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Years 10 and 11 at

Hyde Technology School

Dear Parents/Carers

As Year 10 approaches, all Year 9 students have an opportunity to make


some choices about their course of study in Key Stage 4. Certain
subjects remain compulsory, but as this guide shows, there is scope to
choose from a selection of pathway subjects also.

The pathways we offer are arranged in such a way to encourage


students to study as broad and balanced a curriculum as possible, in line
with the aims and philosophy of this school. Choosing such subjects
means that students should think about what they are good at and enjoy,
as well as possible future career paths. Above all, it is important to keep
options open, so that no doors remain closed in the coming years.

Over recent years we have widened the range of course opportunities


considerably and make every effort to ensure that each child has a
personal curriculum appropriate to achieving maximum potential

We strongly encourage students to talk over their choices with both


parents and teachers at this time, so that subjects are chosen for sound
reasons.

We hope you find this booklet both clear and useful.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Spence
Headteacher
Years 10 and 11 at
Hyde Technology School

Students in Year 9 are reaching an important stage of their education.


Next year the curriculum that they will follow changes, and within it there
is some element of choice. As wide a curriculum as possible is being
made available to students and they need to consider carefully the
choices that they make.

THE CURRICULUM IN YEARS 10 AND 11

The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is made up of compulsory and


optional elements. The compulsory core comprises English,
Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology and ICT, which students
must follow. Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal and
Social Education and Citizenship are also included as part of the
students’ general education and in line with National Curriculum
requirements.

There is also an optional element and details of these courses are in this
booklet with the name of the member of staff responsible for the course.
It is important that students keep their future as open as possible and we
strongly advise that the subjects selected ensure that a balanced
curriculum is followed.

There are a number of people who can help and give advice. These
include form tutors and individual subject teachers. It is imperative that
students talk to the right people to clear up any queries. Mr Batty will
monitor students’ choices and advise if any difficulties are foreseen.
Years 10 and 11 at
Hyde Technology School

The Pathways Process

The pathways process is complex and the school is committed to guiding


students towards suitable choices. However limitations on class size and
available resources can inhibit complete freedom of choice. Final decisions
about subject availability in relation to student choice will rest with the
school.

We do our best to give each student all appropriate choices, but it must be
acknowledged that in some areas our facilities are stretched to the limit,
and, as a consequence, this may not always be possible.

Timeline

Spring term - Year 9 pathways scheme of work delivered through citizenship


lessons

Week beginning Monday 25th January - KS4 taster sessions

Thursday 4th February - Year 9 Pathways Evening

Thursday 11th February - Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Monday 22nd February to Friday 5th March - Year 9 pathways interviews

Monday 8th March - pathways sheet returned to Mr Batty

Mr I Batty
Assistant Headteacher
For more information

The following staff will be able to provide further information about


arrangements, courses and subjects
Mr Batty - General information
Ms Mallon - English
Mr Eyre - Mathematics
Mr Radcliffe - Science
Mr Johnson - ICT
Mr Drury - Design and Technology
Mrs Elms - NVQ Food
Mr Ross - Food Catering
Mrs Davies - Citizenship, PSHE and RE
Mrs Davies - Geography
Mrs Davies - History
Mrs Eyre - Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Gadsby-Mace - Art
Mrs Gadsby-Mace - Expressive Arts
Mr Johnson - Business Studies
Mr Dolan - BTEC Sport
Mrs Johnson - Health & Social Care
Miss Howie - Music
Miss Howie - Music Technology
Mr Kilroy - Construction
Mr Kojder - ASDAN
Mr Thompson - Diplomas/14-19 curriculum
Compulsory courses

In Years 10 and 11, all students follow the National Curriculum and will
study:

Course
English Language plus
English Literature
or
English**
Mathematics
Science
Design and Technology
Information Technology
Religious
Education/Citizenship/
PSHE
Physical Education

NB ** Some students may be entered for English only.

In this way, we are offering a technologically advanced education which


will match the needs of all students when they leave us, no matter what
career or further education they wish to pursue
English Language
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Ms L Mallon

Either Or
GCSE English PLUS GCSE English GCSE English
Language Literature
2 GCSEs 1 GCSE

Information:

English is a core subject and, together with maths, is one of the most crucial
qualifications you need. It is needed for all college courses, Modern
Apprenticeships and most other jobs.

How you will be examined:


The GCSE English Language course currently consists of the following:

Unit 1: Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Texts


External examination 40% of the total GCSE marks
Section A - Reading response
Section B - Writing response

Unit 2: Speaking and Listening


Controlled Assessment 20% of the total GCSE marks
Including:
Presenting;
discussing and listening;
role playing.

Unit 3: Understanding Spoken and Written Texts and Writing Creatively


Controlled Assessment 40% of the total GCSE marks
Part A: Extended Reading
Part B: Creative Writing
Part C: Spoken Language Study
English Literature
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Ms L Mallon

Information:

Some students will be given the opportunity to study English Literature


GCSE as well as studying for the GCSE English Language GCSE.

How you will be examined:


The GCSE English Literature course currently consists of the following:

Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts


External examination 40% of the total GCSE marks
Section A - Modern Prose or Drama
Section B - Exploring Cultures

Either:
Unit 2: Poetry Across Time
External examination 35% of the total GCSE marks
And:
Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary
Heritage
Controlled Assessment 25% of the total GCSE marks

Or:
Unit 4: Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage
External Examination 35% of the total GCSE marks
And:
Unit 5: Exploring Poetry
Controlled Assessment 25% of the total GCSE marks
English
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Ms L Mallon

Information:

English is a core subject and, together with maths, is one of the most
crucial qualifications you need. It is needed for all college courses,
Modern Apprenticeships and most other jobs.

