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Year 9 Options

The Year 9 Options Form has now closed. 

If you have any questions, please email options@westhatch.net

Welcome Message and Advice
 

The Options Process 

 

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Advice and Guidance 

There is loads of information and advice out there, about choosing your options. We would particularly recommend checking out CareerPilot and Youth Employment UK. You will also find information and useful links on the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance section of our site.

if you want some general advice about careers and how they could link into possible options, we would recommend checking out Start but do not forget you also have access to  Morrisby Careers (formerly called Fast Tomato) – if you cannot remember your login details, contact Mr Towsey and he will be able to help.

We have created a Careers Guidance Team, on Microsoft Teams, which all students can join. This is full of information about careers and options for the future and we will continue to update this with resources. To access this, students need to click ‘Join or create team’ and either search for ‘Careers Guidance’ or enter the following code: yqews4w

You can also speak to our Careers Advisor, Mr Towsey. The easiest way to contact him is via email (gtowsey@westhatch.net) or Microsoft Teams. He is usually in the Canteen during Break or at the front gate/buses after school.

 

Our Top Tips for picking your options are as follows;

  1. Know the course, not just the subject.

Make sure you do your research and are familiar with what the content of each subject involves; do not judge it by the title alone. Also, remember that courses change, so what your friends or siblings may have covered in the past, is not necessarily what you will study.  

  1. Pick something you like, not just because your friends pick it.

Your friends might enjoy a subject you do not and even if you pick the same subject, there is no guarantee you will be in the same class.

  1. Do not base your choices on your current teacher.

Speak to your teachers about your options but remember that next year they might not be teaching your class. Do not pick a subject because of the teacher you think you will have.

  1. If you are not sure, pick something you love.

If you are not sure which subjects to do, then pick something you find interesting or are good at.  

  1. Do not stress, too much.

The reality is that it does not matter which subjects you choose, the most important thing is to achieve good results. The subjects you pick now will not limit your choices after Year 11.

Options questions and who to speak to? 

If you have any questions about your Option choices, or you want a bit of advice about what subjects might be the best for you, there is loads of information and support available to you. 

If your question relates to a specific subject, check out the subject information below. You could also speak to the relevant teachers or Head of Department. 

You can also speak to our Careers Advisor, Mr Towsey. The easiest way to contact him is via email (gtowsey@westhatch.net) or Microsoft Teams. 

If you have any questions about the Options process or subjects, please email options@westhatch.net   

A welcome from Mr Sinfield 

Welcome to your Year 9 Options

This webpage outlines all the information, advice and guidance that will help you to make the best decisions about which subjects to study over the next two years.

Why is it important?

The choices and decisions you make now may have a significant impact on your future. These decisions should not be made lightly, so we will offer you as much support as we can, to ensure you follow the right path.

What can I choose?

For most of you, you will make 1 or 2 choices in total from the 13 subjects available.

For a small number of students, there is one sensible restriction. Due to the level of mathematics needed to understand Economics, students studying Mathematics at the foundation level will not be able to opt for this subject.  If this applies to you Economics will not appear on their option form.

Who can help?

It is important that you have as much information and advice as possible. There are a number of people you can speak to from me to your Form Tutors, others in your Form and your Head of House. You can also speak to Mr Windsor who leads on Options in the school and Mr Towsey, our Careers Advisor. He is based in the Careers Centre (next to S19) and you can visit him at any point. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!

What next?

Look through all the information below. We will try to give you as much information and support as possible before you choose your options so that you make the best choices for yourself and your future.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Sinfield

Deputy Headteacher

 

EBacc Options (2 hours p/w each)
 

Computer Science 

 

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Why is this a good qualification to study?

•The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study.

•This specification/qualification will enable learners to develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace

• This specification/qualification will enable learners  to develop a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply it through a chosen programming language.

What will this qualification teach the learner?

•The student will be able to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation

•The student will be able to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs

•The student will need to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

•The student will understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

•The student will understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society

•The student will apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

 Why study this qualification ?

•This course has been designed to seamlessly transition into Computer Science at AS Level and/or A Level.

