The Core curriculum:
|Subject||Exam Board||Further Information|
|Science||AQA||X 2 grades. (See triple science in the options)|
These 4 subjects are compulsory and provide 5 grades at GCSE.
Students choose four additional subjects, ideally one from a different ‘group’. Please see below for further information about each subject including video’s from Heads of Subjects giving more details about the course.
|Religion, Philosophy & Ethics||AQA|
|MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)||French||Edexcel|
|Art and Technology||Art, Craft and Design|
|Food Preparation and Nutrition||AQA|
Course Outline: There are 3 main parts - 100% written examination 1) Medicine through time, 1250 - present. Thematic study. 2) Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-1540 and Superpower relations and the Cold War 1943-91. Causation 3) Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. Historical interpretations.
Skills Learnt: critical thinking, creating arguments and reaching justified conclusions, historical source analysis, explaining causation and consequence, independence and how to conduct research.
Skills Required: An interest in history and the past, ability to problem solve, communicate ideas and thoughts, conduct research and work both independently and collaboratively.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: A-level and degrees: History, Classics, Law, Politics. Careers: Lawyer, archaeologist, journalist, researcher, lecturer.
Any other information: History is all about exploring important events from the past, studying interesting people and trying to work why things happened and how to prevent future tragedies. You also learn how to argue effectively and how to investigate and read sources, especially important today with so much ‘fake news’ around.
Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
Course Outline: Exam 1 = 1 hour 45 minutes on Religions. (Christian beliefs and Practices and Islam Beleifs and Practices) Exam 2 = 1 hour 45 minutes on Philosophy and Ethics (Religion, War and Peace, Religion and Life, Crime and Punishment and Families and Relationships).
Skills Learnt: Discussion, analysis, evaluation, independent thinking, team work, comparison, self-confidence, conclusion writing, argumentative writing and essay writing skills.
Skills Required: An interest religious beliefs and practices, enthusiasm and open minded. A great way to develop your discussion and argumentative writing and verbal skills.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: The skills learnt in RPE are great for a career in Law, Social work, Politics, Medicine, Police, Education, Youth Work, Nursing, TV and Film, Environmental work, Charity and many more!
Any other information: RPE is great ‘all rounder’ GCSE with transferable skills to all other subjects and career paths. It is an excellent subject to debate and discuss multiple issues within society and a subject that analyses the modern world and people within it.
Course Outline: 100% examination based. 3 exams: 1.Living with the physical environment (weather and tectonic hazards, climate change, ecosystems including hot deserts and tropical rainforests, coastal and river landscapes) 2. Challenges in the human environment (urban change, economic development, resource management including energy, food and water) 3.Geographical applications (fieldwork and skills).
Skills Learnt: Environmental responsibility, cultural awareness, evaluation of real world problems e.g. poverty/pollution, analytical skills (data representation of maps/graphs/diagrams and statistical analysis), critical thinking, map reading skills, teamwork whilst collecting fieldwork, literacy.
Skills Required: Enthusiasm for the subject and an interest in the wider world/current affairs.
A levels/further educatioersn & potential Care: Part of the government’s EBacc so is recognised and favourable by all universities. Good career avenues:
- Leisure, travel and tourism
- Business studies and commerce
- Nature conservation
- Armed services
- Sales and marketing
- Government and politics
Any other information: We run several field trips to develop real world understanding and research skills, such as:
- Westfields, Stratford to study urban regeneration
- Beverley Brook to compare a river profile downstream
- Optional ‘awe and wonder’ trip - in February 2020, this was to the Bay of Naples in Italy!
MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
Course Outline: 4 skills assessed in a final exam: Listening (25%), Speaking (25%), Reading (25%) and Writing (25%). All skills are tested around 5 Themes: Identity and culture; Local area, holiday, travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension.
Skills Learnt: confidence, problem solving and thinking logically, creativity, performing under pressure, literacy, listening skills, memory skills, cultural awareness.
Skills Required: to be open-minded and to be open to new experiences and cultures; to be ambitious.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: All local colleges and Sixth Forms offer Languages at A Level. Universities look favourably at applicants with a GCSE and/or A level in Languages. UCL has made it a requirement for admission to all its courses.
Any other information: Career opportunities are endless because being able to speak a foreign language is a skill which you can apply to any job and which will enhance your life opportunities. Language skills will make you more employable and a true citizen of the world.
Course Outline: 3 Components C1: Devising (40% of whole course) make your own play. C2: Performance from text (20%) scripted performance C3: Theatre Makers (40%) written exam explored practically.
Skills Learnt:Collaboration, problem solving, creativity, confidence in public speaking, performance skills, design and director roles, empathy, scriptwriting, organisation, leadership, performing under pressure.
Skills Required: Enthusiasm for the subject! All other skills are developed throughout the course.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: All jobs within the performing arts industry. Drama is also sought after as it demonstrates you are confident and can work in a group. A Level & BTECs in performing arts subjects. Perfect step into drama school.
Any other information: You will be constantly working in a practical way, we run theatre trips, workshops and have visiting professionals as often as possible. You can follow performance OR design routes in C1 and C2.
Course Outline: C1: Performance (60% of whole course). 1 solo performance, 1 group dance performance and 1 solo or group choreography. C2: Written Exam (40%) Explored practically and through theory.
