Subjects

Course ID:Maths Department:Mathematics Award:GCSE


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About

Here at Sholing Technology College we use a combination of great teaching and technology to help aid our students throughout their time at college.

Lessons are enhanced with the use of interactive whiteboards. The department also has full access to a suite of PCs, sets of netbooks, Nintendo DSi & graphical calculators. We subscribe to the MyMaths website so that our students can not only use this software at college but at home as well. We also use a variety of other websites/software such as Nrich, Subtangent, Trinity maths & Autograph amongst others to help bring maths alive to our students.

Movement between classes is based on tests and teacher assessment to ensure students are with others of similar ability.

Course Content

Key Stage 3

The four operators (+ – X /)

Directed numbers

Place value & rounding

Fractions, decimals & percentages

Powers & Roots

Standard Form

Sequences

Expressions, equations & formulae

Functions & graphs

Units of measure & conversion

Angles

Polygons

2D & 3D shapes

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Constructions & loci

Transformations & coordinates

Trigonometry

Types of data

Data collection & sampling

Presentation of data

Frequency diagrams, pie charts, scatter diagrams, stem & leaf diagrams, cumulative frequency, box & whisker diagrams

Probability



Key Stage 4

Students will follow the Edexcel linear course and sit their examinations at the end of Year 11. As well as studying the Key Stage 3 topics in more depth & increased difficulty, students may also study the following:

Bounds

Power & surds

Direct & inverse propotion

Factorizing & quadratic expressions

Quadratic graphs

Transformation of functions

Algebraic fractions

Arcs & sectors

Trigonometric graphs

Sine & cosine rule

Similar shapes & congruent triangles

Volume & surface area of cylinders

Cones & Spheres

Histograms

Stratified sampling



TRIPS

Thrope Park

Southampton University

Solent University

Maths conference in London

 

COMPETITIONS

UKMT Maths challenge – UK wide competition for the top 1/3 in the UK

AAP3 – Students are required to submit their findings on a chosen topic.

Further maths support program – Year 10 team competition

Southampton University competition

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Course ID:Science Department:Science Award:GCSE


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Within the science department at TSTC learners make excellent progress through working scientifically and thinking independently.

We make full use of ICT with projectors in all seven laboratories, data logging equipment and laptops and desktop computers connected to the School network.

Course Content

Key Stage 3

 

Term Knowledge Skills
Autumn

Scientific equipment

Cells

Particles

Reproduction in plants and humans

Laboratory safety and risk assessment

Team work

Microscope manipulation

Modelling, abstract thinking

Communication

 

Spring

Forces and their effects

Earth & space

Building blocks of the universe

Testing hypothesis

Setting up experiments

Recording data

Researching and presenting information

Modelling

Collaboration

Summer

Energy

Electricity

Using hazardous laboratory equipment safely

Constructing electrical circuits

 

Term Knowledge Skills
Autumn

Life processes

Chemical reactions

Organ systems

Mixtures and solutions

Hypothesising

Planning experiments

Collecting and recording valid data

Presenting data

Analysing evidence

Explaining phenomena

Evaluating procedures

 

Spring

Working with forces

Diet, digestion and drugs

Materials

Heat transfer

Hypothesising

Planning experiments

Collecting and recording valid data

Presenting data

Analysing evidence

Explaining phenomena

Evaluating procedures

Summer

Sound and light

Ecology

Electrical appliances

Environment

Hypothesising

Planning experiments

Collecting and recording valid data

Presenting data

Analysing evidence

Explaining phenomena

Evaluating procedures

 



Key Stage 4

The students begin studying key stage 4 in Year 9. All students study the AQA science A syllabus and complete their exams at the end of Year 11. Every student is taught the same core and additional topics throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. Student who opt for triple science will study further topics in biology, chemistry and physics. They are given extra time to study these topics and complete their exams at the end of Year 11, receiving separate GCSE grades in biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology

Keeping healthy

Nerves and hormones

The use and abuse of drugs

Interdependence and adaptation

Energy and biomass in food chains

Waste materials from plants and animals

Genetic variation and its control

Evolution


Chemistry

The fundamental ideas in chemistry

Limestone and building materials

Metals and their uses

Crude oil and fuels

Other useful substances from crude oil

Plant oils and their uses

Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere


Physics

Energy transfer by heating

Energy and efficiency

The usefulness of electrical appliances

Methods we use to generate electricity

Waves

Biology

Cells, tissues and organs

Photosynthesis

Organisms and their environment

Proteins

Respiration

Cell division and inheritance

Speciation


Chemistry

Structure and bonding

Structure and properties

Quantitative chemistry

Rates of reaction

Exothermic and endothermic reactions

Acids, bases and salts

Electrolysis


Physics

Forces and their effects

Kinetic energy

Electric circuits

Mains electricity

Radioactivity

Nuclear fission and fusion

Biology

Movement of molecules in and out of cells

Transport systems in plants and animals

Homeostasis

Humans and their environment


Chemistry

The periodic table

Water

Calculating and explaining energy change

Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

The production of ammonia

Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters


Physics

Medical applications of physics

Using physics to make things work

Keeping things moving



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Course ID:English Department:English Award:GCSE


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About

The English department is passionate about the teaching of English and empowering young people to think and communicate as effectively as possible. We aim to provide all pupils with a rich, cultural experience where they can read a variety of different literature, media and non-fiction texts and experiment in producing different types and styles of writing.