Geography 

 

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History 

 

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Course Content

In Year 10 we will be teaching to the Edexcel GCSE specification the papers we will cover are:

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 – present with Whitechapel, c1870 – c1900: crime, policing and the inner city. This exam paper is worth 52 marks.

Paper 2: Period study (Superpower Relations and the Cold War) and British Depth Study (Early Elizabethan England). These papers are sat at the same time and both papers last about 50 minutes with the overall paper being worth 64 marks.

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany. This examined paper is worth 52 marks.

If you have any questions or would like any further advice please contact Miss Hunt

Spanish 

 

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Option Subjects (2 hours p/w each)
 

Art 

 

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Business Studies 

Why Study Business?:

Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide our students with a firm foundation for further study.

 

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM

on business activity (Year 10)

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (Year 11)

What's assessed

Business in the real world

Influences on business

Business operations

Human resources

What's assessed

Business in the real world

Influences on business

Marketing

Finance

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

50 % of GCSE

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

50 % of GCSE

Questions

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Questions

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 

Quantitative Skills in Business:

This specification requires students, drawing on the knowledge and understanding, to apply quantitative skills to relevant business contexts.

Calculations in a business context, including; percentages and percentage changes, averages, revenue, costs and profit, gross profit margin and net profit margin ratios, average rate of return, cash flow forecasts, including total costs, total revenue and net cash flow.

It must be emphasised that 10% of the final GCSE Business grade will be tested on these quantitative skills.

 

Child Development  

Exam Board: NCFE

Child Development and Care provide learners with the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector.

It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and the key skills necessary for working with children in a variety of settings.  It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to the subject of childcare and development.

The qualification consists of 3 units:

Unit 1: An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years
(coursework based and 25% of the qualification’s grade)

Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years
(coursework based and 25% of the qualification’s grade)

Unit 3: Childcare and development 0-5 years
(short answer examination and 50% of the qualification’s grade)

Unit 1 and Unit 2 graded A*– D, internally marked assessment tasks.

Mandatory assessments for each unit will be subject to internal and external quality assurance.

Unit 3 graded A*-D, a scenario-based short answer examination that is externally marked.

Progression to further relevant level 2 programmes of study or level 3 programmes of study. Learners may also progress to an Apprenticeship route in early years or child care at either level 2 or level 3.

 

Drama  

 

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Drama Matters! 

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Drama Skills 

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Economics* 

*Entry Criteria: You must be in Set 1 or 2 for Maths, due to the mathematical content of the course.

 

Overview:

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course. At least 10 % of the total marks for GCSE economics will be awarded for quantitative skills demonstrated at the same level, or higher, than at Key Stage 3.

Learners will develop an economic awareness to benefit them personally and professionally for years to come. There are lots of opportunities to talk about today's economic issues and this will develop communication, critical thinking and analytical skills of learners through tasks based activities such as cutting the budget deficit, weighing up the pros and cons of inflation or being part of free-trade agreements.

Upon completion, students will have the skills, knowledge and confidence for further study or to embark on their career.

 

Paper 1: How markets work

Paper 2: How the economy works

Topics Covered:

In this unit, learners will investigate and explore the moral, ethical and sustainability issues that underpin economic decision-making and economic activity.

Topics to be covered are;

Economic foundations

Resource allocation

How prices are determined

Production, costs, revenue and profit

Competitive and concentrated markets

Market failure

Topics Covered:

In this unit, learners will investigate and explore the wider economy from the perspective of the main economic groups: consumers, producers, government and the foreign sector (global trade).

Topics to be covered are;

Introduction to the national economy

Government objectives

How the government manages the economy

International trade and the global economy

The role of money and financial markets

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

50 % of GCSE

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

50 % of GCSE

Questions

Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

 

Section B: five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.

Questions

Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.

 

Section B: five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.

 

Food Preparation & Nutrition 

 

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ICT 

 

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Why is this a good qualification to study?

•The collection and communication of data and storing of data/information happens all around us.

•Technology underpins how it’s collected and communicated. It can be seen in all walks of life, from a wearable fitness tracker recording how many steps you have taken, your mobile phone provider recording your usage to create your bill or an online retailer being able to target you with specific promotions based on your purchase history.

