Year 8 Options - Optional Subjects

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OPTIONS FORM 2021

When you have made your choices, please use this form and return by Thursday 1st April 2021.

ART AND DESIGN GCSE

  • Subject Leader: Mrs. J Saunders / Mr. M Hall
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA (8201 - Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design)
  • Course Outline

    The Art and Design course enables candidates to make a personal response to their own experiences, environment and culture in both their practical and theoretical studies. It also provides opportunities to develop skills and understanding through practical experience of the role, purpose and function of art in society.

  • Art Presentation GCSE

Component 1 - Portfolio:  This must include at least TWO of the titles listed below covering the full range of Assessment Objectives.

Component 2 - External Assignment: This is an externally set question paper. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication.
  • Textile Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how pupils have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Home learning is a 40 minute task set once a week.

Career Opportunities

Designer for interiors, fashion, furniture, ceramics, graphics, film, animation, magazine, set and prop for theatre/TV/films, textile designer, jeweler, print maker, sculptor, painter, ceramicist, art teacher, art therapist.

BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE

  • Head of Department: Miss H Bold
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA GCSE Business (8132)
  • Examination:   Paper 1 – Influences of Operations and HRM on Business Activity

                                Paper 2 – Influences of Marketing and Finance on Business Activity

Course Description

The course is linear, with two terminal examinations each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam is worth 50% of the final GCSE. There is a heavy dependence on strong numeracy and literacy skills from the start of the course.

Pupils apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals as well as businesses operating in local, national and global contexts; an understanding is developed of how these contexts impact business decision-making, including:

  • the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision-making
  • how different business contexts affect business decisions
  • the use and limitations of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions

Paper 1 – Influences of Operations and HRM on Business Activity

This paper focuses on how business operates in the real world and likely influences on business activity, with particular reference to the functions of:

- business operations

- human resource management

Paper 2 – Influences of Marketing and Finance on Business Activity –

This paper focuses on how business operates in the real world and likely influences on business activity, with particular reference to the functions of:

- marketing

- finance

Assessment

Pupils will be expected to answer a series of both short and long questions in response to a case study and/or data stimuli. Key skills examined:

  1. Recall, selection and communication of knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues, theories and terminology.
  2. Application of skills, knowledge and understanding to a variety of contexts, both unseen and familiar.
  3. Analysis and evaluation of evidence, making reasoned judgements and presenting appropriate conclusions, supported by lucid argument.

Career Opportunities

Retail, Sales, Management, Accounting, Surveying, Teaching, ICT, Insurance, Business Owner, Banking, Customer Service.

COMPUTER SCIENCE GCSE

  • Head of Department: Miss H Bold
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA GCSE Computer Science (8525)
  • Examination:  Paper 1 – Computational thinking and programming skills

                               Paper 2 – Computing concepts

Course Description

The course is linear, with two terminal examinations. Each exam is worth 50% of the final GCSE. There is a heavy dependence on strong numeracy skills from the start of the course. Students are required to have a good level of Mathematics, be able to problem solve, love of learning a new language, dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to learning is essential and a good individual work ethic.

This GCSE course will enable pupils to:

  • Learn and develop a new programming language.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming.
  • Learn the impact of issues related to the use of computer technology in society.
  • Use knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies.

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of Computer Science. It is a written exam lasting 2 hours.

Paper 2: Computing concepts

What's assessed: Theoretical knowledge from Computer Science. Such as data representation, computer systems, networks, security. It is a written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.

Assessment

Pupils will be expected to answer a series of both short and long questions in response to a case study. Key skills examined:

  1. Recall, selection and communication of knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues and terminology.
  2. Application of skills, knowledge and understanding to a variety of contexts, both unseen and familiar.
  3. Analysis and evaluation of evidence, making reasoned judgements and presenting appropriate conclusions, supported by lucid argument.

