KS4 Options - 2016

Option subjects for KS4

KS4 2016 Options

The subjects available for study at Key Stage 4 are shown on this page. If you would like further advice on picking option subjects then please arrange to speak to Mr Langley.

GCSE Art & Design

Whichever subjects you choose to study, the next 2 years are going to be hard work.GCSE Art offers you a break from essay writing and working with numbers. It's a chance to develop the creative side of your personality and achieve a valuable qualification. Statistics show that there are more careers related to Art and Design than any other areas of the curriculum.

You do not need to be good at drawing to do well. You might choose to work with painting, textiles, clay, photography, printmaking, sculpture - or a mixture of them all. We will provide you with most of the materials you need, but your own pencils will be useful. All GCSE learners are expected to buy at least one hardback A3 sketchbook for Unit 1 and one hardback sketchbook for Unit 2 from the Art Department, priced at £3 each. Individuals can buy their own sketchbooks if desired.

In Year 10, your projects will be mostly teacher led, but in Year 11 you will have the chance to develop some ideas of your own.

The course is made up of two units:

  • Unit 1
    • Coursework (2 years) - 60%
    • Portfolio of your best work
  • Unit 2
    • Exam (2 days) 40%
    • Externally set task

With further training and study, learners may progress into careers in architecture, graphic design, computer graphics, interior design, textile design, photography or teaching.

GCSE Applied Business

Exam Board: OCR

Specification: J213

Businesses are all around us; we see and use them every day and our lives depend on them but would you know how to manage one? Or even to run your own? If you would like to find out then Business Studies is for you.

Some of the topics covered

  • Business type – forms of ownership
  • Business activity – why and how businesses start, succeed and/or fail
  • Business organisation – how businesses organise themselves
  • Changing use of ICT – in business and economic activities
  • Customers – their power, importance and needs
  • Competition – reaction, recognition, actual and potential

You will learn:

  • How to analyse business problems and issues
  • How to evaluate evidence and communicate your arguments clearly
  • How to use business vocabulary
  • To work on your own and as part of a team
  • About ICT, how to use it and how changes in ICT affect the way in which businesses operate

The course you will study is GCSE Applied Business Studies and you will be assessed by coursework (60%) and examination (40%). You will be expected to undertake written work and group work as well as group and individual presentations.

With further training or study, learners may progress into careers in any area of the public or private sector and may even have the skills and knowledge to be able to run their own business.

GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: 4580

Award: 4582

  • In this course you will study three main topics:
    • Pregnancy
    • The physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of a child from 0-5 years
    • Diet, health and care of young children

    No specialist equipment or prior knowledge is needed for this course, however, any pupil choosing to study the course needs to have regular access to a child between 1 and 4 years old.

    Students will be expected to participate fully in a wide variety of tasks and activities. They should be prepared to carry out independent research and be involved in the planning, completion and evaluation of practical work.


    Final grades are A* - G:

    • 40% of your final marks are taken from your final examination (the same exam for everyone)
    • 40% of your final marks are taken from a controlled assessment (a child study)
    • 20% of your final marks are taken from a controlled assessment which is a research task completed in lessons during Year 10

    Your child study will be an in-depth independent case study detailing the development of a child aged between 1-4 years. This involves planning activities to do with the child during four visits, observing and recording what development has taken place and writing up your findings. You will be supported by the class teacher to do this however you must be committed to complete all visits if you are to succeed in this subject.

    You will find the coursework very difficult if you do not have a child you can visit and study. This coursework will start in the summer term of year 10 and finish in the autumn term of year 11.

    This GCSE allows you to go on to study A levels in any subject, a vocational course at college or to go onto an apprenticeship. Popular careers paths include employment in the Education and Training and Health and Social Care Sectors which are two of the biggest employment sectors in the North East.

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computing

Exam Board: OCR - Specification: J276

This course will help you understand and apply the important values and ideas of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.

You will have to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer and internet access is preferable. Teaching and learning methods include teacher directed guidance and directed self-study via Moodle.

