Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Educational Provision – Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Commerce and Russell group universities demand the highest GCSE performance. We believe this can be achieved through offering an academic core partnered with a flexible personalised pathway approach to learning.

All students at our school will study our core offer consisting:

  • GCSE English Language and English Literature, supported by functional skills
  • GCSE Maths, supported by functional skills.
  • GCSE Science as a double award
  • NCFE Business Studies Level 2 Certificate
  • Employer-based projects designed by our business partners and delivered both at school and within commercial environments
  • Enrichment activities to pursue interests outside the curriculum and learn new skills.
  • Work Experience – The opportunity to engage in a “real job” for at least one day every week

We encourage personal pathways to be developed through offering a variety of subjects to study beyond the core.

  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • Triple Science (Year 11 only)
  • imedia
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Health and Social Care
GCSE English
Studying 1 (Small)GCSE English Language

This course explores a range of writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  Studies will focus on the creative techniques the writers’ use and their viewpoints and perspectives in both fiction and non-fiction writing.  Students will learn to analyse the language writers’ choose and create their own fiction and non-fiction writing to engage and impact their readers.

Exam board: AQA English Language 8700

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Specimen Question Paper

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Specimen Question Paper  Insert

Further reading:



GCSE English Literature

Students study one Shakespearian play, 19th century novel, a modern novel, and a plethora of poetry.

Exam board: AQA English Literature 8702

Paper 1:Shakespeare and 19th Century Literature Specimen Question Paper

Paper 2:Modern texts and Poetry Specimen Question Paper

Wider reading: Students can support their studies through further reading.

Check out these British Library resources to support contextual understanding of the texts we study:


Victorian Literature

Origins of A Christmas Carol

Ghosts in A Christmas Carol

A range of videos

A Christmas Carol Study guide

Study guide Macbeth

Study Guide Romeo and Juliet

A Christmas Carol Text

Lord of the Flies-ebook


Other useful Resources

English Curriculum Map

Glossary of Key Vocabulary for GSCE English Language and Literature




GCSE Science
STEM (Small)Science

Science students are following AQA courses.  In their science lessons all are studying the Combined Science Trilogy content which will lead to 2 science GCSEs.  Students who have chosen Triple Science as their option have three extra hours a week of science in order to convert their Trilogy content into the three separate science GCSEs Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 10 content : B1 (Cell Biology) B2 (Organisation) B3 (Infection and Response) B4 (Bioenergetics) C1 (Atomic Structure and Periodic Table) C2 (Bonding, Structure and the Properties of the Periodic Table) C3 (Quantitative Chemistry) C4 Chemical changes) C5 (Energy Changes) P1 (Energy) P2 (Electricity) P3 (Particle Model of Matter) P4 (Atomic Structure).  Assessed in  May 2018 with three 75 minute examinations for Trilogy students, or three 105 minute examinations for Separate Science students.

Year 11 content : B5 (Homeostasis and Response) B6 (Inheritance, Variation and Evolution) B7 (Ecology) C6 (The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change) C7 (Organic Chemistry) C8 (Chemical Analysis) C9 (Chemicals of the Atmosphere) C10 (Using Resources) P5 (Forces) P6 (Waves) P7 (Magnetism and Electromagnetism).  Assessed in May 2018 with three 75 minute examinations, or three 105 minute examinations for Separate Science students.

Renewed Curriculum

Science Revision Booklet

Level 2 Business Studies

Exam board: NCFE

Year 1

Unit 1 – introduction to business and enterprise

Unit 3 – finance for business and enterprise

Begin unit 2 (Exam)

Year 2

Unit 2 – Marketing for business and enterprise

Unit 4 – Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise

Link to exam board and info: NCFE Business and Enterprise


GCSE History
Year 11 GCSE History

Paper 1: Written Paper 2 hours – 81 marks 45% of the qualification

Question Paper: 2hrs written paper in 2 parts: In Part 1, candidates answer questions depending on the core content they have studied. Part 2 is the Depth Study.

A017: Aspects of International Relations, and The USA, Land of Freedom? 1945−1975

A010: Historical Enquiry Controlled assessment – 50 marks 25% of the qualification 2000 words

Candidates will study a society over a period of approximately 25 years.

A021: How was British society changed, 1890−1918? 30% of the total GCSE 1 hour 30 mins written paper (53 marks)


Year 10 GCSE History

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (Paper codes: 1HI0/10–12)

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30%* of the qualification Option 10: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/20–29)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

40%* of the qualification Option B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

  • 26/27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/30–33)

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes

30%* of the qualification

Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39


GCSE Geography
Current Year 11 Students: 

Edexcel B GCSE Geography  Specification Code: 2GB01

Geography Unit 1 Revision Summary

Geography Revision strategies



Current Year 10 Students:

Edexcel B GCSE Geography

Specification Code: 1GB0

Level 2 Engineering

Level 2 Engineering Technology

Awarding Body: EAL

Engineering qualifications are held at CECAMM

Your Level 2 First Certificate in Engineering consists of four units in both a practical and classroom environment:

  • NETI/001 Engineering Environment Awareness;
  • NETI/002 Engineering Techniques;
  • NETI/003 Engineering Principles;
  • NETI/014 Engineering Maintenance Techniques.

