GCSE Revision

GCSE English Language

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) English Language (8700)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%) - Fiction 

Reading (40 marks)

- One unseen fiction extract

Writing - (40 marks)

- Descriptive or narrative writing

- Writing to present a viewpoint

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%) - Non-Fiction  

Reading (40 marks)

- Two unseen non-fiction texts

Writing - (40 marks)

- Descriptive or narrative writing

- Writing to present a viewpoint

Spoken Language Assessment 

This will be completed in the Spring Term of Year 11.  

GCSE English Literature

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) English Literature (8702)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel

Paper 2:  2 hour 15 minutes (60%)

Modern Texts and Poetry

 

GCSE Mathematics

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Mathematics (1MA0)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 30 minutes (33.3%)

Non Calculator 

Paper 2:  1 hour 30 minutes (33.3%)

Calculator 

Paper 3:  1 hour 30 minutes (33.3%)

Calculator 

GCSE Science

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

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Exams

Biology Paper 1:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 1 - 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 5 - 7: Homeostasis and response; Variation and evolution; and Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 8 - 12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical Changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 13 - 17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 18 - 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic Structure

Physics Paper 2:  1 hour 15 minutes (16.7%)

Topics 22 - 24: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism.

GCSE Biology

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Biology (8461)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 1 - 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 5 - 7: Homeostasis and response; Variation and evolution; and Ecology

GCSE Chemistry

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Chemistry (8462)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 1 - 5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical Changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 6 - 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical Analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

GCSE Physics

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Physics (8463)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 1 - 4: Energy; Electrticity;Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Topics 5 - 8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

GCSE Computer Science

OCR GCSE (9 - 1) Computer Science (J276)

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Assessment

Paper 1:  1 hour 30 minutes (50%)

Computer Systems

Paper 2:  1 hour 30 minutes (50%)

Computation thinking, algorithms and programming

Programming Project: 20 hours (0%)

Computer Systems

Level 2 Further Maths

AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (8365)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%) - 80 marks

Non Calculator 

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%) - 80 marks

Calculator

GCSE French

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) French (8658)

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Assessment

Paper 1:  35 minutes - Foundation, 45 minutes - Higher (25%)

Listening

Paper 2:  7-9 minutes + Prep Time - Foundation, 10-12 minutes + Prep Time - Higher (25%)

Speaking - Completed in April (Year 11)

Paper 3:  45 minutes - Foundation, 1 hour - Higher (25%)

Reading

Paper 4:  1 hour - Foundation, 1 hour 15 minutes - Higher (25%)

Writing

GCSE Spanish

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Spanish (8698)

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Assessment

Paper 1:  35 minutes - Foundation, 45 minutes - Higher (25%)

Listening

Paper 2:  7-9 minutes + Prep Time - Foundation, 10-12 minutes + Prep Time - Higher (25%)

Speaking - Completed in April (Year 11)

Paper 3:  45 minutes - Foundation, 1 hour - Higher (25%)

Reading

Paper 4:  1 hour - Foundation, 1 hour 15 minutes - Higher (25%)

Writing

GCSE Geography

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Geography B (1GB0)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

Global Geographical Issues

Paper 2:  1 hour 30 minutes (37.5%)

UK Geographical Issues

Paper 3:  1 hour 15 minutes (25%)

People and Environmental Issues - Making Geographical Decisions

 

GCSE History

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) History (1HI0)

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Exams

Paper 1:  1 hour 15 minutes (30%)

Thematic study and historic environment

Medicine in Britain, c1250 - Present 

Paper 2:  1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

Period study and British depth study

American West and Henry VIII and his Ministers 

Paper 3:  1 hour 20 minutes (30%)

Modern depth study

Weimar and Nazi Germany

GCSE RE

WJEC GCSE (9 - 1) Religious Education (1167/3)

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Exams

Paper 1:  2 hours (50%)

