GCSE Options

The selection of courses at Key Stage 4 is one of the key moments in your secondary education. All Ellis Guilford pupils follow a two-year Key Stage 4 programme, starting in Year 10. This provides the best opportunity for you to achieve your full potential and secure success by the end of Year 11.

Selecting the right course is not always a straightforward decision. However, we aim to ensure that the information and guidance provided will alleviate some of these issues. It’s important that you understand your own strengths and weaknesses so that you can optimise your chances of success. Equally, we trust that you will select courses in which you have a real interest.

You will follow a curriculum comprising of two main elements:

  • The core curriculum
  • Option subjects

We actively encourage students who are thinking about pursuing A-Levels and University to consider choosing both a:

  • Humanities choice
  • Foreign language choice

The curriculum at Ellis Guilford School has been designed to enable you to realise your potential in every subject. The changing landscape in education means that the quantity of GCSEs taken is no longer the priority; grade 9-1 GCSEs are very challenging and benefit from extra classroom learning time if you are to be able to access the highest grades.

The Core Curriculum

English Language

EXAM BOARD : AQA (8700)

Introduction

GCSE English Language is the study of fiction and non-fiction texts across time. A key focus of this course is the analysis of a writer’s intention and the choices they have made when creating their texts. Learners will develop their ability to critique a writer’s choices and how successful they are. In addition, GCSE English Language is an opportunity for learners to develop their understanding of the world around them, key historical events, issues and cultural developments. GCSE English Language is a compulsory subject.


What will I be studying?

You will study a range of texts, including fiction and non-fiction from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Whilst studying these texts, you will be learning, applying and refining the key reading skills which are assessed on the exam paper. These include:

  • Information retrieval
  • Language analysis
  • Structure analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Summarising
  • Comparison

In addition, you will also develop and refine your writing skills so that you can construct effective and engaging pieces of fiction and non-fiction writing.


How will I be assessed?

All assessment will be through examination at the end of year 11.


Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes

80 marks

50% weighting


Section A: Reading (25%)

Unseen fiction.

4 reading questions focusing on the following skills: identify, language analysis, structure analysis and evaluation.


Section B: Writing (25%)

Creative writing linked to theme of Section A.


Paper 2: Non-fiction and transactional writing

1 hour and 45 minutes

80 marks

50% weighting


Section A: Reading (25%)

Two unseen non-fiction texts.

4 reading questions focusing on the following skills: identify, synthesis, comparison and language analysis.


Section B: Writing (25%)

Transactional writing linked to theme of Section A.


Spoken Language Study

You will give a formal presentation to a group of students and a teacher on a given topic. You will then be asked to respond to questions on your presentation topic, the presentation may be recorded.


Course specification and further information

English Language Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

GCSE English Language is a required qualification for entry into most colleges. Colleges generally require a pass (grade 4) for entry but some colleges may ask for a grade 5 to entry on to certain courses. GCSE English Language is an excellent gateway into A Level courses such as English Language, Physchology and Socialogy. A Levels such as these can then lead into degree level courses in areas such as Communication, Law, Business and Teaching.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs M Yeomansmel.yeomans@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Mrs I Simpsonimogen.simpson@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

English Literature

EXAM BOARD : AQA (8700)

Introduction

GCSE English Literature is the study of standout literature across time. Through the study of literature, learners can develop their understanding of the human condition, society and culture across time. Literature study also encourages learners to develop their own perspectives on key topics and refine the ability to critique the ideas of others in a productive and constructive manner. GCSE English Literature is a compulsory subject.


What will I be studying?

You will study a range of text forms from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century. Over the course, you will study:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A Christmas Carol
  • An Inspector Calls
  • AQA Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry

During your study, you will focus on developing your understanding of the texts, including the development of plot and character. This will then be used to develop key analysis skills which will further extend your depth and breadth of knowledge. With the skills that are also fostered in GCSE English Language, you will spend time considering the intentions of writers when constructing their texts and the impact a writer’s choices have on our interpretations of texts over time.

How will I be assessed?

All assessment will be through examination at the end of year 11.


Paper 1: Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet) and 19th sentury novel (A Christmas Carol)

1 hour and 45 minutes

64 marks

42.5% weighting


Section A: Shakespeare (22.5%)

One essay based upon an extract and knowledge of the whole play. (Romeo & Juliet)


Section B: 19th century novel (20%)

One essay based upon an extract and knowledge of the whole novel. (A Christmas Carol)


Paper 2: Modern text and poetry

2 hours and 15 minutes

96 marks

57.5% weighting


Section A: Modern text (An Inspector Calls) (18.75%)

One essay based upon an extract and knowledge of the whole novel. (An Inspector Calls)


Section B: Poetry (38.75%)

One question comparing a named poem from the Power and Conflict AQA anthology. One question on an and unseen poem then one question on a comparison to a second unseen poem.