Lessons contain a variety of activities, including speaking and listening tasks, close textual study, writing, or the detailed analysis of media texts. Work may be individual, in pairs or small groups, or in whole class, teacher-led sessions. All lessons lead ultimately towards enabling pupils to become effective communicators in the wider world.

Reading - a wide range of texts will be studied published before and after 1914, including novels, plays, poems as well as non-fiction and media. Responses, spoken and written, may be appreciative, analytical, imaginative or purely personal.

Writing - a variety of genres and forms ate practised for a variety of purposes and audiences. Careful preparation and planning are necessary aspects of the process. Accurate presentation of work is vital.

Speaking and Listening -  a variety of tasks will focus on extended individual contributions, group discussions and drama focused activities. Talk may be informal or formal depending on specific purposes and context.

 

Course Content

Key Stage 3



Key Stage 4

Term Knowledge Skills
Autumn

Different faces of war

 

Capital punishment

Pupils will understand how writers respond to war in a wide variety of genres.

Pupils will deduce and infer.

Pupils will explore the grammatical conventions of literature.

Pupils will develop a sustained argument supported by personal research.

Spring

Travel writing

 

Media

Pupils will respond to a variety of text types, audiences and purposes.

Pupils will explore technical accuracy.

Pupils to explore the purpose and power of media texts.

Summer

The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

Shakespeare

Pupils will research historical context of text.

Pupils will analyse plot, theme and character.

Read and understand a play.

 

Term Knowledge Skills
Autumn

Childhood

 

An Inspector Calls

Creative writing

Figurative skills

Advance punctuation

Setting and context

Character

Plot

Spring

The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

The Outsider

Setting and context

Gothic horror

Analysis

Planning

Creative writing

Figurative language

Summer

Shakespearean play

 

Poetry on the theme of conflict

Theme

Character

Events

Analysis

 

Term Knowledge Skills
Autumn

Poetry

 

Comparative texts

Wider analysis

 

Examination technique

Planning and analysis

Spring

Pre-twentieth century novel

 

Twentieth century play

Revision of plot and comparison with contemporary texts

 

Revision of plot and comparison with modern texts

Summer

Examination technique

 

Poetry on the theme of conflict

Revisit past papers

Examination planning

 



Resources

GCSE Revision

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty

www.sparknotes.com

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zckw2hv

Links to online resources

Audio Reading of Jekyll and Hyde

Text of Jekyll and Hyde

An Inspector Calls

Romeo and Juliet

Poetry of Conflict

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Course ID:Computing Department:Information Technology Award:GCSE


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About

The Computing and ICT department has two air-conditioned suites, which have 31 networked PCs. Each ICT room has a data projector and laser printers. We have two full time Computing and ICT teachers.

The department is assisted by the network manager, network support team and an audio-visual technician. All classes across the school have at least one networked computer and data projector.

All students in every year group are taught Computing and ICT. At KS3 the students get two hours of curriculum time a fortnight. All KS4 students follow the Functional Skills in ICT course.

Course Content

Content

Students will follow the programme of study for Computing. The topics included will cover:

Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly

An Introduction to coding through KODU

Spreadsheet modelling

Games Programming in SCRATCH

Understanding computers

Control Systems with Flowol

HTML & Website Development

Graphics

Introduction to Python

Database development

The students are following the Functional Skills in ICT course. The Units we cover in this course are:

Managing Information Storage

Finding and selecting information

Working with Structured data

Numbers and Charts

Working with text and Images

Combining and presenting Information

Using Communications software

The course is 100% exam based. It is a practical two hour computer based exam.



Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize ICT

Teach ICT

Gr82BGeeky

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Course ID:Spanish Department:Modern Foreign Languages Award:GCSE


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About

The Modern Foreign Languages department can be found on the ground floor of the college next to the Maths department. We have 5 members of staff in the department. Students currently study French or Spanish from Year 7 to Year 11.

Course Content

We currently follow the AQA Syllabus for GCSE. During Year 10 and 11 all GCSE groups will have to complete two writing controlled assessments (30% of final grade) and two speaking controlled assessments (30% of final grade). They sit the listening and reading exams in May of Year 11. Click here to open a copy of all Spanish GCSE Vocabulary.