Skills Learnt: Collaboration, analytical and interpreting, creativity, confidence and performance skills, choreographic skills, organisation, leadership, performing under pressure, building interpersonal skills with others.
Skills Required: Enthusiasm and commitment for the subject! Having an extra-curricular interest in dance is beneficial but most skills are developed throughout the course.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: All jobs within the performing arts industry including performance, choreography, stage production, dance writing, dance administration and producing. A Level & BTECs in Dance or performing arts subjects. Perfect step into dance schools and colleges.
Any other information: As well as trips to the theatre and visiting dance artists, students in Year 10 get to take part in Aspire. This is a dance performance project in collaboration with Rambert Dance School Twickenham School and Spring West Academy.
Course Outline: 3 components C1: Performing Music (30%). solo and ensemble C2: Composing Music (30%. 2 compositions. C3: Listening (40%). Study of 12 set works.
Skills Learnt: Collaboration, problem solving, creativity, confidence in public speaking, performance skills, music creator, empathy, using music software, organisation, leadership, performing under pressure.
Skills Required: Enthusiasm for the subject! You will be required to perform and should have playing or singing ability to a grade 4 standard.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: All jobs within the music industry including sound engineering. Music is also sought after as it demonstrates you are confident, resilient and possess self discipline. A Level & BTECs in performing arts subjects. Perfect step into Music school.
Any other information: Whilst Music is primarily a practical subject you will need to be able to write about 12 set pieces. If you have the drive and determination to learn your instrument (inc, voice), then you will be perfect for the course!
Course Outline: CW: Personal Portfolio CW1- Fine Art, Textiles & Print & CW2- 3D Sculpture (60%) Externally Set Assignment (40%)- Students to work in a discipline of their choice (Fine Art, Textiles, Print & 3D).
Skills Learnt: Drawing & Painting, Print, Textiles & 3D. How to explore your environment through Photography, Contextual Research & Analysis, Development through Experimentation and Evaluating artwork.
Skills Required: A love of drawing and creativity, a curiosity for the world and the ability to time manage.
A levels/further education & potential Careers:
- Entry to all A Level Art & BTEC Courses
- Creative Careers based on Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, illustration, Fashion Design & Product Design
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Course Outline: There are 3 main parts to the course 1:Class work leading to the written exam [50%] 2:NEA 1 [20%] in year 11 Practical Food Science investigation 3:NEA 2 [30%] in year 11 Food preparation task to include a 3 hour practical exam.
Skills Learnt: Organisation, preparation, following sequences, various practical skills, using a range of tools and equipment, independent thinking, making use of data, nutritional analysis, writing longer answers, justifying choices.
Skills Required: A commitment to practical work is essential regardless of ability as you will learn as we go move through the year!
A levels/further education & potential Careers: At present there is not specific ‘A’ level Food course but there are plenty of other courses that use food including catering and sciences, ‘A’ level chemistry can lead to work in the food industry or work in Dietetics and nutrition. Other jobs include working as food designers, in health care, teaching, marketing, hospitality and agriculture.
Any other information: You all love to cook and this GCSE gets you to delve into food and find out how and why things happen; how ingredients work and how this contributes to our outcomes. We aim to cook each week so you must be committed to this and have your ingredients ready for all occasions.
Course Outline: The assessment for the course is 100% exam based. The exam papers consist of different styles of questions including multiple choice, short answer, calculations, and extended writing. Topics may include human resources, operations, advertising, and finance.
Skills Learnt: You will cover a huge range of topics and learn about a new part of business each term. We will discuss small local businesses to the biggest international corporations. You will also develop essential entrepreneurial skills that are highly transferable.
Skills Required: Everyone already has some business knowledge - even if you don’t realise it. You’ll use reading, writing and mathematical skills, but you don’t need to be an expert.
A levels/further education & potential Careers: There are lots of further education Business Studies and business related courses such as Economics, Marketing, Accounting, and many more. Any career/workplace will value core skills you will learn in Business Studies. Alternatively you may want to start a business and become you own boss…
Any other information: Business Studies is a new subject for 2021-2022 at Hampton High and presents an exciting opportunity to be part of the first cohort. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic, interested in debating ethics, national/global current affairs, creating new product ideas, etc.
Course Outline: 2 Written Exams (70%) and 1 Large Coursework Task (30%)
A levels/further education & potential Careers: Journalism; TV and radio production; graphhic design; web design; music industry; gaming companies etc.
Any other information: Helps to train your brain to think deeper about media messages: - what do media producers want from you, and how do they construct their messages.
Triple (separate) Sciences
Course Outline: Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by subject specialist science teachers. Each discrete subject is divided into topics that are delivered through out Y10 and Y11 leading towards 3 individual GCSE qualifications. In addition to a number of required practicals, students will sit 6x 1h45 final exams (2 in each subject).
Skills Learnt: Some content is not widely used in everyday life, but the skills used to acquire it are invaluable, this is why science is a core subject.
Skills Required: Practical skills are assessed in lessons and contribute towards the final grades via the exams.
A levels/further education & Exam Board: AQA potential Careers: Most 6th form institutions require a grade 6, or better, in two subjects for admission to an A-Level science course and grade 5 in both maths and English language.
Any other information: Triple science includes additional content, over and above the trilogy course, this requires extra teaching time in the form of one option block.