Course specification and further information

8702 AQA GCSE English Literature
English Literature Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

GCSE English Literature is an excellent gateway into A Level into A Level courses such as English Language, English Literature, Psychology and Socialogy. A Levels such as these can then lead into degress level courses in areas such as Communication, Law, Business and Teaching. In addition, GCSE English Literature is an excellent basis for courses in creative writing at both A Level and degree level qualifications.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs M Yeomansmel.yeomans@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Mrs I Simpsonimogen.simpson@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Mathematics

EXAM BOARD : AQA

Introduction

It is our passion, for every student to develop a love for maths. Every child can learn mathematics given the correct environment and learning experiences. We have high expectations of every child and believe with the relevant support all children can success in mathematics.


What will I be studying?

The course will allow students to not only develop their mathematical skills, but also their reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Students will student the following six maths strands:

  • Algebra
  • Number
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change

Within each of these strands, students to have exposure to real-life situations and be able to transfer their skills and knowledge learnt into everyday life. It is also important that every child develops a confidence to apply their mathematical skills across other areas of the curriculum, and the course has this in mind with links to Science, Geography and Design in particular.


How will I be assessed?

Examinations (100%) – two with calculator, one with no calculator.

The AQA 8300 GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher tier (grades 4-9). Both Foundation and Higher GCSE tiers are assessed by three, 1 hour 30 minute exams at the end of year 11.

Each paper is scored out of 80 marks with a combined score out of 240 determining the final grade. Each paper consists of a mix of question styles from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.


Course specification and further information

AQA Mathematics specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Mathematics is in every aspect of like; from personal finance, redecorating, shopping and engineering. Everywhere you go, mathematics is involved. GCSE Maths not only gives you the numeracy skills you’ll need for life, it is your golden ticket to apply for other courses, apprenticeships and jobs – having a grade 4 or above at GCSE Maths is now a standard requirements. Success in Maths can also lead to career paths such as Science and Research; Accountancy; Banking and Consultancym to mention but a few.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs M Edgarmarianah.edgar@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Combined Science

EXAM BOARD : AQA

Introduction

Science encompasses everything that we are and allows us to make sense of the world around us. A high-quality science education should develop students’ curiosity and scientific knowledge to question the world in which we live, enable critical thinking and encourage students to become socially aware, global citizens. As students progress through their scientific education, they should be able to apply their scientific thinking and vocabulary to explain a wide range of phenomena, develop their experimental skills through a variety of scientific investigations and use their observations to justify the conclusions they have made, whilst using their analytical and evaluative skills to critically analyse information they are presented with.


What will I be studying?

Pupils will study a range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics.


Biology

Cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergtics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation, evolution and ecology.

Chemistry

Atomic structure, the periodic tale, bonding, properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, rate of chemical changes, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

Physics

Energy, electricilty, particle model, forces, waves and electromagnetism.


How will I be assessed?

All assessment will be through examination at the end of year 11. Students are assessed through 2 written papers in each of the 3 subjects (6 papers in total). Each paper is worth 75 marks, will be 1 hour 15 minutes and contribute to 16.7% of their overall result. Pupils will achieve two GCSE grades in Science.


Course specification and further information

Combined Science Specifications


Triple Science

At Ellis Guilford School the science curriculum is structured so that all pupils are taught the same science content in Year 10 which will contribute to the two GCSE grades every child will receive in science. A decision is then made at the end of year 10 as to which pupils it would be appropriate for to continue with learning some additional content so they can be entered for Triple Science. Pupils who go on to study triple science cover some additional content, sit slightly longer exams and receive three separate GCSE grades at the end.


Where could this course take you next?

Students who successfully study Level 2 science can go onto study a range of Level 3 qualifications which inlcude:

  • AS and A-Level Biology
  • AS and A-Level Chemistry
  • AS and A-Level Physics
  • AS and A-Level Environmental Science
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certification in Applied Science
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Jordan Plattenjordan.platten@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Mr Oliver.Gadsbeyoliver.gadsbey@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Religious, Moral and Social Education

Introduction

At Ellis Guilford School we aim to prepare all our pupils to be good citizens of the future. A huge part of all our children’s future is RSHE. The ability to form strong, stable, lasting relationships which are rooted in respect is a trait we endeavour to equip all our pupils with. During their time at Ellis Guilford School, all pupils will experience a varied and exciting curriculum which covers a range of topics relating to the statutory guidance around Relationships, Sex and Health Education.


Relationships, Sex and Health Education is taught within the Religious, social and moral lessons, supplemented with assemblies, tutor time activities and visits from external agencies. Pupils learn about developing healthy relationships of all kinds, including intimate relationships; safety in forming and maintaining relationships, families (and how they differ), marriage, the role of parents, stereotypes around gender and sexuality, LGBT+ and the equalities act, rights and responsibilities online, pornography and the law, being safe online and in real life, and reproductive health and wellbeing. A comprehensive list of content can be found both in our policy here and within the RSHE section of the website below. All our RSHE content is taught within the context of a safe and supportive environment, allowing all students to learn and develop an understanding of how society is structured and functions without feeling stigmatised due to their home circumstances. The government has made Relationships, Sex and Health Education a statutory part of the curriculum and we agree it is a vital part of secondary education.