Courses

Self, Family and Friends

Interests & Hobbies

Home & Local Environment

Daily Routine

School & Future Plans

Travel & Transport

Tourism

Accommodation

Holiday Activities

Services

Home Life

Healthy Living

Jobs & Work Experience

Leisure

Shopping

Relationships

The Environment

Education

Careers & Future

Social Issues



ExamPro Login

ExamPro provides French & Spanish GCSE Listening/Reading exam practice at their website.

Please see staff for the login details.

Number 1 indicates listening tasks

Number 2 indicates reading tasks

Useful Websites

Linguascope

BBC Languages

Espanolextra

Languages Online

Study Spanish

About Spanish

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Course ID:French Department:Modern Foreign Languages Award:GCSE


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About

The Modern Foreign Languages department can be found on the ground floor of the college next to the Maths department. We have 5 members of staff in the department. Students currently study French or Spanish from Year 7 to Year 11.

Course Content

We currently follow the AQA Syllabus for GCSE. During Year 10 and 11 all GCSE groups will have to complete two writing controlled assessments (30% of final grade) and two speaking controlled assessments (30% of final grade). They sit the listening and reading exams in May of Year 11. Click here to open a copy of all Spanish GCSE Vocabulary.

Courses

Self, Family and Friends

Interests & Hobbies

Home & Local Environment

Daily Routine

School & Future Plans

Self, Family and Friends

Interests & Hobbies

Home & Local Environment

Daily Routine

School & Future Plans

Self, Family and Friends

Interests & Hobbies

Home & Local Environment

Daily Routine

School & Future Plans

Self, Family and Friends

Interests & Hobbies

Home & Local Environment

Daily Routine

School & Future Plans



ExamPro Login

ExamPro provides French & Spanish GCSE Listening/Reading exam practice at their website.

Please see staff for the login details.

Number 1 indicates listening tasks

Number 2 indicates reading tasks

Useful Websites

Linguascope

BBC Languages

Languages Online

French in a click

About French

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Course ID:Geography Department:Humanities Award:GCSE


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About

Everybody should be interested in the world around them and in investigating issues concerning people, places and the environment.

At TSTC, we aim to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them, close to home and beyond.

We aim to encourage enquiring minds and independent learners.

The department has enjoyed success over many years at GCSE, with regular, high percentages of students achieving A* to C grades.

Course Content

Year 7

Introduction to Geography – Antarctica

Baseline assessment to judge what levels students are working towards.

Short 5 lesson topic discovering why Antarctica is special and what it is like.

Geographical Skills

Understanding what Geography is

Map of continents and oceans

Longitude and Latitude

Compass points and directions

Scale and distance

Map of British Isles

4 Figure grid references

6 Figure grid references

Height on maps

Field sketch drawing

Bipolar surveys

Carry out a mini enquiry

Assessment – Design own theme park

Discovering Africa

Locate Africa and different countries within Africa

What life is like in Africa

Understand term LEDC

Fair Trade Fortnight

Weather and Climate

Understand terms weather and climate

Measure weather

Understand weather maps

Understand why it rains

Assessment – weather diaries

Compare Southampton’s climate with other places

Draw climate graphs

Look at how weather affects people’s lives

Microclimate work

Settlement

Understand terms weather and climate

Measure weather

Understand weather maps

Understand why it rains

Assessment – weather diaries

Rivers and Flooding

Compare Southampton’s climate with other places

Draw climate graphs

Look at how weather affects people’s lives

Microclimate work



Year 8

Natural Hazards

What is it like inside the Earth

Plate Tectonics

What causes earthquakes and volcanoes?

Where do earthquakes and volcanoes occur?

Comparing earthquakes in LEDCs and MEDCs

Name the components of a volcano

Understand the long and short term effects of a volcanic eruption

Different types of volcanoes

What is a tsunami?

Case study of Boxing day tsunami

Investigating Europe

Learn the countries of Europe – locate on a map and be able to name capital cities.

Assessment – producing a brochure on one European country

What is the EU? What does it do?

Why do countries want to join the EU?

Global Fashion

What is global fashion?

Where are our clothes made?

Working conditions in sweatshops

Jeans – a global item

Winners and Losers in fashion industry

Multinational companies

Analysis of globalisation

Fair trade/sustainable clothing. Fair Trade Fortnight

Asia and Coasts

Investigation of the Tiger Economies and the Growth of China.

Images of the UK coastline

Waves and Tides

Erosion, Transport and Deposition

Landforms formed by erosion

Landforms formed by deposition

Map skills – identifying features on OS maps

Holbeck Hall – lost to the sea

Coastal defences

How do humans use the coastline?

Coastal study – Hurst spit/Barton/Milford – visit for some students



Year 9

Ecosystems and Tropical Rainforests

What is an ecosystem?

