All year 10 students will study the core subjects and 2 additional subjects from the option choices.

Groups sizes for technical subjects will be a maximum of 20. For other subjects group sizes will vary from 20 to 30 depending on ability sets.

In addtion, 1 hour per week is set aside for an Enrichment option.

Core Options Enrichment

Maths (4 hours per week)

English, Lang & Lit (4 hours per week)

Biology (2 hours per week)

Physics (2 hours per week)

Chemistry (2 hours per week)

Engineering Manufacturing (3 hours per week)

Engineering Design (3 hours per week)

PSHE (1 hour per week)

Core PE (1 hour per week)

Two Options from:

French (2.5 hours per week)

German (2.5 hours per week)

Geography (2.5 hours per week)

Business Studies (2.5 hours per week)

Computing (2.5 hours per week)

Enrichment (1 hour per week)

  • F1 Challenge
  • Young Enterprise
  • Chess Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Science
  • Computer Club

Subjects

English

Why Study English?  As well as being compulsory, English is invaluable for your future no matter what you are aiming for. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day – and benefit all your other GCSEs too.

Whatever you end up doing, English is a must have subject for college, university, work and life! From Architecture to Zoology, GCSE English will help you to:

  • work independently
  • be creative
  • think critically
  • Communicate your ideas with confidence (handy when you’re with your mates too!)
  • Think logically.

English is essential in support of all areas in life…and sometimes quite enjoyable too!

GCSE English Language (AQA)

Explorations in creative reading and writing and Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. 

GCSE English Literature (Pearson/Edexcel)

Study Shakespeare, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and a wide range of poetry.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

English Language
601/4292/3

AQA 1/2 2 years Paper1 Written Exam 50
Paper 2 Written Exam 50
  Controlled assessment  

English Literature
601/4789/1

Pearson 1/2 2 Years 1ETO/1 Written Exam 50
1ETO/2 Written Exam 50

Mathematics

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Maths
601/4608/4

AQA 1/2 2 years 83001
(H or F)
Paper 1: non-calculator 33.3
83002
(H or F)
Paper 2: Calculator 33.3
83003
(H or F)
Paper 3: Calculator 33.3

Science

Students study science to understand the world around them and their role in that world, understand the role that Science plays in our society, develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings, act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge, develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to find answers to their own questions about the workings of the biological, chemical, physical and technological world and become better informed citizens.

At Key stage 4 students will study one of two routeways either combined science (2 GCSE’s) or individual sciences: biology, chemistry and physics (3 GCSE’s)

AQA, Combined Science: Trilogy (8646)

Assessment Objectives:

Students should have a basic understanding of the following principles and be able to apply them in exam papers:

Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics. Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes. The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure. Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific techniques and procedures.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.

AO3: Analyse information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgements and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures. 

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Combined Science
601/8758/X

AQA 2 2 Years 8464/B/1 Written Exam 16.6
8464/B/2 Written Exam 16.6
8464/C/1 Written Exam 16.6
8464/C/2 Written Exam 16.6
8464/P/1 Written Exam 16.6
8464/P/2 Written Exam 16.6

AQA, Individual sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (8461, 8462, 8463)

Assessment Objectives:

Students should have a basic understanding of the following principles and can apply them in exam papers:

Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes. The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific techniques and procedures.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.

AO3: Analyse information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgements and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Biology
601/8752/9

AQA 1/2 2 years 8461/1
(H or F)
Written Exam 50
8461
(H or F)
Written Exam 50

Chemistry
601/8757/8

AQA 1/2 2 years 8462/1
(H or F)
Written Exam 50
8462/2
(H or F)
Written Exam 50

Physics
601/8751/7

AQA 1/2 2 years 8463/1
(H or F)
Written Exam 50
8463/2
(H or F)
Written Exam 50

Engineering

Year 10 : Students study OCR Cambridge Nationals Engineering Manufacture :