We recognise that most teenagers now have very active online lives. We want to equip them with tools to navigate safely through the online world, understanding what is and is not appropriate behaviour. We will empower students to understand how to report abuse, of any form, and keep themselves safe.


Physical health education and mental wellbeing is also a mandatory part of RSHE. This will give pupils vital skills to understand, manage and improve their mental health. Students will understand how their physical health and use of social media may impact them and how maintaining good levels of fitness, eating well and managing hygiene can impact them positively. We will also educate students around legal and illegal substances such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco, enabling students to make positive choices in their lives.


Our Relationship, Sex and Health Education programme aims to help children:

  • Be confident to talk about their relationships
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships with friends and family
  • Understand how a healthy, consensual intimate relationship may form and have the skills to manage this safely, including when to delay sexual activity
  • Recognise when a relationship is unsafe or unhealthy and be able to report this and get help and support
  • Recognise bullying or stereotyping relating to any protected characteristic and have the confidence to prevent and report it
  • Understand the different types of families and relationships that people may have, including awareness of gender, sexuality and identities.
  • Know how to be safe online and behave appropriately
  • Look after their mental and physical health and understand a variety of things that could impact on this.
  • Understand life saving first aid and be able to provide this if the situation arose
  • Explain the changes a young person will go through during adolescence

Please find a link below to the government guidnace around RSHE in secondary schools: Government Guidance


Supporting Documents

A Guidance to Understanding the RSHE Guidance

A Guide to Outline Progression from Primary School RSHE to RSHE at EGS

Supporting RSHE at Ellis Guilford – Parent Guide

DfE Case Study of our journey to statutory RSHE

Optional GCSE Courses

Art and Design

EXAM BOARD: OCR

Introduction

The GCSE Course in Art and Design caters for students of all abilities but is particularly suitable for students who have demonstrated ability for and enjoy Art and Design.


What will I be studying?

Students are required to work in one or more areas of Art including drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.

The course is designed to offer you rewarding experiences and will help you to follow a career in Art and Design if you display the necessary ability. The subject, although demanding, will also provide a source of stimulation to meet further leisure needs.


How will I be assessed?

The course will lead to a GCSE in Art and Design. In order to achieve a GCSE grade students must sit a practical examination at the end of their two year course. The final exam is worth 40% of the final grade.

Students must also present a minimum of two, up to a maximum of four, coursework projects. Coursework is worth 60% of the final grade. Students’ work is marked according to four assessment objectives. Each assessment objective represents a quarter of the final grade.

The four-assessment objectives are:

  • Assessment Objective 1 – Looking at and responding to the work of different artists.
  • Assessment Objective 2 – Using a range of materials to explore ideas.
  • Assessment Objective 3 – Recording (Drawing, photos and research).
  • Assessment Objective 4 – Plan and carry out final pieces of work.

Course specification and further information

Art and Design Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Success in the subject has led many students to continue their stuides in a Sixth Form college and later to Diploma and Degree level at Art Colleges and Universities. A whole range of jobs rely heavily upon Art and Design.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr M Reidmick.reid@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

GCSE Photography

EXAM BOARD: OCR

Introduction

The GCSE Course in Art and Design (Photography: lens-based and light-based media) caters for students of all abilities but is particularly suitable for students who have an interest in or an ability for using different photographic mediums.


What will I be studying?

Students are required to work in one or more areas of Photography including recording ideas, digital photography, image maniplulation and fixed media.

The course is designed to offer you rewarding experiences and will help you to follow a career in Photography based Art and Design if you display the necessary ability. The subject, although demanding, will also provide a source of stimulation to meet future leisure needs.


How will I be assessed?

The course will lead to a GCSE in Art and Design (Photography: lens-based and light-based media). In order to achieve a GCSE grade students must sit a practical examination at the end of their two-year course. The final exam is worth 40% of the final grade. Students must also present a minimum of two, up to a maximum of four, coursework projects. Coursework is worth 60% of the final grade.

Students’ work is marked according to four assessment objectives. Each assessment objective represents a quarter of the final grade. The four assessment objectives are:

  • Assessment Objective 1 – Developing ideas and cultural undrstanding, informed by contentual and other sources.
  • Assessment Objective 2 – Experimenting with resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Assessment Objective 3 – Recording ideas, observations and insights visually and in other forms.
  • Assessment Objective 4 – Plan and carry out final pieces of work.

Course specification and further information

GCSE Photography Course Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Success in the subject would lead many students to continue their studies in a Sixth Form College and later to Diploma and Degree level at Art Colleges and Universities. A whole range of jobs rely heavily upon Photography and inage manipulation.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr M Reidmick.reid@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Computer Science

EXAM BOARD : AQA

Introduction

Computer Science is a hightly academic subject, and very rewarding. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills that they develop in the classroom on real-world problems. Students will learn how computers work, how to program them, and how to think computationally.