How is an ecosystem linked together?

Where are tropical rainforests located?

What are the main features of a rainforest?

Trip to the Living Rainforest – Newbury

Assessment on physical features of a rainforest and how they are inter-related.

What is happening to the rainforest? – Mining, deforestation etc.

How can rainforests be protected/managed sustainably?

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

What is climate change?

Causes of climate change

Why does it matter?

How will it affect us?

Who else will be affected?

What can be done about it?

Crime

Different types of crime

Mapping crime

Crime in Southampton – where does it occur – mapping task

Investigating where crime occurs across the country

Crime at TSTC – assessment

Global Crime

Population and Migration

Understanding how population has increased.

Population pyramids

Learn terms associated with migration

Looking at push and pull factors

Case study of migration in LEDC rural to urban

Shanty Towns

Case Study of international migration.

Tourism

What is tourism and why do people go on holiday?

Benefits and problems of tourism

UK destinations

How has tourism changed in the UK?

How does tourism affect LEDCs? – Case Study Kenya

Benefits and problems tourism brings to Kenya

What is Ecotourism?

Tourism in the future.



Key Stage 4

Year 10s and 11s will study the following:

Rivers and Coasts

Population and Settlement

Natural Hazards

Economic Activity

Examinations

Exams are provided by OCR, they occur in May/June or Year 11 and are structured as follows:

Key Geographical Themes – 1hr 45 minutes

Sustainable Decision Making Exercise – 1hr 30 minutes

2000 word controlled assessment on a fieldwork investigation

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Course ID:History Department:Humanities Award:GCSE


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About

Here in the History department our main vision is to inspire a passion for history through interactive, exciting and challenging lessons that provoke discussion and broaden students’ horizons.

In doing this we will equip students with skills learnt through their historical studies, allowing them to appreciate how past events can have a significant effect on our lives today and aid in their progression at TSTC and beyond.

Course Content

Year 7

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Hastings

Norman conquest

Doom paintings

Murder of Thomas Beckett

Black Death

Peasants revolt

Castle development

Attacking a castle

Witches

Henry VIII

Mary I and Elizabeth I

James I

Gunpowder plot

English Civil war

The Great Plague

The Great fire of London

Arundel Castle



Year 8

Who were the native Americans?

Were all the tribes the same?

Tepees & Buffalos

Pocahontas

Battle of Little Bighorn

Industrial Revolution

Railways, canals and coalmines.

Turnpike fever

Filthy Factories

Jack the Ripper

Slavery

The Triangle trade

Slave life

The end of slavery

Empire

Titanic

Native American Museum



Year 9

Suffragettes/Suffragists

Why women got the vote

Derby Day/Emily Davidson

What started World War 1

Trench Life

The rise of the Nazi’s

Hitler’s consolidation of power

Nazi Germany

World War 2

Homefront

Battle of Britain rationing

Evacuation

JFK’s assassination

Belgium Trenches



Key Stage 4

The Roaring 20′s USA

Gangsters

Prohibition

KKK

Henry Ford

Wall street crash

Martin Luther King and the Civil rights movement

Stalin’s takeover and control of the USSR

Hitler’s takeover of Europe

Origins of the Cold War

Marshall Plan

Truman Doctrine

Korean War

Crisis of the Cold War

Cuban Missile Crisis

Berlin Wall

Prague Spring



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Course ID:Religious Studies Department:Humanities Award:GCSE


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Aim

The RS syllabus aims to help the pupils appreciate the importance of religion as both a human phenomenon and as a significant factor in the lives of most of the world’s population. The subject is taught in an open and non-confessional way through a variety of engaging methods. Where appropriate, a variety of experiential, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic techniques are used to engage the pupils in their work. As an academic pursuit, RS enables students to understand the contemporary moral questions and of how ethical decisions are made.

Course Content

Religious Studies is taught in accordance with the stipulations of the Southampton and Hampshire Agreed Syllabus ‘Living Difference’. The subject is taught as an academic discipline.

Content

At Key Stage Three, the subject is taught as a series of systematic and thematic investigations, exploring concepts within all six major world religions; Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism. We also look at other religious and spiritual ways of life such as Animism. The teaching of RS involves a variety of methods, intended to develop key investigative skills, stimulate reflective questions and encourage the student to foster attitudes of respect, understanding and tolerance.

GCSE Full Course Religious Studies is an option, taught during five hours a fortnight. The courses pursued are AQA Religion and Morality, studied in Year 10 and, in the following year, AQA Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions. Both courses are studied from Christian perspectives. Two papers are taken at the end of Year 11 for GCSE.



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Course ID:Travel and Tourism Department:Humanities Award:Double GCSE

About

Travel and Tourism is offered as a double GCSE at Key Stage 4. It is a vocational GCSE, which offers students an ability to learn about the Travel and Tourism industries. The GCSE enables students to visit local attractions and to learn about customer service and marketing.