How you will be examined:


The GCSE English course currently consists of the following:

Unit 1: Understanding and Producing Non-fiction Texts


External examination 40% of the total GCSE marks
Section A - Reading response
Section B - Writing response

Unit 2: Speaking and Listening


Controlled Assessment 20% of the total GCSE marks
Including:
Presenting;
discussing and listening;
role playing.

Unit 3: Understanding and Producing Creative Texts


Controlled Assessment 40% of the total GCSE marks
Part A: Understanding Creative Texts
Part B: Producing Creative Texts
Mathematics
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr R Eyre

Information:

This is a relatively new course which started in 2008.


The five areas covered are: Using and applying maths
Number
Algebra
Shape, space and measures
Handling Data

The course follows a modular structure, with examinations to be taken at


3 stages. The first is to be taken in March of Year 10. You may have
the chance to re-sit stages 1 and 2 of the examination if you do not
achieve your potential.

Each examination has calculator and non-calculator sections.

There are two tiers of entry:

Foundation Grades G - C

Higher Grade D - A*
Science
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr R Radcliffe

What is Twenty First Century Science?

Twenty First Century Science is a set of GCSE science courses for key stage 4.
There are three courses, each with a different character.

Why has the school chosen Twenty First Century Science?

We need a science curriculum that offers greater flexibility and genuine choice to
cope with the diversity of students’ interests and aspirations.
All of us, as citizens, need to be able to cope with the science that shapes our lives.
Some young people aspire to be scientists, or to work in careers where knowledge of
science is essential. So educating the next generations of science practitioners is
also crucial.

These courses are ‘tried and tested’ and the courses are also tailored to the needs of
different young people. For example, at Hyde Technology School we are offering the
following courses: GCSE science, GCSE Additional Science and GCSE Applied
Science.

What are the courses like?

GCSE Science – everyone studies this course. It features many of the major
theories of science in a way that encourages students to appreciate their importance
to everyday life. Students are prepared to deal with issues involving science which
they may meet, for example, mobile phone safety, decisions about childhood
vaccinations, and sustainable use of resources.

Many students will want to expand their study of science, because they are
interested in the subject, and also to provide grounding for possible further study of
science post-GCSE. Different options are available for students to choose from.
Science
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr R Radcliffe

GCSE Additional Science – appropriate for students who may wish to progress to
A levels in science subjects. This course explores scientific concepts in more depth,
and develops students’ understanding of how scientists work.

GCSE Applied Science – this course looks at science from the point of view of
people working in science related jobs e.g. nurses, forensic scientists. It would be
appropriate for students who may wish to progress to more vocational work-related
courses post-16 e.g. BTEC Forensic science. Students may also progress to some A
levels in science subjects.

GCSE Triple Science – This year, students who are working at Level 6+ will have
the opportunity to study Triple Science as an option. This course of study is
appropriate for students who may wish to progress to A levels in science subjects.

How you will be examined


Exams take place in January and June of Year 10 and 11.

Is there any assessment during the course?


Some of the total marks for the course are given for work students do during the
course. The percentage of marks for this work is:
GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science = 33.3%;
GCSE Applied Science = 50%.
How many GCSE grades will students get?
A student taking just GCSE Science will be awarded one GCSE grade for Science.
Students who take GCSE Science and either Additional Science or Applied Science
will be awarded two GCSE grades. Because the courses are independent, these two
grades may be different.

Which students will take which courses?


All students will take GCSE science. The most able students will do the course in
one year and a decision will be made, in Year 10, between the Additional Science or
the Applied Science courses for year 11.
All other students will do the GCSE science course over two years.
ICT
Accreditation: OCR National
Subject Leader: Mr K Johnson

Information:

The course covers a wide range of topics delivered through up to seven


units. Topics include working with spreadsheets, database, multimedia,
desk top publishing web design, graphics and other ICT activities.

The course is taught by five full time specialist teachers who have wide
experience of all aspects of ICT.

All Year 10 and 11 students study one of the four different versions of
this qualification - these are shown in the table below.

How you will be examined:

There is no examination for this qualification. All units are assessed


through a portfolio of work. There are four different versions of this very
flexible qualification - the qualification chosen will depend on the
pathway identified for each student, their ability in ICT, their motivation to
complete all work required and their attendance to lessons.

Qualification Equivalent GCSE


First award in ICT 1
Award in ICT 2
First certificate 3
National certificate in
4
ICT
Physical Education
Accreditation: None
Subject Leader: Mr J Dolan

Information:

The PE Department has designed a programme of curricular and extra-


curricular Physical Education and Sport Activities that will provide
competitive and recreational learning opportunities, in a safe
environment, sensitive to the needs and levels of ability of all students.
We aim to encourage all students to develop skills and confidence to
reach their full potential as participants, performers and leaders so that
they will develop a life-long interest in physical activity and sport.

During KS4 students are given the opportunity to develop their personal
fitness and can decide on roles that suit them e.g. performer, coach or
official. As well as improving their knowledge, skills and understanding of
activities covered at KS3. Some students will take part in a J.S.L.A.
course (Junior Sports Leaders Award). This course develops leadership
skills including organisation of activities, planning, communication and
motivation. Sporting links with a number of local feeder Primary Schools
and the local community are also being developed to allow JSLA
students to put into practice these newly acquired skills.
Citizenship
Accreditation: None
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

Information:

Citizenship at key stage 4 builds on the work already done at Key Stage
3 and aims to develop students’ citizenship skills and help them to
become active citizens. Some of the areas covered include community
identities, global citizenship and human rights, politics and government
systems, economic awareness, race relations and a study of how
societies function. You will learn about issues that affect your lives both
now and in the future.