What will I be studying?

Component 1 Computer Systems:

This explores how computers work, looking at the roles of the processor, memory and storage. Students will study networking and how data is transmitted around the world. Students will also learn about cyber security, including various threats to data and how to protect systems.


Component 2 Computational Thing, Algorithms and Programming:

Students will learn how to use and create algorithms. They will develop their understanding of programming techniques and be able to build robust programs. Students will explore logic and develop their understanding of binary.


How will I be assessed?

Computer Science is assessed using two written exams at the end of the course. Each exam is 80 marks, lasts 1.5 hours and is worth 50% of the final grade.


Course specification and further information

GCSE Computer Science Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Computer Science is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including A-Level Computer Science, Level 3 Technical IT, Digital Design and Game Design.

There are many different careers that Computer Science could help you move towards, including;

  • Games Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Network Manager
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • App Development

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr James Underwoodjames.underwood@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Film Studies

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

Introduction

Film Studies is for anyone who loves Film. You will watch, analyse and evaluate the films on the exam looking in detail at the camera work, sound and editing techniques. You will learn all about the jobs in the film industry, the history of film and how films are made. This will be supplemented with important films throughout film history and across genres. You will have the opportunity to make a short film of your own or write a short screenplay of your own film idea.


What will I be studying?

Paper 1:

Two Films from the classic Hollywood Genres, for example Rebel without a Cause and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. These are studied alone and compared in their interpretation of the ‘Teenage Genre’. One Modern Independent American Film selected from a list of 5 including Juno and Whiplash. Key Developments in the History of Film.


Paper 2:

One Global Film in the English Langauage, such as Slumdog Millionaire, focussing on Storyline. One Global Film in a Foreign Language, for example Tsotsi, focussing on representation. One Modern British Film, Attack the Block, focussing on visual style.


In addition to this you will pitch your own idea for a film and then choose to either write the opening 2 minutes of the film as a screenplay or make a film of the opening starring your friends or family with you as cinematographer and director.


How will I be assessed?

Film Studies is 70% Exam and 30% NEA (Non-Examined Assessment). There are 2 papers, each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. These exams happen at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are worth 70 marks each.

The NEO (Non-Examined Assessment or Coursework) is worth 30% of your total grade and is either a screenplay or short film that you make yourself and an evaluation. This is completed during Year 10. The NEA is worth 40 marks.


Course specification and further information

Film Studies Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Studying the Eduqas Film Studies GCSE opens a lot of opportunities such as:

  • Further film or Media studies at College or University
  • Working in the film or TV industry
  • Director/Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer

It is a useful course for all Media Industry jobs but also helps to develop your critical and analysis skills. This is not an acting course and there is no acting involved. It is recognised by all Colleges and Universities as a rigorous course for all further study.


Who do I speak to for further information

Ms Kim Salvinkim.salvin@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

French

EXAM BOARD: AQA

Introduction

The French GCSE course will open your eyes to global opportunities whilst enhancing your fluency in speaking, writing and sharpening your skills in reading and listening. As a more confident and competent communicator, you will be able to demonstrate to employers that you have problem-solving skills and resilience while appreciating different cultures and learning about their language and their ways of life.


What will I be studying?

Over the two years, you will learn how to communicate more confidently in French by studying three themes:

  • Identy and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

You will build on what you have learnt already and develop your skills further in listening, translating, reading and writing as well as speaking. You will also learn more about the culture and traditions in French speaking countries.


How will I be assessed?

The GCSE with AQA is assessed by final exams in the four skills in EITHER foundation or higher at the end of your two years course.

  • Written Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Oral Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Listening Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Reading Examination 25% of your final grade.

Course specification and further information

French Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Learning another language presents avenues of opportunities that as a linguist, you can pursue after school. Some options include:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Politics
  • Fashion and Design
  • Charity
  • Engineering
  • Armed Forces
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Publishing and Media
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Law

Who do I speak to for further information?

Miss E Teipoariiedwina.teipoarii@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Geography

EXAM BOARD : AQA

Introduction

GCSE Geography is a unique subject because it allows you to investigate the physical structure of the planet and how humans interact with it. You will have the opportunity to make sense of the key issues that are affecting the UK and places around the world. Furthermore you will assess how the choices made by yourself and others today can affect the world for both present and future generations.


What will I be studying?

You will study a range of physical and human geography topics over the two year course.

The Physical Geography topics are natual hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, extreme weather and climate change), tropical rainforests, hot deserts, coasts and rivers.

The Human Geography topics are the challenges facing cities in the UK and around the world, investigating why some countries are more developed than others, how the economy of the UK is changing, why we need to manage our use of food, water and energy resources and how we can use energy in the future.

You will also complete fieldwork based on a trip out of school, where you will investigate a coastal area and how tourism has had an impact on a town.


