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Year 8 Options

Welcome to our Year 8 Options process.

The Options Evening will take place on Thursday 6th February from 5pm – 7pm. 

Presentations will be held in the hall at 5pm and repeated at 6pm. 

This will be the ideal opportunity to have all your questions answered about subjects by those specialists who teach it. Key course information for GCSE Choices, Core Subjects and Other Options can be found below. 

Booking Process: 

Please click on the following link which will take you to the options online page where you will be asked to select your method of registering.  To access and complete the process, you will need your individual login details, these details were emailed to parents/carers on Friday 24th January 2020. All forms must be completed by Friday 28th February 2020.

www.sims-options.co.uk

For any queries, or if you have not received your login details, please contact Mr Perkins by calling the school 01293 420500 or email ope@ifieldcc.co.uk

For guidance on how to book options online, please click here

Please click here to view frequently asked questions. 

GCSE Choices 

Geography

Lead teacher - Mrs D Fagan
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 to 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

 
 
 
Course Outline

Geography covers a variety of physical and human geography these that show how dynamic our world is and how people-environment interactions lead to change. The units covered are: 

  • Our Natural Word -  topics included are global hazards; changing climate; distinictive landscapes and ecosystems. 
  • People and Society -  topics are urban futures; dynamic development; UK in the 21st century and resource reliance. 
  • Geographical Exploration - a decisions making exercise and geographical skills. 

Fieldwork is compulsory and there will be one physical and one human geography based fieldwork day. 

 Exam Details

Exam Board - OCR B
Unit 1 'Our Natural World'  - 70 marks and worth 35% of the GCSE. Incorporates content of unit plus physical fieldwork questions. 
Unit 2 'People and Society' - 70 marks and worth 35% of the GCSE. Incorporates content of unit plus human fieldwork questions. 
Unit 3 'Geographical Exploration'  - 60 marks and worth 30% of the GCSE. Consists of decision making activity and synoptic skills. 

Career Progression

Geography is a subject that develops skills for the future and as such is useful for all careers. In particular, geography benefits any career which requires problem solving, decision making, report writing, data handling, thinking creatively and working independently. Geography provides the tools to help students communicate effectively bother verbally and in written form. 

GCSE Geography can lead to A levels in Geography as well as opening up the opportunity to study a broad range of other subjects at these levels. 

Subject Links 

Geography complements Science, History, Business Studies and Foreign Languages. 

Further Requirements 

There are no further requirements.

History

Lead Teacher - Miss M Evans
Qualification - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Both medieval and modern history is studied for GCSE History.

Crime and Punishments in Britain, c1000-2016 -  This topic looks at the changing nature of criminal activity and different types of punishment and torture. It includes a special study of policing in Whitechapel which focuses on the investigation into Jack the Ripper

Elizabethan England -  This topics looks in detail at the reign of Elizabeth I. Key areas studied include why she didn't marry, plots against her and the explorations of men such as Francis Drake. 

Superpower relations and the Cold War -  This topic looks at why the Cold War started. Key incidents like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the building of the Berlin Wall, and why the Cold War ended. 

The USA 1954-19754 - This topic begins by looking at the development of the civil rights movement. Key figures such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are studied, as well as the actions of the KKK. We also look at the Vietnam Watr in detail. 

Exam Details 

100% exams
Three exams on the four topics at the end of year 11. 

Career Progression

By studying History at GCSE you will be picking up a range of skills that will be useful for virtually any job. You will learn:

  • how people think and what motivates them; 
  • to gather information of all different kinds and check if it is biased or unreliable; 
  • to analyse and evaluate people and events; 
  • how to communicate clearly and learn to express yourself bother verbally and on paper. 

Typical careers that you can into with History degree are Law, Journalism, the Media, Teaching, Politics, the Armed Forces, Social Work, the financial sector and working in museums. 

Subject Links 

History complements Geography, English Language and English Literature, and Religious Studies. 

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.

French

Lead teacher - Miss F Vincent
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Foundation tier (grades 5-1)
          - Higher tier (9-4)
Lessons per fortnight  -5

Course Outline

Using the four skills - listening, reading and writing to study the following themes:

  • Identity and Culture -  Relationships with family and friends, free-time activities, technology in everyday life. 
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest -  Home and town, travel and tourism, healthy and unhealthy living, the environment, voluntary work. 
  • Current and future study and employment -  Life at school and career choices. 
Exam Details

Exam board - AQA

Four assessments consisting of: one listening, one reading, one speaking and one writing. Each assessment represents 25% of the final GCSE marks. 
Students may be entered for Foundation tier or Higher tier, all four assessments must be taken in the same tier.

Career Progression

Many universities favour candidates offering a second language and some employers offer higher salaries. 

A second language might also be used;

  • In further education, with law or other subjects
  • To work abroad
  • In catering, marketing, banking, media, fashion, travel and tourism, and engineering
Subject Links

English, Geography, History, Law, Media, Business Studies, Travel and Tourism. 