You will take increasing responsibility for your own learning at Key Stage
4. You will learn in different ways including, team tasks, debates,
presentations, problem solving, paired discussion and self-evaluation.

There is no exam currently offered in citizenship. The skills that you


learn are there to support you in later life so that you can be a successful
and informed member of your community.
Religious Studies
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

Information:

Religious Studies GCSE Short Course. (WJEC)

All students follow the GCSE short course in religious studies. They are
required to attend one 60 minute lesson per week. Assessment is
through one examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration.
The course concentrates on contemporary moral issues which are
relevant to students’ everyday lives. Students consider their own
opinions as well as those from a variety of religious perspectives. Skills
used in religious studies such as analysis, interpretation, evaluation and
literacy are all valuable to prospective employers. The topics to be
covered are as follows:

Topic 1 – Relationships
Issues of love, marriage and divorce;

Topic 2 - Is it Fair?
Issues of justice and equality;

Topic 3 - Looking for Meaning


Issues about God, life and death;

Topic 4 - Our World


Exploring creation and our place in the world.
Guided Courses

Students are required to study one of the following Design and


Technology courses:

Product design Graphic products

Resistant materials Food catering

Music technology NVQ food

Students can express an interest in studying from the following courses:

German and Geography History Triple sciences


Spanish
Business Music Media studies Health and
studies social care
Art Expressive arts BTEC First in Construction**
sport
ASDAN Diplomas

Single subjects are delivered over 5 lessons per fortnight.


** Construction is delivered over 10 lessons per fortnight so accounts for
two choices.

Most students will be able to follow whatever subjects are agreed


through the IAG process. However, there may be occasions when this
won’t be possible, for example:
If too many students wish to study a subject and there are not enough
teachers to teach it;
If too few students wish to study a subject, it will not be viable.
Design and Technology
Product Design
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr N Drury

Information:

The majority of students will study AQA Product Design.


This GCSE course involves students in activities which develop
innovation and flair when designing products. The course does not have
a material bias and anticipates that students will develop their skills
through project work that encourages them to explore and develop,
experience and express their design and making capabilities and make
effective use of ICT.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of materials and manufacturing
techniques including computer aided design and manufacture
(CAD/CAD).

Projects undertaken give students the opportunity to develop their


understanding in the areas of Product Design, Electronic Control and
Graphics using a variety of materials. Upon completion of these
preparatory projects, students will be able to confidently undertake their
assessed coursework. In previous years students have developed
interactive projects based on educational learning aids, charity collecting
boxes, mood lighting, advertising displays and board games.

How you will be examined:

AQA Product Design


The assessment of students is determined through coursework (60%)
and external examination (40%). The coursework is a large component
of this syllabus and takes a considerable time to complete. Therefore,
meeting deadlines is one of the most important skills students need to
demonstrate.
Design and Technology
Graphic Products
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr N Drury

Information:

This GCSE course encourages students to think about designing and


modelling. Students will use ICT, CAD/CAM, paper, card and lots of
different graphic media to look at how graphics can be used to
communicate ideas and themes.

Sketching and freehand drawing techniques, enhancement techniques,


using colour and different methods of presenting ideas will be explored.
Some formal methods of drawing will also be taught and how to illustrate
thoughts and ideas effectively. Students will look into commercial
packaging methods and create 3-dimensional outcomes in different
materials. Practical skills will need to be developed and new methods of
construction and modelling explored.

There are clear links between the Art and Design curriculum and the
study of GCSE Graphic Products. In combination, the two subjects
complement each other and are a good launch pad for those students
who might want to study Art or Product Design for AS or A level.

How you will be examined:

AQA Graphic Products


The assessment of students is determined through coursework (60%)
and external examination (40%). The coursework is a large component
of this syllabus and takes a considerable time to complete. Therefore,
meeting deadlines is one of the most important skills students need to
demonstrate.
Design and Technology
Resistant Materials
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mr N Drury

Information:

Course Description
On this course students acquire and apply knowledge, skills and
understanding through:

• analysing and evaluating products and processes;


• engaging in focused practical tasks to develop and demonstrate
techniques;
• engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing
products;
• considering how past and present design and technology, relevant to a
designing and making context affects society;
• recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues inherent in
design and technology;
• designing and making a quality final product from a range of suitable
materials.

This course would particularly suit students who enjoy working in the
workshop using wood, metal and/or plastic and a range of machines and hand
tools.

How you will be examined:

AQA Resistant Materials


The assessment of students is determined through coursework (60%) and
external examination (40%). The coursework is a large component of this
syllabus and takes a considerable time to complete. Therefore, meeting
deadlines is one of the most important skills students need to demonstrate.
Design and Technology
Music Technology
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Miss L Howie

Information:

A limited number of students may study Music Technology. As this is a new


course students will have to demonstrate a clear interest during the IAG
process. Students who wish to study this subject cannot chose GCSE music
as one of their pathway choices.

Why Music Technology?


Do you enjoy ICT activities and want to develop IT skills?
Do you enjoy Music?
Do you have an interest in recording techniques?
Do you enjoy pop/rock/jazz/hip hop music?

You don’t have to be able to play an instrument as it is an ICT based course!

What is involved?
You are required to record two pieces of music of your choice on Cubase
using a combination of live and MIDI instruments. This can be in any style so
any modern chart music is acceptable. (30% of GCSE)
Compose two pieces of music and record them onto CD, for example a Dance
Remix or a Pop song. (30% of GCSE)
Listening to music of many different styles such as Brit Pop, musicals, 20th
Century music, dance music, rock, hip hop and much more.

What skills will it develop?


