KS4 Faculty and College (Y10-11)
- Business Studies
- Design and Technology
- Religious Studies
- Social Sciences
This course provides a great grounding for the A Level Business course and any related courses at university. It also supports a wide range of other courses, from art to science, which increasingly have elements of business management. In the modern world every career choice requires some understanding of business and the global business environment.
How is the Course Assessed?
Paper 1 – Written examination consisting of four questions that have a mix of short answers and structured data response. The 80-mark paper takes 1 hour 30 minutes and counts for 50%.
Paper 2 – Written examination consisting of four questions based on a case study. The 80-mark paper takes 1 hour 30 minutes and counts for 50%.
Revision Materials and Support
Students studying English at KS4 will either be entered for GCSE English Language (Edexcel) or IELTS (second language learners). Students with an aptitude for Literature may also be entered for GCSE Literature (Edexcel).
Paper 1: 40% 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2: 60% 2 hours 5 minutes
|Section A: Reading Unseen 19th-Century Fiction Extract. 15% of total marks.||Section A: Reading two linked, unseen modern (20th and 21st Century) non-fiction extracts. 35% of total marks.|
|Section B: Imaginative Writing. 25% of total marks.||Section B: Transactional Writing. 25% of total marks.|
Specific instructions and strategies on how to deal with these papers is given to the students, with supporting material on the QE Student English page. It is important that the students follow this advice which is based on the successful outcomes of previous entries.
All resources, examination information and revision resources are located on our pupil SharePoint.
The course covers three distinct themes.
Students will be expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where their chosen language is spoken;
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
The target language is used as the predominant means of communication in the classroom in order to further develop students’ exposure to the language.
How is this course assessed?
Assessment is by four separate examinations at the end of the course:
Unit 1: Listening – 45 minute examination – students respond to a range of recordings (25%)
Unit 2: Speaking – 12 minute examination – role play, discussion of a photograph, conversation (25%)
Unit 3: Reading – 60 minute examination – translation and respond to a range of printed extracts (25%)
Unit 4: Writing – 75 minute examination – range of writing tasks and translation (25%)
Revision Materials and Support
The GCSE geography course follows the Edexcel B specification. It offers a robust academic knowledge with topics that are interesting and relevant.
The syllabus is based on three units, covering both physical and human geography themes. Up to date case studies are used to exemplify the content studied, and the UK is studied in depth.There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical with varied opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer base mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpretation and analysis of photographs, discussion and debating techniques, group work and presentation skills, role play and independent research techniques. A wide range of investigative skills and approaches, including mathematics and statistics are incorporated into the units to make practical use of numeracy skills when interpreting data and constructing graphs. Students will improve their literacy through report writing and extended written work.
Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom, is a really important part of the geography course. There is a requirement that pupils experience two contrasting fieldwork days and fieldwork is a compulsory part of the course. Whether locally or further afield it is a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things learnt about in class, to test and develop students’ practical fieldwork skills, see things differently and, of course, have fun!
Unit 1: Living with the Physical Environment
This unit covers The Challenge of Natural Hazards (Tectonics, Tropical Storms, Extreme Weather in the UK, Climate Change), Physical Landscapes in the UK (Coasts, Rivers), The Living World (Ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests, Hot Deserts) and Geographical Skills
Unit 2: Challenges in the Human Environment
This unit covers Urban Issues and Challenges, The Changing Economic World, The Challenge of Resource Management (Food) and Geographical Skills
Unit 3: Geographical Applications
This unit covers Issue Evaluation, Fieldwork and Geographical Skills
How is the Course Assessed?
