GCSE Music is both a creative and academic subject that combines practical and theoretical methods in order that students can develop their musical skills, as well as their confidence and written technique. The course is divided into three components:

  • Component 1: Performing music. Students will perform one solo and one group performance on their chosen instrument or voice. These performances can be in any style or genre.
  • Component 2: Composing music. Students will compose two pieces of music – one of a completely free choice, and one set to a brief by the exam board. This could be from a variety of genres, such as rock, pop, film and TV, Blues or Dance.
  • Component 3: Listening and Appraising. Students will study eight pieces of music from a variety of genres, and will learn how to listen to music and write about it in a professional, musical way. Students will also learn how to appraise music that they have never heard before (which they will also be tested on in the exam), and will therefore develop a number of key musical and analytical skills.

 

GCSE Music gives students the opportunity to develop a number of skills that will be useful in further education and later in life (whether it be music-related or otherwise). Music is a great complement to other academic and creative subjects, as it covers a wide range of skillsets that will deepen understanding in both of these areas.

The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. The importance of seeking the truth is at its most highest with fake news and social media presenting new and modern challenges for the audiences of tomorrow.

Media Studies GCSE positions students, to understand the power and construction of media products and how they shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today making careers for the future and providing us with ways to communicate. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable; by 2022 the media industry will be worth £76 billion in the UK with E-sports and virtual reality being key areas of growth.  The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale making your choice to study media and invest into the future, a good one!

Media Studies is a subject that combines practical skills and theory to produce a creative production worth 30% and two exams worth 70% of the overall GCSE grade. Media Studies provide a chance to think both creatively and analytically, work as a team member, develop literacy (traditional and media based) skills and explore the real world of the media industry.

GCSE Drama develops creativity through a mixture of practical and theory elements. It consists of three components:

  • Component 1: a devising unit in which you will create your own original piece of performance work based on a stimulus. This allows you to develop your creative skills and concepts. Alongside this you will complete a journal outlining the process.
  • Component 2: a scripted performance of two key extracts from a play. You will develop your acting skills through key characterisation development and explore different styles of theatre.
  • Component 3: a written exam. You will study a play text practically in lessons and then develop your own concept for rehearsing and directing the play. You will answer questions on the text and explain your vision for how it could be performed. For the second part of the exam you must attend a theatre trip, which we will then study and evaluate it in class time before you write up a review in the examination.

 

GCSE Drama is well recognised by higher education centres and it can lead onto A Level Drama Studies, degree work and acting careers. It also opens the door to a whole host of other opportunities where confidence, teamwork, presentations and analysis are required.

GCSE Dance is taught and assessed in three strands: performance, choreography and appreciation:

  • You will learn and perform (30%): set phrases in a solo of one minute duration and a performance in a group designed for three dancers of three and a half minutes duration
  • You will choreograph (30%): a solo or a group dance
  • You will study (40%): several professional dance works and refer to your own dance practice which will be assessed in a written exam at the end of Year 11.

You will experience a range of dance styles including street, contemporary and ballet. GCSE Dance will also help to develop confidence, organisation, leadership and communication skills, as well as helping to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Successful candidates will have an interest in dance and enjoy being creative. A background in performance is often beneficial and some dance experience is advised.

The course is divided into two sections:

  1. The Portfolio (60%) which consists of a Foundation unit – where pupils are introduced to a range of techniques including Film processing, History of Photography, animation, and the Digital Camera; A 45 hour study on a theme chosen by the school; and a (30 hour) personal study on a theme chosen by the pupil  
  2. The Externally Set Task (40%) – which consists of a topic chosen by the Examining Board and a 10 hour supervised period of study  

 

The course is designed to develop the understanding that photography is an art form with a focus on developing images in an experimental and creative way.  Using SLR film cameras you will take, process and develop your own images. You will also learn how to work with digital cameras and how to manipulate images using computer software packages.

This is an excellent course if you are considering a career in the Photographic, animation and media industries. You will develop a range of skills in the subject and work towards specialising in the skills and techniques that suit you best. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit art Galleries and various other trips to support your learning.

Pupils are expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours Extended Learning throughout the week. This can be in the form of catch up tasks, research, development and improvement tasks.

The course is divided into two sections:

  1. The Portfolio (60%) which consists of a Foundation unit – where pupils are introduced to a range of techniques including Painting, Drawing, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, Ceramics and Sculpture ; A 45 hour study on a theme chosen by the school; and a (30 hour) personal study on a theme chosen by the pupil  
  2. The Externally Set Task (40%) – which consists of a topic chosen by the Examining Board and a 10 hour supervised period of study  

 

During the course you will develop a variety of skills through looking at the work of various artists and cultures, observing and analysing a range of images and using lots of different materials and techniques. Direct observational studies provide you with a basis for exploring and presenting your own interpretations and ideas.

Art and Design will teach you practical skills and ways of working that will help you to express your own ideas and feelings in a way that no other subject does. It will also help you to develop problem solving skills within a creative framework, all of which you can apply to any number of situations.

This is an excellent course if you are considering any career in the creative industry. You will develop a range of skills in the subject and work towards specialising in the skills and techniques that suit you best. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit art Galleries and various other trips to support your learning.

Pupils are expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours extended Learning throughout the week. This can be in the form of catch up tasks, research, development and improvement tasks.