•Knowing how and why data is gathered and being able to turn raw data into something meaningful is essential as a learner moves through education and into employment. To be able to do this the learner will need to have the confidence to use a range of information technology that is currently available, as well as being adaptable and resilient enough to deal with the rapid advances.

What will this qualification teach the learner?

•This qualification will teach the learner what different technologies could be used, why and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management.

•They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and software technologies, and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information.

•They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription.

•They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.

Why study this qualification ?

•The skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study. They will support them in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Business or Geography, or Cambridge Technicals in IT. They can also support their progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator.

Media Studies 

Overview:

If you love films, television, newspapers and radio and want to learn more about how to discuss them and how to make them yourself, then this is the course for you.

 

Topics Covered:

Unit 1: Exploring the Media (35% Exam)
This section of the course will assess the knowledge and understanding of media language, representations, media industries and audiences. You will focus on a variety of media texts, which will include texts Quality Street, This Girl Can, Spectre, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Sun, The Guardian, Fortnite and The Archers. You will study two texts in detail, which will consist of one contemporary and one historical. 

Unit 2: Understanding Television and Film (35% Exam)
This section of the course will focus on contemporary Television issues and how they are perceived by the audience and the institutions. You will learn about the industry and how the institution market and sell their films to their audiences. You will create a case study on one television drama and focus on marketing tools that were used. This will include the analysis of film posters, trailers and websites. You will focus on Luther, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and TLC.

Unit 3: Creating Media (30%Coursework)
You will work as an individual to produce a practical piece of coursework. You will select your own brief and then consider a product to create for your audience. You will have to show evidence of the research and planning that you will carry out as well as evaluating your product.

 

Topics Covered:

GCSE Media Studies you will be given the opportunity to engage in creative and imaginative expression through the construction of your own media texts. You will also study textual analysis techniques through a study of Action/Adventure Films and learn how to deconstruct meaning within them. Finally, you will look at a cross-Media topic and study the production practices, how audiences are targeted, how people, products and places are represented and the cultural messages conveyed by those representations.

 

A Media Studies student should be:

· Committed and not afraid of hard work

· Have an open mind and enjoy discussion

· Be self-motivated and organised

· Be responsible when using expensive equipment

· Have an interest in the use of technology

 

Music 

 

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Physical Education 

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Product Design 

 

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Psychology 

 

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Religious Studies 

 

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Physical Education (2 hours p/w)
 

BTEC Dance 

Did you know?

Dance can be chosen instead of Core PE; therefore, it doesn't take away one of your options.

There are no written examinations at the end of the course, but you will be expected to produce essays and written work throughout the course.

Three units will be covered, and you will be individually graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *


Overview:

This course is taught within the KS4 Core PE programme The BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performing Arts (Dance) consists of three Mandatory units. The Award gives you the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.
 

Topics Covered:

Component 1

EXPLORING THE PERFORMING ARTS

You will develop your understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners´ work and the processes used to create a performance. You will produce 3 journals showcasing your knowledge.

Component 2

DEVELOPING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

You will develop your dance skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance repertoire. You will study jazz, contemporary and street dance. You will perform a two-minute dance.

Component 3 (exam Unit)

PERFORMING TO A BRIEF

You will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.

This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. You will apply your skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a selected audience.

You will capture your ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the performance process in a written log and an evaluation report. A task worth 60 marks will be completed under supervised conditions.

For assessment, you will be given a brief and stimulus to create performance material. In groups consisting of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members, you will respond to the stimulus and create a workshop performance that communicates ideas and creative intentions to a target audience of your choice.

If you would like further information and advice, or you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Minister.

Core PE 

Physical Education is a compulsory element of the curriculum; if you do not select BTEC Dance, you will select Core PE. This is not the same as GCSE Physical Education.

There is no examinations or coursework for this course; this is "practical PE" and will be similar to the PE lessons you had in Years 7-9.

You will cover a range of different sports throughout the academic year. 

 

Compulsory Subjects 

You will also continue with the following subjects: 

English Language (2 hours p/w)
English Literature (3 hours p/w)
Mathematics (4 hours p/w)
Science: Biology, Chemistry & Physics (5 hours p/w)
Financial Literacy (1 hour p/w)