Year 10 Additional Option

Year 10 Additional Option

Creative Studies: Level 2 in Performance Skills using Music

What is this subject about?

By studying this subject you will learn how to develop your personal skills on a chosen instrument or voice, plan and deliver a musical performance to an audience. You will also produce a portfolio to show your knowledge of the music industry and your role within it. You will learn how to use a variety of techniques when performing, experiment with ideas and practical skills, develop rehearsal schedules and rehearse effectively, demonstrate technical performance skills and work safely and securely.

Why should I choose this subject?

This course is ideal for anyone that likes performing and wants to learn how to improve their skills and learn about the music industry. Whilst studying this subject you will also be developing skills which are transferable to other subjects and careers in the future such as: working more effectively as an independent learner in developing new skills; being reflective and self-critical of your performance; developing confidence in communicating effectively to an audience; learning the importance of team work and mutual support; and problem solving skills in a practical context.

When and how am I assessed?

You will be assessed on your skills development throughout the course, which you will provide the evidence for your portfolio. You have to provide enough evidence of your progress and research to pass each unit.

The course is made up of six units.

These first two units are mandatory:

  • Unit 1 - Developing technique for performance
  • Unit 2 - Rehearse and perform

You will choose ONE of these optional units:

  • Unit 3 - Developing as a musical performer
  • Unit 4 - Solo musical performance
  • Unit 5 - working as a musical ensemble

And one additional unit (this will give you extra credit)

  • Unit 6 - working in the performing arts industry

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

You do need to be able to play an instrument or sing. You will be expected to develop these skills and continually improve your performance. Therefore, you will need to practice regularly at home as well as during lessons. You must be prepared to perform to an audience.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

The course gives you all the necessary skills to move on to level 3 qualifications in Performing Arts related subjects.

Fashion & Textiles

What is this subject about?

This course provides opportunities for candidates to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology (D&T) in a rapidly changing society. It enables candidates to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of fabrics, use of production processes and construction techniques within an overall 'design and make' approach. The content of the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and challenging course of study for candidates. Students will work with natural, SMART & man made fabrics as well as experience the latest CAD/CAM facilities (3D printing & Laser cutting).

Technical Awards are the equivalent to a single GCSE and are intended to offer students an alternative way to access their learning by being more practical in nature.

Why should I choose this subject?

If you are a creative thinker who has a keen eye for fashion and enjoys problem solving, sketching and making things, then you will find this subject interesting. The future growth of industries both locally and nationally is reliant on the development of innovative designers and problem solvers.

When and how am I assessed?

The final formula for this is still being developed however is expected to be made up of two practical assessments and a written exam weighted as follows:

2 x Controlled Assessment (Coursework) Project - totalling 60% Examination - 40% Written exam paper

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

Creativity and a thirst for knowledge are a good start, as well as an appreciation of what makes a 'good design' and a desire to be challenged. A good candidate will consider careful presentation and develop imaginative ideas that focus on the needs of a well-researched user group. They will communicate effectively through written work and a variety of drawing techniques paying attention to detail and striving for a high quality practical outcome that is fully evaluated.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

Design and Technology leads into a wide range of careers from manufacturing to fashion design, or interior/graphic design to product design. Whether you want to stay on into further education at A Level, Degree level or apply for an apprenticeship and work based learning, D&T will provide you with the core skills that you will need.

D&T: Materials Technology

What is this subject about?

This course provides opportunities for candidates to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology (D&T) in a rapidly changing society. It enables candidates to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and construction techniques within an overall 'design and make' approach. Students will work with woods, metals and plastics and experience the latest CAD/CAM facilities (laser cutting/3D printing) along with other modern manufacturing techniques.

Technical Awards are the equivalent to a single GCSE and are intended to offer students an alternative way to access their learning by being more practical in nature.

Why should I choose this subject?

If you are a creative thinker who has a keen eye for current design/technology trends and enjoys problem solving, drawing and making things, then you will find this subject interesting. The future growth of industries both locally and nationally is reliant on the development of innovative designers, engineers and problem solvers.

