Design & Technology.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8552
Course Specification
Design and Technology
Exam Component
50%
Controlled Assessment
50%
The course studies dramatical techniques and skills found within and around modern and historical productions. In addition, students can opt to develop technical skills such as; sound and lighting. The diverse nature of drama allows for those who prefer backstage or production roles to gain a recognised qualification for doing so without the pressure to perform.

The first year of study involves developing understanding, followed by a devising unit where students work with a variety of stimuli. Practical work is supported by development log coursework. We also arrange a live theatre visit.

In the second year, pupils explore set text through a series of workshops. They will examine the text in a variety of ways. This year also involves developing evaluative skills as well as completing another performance unit, assessed by a visiting examiner. For their final performance, students can offer performance or support for two extracts from a published play.

The subject itself does require a good aptitude for English skills, including textual analysis and as such, some students may struggle to cope with the demands of the written content, but support is provided. Drama continues to help form the backbone of transferrable work life skills and as such provides an avenue into many future career paths. If students have a real passion for drama, the course is well suited for further study at A-Level.

Unit 1 – Understanding drama. 40% of GCSE. 1:45hr Written exam.
Unit 2 – Devising drama. 40% of GCSE. Unit 2 looks at creating, analysis of own work and evaluation.
Unit 3 – Texts in practice. 20% of GCSE. Students will perform 2 extracts from a published play to an external examiner.

GCSE Drama is delivered in units within school, with various modern and traditional texts being used as focus points. Students have the chance to perform in front of their peers and external audiences in a variety of forms as well as undertaking responsibility within Drama club and visiting the theatre on a regular basis.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
4242
Course Specification
Drama
Exam Component
60%
Controlled Assessment
40%
Level 2 Award in Engineering focus on applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in a context that will have many of the characteristics of real work. Everything students will learn is centred on three key areas: engineering design, producing engineering products and solving engineering problems. For example, students will learn how to analyse a product so they can see what features make it work and how it meets certain requirements. Students will learn how to take ideas from different products in order to produce a design specification and design ideas for a product. Students will develop the skills needed to work safely with a range of engineering processes, equipment and tools and will use these skills to produce an engineered product. Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the authentic work-related learning.

Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9790A1
Course Specification
Engineering
Exam Component
25%
Controlled Assessment
75%
The Certificate in Financial Education has been developed in response to the inclusion of Financial Capability in the National Curriculum. It has been designed to prepare students to take their place in society as responsible citizens by providing them with the skills and knowledge to manage their money well and make sound financial decisions. The course is made up of three units:

Unit 1: Finance, the Individual and Society.
This unit includes the study of money, income, tax and foreign exchange. It also looks at the contribution of individuals and organisations to the economy of a country.

Unit 2: Practices of Managing Money.
This unit explores the concepts of financial planning and personal financial budgets. It includes the link between personal financial budgets and spending choices. The different types of borrowing products available are also introduced, including credit cards, mortgages and secured and unsecured personal loans.

Unit 3: Financial Capability, Work and Enterprise.
This unit provides an understanding of how a business manages money and the relationship between personal money management and business money management.

Exam Board
IFS
Specification
CeFE
Course Specification
Financial Education
Exam Component
100%
A qualification in Food Preparation and Nutrition will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, as well as make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously.
Learners will be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills using a variety of food commodities, as well as understand the characteristics and properties of a range of foods. They will understand the importance of good nutrition, diet and health and how good food choices contribute towards a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, learners will demonstrate a good understanding of food safety and the role of food science and how it affects the properties of foods.
Teaching begins by ensuring that students have a good solid understanding of how to work in a practical environment, resulting from a series of practical lessons. Alongside this, the key principles of healthy eating and nutrition are reinforced. Students who opt to study food/catering finish with an excellent understanding of food, nutrition and cooking.

Exam Board
WJEC Eduqas
Specification
C560
Course Specification
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Exam Component
50%
Controlled Assessment
50%
The speaking and writing elements of the syllabus form a large part (50%) of the overall GCSE, so students will need to be able to organise their work and time effectively.
Over the course of Key Stage 4, students develop their ability to use an increasing range of vocabulary and to use a number of different tenses.
The course focuses on interesting areas of life, including health, sport, home, friends, relationships, leisure, entertainment, travel, education and work.