Music Technology GCSE gives a fantastic experience in music and
technology. It allows you to explore many different music pathways from live
sound engineering to studio producer or even as a composer for film and
television.
How you will be examined:
Edexel Music Technology
The assessment of students is through coursework only.
Food at KS4
Accreditation: NVQ level 1
Subject Leader: Mrs G Elms

Information:

Hyde Technology School works in partnership with Tameside College, to deliver an


NVQ Level 1 in Food Preparation and Cooking for students who choose this as an
option at Key Stage 4.
Trained chefs deliver the course and it is designed for those students who wish to:
• improve their level of skill in food preparation and cooking for their own
personal use and enjoyment;
• enter the catering profession on leaving school;
• fast track on to Level 2 NVQ food courses when leaving school.

Students practise their food preparation and cooking skills and to cover elements of
the underpinning knowledge. This enables them to complete their portfolios of
evidence. All students gain experience of the Work Related Environment by working
in the school dining room and at the Bistro at Tameside College.

How you will be examined:

This accreditation is a nationally recognised qualification in the catering industry and


it is normally only available to students who are aged 16 and over. There is also the
opportunity to be awarded with a Basic Food Hygiene certificate. The Hyde
Technology School students are enrolled at Tameside College and are formally
assessed by their teaching staff through:
practical tasks and assessments;
portfolio of evidence of the practical work;
computer based tests;
written end of unit tests;
student and documented evidence of practical work.

Some students use their work experience placements to work in the Food Industry.
Food at KS4
Accreditation: GCSE Catering
Subject Leader: Mr J Ross

Information:
Taught and assessed within school, this course follows the WJEC specification. It provides
you with the opportunity to:
• improve your food preparation and cooking skills;
• gain a knowledge of how the catering industry operates;
• develop an understanding of nutrition and healthy eating;
• develop an understanding of how food choice is affected by lifestyle, budget, ethical
and time factors;
• gain an understanding of the importance of working safely and hygienically;
• carry out a detailed investigation of a catering outlet;
• fast track on to Level 2 NVQ food courses when leaving school;
• gain a grade that can be used to support an application for any post-16 course.

Entry requirements:
Students will be required to complete a food hygiene certificate before starting the course.
This will be done in lesson and students’ own time during the first two weeks of Year 10.
Teaching
60% Practical
40% Theory

How you will be examined:


A combination of coursework, practical assessment and a final written exam are used to
assess students;
25% practical assessment;
75% written assessment.

Who is it for?
Anyone that enjoys cooking and is prepared to work hard.
This course suits all ability levels but students must understand that written work accounts
for a considerable part of the assessment and must be committed to the subject.
Business Studies
Accreditation: Applied GCSE (dual award)
Subject Leader: Mr K Johnson

Information:

This qualification is a GCSE in Applied Business and is the equivalent of two


GCSEs. Students opting for the Business course must be prepared to work
hard throughout the two years and at the end of the course the qualification
gained will be a double award. The syllabus gives students an opportunity to
develop knowledge and understanding of the features and dynamics of
business activities. Some of the areas covered during the course are business
ownership, different industrial sectors, communication, customers and financial
documentation. The course structure enables students to develop a variety of
skills including organisation, communication, numeracy and research skills.

This popular subject combines practical and written work and helps students make
sense of the economic realities of the world in which they are going to live and work.
Industry related activities, outside visits, visiting speakers, field and market research
and the extensive use of information technology features strongly in the course.

At the end of the two year course, the students will be in an excellent position to
move into further education, following GCE A Level, GNVQ Advanced Level or BTEC
National courses and eventually University Degree Level. Business Studies forms a
solid basis for a career in any of the professions.
Business Studies is a challenging but rewarding course for students who work hard
throughout the two years.
All students who study this course will be given the opportunity to take part in the
Young Enterprise Scheme which involves the running of a business.

How you will be examined:

Students will be required to work on major projects during the two years and will
undertake one examination. This counts for one third of the final marks. The Applied
Business GCSE will also be assessed by coursework.
Media Studies
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Ms L Mallon/Ms A Walsh

Information:

Media Studies is an exciting subject in which you will be encouraged to


gain in-depth knowledge of newspapers, magazines, television, film,
radio and popular music. You will be expected to analyse the different
media as well as using your knowledge to make your own media texts.
Media Studies will help you to develop a better understanding of the
world around you.

As part of your Media Studies course you will learn how to use video and
tape recording equipment. You will look at how newspapers are made,
study the development of popular music genres and analyse a variety of
films. You will apply what you have learned to making your own media
texts such as newspapers, magazines and television programmes.

It is important to have a real interest in this subject. Enthusiasm and


hard work will be rewarded. Media Studies is one of the fastest growing
courses in this country and as media is so much a part of all our lives it
is very useful to learn how the industry works.

How you will be examined:


You will complete three pieces of coursework and a practical project
over the two years. This coursework will make up 50% of your final
mark. You will also sit a controlled test at the end of Year 11 which will
make up the other 50% of your award. You will know in advance what
the test is about and will have prepared the work in class. Coursework
is an essential part of Media Studies GCSE so you will need to be
committed to the subject.
Art and Design
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs A Gadsby-Mace

Information:

Syllabus A. (General) This syllabus is intended for those students who wish to follow
an exciting, broad and varied course. It encourages a variety of creative
experiences and employs a wide range of media, processes and techniques.
The course encourages students’ personal responses to initial starting points in
all areas. It provides a sound basis for all college courses and careers in Art,
Design, Graphics, Fashion, Photography, Fine Art, 3-D and Textiles as well as
careers in Stage Design, the Media and Architecture. Coursework consists of a
folder including a minimum of 3 practical assignments. Students may choose
to include any of the following: Drawing and Painting (Fine Art), Textile Design
(including 3D / Soft Sculpture), Graphic Design (Printmaking is included in all of
the above areas.), 3D – Design,. At Least 2 areas from the above list must be
included in their coursework folder. (Students may wish to include all areas
however!)

