Year 10: What can I study?
Key Stage 4
- As a Year 10 student at Logic Studio School you will study on a personalised programme linked to work placements and projects within employment.
- Your personalised offer will include:
- Academic GCSE’s, including all of the Ebacc subjects
- A vocational qualification in our specialisms
- ‘Workfloor’ Experience
- Lessons based around real Employer-Led project briefs to stimulate new ways of learning
- Rigorous tracking and regular review of learner progress working in close partnership with parents and carers
- A customised curriculum which recognises your abilities as an individual
The following subjects are studied at GCSE (the information below is currently under review):
All Key Stage 4 students have five periods of English per week. We follow the AQA specifications for Language and Literature. Although all students study the same set texts, careful thought is given to the pedagogical approach needed to challenge the most able and those in need of more support. Some students will also take part in weekly literacy support sessions and others will have enrichment and extension lessons. Students complete at least two pieces of portfolio work per half term, including a half termly assessment. Prep is set weekly.
Students in Year 10 and 11 receive 5 or 6 lessons of Maths each week. Students study the Edexcel 1MA1 specification and final decisions on entry into tiers (Higher or Foundation) are made after the Easter Mock in Year 11. Students follow the Stage approach and all areas of maths (number, geometry, algebra and statistics) are studied with topics increasing in depth and difficulty as students progress through their GCSE course.
Students in Year 10 are assessed half termly, depending on their scheme of work, with a GCSE Mock at the end of the year. Year 11 have GCSE mocks at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms. Students in Year 10 and 11 receive one piece of PREP a week.
All Key Stage 4 students complete a BTEC First Award in Business Studies. The qualification is made up of four units, three of which are internally assessed with one external exam. In Year 10 students study Unit 1 Enterprise in Business and Unit 2 Finance for Business (external exam). In Year 11 they complete Unit 3 Branding and Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection.
Lessons are designed around BTEC assessment criteria and command words. In Year 10 students complete weekly prep which is focused on developing Unit 2 exam skills. In Year 11 students may be asked to attend a weekly ‘coursework clinic’ to ensure their internal assessments are complete and on target. Across the two-year qualification students will develop their analysis, evaluation and justification skills within a business context.
Students will undertake the Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science over three lessons per week, plus 1 hour of prep. The course covers three main areas: Principles of Computer Science, Application of Computational Thinking and a Computer Science Project. It is assessed by two exams and one piece of coursework, all undertaken in Year 11.
Year 10 students undertake a BTEC First Award in Creative Digital Media Production. Over 3 lessons per week for two years, they will undertake 4 units, covering: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences, Planning and Pitching a Media Product, Digital Moving Image Production, Website Production. The course is highly applied, particularly in Year 11 when students will make their own videos and websites. The course is assessed by an exam at the end of Year 10, and 3 pieces of extended coursework. The delivery of this course is supported by extended work during Project Based Learning weeks, which utilise the support of industry professionals.
At KS4 students have 4 lessons of History a week. History follows the Edexcel exam board and teach topics on Elizabethan England, Crime and Punishment Through Time, Weimar and Nazi Germany, and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991. In Years 10 and 11 students are assessed regularly both on exam technique and knowledge requirements. This is achieved through a combination of mock exams, and knowledge tests. Students are set a 1 hour PREP task once a week at GCSE level. This could be a mixture of reading and comprehension, exam style questions or facts to learn in order to prepare for knowledge tests.
Students in Year 10 and 11 are taught five periods of Science each week. Students follow the AQA GCSE Science Trilogy Specification. The Year 10 scheme of work covers Biology (Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response), Chemistry (Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change) and Physics (Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure).
Students in Year 10 have a formal summative assessment every half term. In the summer term of Year 10 students sit a GCSE mock examination in each of the three Science subjects. Students are informally assessed throughout the year by their teacher and good use is made of self and peer assessment through STAR activities. PREP is set twice a week and consists of knowledge test and a task to secure, apply and extend the topics covered in class.
Students in Year 10 and 11 have four Spanish lessons per week. Students sit Edexcel 9-1 GCSE. Lessons focus on the skills required at GCSE and are assessed at the end of each module. Teachers use Pearson’s materials for both Spanish, Viva and Studio, for the basis of our KS4 curriculum and use in-house materials in conjunction with this. Prep is set once a week and will include vocabulary learning. Mocks take place at the end of Year 10. Confirm mocks for Year 11?
At Key Stage 4, students receive 4 lessons of Geography per week, and follow the new 9-1 Edexcel B Specification. There are three components investigate that cover the two aspects of Global Geographic Issues, UK Geography and fieldwork. Fieldwork is compulsory for the new GCSE specification and our students are expected to do two different one-day fieldwork experiences throughout the two years. At the end of each topic, students are assessed using a past paper from the topic just covered. All assessments are tracked throughout the year and reported to parents every term. Students receive PREP twice every week, which summarises and consolidates the students’ learning, with a series of past GCSE questions that need to be answered.
The link below outlines the syllabus at Key Stage 4, and also details the contact details of the teacher responsible for each subject.