Students have recently visited Marwell Zoo, Paultons Park and the Novotel and Ibis hotels in Southampton . This enables students to learn information for their examination and also to write their coursework portfolios.

Course Content

Content

UK Travel and Tourism destinations

The UK Travel and Tourism sector

Factors affecting worldwide Travel and Tourism

The Travel and Tourism customer experience



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Course ID:Citizenship Department:Humanities Award:-


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Course Content

Content

Community involvement and safety

How sustainable is TSTC?

Animals and us

How important is it to vote? Learning how to vote and facts about MPs and Parliament

Cultural diversity

Controversial issues – The work of pressure groups

Making a difference – Making a difference on a number of scales

Endangered animals



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Course ID:Classics Department:Humanities Award:-

About

A selection of students in years 7, 8 and 9 study Classical Civilisations rather than Citizenship at The Sholing Technology College. If your son or daughter studies Classics then they will be told in year 7 by their history teachers.

The homework for all three year groups is basic Latin to coincide with the course and a single homework will be set once every two weeks.

Course Content

Content

Ancient Greek civilisations

They will explore the history, geography, religion, drama, art, literature, sport, and architecture of this ancient civilisation.

They will have two lessons on this a fortnight.

Ancient Roman Civilisations

Explore the history, geography, religion, drama, art, literature, sport, and architecture of this ancient civilisation.

They will have two lessons on this a fortnight.

Students will continue to study Ancient Roman Civilisations but in more detail and with an emphasis on the peoples of Rome, their daily lives and society.

The year 9 course allows students to study the WJEC Board qualification level 1 as part of a study being run jointly by the History and RS departments.



Trips

Fishbourne

The Roman Baths

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Course ID:Hospitality and Catering Department:Humanities Award:WJEC

About

Selections of students studying Catering for GCSE have also been offered the opportunity to combine this course with Hospitality in order to offer students a holistic view of the industry. The aims of the courses are to help students to further their education and work in these areas.

Homework – students will be set relevant homework relating to the sections of the course they are working on at specific times in the year.

Course details – WJEC Welsh Board single award in Hospitality and WJEC Board single award in Catering.

Course Content

Content

Hospitality – Unit 3 planning, preparing, running and evaluating an event assignments conducted in College in year 10, internally assessed, then externally moderated. Mark allocation 60%

Hospitality – Unit 4 a written examination completed at the end of the course, prepared for in year 11. Mark allocation 40%

Catering – Unit 1 a mixture of written and practical assignments conducted in College throughout years 10 and 11, internally assessed, then externally moderated. Mark allocation 60%

Catering – Unit 2 a written examination completed at the end of the course, prepared for in year 11. Mark allocation 40%



Trips

Shopping for event at The Range/Makro

Paultons Park

City College

Hotel Visit

Plus guest speakers from prison service caterers, school caterers, chefs and other staff from local industries

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Course ID:Drama Department:Creative Arts Award:WJEC


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Course Content

Drama is an expressive, practical subject which aims to develop students’ individual talents, creativity and communication skills, enabling them to work effectively as part of a team. Drama gives students the skills and confidence to take their place in society in a way which will help them understand it, challenge it and make a positive contribution, equipping them with key skills required for the work place. Drama enables students to develop self-confidence and adaptability, enabling them to realise their potential.

KS4 Drama

The course of study explores three different areas within drama – making, exploring and evaluating – and students gain artistic and technical experience as they build a portfolio of performances in different styles and responding to a range of stimuli and relevant issues. They reflect on and analyse the work produced in lessons and seen in professional theatre productions. Creativity, self-evaluation and improvement should be integral to every lesson as should discussion tasks drawing on key concepts within the learning.

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Course ID:Music Department:Creative Arts Award:GCSE


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About

 

Course Content

Content

Padlets

African Acapella

GCSE Film Music

Indian Classical Music

Irish Jig & Reel

Bhangra

American Line Dancing

Disco Music

Jazz

Tango

Game Lan

Lieder

Waltz

Pop Ballad

Padlets

African Acapella

GCSE Film Music

Indian Classical Music

Irish Jig & Reel

Bhangra

American Line Dancing

Disco Music

Jazz

Tango

Game Lan

Lieder

Waltz

Pop Ballad



Music by Students

Extra-Curricular

All students can join the college choir which performs regularly throughout the year. There are also a number of instrumental ensembles run by peripatetic teachers. One of the highlights of the year is the solo and group vocal competitions, the final of which is held at the annual summer concert.

How parents can help

Encouraging their child to join musical extra-curricular activities

Supporting concerts and community events

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Course ID:Art Department:Creative Arts Award:GCSE


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About

The arts are taught within the Arts Centre, which include facilities for art, pottery, a drama studio and a suite of music rooms linked by a recording studio. All rooms have data projectors and computers giving students opportunity to explore new technology. There is also a centre gallery area for the celebration of students work.