Homework and personal art work is an essential part of the course. This may be
ongoing classwork, or a special assignment. Students will be encouraged to
visit exhibitions and galleries, and will have the opportunity to gain insight into
the work of other artists.

Students are kept informed of further education and career opportunities in all areas
of Art and Design. College visits will be arranged to acquaint students with currently
available courses. Art college students are invited to the department to advise our
students and give information on available courses.

How you will be examined:


This takes place at the end of the 2 year course via a student exhibition. Work is
graded by students’ course tutors plus an external moderator:

Coursework = 60% (Minimum of 3 assignments + preparation)


Examination = 40% (10 hours unaided work with a theme set by the exam board
over 2 days).
Expressive Arts
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs A Gadsby-Mace

Information:

Expressive Arts enables students to broaden and deepen their


imagination, creative knowledge and gain understanding of their cultural
heritage through the study of two or more art forms, including Art,
Drama, Music and Creative Writing.

Students acquire a range of skills across two or more artistic disciplines.


They will make comparisons across the art forms and relate practices in
different art forms. This course offers new ways of working. For a wide
range of students, the integrated arts approach opens new doors and
creates new opportunities to work collaboratively on projects. It enables
students to access a variety of arts experiences and to explore new
subjects and issues with confidence. Through a process of critical
analysis and through their own creative work they will be encouraged to
develop the potential to identify and comment on some of their own
concerns.

The course encourages self-motivation and independent learning.

How you will be examined:

Coursework = 60% (Minimum of 3 assignments + preparation)


Examination = 40% (10 hours unaided work with a theme set by the
exam board over 2 days).
History
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

Information:

The course studied is the Modern World (Edexcel).

You will study:

Outline study, Peace and war 1901—1991.


This unit includes World War One and Two, The Cold War and the
collapse of the Soviet Union.

A depth study about Germany 1918-1939.


This unit focuses on The Weimar Republic, Hitler and the rise of the Nazi
Party and Nazi controlled Germany.

A source enquiry about The USA 1945-1970.


This unit include the Civil rights movement and
Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Black Power and anti-war protests
and the 1960’s.

Representations of History - Crime, Policing and Punishment in


England c1880-c1990.
This unit includes the abolition of the death penalty with a case study on
Derek Bentley, Law and order with a focus of the miners strikes and on
developments in policing and a case study on Jack the Ripper.
History
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

How you will be examined:

Unit 1 - Outline study - Exam worth 25%;


Unit 2 - Depth Study - Exam worth 25%;
Unit 3 - Source enquiry - Exam worth 25%;
Unit 4 - Representations of history - Controlled assessment worth 25%.

Is it for me?
The course is academic in nature. It leads on to AS and A2 levels, and is
useful for any career where valuable skills like thinking skills, analysis
and organisational skills are needed. In History you deal with real
people and work out why they did what they did. You will improve your
ability to judge how much of the truth you are being told.

It will suit anyone who is interested in finding out more about the world
they live in as the events of the last 100 years help to explain the
problems and opportunities of the world today.
Geography
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

Information:

Two of the main advantages of studying Geography are that it enables


people to make sense of the rapidly changing world in which we live and
it helps with many careers such as the Tourist and Leisure Industries,
Business Management, plus a host of other opportunities.

Geography is a subject that employers value, due to the skills that you
develop whilst studying the course, which include: decision making,
problem solving and handling data.

It would be impossible to study Geography without seeing other places


in the world for yourself. Therefore, there will be opportunities to
undertake field work abroad and in the UK, including a residential in the
Yorkshire Dales.

How you will be examined:

The course studied is GCSE OCR B. This contains three sections:


Sustainable Decision Making (25%);
Controlled Assessment (25%);
Terminal exam (50%).
Geography
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs F Davies

The syllabus studied is based on 4 themes:

Rivers and Coasts;


Population and Settlement;
Natural Hazards;
Economic Development.

The controlled assessment comes in two parts, one fieldwork based and
one geographical investigation based on topics such as world sport and
the global fashion industry.

GCSE Geography covers many topics which have already been looked
at briefly at Key Stage 3. However, they are covered in more depth. This
means that our students are already aware of the basics included in
each topic and can develop their knowledge further.
Foreign Languages
German and Spanish
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs D Eyre

Information:

For students who sat the GCSE foundation exam in Year 9 they will
follow the higher course for 2 lessons and study a second language for 3
lessons per fortnight in Year 10. In Year 11 they will study the second
language for 5 lessons over a fortnight. Students follow a course in
German/Spanish/French covering four areas of experience - ‘Lifestyle’,
‘Leisure’, ‘Home and Environment’ and ‘Work and Education’. There are
many European companies with branches here in the UK who prefer
applicants to have a language. It enables employees to work in many
different countries.

If you want to work in the tourist industry, it can be an advantage to have


a language qualification. German has a major part to play in the
business world and Spanish is a very useful holiday language.

As we move towards a more combined Europe, a language qualification


will become increasingly important and those who have it will be much
sought after in business and industry.

How you will be examined:

The GCSE exam consists of 4 elements, listening, speaking, reading


and writing. Writing is examined by submission of 2 pieces of
coursework and speaking is examined in the form of 2 extended
dialogues. The other elements are examined by formal exams in Year 9,
10 or 11. Candidates may be entered for foundation or higher tier for
listening or reading. This is dependent on student attainment.
BTEC First in Sport
Accreditation: Applied GCSE (dual award)
Subject Leader: Mr J Dolan

Information:

The course offers a superb opportunity to provide a stimulating


curriculum experience for students while improving their
examination results. First in Sport meets Students’ applied
learning needs and ensures they maximise their academic
potential:
• 2 GCSEs A*-C;
• Personalised Learning;
• 14-19 Pathways;
• Work Related Learning;
• National Learning Body Awards;
• Leadership opportunities;
• Development of Key Skills;
• A commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.