A Computer Systems exam 40% of total GCSE
A Computational thinking, algorithms and programming exam 40% of total GCSE
A Programming project 20% of total GCSE

Coursework catch up sessions will be provided after school and there are resources available from the Virtual Learning Environment.

With further training or study, possible careers could include computer analyst, computer engineer, computer consultant, computer support, internet developer, software developer and games design.

GCSE Dance

At Kepier we offer two Dance related courses that develop key “work ready” skills, alongside subject specific knowledge. If Dance is chosen at Key Stage 4, the course followed will be chosen from the following:

  • Dance GCSE (full course)
  • BTEC Level 2 First Award in Dance (equivalent to 1 GCSE)
  • We pride ourselves on providing courses suitable for a range of learners and careful consideration will be given before placing them on a suitable qualification.

    GCSE Dance

    Exam Board: AQA

    Specification: 8236

    The aim of this course is to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as a performer, choreographer and critic, leading to a full GCSE qualification.

    • Practical Assessment 60%
    • Exam Paper 40%
    1. Practical performance - 30%
    2. Choreography Assessment - 30%

      Practical Element

      The GCSE dance course is a highly practical course with a focus on developing learner's creativity and their ability to work independently to develop performance skills. Collaborative working is encouraged throughout the course and learners are provided with regular opportunities to perform to each other and in front of public audiences, including performing in the Kepier Dance Production.

      This element also includes a choreographic assessment which involves learners creating dances for a range of purposes and in response to different stimuli. The practical element is assessed by the class teacher with a final external examination taken at the end of Year 11.

      Theory Element

      This includes analysing, evaluating and appreciating professional dance works set by the exam board and dancers own work produced throughout the year. Leaners will also will have to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills. The theory element will be assessed by the final examination at the end of Year 11.

      Additional Information

      To support learners, extra-curricular dance lessons are held after school and during lunch times. Learners are given the opportunity to attend a number of different dance workshops with professional artists throughout the year. During the course, learners will be required to wear a black t-shirt and black / grey bottoms. They will have the option to wear dance shoes for certain styles; sometimes they may be required to dance in bare feet.

      Careers in Dance

      With further training or study, learners may progress into careers in choreography, teaching, coaching and performing. They may also have the knowledge and ability to be able to work within the Performing Arts Industry.

      BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)

      Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel)

      The aim of this course is to provide every learner with a good knowledge of Dance and provide learners with an insight into the working environment of the Performing Arts industry.

      It is a practical based course, with theoretical elements, so it is important you are enthusiastic and dedicated to both parts of the course. It will also be physically demanding so it is essential that you are comfortable being active and are happy to maintain a reasonable level of fitness.

      The course is made up of three separate units:

      Unit 1 - Individual Showcase – This unit is geared towards preparing learners with all the skills they need to undertake the next stages in the dance industry. Learners will develop skills for this unit through workshops, rehearsals and theory lessons in dance technique and performance skills, career pathways, preparing applications/letter and choreographic devices. Learners will complete 2 externally assessed assessments to demonstrate your work. This will include a letter of application, a timed exam where you will express your passion, skills and career aims to the examiner.

      Unit 2 - Preparation, performance and production – In this unit learners will become a member of a performance company. They will learn how to create a performance piece as a dancer and will take on a specific performing role as a performer. All members of the company will be required to research and contribute to the choreographic process as well as performance, which will be presented to an invited audience. Learners will be assessed throughout the rehearsals as well as the performance.

      Unit 3 - Dance Skills – This unit is all about developing versatility as a dancer. Throughout the lessons learners will learn contrasting styles of dance and techniques, building physical skills to help them become a stronger and more flexible dancer. The unit will end in a final performance where learners will showcase their new skills. They will be required to keep a logbook where you review your work, set targets and monitor your progress so you can improve.