Career Opportunities

Programmer, Data Analyst, Systems Analyst, Network Engineer, Telecoms, Web Developer

 

DRAMA GCSE

  • Subject Leader: Mrs A Raby
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA (8261) 

Assessment

Component 1 - Written Paper: 40% of total marks. 

The paper is set and marked by the Examination Board.

Candidates are required to answer 3 compulsory sections:

Section A: Theatre Roles and Terminology.

Section B: Study of a set text.

Section C: Live Theatre Production.

Component 2 – Devising Drama: 40% of total marks

This is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Candidates are required to complete 2 assessment tasks:

- Produce an individual Devising Log documenting the devising process.

- Contribute to a final devised duologue or group performance

Candidates contribution may be acting, lighting, sound, set design, costume or puppetry

Component 3 – Texts in Practice: 20% of the GCSE.

This is marked by AQA

Candidates are required to complete 2 assessment tasks:

- Study and present a key extract (monologue, duologue or group) from a play chosen by the candidate.

- Study and present a second key extract (monologue, duologue or group) from the same play.

The course is largely practical encompassing many areas of Drama, namely theatre, acting, devising, scripts, actors and some design elements. Pupils will work with different genres when exploring text and also address new ideas and issues through a variety of performance styles. It is COMPULSORY for pupils to attend theatrical productions outside of school times in order for them to complete their written exam - Component 1.

The pupils are formally assessed every half term on their practical performances, throughout the course leading up to their actual examinations.  Assessment will always be based on practical AND written work.

Who can take GCSE Drama?

  • Pupils who enjoy acting or performing to an audience and want to develop their skills further.
  • Pupils who want to learn how to build their own pieces of Drama.
  • Pupils who are interested in learning about a wide variety of theatre genre and styles.

GCSE Drama is an opportunity for pupils to discover new and exciting concepts.   It is hard work! However, if you have a genuine and committed approach towards the subject, it is great fun and your personal confidence and development will be extended and enhanced for life!

  • Essential Criteria - All candidates should have a willingness to perform and should bring energy, enthusiasm and effort to every lesson in order to fully succeed.

FRENCH GCSE, GERMAN GCSE and SPANISH GCSE

  • Acting Subject Leader: Ms F Tigano
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA 8658 (French), AQA 8668 (German) and AQA 8698 (Spanish)
  • Please note that you can only opt to study these subjects if you have been studying a foreign language at Key Stage 3.

What will you study?

At Key Stage 4, Modern Foreign Languages becomes an option subject.  However, pupils who have made good progress at Key Stage 3 will be expected to continue with their studies in years 9, 10 and 11.  Furthermore, the college supports the widely held view that pupils who aspire to higher education will need a Modern Foreign Language GCSE qualification as part of their portfolio when the time comes to apply to university.  Studying for a GCSE Language can also help enhance your presentation and communication skills.  The impact of the ‘English Baccalaureate’ is yet to be fully seen, but is likely to raise the expectation for pupils to have a GCSE in MFL even further.

Students study the following themes on which assessments are based:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

As well as learning key vocabulary for each of these topics, pupils will also focus on discovering and applying language structures.  Pupils will be encouraged to speak as much French, German and Spanish in lessons as they can.  Language classes at GCSE are interactive. There are lots of activities to help your listening, reading, speaking and writing  from  learning a song to help remember some grammar to pretending to interview a famous celebrity; watch the news, or writing a film review. Your progress is really noticeable, soon you'll start talking more, picking up more information in the listening exercises and understanding what you read - and all this in a foreign language!  

It is important to remember that although all pupils will be working towards producing a high standard of grammatically accurate work, effective communication is the key to success.  To help you on this journey the MFL Department is currently establishing links with organisations in France, Germany and Spain.

Assessment

As at Key Stage 3, candidates will be tested in the four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  In all 4 skills there are two tiers of examination: Foundation or Higher. The range of grades available is 9-1 with Foundation Tier covering grades 1-5 and Higher Tier 4-9.  Students must sit all 4 exams at the same tier.

