KS4 course descriptions

General Information

You have reached an exciting time in your school career and the choices you make now will have an impact on your curriculum for the next two years at Lindsworth and on your life after Lindsworth. The more successful you are in the next two years at school, the more choices will be available to you when considering a career and/or college.

To help you to make the best choices for yourself you will have the opportunity to speak to teachers and gain advice from them on which courses would be most appropriate for you. Also you will be able to reflect on your performance so far in your progress day meeting and annual reviews.

You must make sure you ask questions if you are unsure of what the subject will involve or what it will be like as once you have made your choice you will not be able to change them and you will be completing those lessons for the next two years.

There are some accredited subjects that are compulsory:

  • G.C.S.E Maths,

  • G.C.S.E  English,

  • G.C.S.E Science

along with some non accredited subjects  that everyone will follow;

  • PSHE and Careers

  • PE,

  • Enrichment.

Each pupil will have the opportunity to choose three additional subjects which they would like to study – these are called your “options”

All pupils will choose two options in year ten,

  • a one year course and they study this for six periods a week
  • a two year course which they will study for three periods a week for the entire year 10 and year 11.

All pupils will then be given the opportunity to choose a third option in year 11.

How do I know which options to choose?

When choosing your options it is useful to think of your future career. For example if you know you would like to become a builder, Design and technology option would be a useful course to take in year followed by a vocational construction course in year 11. If you want to become sports coach then G.C.S.E PE would be a useful course to follow, with possibly the BTEC sport and leisure course in year 11.  If you have a good idea of what you would like to do as a future career have a look now at colleges to find out what qualifications you need to achieve at Lindsworth in order to be able to go onto the relevant course at college. If you are unsure what you would like to have as a career then choosing a wide range of courses may be more suitable for you so your options are open when you leave Lindsworth.

Do not choose a subject because your friend is doing it or because you do/do not like a particular teacher.

It is very useful to ask teachers about what the courses are like and you could also ask year 10 and year 11 pupils who are currently completing the course. The more questions you ask, the more likely you are to be able to make the right choices for you. There are a lot of staff in the school who want to help you to make the right choices so please use them.



 G.C.S.E English

English Language and English Literature in years 10 and 11

English is taught at GCSE through the AQA examination board. 

The skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are of vital importance and underpin successful study at all levels.   The GCSE course ensures that pupils study a range of literary texts (including Shakespeare) and that they can develop their writing skills across a range of tasks. They are given opportunities to develop analysis and comparison skills when looking at the work of authors, poets and dramatists. 

Speaking and listening is an essential component of the English GCSE and as such, each pupil must participate in three speaking and listening activities, which are assessed for clarity, vocabulary and awareness of audience/listener.   These are cross-over tasks that help to build pupils’ functional skills and help them to prepare for college and real life contexts beyond the classroom.  For those pupils studying at Entry Level, they will explore a number of writers and poets, developing their interpretation skills.  Pupils will also develop their writing skills over a variety of forms, communicating clearly, building vocabulary and strengthening technical accuracy.




Edexcel G.C.S.E Maths

Maths is taught at GCSE throughout year 10 and year 11 and pupils will complete the examination with the PEARSON examination board.

Pupils will cover topics in the area of:

  • Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Number and Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • Handling Data.

Numerical skills are developed throughout as they will aid progression through the GCSE.

There is now an increased focus in maths on problem solving and the quality of written communication and these skills will be developed over the two years and will build on the skills gained at KS3.

The subject is assessed through two written papers at the end of year 11. One calculator paper and one non calculator paper.


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The course identifies the activities and experiences learners will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. The course provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

During the course you will complete three units:

Unit B711: Made up of 3 modules and assessed by a written exam paper worth 35%

  • Module B1: Understanding Organisms

  • Module C1: Carbon chemistry

  • Module P1: Energy for the home

Unit B712: Made up of 3 modules and assessed by a written exam paper worth 40%

  • Module B2: Understanding our environment

  • Module C2: Chemical resources

  • Module P2: Living for the future

Unit B713: Made up of 1 controlled assessment worth 25%

PSHCE with Careers

PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is a planned program of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals, as members of the family and as members of the community. It equips them with knowledge and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.

During year 10 and 11 you will be given the opportunity to work with the Birmingham Careers Support Service and Post 16 providers. These will include local colleges and trainers plus the Armed Forces.

You will also have the opportunity to do two weeks Work Experience in year 10. This is an important part of your course as it helps you prepare for your working life.

 Recording Achievement

 At Lindsworth we believe in the importance of recognising achievement. This culminates in the production of your Progress File at the end of Year 11. Information on your contribution to school life, progress in your studies, attendance and punctuality, interests, hobbies and plans for your future are all recorded in this file. Your Progress file is very important as you take this with you to college or job interviews.  You will continue to update this throughout your working life.