Further Requirements

You will need to develop confidence in speaking in a foreign language. Good literacy skills and the ability to develop strategies for memorising vocabulary and rules of grammar would be useful. 
You might also want to use the skill acquired in learning French to learn an additional language.

Spanish

Lead teacher - Miss F Vincent
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Foundation tier (grades 5-1)
          - Higher tier (grades 9-4)
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Using the four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing to study the following themes:

  • Identity and Culture: Relationship with family and friends, free-time activities, technology in everyday life.
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home and town, travel and tourism, healthy and unhealthy living, the environment, voluntary work.
  • Current and future study and employment: Life at school and career choices
Exam Details

Four assessments consisting of: one listening, one reading, one speaking and one writing. Each assessment represents 25% of the final GCSE marks. 
Students may be entered for Foundation tier or Higher tier, all four assessments must be taken in the same tier.

Career Progression

Many universities favour candidates offering a second language and some employers offer higher salaries. 

A second language might also be used;

  • In further education, with law or other subjects
  • To work abroad
  • In catering, marketing, banking, media, fashion, travel and tourism, and engineering
Subject Links

English, Geography, History, Law, Media, Business Studies, Travel and Tourism. 

Further Requirements

You will need to develop confidence in speaking in a foreign language. Good literacy skills and the ability to develop strategies for memorising vocabulary and rules of grammar would be useful. 
You might also want to use the skill acquired in learning Spanish to learn an additional language.

Art

Lead teacher - Mr D Ares
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

Year 9 GCSE foundation: The first year aims to build on your artistic skills and understanding to prepare you for the assessed exam projects in year 10 and 11. You will work with a range of materials, techniques and processes including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and photography. You will work with 2D, 3D and digital resources.

Year 10 and 11: Component 1 Personal Portfolio worth 60% of your final GCSE

Work for this unit will initially be set by your teachers and then self-directed. You will have the opportunity to generate ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources, experiment with a wider range of materials, techniques and processes. You will learn to develop and refine your ideas towards producing large final pieces. (This will consist of 2 projects)

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment worth 40% of your final GCSE represents the culmination of the GCSE course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point for which you will develop preparation work from the end of January in year 11.  At the end of this time you will sit a ten-hour period of sustained focus under exam conditions. (This will consist of 1 project)

Exam Details

Edexcel GCSE Fine Art, 1FAO

Assessment Objective 1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

Assessment Objective 2 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

Assessment Objective 3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

Assessment Objective 4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Career Progression

Art & Design is a subject that has both direct and indirect links with specific career pathways and in particular will benefit any career that has a visual, design based, creative, imaginative or craft focus.

GCSE Fine Art provides a solid foundation for many careers, for example, fine arts, interior design, graphics, fashion, gaming, architecture and many other areas within the creative arts industry

Subject Links

Students who intend to progress into further education (VI form) would be advised to link their art option with Science, Media, Psychology, English, History, I.T. These combinations open many exciting career pathways.

Further Requirements 

A genuine interest in the visual arts including artist research, culture, film, media, and photography and visiting galleries/museums would be of considerable benefit.

Design & Technology 

Lead teacher - Mrs S Langridge
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

Design & Technology is a diverse and creative subject where you will learn about food design principles and develop the knowledge and skills needed to make quality prototypes that solve real world problems. 

You will learn:

  • About new and emerging technologies, traditional materials and processes, electronics, mechanical systems, sustainability and social issues, CAD and CAM and the iterative design strategy. 
  • How to use Math in both manufacturing and designing, calculating costings and analysing data. You will become proficient in effective communication, problem solving and able to make quality prototypes from a range of materials. 
  • Drawing techniques including free hand, working drawings and CAD modelling as a means of communicating your ideas. Whilst you do not need to be an artist, and may think you cannot draw, this should not deter you from the course, but a can do is critical.

Design & Technology is a member of the STEM subjects and will well suit students who excel in Physics and Maths who wish to further their education post GCSE. 

This is a dynamic and fast paced subject that has lots to offer learners both in the classroom and post GCSE. Design & Technology will change the way you see the world around you and help you develop the skills and competitive edge you need moving forwards. 

Exam Details 

Exam board - AQA

Design & Technology has two units, the NEA and an end of year 11 exam.

The NEA – The non-exam assessment is worth 50% of your GCSE grade. Your teacher will guide you through the design process and you will research and eventually make a working prototype which aims to address a real world problem. Each pupil will have a unique prototype (practical) which they design and develop with the iterative design strategy.

The Exam – This is worth 50% of your GCSE grade. You will sit the exam at the end of year 11.

Career Progression

Design & Technology can be a great entry route for learners interested in Designing, Manufacturing or Engineering. The UK currently has a shortage of skilled workforce, especially engineers.

Crawley has excellent job opportunities in D&T related sectors and there are many opportunities available to apply for a range of apprenticeships or to further your study at University.

