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Science - Compulsory Courses

GCSE Triple Science - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

100% Examination

Topics Studied 

  • BIOLOGY: Cell Biology and Organisation, Energy in Organisms, Infections and Response, Controlling the Internal Environment, Ecology and Inheritance and Evolution.
  • CHEMISTRY: Atomic Structures, Bonding and Matter, Resources (Earth, Water and Atmosphere), Measuring Chemical Reactions, Analysing Chemicals, Chemical Changes, Reactivity, Chemistry in Industry and Using Resources.
  • PHYSICS: Magnetism, Energy, Forces, Electricity, Waves, Atoms and Matter.

What’s Assessed

For all papers, content from any part of the specification may be assessed.

Why take this course?

Across Years 10 and 11 students follow a programme that covers topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The extension topics mix some new material along with Combined GCSE material covered in greater depth. The new qualification has compulsory practical work in the course that is examined during the terminal assessments at the end of Year 11.

In the final assessments each subject’s course content is split into 2 topics and there is a 1hr 45min examination of each topic.  This means that triple science students take 6    examinations at the end of Year 11.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Applied Science L3 Science at Kennicott,

Post 18

There are a wide variety of Higher Education Courses in the Sciences, including at Russell Group Universities.  

Career

There are many career opportunities in the field of science and technology, ranging through health and medical, research and development, conservation, engineering, teaching and industrial applications.

Contact

Dr. S Ruffle - Science and Technology Faculty Leader

GCSE Core and Additional Science - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

100% Examination

Topics Studied 

  • BIOLOGY: Cell Biology and Organisation, Energy in Organisms, Infections and Response, Controlling the Internal Environment, Ecology and Inheritance and Evolution.
  • CHEMISTRY: Atomic Structures, Bonding and Matter, Resources (Earth, Water and          Atmosphere), Measuring Chemical Reactions, Analysing Chemicals, Chemical Changes, Reactivity, Chemistry in Industry and Using Resources.
  • PHYSICS: Magnetism, Energy, Forces, Electricity, Waves, Atoms and Matter.

What’s Assessed

For all papers, content from any part of the specification may be assessed.

Why take this course?

The GCSE is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

We follow the AQA Science GCSE course combining all three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students on KS3 Science, Maths and English grades of 6.5 and above study Triple level, and all other students study 2 GCSEs.

The course is designed to give you more detail on the breadth of content that has already been introduced in KS3 as well as introducing new material.  The programme sets out to try to give you an understanding of the world around you as well as develop your thinking skills in analysis and using evidence; your mathematical skills by applying them to real experiments and your literacy skills in describing and explaining the science that has been studied.

The Combined GCSE course

Across Years 10 and 11 students follow a programme that covers topics in Biology,    Chemistry and Physics.  The new qualification has compulsory practical work in the course that is examined during the terminal assessments at the end of Year 11. In the final assessments the course content is split into 6 topics (2 for each of the subject disciplines) and there is a 1hr 15min examination of each topic.

Students will get 2 combined science GCSE grades.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Applied Science Level 3 Science at Kennicott,

Post 18

There are a wide variety of Higher Education Courses in the Sciences, including at Russell Group Universities.  

Career

There are many career opportunities in the field of science and technology, ranging through health and medical, research and development, conservation, engineering, teaching and industrial applications.

Contact 

Dr. S Ruffle
 

Science - Optional Course

GCSE Psychology - Exam Board Edexcel 

Assessment Structure

  • 100% Examination

Topics Studied 

The course aims to give students an introduction to the key concepts and language of Psychology by exploring a range of topic areas.  Students research the debates and issues behind the core questions.  Students examine the extent to which the Psychological studies used to support debates are scientific and trustworthy.

Key questions explored: 

  • How do we see our world?
  • Is dreaming meaningful?
  • Do TV and video games affect young peoples’ behaviour?
  • Why do we have phobias?
  • Are criminals born or made?

Why take this course?

Psychology GCSE is an opportunity to explore human issues and behaviours from a scientific viewpoint. The GCSE is motivating and engaging in its content but will also help students gain an excellent awareness of the difficulties of applying scientific principles to often irrational and unpredictable subjects:  people.

Taking GCSE Psychology will not be a requirement for taking Psychology A Level, However being familiar with the concepts and language will undoubtedly help students if they pursue the subject at A Level.

The GCSE is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new subject for students who are curious and wishing to challenge themselves both academically and culturally.  Psychology is a great subject that forces you to explore your world and environment from different perspectives.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Supports A Level Psychology learning at Kennicott.

Post 18

Psychology remains one of the most popular degree level courses and is extremely competitive.  A demonstration of sustained interest in the subject would be an advantage.  An understanding of Psychology is relevant to many other degrees including Arts and Literature degrees, as well as applied degrees such as Medicine and Law.

Career

Most careers now include elements of Psychology. In fact Psychology is seen as compatible with subjects as diverse as media, sports coaching and business studies. Psychology also has its own specific career routes like clinical psychology.  Many institutions such as the police and education also prefer applicants to have a core understanding of human behaviour.

Contact 

Ms. P Hirst

Technology - Optional Courses

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

  • 50% Examination
  • 50% Controlled Assessment

Topics Studied 

Five areas are studied over the two year course:

  • Food, nutrition and health (food sources of nutrients and their function).
  • Food science (experiment with the properties of food and heat transfer).
  • Food safety (understand food hazards and how they can be prevented).
  • Food choice (know and understand the factors that influence food choice).
  • Food province (study the environmental impact and sustainability of food).

Learning will take place through a wide range of practical cooking experiences to gain skills.  Further experimentation will involve a variety of ingredients based on the commodity groups.  Knowledge will then be applied to a selection of scenarios centred on the specific dietary or cultural needs of different groups.

