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 Geograph
  • Creative Digital Media
  • 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 Maths

Studying 2 (Small)

GCSE Maths – AQA 8300

Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.

GCSE maths has a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and Higher tier (grades 4-9). All students study a broad range of content including number skills, algebra, ratio, proportion, geometry & measures, probability and statistics.

Students will sit 3 exams, each 90 minutes long. The first is without a calculator and papers 2 and 3 require the use of a calculator. They all consist of a mix of question styles from short, single mark questions to longer multi-step problems.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment element to this course.

Maths revision strategies.

  • Little and often – 15 minutes a day or every other day is much better for your brain than a solid hour or 2 once or twice a week.
  • Have specific targets – not “algebra” but “I want to be able to solve an equation with 1 variable”. This will enable you to track your progress more rapidly.
  • Mini-mocks – making sure that you stay on top of the topics being tested and commit to revising if you need to retake a mini mock are vital.
  • The only way to get better at maths is to do more of it. Practice papers and questions are the best way to revise once you have nailed your specific target topics. As a new course there are no past papers but there are plenty of practice and specimen papers available along with mark schemes. We are following the AQA linear course but any past maths papers you find are useful.

  • Topic cards – many students like to create topic revision cards with a question on one side and solution the other.


Additional links to useful revision resources:

GCSE Science
STEM (Small)Science

Science students are following AQA Combined Science Trilogy.  This will result in In a double science GCSE.

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).  These topics will be assessed in  May 2019 with three 75 minute examinations.

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).  These topics will be assessed in June 2019 with three 75 minute examinations.

In addition some students from sets 2-4 are also completing a portfolio that will result in an Entry Level Certificate in Science.  This is an additional qualification which will sit separately to their GCSE results.

Find out about the content of AQA Combined Science Trilogy at AQA Curriculum

Specimen papers


Exam question command words to learn.


Subject-specific vocabulary to learn.

Renewed Curriculum

Science Revision Booklet


Level 2 Business Studies

This qualification is designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. It has been developed to enthuse and inspire learners about a career in business and enterprise. Students will gain a broad understanding of Business and Enterprise including the following:

  • start-up projects and how to identify risks and rewards
  • market research, different marketing opportunities and techniques
  • knowledge and understanding of business finance
  • developing project plans, implementing projects and evaluating success

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


Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education

Certificate in Financial Education

Students in Year 11 have been studying the Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE).

CeFE is a Level 2 qualification which if achieved is equivalent to a grade C or better at GCSE.  The qualification comprises of 3 Units of work

Unit 1 Finance the individual and society

Unit 2 Practices of managing Money

Unit 3 Financial capability, work and enterprise


Unit 1 and 2 are assessed with an on-line and unit 3 uses a pre-released case study which is the basis of a written examination.


The studio school has underwritten the scheme of work and resources provided by LIBF to cater for the specific needs of our students a link to these resources has been provided at the end of this information.

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

GCSE Geography


Current Year 11 Students


Edexcel B GCSE Geography Specification


GBO 01 Global Geographical Issues 90 minutes 37.5% 94 marks
GBO 02 UK Geographical Issues 90 minutes 37.5% 94 marks
GBO People and Environment Issues 90 minutes 25% 64 marks


Paper 1 Content


  • Topic 1: Hazardous Earth.
  • Topic 2: Development dynamics.
  • Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world.


Paper 2 Content


  • Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape – including sub-topics 4A: Coastal change

and conflict and 4B: River processes and pressures.

  • Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape – including a Case Study – Dynamic UK


  • Topic 6: Geographical investigations – including one physical fieldwork investigation and

one human fieldwork investigation linked to Topics 4 and 5.


Paper 3 Content


  • Topic 7: People and the biosphere.
  • Topic 8: Forests under threat.
  • Topic 9: Consuming energy resources.


Past Papers


Grade Boundaries

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.


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 2 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 Creative Digital Media

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production

What will I learn?

BTEC Firsts in Creative Digital Media Production can help you take your first steps towards a career in the digital industry. You’ll learn essential skills such as planning and pitching a digital media product, digital publishing and producing digital video, audio and games.

The core units are: Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – in this unit learners will explore the digital media industry and all five key sectors that fall under it (Digital Moving Image, Digital Audio Production, Digital Publishing, Website Production and Digital Games Production). They will also explore the different types of audiences and how audiences can engage with each sector. Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product – in this unit learners will use their verbal, written and visual communication skills to enable them to formulate, develop and pitch ideas of a product that they then plan to produce.

The optional units students will study are:

● Unit 3: Digital Moving Image Production – in this unit learners will investigate key features of digital moving image productions, including structures, generic conventions and audience address, in preparation for the making of a film or video.

● Unit 6: Website Production – in this unit, learners will explore the technical requirements for website production: how to organise and manage the production of a website, plan and prepare suitable content, and create hyperlinks between pages.

How is the course assessed?

The Course is assessed through 3 internally marked assignments and a one hour externally marked written examination.

Progression opportunities

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for level 2 learners to progress to:

● other level 2 vocational qualifications

● level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Creative Media Production

● related academic qualifications

● employment within the creative digital media industry, such as junior roles working in moving image production, audio production, publishing, website production or digital games production.

Learners who achieve the qualification at level 1 may progress to related level 2 vocational or academic qualifications, such as BTECs or GCSEs.

Developing employability skills

One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace. Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. These skills include: self-management, teamworking, business awareness and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work, and the use of IT.

Throughout the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production learners should develop a range of employability skills, engage with employers and carry out work-related activities. These opportunities are signposted in the suggested assignment outlines at the end of each unit. For example, across all the optional specialist units learners develop:

● business awareness and customer awareness, as assignments are set in a vocational context

● communication and teamwork skills, through units such as Unit 3: Digital Moving Image Production, where learners may work together to plan and produce a music video, carrying out a variety of roles within a team

● project/self-management and independent-learning skills, through units such as Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production, where learners will investigate publishing technology and techniques in order to produce material for a digital publication such as an e-magazine

● research and planning skills, through units such as Unit 7: Digital Games Production, where learners may research an audience for a game and plan the development of one to meet the needs of that audience.



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 LearningPBL 2 (Small)

At Studio School, students learn key employability skills through real-life project-based learning, using the CREATE Framework.

Some of the projects students have taken part in are:

The Cowes Breakwater Challenge – to design an iconic piece for the Cowes Harbour Commission Competition.

Cardboard boat building – for entry into Cowes Cardboard Boat Race.

Create your own board game – a challenge set by ‘The Entertainer’ toy and game shop.

The Wind Turbine Challenge – set by Crown Estates.

Students can work towards a Crest Award to mark their achievements and add to their growing CVs.


The CREATE Framework builds the essentials skills employers are looking for through creative challenges, problem solving activities and investigations.

Image result for create framework


Industry Trips and Visits

Industry Trips and VisitsVestas (Small)

At Isle of Wight Studio School, we have a core value of connecting with local employers and addressing some of the needs of our local employment providers.

In addition to the one day per week work placements that student undertake, to support students further with making choices about career pathways, we engage with a number of external visits to local businesses.

These have included:

Wight Shipyards – factory tour

Vestas – factory tourVikoma (Small)

Red Funnel – seeing Red Jet 6 being built and creating the safety video seen on board

Strainstall – factory visit

Inflight peripherals – factory tour

GKN – factory tour

BAE systems – factory tour and work experience weeks

Southampton General Hospital – life lab visit









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