Learning For Life
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Science will equip students with sound, specialist scientific knowledge and skills for everyday use. This qualification challenges students through encouraging independence and creativity in addition to offering transferable skills for future study or the workplace.
Students work on controlled assessment (previously known as coursework) for different modules and sit final exams in the summer of year 11.
GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series
The subjects covered will include number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry, probability and statistics. The exam questions will come from any of these subject areas.
Pupils are taught by specialist subject teachers and follow the GCSE Art Syllabus (AQA). This is a two year course which leads to GCSE accreditation in Year 11. Pupils are required to complete set coursework (including homework) and a terminal examination. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills and techniques in drawing, painting and three-dimensional work as well as studying the work of famous artists, local artists and the art of other cultures. Visits are made to the National and Tate Galleries in London to support their studies. The course is highly accessible and can enable pupils to gain self-esteem and confidence through their achievements and to develop their communication and social skills, imagination and self-expression.
This syllabus allows for different approaches to the teaching of Drama whilst highlighting a common core.
The course facilitates a view of Drama as an intellectual, practical and artistic subject that has its roots in exploration through improvisation. The intellectual strand is the way pupils use drama to explore issues, to think about their work and then evaluate and develop it. The practical strand concerns the skills of improvisation, role-play and performance, whilst the artistic strand is concerned with the pupils’ own creativity.
Pupils will be entered for Edexcel GCSE Drama exam following a course that involves numerous visits to local and West End theatre productions.
This specification, Functional English Level 1 and Level 2, gives students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work.
This specification aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations. This course can be used in preparation for GCSE at college/post 16 settings.
Students will sit an external exam in reading and writing (2 components) as well as internal assessment on Speaking and Listening.
Functional Mathematics Level 1 and Level 2 aims to promote mathematical thinking and transferable skills rather than rote learning. Students will also cover:
The Functional Mathematics specification is suitable for students of various ages and from diverse background in terms of lifelong learning.
The Level 1 qualification in Functional Mathematics provides a good basis for progression to Level 2 in Functional Mathematics and GCSE.
Functional Skills ICT aims to:
Assessment ICT Entry Levels 1–3
ICT Levels 1 and 2
Entry Level Certificate Science (ELC Science) is designed to give students not yet ready to take GCSE Science the chance to get a Science qualification. It can help motivate students who achieve the award to move on to the next level.
Three levels of award are available – Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3, with Entry 3 being the most demanding.
It integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout the six components. Students should be encouraged to study as many of the six components as they are able. They need only submit evidence for:
These must be from at least three components, one from each science.
For our learners who are unable to access our formal accreditations in traditional academic subjects, we offer the ASDAN Transition Challenge.
This course aims to equip pupils with some of the life skills they will need when they leave school. The course content is as follows:
The course enables pupils to gain a nationally recognised qualification that is practical and relevant to their everyday lives.