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AQA GCSE Art and Design


This is a two year course which leads to a GCSE in Art and Design. The final exam is carried out in Year 11, before the end of May. The final exam has unlimited preparation time and a 10 hour final piece, carried out over two days.

During Year 10 and Year 11, pupils will be expected to complete up to four projects.

Ceramics – pupils will be expected to use modelling skills, equipment and clay to design and create clay items. The final piece could be one medium sized item or three small items.

Design – pupils will be expected to use sketching skills to design and then make an item of their choice. They will also have the opportunity to use textile skills, such as sewing and dyeing in their work. The final piece could be a t-shirt, baseball cap, an item of jewellery, car and car badge or CD cover.

Painting and drawing – pupils will be shown how to use different types of paint, such as watercolours and acrylics. Pupils will be expected to produce a final piece in the form of canvas or wall painting.

Photography – pupils will be shown how to use digital cameras to capture images based on a selection of subjects, such as portraits, landscape, nature or architecture. They will learn how to use ICT programs to manipulate captured images and create new and exciting art.

Culture – pupils will explore the artistic aspects of Cultures. The Cultures could be from the past, such as Ancient Egypt or Ancient Greece, from countries such as Africa or Japan or they could be current and contemporary, such as graffiti art or the skater culture.

Printmaking – pupils will develop skills and techniques connected with printing, such as press print, lino print and screen print. They will learn how to design and make stencils and will explore colour and media choices when creating large-scale art.

Pupils will be expected to write about their work as it develops as well as commenting on the work of other artists and designers. The coursework prepares pupils for the final Exam, where they will be expected to complete preparation work (research, sketches, design plans, exploring appropriate media and techniques) and their final piece without support or guidance.



G.C.S.E Catering

If you select Catering at KS4, you will follow the WJEC GCSE course either over two year or you can choose it as a one year option. Areas of study will include:

  • The catering industry

  • Jobs and employment

  • Health, safety and hygiene

  • Food preparation and cooking methods

  • Nutrition and healthy eating

  • Portion control and costings

  • Environmental issues

There will be 3 pieces of work that are assessed and these will be collated to give your final GCSE grade:

Unit 1: Two practical tasks and supporting evidence which are worth 60% of the final grade. This year we chose to complete one project based on afternoon teas and baking (20%) and the other based around designing and making a healthy and nutritious school dinner (40%)

Unit 2: A final written exam lasting 75 minutes, containing a range of questions based around the catering industry, food and the customer.

If you enjoy the practical cooking side but are also able to focus on the theory and some detailed project work then Catering maybe the subject for you.



Design and Technology: Resistant Materials                       

There are two levels of courses please speak with your teacher who will guide you on which course is best for you.

  • OCR Entry Level Resistant materials

  • OCR G.C.S.E Resistant materials.

You will need to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding to design and make products that are related to industrial and commercial practices.

The course is assessed in the following way:

100% practically based which is broken down into: Designing products which is worth 40% and Making the products is worth 60%

GCSE Drama (Edexcel)

Unit 1 - Will consist of exploring different elements of drama such as;

Action/plot/content, Rhythm/pace/tempo and Characterisation

We will use many forms of stimuli; like

  • Poetry, photographs, pictures, masks, props, costume, sculpture,
  • Object art, Music, Play scripts, Live theatre performance, Television, films, DVDs and videos
  • Newspaper and magazine articles and extracts from literary fiction and non-fiction

Unit 2

The exploration process should make reference to the experience gained through Unit 1 and the pupils should understand the meaning of the play through:

  1. the study of a complete or substantial play text

  2. recognition of the ways in which playwrights, directors, designers and performers communicate meaning through the medium of drama

*Students must have experience of live theatre as a member of the audience. The live theatre could be a performance of:

  1. the play chosen for exploration

  2. or any other play

Unit 3

This unit provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through their application to a live performance

  1. communicate to an audience.

  2. This is an externally assessed unit. All students will present their work

as either performers or performance support students in a single performance to an examiner appointed by Edexcel.

The practical examination will take place between 1st February and 31st May. There is no written examination.

GCSE Geography

 Why choose Geography?

Geography is for the person that wants to learn more about the world around them, develop an understanding for the world and the factors that have contributed to it.

What will you study? 

  •  Natural Hazards (Hurricanes, Tornados, Earthquakes etc)
  •  Economic Development
  •  Rivers and Coasts
  •  Population and Settlement

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 How will you be assessed?