The core units are:

The sports industry;

Health, safety and injury;

Preparation for sport.


Health and Social Care
Accreditation: Applied GCSE
Subject Leader: Mrs S Johnson

Information:

This GCSE (Single Award) is made up of two mandatory units, one of which is
externally assessed and the other internally assessed and externally
moderated.
Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision is the unit where a portfolio is
produced and internally assessed. It includes the study of service users, the
services that are offered and the people who work within the health and social
care sectors. Learners produce a study about the services within the sectors.

Understanding Personal Development and Relationships is the examined unit.


Topics covered include the stages and pattern of human growth and
development, how people develop their self-concept and major life events and
sources of support. Learners also consider relationships and the effect they
have on people throughout their lives.

Examples of appropriate employment to which a GCSE in Health and Social


Care learner might progress include: Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant,
Childminder, Pre-school/Nursery School Assistant. The GCSE could
contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for training for nursing and
professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and pharmacy, for
example. It could also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for
teaching and working with people with disabilities

How do Health and Social Care and Child Development differ?

Health and Social Care involves the study of events that affect people of all
ages. It looks into how the Health, Social Care and Early Years sectors are
structured and examines the job roles of people who work in the services.
Child Development looks purely at the development of children between the
ages of 0-5.
Music
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Miss L Howie

Why GCSE Music?

Do you enjoy music, ICT and practical based lessons?


Are you keen to learn an instrument or how to sing?
Have you got good listening skills?
Do you prefer coursework rather than sitting an exam?

What is involved?

25% Performance - perform two pieces of music which will be recorded


on CD and sent to the examination board for assessment.
25%Composition – create one piece of music in any style you choose.
This is recorded and sent to the exam board.
25% Listening – this is related to the 5 areas of study.
25% Integrated Assignment – create one more composition using ICT -
this is sent to the exam board for assessment.

What type music is it?


During the two years you will cover five Areas of Study:

Music for Film, Music for Dance, Music for a Special Occasion, Pop
music 1960’s till present day, Orchestral Landmarks.
Music
Accreditation: GCSE
Subject Leader: Miss L Howie

What skills will it develop?

Even if you don’t want to plan a career in the music industry, employers
favour key skills which are developed in a subject like music:

Commitment, concentration, coordination, learning a new language,


patience, dedication, numeracy skills.

What if I don’t play an instrument?

You have two years to develop these skills further and get one extra
lesson a week with a visiting teacher (which is paid for by the school).
Most students have good keyboard skills or can sing so this is not a
problem!

How you will be examined:

50% of the marks for GCSE Music is covered by coursework, which will
include one piece as a Solo and one as an Ensemble (group).
In addition there will be a listening test, where students will be required
to answer questions after listening to excerpts played from a CD (25%).
There will also be an Integrated Assignment. This is set in the final term
and will be based on one area of study and will link the skills of
performing, composing and listening. (25%)
Construction
Accreditation: Foundation learning
Subject Leader: Mr P Kilroy

Information:

This is a foundation course that is aimed at providing an introduction to a wide


variety of trades within the construction industry. These include:

• bricklaying - building a variety of structures in both brick and block and setting
out an extension;
• plastering - cutting and fixing plasterboard, mixing plaster and skimming with
finish coat;
• tiling - cutting to size and shape, fixing with adhesive and grouting;
• fixing fixtures and fittings - door locks, gutters and downspouts, shelves and
brackets and skirting and architrave;
• painting and decorating - mixing and applying undercoats, gloss and emulsion
by brush and roller.

In each area students will be introduced to the tools, materials and equipment that
are associate with each trade.

Health and Safety is an important aspect of the course. Students will be provided
with overalls and safety footwear that must always be worn.

As part of the assessment students will be required to demonstrate that they can
complete the tasks to a basic standard following all safety measures put in place.

The vast majority of the course is practical. However, each student is required to
have knowledge of equipment, materials and construction methods. Students will
demonstrate their learning through portfolio evidence and end of unit tests. Some
formal classroom tuition is required to achieve this.

At the end of the course there is a compulsory on-line multiple choice test that
students must pass in order to be awarded the certificate.
ASDAN
Accreditation: Foundation learning
Subject Leader: Mr R Kojder

ASDAN's Objectives, Vision and Values

ASDAN rewards learners’ success in a range of skills and settings from


Entry Level to University Entrance.

ASDAN’s Charitable Objectives

ASDAN is established as a registered charity for “The advancement of


education, by providing opportunities for all learners to develop their
personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through
ASDAN awards and resources, and the relief of poverty, where poverty
inhibits such opportunities for learners.”

ASDAN’s Vision
We recognise that young people are multi-talented and we celebrate that
diversity, seeking to:
• encourage, engage and motivate learners;
• promote active and experiential learning;
• raise the expectations of learners;
• reward a range of learning styles and contexts;
• use assessment to further learning;
• make learning relevant and transferable;
• promote the worth and value of all our qualifications.