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed 100% by examination. You will complete three exams in the subject at the end of year 11. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are 1 hour and 30 minutes long and are worth 88 marks. Paper 1 is based on the Physical Geography topics and Paper 2 is based on the Human Geography topics. Paper 3 is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. The first part of paper 3 is based on a pre-release booklet, which you will get 12 weeks before the exam. The topic will be based on the knowledge you have learnt for either Paper 1 or 2. The second part is based on fieldwork skills.


Course specification and further information

Geography Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

  • Study A Level Geography – Geography A Level is a facilitating subject, which means it can be useful for a whole range of university courses and will help you keep your options open.
  • Use the transferrable skills you develop to help you gain employment in any area. Geography students are very employable, as you develop problem solving, decision making and higher-level thinking skills.
  • Take it at a degree level at University. According to the royal Geographical Society, Geography graduates have some of the highest rates of graduate employment.
  • Is useful for any career that involves the environment planning or tourism due to the knowledge you gain. The armed forces, law and business will also use the skills you can develop.

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr Mark Barlowmark.barlow@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

History

EXAM BOARD: Edecel

Introduction

GCSE History is for students who have an interest in past events and how things have developed over time. It will allow you to connect events to understand how we have got to where we are today. By analysing past events you will learn that they are often the results of multiple factors. You will assess the consequences of people’s actions and can apply the lessons you have learnt to make informed choices about your futures.


What will I be studying?

You will cover a range of Historical topics, which will deepen your knowledge of both UK and World History. There will be five main themes:

  • Theme 1 – the development of Medicine over time from 1200 until the present day.
  • Theme 2 – surgery and treatment in the British Sector of the Western Front during World War 1 from 1914 – 1918.
  • Theme 3 – Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060 – 1088.
  • Theme 4 – Super Power relations and The Cold War 1941 – 1991.
  • Theme 5 – Weimar and Nazi Germany from 1918 – 1939.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through examination only. There will be three exams that you will need to complete at the end of Year 11.

  • Paper 1 is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and will focus on themes 1 and 2.
  • Paper 2 is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and will focus on themes 3 and 4.
  • Paper 3 is 1 hour and 20 minutes long and wil focus on theme 5.

Course specification and further information

History Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

  • Study A Level History.
  • Take History at a degree level.
  • A Level History is an excellent subject for keeping your options open when choosing a degree and can be especially useful for courses that include elements of History or essay writing.
  • The analytical, writing and research skills will help you in a range of careers including hournalism, law, politics, archaeology and teaching.

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr Mark Barlowmark.barlow@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Religious Studies

EXAM BOARD: AQA

Introduction

The Religious Studies GCSE covers a range of Religious perspectives and a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring you will have a diverse choice of intriguing topics to explore and discuss. Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture and develop valuable skills that will help prepare you for further stuides.


What will I be studying?

There are two core components to the course. The first is the study of beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam. The second is the study of key themes which include relationships and family; religion and life; the existence of God and revelation; and religion, peace and conflict. These themes are all studied from a range of religious and non-religious standpoints, with specific reference to Christianity.

To explore a wide range of fundamental issues around our local and global community. To develop skills, knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs by exploring the significance, the teachings and practices of different belief systems. To enable learners to develop their own attitudes and opinions towards beliefs and religions.


How will I be assessed?

There are two exams which are 1 hour and 45 minutes long each. Each paper carries 96 marks, plus 6 for spelling, punctuation and grammar. There is no controlled assessment, assessment is all by exam at the end of the course.


Course specification and further information

Religious Studies Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

GCSE Religious Studies develops a range of transferable skills for progression. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasoned arguments, useful in other subjects as well as life beyond the classroom. It prepares people particularly well for A Levels in other Humanities and Social Sciences. Religious Studies is well known as providing excellent preparation for any job that involves working with people, important issues in people’s lives, and the rights of different people.

As such, Religious Studies often leads people into social, charity and community work; human resources and personnel; as well as being extremely useful in Law and Medicine. A GCSE in Religious Studies will build strong foundations for a career path in any of the following areas due to the transferable skills and community awareness provided in this course. These areas include Law, Politics and Government, International Relations, Theology, Journalism and Media.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Emily Evansemily.evans@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Spanish

EXAM BOARD : AQA

Introduction

The Spanish GCSE course will open your eyes to global opportunities whilst enhancing your fluency in speaking, writing and sharpening your skills in reading and listening. As a more confident and competent communicator, you will be able to demonstrate to employers that you have problem-solving skills and resilience while appreciating different cultures and learning about their language and their ways of life.


What will I be studying?

Over the two years, you will learn how to communicate more confidently in Spanish by studying three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE with AQA is assessed by final exams in the four skills in EITHER foundation or giher at the end of your two years course.

  • Written Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Oral Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Listening Examination 25% of your final grade.
  • Reading Examination 25% of your final grade.