Within the creative arts department we will enable the students to express themselves through the arts and develop their ability to engage in a practical way with a wide range of arts disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop qualities of intuition, exploration, analysis and critical reflection and to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of the arts. We believe that the arts have an unique role in the personal development of the students’, helping them to develop self-confidence, decision making, an ability to work with others and to be tolerant of other people’s views and beliefs.

Course Content

Content

Students are offered the opportunity to explore a wide range of materials, techniques and processes in Art and Design at Key Stage 3, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, ceramics, collage and mixed media assemblage.

Projects at Key Stage 3 include:

  • Mythical Creatures
  • Colour and Texture
  • African Art
  • Architecture
  • Recycled Art
  • Identity

Students work is formally assessed regularly and is based on project work as a whole.

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two unit specification by AQA enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment

Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60%

Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40% including 10 hour examination

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

Candidates will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture and ceramics
  • Installation art and mural
  • Graphic Communication

Opportunities to take part in gallery visits are offered throughout the course and students are expected to work on projects in their own time.

At the end of this Key Stage, students work is celebrated and displayed in a gallery style exhibition for members of the public and family to enjoy.



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Course ID:Technology Department:Technology Award:GCSE


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About

We are aware that our subjects are directly relevant to the world of work. We therefore have established active relationships with external groups and agencies and are continually striving to build new relationships with local partners. These links enable the faculty to maintain an up to date knowledge of the vocations for which we are preparing the students.

We have well equipped workshops and food technology rooms with up to date and new technologies such as a laser cutter, dye sublimation press, and various vinyl cutters.

Course Content

Key Stage 3

Technology at KS3 consists of an 8 week rotation with covers all the different disciplines in technology. Over Key stage 3 students will complete projects in:

Resistant Materials

Graphic Products

Food Technology

Electronics

Product Design

Textiles

Key Stage 4

Currently all students at TSTC are required to opt for a Technology subject at KS4. Technology at KS4 is made up of the following suite of subjects:

GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

This course has a 40 per cent written examination at the end of the course and a 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with making of food products a vital feature of their experience of taking this specification.

This two unit specification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

This course has a 40 per cent written examination at the end of the course and a 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has a 40 per cent written examination at the end of the course and a 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology helps students develop their creativity.

This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to make textile products, a vital feature of candidates’ experience of taking this specification.

This course has a 40 per cent written examination at the end of the course and a 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

The course in Catering offers an unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education.

It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.

This course has a 40 per cent written examination at the end of the course and a 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.



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Course ID:Media Studies Department:Media Studies Award:GCSE

Course Content

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A wide range of media texts will be studied, drawn from the following areas of the media:

Film

Newspapers

Magazines and Comics

Radio

Television

Popular Music

The course aims to develop students’ ability to:

Respond critically and analytically to a range of media texts

Gain a broad knowledge of the industrial and commercial nature of media production

Investigate the nature of media consumption by difference audiences

Enhance their skills in the planning and creation of media products

Engage with the developing world of media techniques

The course emphasises the interdependence of critical understanding and the development of practical skills



Assessment

All major assessments will be determined in accordance with the specified coursework requirements. As such, they will consist of essays in which students will be required to demonstrate their critical and analytical understanding, and the application of this understanding in the process of the practical production of media texts.

Marking

Work will be marked in accordance with the grade descriptors set out in the AQA GCSE Media Studies syllabus. Attitude grades will also be given in line with the college policy which reflects students’ commitment both in the specific tasks and overall.

Homework & Extra Curricular

Homework

A range of different homework tasks will be set. These will vary from planning and drafting, research and independent investigation to more sustained assignments requiring a greater commitment, particularly in relation to potential coursework. These may be confined to one of the weekly homework slots, but ongoing tasks will extend across a series of homework. Students will need to organise their time accordingly.

Extra Curricular

Activities above and beyond specified lesson time may include:

Visits to television and radio studios and other media agencies, such as newspaper offices and advertising agencies.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own interests by establishing lunchtime and after college clubs – focusing on specific media. These might include a film club or student newspaper.

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Course ID:PE Department:PE Award:GCSE


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About

We aim to offer all students high quality physical education across a diverse and wide range of sporting activities. We encourage students to work to the best of their ability in order to become efficient, knowledgeable and self-confident individuals who can successfully participate and manage a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will participate in a variety of roles including performer, coach and official and are encouraged to evaluate their own and others performances.

Vision of the department:

  • To encourage all students to participate to the best of their ability and work to their full potential. 
  • To deliver a high quality curriculum that inspires all students’ to succeed, and where all achievements are celebrated.