Religion and philosophical themes

Paper 2:  1 hours (25%)

Religion and ethical themes

Christianity

Paper 3:  1 hours (25%)

Religion and ethical themes

Islam

GCSE Design Technology

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Design and Technology (8552)

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Assessment

Component 1:  2 hours (50%)

Written exam

Component 2:  30-35 hours (50%)

Non exam assessment. Completed by January (Year 11)

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

AQA GCSE (9 - 1) Food Preparation and Nutrition (8585)

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Assessment

Paper 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (50%)

Written Exam Paper

Non Exam Assessment:  (50%)

Completed in Spring Term (Year 11)

Task 1 - Food Investigation - (30 marks) (15%)

Science related experiments related to the externally set brief

Task 2 - Food Preparation Assessment (70 marks) (35%)

3 different food products related to the externally set brief

GCSE Art

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Art and Design: Fine Art (1FA0)

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Assessment

Component 1: (60%)

Personal Portfolio

 Portfolio of work completed throughout the course - Completed by January (Year 11)

Component 2: (40%)

Externally set assignment

10 hour exam - May (Year 11)

GCSE Photography

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Art and Design: Fine Art (1PY0)

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Assessment

Component 1: (60%)

Personal Portfolio

Portfolio of work completed throughout the course. Completed by January (Year 11)

Component 2: (40%)

Externally set assignment

10 hour exam - May (Year 11)

GCSE Music

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Music (1MU0)

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Set Pieces for the written exam

Music Set Piece List

Instrumental Music

1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D- 3rd Movement - Johann Sebastian Bach

YouTube Video

YouTube Video with Score

Music Set Piece 1 - Brandenburg Concerto

2. Piano Sonata No.8 in C Minor (“Pathétique”)- 1st movement - Ludwig van Beethoven

YouTube Video

YouTube Video with Score

Music Set Piece 2 - Pathetique

Vocal Music

3. Music for a while - Henry Purcell

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YouTube Video with Score

Music Set Piece 3 - Music for a while

4. Killer Queen - Freddie Mercury

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Music Set Piece 4 - Killer

Music for stage and screen

5. Defying gravity (from Wicked) - Stephen Schwartz

YouTube Video

YouTube Video with Score

Music Set Piece 5 - Defying Gravity

6. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope - John Williams

YouTube Video with Score

Music Set Piece 6 - Star Wars

Fusions

7. Release - James McNally, Iarla  Ó Lionáird, Russell Martin, Sinéad O'Connor and Simon Emmerson

Music Set Piece 7 - Release

8. Samba Em Prelúdio - Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell de Aquino

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Music Set Piece 8 - Samba

 

Assessment

Component 1:  (30%)

Performing - Solo and Ensemble Performances

Component 2:  (30%)

Composing - Free and Brief Compositions

Component 3:  1 hour 45 minutes (40%)

Written exam paper - Appraising

BTEC Performaing Arts

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

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Assessment

Unit 1:  Internal Assessment (30%)

Exploring the Performing Arts

Unit 2:  Internal Assessment (30%)

Developing skills and techniques in Performing Arts

Unit 3:  External Assessment (40%)

Responding to a brief

GCSE PE

Edexcel GCSE (9 - 1) Physical Education (1PE0)

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Assessment

Component 1:  1 hour 45 minutes (36%)

Written exam paper - Fitness and Body Systems

Component 2:  1 hour 15 minutes (24%)

Written exam paper - Health and performance

Component 3: (30%)

Non examined assessment - Practical Performance - one team, one individual and one free choice

Component 4:  (10%)

Non examined assessment - Personal Exercise Programme

VCERT Health and Fitness

NCFE Level 1/2 VCERT Technical Award in Health and Fitness (603/2650/5)

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Assessment

Unit 1:  (40%) - 1 hour 30 minutes

Externally assessed written exam - 80 marks

Unit 2:  (60%)

Internally assessed synoptic project