Course specification and further information

Spanish Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Learning another language presents avenues of opportunities that as a linguist, you can pursue after school. Some options include:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Politics
  • Fashion and Design
  • Charity
  • Engineering
  • Armed Forces
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Publishing and Media
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Law

Who do I speak to for further information?

Miss E Teipoariiedwina.teipoarii@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Optional Vocational/Technical Courses

Cambridge National Level 2 Child Development

EXAM BOARD: OCR Cambridge Nationals

Introduction

The Cambridge National in Child Development covers all aspects of Child Development and parental responsibilities, from conception to five years. Students will develop the essentional theoretical knowledge, but also have the opportunity to carry out practical tasks to create the best conditions for a Child’s Development and well-being.


What will I be studying?

Students will develop the essentional knowledge and understanding of Child Development within the exam content (R018) covering topics such as; reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.

Students wil also gain knowledge from completing coursework (R019), which includes studying the equipment needs of babies and young children and gaining an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing approprate equipment to support babies and children in a nursery setting. R019 will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes by taking part in a practical task and making a healthy 2 course meal for a 4-year-old child.

Finally students will investigate the developmental norms of children from birth to five years (R020) and complete another piece of coursework that demonstrates their understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms. Students apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding throug practical play activites that they must plan and carry out on a child from birth to five years. Therefore, it is essential the student has access to a sibling/family friedn to observe as these activites and observations will be completed in the students’ own time at home.


How will I be assessed?

Child Development is a 50% split between exam and coursework. The exam (R018) will be assessing your understanding of the health and well-being for Child Development and will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first piece of coursework (R019) is broken down into 3 smaller pieces of coursework and will be assessing your understanding of the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years and including a practical task of making a 2-course meal for a child. These tasks will be completed in School. The final piece of coursework (R020) will be assessing your understanding of the development of a child from birth to five years and students will need to plan and carry out two play activites for a child.

Therefore, it is essential the student has access to a sibling/family friend to observe as these activites and observations will be completed in the students’ own time at home who is between the ages of 1-5.


Course specification and further information

The BTEC Child Development course is a 2 year vocationa course.

BTEC Child Development Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

The BTEC Child Development course is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Socialogy and Biology. Specific Childcare qualifications could include; Early Years & Education qualifications such as; Caring for Children, Early Years Education Apprenticeship, Early Years Practitioner, Supporting Teaching and Learning Early Years Studies. Potential further careers could include health professional roles such as Midwives, Paediatric Doctor, Nursery Nurses, Social Workers, Speech and Language therapists, Teachers, Childminder.

Furthermore, if students go on to have families of their own in the future, they will have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a parent, pregnancy, labour and care for a baby/child.


Who do i speak to for further information?

Mrs Claire Woolassclaire.woolass@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

BTEC Health and Social Care

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

Introduction

This qualification introduces students to the biggest employment sector int he UK, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and childcare services as well as a range of independent providers which prodivde care in a variety of settings. The course allows students to develop a knowledge of human lifespan development and practical application of the care value base in health and social care. Students will also produce a health care plan for case study in Year 11 which will give them the skills to understand medical data and to be able to apply this knowledge to the production of a tailored health care plan on a case study provided by the examination board.


What will I be studying?

It is good practice for students to show awareness of current issues in the health and social care sector in their coursework and written exams. It is therefore suggested that students watch the latest documentaries around the core topics. This will enable them to enage in discussions around abuse and non-discriminatory practice.

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development (internal assessment) (Year 10)

Students will investigate how human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

  • Human growth and development across the life stages and the factors that affect it.
  • An investigation on how individuals deal with life events.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values (intenal assessment)

Students study health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They will also develop skills in applying the care values. This will help the students to understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them, and to be able to demonstrate care values and review their own practice.

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing (externally assessed)

Students will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physioogical and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan. The following will be covered:

  • Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of factors that affect health and well being.
  • Be able to interpret health indicators.
  • Be able to design a person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plan.
  • Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of how to overcome obstacles relating to health and wellbeing improvement plans.

Throughout the two years’ students will be assessed through knowledge tests and exam questions ot ensure they develop the skills and understanding needed to be a success.

How will I be assessed?

This course is 60% Internal Controlled Assessment and 40% External Exaination. the external examination is sat in the Spring of Year 11 (early entry) with resits in the Summer term. In Year 10 two internal controlled assessments will be completed, with the other two pieces completed in Year 11. These internal assessments are completed independently in school on ChromeBooks.


Course specification and further information

BTEC Health and Social Care Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

This qualification provides a clear progression route to the Level 3 qualification and further study at either university or one of the many health care apprenticeship schemes that the NHS is now providing.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Sara Taylorsara.taylor@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

BTEC Sport

EXAM BOARD: Pearson BTEC

Introduction

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, whilse also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry.


What will I be studying?

You will study three main units covering the knowledge and skills required for the sports sector, these units are:

  • Fitness for sport and exercise.
  • Practical performance in sport.
  • Applying the principles of personal training.