Websites

For further information on the new syllabus & exams see:  www.aqa.org.uk/languages

For online practice of your Listening & Reading skills plus links to foreign language websites see:

Examination Format

Skill

Duration of Exam

What is assessed?

Listening

35 mins F

45 mins H

25% of GCSE

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

There are 2 sections:

Section A - Questions in English to be answered in English or non-verbally.

Section B - Questions in French/German/Spanish to be answered in target language or non-verbally

Speaking

7-9 mins F

10-12 mins H

25% of GCSE

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. The format is the same at Foundation and Higher Tier have 3 tasks – rôle-play, photo card & conversation

Reading

45 mins F

1 hour H

25% of GCSE

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

In both Foundation and Higher Tiers there will be questions in English & the target language + translation from the target language into English

(approximately 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

Writing

 

1 hour F

1 hour 15 H

25% of GCSE

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

Tasks range from list writing & short messages to open-ended longer writing.  There is also a translation section in both tiers.


Home learning

Home learning will be set at least once a week and will form a crucial part of the course.  Pupils will also be expected to regularly learn vocabulary and grammar rules. Pupils are supported with home learning or vocabulary learning techniques via Academic Appointments where a need is identified.

Dictionaries

Pupils will need a good dictionary in order to extend their vocabulary in Home learning and class work tasks.  We will recommend a suitable dictionary at the start of Year 9 and would expect these to cost around £5.  Pupils, however, will not be allowed to use a dictionary in the exams.

Our new KS4 textbook (both Foundation and Higher) is also accessible online via Kerboodle along with other resources to help you practise outside of lesson time.  Pupils can also purchase their own copy of the new CGP Revision Guide and Practice via the College at the discounted price of £6.60.

This comes highly recommended as it divides vocabulary up into focused units, many of which pupils are already familiar with from Key Stage 3, and provide activities, questions & grammar tasks to see what progress is being made.  They also are useful in lessons as a support guide and fully encompass the new GCSE requirements.

IMPORTANT: Please note that pupils who have demonstrated ability in Modern Foreign Languages and/or have the potential or ambition to go on to higher education are expected to study a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE level. 

Websites

For further information on the new syllabus and exams see:  www.aqa.org.uk/languages

For online practice of your Listening and Reading skills plus links to foreign language websites see:

GEOGRAPHY GCSE

  • Subject Leader: Mrs C Winsor
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA

What is GCSE Geography?

At GCSE you will build on the skills you have developed whilst studying Geography at Key Stage 3. Your knowledge and understanding of Human and Physical Geography is extended and integrated with a strong focus on topical issues and up to date case studies. You will develop skills essential to the study of the world around us such as data collection and analysis. This is an issues-based investigative course with an emphasis on enquiry and problem solving; important skills needed in today’s rapidly changing world.

Is GCSE Geography for you?

Geography is for those pupils who:

  • Have an opinion.
  • Care about issues affecting people and the environment
  • Want to study a subject that is relevant to your own life and experiences
  • Want to do practical field work as well as class based work.
  • Enjoy finding out about other cultures places landscapes and events
  • Are fascinated by people and their actions
  • Want to change the world for the better.

Is GCSE Geography useful?

For many jobs it is a real help if you have studied Geography. The subject covers a range of skills, requiring you to be analytical, thoughtful and communicative, so consider the subject carefully if you are interested in a particular field of work. Geography graduates are extremely employable at the present. Combining geography with other GCSE subjects could lead you to jobs such as working in the IT industry, joining the police or armed services, sales and marketing or working in a variety of service industries. The subject is a facilitating one at A Level and is well respected by all further education establishments, particularly Russell Group Universities.

Course Content

Unit 1 - Living with the Physical Environment

Section A: The Challenge of Natural Hazards

Section B: The Living World
Section C: Physical Landscapes in the UK

Unit 2 - Challenges in the Human Environment

Section A: Urban Issues and Challenges
Section B: The Changing Economic World
Section C: The Challenge of Resource Management

Unit 3 - Geographical Applications

Section A: Issue Evaluation
Section B: Fieldwork

Geographical skills

Assessment

The assessment at GCSE Geography is based 100% on examination based. Each unit equates to one examination paper. There is a compulsory element of the course to attend 2 days of fieldwork. 