Why take this course?

Students will be taught the science behind what makes food tasty. The qualification will also equip students with an unprecedented range of kitchen skills and an in-depth understanding of nutrition. Budding chefs will learn how different techniques affect the sensory and nutritional properties of food and be trained in setting up taste panels-the same method professional chefs use to trial new menu options.

At the heart of the qualification is a focus on developing practical cookery skills and a strong understanding of nutrition.  You will work in teams and independently to prepare and make a range of practical outcomes as well as establish a very clear knowledge of the science behind food.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

College of Further Education to study a variety of food related courses designed for the food industry and the catering/hospitality and management industry.

Post 18

There are a variety of Higher Education Courses in hospitality and management, environmental health, medical e.g. dietician and industrial food manufacture.

Career

Many people with food related qualifications find work in catering establishments this include chefs, bakers, restaurateurs and hoteliers.  In the food industry there are roles in management, food technologists, food marketing, product development and diet.

Contact

Mrs. F Crellen

GCSE Graphic Products - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

  • Unit 1:           40% Examination.
  • Unit 2:           60% Controlled Assessment

Topics Studied 

Unit 1:  Examination

Graphics students study how to design, communicate ideas, model evolving prototypes and see concepts through to manufacture.  Much of the learning about materials, processes and skills is done through practical projects, reinforced with other learning activities. Understanding the work and skills of famous designers is also important and this is included in the course.

Unit 2:  Controlled Assessment

AQA set twelve project options for the Controlled Assessment. Students choose their preferred brief and spend an extended period of time producing their submission. Students can complete elements in and out of class because this allows them to simulate a real project with clients, a target audience and by developing their time management.  Students will also have opportunities to develop their work in afterschool sessions.

Why take this course?

Graphics is an exciting and creative design specialism that gives you the chance to work on projects individually and in teams.  GCSE Graphics has an excellent results record as its students are involved and engaged through high quality teaching.

With the explosion of multimedia technologies, never before has graphical design been in such demand.  It is exciting and continually evolving, presenting new opportunities.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Graphics within the Product Design A Level at Kennicott or the BTEC National in Art & Design.

Post 18

Students go to University to study Graphics and Graphical Communication based degrees or diversify into Product Design.

Career

Careers include: packaging design, illustration, website creation, magazine layout design, animation, computer aided design, exhibition design, architecture, product design, interior design, technical illustration & ecological design.

Contact

Mr. D Irish

GCSE Product Design - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

  • 40% Examination
  • 60% Controlled Assessment

Topics Studied 

Unit 1 Examination

You will have the opportunity to learn drawing and illustration techniques using a wide range of making techniques in woods, metals and plastics, learn about the work of famous designers, structural theory, smart materials, eco issues and computer design and manufacturing skills.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment

The AQA exam board set the theme for each year’s task. The project is completed in and out of class time to allow a more realistic simulation of design and making practice. There is the opportunity to attend addition sessions after school to gain extra support with Controlled Assessments and to help develop your skills and this has meant that   students’ results exceed their targets.

Why take this course?

Product Design is an exciting, dynamic and creative design specialism, which gives you the chance to work on projects individually and in teams.  The course is centred on designing and developing products in any material in the workshops and design studios. There is a strong emphasis on learning through practical work, reinforced by theoretical studies.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

‘A’ Level Product Design is the natural progression route for students at Kennicott. However, students can now also study the Btec Art and Design if they have studied Art at GCSE.  At Post 16 level we now have a partnership agreement with Falmouth University who ensure any student who is predicted a ‘B’ grade or above will automatically receive an interview.  This is the only agreement of this kind in the county.

Post 18

Many of our Product Design students further their studies in the Product Design related courses across the country.  The degrees they follow may be Product Design Engineering (Bsc) or other product design courses that award BA(Hons). Other students have chosen to follow courses in sustainable design, education, interior design, engineering and architecture.

Career

Students who have completed the course have gone on to study product design, interior design, jewellery design, furniture design, architecture, engineering, exhibition design and model making.  Many ex-students now work in product design companies nationally and attend some of the best educational design universities in the country including the Royal College, Brunel University, Bristol and Falmouth.

Contact 

Mr. D Irish

GCSE Textiles - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

Component 1:  Portfolio

What's assessed: A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives.  It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2:  Externally set assignment

What's assessed: Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Topics Studied 

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design, such as, art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles or installed textiles.

Students will develop a range of skills and knowledge in weaving, felting, stitching, appliqué, construction methods and printing, as well as using media and materials, as appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: inks, yarns, threads, fibres,  fabrics, textile materials and digital imagery.

Why take this course?

This is an exciting and challenging course that will inspire and evoke your creativity in a textile context.  Students will be encouraged to be vibrant and dynamic in their approach to studying Textiles and will work across a broad range of topics, and Medias, to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates and articulates individual responses to design briefs. Students will be encouraged to work in their own unique style whilst the content of the course also equips them with the skills to continue the subject with confidence at A-level and beyond. 

Where could it lead?

Post 16

A Level Textiles, A level Art and Design, BTEC Art courses at Kennicott.

Post 18

Textile and fashion degree courses.  It is recommendation that an Art foundation course is studied, to extend your knowledge and understanding of the creative arts prior to degree qualifications, but this is not essential. Students may specialise in areas such as surface pattern, fashion and textiles, creative textiles, textiles and more.

Career

Careers in textiles and expressive arts are varied including fashion designer, fashion journalist, fashion merchandiser, sportswear designer, shoe designer, freelance designer, costume designer, creative textile designer, visual art designer, surface pattern designer, interior design and more.

Contact

Mrs. F Crellen