Unit 1 and 2: Each unit is a written paper lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes and worth 35% of the final GCSE grade.The papers are a combination of multiple choice, short answer, levels of response and extended prose. The units are worth 88 marks each (to include 3 marks for spelling and grammar)
Unit 3: A written pap er lasting 1 hour worth 76 marks and a total of 30% of the final GCSE grade. This paper uses pre-release resources and is a combination of multiple choice, short answer, levels of response, and extended prose.
|11thFeb||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on the Origins of the origins of the Cold War||Test yourself on the Origins of the Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice Cold War importance questions|
|18thFeb||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Henry VIII and Wolsey||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Medieval Medicine||Practice medicine explain why questions|
|Test yourself on Henry and Wolsey using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Cold War Crises||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Henry VIII and Cromwell||Test yourself on Medieval Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on the Cold War Crises using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on Henry and Cromwell using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice Cold War consequence questions|
|4THMarch||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Renaissance Medicine||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Civil Rights 1950-60||Test yourself on Civil Rights 1950-60 using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice similarities and differences medicine question|
|11thMarch||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Civil Rights 1960-75||Test yourself on Renaissance Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Henry VIII and Reformation||Practice 2 features questions for Henry VIII|
|18thMarch||Test yourself on Henry and Reformation using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on 18th and 19thCentury Medicine||Test yourself on Civil Rights 1960-75 using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice USA explain question|
|15thMarch||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on the end of the Cold War||Test yourself on 18th & 19thcentury Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on the End of the Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Plan/practice medicine how far do you agree? questions|
|1th April||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Modern Medicine||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on US involvement in Vietnam||Test yourself on US involvement in Vietnam using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice Cold War Importance question|
|8thApril||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Opposition and end of the Vietnam war||Make notes/mind maps/ flashcards on Trenches||Test yourself on Modern Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice Henry how far do you agree? question|
|Practice USA inference questions||Test yourself on Opposition and end of Vietnam war using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice USA source usefulness questions||Test yourself on Trenches using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice Cold War consequence questions||Practice Henry explain why questions||Test yourself on Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz|
|Test yourself on Henry VIII using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice USA interpretation questions||Practice medicine how far do you agree? questions||Test yourself on Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice 2 features trench questions||Test yourself on Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz|
|29thApril||Test yourself on the End of the Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on Civil Rights using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice USA interpretation questions|
|6thMay||Test yourself on the Vietnam War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice explain why questions for any paper|
|13thMay||Test yourself on Trenches using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on Henry VIII and Reformation using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Test yourself on the Start of the Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice 2 features questions for Henry and trenches|
|20thMay||Test yourself on Cold War Crises using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Practice USA interpretation questions- use the textbook||Test yourself on Henry VIII and Wolsey using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz|
|Test yourself on Henry and Cromwell using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Plan answers to medicine 2 features and similarities/difference questions||Test yourself on Medicine using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Revise source technique for trenches- which sources are good for which enquiry and why?||Test yourself on Cold War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Plan answers to Medicine explain why and how far do you agree? questions||Test yourself on Trenches using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz|
|3rdJune||Paper 1- Medicine and Trenches||Test yourself on Cold War and Henry VIII using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Plan answers to Cold War and Henry questions||Paper 2- Henry VIII and Cold War||Test yourself on Civil Rights using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz||Plan answers to Civil Rights questions||Test yourself on Vietnam War using Quizlet/ Seneca/ own quiz|
|10thJune||Plan answers to Vietnam questions||Paper 3- USA|
Edexcel History Exam
Paper 1 (1 hour 15 mins)
This paper is worth 52 marks, which is 30% of GCSE.
Historic Environment Study- The British Sector of the Western Front: Injuries, treatment and the trenches. 10% of GCSE
Thematic Study- Medicine in Britain, c1250- present. 20% of GCSE
Paper 2 (1 hour 45 mins)
This paper is worth 64 marks, which is 40% of GCSE.
Period Study- Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. 20% of GCSE
British Depth Study- Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-1540. 20% of GCSE
Paper 3 (1 hour 20 mins)
This paper is worth 52 marks, which is 30% of GCSE.
Modern Depth Study- The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad.
How will I be assessed?
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.
AO2: Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts.
AO3: Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
AO4: Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.
This builds on the advice the students have received from their teachers and give some excellent visual examples. It would be beneficial for parents to discuss them with their sons or daughters and refer to them when they need support.