Find out more about engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships at  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/engineering-and-manufacturing-apprenticeships

There is a real drive to get more women into engineering, so do not let gender stereotypes put you off, this could in fact be a real advantage in securing a high calibre engineering career. Find out more about women in engineering at  https://www.wes.org.uk/.

                  

Subject Links 

Literacy, Maths, Science, Business, Art

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Drama

Lead teacher - Miss J Salter / Miss T McThredder
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grade 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

You will:

  • Have many opportunities to work on exciting scripts
  • Devise your own performances
  • Acquire of a range of skills and new performance styles
  • Go on theatre trips to local theatres, Brighton or London’s West End
  • Develop an understanding of the technical aspects of theatre
Exam Details

67% Theory coursework

C1 - Internally examined essay (1,500-2,000 words)
C2 - Written coursework on a play
C3 - Written exam on An Inspector Calls and a live show

33% Performance Exam
C1 -  Internally examined performance ( sample sent to exam board).
C2 - Externally marked performance

Career Progression

Actor, Director, Technical team (lighting, sound, props, set, costume, makeup, and masks), TV and film industry (Producer, Camera Man, Stunt Man, etc.) Teaching, Lecturing, Workshop Leader, Youth Worker, Script writing and editing.

Subject Links

English, Music, Dance, Performing Arts GCSE, Theatre Studies AS and A2 level, Performing Arts BTEC, History A level, English Literature A level, English Language A level and Media Studies A level.

Further Requirements

Students must have participated in all practical lessons in key stage three, be available at lunchtime and after school for rehearsals and be able to attend theatre trips.

Cooking & Nutrition                 (Limited spaces available)

Lead teacher - Mr N Elliott
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

This course gives you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge about food, building on your achievements in key stage 3 and broadening your understanding of the catering industry.

The main emphasis in the first two years is to improve practical skills including basic butchery, preparing various ingredients, understanding the functions of components in a recipe, designing your own dish, health and safety, nutritional aspects of food, ecology and environmental issues and many different aspects concerning the catering industry and food.  

The final year (year 11) the focus is on the exam criteria, using the information that you have gained; this includes practical work as well as theory and research.

Exam Details

50% Written exam - 1hr 45 minutes
50% - 2 NSA Tasks
The first task (30%) is an investigation with some practical work, the second task (70%) is based on a practical subject with supporting theory, and a 3 hour practical exam.

Career Progression 

On completion of this course you can do a B-tech hospitality course in 6th form, college catering courses/ leisure and tourism, or a catering apprenticeship. The hospitality industry is the largest in the world and still growing, from roadside burger vans to 7 star hotels to luxury cruise liners to gastro pubs and much more. 

Subject Links

Food Technology draws knowledge from designing, making, design & technology, English, STEM related subjects including Maths, Science and ICT; it also links well with PE and Health and Social Care. Naturally it is expected that you will be interested and good at all/some of these subjects.

Further Requirements

To enjoy and embrace food. There is a charge for practical lessons when we supply the ingredients.

Media Studies                   (Limited spaces available)

Lead teacher - Miss V Yiannopoulos
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Component 1: Exploring the Media  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements.

 Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games.  

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music. 

Section A: Television: One question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required) One question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Section B: Music (music videos and online media) One question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required) One question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Component 3: Creating Media Products Non-exam assessment   30% of qualification

An individual media production for an intended audience in response to a choice of briefs set by WJEC/Eduqas, applying knowledge and understanding of media language and representation.

Exam Details

Component 1: Exploring the Media  Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification

Section A: One question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required) and one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form.  Part (a) is based on media contexts. Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response. 

Section B: One stepped question on media industries and one stepped question on audiences.

Component 2: Understanding Media Forms and Products Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 30% of qualification

Please see the course outline (above) for further details. 

Career Progression

A good grade in GCSE Media Studies will allow you to follow a career path within the media industry. The next step towards this could be studying A level Media Studies. Additionally, your media GCSE could help get you get your foot in the door of the world’s most talked about industry.  

This course may be beneficial for anyone who is interested in the following career paths: journalism, film making/ editing, marketing/ advertising, web design/ interactive.

Subject Links

Performing Arts, Music, Theatre Studies, Drama, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Film Studies.

Further Requirements

An interest in any media form will greatly enhance a student’s enjoyment of this course.

Religious Education

Lead teacher - Mrs N King
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 -1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

GCSE religious studies will explore a range of issues which deal with the role of humans and religion:

Human Relationships: What’s the point of families? Why do people have differing attitudes to homosexuality? Do we need marriage anymore? Why do people get divorced? Are women equal to men?

Issues of Good and Evil: What is good? Are we in charge of our own actions? What is evil? Why do people suffer? Why do we punish? Should the death penalty be allowed?

Issues of Life and Death: How did the world come into being? What happens after we die? Does life have value? Do we have the right to take a life?
Is abortion acceptable?

Issues of Human Rights: Are Human Rights important?  Why does racism happen? Do we have a duty to help the poor? Do people have a right to believe whatever they want? Do we need religion anymore?