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1FR0
Course Specification
French
Exam Component
100%
The course consists of three main units:

Physical Geography: This unit encompasses many aspects of the physical side of the subject. Students will gain an understanding of current issues such as changing climates and managing and sustaining ecosystems. They will also look at natural hazards and physical cycles and systems such as the water cycle. This unit also expands their knowledge of physical landscapes and environments.

Human Geography: This unit brings in elements of economic development with counties and how this is measured and promoted through systems and processes such as Aid. Students also focus on population & environments, including a key study on urban environments. Students will deepen their understanding of the UK as well as issues such as resource reliance and security.

Geographical Skills and Fieldwork: This unit is about developing student’s enquiry, investigative and field study skills, including field work.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8035
Course Specification
Geography
Exam Component
100%
Students will study four units of work:

Unit 1 : Principles of fitness – Includes components of fitness, principles of training and the benefits of exercise on the body systems.
Unit 2: Healthy lifestyles: – How does food and physical activity contribute to a healthy lifestyle? Importance of diet and nutrition and how participation is affect by motivation.
Unit 3: Preparing and planning for health and fitness (external assessment 25%) – Developing the ability to evaluate and prepare a health and fitness plan to improve their exercise and diet.
Unit 4: Developing a personal health and fitness programme – Brings together learning throughout the course to develop a health and fitness programme. Includes fitness testing and the importance of preparation.

Three of the four units will be assessed via the completion of assignments, the topics covered must be applied to health and fitness and will have a vocational link. Units 1, 2 and 4 = 75% course content.

Exam Board
NCFE – V Cert
Course Specification
Health & Fitness
Exam Component
25%
Controlled Assessment
75%
GCSE History will enable students to study the subject through in-depth studies and themes over a period of 2000 years. The subject provides students with the opportunity to study national and international histories and also investigate and explore periods of historical change. The subject focuses on four areas:

• The study in changes of crime and punishment from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. This topic looks at reasons behind these changes.
• A depth study into The American West, examining the way in which the American West was settled in and developed between 1840-1895.
• A period enquiry into Anglo-Saxon and Norman England Including the build-up to Hastings and how England changed under the Normans.
• A modern world study focusing on Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi Party. Students are asked to compare and analyse historical interpretations.

The subject is well-balanced between traditional aspects of history and looking at key events of the 20th century.

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1HI0
Course Specification
History
Exam Component
100%
The course has three units of study. These are:

Unit 1: Practical Skills in IT (controlled assessment 30%) – Students will undertake a number of IT projects that will assess their IT skills in web design, video editing, animation, audio editing, word processing, spreadsheets, digital graphics and databases.

Unit 2: Creating IT Systems (controlled assessment 30%) – Students will learn specific knowledge and skills to enable them to design and build their own IT system. This year the system will be to design and program an interactive 2D computer game.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of IT (examination 40%) – Students will learn how computers work. Students will have an external examination that will test their knowledge and understanding on hardware, software, networks, The Internet, security, data and emerging technologies.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
3735
Course Specification
Level 2 Technical Award in IT
Exam Component
40%
Controlled Assessment
60%

30% Non-exam assessment – Independently create a media product based on a theme – assessed by teachers
The theme for the non-exam assessment changes each year- students need to be prepared to create anything the exam board picks as their annual theme. We won’t know the topic until June of year 10! Students will be asked to produce a statement of intent and create a media product for an intended audience.

70% Exam – (2 written examinations)
Paper 1 (worth 35% of total GCSE grade) focuses on media industries, audiences (section A) and representation (section B).
Paper 2 (worth 35% of total GCSE grade) focuses on analysing media productions and the theoretical framework using media language (section A) and contexts of the media (section B).