      Course Assessments

      This course consists of 3 units. 2 are marked internally and 1 unit is externally marked. This is made up of assignments completed throughout the year which show evidence that they have met the specification criteria. The externally marked unit will consist of a timed written exam and a practical performance. Coursework will take the form of notebooks, logbooks, tutor observation, peer observation, witness statements, audio and video, plans, drawings and sketches. Coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated.

      Additional Information

      To support learners, extra-curricular dance lessons are held after school and during lunch times. Learners are given the opportunity to attend a number of different dance workshops with professional artists throughout the year. During the course, learners will be required to wear a black t-shirt and black / grey bottoms. They will have the option to wear dance shoes for certain styles; sometimes they may be required to dance in bare feet.

      Careers in Dance

      With further training or study, learners may progress into careers in choreography, teaching, coaching, performer, and have the knowledge and ability to be able to work within the Performing Arts Industry.

      The course provides:

      • Education, training and opportunities for those who are intending to work in the performing arts industry
      • Opportunities for students to gain a nationally vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the performing arts sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing and Production Arts
      • Opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
    GCSE Performing Arts (Drama)

    GCSE Performing Arts is a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding course. It allows learners, of all abilities, to gain confidence in speaking on their own and working with others, a skill we all need!

    The course allows each learner to:

    • Develop their ability to present their own ideas and acting skills through scripted and unscripted work
    • Explore their knowledge and understanding of a broad variety of different types of drama and the techniques used
    • To learn about the technical side of Drama such as: make-up, costume, set design and front of house
    • To develop confidence in speaking in front of others and putting forward their own ideas and skills to develop a performance piece
    • To gain a better understanding of the history of Drama and its place within society today

    During the course, the teacher will introduce different types of drama and learners will develop their understanding and present their own interpretation through script and improvisation (unscripted work). This allows all learners, of all abilities, to really challenge their own skills and understanding of what is required to produce an interesting and entertaining piece. They will also be able to introduce: make-up, costume, set design, sound and lighting into their final performances due to the facilities available within school.

    Each learner will need to complete the course requirements from the AQA GCSE Performing Arts syllabus which is as follows:


    100% Portfolio and performance

    • A minimum of three performance pieces based on script and the learner's own developed work
    • A written portfolio including a detailed diary/research project that needs to be completed alongside these performances with no final exam

    The course also offers the opportunity to work with local primary schools and be a Young Leader representing the subject across all year groups. No specialist equipment is needed for the course but you will be required to attend at least one live performance over the two years.

    GCSE Performing Arts provides learners with the social skills to be more confident in their chosen career path; it develops their ability to work with others.

    Design and Technology Subjects

    GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials

    Exam Board: AQA - Specification: 4560

    Resistant Materials is about designing and making using a range of materials: mainly wood, metal and plastics. It offers many opportunities to be creative and requires students to develop problem solving skills and to develop their spatial awareness skills through practical work. Learners will gain skills, knowledge and understanding about materials, processes, tools, machinery and equipment as well as industrial production and related environmental issues.

    Unit 1: Written Paper

    2 hours –120 marks – 40%

    Candidates answer all questions in two sections – pre-release material is provided by AQA for learners to carry out research in preparation for the exam.

    Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602)

    Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%

    Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of exam board set tasks.

    In the first year, learners will be developing their practical making skills, knowledge and understanding within resistant materials. In the second year learners will be producing their controlled assessment work whilst further developing and deepening their knowledge within resistant materials.

    Studying Design & Technology shows an employer that learners are able to use a wide range of academic and practical skills and can apply their knowledge to solve problems. This course provides a good grounding for pupils thinking about apprenticeships, building trade or careers in areas such as Product Design, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Teaching, Marine Engineering, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Materials Science and Automotive Engineering.

    BTEC Engineering

    Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel)

    Course Description

    The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering is based mainly on the theory and application of metalwork.

    Course Structure

    The course is divided into different units:

    • Unit 1: The Engineered World (external exam)
    • Unit 2: Investigating an Engineering Product
    • Unit 7: Machine Techniques

    The content of the course is designed to provide the technical knowledge, skills and understanding needed in a range of engineering sectors. It is taught by well qualified staff with an industrial background. The facilities include CAD-CAM equipment and excellent software.

