Guidance notes for parents on subject choice information



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ART DEPARTMENT

Art & Design
The Art & Design Course offers pupils the opportunity to express their own ideas and feelings in a range of media, to create designs to meet a purpose or solve a problem and to appreciate the work of artists and designers.
These three areas: Expressive Activity Design Activity Critical Activity

are set in the context of the pupils' daily lives and experiences. In each of the two years of the course there will be work concerned with both Expressive activity and Design activity. The pupils' Critical activities will be developed through these.


Grades will be given for three activities. For Expressive activity, topics for investigation will be specified in advance of the external examination. Pupils will be given time to do preparatory work, which they can later use during the examination itself. In the examination they will be allowed to use drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking or 3-dimensional work to interpret their chosen topic. Design activity will be assessed in the school, on the basis of a folio which will show how a design was approached, the possible solutions considered, the final design and its evaluation. Critical activity will be assessed on the basis of work from two units of the course done during the fourth year.


ELEMENTS ASSESSED

Expressive

Critical

Design




Internal/External

External

External

Internal




Contribution to

Final Grade

33%

33%

33%




How Assessed

Practical Exam

Classwork

Classwork







BUSINESS STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Accounting & Finance
The main aims of this course are to develop an appreciation of the contribution of accounting and finance to industry and commerce and an understanding of the role of accounting and finance in personal, social and business contexts.
Pupils will be involved in working through practical exercises both on paper and using a spreadsheet program. Assessment takes the form of an external examination and a project done in class time.
No specialist knowledge is needed to choose this subject but competence in arithmetic is necessary. This subject is particularly useful for pupils considering a career in business, but it is also useful for anyone who will have to look after their own finances.


ELEMENTS ASSESSED

Knowledge & Understanding

Handling Information

Project




Internal/External

External

External

Internal




Contribution to

Final Grade

33%

33%

33%




How Assessed

Final Exam

Final Exam

Class Project







Business Management
Business Management allows pupils to develop knowledge and skills that provide an understanding of the role of business in society. It also provides a foundation for entering a career in business, or Further Education in this or related subjects. The course studies businesses within 4 areas: What is Business, How do Businesses Develop and Perform, What Resources do Businesses Use, and How are Businesses Managed.
Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of: the importance of business activity, the management of business resources, the contribution people make to business activity, and an awareness of the structures and functional areas, ie Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Production within an organisation. This course demands a high level of literacy. Pupils will also learn how to use IT to aid decision making.
Assessment will take the form of an external examination and a practical abilities project done in class time under exam conditions


ELEMENTS ASSESSED

Knowledge & Understanding

Decision Making

Practical Abilities




Internal/External

External

External

Internal




Contribution to

Final Grade

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%




How Assessed

Final Exam

Final Exam

Class Project





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