Thereby recognising the potential to transform the abilities and


achievements of all learners.
14 – 19 qualifications
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

14 -19 Suites of qualifications

For more details students should log onto the 14-19 Tameside on-line
prospectus at: yourchoiceintameside.co.uk

BTEC qualifications – there are a range of these available mainly as twilight


programmes after school (4pm – 6pm) at Tameside College. There are a
number of subject choices:

• Sport
• Beauty
• Hairdressing
• Performing arts
• Motor vehicle

Booklets with all the different BTEC choices will be distributed to year 9
students. BTEC qualifications are worth 2 GCSE grades

Diplomas – this is a relatively new qualification and is highly regarded with


employers. The qualification will be studies on 1 whole day (usually Monday)
which means students can only take 1 option. They may also miss some other
lessons that are timetabled for a Monday but extra support is arranged.
Diplomas are available in:

• ICT
• Engineering
• Construction
• Media
• Health and Social Care
• Business
Diplomas are worth 5 GCSE grades.
14 – 19 qualifications
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Apprenticeships – places are limited and students must really want to go on


an apprenticeship if they are to have any chance of a place! Students will
spend 2 days a week out of school. 1 day on placement and the other day in
college. Students who chose this route should not take any other options.
Apprenticeships are available in:

• Business
• Motor vehicle
• Hairdressing

Day release – this is an NVQ qualification which is worth 2 GCSE grades.


Students will spend 2 days a week (Tues and Thurs) at Tameside College;
students should not take any other options. NVQ qualifications are available
in:

• Motor vehicle
• Beauty therapy
• Engineering
• Hairdressing
• Performing Arts
Diplomas in Tameside
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Background

The Diploma is an exciting qualification based on a mix of classroom-


based activities and hands-on learning. You’ll enjoy learning in different
environments, including the workplace; you will choose to study subjects
which interest you and you will be given the opportunity to tackle
challenging projects.

The Diploma will develop the skills in English, maths and ICT necessary
for everyday life, along with learning about the particulars of the diploma
subject. You’ll also improve your life-skills through teamwork, creative
thinking and problem solving which are valued by employers, colleges
and universities.

Your diploma also includes a range of optional courses you can choose
from. These could be relevant to your diploma subject, or something that
reflects your other interests and career ambitions - such as a language,
science or a creative subject.

All diplomas require you to work on a project and to experience at least


10 days work experience with an employer. Both require you to
demonstrate and apply the skills you acquire throughout the course.
Diplomas in Tameside
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

September 2009 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Tameside’s


Diploma development. You are able to study the following courses:

Hospitality
Information Technology
Engineering
Creative and Media
Society, Health and Development

Students choosing these qualifications will remain the responsibility of


Hyde Technology School. Individual progress and attainment will be
incorporated into the current structure and pastoral support will always
be available.

Students studying ‘The Diploma’ have access to the core curriculum


however, they will only be able to study one pathway subject. Final
confirmation is dependant on the construction of the timetable.
Diploma in Hospitality
Co-ordinator: Mrs G Elms

Diploma in Hospitality

The Diploma in Hospitality is a new course; it will be delivered at Hyde Technology


School with some work being undertaken at Tameside College. It is offered at Level
2 and is equivalent to 7 GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Learners from other schools will be invited to join the group, as Hyde is the only
school in Tameside delivering this course

It will give you a taste of the huge range of opportunities, jobs and career paths
offered by the hospitality industry. You may discover a passion for travel, enjoy
exotic food, or even become a top chef or hotel and restaurant owner!

The Diploma in Hospitality focuses on four main themes:

The hospitality industry: This introduces you to the basics of the sector and shows
you the impact that the hospitality industry has on the UK economy and the
excitement of working within it.
People in hospitality: The hospitality industry is a ‘people based’ industry. This theme
looks at how important your people skills are, not only to the success of the business
but in how you work with your colleagues.
Hospitality operations: You will explore how food and beverages are prepared and
served to customers, including food safety, foods from different cultures and the
principles of healthy eating. You will also have a chance to develop some practical
skills in cooking.
Business and finance in hospitality:-This theme covers important business and
financial practices.

Work experience
Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience.
This is a great way to use the skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience
what work is like from the inside.
Diploma in ICT
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Diploma in ICT

Students will study the qualification on a dedicated ‘Diploma Day’ each week.
All of the new Diploma qualifications must be offered in conjunction with other
schools or colleges and we have chosen to work with Alder in view of their
record for achievement and facilities in the area of ICT.

What will I study?

ICT is vital in just about every industry you can think of, from retail to sport and
from music to banking. It is important that students understand that technology
is an important part of today’s education.

Core units are:

Business and ICT – how to manage projects;


People – changes and challenges to organisations;
Technology – building prototypes and testing;
Multi-media – Designing and developing a project.

The course content has received significant input from employers who want
school leavers with appropriate ICT skills in order to be effective, flexible and
motivated workers. Subsequently, students who pass this qualification will be
an attractive proposition to prospective employers.

The qualification involves 10 days of work experience in the field of ICT and
students will be expected to pass the new Functional Skills tests in ICT, Maths
and English. Additional support will be provided for all Diploma students to
enable them to pass these tests.
Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure
Co-ordinator: Mr J Dolan

Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure

Exam board: Edexcel

Qualification: Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure

Level 1 = 5 D – G GCSEs
Level 2 = 7 A* - C GCSEs
Level 3 = 3 ½ A – E A levels

Who should apply?

Students who have an interest in sport in its widest sense; performer, coach,
manager, physio, journalist, attendant, instructor etc.

Entry on to the course will be confirmed by interview. The course requires many
aspects and abilities in English, maths and ICT. The element of functional skills has
caused concern for students but clear guidance, support and encouragement will be
given as these must be achieved for successful completion of the qualification.

Teaching environment: there will be several difference environments experienced.


The course must be 50% practical and will also involve 10 days work experience
alongside the classroom the necessary classroom based activities.

Progression routes: obviously to the next level. Universities have been involved in
the development of the diplomas and are happy to accept students on to degree
courses.