  • One Controlled Assessment
  •  One Decision Making Exercise
  •  One Exam

Advantages of choosing Geography

  •  You will attend a Field Trip to support your Controlled Assessment
  •  You will learn about the world around you
  •  You will gain a strong understanding and challenge ideas 
  •  You will achieve a GCSE in a key subject



GCSE History is an exciting course and we will be using AQA History B as our specification which focuses on Modern World History. Through the year lessons will be combined with directed teaching, independent research and in depth source analysis

You will study a range of history including:

  • Hitler's Foreign Policy and the causes of World War II

  • The origins of the Cold War 1945 - 1955

  • Russian History 1914 - 1945 including the regime of Joseph Stalin

  • Race Relations in the USA

    • British Depth Study as part of your Controlled Assessment


    Through this course you will develop key skills which colleges look for including:

  • Analysis

  • Evaluation

  • Debating

  • Written Communication





    You will already be familiar with some of this course – because you have started studying it in year 9. As an option, you will get to do far more of the ICT that most pupils enjoy.

    You will be nearing completion of Unit 2, which involves a bit of everything: Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Internet, Email, Web Design.

    To complete the qualification you will do two more practical units that could be making web graphics or a full website; making a short video; or making a radio advert.

    There is also an exam, which accounts for 20% of the total GCSE, which is about how computers work and are used in society.

    If you have an interest in ICT and wish to develop some of the more enjoyable aspects, then this will be the course for you.

    OCR Cambridge National

    The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.


    Guided learning Hours

    (1 written Paper and Coursework)

    OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT requires 120 GLH in total.



    The qualification will assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use. They will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.


    The Cambridge National in ICT will equip learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. They will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including data handling, modelling and programming).


  • WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Creative and Media


    What do we mean by the Media Industry?


    It’s TV, radio, website design, dance, music, art, dance, theatre, cinema. It is a growth industry with plenty of jobs.


    If you want a career in media, this qualification will help you!


    How does it work?


    If we asked you to make new TV comedy to appeal to people of your age, how would you go about it? In the real world, you would start off with some research. Questions the rersearch would need to answer would include

  • What programs appeal to this audience?

  • How much will it cost to make the program?

  • What resources do you need?

  • What skills do you need?

 There are lots of questions you should ask. You will learn which questions to ask and how to carry out the research. You will then be given  20 hours of class-time to do the research. You also have to complete an exam about the research – but you can take your research folder into the exam with you! This is worth a quarter of a GCSE.

Next, you will be given a creative brief. So let’s say the TV comedy now has a name and a storyline and is about to be launched. You are the person to create the posters to advertise its launch. This is worth another quarter of a GCSE.

So, you now have half a GCSE. What about the other half?

Well there are plenty of optional units to choose from, covering Drama, Dance, Music, ICT, Art, Textiles and Photography. If you choose a creative GCSE in Year 11, then your learning for that GCSE can take the form of a coursework portfolio that completes the Level 2 Award in Creative & Media.


Pupils will complete four units over one year. The units are:-

  • An Introduction to Physical Education
  • Practical Performance and Analysis 1
  • Developing Knowledge in Physical Education
  • Practical Performance and Analysis 2

Pupils will be assessed in the following way:-

  • Two 1 hour exams
  • 4 practical assessments
  • 2 controlled written assessments

It needs to be stressed to pupils that there is a considerable amount of classroom based work for this course. Pupils should not take this option if they just want to do practical activities.

Religious Studies B: Philosophy and Applied Ethics (GCSE short course)

Do you have a curious, open and enquiring mind? Do you like to debate and discuss issues or ask yourself questions about life, such as:- 

Why do bad things happen to good people?

What happens when people die?

Is God real?

Is it wrong to murder?

Do you have strong opinions about what is right or wrong?

If you’ve answered yes to most of these questions, then, this course is definitely for you. 

The length of this course is two years and you will have three lessons a week. You will study five topics which are:-

  • Religion & Equality,

  • Religion & Medical Ethics,

  • Death & the Afterlife,

  • Religion and Relationships

  • War, Peace & Justice.

To gain a GCSE short course exam qualification you will be required to take two written exams of one hour each but you can take them 6sixmonths apart .

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NCFE Level 1 Award in Music Technology

This course is ideal for people who have a genuine interest in music technology, the music industry and developing skills in music recording and production.

The course is assessed in the following way:

You will study three Modules

  • Unit 01 Develop and use MIDI sequencing skills – assessed through completion of a music production project within Reason music production software

  • Unit 2 Understand and use studio/broadcast technology – assessed through the completion of a recording project within the studio environment

  • Unit 03 Develop mixing and mastering skills – assessed through the mixing and mastering of an audio/sequenced project


 These will be available as one year options in year 11 and may include:

  • Motor vehicle
  • Construction
  • Landscaping
  • Gaming
  • Public services
  • BTEC sport and Leisure

You will find out more about these courses during year 10 and will be given the opportunity to participate in taster courses before your make your choice.