All of these topics are explored through two religious perspectives, and the GCSE also involves an in-depth study of Christianity and one other religion.

Exam Details

100% examination, three papers at the end of year 11 (4 hours).

Career Progression

By studying religious studies at GCSE you will be picking up a range of skills that will be useful for virtually any job, especially jobs in public services such as medicine, police, teaching, social work and law. You will learn:

  • How people think and what motivates them
  • The value of cultural and religious diversity
  • About different attitudes to many global affairs
  • The debates over moral, ethical and religious issues in the world today
  • To communicate clearly and learn to express opinions both verbally and on paper
Subject Links

Religious studies complement Geography, History, English Language and Literature.

 

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Computer Science             (Entry requirements apply)

Lead teacher - Mrs A Kansara
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Level 2 qualification, grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

The Computer Science 9-1 GCSE course is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs 

The course is split into 2 units:
J277/01: Computer systems. This unit assesses the following:
  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory and Storage
  • Computer networks, connections and protocols
  • Network Security
  • Systems Software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts on digital technology

J277/02: Computer thinkings, algorithms and programming. This unit assesses the following:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Producing robust programs
  • Boolean logic
  • Programming languages and integrated Development Environments
Exam Details

Written Paper 1 - J277/01 Computer systems
1 hour and 30 minutes
50% of GCSE
Non Calculator paper - 80 marks

Written paper 2 - J277/02: Computer thinkings, algorithms and programming
1 hour and 30 minutes
50% of GCSE
Non Calculator paper - 80 marks - split into two sections

Career Progression 

The skills that Computer Science develops would be useful in a wide variety of industries ranging from IT, engineering and manufacturing, construction, performing arts, management, journalism and publishing, and medical technology, the list is endless with  career options including:

  • Creative careers – game designer, web designer, graphic artist, animator
  • Technical careers – product developer, software developer, programmer, technician

Computer science provides a route into further and higher education to study computing, ICT, game design, product design, business studies and multimedia.

Subject Links

Computing is STEM related subject. Other links include ICT, Maths, English, Science, Business Studies, Art, Product Design and Media Studies.

 

Further Requirements

This course is only available to students who have an average points score of 105 or higher from their KS2 data.
Experience of using coding languages such as Python, Java/Javascript. C++ etc is recommended.

Psychology                           (Entry requirements apply)

Lead teacher - Mr M Doyle
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Topic 1- Memory - Structures of memory, memory as an active process, forgetting, schemas and the accuracy of memory.

Topic 2- Perception - Fields of vision and the eye, convergence and depth perception, optical illusions, and cultural factors affecting ambiguity.

Topic 3- Development - Brain development, neural structures in the womb, Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and Dweck’s theory of growth mindset.

Topic 4- Research methods - Variables, sampling methods, research design, interpreting data, interviews, case studies and field data.

Topic 5- Social influence - Conformity, obedience, crowd and collective behaviour.

Topic 6-Language, thought and communication - Relationship between language and thought, human and animal communication, non-verbal communication.

Topic 7- Brain and neuropsychology - Structures of the brain, nervous system, neural communication, localisation and brain injury.

Topic 8- Psychological Problems - Mental health, mental health problems, depression, OCD, addiction, and therapies.

Exam Details 

Exam board - AQA 

Paper 1:     1 hour and 45 minutes (100 marks)
Topics 1 - 4
Multiple choice, short answer, and extended writing

Paper 2:     1 hour and 45 minutes (100 marks)
Topics 5 - 8
Multiple choice, short answer, and extended writing

Career Progression

Students will develop skills in explaining scientific ideas, using mathematical skills and evaluating theories in extended writing. This gives students a range of skills that can be applied to many different A-level qualifications such as Biology, Mathematics, History and Law. 

The topics in Psychology lend themselves nicely to occupations in healthcare such as nursing, counselling, mental health practitioner, and therapy. As well as this, students develop a range of scientific skills that can be applied to neuroscience, psychiatry and medicine. Extended writing and evaluative skills would suit an individual who was interested in law, higher education and accountancy.

Subject Links

Biology, Mathematics, History, Sociology, and Philosophy.

Further Requirements

An interest in the biological sciences and a competency in extended writing is desirable.

This course is only available to students who have an average points score of 105 or higher from their KS2 data.

Triple Science                     (Entry requirements apply)

Lead teacher - Miss A Heath
Qualification  -  GCSE (3 GCSES)
Level - Foundation tier (grades 9-4)
          - Higher tier (grades 9-4)
Lessons per fortnight - 13 (8 Core lessons, plus 5 from option block) 

Course Outline 

Biology includes:

  • Cell biology and Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry includes:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere

Physics includes:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

The new specification focuses on application of this content to scientific investigation, ‘how science works’ ideas, mathematical skills and the quality of written English.

Exam Details 

Year 11 - 2 written papers for each Science (100%).

Each paper is out of 100 marks, has a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the GCSE in that subject. For example, the Biology GCSE grade is an accumulation from papers 1 and 2 in Biology.

