Subject information

Throughout this page you will information about each subject that is offered at Boldon School. You will find out how each course is assessed and the exam board that is followed for each subject if you would like to find out more information.

English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What’s assessed?

Section A: Reading

  • One literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • Descriptive or narrative writing

Assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

English Literature

All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. All assessments are compulsory.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What’s assessed

  • Shakespeare plays
  • The 19th-century novel

How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What’s assessed?

  • Modern prose or drama texts
  • The poetry anthology
  • Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Maths

Science

History

Geography

Modern Foreign Language

Computer Science

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from OCR (9-1) and is assessed through 2 units both of which are exams worth 50% each. Students will complete a programming project whilst developing an understanding of how computers work and how data is processed in a computer.

BTEC ICT

The current course that is being followed for this subject is BTEC ICT, level 2 (Pearson’s) and is made up of 60% coursework and 40% exam. Students will develop their understanding of digital devices, user interfaces and interpreting data.

Creative IMedia

The current course that is being followed for this subject is Creative IMedia (OCR). There are 4 units for this course each worth 25%, one is an exam and the other 3 are coursework based. The coursework briefs cover digital graphics, digital web design and digital sound.

BTEC Business

Business Studies is following an enterprise qualification preparing young people for the world of work and careers in any sector. This is a BTEC qualification following the Pearson exam board and is assessed through coursework and an exam. The coursework makes up 60% of the course and the exam is worth 40%.

BTEC Travel and Tourism

This course is a vocational course that follows the Peason’s BTEC qualification. This course prepares students with the essential skills that are needed to work within the travel and tourism industry and is a growing sector. This course is assessed through 60% coursework, and a 40% exam.

BTEC Health and Social Care

Health and Social care allows students  to gain skills who are looking to work within the Social Care sector and gives the students an overview of development from a care aspect from the early stages in life to becoming a pensioner. This course is assessed through 60% of coursework and a 40% exam, and is following the Pearson, BTEC exam board.

GCSE Photography 

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from AQA (9-1) and is assessed through 2 units 60% coursework and 40% practical exam.  Students work on a body of work then move onto a brief that can be taken in their own direction.  behind the

GCSE Fine Art

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from AQA (9-1) and is assessed through 2 units 60% coursework and 40% practical exam.  Students work on a body of work then move onto a brief that can be taken in their own direction.

GCSE Textiles 

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from AQA (9-1) and is assessed through 2 units 60% coursework and 40% practical exam.  Students work on a body of work then move onto a brief that can be taken in their own direction.

GCSE Music

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from AQA (9-1) and is assessed through 2 coursework units at 30% and 40% exam. Students work on compositions and develop their performance.  The exam involves listening to various pieces of music and identifying various musical aspects.

BTEC Music  

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from EDXCEL (L1Pass – Distinction*) and is assessed through 4 units 25% each. Unit 2 allows students to Manage a Music Product, where there research how to make and promote a CD. Unit 5 concentrates on musical performance. Unit 3 teaches the students how to set up for livesound. Unit 1 is an external exam.

Tech Award in Performing Arts

The current course that is being followed for this subject is EDXCEL and is made up of 2 coursework units at 30% each and 40% exam. Unit 1 develops student’s ability to unlock creativity and see them designing a performance, planning and budgeting. Unit 2 looks at production/performance and sees students design their own production with full lights a sound. Unit 3 is the externally assessed exam and looks at the performing arts experience. Roles and responsibilities within the performing arts industry, The role of performing arts in society, Marketing and public relations and many others.

BTEC Hospitality

The current course that is being followed for this subject is from EDXCEL (L1Pass – Distinction*) and is assessed through 4 units 25% each. Unit 1 is an external exam and has theory based on the hospitality industry. Unit 2 allows students to Work the Hospitality Industry and they plan, prepare and serve a 3 course meal to guests. Unit 3 concentrates on Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality. Unit 6 sees students Planning, Preparing, cooking and finishing food.

BTEC PE