    How the course is assessed

    There is one online multiple-choice test worth 25%. The remaining 75% is assessed through coursework which is completed during lessons.

    What the course can prepare you for

    The BTEC First Award in Engineering is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of engineering. The course will prepare you for many engineering sectors including manufacturing, plumbing, gas fitting or electrical work. The course is designed to enable candidates to make valid personal choices in further education, training, apprenticeships or employment.

    GCSE Geography

    Geography GCSE is a modern course that develops your understanding of local, national and global matters by looking at important world issues.

    You will study

    • Living with the Physical Environment - Natural Hazards, Landscapes of the UK, and The Living World
    • Living in the Human Environment – World City Issues, The Changing Economic World, and The Challenge of Resources
    • Skills – Problem Solving and Evaluation, and Fieldwork

    You will take 3 final exams at the end of Year 11 – the Physical and Human papers are worth 35% each, and the Skills paper is worth 30%. To prepare for the fieldwork part of the Skills exam you will visit the Lake District, investigating tourism and the mountain landscape. Throughout the course you will also develop your literacy, numeracy, map skills and ICT use. You will also broaden your awareness of how today's world is constantly changing. Lessons include a variety of teaching and learning styles; using thinking skills, drawing, visual resources and problem solving. You will apply your knowledge to real places in the UK and around the world, and you will practise the skills needed to answer GCSE questions in detail.

    Revision and coursework classes are held by all members of staff after school, and during holidays, to offer learning support when needed.

    With further study or training, Geography can lead to a wide range of careers, as it develops skills that employers find valuable - problem solving, knowledge of place, data analysis, literacy, numeracy, and team work. Possible careers include education, chartered surveyor, environmental officer, industry, disaster or aid worker, town planner, armed forces, pilot, travel industry, earth sciences and accountancy.

    GCSE Health and Social Care

    GCSE Health and Social Care

    Exam Board: AQA - Specification: 4820 - Award: 4822

    Course aims

    This course aims to help learners gain an insight into the following work related areas:

    • Health
    • Social Care
    • Early Years Provision

    The course provides a useful platform of learning for any of the following options:

    • Training leading to employment (Apprenticeship)
    • GCE Health and Social Care (A Level course)
    • Higher education (Nursing Degree at University)


    Assessment is designed to give credit for what learners can do as well as what they know. It is based on one unit of coursework completed under controlled conditions in school and a written exam lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. The scheme of assessment is not tiered and successful candidates will be awarded an overall qualification grade which is in the range A* - G.

    All learners must study TWO compulsory units:

    • UNIT 1 Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

    Learners study physical, intellectual, emotional and social development from birth to later adulthood. The topics covered in this unit have strong links with real life situations and how people learn to cope in different life stages. Learners will investigate how life events and relationships can have a positive or negative influence on personal development. Learners develop a greater awareness and understanding of Unit 1 topics through case studies, project based tasks and research tasks using ICT.This unit of work is assessed through an external exam lasting 1 hour 15 minutes. The question paper is a mixture of short-answer, structured and free-response questions. It is worth 40% of your overall mark for the qualification.

    • UNIT 2 Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

    For this unit, learners have to produce two separate written assignments which are submitted as one piece of coursework. The first assignment is about the health and well-being needs of one client and how those needs are met by services in their local area. The second assignment is about the roles of three different care workers and the skills they need to put into practice to provide a quality service for clients. For each role learners need to explain how the principles of care and relevant codes of practice underpin their work. This unit of work will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

    GCSE History

    GCSE History

    Exam Board: AQA

    Specification: 8145

    The new History GCSE covers a wide range of topics and is divided into two papers; ‘Understanding the Modern World’ and ‘Shaping the Nation’. In Module 1, we will look at opportunity and inequality in the United States between 1919 and 1973. This will include period studies of prosperity in the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Module 2 examines conflict and tension between 1919-39. Learners will explore peace making efforts after the First World War, the weaknesses of the League of Nations and Hitler’s foreign policy; which led to the outbreak of World War Two. Module 3 is a thematic study which explores migration, empires and the people of Britain from 790 AD to the present day. Learners will study how war, religion, science and technology have all influenced Britain. Topics include the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, the colonisation of America, India and Africa as well as the end of Empire. The final Module is an in-depth study of Norman England from 1066-1100. Learners will be taught about the Norman Conquest, life under the Normans as well as studying a specific Norman site within the UK.