Medicine in Britain, c1250- present. A01 and A02
In each of the following periods, you will study 3 different aspects:
- Ideas about the cause of disease and illness
- Approaches to prevention and treatment
- Case studies
- c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England
- c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England
- c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain
- c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain
The British Sector of the Western Front: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches. A01 and A03
You will be looking at different types of sources, the utility of sources and following up a source in these 5 topics:
- The context of the British sector of Western Front
- Conditions requiring medical treatment on the Western Front
- The work of the RAMC and FANY
- The significance of the Western Front for experiments in surgery and medicine
- The historical context of medicine in the early twentieth century
Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. A01 and A02
- Early tension between East and West
- The development of the Cold War
- The Cold War intensifies
- Cold War crises, 1958–70 (Berlin, Cuba, Czechoslovakia)
- Attempts to reduce tension between East and West
- The collapse of Soviet control of eastern Europe
Henry VIII and His Ministers, 1509–40. AO1 and AO2
- Henry VIII, Renaissance Prince
- The rise of Wolsey and his policies
- Wolsey’s foreign policy
- Catherine: the succession and the annulment
- Cromwell’s rise to power 1529-34
- Cromwell and the king’s marriages
- Cromwell and government 1534-40
- The fall of Cromwell
- The break with Rome
- Opposition to and impact of the Reformation, 1534-40
- The dissolution of the monasteries
- The Pilgrimage of Grace 1536
The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at Home and Abroad. AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4
- The position of black Americans in the early 1950s
- Progress of education
- The Montgomery Bus boycott and its impact
- Opposition to the civil rights movement
- Progress 1960-62
- Peaceful protests and their impact
- Malcolm X and Black Power
- The Civil rights movement 1965-75
- Reasons for US involvement in Vietnam
- Escalation of the conflict under Johnson
- The nature of conflict
- Changes under Nixon
- Opposition and support to the war
- The peace process and the end of the war
- Reasons for failure of the USA in Vietnam
Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5)
Higher Tier (Grades 4-9)
Students will gain a greater understanding of religious and non-religious belief systems but will apply this knowledge to key themes:
- Relationships and families – the roles of men and women, issues surrounding equality, gender prejudice and discrimination
- Religion, peace and conflict – the role of religion and belief in 21st Century wars, conflicts and peace-making, violence and terrorism, justice and reconciliation
- God – the existence of God or gods and the ways in which this can be understood, the nature of reality and philosophical views on this
- Religion and society – how different religions respond to criticism and opposing attitudes
How is the Course Assessed?
At the end of the 1-year course students sit 3 linear examinations:
- Paper 1: 1 hour, 25% of the final mark
- Paper 2: 1 hour, 25% of the final mark
- Paper 3: 2 hours, 50% of the final mark
Each student has been issued with the AQA Religious Studies Christianity and Islam revision guide. They have had the opportunity in lesson time to familiarise themselves with the guide, reviewing its contents and structure. They have been set the task of reviewing sections 1.1 – 4.5 of the beliefs and practices section and Chapters 5, 8 & 9 for Easter Revision. Their first examination is on Monday 14 May (Beliefs and Practices) and the Themes paper is on Wednesday 16 May.
Please encourage your child to recap their knowledge on the sections outlined above and to attempt the practice examination questions.
Year 11 Students GCSE Science Mock Exams
Please see below information regarding the GCSE science mock examinations in January.
You will sit separate biology, chemistry and physics examination papers and will be given the tier of paper appropriate to the level you are working at to date. Trilogy combined science papers are 1 hour 15 minutes and separate science papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
As a guide to tiers please see the following extract from the AQA examination board:
Foundation Tier: includes low demand questions targeted at students working at grades 1‒3 and standard demand questions targeted at students working at grades 4‒5.
Higher Tier: includes standard demand questions targeted at students working at grades 4‒5, standard/high demand questions targeted at students working at grades 6‒7 and high demand questions targeted at students working at grades 8‒9.
The internal assessment data along with results from the mock examinations will be used by the Science Department to finalise the tier of entry for the GCSE examinations in the summer.
It is therefore important that you prepare thoroughly for the mock examinations, so that the result you achieve is an accurate representation of your ability and you are entered for the most appropriate tier.
To help you focus your revision for the science mock examinations please see below a summary of the topics that will be on each paper.
Biology Topics: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
Chemistry Topics: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
Physics Topics: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
Should you require any support with any of the topics you can approach your science teachers or attend one of the various clinic slots available at lunchtime or after school.
'Working Scientifically' Resources
Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative matter; Chemical changes; Energy changes.
Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; Using resources.