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment % of award

Engineering Manufacture 
601/1219/0

OCR 1/2 1 year R109 Engineering materials, processes and production
[External Examination]
25
R110 Preparing and planning for manufacture
[Controlled Assessment]
25
R111 Computer-aided manufacturing
[Controlled Assessment]
25
R112 Quality control of engineered products
[Controlled Assessment]
25

Year 11: Students study OCR Cambridge Nationals Engineering Design:

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment % of award

Engineering Design
601/1411/3

OCR 1/2 1 year R105 Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements
[External Examination]
25
R106 Product analysis and research
[Controlled Assessment]
25
R107 Developing and presenting engineering designs
[Controlled Assessment]
25
R108 3D design realisation
[Controlled Assessment]
25

Geography

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Geography
601/8410/3

AQA 1/2 2 years 8035/1 Written Exam 35
8035/2 Written Exam 35
8035/3 Written Exam 30

MFL

Derby Manufacturing UTC currently offers both French and German as options subjects for GCSE, and both can be offered as A Levels if there are enough applicants.

KS4 Course

You will complete the Pearson / Edexcel 9-1 GCSE over two years. The final grade is based on four smaller exams, each worth 25%. The Listening, Reading and Writing exams are taken in the summer alongside all other exams. The Speaking exam is completed in school in the Spring. There is no coursework option.

In addition to covering the four main themes, you will cover the grammar of your chosen language, as well as its culture and the places where it is spoken. There are opportunities to develop key real-life language, including job applications, interviews, hotel bookings, eating out, travel and more. Activities range from dice games to translation, role play to oompah music.

You will also build your independent learning skills, through online games, practice and good old-fashioned rote learning. You might even get to read some comics.

Pre-requisites

It should be no surprise that you will find it easier to study French and/or German if you have done them before. On the other hand, if you do not mind lots of hard work it is possible to start from scratch. You will take a base line test early in year 10 to help us guide you through the course.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

French
601/8708/6

Pearson 1/2 2 years 1FR0/1
(H or F)
Listening 25
1FR0/2
(H or F)
Speaking 25
1FR0/3
(H or F)
Reading 25
1FR0/4
(H or F)
Writting 25

German
601/8709/8

Pearson 1/2 2 years 1GN0/1
(H or F)
Listening 25
1GN0/2
(H or F)
Speaking 25
1GN0/3
(H or F)
Reading 25
1GN0/4
(H or F)
Writting 25

Business Studies

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Business Studies
500/4576/3

Pearson 1/2 2 years 5BS03 Written Exam 50
5BS02 Written Exam 25
5BS01 Written Exam 25

Computer Science

Students have grown up in a world where technology is evolving rapidly, creating new subject areas to explore and changing the way people work in every area from medicine and fashion to engineering and economics. So whatever your career plans, you know it’s vital to develop your grasp of these ideas and concepts that will shape your world. That is why we now offer Computer Science. This subject is a very practical subject – learners will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems.

In a nutshell, GCSE Computer Science explores the principles of digital technology and way of working that’s called ‘computational thinking’, with coding as a core of the course. You have got to be able to think logically, solve puzzles and be tenacious when the going gets tough. But it is also really creative and you will get a real buzz out of getting something to work yourself, especially when programming.

At key stage 4 students will be studying OCR Computer Science GCSE (9-1). The students will sit two written papers and 1 programming project (Non-Exam assessment).

Paper 1—Computer systems (40% of total GCSE)

Assessment Objectives:

Students should have a basic understanding of the following principles and be able to apply them in exam papers:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Paper 2—Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40% of total GCSE)

Assessment Objectives:

Students should have a basic understanding of the following principles and be able to apply them in exam papers:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

These principles will be taught using the Program Python.

Programming project (Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) 20% of total GCSE.

OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of year 11. The tasks will provide opportunities for the learners to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in the specification. Learners will need to create suitable

algorithms which will provide a solution to the problems identified in the task. They will then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem and learners must use a suitable test plan with appropriate test data.

Subject Board Level Duration  Units Assessment type % of award

Computer Science
601/7355/X

OCR 1/2 2 years 276/1 Written Exam 40
276/2 Written Exam 40
276/3 Non-Exam Assessment 20