Homework

Home learning will be set at least once a week. We recommend that pupils spend at least 40 minutes per task

How parents can support study

  • Please ensure that home learning is completed on time.
  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Encourage wider reading around the subject and to watch the news for current case studies.
  • Be aware of deadlines and examinations.

Where can I find out more?

Contact any member of the Geography Department.

HISTORY GCSE

  • Subject Leader:  Mr S Harris
  • Board: AQA
  • Course Outline

    Pupils will follow History GCSE AQA specification. The examination board for the qualification is AQA. The course is examined by TWO examinations to be sat at the end of Year 11.

 

For a summary of the GCSE history course please information below:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A – Period study

Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section B – Wider world depth study

Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975.

 

Written examination: 1 Hour and 45 minutes and worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

 

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A – Thematic study

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

Section B – British depth study including the historic environment

Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

 

Written examination: 1 Hour and 45 minutes and worth 50% of the qualification.

Section A – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Please note there is no coursework component to this course.  The final GCSE result awarded for the qualification is based on performance in TWO closed examinations in the Summer Term of Year 11.

Resources to support studies:

Home learning

Home learning will be set at least once a week. We recommend that pupils spend at least 40 minutes per task.

How parents can support study

  • Please ensure that Home learning is completed on time.
  • Encourage your child to ask teachers for help if there are any difficulties.
  • Encourage wider reading around the subject.
  • Be aware of deadlines and examinations.

MEDIA STUDIES GCSE

  • Subject Leader: Mrs C Amos
  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Course Outline:

    Media is a contemporary and interactive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, analytical, research, and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. Many students choose GCSE Media Studies for its relevance to their lives and for the opportunities it provides for exploring contemporary issues through the use of different media in creative and practical ways.

The course is divided into a non-exam assessed coursework element, which is worth 30% [60 marks] of the course, and two exams at the end of year 11 which make up the other 70% [168 marks]. The exams are split equally; 35% [84 marks] each.

Paper 1:

Section A – Focusses on Media Language and Media Representations. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Newspapers
  • Online, social and participatory media and video games

Section B – Focusses on Media Industries and Media Audiences. Questions in this section can test any two of the following forms:

  • Radio
  • Music video
  • Newspapers
  • Online, social and participatory media and video games
  • Film (industries only)

Paper 2:

Section A will be based on a screening from an extract of one of the television case studies and can test any area of the theoretical framework

Section B will be based on either newspapers or online, social and participatory media and video games and can test any area of the framework.

NEA (coursework): creating a media product

Assessment:

Application of knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework

Ability to create media products set to a brief. Briefs are changed annually and students may get some choice from different types of media texts.

MUSIC GCSE

  • Subject Leader:  Mrs S Stewart
  • Board and Syllabus: Eduqas

The examination marks are divided up as follows:

Unit 1 Appraising Exam – 40%

Unit 2 Performing – 30%

Unit 3 Composing – 30%

The course is centered around learning about music from four areas of study:

Area of Study 1

Area of Study 2

Area of Study 3

Area of Study 4

Musical Forms and Devices

Music for Ensemble

Film Music

Popular Music

Unit 1: Assessment Appraising:

- Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

- 40% of qualification

- 96 marks

This examination will assess knowledge and understanding of music through the following four areas of study:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of study 4: Popular Music.

The appraising examination will consist of eight questions, two on each area of study. Of the eight questions, six will be on unprepared musical extracts and two on extracts set by WJEC which relate to two areas of study. Learners are encouraged to study the scores of the set extracts in preparation for the examination. However, scores must not be taken into the examination; sections of the scores will be printed on the examination paper when required for the question.

The unprepared extracts played in the examination will be from the genres, styles or periods specified within each area of study.

The majority of questions in the examination will be either multiple choice or short answer questions. However, there will be one question which requires learners to write a longer response to a piece of music.