    You will take TWO exams at the end of Year 11. In class we will do lots of different activities that will help you to understand what has happened in the past. This will include video and audio footage to help you relive past events. We will also look at photographs, paintings, cartoons and written text. The teaching styles that are used will mean you are always doing lots of different activities, similar to your Year 9 lessons.

    During Key Stage 4 lessons, you will develop lots of skills that will help you; teamwork and independent research, analysis, evaluation as well as how to effectively communicate your knowledge and understanding. There is an opportunity to research extra information for your exams during a visit to London and the British Museum. For those who need it, extra help is given after school. This can involve help with homework or any topics that you are worried about. In the final year of the course, revision classes will take place after school if you should need them.

    With further training and study, learners who have taken History at GCSE have gone on to jobs in law, the police, accountancy and education. The skills you learn during your course will be valuable to you in whichever career you choose.

    GCSE Media Studies

    GCSE Media Studies

    Exam Board: AQA

    Specification: 4810

    Award: 4812

    Course Aims

    In this course you will study television, film, photography, radio, newspapers, advertising, magazines, the music industry and digital web based media. You will find out about the way mass communication works by studying:

    • Who owns the different media
    • What messages and information the media give us
    • What effects the media have on our lives
    • How the media influence the way we think and act


    You will follow the AQA GCSE Media Studies course which involves three assignments and one exam in the summer of year 11.

    The specialist equipment needed to study media and do practical work is provided by the school and includes digital cameras and computers.

    The course involves analysing a variety of media including films, magazines, newspapers and web based media. You will be taught to read media texts and improve your understanding by developing a range of media skills, for example doing storyboards to improve writing and drawing skills. You will use thinking skills to come up with catchy slogans for your own adverts and to write your own magazine articles. You will use computers for layout and design work and you will be taught to use Adobe Photoshop to edit the photographs you will take.

    With further training or study, learners may progress into careers in the media industry which includes TV, film, newspaper, magazine, print, communications and design based businesses. The media industry is competitive and hard work, but the demand for skilled professionals is high and career prospects are good.

    GCSE French

    In the GCSE French course, you will continue to learn how to speak, read and write French - skills much in demand. You will also increase your understanding of speakers of French; 44 countries have French as their first language.

    You will study:

    • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
    • Theme 2: Local, National, International and global Areas of Interest
    • Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment

    You will take 4 final exams at the end of year 11 – the listening, speaking, reading and writing papers are all equally weighted at 25% each. The listening, reading and writing papers are all written exams of varying length depending on whether you are entered for the Foundation or Higher papers. Your speaking will be assessed in a non-exam assessment. You will have to perform a role-play, describe an image and have a general conversation with your teacher. The Foundation assessment will last 7-9 minutes plus preparation time and the Higher assessment will last 10-12 minutes plus preparation time. Lessons include a variety of teaching and learning styles and you will be able to work alongside native speakers and use authentic French resources during your studies.

    Lunchtime and after school sessions will be offered to help you prepare for the speaking tests.

    With further training or study, learners may progress into a wide range of careers - a French GCSE opens up a range of career options and alongside the more obvious careers in travel and leisure / tourism, can also lead to careers in retail and business management, international trade, education, banking and law.

    GCSE Music

    GCSE Music

    Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel)

    Specification: 1MU0

    The aim of the course is to give learners the opportunity to:

    • Develop their understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music
    • Extend their own musical interests and develop their chosen instrument skills
    • Develop a range of life-skills and personal attributes including critical thinking, team working and independent learning skills

    Performing: Learners will perform one solo piece and one ensemble piece during the course worth 30%.Please note that learners can perform on any chosen instrument (including voice) and instrumental lessons can be arranged.