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed by:

  • Exam: A single one hour 40 question on-screen external examination covering the assessment criteria for units NETI/001, NETI/002 and NETI/003;
  • Synoptic Assessment: A marked synoptic assessment that brings together the learning studied by the learner;
  • Course Work (Internal Assessments): Each Unit includes mandatory coursework which is graded as ‘Pass’ or ‘Referred’. All course work must receive a ‘Pass’ to receive the qualification.
  • NET/001: Manual Handling;
  • NET/002: Technical Drawing;
  • NET/003: Materials Assessment.

If all course work is passed then the final grade for the qualification will be determined by the marks achieved in the Exam and the Synoptic Assessment.

Grade Mean % Score from Exams and synoptic assessment
Distinction >= 80%
Merit 65—79%
Pass 50—64%

Key Dates for your diary ( All Fridays):

9th Feb: Mock Paper exam PLUS internal Materials Assessment;

27th April: Online Mock exam, followed by College Taster Session;

11th May: Live actual exam;

18th May — 15th June: Synoptic Assessment.

How to access Office 365?

  • Go to IW College Website:
  • Click on resources → student → Office 365 (Upper left hand corner)
  • Click on SharePoint
  • Click on Engineering (if not available then search Engineering and ‘follow’ – this will link it to the home page)
  • Click on Studio School on the left side of the page






Level 2 Health and Social Care

Level 1/2 Health and Social Care

Qualification details


BTEC qualifications have been developed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of areas. The course offered is practical and will give you the opportunity to complete assignments and activities based on realistic situations linked to working in a variety of health related environments. It will give you a good feel for what it will be like to be at work as well as developing your communication, numeracy, IT, time management and teamwork skills. There ar.


Programme Overview & Unit Details


You will be studying for a BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social care at level 1 or 2 over 2 years.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on three areas, which cover:

  • skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health, and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing
  • attitudes, namely the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them
  • knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes, including human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing.


This qualification builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you are learning in your GCSEs, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE Biology by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context.


Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Component details


1 Human Lifespan Development  – Internal assessment

2 Health and Social Care Services and Values Internal assessment

3 Health and Wellbeing – External assessment


BTEC Qualifications

You will be assessed on the assignment work that you undertake during the year and will be

given overall grades at the end of the 1 year course:


BTEC Certificate (Pass)

BTEC Certificate (Merit)

BTEC Certificate (Distinction)





How will my learning be assessed?

It is essential that you keep a portfolio of evidence of all of your achievements. This includes the coursework you produce, such as items, photographs, video footage, assignments, computer print-outs, questionnaires, check lists, or projects, etc. It shows you and your tutor what you have learnt and will be looked at during marking and moderation.

There is one unit which will be assessed by examination.






What can I do after this course?


  • A Levels as preparation for entry into higher education in a range of subjects
  • study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Health and Social Care, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in aspects of health or social care.
  • study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3. For these learners, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in the qualification will help them achieve
  • study of health and social care post-16 through a technical certificate. Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead to employment in health or social care.

Some learners may wish to build on an interest in human growth and development but take it in a different direction (at either Level 2 or Level 3) by studying for qualifications in Early Years education.



General Course Information

Assignment Briefs

Each Unit will be delivered through assignment briefs.

Students will receive an assignment brief at the start of a piece of work.

It is an important document and will be constantly referred to during the work.

The assignment brief will outline:

  • unit details and title of the work
  • submission dates
  • the scenario
  • tasks that will enable learners to meet the criteria
  • evidence that is required to meet the criteria
  • space for feedback
  • a student declaration that must be signed by the student.




All assessment decisions are carefully made against the specified Unit Grading Criteria and by teachers who are subject specialists. All assessments made by teachers go through a vigorous Internal Verification process. Assessment decisions are often checked further by an External Verifier from Edexcel




Students will be given deadlines that they must stick to. Once Feedback is given students will have 10 days to improve their work. After this the grade is final and students will not be allowed to improve the work further.

Level 2 imedia

photography (Small)Students choose from a wide range of enrichment options:

  • Coasteering
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain boarding
  • Gym
  • Paddle boarding
  • Cycling and bicycle maintenance
  • MusicUKSA (Small)Coasteering (Small)
  • Table tennis
  • Keel boat sailing
  • Art
  • Horse riding
  • Archery
  • Cookery
  • Photography
  • Football
  • Bakery
  • Creative crafts
  • Squash
  • Golf
  • Rugby
Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

Students learn team building and problem solving skills through challenging and engaging projects. PBL 2 (Small)

Industry Trips and Visits

Vikoma (Small)Vestas (Small)Wind turbine (Small)Women in Engineering (Small)

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