You will build on the knowledge gained in these units and study one further unit, covering;

  • Leading sports activites.

How will I be assessed?

You will carry out assginments throughout the two-year course. these assignments will be marked y your teacher, who will give feedback as to how you are getting on. For the assessment of Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training, you will draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed during the course as it is the final unit you will cover.

The assessment for Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Excerise is an onscreen test which is marked by Pearson. The exam is one hour long and you will have two chance to gain at least a Pass.

Each unit is worth the same amount o marks and you can achieve a Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit.


Course specification and further information

BTEC Sport Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Studying the pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Aware in Sport provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto:

  • Other Level 2 vocational qualifications.
  • Levl 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Sport
  • A Levels
  • Apprenticeships

Who do I speak to for further information?

Miss Kayleigh Hornerkayleigh.horner@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Cambridge National Level 2 Creative iMedia

EXAM BOARD: OCR

Introduction

Creative iMedia is a vocational technical qualification suitable for students who wish to develop their practical skills and knowledge regarding the use of ICT in media production. Students will use software to design and create products including digital graphics, video games and apps.


What will I be studying?

You will be studying four units:

  • Pre-production skills – This unit will develop students understanding of pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
  • Creating digital graphics – Students will plan, design and create digital graphics using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Creating interactive multimedia products – Students will plan, design and creative a functioning kiosk application.
  • Developing Digital Games – Students will plan, design and create a game with multiple levels.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is worth 25% of the final course grade.

  • Pre-production skills – 60 marks, 75 minutes exam at the end of the course.
  • Creating digital graphics – teaching assessed coursework, 60 marks.
  • Interactive multimedia products – teacher assessed coursework, 60 marks.
  • Games Development – teacher assessed coursework, 60 marks.

Course specification and further information

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Specification


Where could this course take you next?

Creative iMedia is effective preparation for a range of level 3 courses including IT, Digital Media, Games Design, Digitial Design, and Animation.

There are many different careers that Creative iMedia could help you move towards, including;

  • Games Design
  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Graphics Designer
  • Website Development and Maintenance
  • Digital Marketing
  • App Development

Who do i speak to for further information?

Mr James Underwoodjames.underwood@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

RSL Dance

EXAM BOARD: RSL

Introduction

RSL Dance is an exciting opporunity for students who have a passion for dancing. This course is for you if you want to learn about the structure of dance. You must be interested in being a creative performer and choreographer. The course requires self-discipline, determination and hard work, extra rehearsals, after school and participation in school performance is required. Students need a willingness to learn from others, especially professionals in the industry is necessary. The ability to work part of a team, be supportive, and respect others is vital.


What will I be studying?

In this 2-year course, you will specialise in the dance pathway. You will take part in workshops covering a range of dance genres such as, Contemporary, Street Dance, Lyrical, Jazz and Cultural Dance. You will be learning set choreography and developing your own dance material, you will learn the key elements and stylistic qualities of dance. Students will plan, rehearse and perform dance material in serveral showcases and productions, evaluating your progress as you go.


How will I be assessed?

RSL is taught practically with elements of written coursework, essays, recorded interviews, blogs, diagrams and log books. One Internal Core Unit will be chosen which is worth 50% of the course marks. The External Exam Unit is a Live Performance Unit which is worth 50% of the marks. Both units will involve written planning tasks, rehearsal, performance and a written evaluation. Grading for this course is achieved in a Pass (4), Merit (5.5) and Distinction (7).


Course specification and further information

RSL Dance Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Further qualifications:

  • Dance Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Musical Theatre Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Dance Foundation Degree.
  • Theatre Arts BA (Hones).
  • MADD Dance/Musical Theatre Diploma.

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Sarah Waldronsarah.waldron@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Hospitality and Catering

EXAM BOARD: WJEC

Introduction

This option is for students who have a genuine interest in the hospitality and catering industry, how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful and who enjoy cooking.


What will I be studying?

You will be expected to participate in a range of activites which support the Hospitality and Catering sector. This includes exploring all businesses that provide food, beverages and accommodation services. You will investigate catering establishments to understand how they operate including the different roles, training, rates of pay and job opportunities. You will gain knowledge of food preparation, nutrition and cooking through practical activites. You will expected to participate in all.


How will I be assessed?

You will produce a range of portfolio design work throughout the two years. You will be expected to produce products and design work with independence, which will help you complete your external exam in Year 11.

There are 2 mandatory units to complete in Year 11.

Unit 1: Hospitality and Catering Industry: You will focus on learning about different types of providers, legislation, food safety and the roles and responsibilites within the sector.

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action: You will develop practical skills for planning, preparing, cooking and presenting nutritional dishes to meet specific client’s needs.

You will be assessed primarily in a vocational context, though half termly assessments that will test your knowledge, skills and techniques to help you improve your planning, preparation and cooking skills.