Unit 2: Performing: 

- Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes

- Assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

- 30% of qualification

- 72 marks

All learners are required to perform a minimum of two pieces of which at least one must be as part of an ensemble performance lasting at least one minute. The other piece(s) may be performed either solo and/or as part of an ensemble. One piece must be linked to one of the four areas of study. The minimum expected performance level is Grade 3.

Unit 3: Composing: 

- Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes

- Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

- 30% of qualification

- 72 marks

- All learners are required to create and develop musical ideas in relation to given and chosen briefs.

- Learners must submit two compositions with a total playing time of between 3-6 minutes.

A composition which responds to a brief set by WJEC. The brief will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. Learners select one from a choice of four briefs, each related to a different area of study:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of Study 4: Popular Music.

A free composition. Learners will compose a piece of music in a style of their own choice. Learners will set their own brief for this composition. The brief itself is not assessed; however, learners are assessed on their musical response to the brief.

In summary, what does the course involve?

Like music lessons in Key Stage 3, pupils have to perform individually and as part of a group.  They also have to compose their own music.  Performing and composing work is recorded for marking and moderation purposes.  During the final written examination, pupils listen to extracts of music and answer questions on them.

Who can take GCSE Music?

  • Pupils who enjoy singing or performing on their chosen instrument and want to develop their skills further.
  • Pupils who already play an instrument or sing, and have regular external instrumental lessons.
  • Pupils who want to learn how to build their own pieces of music.
  • Pupils who are interested in learning about a wide variety of musical styles and genres.

What are the benefits?

As well as studying a practical subject, you will develop the following skills:

  • Group Work - Pupils will have to be able to work effectively as a member of a group. This requires tolerance, communication and leadership skills.
  • Confidence - By performing alone, pupils develop confidence. This will help them to present themselves more successfully in front of other people.
  • Listening Skills - This is not just with regard to music, but also because pupils have to listen carefully and comment on musical details.
  • Creativity - Pupils will use a creative mind to compose music, which also helps to keep the mind fresh.
  • Technical Skills - Work in recording music will help develop understanding in this area.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Accredited Courses

Within the Physical Education department, we offer two accredited pathways for students to study: GCSE PE and VCert Technical in Health and Fitness. All pupils will study the first unit of GCSE PE at the start of year 9. From here, students will then be placed on the pathway most suitable to them, either the GCSE route or the VCert Technical Health and Fitness route.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION GCSE

  • Subject Leader: Mr. A Worsell
  • Board and Syllabus: AQA
  • Controlled Assessment: 30% Practical Performance 10% Coursework

    Examination: 60% Theory Examination

The Physical Education GCSE course is assessed in two units.

Unit 1

This is externally assessed through two written examination papers. It will contribute 60% towards the total marks. A variety of topics will be covered including;

  • The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Movement analysis
    • Physical training
    • Use of data
  • Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
    • Sports psychology
    • Socio-cultural influences
    • Health, fitness and well-being

Unit 2

This is assessed in two sections.

Section 1 - 30% practical performance where students will be assessed in three different activities in the role of a player or performer. (See next page for further details).

Section 2 - 10% Analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities.

Pupils considering this course must be aware of the demanding theory work that is required.  Those pupils good at Science will still find the course challenging.  Pupils must also have shown a high level of participation in core PE throughout and extra-curricular involvement.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

As well as being the ideal preparation for the A Level Physical Education Course, GCSE PE allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.  This can include further training in such areas as teaching, recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, the Armed Forces and The Civil Services.

GCSE Practical Options

Pupils must choose to be assessed in 1 sport from the individual category, 1 sport from the team category, with the 3rd sport coming from either category. Please note that where a sport could be assessed in both categories such as Badminton, pupils will have to choose between either being assessed in doubles or singles, this cannot count as two separate assessments.