All papers have a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

Career Progression 

Students can go on to study AS / A levels in Biology, Chemistry and / or Physics, or, BTEC Level 3 in Applied Human Biology. This opens the door to possible careers in medicine, nursing, forensic science, veterinary science, sport, sciences and retail business, research, Architecture, Sports data analysis .

Science qualifications at GCSE level enable students to obtain places on apprenticeships in the building, cosmetic, hair and beauty, manufacturing and engineering industries.

Subject Links 

Science links well with Maths, ICT, Product Design, Psychology, Geography, Health and Social Care, Sports subjects and History. 

 

Further Requirements 

This course is only available to students who have an average points score of 105 or higher from their KS2 data. 

Core Subjects

English Language 

Lead teacher - Mr R Weetman
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 8 (this includes English Literature)

Course Outline 

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
50% of total GCSE, 80 marks
Section A – Reading: One literature fiction text
Section B – Writing:   Descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives 
50% of total GCSE, 80 marks
Section A – Reading:  One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text    Section B – Writing:    Writing to present a viewpoint

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language 
0% weighting of GCSE
Teacher set throughout course
Marked by teacher
Separate endorsement

Exam Details 

Exam Board - AQA

Paper 1: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Section A:  Reading: 40 marks – 25%

  • 1 short form question  (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Section B:  Writing:   (40 marks – 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question  (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2:     1 hour and 45 minutes

Section A:  Reading: 40 marks – 25%

  • 1 short form question  (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Section B:  Writing:   (40 marks – 25%)

  • 1 extended writing question  (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-examination Assessment:

Spoken Language

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English
Career progression 

A good GCSE in English is a vital prerequisite for all career paths from those beginning employment to those going into further education. Students interested in English go on to study language or literature at A level as well as English’s many related subjects. From here, careers include Law, Media, Journalism, Education and the Civil Service. 

Subject Links 

Performing Arts, Dance, Theatre Studies, Drama, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, History, Law, Film Studies

Further Requirements 

There are no further requirements. 

English Literature

Lead teacher - Mr R Weetman
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 8 (this includes English Language)

Course Outline 

Paper 1:     1 hour and 45 minutes    64 marks

Section A:  Shakespeare:

  • Students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B:  The 19th century novel

  • Students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2:     2 hours and 15 minutes   96 marks

Section A:  Modern texts

  • Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B:  Poetry

  • Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C: Unseen poetry

Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem

Set texts -  ONE from each bullet point:

  • Shakespeare: Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night.
  • British fiction or drama: Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, Anita and Me, The Woman in Black, An Inspector Calls, Hobson’s Choice, Blood Brothers, Journey’s End.
  • 19th century novel: Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Silas Marner, Frankenstein.
Exam Results  

Exam Board - AQA

Paper 1: 40% of total GCSE
Section A - Shakespeare
Section B - The 19th century novel

Paper 2: 60% of total GCSE
Section A - Modern texts
Section B - Poetry
Section C - Unseen poetry

Career Progression 

A good GCSE in English is a vital prerequisite for all career paths from those beginning employment to those going into further education. Students interested in English go on to study language or literature at A level as well as English’s many related subjects. From here, careers include Law, Media, Journalism, Education and the Civil Service.

Subject Links 

Performing Arts, Dance, Theatre Studies, Drama, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, History, Law, Film Studies. 

Further Requirements 

An interest in reading will greatly enhance a student's enjoyment of this course. 

Maths

Lead teacher - Mr Forsyth
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Foundation tier (grades 5-1)
          - Higher tier (grades 9-4)
Lessons per fortnight - 7

Course Outline 

The mathematics that is studied at GCSE level is organised under the following headings:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

The three assessment objectives are:

Use and apply standard techniques

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly

Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • interpret and communicate information      accurately

Solve problems within mathematics in other concepts

  • translate problems in mathematical or nonmathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
Exam Details 

Exam Board - Edexcel
Both higher and foundation tier have three exam papers that must be taken in the same examination series. 
Paper 1 - Non-calculator 33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2 - Calculator 33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3 - Calculator  33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Career Progression 

Basic skills in numeracy are required for the majority of careers. Being numerate increases a person’s confidence and is a building block for many jobs. Grade 5 in GCSE mathematics is a prerequisite for many courses in further education and also careers in teaching and medicine.

Subject Links 

Maths is a STEM related subject. Other links include ICT, Science, Geography, Product Design, Art, Computing and Physical Education. 

 

Further Requirements 

Students may be asked to attend extra classes after school, in preparation for the examinations. 

Science

Lead Teacher - Miss A Heath
Qualification  - GCSE (Combined Science Trilogy)
Level - Foundation tier (grades 9-4)
          - Higher tier (grades 5-1)
Lessons per fortnight - 8

Course Outline 

Biology includes:

  • Cell biology and Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry includes:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere

Physics includes:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

The new specification focuses on application of this content to scientific investigation, ‘how science works’ ideas, mathematical skills and the quality of written English.  