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8572
Course Specification
Media
Exam Component
70%
Controlled Assessment
30%

Unit 1 – 30% – 1 composition of your choice (minimum of 1minute 30secs) & 1 solo performance (minimum of 2 minutes)

Unit 2 – 30% – Group performance with 2 or more live performers (minimum of 2 minutes) & Composition (minimum of 2mins 30 secs)

Unit 3 – 40% – Learn to identify, describe and analyse elements of music, conventions and use of music technology within 4 areas of study: The Concerto Through Time, Rhythms of the World, Film Music, and Conventions of Pop.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J536
Course Specification
Music
Exam Component
60%
Controlled Assessment
40%
Unit 1- Skills Portfolio
Students will explore a range of techniques. This is an opportunity to develop existing skills to a higher standard and experiment with new ones.

Unit 2- Personal Portfolio
Students are to develop a portfolio of work based on a personal theme, this will involve exploring the work of a chosen artist, recording from observations and experimenting with different processes and developing a story around your chosen theme.

Unit 3- Externally Set Task
Students select a theme from 10 starting points set by the exam board. It follows the same structure as the Personal portfolio but concludes with a 10 hour exam, which takes place over 2 days. In the exam you will create a top quality final piece.

When responding to the titles given in their chosen activities, students learn new skills and a variety of processes and techniques that can be used when making images. We cover:
• taking photographs, exploring imaging techniques such as depth of field, film speed, lighting, exposure and viewpoints
• editing and refining digital images using specialist software
• use of camera equipment, format and lenses
• elementary darkroom practice
• lighting and exposure techniques
• alternative print exposure techniques
• digital manipulation of images (image scanning, use of digital camera), photomontage and story grams.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J173
Course Specification
Photography
Exam Component
60%
Controlled Assessment
40%
60% examination assessed. (2 x Written exam, 1 hr15 mins each exam )

Paper 1:
• Applied anatomy and physiology;
• movement analysis;
• physical training; and movement analysis, use of data.

Paper 2:
• health, fitness and well-being in physical activity and sport;
• sociocultural influences;

40% non-examination assessment (practical performance and controlled assessment)
Students are assessed on their practical performance in three activity areas. These are assessed throughout the course, with a written analysis of performance, focused on one of these three areas. Performance outside of school can be assessed in activities such as equestrian, skiing, dance and numerous others. (Recorded evidence will need to be provided.)

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8582
Course Specification
Physical Education
Exam Component
60%
Controlled Assessment
40%
This course consists of 8 units examined at the end of Y11 in 2 x 2 hour exams.
The first 4 units consist of the study of two religions in depth and at SRPA we have elected to study Islam and Christianity. For each religion we study the beliefs, teaching and practices and associated issues such as life after death. We also develop key transferable skills including evaluation and analysis.

The second part of the course is more focused on ethical and philosophical thought in the modern world and students explore issues within medical ethics, human relationships, war and peace and the arguments for and against the existence of God. Within these units both religious and non-religious approaches are studied and examined.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J625
Course Specification
Religious Studies
Exam Component
100%
The speaking and writing elements of the syllabus form a large part (50%) of the overall GCSE, so students need to be able to organise their work and time effectively. The course consists of four externally examined papers, each worth 25% of the final grade:

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Russian
Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken Russian by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open-response questions based on a recording featuring male and female Russian speakers.

Paper 2: Speaking in Russian
Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in Russian for different purposes and in different settings.

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Russian
Students are assessed on their understanding of written Russian across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Students
are required to respond to multiple-response and short-answer questions based on these texts.

Paper 4: Writing in Russian
Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Russian for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in Russian.

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1RU0
Course Specification
Russian
Exam Component
100%
The speaking and writing elements of the syllabus form a large part (50%) of the overall GCSE, so students you will need to be able to organise their work and time effectively.

The specification develops students’ ability to converse, whether in written or spoken form, in a number of familiar common topic areas, including:

Generally out and about: visitor information, basic weather, local amenities, accommodation, public transport and directions.
Customer service and transactions: cafés and restaurants, shops, dealing with problems.
Personal information: general interests, leisure activities, family & friends, lifestyle, healthy eating & exercise.

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1SP0
Course Specification
Spanish
Exam Component
100%