    Composing: Learners will compose two pieces of music from a range of genres covered during the course. These are worth 30% in total.

    Listening and Appraising: Learners will sit a 1hr 30mins listening exam based on 12 set pieces of music taken from the four areas of study which we have covered throughout the course. This is worth 40%.

    The teaching and learning methods for this course are a mixture of teacher directed, independent learning and instrumental self study.

    Learners can attend after school support sessions, instrumental lessons and a wide range of musical activities to enhance their performance skills. There are opportunities to take on a variety of roles in school productions throughout the year.

    Career Opportunities in Music

    Learners may progress into careers in music performance, composing and arranging; production and studio engineering; legal, business and management music professions; music in the media including, print, radio and T.V.; and education, including music therapy but to mention a few.

    PE / Sport Subjects

    Here at Kepier we offer two sports related courses that develop key “work ready” skills alongside subject specific knowledge.

    If PE is chosen at Key Stage 4, the course followed will be chosen from the following: learning will be based on teacher-directed work but will involve native speakers of the language and work with language software. You will be able to practise and revise work at home by using Moodle

    • BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport (equivalent to 1 GCSE)
    • Physical Education GCSE (full course)

    We pride ourselves on providing courses suitable for a range of learners and careful consideration will be given before placing them on a suitable qualification.

    BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport (Equivalent to 1 GCSE)

    Exam Board: Pearson(Edexcel)

    This award is suitable for everyone; it aims to provide every learner with a working knowledge of PE and how the body works during physical activity.

    This course is graded throughout the two years of study, leading to an award of Pass, Merit or Distinction. Learners will need to show commitment to the subject, and be well prepared, to complete the award. This will include having the appropriate equipment for practical lessons and the desire to achieve within the theory lessons.

    To complete the award, learners will study four units in total through teacher led tasks, independent learning, practical assignments and group discussions. Coursework will be graded through teacher assessments and an online exam.

    Compulsory units of study for this qualification are:

    1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise (includes an online exam)
    2. Practical Sports Performance

    3. Two other units will be chosen, in order to make up the 120 guided learning hours of the course from the following:

    4. The Mind and Sports Performance
    5. The Sports Performer in Action
    6. Training for Personal Fitness
    7. Leading Sports Activities

    Additional support will be given in after school sessions, to help complete teacher assessments and prepare you for the online tests if needed.

    GCSE Physical Education (Full Course)

    Exam Board: AQA

    Specification: 8582

    The aim of this course is to provide every learner with an extensive knowledge of PE, leading to a full course GCSE qualification.

    • Practical assessment 30%
    • Analysis of performance 10%
    • Exam paper 60%

    Practical Element

    Although the weighting of practical to theory has now changed, learners will still have practically based lessons within which they will be assessed as performers. Learners will need full PE kit to achieve the required standard in all practical lessons. Learners will follow a programme of study that will encompass a wide variety of sporting activities and they will be required to produce 3 scores (including at least one games activity and one individual activity).

    This element also includes a coursework section that contributes to the overall grade, where learners look closely at sporting performances and analyse the strengths and weaknesses within the performance.

    The practical element is assessed by the class teacher with a final assessment taken during the Practical Exam, which every learner must attend.

    Theory Element

    This includes a range of anatomical, physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of sport. The theory element will be assessed through two written examinations at the end of Year 11.

    To aid the progression of learners, extracurricular clubs run on a regular basis after school and revision classes, to assist the learning of the theory content, will be available throughout.

    Careers in Sport

    These qualifications are very useful for anyone, no matter what job or career they are thinking about. They give an insight into how your own body works when performing day to day tasks, as well as during physical activity. They also provide you with the knowledge of how to live a healthy lifestyle in the future. You can, of course, progress into careers in Physiotherapy, Teaching, Coaching, Fitness Instruction and Sports Nutrition, to name but a few.

