Curriculum Overview 2017/18
Cressex Community School offers a broad and balanced curriculum. Our aims are:
- to enable students to move successfully into the next stage of education, whether in a Sixth Form, in a further education college, or an apprenticeship; and
- to prepare students well for the opportunities and challenges of life in the modern world.
In years 7 and 8, students follow all the subjects of the national curriculum. They are taught in sets according to their ability in English, mathematics, science, art, citizenship, computing, French, geography, history, music and religious studies. This enables students of all abilities to be taught at a level that is appropriate to them. Students may move between sets depending on the progress they are making. Students also take lessons in physical education (PE), design technology (DT), and personal, social and health education (PSHE). PSHE includes drugs education and sex and relationships education.
In years 9, 10 and 11, all students study GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, mathematics, science and religious studies. Students are taught in ability sets for these subjects. All students continue with a programme of core PE. In addition they choose optional subjects from a range of GCSE and BTEC courses. Where numbers allow, students are taught in ability sets for optional subjects, based on their ability in the subject.
Information about subject choices is shared with parents/carers and students at an options evening for all year 8 students. Students receive further advice and guidance on their options during a one-to-one interview with a senior member of staff.
Students receive independent advice and guidance on their career and further study choices within the PSHE programme and during one-to-one interviews with the school’s allocated Connexions adviser.
Subject Content: GCSE/BTEC Examination Courses (Years 9, 10 and 11)
The chart below lists each subject studied at GCSE/BTEC together with the relevant exam board.
This table will be updated to reflect any further changes which are being made to GCSE courses over the next two years.
Click on the exam board name to access their website, past papers and supporting materials including mark schemes.
Click on the specification code to view the specification (or syllabus) and to access the course content in detail.
|GCSE English Language||Edexcel||1ENO|
|GCSE English Literature||Edexcel||1ETO|
|GCSE Science Combined (Trilogy) Double Award||AQA||8464|
|GCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology Triple Award||AQA||8461, 8462, 8463|
|GCSE Religious Studies B||OCR||J621|
|GCSE French (Years 9 and 10)||AQA||8658|
|GCSE Arabic (Years 10 and 11) Native speakers only||Edexcel||2AR01|
|GCSE Arabic (Year 9) Native speakers only||Edexcel||1AA0*|
|GCSE Dutch (Years 10 and 11 only) Native speakers only||OCR||J733|
|GCSE German (Years 10 and 11) Native speakers only||AQA||4665|
|GCSE German (Year 9) Native speakers only||AQA||8668|
|GCSE Italian (Years 10 and 11) Native speakers only||AQA||4360|
|GCSE Italian (Year 9) Native speakers only||Edexcel||1IN0*|
|GCSE Polish (Years 10 and 11 only) Native speakers only||AQA||4685|
|GCSE Portuguese (Years 10 and 11 only) Native speakers only||OCR||J736|
|GCSE Spanish (Years 10 and 11) Native speakers only)||AQA||4695|
|GCSE Spanish (Year 9) Native speakers only||AQA||8698|
|GCSE Urdu (Years 10 and 11) Native speakers only||AQA||4645|
|GCSE Urdu (Year 9) Native speakers only||Edexcel||1UR0*|
|GCSE Geography (Year 11 only)||AQA||9030|
|GCSE Geography (Years 9 and 10)||AQA||8035|
|GCSE Art and Design||AQA||4200**|
|GCSE Design and Technology - Resistant Materials||Edexcel||2RM01|
|GCSE Computing Science||Edexcel||1CP1|
|GCSE Business Studies (Year 11 only)||Edexcel||2BS01|
|GCSE Busines Studies (Years 9 and 10)||OCR||J204|
|GCSE PE (Year 11 only)||AQA||4890|
|GCSE PE (Years 9 and 10)||OCR||J587|
|GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition||WJEC||Eduqas|
|BTEC Health and Social Care (Year 11 only)||Edexcel||600/4782/3|
|BTEC Health and Social Care (Years 9 and 10)||Pearson||603/0395/5|
|EDCL (IT Course)||EDCL||EDCL|
* Awaiting approval from OFQUAL
** Last presentation 2017
1. Only one BTEC subject may be chosen as part of the option choices.
2. GCSE Triple Science will only be available to students who have met the required
3. For those students who choose GCSE Computer Science or BTEC ICT, the final
decision on which course they follow will be at the discretion of the Head of IT.
4. GCSE PE/GCSE BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport - the PE department will
decide which PE qualification your child will study, but both are equivalent to 1 GCSE.