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Students who join the Future Tech Studio in Year 10 will study for 6* core GCSEs accompanied by two further GCSEs and a vocational qualification which relate to their pathway of choice.

In addition to studying for GCSEs students will have the opportunity to spend up to 20 days each academic year on work placement with a local employer who can provide the students with real life work experience.

Students will gain a vast array of real work experience as students at Future Tech Studio which help prepare them for their next steps beyond their GCSE studies.

In the 2015/16 academic year, Year 10 students are working with a wide range of companies including: Sellafield, European Metal Recycling, Brookson Contract Accountants, the Environment Agency and Golden Gates Housing Trust.

Level 4

Take a look at our different pathways available below:

As a Year 10/11 student following the IT & Telecommunications pathway at the Future Tech Studio you will study OCR Cambridge National in ICT alongside your core GCSE subjects. You will also have the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science.

OCR Cambridge National in ICT

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.

Computer Science

The aim of the Computer Science GCSE is to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science;
  • Develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts;
  • Gain practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals;
  • Develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions
  • Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
  • Develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues;
  • Communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology.

As a Year 10/11 student following the Business pathway at the Future Tech Studio you will study OCR Cambridge National in Business alongside your core GCSE subjects with the option of studying GCSE Economics.

OCR Cambridge National in Business
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Business provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge required for further study in business including the different types of business, career planning (including recruitment) and the role of enterprise in business.
There are a number of opportunities for Business students to take part in competitions such as the Barclays Tech Innovation Challenge and Young Enterprise; both of which, Future Tech have won in previous years.

GCSE Economics
In GCSE Economics students will consider the basic economic problems and how it affects the allocation of resources in competitive markets. Students will gain an insight about ‘real world’ economics. Students will also cover how price is determined through the forces of demand and supply and how a firm competes in the market.

As a Year 10/11 student following the Design Engineering pathway at the Future Tech Studio you will study OCR Cambridge National in Design Engineering alongside your core GCSE subjects, with an option of adding GCSE DT Resistant Materials.

OCR Cambridge National in Design Engineering
This qualification is part of the Cambridge Nationals in Engineering suite. It is aimed at students who wish to study the processes involved in designing engineered products. Through research and practical activities, students will understand the requirements of a design specification and how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs. Students will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas as well as providing working prototypes.

GCSE Design Technology
The aim of the GCSE Design Technology qualification is to:
• Actively engage in Design challenges and use appropriate technology.
• Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
• Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
• Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
• Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
• Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
• Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.
GCSE D&T subjects are assessed with 60% controlled assessment which involves a design and make project where students produce a working prototype of their own design. Students at Future Tech use rapid prototype 3D printing to realise their designs and assist in them designing in three dimensions. An emphasis is put on managing their own projects and time wisely. Students have good access to specialist equipment which enables them to produce products of high quality.

You can find a list of our core GCSE qualifications below:

GCSE English will include 3 main areas of focus, Unit 1: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts, Unit 2: Speaking and Listening and Unit 3: Understanding and producing creative texts.

For unit 1 students will read and understand a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into their own writing for a range of genres, audiences and purposes.

Within unit 2 students will be assessed on 3 categories: presenting, discussing and listening and role playing.

As part of the third unit students will study 3 texts: a play by Shakespeare, a text from the English Literary Heritage and a text from a different culture or tradition. In addition students will work on creative writing pieces.

GCSE English Literature will encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will extend students’ interest in, and enthusiasm for literature as they develop an understanding of the ways in which literature is rich and influential.

GCSE Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Students will use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

GCSE Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.

The subject integrates the principles of ‘How Science Works’ throughout study. The course helps put Biology in the context of students’ everyday lives with topics ranging from ‘Keeping healthy’ to ‘Humans and their environment’.

Students study topics related to the living world making it relevant and engaging. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.

GCSE Chemistry gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of:

  • the nature of substances and how they react together
  • how Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.

The qualification is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to understanding and explaining the world and solving problems. This means that the ‘How Science Works’ approach is integrated throughout study.

Lessons are structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances.

Many of the materials considered are substances that students will come across in their daily lives like drinking water, vegetable oils and metals. This helps engage students by putting their learning in context.

GCSE Physics offers students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • the use and transfer of energy
  • waves, radiation and space
  • the application of Physics.

The qualification is designed to give students the tools and concepts they need to be able to construct a scientific approach to solving problems. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena. This is done by integrating the ‘How Science Works’ approach throughout study.

Students are likely to be engaged by the aspects of the subject that they can relate to their everyday life such as the efficiency of electrical appliances and braking distances as well as larger concepts like nuclear fission and fusion and evidence of the Big Bang.

Below is some information about our option choices:

The aim of the GCSE Design Technology qualification is to:

  • Actively engage in Design challenges and use appropriate technology.
  • Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
  • Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
  • Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

GCSE D&T subjects are assessed with 60% controlled assessment which involves a design and make project where students produce a working prototype of their own design. Students at Future Tech use rapid prototype 3D printing to realise their designs and assist in them designing in three dimensions. An emphasis is put on managing their own projects and time wisely. Students have good access to specialist equipment which enables them to produce products of high quality.

In GCSE Economics students will consider the basic economic problems and how it affects the allocation of resources in competitive markets. Students will gain an insight about ‘real world’ economics. Students will also cover how price is determined through the forces of demand and supply and how a firm competes in the market.

The aim of the Computer Science GCSE is to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science;
  • Develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts;
  • Gain practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals;
  • Develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions
  • Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
  • Develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues;
  • Communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology.

Studying geography gives students the opportunity to travel the world via the classroom, learning about both natural and social sciences along the way. They will understand how geography impacts everyday life and discover the key opportunities and challenges facing the world. Students will also develop academic and life skills from writing, teamwork and communication to analytical skills.

The current GCSE Media Studies course makes learning interesting, challenging, creative and fun. It offers rigorous but accessible learning on a subject of key importance for young people’s understanding of the world they experience.

The course involves:

  • Extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and practice
  • Practical work which integrates theories and concepts
  • A choice of assignments for production and pre-production
  • The chance to study across a range of different Media.
  • Opportunities to learn about real media products and industries

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