  • To develop practical skills and use the knowledge they gain to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques.  Students will apply this across different sports and physical activities such as games, fitness and dance.

  • To partake in a variety of roles such as performer, coach and official, leading to a greater understanding of applying the rules and accepting the views and opinions of others.

  • To learn to identify and share strengths and weaknesses through strategies such as ‘2 stars and a wish’. This allows students to be open and honest with each other thus fostering mutual respect.  

  • To deliver an extensive extra-curricular programme where students are given the opportunity to further improve their skills and performance through both recreational and competitive activities.

  • To promote lifelong participation in physical activity through improved knowledge and understanding of the long term benefits of exercise and its role in creating a healthy active lifestyle. 

Course Content

Key Stage 3

Students are taught in single sex classes and have four hours of PE across a fortnight. They will study two activities per half term. Students are also encouraged to continue to develop these skills at our extra-curricular clubs.
  Boys Girls
Autumn 1

Basketball

Handball

Netball

Fitness

Autumn 2

Fitness

Football

Indoor games

Basketball

Spring 1

Badminton

Tag Rugby

Gymnastics

Dance

Spring 2

Gymnastics/Parkour

Ultimate Frisbee

Badminton

Handball

Summer 1

Athletics

Athletics

Summer 2

Cricket

Net games/indoor games

Rounders/striking and fielding

Net games

 

  Boys Girls
Autumn 1

Basketball

Handball

Netball

Fitness

Autumn 2

Fitness

Football

Indoor games

Basketball

Spring 1

Badminton

Tag Rugby

Gymnastics

Dance

Spring 2

Gymnastics/Parkour

Ultimate Frisbee

Badminton

Handball

Summer 1

Athletics

Athletics

Summer 2

Cricket

Net games/indoor games

Rounders/striking and fielding

Net games

 



Key Stage 4

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will have taken their options and will be studying for their GCSE/BTEC courses. All students will continue to have core PE four hours per fortnight (9 and 10) and 3 hours per fortnight (Year 11). Although they will not achieve a qualification in this subject, they will continue to develop important skills and aim to maintain a good level of fitness which contribute to a healthy active lifestyle.

In Year 9 students will follow a similar programme to Years 7 and 8 but with a greater emphasis on advanced skills and apply these to the game/competitive situations. Students are also encouraged to continue to develop these skills at our extra-curricular clubs.

  Boys Girls
Autumn 1

Basketball

Handball

Netball

Volleyball

Autumn 2

Fitness

Football

Indoor games

Basketball

Spring 1

Badminton

Tag Rugby

Gymnastics

Fitness programme

Spring 2

Gymnastics/Parkour

Ultimate Frisbee

Badminton

Handball

Summer 1

Athletics

Athletics

Summer 2

Cricket

Net games/indoor games

Rounders/striking and fielding

Net games

 

 

In Year 10 students will study a range of activities some of which they have not experienced in Years 7, 8 and 9. In year 10 there is a greater emphasis on developing key skills such as communication, teamwork and promoting other roles such as officiating.

They will now study one activity per half or full term which gives them more time to master the skills and techniques that are taught. The activities are also broader giving greater opportunity to cover a variety of sports within the activity group. E.g. Outdoor games will allow students to cover football, rugby, handball, hockey etc. Students are also encouraged to continue to develop these skills at our extra-curricular clubs.

  Boys Girls
Autumn 1

Outdoor games (winter)

Leadership or Indoor games

Autumn 2

Outdoor games (winter)

Leadership or Indoor games

Spring 1

Leadership or Indoor games

Fitness or Outdoor games

Spring 2

Leadership or Indoor games

Fitness or Outdoor games

Summer 1

Cricket

Net games

Rounders

Net games

Summer 2

Outdoor games (summer)

Fitness or Indoor games

 

The emphasis of PE in year 11 is to promote lifelong participation. It is designed so that students can opt for different activities those of which they have a greater interest in.

There are also opportunities for students to experience activities such as yoga. All Year 11 students are encouraged to participate and are educated about the value of physical activity as a stress relief, particularly in the run up to their pre public and final examination. Students are also encouraged to continue to develop these skills at our extra-curricular clubs.

Students will opt for activities from the list below:

  • Indoor games

  • Outdoor games

  • Fitness programmes (fitness suite)

  • Fitness classes (such as yoga/step aerobics)

  • Rounders

  • Cricket

In Year 8 students will opt for the examination subjects which they would like to study from Years 9, 10 and 11. Students can opt for GCSE PE where they will be given the opportunity to extend the practical skills that they have learnt in KS3 and to explore advanced tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. They will study theoretical aspects of physical activity for the first time and understand the role that this plays within a sporting environment.

Aim of GCSE PE:

 Use both theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding to analyse, evaluate and improve performance.

  • Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques

  • Understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.