Exam Details

Exam Board - AQA

Year 11

6 written papers (100%).

Each individual paper has a duration of 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 16.7% of the GCSE.

All papers have a combination of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

Career Progression 

Students can go on to study AS / A levels in Biology, Chemistry and / or Physics, or, BTEC Level 3 in Applied Human Biology. This opens the door to careers in medicine, nursing, forensic science, veterinary science, sport, sciences and retail business, research, Architecture, Sports data analysis. 

Science qualifications at GCSE level enable students to obtain places on apprenticeships in the building, cosmetic, hair and beauty, manufacturing and engineering industries.

Subject Links 

Science is a STEM related subject and links well with mathematics, ICT, product design, psychology, geography, health and social care, sports subjects and Humanities.

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements. 

PE 

Lead teacher - Mr D Ward
Qualification  - No formal examination
Level - N/A
Lessons per fortnight - 2

Course Outline 

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It not only helps students to keep fit, it also develops other aspects such as co-ordination and team working skills.

Students will be able to opt for the activities that they wish to take part in for six week blocks. This includes extras that they have not tried before such as leadership and fitness.

Exam Details

Internal assessment – no formal examination.

Career Progression 

Coaching, teaching, physiotherapy, employment in leisure centres plus a multitude of careers associated with leisure and recreation. PE is also an asset for careers in the fire service, police force and armed forces

Subject Links 

PE will reinforce the work in for students taking options in OCR Sport, leisure and tourism, biology and health and social care and encourage a ‘sport for life’ attitude. 

Further Requirements 

Correct ICC PE kit for the activity in which you are taking part. 

Other Options 

Business Studies

Lead teacher - Mrs Osei-Bempong
Qualification  - OCR Cambridge in Enterprise and Marketing, Level 1/2 (equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Level - Level 2 - Distinction * (*2), Distinction (D2), Merit (M2), Pass (P2)
            Level 1 - Pass (P1), Merit (M1) and Distinction (D1) and unclassified
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Certificate Units:
Unit R064 Enterprise and marketing concepts (External 1:30 min Exam)
Unit R065 Design a business proposal  (Internal OCR set Assignment)
Unit R066 Market and pitch a business proposal (internal OCR set Assignment)

Exam Details

Exam Board - OCR

R064 is a written paper, there are 60 GLH. Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
RO65 & RO66 are internally assessed but moderated either using the OCR repository or postal moderation.

You will study three mandatory topics across the units. These are:

  • Enterprise and marketing concepts
  • Design a business proposal
  •  Market and pitch a business proposal

The weighting for each unit are as follows:

RO64 = 50%
RO65 = 25%
RO66 = 25%

Career Progression 

This qualification provides an excellent foundation for progression to Cambridge Technicals and other Level 3 vocational qualifications as well as A Levels in Business, Accountancy or Economics. The qualification also gives a smooth pathway into apprenticeships in business related fields. It is also a platform for you to start and run your own successful business.

Subject Links 

This qualification is complemented by a range of GCSEs such as English, Maths, ICT, Creative iMedia, Art and Design Technology

Further Requirements 

All students taking this course must be prepared to work independently and meet deadlines. The subject involves developing your written, communication and interpersonal skills to a professional level. A minimum of predicted grade 4 in Maths and English is needed as a high level of literacy and numeracy is required.

Dance

Lead teacher - Miss L Haynes
Qualification  - BTEC
Level - Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction 
Lessons per fornight - 5

Course Outline 

The BTEC dance courses enable students to perform, create and appreciate a full range of dance styles from contemporary and post-modern to street dance. 

Throughout the course students will develop their own physical and expressive skills and understanding of dance technique and professional artists. Students will develop target setting. 

Students will take part in extracurricular performances both at school and the wider community to develop their performance skills and overall creative choices.

These courses are supported by theatre visits and workshops with professional artists.

Exam details 

BTEC TECH award in performing arts (dance) – internal and external assessments.
Component 1 Exploring the Performing Art.
Component 2 Developing skills and techniques in the performing arts (Dance).
Component 3 Performing to a brief.

Career Progression 

Courses: A Level Dance, BTEC Performing Arts Level 3, degree in Dance or Performing Arts, MA in Dance or Performing Arts.

Careers: Performer / Choreographer, Critic, Arts Therapy, Teaching, Community Arts work – Youth Work / Arts Administration, Dance Agency opportunities, backstage – Technician / front of house etc, Health Practitioner. 

Subject Links 

BTEC Dance has close links with BTEC Sport, GCSE Drama, GCSE Science, GCSE History, GCSE Art, GCSE Product Design and BTEC music, GCSE English Language. 

