Year 10

In Year 10 students are currently given the opportunity to choose a GCSE as an option. The options include:

GCSE Art, Asdan, GCSE Business, Catering, GCSE Drama, GCSE History, GCSE Product Design, GCSE Sport and GCSE Photography.

All subjects are examined.

PSHE is taught as whole day events. There will be two such days this year.

If you’d like to find out more about our curriculum please email tuckerb@cityacademy.bristol.sch.uk, or contact Mr Tucker by calling 01179413800

Subject Hours Per Week Content
English 5 Students prepare for AQA GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. The two courses are taught alongside each other, with skills needed for the language exam embedded in to the teaching of literature and vice versa. For language, all aspects of Paper 1 and Paper 2 are covered, including writing to entertain and advise, and reading fiction and non-fiction texts from different time periods. In year ten, students study ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘An Inspector Calls,’ and the poetry anthology provided by AQA. Teachers choose between an anthology on Love and Relationships or War and Conflict, depending on the needs of their class.
Maths 5 Year 10 learners are exposed to a lot of number work initially with rounding, estimation, standard form and operations on decimals in the first module. They then tackle problems to do with data collection and presentation of data seeing cumulative frequency, histograms and box plots for the first time. After this pupils start to look at some higher level algebra topics such as factorising, expanding double brackets, solving equations. Pythagoras and areas of compound shape is also included all with a view to using these tools to tackle functional questions or questions in unfamiliar contexts
Science 4 Students will follow pathways that allow them to sit GCSE Core, Additional and Further Science.
PE 2 Students complete a plethora of different sports that aim to promote healthy active lifestyles, team work, critical thinking, coaching, leadership and analysis.
Computer Science/Spanish 2 In Year 10 Spanish, we aim to embed the key concepts students will be tested on in speaking and writing and focus on developing core language to allow students to discuss a range of topics or themes. Questions and content from the exam is manipulated from local, national, international and global areas of interest and exposed to students through the following topics:

– Home, town and local region
– Social issues
– Global issues
– Travel and tourism

Computer science is an option subject at key stage 4 at the academy, students will build upon what they have studied in KS3 and in greater depth study.

– The fundamental principles of and concepts of computer science including abstraction decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
– Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
– Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
–  Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
– Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.
– Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Geography/History 2 In year 10 Geography we learn the human Geography topics:

– Urban challenges
– Challenges of Resource Management with a focus on energy
– Changing Economic World
– During year 10, we complete your fieldwork component. THIS IS MANDATORY.
– We provide 2 options a day trip and a week long fieldwork trip.

The focus for year 10 history is to continue to work on the content for the GCSE which will be two separate units of work and they are; Britain in peace and war 1900-1918 followed by A study of a local historical location or building.

Religious Education 2 Students study GCSE Religious Studies. WJEC Religion and Life Issues. Each topic is explored in depth including a range of Christina and Muslim opinions.

– Relationships – Issues of love, marriage and divorce
– Is it Fair? – Issues of justice and equality
– Looking for Meaning – Issues about God, life and death
– Our World – Exploring creation and our place in the world

Students sit a Short Course GCSE exam in May of year 10, for which they will gain a GCSE level qualification

ECDL 1 The European Computing Driving Licence equips students with the skills required to be successful in employment.
Option 2 Please see Option Booklet
Year 11

Year 11, students complete their GCSEs.

PSHE is taught as whole day events. There will be two such days this year.

Subject Hours Per Week Content
English 5 For their language qualification, students study the iGCSE English Language. This is assessed via 3 pieces of written coursework amounting to 40% of the final grade. The students also complete a speaking exam, including a presentation and discussion, which amounts to 20% of the final grade. The remaining 40% is assessed through a terminal examination. Students also complete the AQA iGCSE English Literature. Students complete a comparative coursework essay, worth 40% of the final grade, and study the Miller text ‘A View from the Bridge’ as well as preparing for a response to an unseen poetry text. Both of these are assessed through terminal examination.
Maths 5 Students are assessed by use of a terminal exam at the end of year 11 that currently comprises of a 1hr 45minute non-calculator paper and a 1hr 45minute calculator paper sat on two separate days. This year they will be separated by half term. Pupils learn the higher level topics that they will need for the terminal exam which include but are not exclusive to simultaneous equations, trigonometry, circle theorems, probability trees, inverse mean questions, conversion, negative and fractional indices, equations of lines, upper and lower bounds, factorising quadratics and the quadratic formula.
Science 4 Students will follow pathways that allow them to sit GCSE Core, Additional and Further Science.
PE 2 Students complete a plethora of different sports that aim to promote healthy active lifestyles, team work, critical thinking, coaching, leadership and analysis.
Computer Science/Spanish 2 In Year 11 Spanish, we aim to prepare students as fully as possible for the final exam. We cover techniques, issues and strategies to tackle impending questions. Content from the exam is manipulated from current and future study and employment, then exposed to students through the following topics:

– My studies
– Life at School/College
– Education/Post-16
– Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Computer science is an option subject at key stage 4 at the academy, students will build upon what they have studied in KS3 and in greater depth study.

– The fundamental principles of and concepts of computer science including abstraction decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
– Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
– Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
–  Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
– Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.
– Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Geography/History 2 In year 11 Geography we begin revising for the GCSE. The focus is on using Geography skills, applying past content to exam questions and finalising the fieldwork skills for the exam.

The focus for year 11 history is to complete the work on the content for the GCSE which will be two separate units of work and they are; The making of America 1789-1900 and Aztecs and Spaniards 1519-1535.

Religious Education 2 Students continue their study GCSE Religious Studies. WJEC Religion and Human Experience. Each topic is explored in depth including a range of Christian and Muslim opinions.

– Religion and Conflict – Issues of peace, forgiveness and war
– Religion and Medicine –  Issues of medical ethics and the sanctity of life
– Religious Expression – Issues of expressing one’s faith through words, clothing pilgrimage and symbolism
– Religion and State – What authority should we follow? Issues of law and order in religion and society

Students sit a Full Course GCSE exam, which consists of 2 papers, one on the y10 content, and one on Y11. Together this allows them to gain a Full GCSE qualification.

ECDL 1 The European Computing Driving Licence equips students with the skills required to be successful in employment.
Option 2 Please see Option Booklet