    Information Technology (ECDL)

    Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills

    Exam Provider: BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

    This course aims to develop software skills and understanding in the following key areas:

    • Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation software)
    • Microsoft Word (word processing software)
    • Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet software)

    To access this course learners will need a desktop or laptop computer and access to the Internet. You will learn how to use features of software, and how to apply them to a business context.

    The course comprises four online assessments, which add up to 120 guided learning hours (GLH). Three of these are based on PowerPoint, Word and Excel. The final assessment will test a collaboration of software skills integrated into one task:

    • Presentation Software – 30 GLH
    • Spreadsheet Software – 30 GLH
    • Word Processing Software – 30 GLH
    • Improving Productivity Using IT – 30 GLH

    Final grades are Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

    Coursework catch up sessions will be provided after school and resources are available from the Virtual Learning Environment.

    By completing this qualification, you will be demonstrating that you have the skills to carry out job roles in business administration including:

    • Receptionist
    • Service Delivery Manager
    • Business Analyst
    • Customer Services Advisor
    • Data Entry Administrator
    • Accounts Analyst
    • Personal Assistant
    • Event Co-ordinator
    • Credit Administrator
    • Database Administrator
    GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

    GCSE: Food Preparation and Nutrition

    Exam Board: AQA - Specification: 8585

    GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a new exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

    Subject Content – What is covered?

    Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

    1. Food, nutrition and health – Macro Nutrients, Micro Nutrients, Nutritional Needs and Health.
    2. . Food science – Cooking of food, Heat Transfer and the Functional and Chemical Properties of Food.
    3. Food safety – Food Spoilage, Contamination and the Principles of Food Safety.
    4. Food choice – Factors affecting Food Choice, British and International Cuisines, Sensory Evaluation, Food Labelling and Marketing
    5. Food provenance – Environmental Impact and Sustainability of Food, Food Processing and Production.


    EXAM: Paper 1 - Food preparation and nutrition (50%) Written exam - 1 hour 45 minutes. The paper will be made up of 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 Marks and 5 questions each with a number of sub questions worth 80 marks.

    NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT (NEA): Task 1 - Food investigation (15%)

    Written Report

    Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Students will submit a written report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

    NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT (NEA): Task 2 - Food preparation assessment (35%)

    Written Portfolio

    Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.

    Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

    Students will submit a written portfolio (15 A4 pages) including photographic evidence.

    Which careers can this course lead to?

    Studying food preparation and nutrition can lead to exciting and well paid career options. Consumers are becoming increasingly reliant on the food industry to develop solutions for their nutritional needs.

    This course could lead you into roles such as Chef, Food Product Developer, Buyer (who travels the world sourcing new food products for manufacturers), Food Safety Inspector, Nutritionist, Dietician, Quality Manager, Teacher, Food Engineer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Photographer, Food Stylist, Home Economist, Hotel and Restaurant Manager, Microbiologist, working in food magazines and radio and television.

    GCSE Hospitality

    Exam Board: WJEC

    Specification: 4740LA

    A course in Hospitality offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within Hospitality in a vocational context. It will provide opportunities to develop students’ interdisciplinary skills, a range of key skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

    The specification encourages the investigation and study of Hospitality in a variety of contexts. In these contexts, the candidates are given opportunities to acquire competence, capability and critical skills through the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of resources.

    The single award GCSE Hospitality qualification is made up of two units. These units concentrate on the Hospitality aspect of the Hospitality and Catering industry and involve all students preparing and carrying out an event.

    UNIT 1 - Exam (written paper) - 40%

    UNIT 2 - Coursework (45 hours) - 60%

    One task which involves planning and preparing an event for a minimum of 20 guests.

    This subject has been designed to encourage learners to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of practical skills, and encouraging students to experiment with ideas and recipes.

    During the Hospitality course students will work through a portfolio of coursework which will go through the steps of planning an event.

    As a group the students will then carry out the event, planning and serving a three course meal to customers, in a restaurant based setting.