Students wishing to take this course need to understand that, although there will be many opportunities to participate in practical activities, they will be need to develop their level of technical knowledge, informal and formal drawing skills and understanding of 'Design'.

When and how am I assessed?

The final formula for this is still being developed however is expected to be made up of 2 practical assessments and a written exam weighted as follows:

  • 2 x Controlled Assessment (Coursework) Project - totalling 60%
  • Examination - 40% Written exam paper

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

Creativity and a thirst for knowledge are a good start, as well as an appreciation of what makes a 'good design' and a desire to be challenged. A good candidate will consider careful presentation; develop imaginative ideas that focus on the needs of a well-researched user group. They will communicate effectively through written work and a variety of drawing techniques. Pay attention to detail and strive for a high quality practical outcome that is fully evaluated.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

Design and Technology leads into a wide range of careers from manufacturing to graphic design, or engineering to product design. Whether you want to stay on into further education at A Level or Degree or apply for an apprenticeship and work based learning D&T will provide you with the core skills that you will need.

Performing Arts

What is this subject about?

By studying this subject you will learn to develop your skills in a variety of performing arts disciplines, and will plan and deliver a performance to an audience. You will also produce a portfolio to show evidence of skill development, planning and research, evaluations and your knowledge of the performing arts industry. You will learn how to use a variety of techniques when performing, experiment with ideas and practical skills, develop rehearsal schedules and rehearse effectively.

Why should I choose this subject?

This course is ideal for anyone that likes performing and wants to learn how to improve their skills and learn about the music industry. It develops confidence and self-esteem which then develops transferable skills. It is a mainly practical based course, evidenced with portfolio work. There is a showcase element where students will be required to complete a presentation/audition. This will help develop presentation/ interview techniques in the future.

When and how am I assessed?

The course is made up of three units:

  • Unit 1: Individual showcase requires students to complete a letter of application and a presentation/audition in response to a selected progression.
  • Unit 2: Complete planning and research, develop rehearsal skills and put on a performance based on a theme.
  • Unit 3: Option - Students will study a third unit selected from a list of available performance disciplines provided by the examination board, including dance and music.

Students to choose their best skill and develop this through workshops, lessons, research and incorporate this into their performance. Include evidence in portfolio.

A final grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* will be awarded.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

You do need to have an existing skill in one of the above disciplines. You will be expected to develop these skills and continually improve your performance. Therefore, you will need to practice regularly at home as well as during lessons. You must be prepared to regularly perform to an audience.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

The course gives you all the necessary skills to move on to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as BTEC level 3 in Performing Arts, and also to progress to employment in the performing arts sector.

Photography

What is this subject about?

Essentially Photography is about gaining knowledge of different photographic styles, developing photography skills, refining ideas, exploring processes and producing personal artworks. It is our goal to help you develop a greater understanding of photography, photographic processes and concepts whilst evolving skills in editing, refinement and enhancement processes to successfully complete work. It is important to realise straight away that development is crucial to your studies, showing a journey and links throughout your work is as important, if not more so, than end results. At GCSE photography is about developing your knowledge and your ability capture the world around you and when to enhance and edit images to achieve their full potential.

Why should I choose this subject?

We feel that Photography is an essential element in a balanced education, allowing personal expression, personal development, creativity and real practical involvement in the subject. Students gain confidence and an appreciation of each other's talents. If you have an interest in Photography and wish to develop your skills further, join up. Learning how to improve photographic skills, how ideas and meaning can be conveyed visually and how photographers and artists can inspire your own development are all areas in which we would like you to progress in.

When and how am I assessed?

There are two components that are assessed: Portfolio of work (60%) and Externally Set Task (40%).

They are marked using four Assessment Objectives (AO):

  • AO1 - Develop ideas through investigations inspired by the work of others.
  • AO2 - Refine ideas through the exploration of media, processes and resources.
  • AO3 - To record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions.
  • AO4 - To present personal responses, making connections to research and ideas.

These assessment objectives are always referred to and underpin all work.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

A genuine interest is very important and the courage to develop ideas whilst understanding that first attempts may need to be improved upon.

Pupils will need to use some sketching and art skills to plan out ideas and processes.