Further Links 

Students must be committed to all practical work, be willing to work as part of a team and be prepared to rehearse after school for performances and examinations

Sport

Lead teacher - Mr D Ward
Qualification  - OCR National Level 2 Certificate (Equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Level - L1 Pass, Merit, Distinction
          - L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction *

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Contemporary Issues in Sport (Exam) - Looks at many of the issues that affect society are also prevalent in sport. You study the Olympics and other major events, fair play and barriers to participation. 
Unit 2 - 'Developing Sports Skills' (Coursework) Looks at a variety of sports practically and theoretically. You study skills, tactics, refereeing and performance analysis. 
Unit 3 - 'Sports Leadership' (Coursework) You will plan and deliver a sporting activity and event. You will study leadership skills such as communication, motivation and sports specific knowledge. 
Unit 4 - 'Sport and the Media' (Coursework) Looks at media coverage across sport and how it influences the public. You will study the influence of television, the written press, social media, sponsorship and advertising. 

Exam Details 

This course is 75% coursework and 25% exam (unit 1 - written paper). 

Career Progression 

The course develops skills in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. These skills are desirable in a wide range of career paths.

Typically students have used this qualification to move into:

  • Further education – sixth form and university
  • Elite sports performance / professional athlete
  • Coaching and teaching
  • Leisure centre work – personal training, fitness instructor, children’s group instructor
  • Physiotherapy or sports therapy
  • Sports media – Journalism or sports analysis
Subject Links

This subject links well with several subjects, including:

  • Science – biology and physics (linked by knowledge of body movement and anatomy)
  • Dance ( linked by knowledge of your own body limits)
  • Food ( linked by knowledge of sports nutrition)
  • English and history ( linked by extended writing and comparative work)
  • Media (linked by knowledge of the media’s impact on society)
  • Psychology and sociology (linked by knowledge of social and psychological factors impacting on participation and performance)
Further Requirements 

In order to be selected to take this course, you need to:

  • Have a keen interest in all sports and participate fully in practical P.E.
  • Be able to meet deadlines / produce homework on time
  • Be capable of producing work individually and good at working as part of a team
  • Be prepared for both practical and theory sport lessons
  • Extra-curricular participation / leadership volunteering within PE will be of benefit.

Health & Social Care

Lead teacher - Mr D Ward/Miss S Fitt
Qualification  - OCR National Level 2 Certificate ( Equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Level - L1 Pass, Merit, Distinction
          - L2 pass, Merit, Distinction, Disctinction *
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

The qualification consists of four units that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of health and social care.

Unit 1 - Essential Values of Care for Use With Individuals in Care Settings (Exam, 25%) Learning focuses on the rights of individuals and instils values required to provide quality care in a health, social care or early years environment
Unit 2 - Communication and Working with Individuals in care Settings ( Exam 25%) Students learn how to communicate effectively and explore the impact of personal qualities utilised when working with individuals in a health, social care or early years settings. 
Unit 3 - Nutrition Needed for Good Health (Coursework 25%)  Students learn the importance of diet throughout the life stages, giving an understanding of the key nutrients required for good health from childhood to old age. Knowledge is then applied in practical situations
Unit 4 - First Aid procedures (Coursework 25%)  Students learn how to assess the scene of an accident for dangers and practically perform a variety of basic first aid procedures that could occur in a range of health, social care and early years settings. 

Career Progression 

You can use this qualification to move into a number of careers, including:

Further or higher education (sixth form: BTEC level 3 in Health and Social Care, Medicine or related occupations, Paramedic, Nursing, Midwife, Child Care, Physiotherapist, Counsellor, Social Worker, Dietician, Health or Social Care Worker, Radiographer, Care Assistants, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists. 

Subject Links 

These subject links well with several subjects, including: Science (biology, nutrition), Childcare (human development), Food (nutrition), English ( relating to extended writing and justifying answers). 

Further Requirements 

All students taking this course must be prepared to work independently & within a team to produce coursework. The ability to meet deadlines is essential. The subject involves considerable writing and research so an interest in English would be an advantage. Extra-curricular/volunteering experience within a health and social care setting will be a benefit. 

Music

Lead teacher - Mr G Trebar
Qualification  - BTEC 
Level - BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

To achieve this qualification you must successfully complete 2 compulsory unit and 2 optional units. 75% of your coursework is assessed internally (coursework) and 25% is assessed externally (exam unit).

Exam Details

COMPULSORY UNITS

Unit 1 -  The Music Industry (Exam Unit)
Unit 2 -  Managing a Music Project (Coursework)

Optional Units: 

Unit 4 - Introducing Music Composition (Coursework)
Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance (Coursework)

Career Progression 

Music is all around us. It has the power to transform young people's lives, to build confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment. From picking up an instrument at school, to learning how to mix music on a computer; from jamming with friends in a homemade band to performing in an orchestra; the opportunities to make music from the conventional to the unconventional can open up a world of expression and creativity and can lead to a huge variety of different employment opportunities

Jobs directly related to Music include: Music Therapist, Musician, Private Music Teacher, Sound Technician, broadcasting/film/video, Music Journalist

Jobs where knowledge of Music would be useful include:  Arts Administrator, Broadcast Engineer, Community Arts Worker, Event Organiser, Radio Broadcast Assistant, Radio Producer, Theatre Stage Manager. 

