Thinking about a career in construction? Try your hand at a variety of different construction and building tasks with this basic construction skills qualification.

This course provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in a number of different construction trades: site carpentry, fitted interiors, plumbing and electrics. The course will be made as practical as possible, but in order to be able to gain a recognised qualification, we have to fulfil the requirements of the awarding bodies and make sure that the appropriate theory is covered.

You don't need any experience - you just need to be serious about having a go and seeing if construction is the right career for you.

This course concentrates on the hospitality and catering industry. You will develop the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering   providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. You will have the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they   affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, you will also develop food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication


  • Unit 1: 40% of Final Grade - The Hospitality and Catering Industry will be externally assessed with an on line examination that lasts 90 minutes. You will be graded as follows:
  • Grading: Level 1 Pass,
  • Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*


  • Unit 2: 60% of the Final Grade—Hospitality and Catering in Action is internally assessed:
  • This involves you completing a piece of controlled assessment in school under examination conditions. You will be set a task by EDUQAS and will have to safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes.

GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages you to cook, enables you to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows you to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed yourselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. This is a course that provides very valuable life skills and can lead to a variety of careers and further education..


All coursework is carried out in Year 11 and contributes towards 50% of the final GCSE grade. It comprises of two assessments

  • The Food Investigation Assessment (8 hours)
  • The Food Preparation Assessment (12 hours of which 3 will be assessed practical where you will prepare and serve a three course meal)
  • Grades awarded GCSE 9-1

Design and Technology is an exciting and creative course that is established in the Stratton community with a history of excellent results. The course is suitable for students of all levels and abilities and is ideal for those who enjoy a practical approach to learning and who have a passion for creative design and are motivated to widen their skill set using a range of design media and manufacturing processes. The course aims to encourage independent and creative thinkers and communicators who can apply a more personal approach to problem solving through the use of their practical skills and creative know how.

The final GCSE grade is a combination of two elements: 50% of the overall grade comes from the final exam and the remaining 50% from one piece of coursework, consisting of a design folder and manufactured product.

  • Our world is changing rapidly – your generation needs to prepare for the unknown, Students with transferable skills will be prepared for an unpredictable future and will have the ability to innovate and respond to new challenges in a creative way.

This GCSE offers: Transferable skills, Creative skills, Applied Maths and Science

  • This GCSE will equip you with a range of transferable practical and theoretical skills
  • Generate creative solutions to benefit people and the planet
  • Communicate and develop ideas through sketches, models and computer aided design
  • Learn how products are manufactured in industry
  • Manipulate materials and use tools to create your ideas


D&T students will learn to communicate ideas, manage complex projects, generate creative resolutions to unexpected problems and address social/environmental issues. Over the two year course you will develop a wide range of creative designing and manufacturing skills; technical knowledge and understanding of various different materials as well as invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management. In short, if you like and enjoy problem solving through design, making models and testing your ideas then our GCSE Graphic Products course is the ideal option for you.

This two year course is assessed through two units that you complete as assignments and one written exam paper. You will learn about children’s growth and development (Unit 1 - externally assessed), about the value of play in a child’s development (Unit 2 - coursework) and the principles of early year’s practice (Unit 3 - coursework).

You will also develop skills in research, teamwork, communication and presentation as well as ICT. You should have a genuine interest in working with children and realise from the outset that the course is NOT only about ‘caring for babies’. There is also a significant scientific and academic aspect to the course.

Assessment is throughout the two years and learners must take a mature approach to their studies from the outset.

You should take this course if you have an interest in business, want to start one of your own or have an inquiring mind. You will learn about how businesses are set up and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course covers every aspect of business from setting up a small business to international trade. The skills and knowledge gained by studying business will be useful in many aspects of everyday working life.

As a student of business, you will learn more about how small businesses are developed; discover how businesses promote themselves; how they keep their customers happy; how they manage both their finances and the people who work for them. A variety of businesses are studied to analyse what makes someone a successful business person and how to build that business into a larger enterprise. Additionally, you will find out how to develop an idea and spot a business opportunity and how to turn that into a successful business. All aspects of the course will enable you to understand how to make a business effective and manage money, as well as being able to see how the world around us affects small and large businesses and all the people involved.

The course is examined in two written exams at the end of Year 11.