Access to a camera or a camera phone will greatly enhance progress and the ability to practice photography skills and capture a variety of images.

Photography encourages students to think about their work and to generate ideas so independence and being open-minded are abilities we look for and can enhance your studies.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

Further Education:

  • Tollbar Sixth Form - Art and Design A Level, 2 years.
  • Franklin Academy - AS/A2 level Photography.
  • GIFHE - Foundation Course in Photography.

After A Level:

  • Apply to colleges, universities for further education and degree courses.

Some Potential careers:

  • Camera Operator
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Press Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Studio Photographer
  • Photojournalism

Religious Education

What is this subject about?

The lively and stimulating R.E. curriculum enables students to engage with the different faiths and cultures of the world and to develop an insight into and understanding of contemporary moral issues. Students are given the opportunity to investigate a wide range of ethical and philosophical questions, and to explore their own views on such issues.

Units of work covered in Year 9 include Conflict, Authority, Medical Issues and Religious Expression. In Year 10 students move on to Relationships, Looking for Meaning, Our World and Is it Fair?

Why should I choose this subject?

R.E. is a compulsory subject for students. The study of R.E. enables you to develop your understanding of what motivates people, how they think and how they feel. You will increase your awareness of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that are so important in today's world, and have the opportunity to explore events of local, national and global significance. Furthermore, this subject will develop your ability to express your own views clearly, and discuss and debate with people who may not share your views.

When and how am I assessed?

Students will follow the WJEC GCSE examination syllabus which will lead to a full GCSE qualification in Religious Studies. Students will sit two equally weighted examinations at the end of the course in Year 10; one on Religion and Life, and one on Religion and Human Experience. Each examination lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the final grade will be based on the result of these examinations. There is no coursework element to this GCSE qualification, although 5% of the marks are allocated for accurate use spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

In order to succeed in this subject, students will need to demonstrate an ability to describe, explain, analyse and evaluate a variety of views and opinions, including religious and non-religious perspectives.They will be expected to articulate their own opinions and those of others, both verbally and in writing. Students who take an interest in current affairs and demonstrate an enthusiasm for lively debate will find their R.E. lessons particularly engaging.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

A qualification in this subject is beneficial for students interested in many different career paths and areas of further education. The all-encompassing nature of the subject helps to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live, as well as building transferable skills that are highly valued by employers and other educational institutions. R.E. is particularly relevant to students interested in Law, Politics, Medicine, Social Work, Media and other related professions.

Physical Education

What is this subject about?

GCSE Physical Education allows students with a keen interest in sport to develop their knowledge of physical activity and successful sports performance. During the course students will be assessed both theoretically (60% of final grade) and practically (40% of final grade). The theoretical side tests students' knowledge of health and fitness, movement analysis, biomechanics, principles of training, sport psychology and anatomical structures. Students will also be assessed as a player/performer in all activities they complete during their practical lessons.

Why should I choose this subject?

You should choose this subject if you are someone who regularly participates in Physical Education lessons and attends extra-curricular sports clubs. Those wishing to take the course should be a competent athlete in a variety of sporting activities. This course is ideal for students who are enthusiastic about physical activity and if you are interested in studying a vast array of sporting topics. If you are passionate, inspired and motivated by sport and Physical Education this course could be the first step onto a career pathway.

When and how am I assessed?

Students will sit two examinations (each worth 30% of final grade) at the end of year 11. Throughout the course students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects covered during classroom lessons. Starting in year 9 students will be assessed in all practical activities they undertake during their practical lessons. Students three highest practical assessments will be submitted but must include one team activity and one individual activity in their final assessment.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

Students should have a keen interest in physical activity and enjoy participating regularly in sport. It is expected that students who take the course will be able to link their newly acquired theoretical knowledge to their own sporting performance. Students who select the course need to have a high commitment for sport and demonstrate this during Physical Education lessons. Students are expected to be a competent performer across a number of activities and participate in competitive sport either at the Academy or in the local community.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

GCSE Physical Education can lead to many different pathways including P.E. teaching, sports coaching, physiotherapy and also sports management. Students can then go on to study sports based qualifications at both college and university. It could also be the first steps towards a successful sporting career as a player/performer.

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