Selling points: a new course designed with the help of universities. It is a very flexible
course with the possibility of being able to collect credits from several sources.
Business, Administration and
Finance Diploma
Co-ordinator: Miss K Neill

Business, Administration and Finance Diploma

The BAF diploma will introduce learners to the broad context of the
business sector. Learners will be able to progress onto related
studies or employment in wider business sectors.

Students will study the qualification on a dedicated ‘Diploma Day’ each week which
will alternate between the two schools. All of the new Diploma qualifications must be
offered in conjunction with other schools or colleges and we have chosen to work
with All Saints, New Charter Academy and Tameside College.

The Diploma provides a motivating learning experience through a blend of general


education and applied learning within a stimulating programme that takes into
account the needs of employers and as a result there will be lots of out of school
visits, guest speakers and an opportunity to plan and set up a business!

The main topic areas are:


Business Enterprise
Business communication and administration
Business finance and accounting
Marketing, sales and customer service for business
Business administration and teams
Understanding business in a changing world
Success at work

The qualification involves 10 days of work experience in the field of business and
students will be expected to pass the new Functional Skills tests in ICT, Maths and
English. Additional support will be provided for all Diploma students to enable them
to pass these tests.
Diploma in Engineering
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Diploma in Engineering

Engineering is all around us. It plays an important part in what we do every day and
has an impact on everyone’s life. Engineering creates the world in which we live,
work and spend our leisure time.

So, not surprisingly, the engineering sector is huge. Over 1.6 million people already
work in engineering related jobs in sectors like health, entertainment, farming,
agriculture, mechanics, electronics, telecommunication, biomedicine, aerospace,
transport, design, energy utilities, engineering manufacture and building services.

If you enjoy challenges and problem solving, are creative, innovative, have flexible
skills and are interested in new technology, the engineering diploma could be for
you.

The Diploma in Engineering opens up the ideas and concepts behind engineering,
and how they impact on the modern world.

You’ll be introduced to key engineering principles such as design, materials,


electronic systems, maintenance and manufacturing. You’ll also get lots of practical
experience and study what makes innovations succeed, how new materials
contribute to design and how to develop and launch new ideas.
The Diploma in Engineering focuses on three main themes:

• the engineering world - looks at the importance of engineering in the


modern world and the impact engineering has on the way we live our lives;
• discovering engineering technology - introduces basic engineering
principles such as design, materials, electronic systems, maintenance and
manufacturing;
• engineering the future - looks at what makes innovations succeed, how new
materials contribute to design and how to develop and launch new ideas.

The Diploma in Engineering course takes place at Tameside Further Education


College. Students will attend one full day per week.
Diploma in Creative and Media
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Diploma in Creative and Media

Ideas are at the heart of the creative and media diploma. It’s the ideas
that drive all the different industries, like advertising, film, interactive
media and the performing arts.

Britain's writers, artists, choreographers, directors, composers and


comedians light up countless lives. If you want to be part of this exciting
world you need to have not only the ideas and the talent, but also the
skills and knowledge to turn ideas into reality.

The Diploma in Creative and Media allows you to learn valuable skills in
different situations. You’ll learn about the key themes in creativity and
how to think and work creatively. This involves seeing a project through
from start to finish, identifying an audience and their needs and learning
about the business side of the creative and media industries.

The Creative and Media Diploma has a wide range of choice, and can
include 2D and 3D visual art, graphic design, product design, fashion,
textiles, drama, advertising, dance, music, film and many more. You will
apply this in a number of practical activities and small projects,
depending on what you are interested in. At the same time, you will be
learning how to develop your ideas and market them commercially.
Diploma in Creative and Media
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

All levels of the Diploma in Creative and Media include the following
areas:

• creativity in context - the things that can influence the creative


process, such as society, culture, the environment or the work of
other people;
• thinking and working creatively - ways of exploring,
experimenting with and developing ideas, skills and techniques;
• principle, processes and practice - the skills, techniques and
processes to turn your ideas into reality;
• creative business and enterprise - an understanding of real
situations and the skills that you need to succeed in the industry.

The foundation and higher Diploma in Creative and Media takes place at
Longdendale, Egerton Park and Tameside Further Education College.
Students will attend one full day per week.
Diploma in Society, Health and
Development
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

Diploma in Creative and Media

Society, Health and Development covers some of the most important


areas of work in the UK. It’s important because it’s about the care and
development of the people who live around us.

The Diploma in Society, Health and Development will give you an


understanding of four important work areas: health, social care, the
children’s workforce and community justice.

People involved in working in Society, Health and Development come


from:
• the Children’s workforce - teachers, youth workers, play workers,
nursery nurses and more;
• the health industry - medical staff, health workers, healthcare
scientists, physiotherapists and more;
• the community justice sector - community support officers and
community police, probation officers, youth offending teams and
more;
• the adult sector - social workers, care workers and more.

Studying this diploma will help you learn skills that are important to work
successfully in these areas: problem solving, team working,
communication and creative thinking. It will also give you a chance to
learn in different settings. You could take part in virtual learning by using
computer simulations, or you could experience working with a real
employer. You could meet healthcare scientists, community police
officers, adult social care workers or even a prosthetic limb designer
along the way.
Diploma in Society, Health and
Development
Co-ordinator: Mr P Thompson

You will be involved in a wide range of topic based, project and practical
learning related to the above. Topics include:

well-being and lifestyle, healthy living;


growth and development;
personal development;
working together and communication;
safeguarding and protecting individuals;
antisocial behaviour and offending;
protecting communities;
supporting children and young people;
patient-centred health.

The foundation and higher Diploma in Society, Health and Development


takes place at Ashton Sixth Form College. Students will attend one full
day per week.