Subject Links 

Drama, Dance, ICT, English, Media Studies, Science, Maths, History and Geography. 

Further Requirements

This subject combines practical and theoretical aspects of music. Learning an instrument is an advantage and can be arranged online through West Sussex Music Service.  

Travel & Tourism 

Lead Teacher - Mr S Clarke
Qualification  - BTEC Level 2 Award ( Equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Level - L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction *
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline 

BTEC level 2 award:

  • Unit 1 the UK travel and tourism sector (internal)
  • Unit 2 UK travel and tourism destinations (external)
  • Unit 3 customer service in travel and tourism (internal)
  • Unit 4 international travel & tourism destinations (internal)
Exam Details 

The new BTEC Level 2 qualifications have a mixture of externally set computer based tests and internally assessed coursework. The BTEC Level 2 award students will study 4 units, 1 of which will be assessed through an external examination.

Career Progression 

Students gaining a BTEC in travel and tourism will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities.

If you wish to continue studying either leisure or tourism in a vocational context, you may consider a vocational A level in either leisure and recreation or travel and tourism. 

Alternatively, there are many careers that build upon the BTEC in travel and tourism, such as working in a travel agency, theme park or leisure centre. Some areas of employment may have further learning opportunities within them, for example modern apprenticeships.

Subject Links 

English, Maths, ICT, Geography

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.

E.A.L **

English as Additional Language.

This is by invite only, if you feel your child would benefit from being added to this group, please contact Miss Jackson for details by calling the school 01293 420500 or by email aja@ifieldcc.co.uk 

Learning Support **

This is by invite only, if you feel your child would benefit from being added to this group, please contact Miss Jackson for details by calling the school 01293 420500 or by email aja@ifieldcc.co.uk 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the English Baccalaureate?

An additional qualification available to students as part of their GCSE’s designed to allow students to study a range of subjects that will create a wider opportunity of choices for college, university and career progression. To qualify you must meet all 5 criteria of Mathematics, English, Science, History or Geography, a language. The government aim is to see 75% of students select these subjects by 2022, we have therefore decided that all of our students with KS2 data of 105 or higher (approximately 35% of year 8’s) should follow this route and everyone should be encouraged to consider opting in.

Why can I not choose the same options as my friends?

We have split the year group into two sections the core group (approx. 65%) must choose History or Geography, 2 GCSE’s and 2 subjects from the remaining list. The 6+ group (approx. 35%) are our highly gifted students and must choose History or Geography, a language, 2 GCSE’s a 1 from the remaining list. In addition only those students in the 6+ group can choose Triple Science, Psychology & Computer Science due to the high levels of literacy and numeracy required for these.

I’m in the core group but really want to opt for Triple Science, Psychology or Computer Science what can I do?

As these subjects are only available to the 6+ students the best thing to do is to speak to one of the subject teachers of these courses and see if you are a suitable candidate to move into the 6+ group. If a lead teacher for this subject would like to invite you based on your hard work and exceptional skill in their subject during KS3 then we will be in contact with you based on their recommendation. Please be advised that if you are successful and move into the 6+ group then you will then need to follow the same criteria as all the other students.

I am already capable of speaking multiple languages, do I need to opt in to another?

If a student is fluent in another language already they may be suitable to opt into our community language programme. They would be able to sit a GCSE in their home language and subsequently complete the language section of the English Baccalaureate without the need to study French or Spanish. If you fall into this category then a parent will need to sign in to the options programme and write the following “My child can already speak (Russian) and would like to opt out of choosing a language” into the parental comment section. Mr Perkins will then be in touch about how to complete the process.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

Opting before the 28th February will give you the highest chance of getting the subject you want. After this date the options blocks will be generated and you will only be able to choose subjects if a class has space and if it doesn’t clash with your other choices.

What if I change my mind about the subjects I wish to opt for?

Before the 28th February you can change your mind as often as you wish but make sure your selection is correct by 5pm. After the deadline has passed you will need to speak with Mr Perkins about making suitable changes but these changes may no longer be possible depending on how the classes have been arranged. Once we start year 9 you will have until the end of September to make changes but after that your options will be fixed for the next 3 years.

Why do I need to choose reserve subjects?

It isn’t always possible to guarantee every student their top 5 picks. Some subjects may be undersubscribed and therefore will not be viable to run for such small numbers, other subjects will be oversubscribed and staff will select the students that are best suited to their subject. In either case a reserve option is important so we can ensure you get the next best solution.

What is E.A.L & Learning Support?

English as an Additional Language & Learning Support are groups set up for some of our students who would benefit from extra guidance and support throughout their GCSE’s. Students will have been contacted about this option if we thought you would benefit from it, however please pop into G06 on options evening to find out more if you feel you should have been included in the invites.

I am having trouble logging on to make my options, how can I get support with this?

On Options evening please visit G08 for some technical support in accessing the options process.

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