Individual Activities

Team Activities

Amateur boxing

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Athletics

Association football

Badminton

Badminton

Canoeing

Basketball

Cycling

Camogie

Dance

Cricket

Diving

Dance

Equestrian

Figure Skating

Figure Skating

Futsal (Cannot be assessed with Football)

Golf

Gaelic football

Gymnastics (Floor routines and apparatus only)

Handball

Kayaking

Hockey

Rock climbing

Hurling

Sailing

Ice Hockey

Sculling

Inline Roller Hockey

Skiing

Lacrosse

Snowboarding

Netball

Squash

Rowing

Swimming

Rugby League

Table tennis

Rugby Union

Tennis

Sailing

Trampolining

Sculling

Windsurfing

Squash

 

Table tennis

 

Tennis

 

Volleyball

 

Water Polo

NCFE VCert Level 1 / 2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness

  • Subject Leader: Mr. A Worsell
  • Board and Syllabus: NCFE
  • Controlled Assessment: 60% coursework

    Examination: 40% Theory Examination

 The VCERT Health and Fitness course is assessed across 2 units.

Unit 1 – External Assessed Written Examination (40%)

  • LO1 Understand the structure and function of body systems and how they apply to health and fitness
  • LO2 Understand the effects of health and fitness activities on the body
  • LO3 Understand health and fitness and the components of fitness
  • LO4 Understand the principles of training

Unit 2 – Internal Assessed Synoptic Project (60%)

  • LO1: Understand the impact of lifestyle on health and fitness
  • LO2: Understand how to test and develop components of fitness
  • LO3: Understand how to apply health and fitness analysis and set goals
  • LO4: Understand the structure of a health and fitness programme and how to prepare safely

What can I do after I have completed the course?

This course allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts, Certificates and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.  This can include further training in such areas as teaching, recreational management, leisure activities, the fitness industry, the Armed Forces and The Civil Services.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE

  • Subject Leader:  Mrs C Hawkins
  • Examination Board:  AQA: Specification A
  • Please note that this course is completely separate from Core Citizenship 

GCSE Religious Studies gives pupils a chance to explore big questions about life and ethics. Pupils will develop key skills in expressing their opinion and considering a variety of others, including religious and non-religious views.

The development of literacy through Religious Studies will help pupils in all GCSE subjects and the ability to understand others is essential in any career that involves working with people including healthcare, armed forces, education, social work, law and the media.

The RS course works well alongside the other humanities subjects but also includes elements of scientific enquiry, for example studying the implications of the big bang theory and evolution for believers. It is ideal preparation for anyone considering further study in the areas of philosophy, sociology, law or psychology.

In the world of today, Religious Studies becomes hugely important within everyday life and offers the skills, and knowledge, which will allow every individual great benefits once they leave education and enter the wider world of adulthood.

Content

Unit 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices.

  • Christianity
  • Hinduism

Unit 2: Thematic Studies

Theme A: Relationships and families

Theme B: Religion and life

Theme C: The existence of God and revelation

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment

Each unit is worth 50% of the final grade and is assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute examination worth 118 marks. There is no coursework.

Results in RS are very good with the last cohort achieving nearly 70% grade 9-4.

Home Learning

One hour of home learning will be set per week. Pupils will also be expected to devote additional time to research and revision.  We encourage them to make use of the library, the internet and discussion with other people.

How Parents Can Support

Encourage your child to consider things from a number of different points of view as well as their own and help them to justify their views in a sensitive and clear way.

Use what is happening in local and national news to develop an interest in the big moral questions covered in Religious Studies.

STUDY SUPPORT

Study Support as an option, is designed for pupils who would benefit from extra support in completing their course of studies at Key Stage 4.  Pupils who have already received help from the Special Needs Department at Key Stage 3, may wish to consider opting for Study Support, rather than choosing another examination course.

Pupils who opt for Study Support will receive help in developing their revision and study skills, including ICT and word-processing skills. Pupils will also be allowed the opportunity to progress with work in their other studies. This work will take place in smaller groups than usual under the help and supervision of a teacher or teaching assistant.