Skills:

GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being and will study theoretical aspects such as body systems, psychology and  social-economic factors that affect physical activity and sport.

Course content:

Students will be taught a mixture of theory and practical content within GCSE PE. The programme of study varies per cohort due to timetabling and facilities that are available. However, all students will study all of the topics listed below over the three year examination course.

Theory content (overall 60% of course):

There will be 2 theory exams at the end of Year 11. Paper one is worth 36% and paper two is worth 24% of their overall grade. The papers will consist of a variety of short and long mark questions and will be based on the topics listed below: 

Applied anatomy and physiology 

  • Movement analysis

  • Physical training

  • Health, fitness and well-being

  • Sport psychology

  • Socio-cultural influences

  • Use of data

Practical content (overall 40% of course):

Students will have practical assessments in the sport that they study throughout the three year course. Students will have their three best scores selected and these are formally assessed during a practical exam in year 11 (30% of overall grade). They will also carry out a Personal Exercise Plan (PEP) for their coursework which involved them designing their own training programme in order to improve their fitness (10% of overall grade).

The practical activities are selected based on the strengths of the cohort. Students can also be assessed outside of college if they participate in activities such as equestrian. Students can obtain a full list of permitted activities from their PE teacher.

Below are a selection of practical activities that we usually study:

  • Netball

  • Football

  • Handball

  • Trampolining

  • Badminton



PE Kit List/Health and Safety Rules

Changing for PE lessons

Students are required to change fully for all PE lessons. Students who are unable to participate on medical grounds must bring a note from a parent/carer. PE teachers will make the final decision about participation and/or follow advice from a medical practitioner. Students who are excused are required to get changed into PE kit. They will be involved in the lesson through the role of official, coach or choreographer.

Jewellery

All jewellery must be removed for PE. This includes new piercings. Tape or other coverings are not permitted under health and safety guidance. If a student has a new piecing and cannot/will not remove it they will not be able to take part in the lesson and will have a detention to make up the time lost. After two weeks the piecing must be removed.  We recommend having new piercings at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Health and safety (gymnastics)

Students are sometimes required to remove shoes and socks for some activities such as gymnastics. If a student has a verruca or any other contagious foot condition and needs to remove their socks for a PE lesson, they should either cover the infected area with plasters or wear slip resistant verruca socks.

PE Kit List

 

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Course ID:Health and Social Care Department:Health and Social Care Award:BTEC Level 2

About

In Year 8 students will opt for the examination subjects which they would like to study from Year 9 until Year 11. Students can opt for BTEC Health and social care.

Students will have the opportunity to study a course that teaches them the skills, techniques and knowledge needed to work successfully within a health and social care environment. BTEC’s are vocational courses which are specially designed for students who are focused on a specific career path; in this case within health and social care sector.        

Vision/aims of the department:

  • Students are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector.

  • Give students a focused understanding of health and social care through a variety of different units that link to the health and social care sector.

  • Students have the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques that are essential for successful performance in working life within a health and social care environment.

Skills

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of issues within a health and social care setting. They will study a variety of units that will prepare them for work within a care setting.  They will investigate case studies and will write assignment tasks based on scenarios set in a variety of care placements.

Course Content

Unit 1

Human lifespan development (Exam)

Unit 2

Care values (Coursework)

Unit 3

Communication in health and social care (coursework)

Unit 6

The impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing (coursework)

In the 3 coursework units, students will produce assignments based on health and social care scenarios. These assignments will vary from a PowerPoint presentation to role plays. These are worth 75% of the overall grade.

The exam unit is a 1-hour externally assessed exam which consists of a variety of short and long mark questions. Students will sit the examination in Year 10 but have the opportunity to do a re-sit in Year 11 if they do not achieve their predicted grade.  

Students should aim to achieve the following grades at level 2:

Pass = Grade 4/5              

Merit = Grade 6                

Distinction = Grade 7

Distinction* = Grade 8

If a student is unable to achieve the grades above, they will aim for a Level 1 pass. This is the level below GCSE standard.

All grades are equivalent to a GCSE qualification 1-9 grade.

We will also aim to provide career opportunities for students to experience health and social care environments by visiting work placements within the industry.

How the overall grade is determined

Each unit with be given an overall grade; U-Distinction*. These grades are converted into points per unit. The points will contribute to their overall grade. The information below explains how they achieve each grade.

Points given per unit

U = 0 points

Level 1 Pass (D-G) = 6 points

Level 2 Pass (C) = 12 points

Level 2 Merit (B) = 18 points

Level 2 Distinction (A) = 24 points

Points needed for overall grade

U = 0 points

Level 1 Pass (D-G) = 24 points

Level 2 Pass (C) = 48 points

Level 2 Merit (B) = 66 points

Level 2 Distinction (A) = 84 points

Level 2 Distinction (A*) = 90 points



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