Course specification and further information

Hospitality and Catering Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

After completing the WJEC Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering you may be interested in progressing to other qualifications relevant to working in the sector, such as WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate/Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition, Level 2/Level 3 Diplomas in Hospitality and Catering, Level 2/Level 3 Diplomas in Professional Cooking, Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr Paul Knightonpaul.knighton@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

Art and Design Practice

EXAM BOARD: BTEC

Introduction

You wil explore ideas and take risks in your design and make projects, to develop a portfolio of work which will demonstrate expertise in a range of material areas. You will be encouraged to think and approach your lessons like a designer. You will be exposed to the wider concepts of the design process to understand the importance of being sustainable and responsible towards to the environment and users we design products for.


What will I be studying?

This course can help you take your first steps towards a career in Design, Technology and Product Design. The areas of study will include Textile, Graphic and Product Design. This will include opportunities to design and make 2D and 3D products in fabric, plastic, metal and wood. You will also have the opportunity to explore glass, card and paper.

You will learn essential skills such as design illustration, learning how to follow a design brief, how to meet client needs and how to comumunicate ideas through design discussions. You will learn to draw, design and develop your ideas into a 3D reality. You will be expected to learn and work with independence to create a range of products for a range of contexts, such as Interiors. You will be inspired by other designers and makers, by developing your research techniques to inform and develop your ideas.


How will I be assessed?

You will produce a range of portfolio design work throughout the two years. You will be expected to produce products and design work with independence, which will help you complete your external exam in Year 11.

In Year 11 you will produce 2 portfolios and products of work. This will be interally assessed. You will also be expected to produce a portfolio of design work and product in an external exam which will take 15 – 20 hours to produce. You will always be assessed primarily in a vocational context, though half termly assessments will test your knowledge, skills and techniques to help you improve your diesnging and manufacturing ability further.


Course specfication and further information

Vocational Style of learning

Guided Learning Hours (9GLH: 120)

2 Year Course

Mixed Materials (Art and Design Practice) Specfications


Where could this course take you next?

Post 16 study and/or apprenticeships leading to a career as:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Product Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Web Designer

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Yvette Harveyyvette.harvey@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

RSL Drama

EXAM BOARD: RSL

Introduction

RSL Acting is an exciting and practical course where you will learn how to perform different genres and peformance styles, how to plan, rehearse and perform plays and how to evaluate the success of performances. The course requires hard work and dedication and the ability to work well with others, Team is at the heart of performing. You will have the exciting opporunity to perform your work on the stage to an audience.


What will I be studying?

In this two-year course you will study, prepare, rehearse and perform a range of performance genres and styles including Modern Scripted plays, Classic scripted plays, Naturalism, Epic theatre and Commedia Dell’Arte. You will learn how to plan performances, the jobs in the Performing Arts industry and Health and Safety requirements to stage your own performances.


How will I be assessed?

One Internal Core Unit will be chosen which is worth 50% of the course marks. This will involve written planning tasks, rehearsals, performance and a written evaluation. The External Exam Unit is a Live Performance Unit which is worth 50% of the marks this also included written planning, rehearsal, performance and a written evaluation.


Course specification and further information

RSL Drama Specfications


Where could this course take you next?

Studying the RSL Acting course could lead to:

  • RSL Acting Level 3
  • BTEC Acting Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • A Level Theatre Studies
  • Drama BA (Hones)
  • Theatre and Dramatic Arts BA (Hons)

Who do I speak to for further information?

Mrs Kim Salvinkim.salvin@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk

RSL Music Technology

EXAM BOARD: RSL

Introduction

Music Technology is all about how music is made in the modern age. The course explores the use of recording studios, computer software, microphones and production techniques to create new and exciting music.


What will I be studying?

Music Technology is split into three key areas:

  • Recording – learning to use our two recording studios to Independently record and produce live bands.
  • Music Knowledge – this is the study of Popular Music! What made Rock n Roll? Is Reggae more than just a great sauce? What are the building blocks of House.
  • Producing – in this we teach you to produce using professional software used today across the world to create the latest music.

How will I be assessed?

First the big headline – there is no exam! You are assessed on a small amount of coursework and your practical abilities.

Over the course you will:

  • Record bands and produce them
  • Remix famous DJ’s work (and get to meet them!)
  • Listen to a mountain of different songs and analyse them
  • Develop your production skills
  • Evaluate, reflect and then plan again your next project

Everything you do on this course, from day one, contributes to your final grade.


Course specification and further information

RSL Music Technology Specifications


Where could this course take you next?

Thanks to our record of achieving extremely high results and producing well trained, professional Music Technology students we enjoy a excellent reputation in the community. Particuarly so with the over-subscribed Confetti in the City.

After Post-16 courses in Music Technology, Live Sound and Sound Design many of our students go onto University to study various courses based originally in the lesson taught during KS4.

We are now starting to see some of our students move into careers within the Music industry. These include roles within Film and TV, theatrical venues, creating acoustic spaces and sel-employed composers.


Who do I speak to for further information?

Mr Chris Collingtonchris.collington@ellisguilfordschool.org.uk