Students complete the two-year AQA English Language GCSE. Students sit two 1¾ hour examinations at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 is a fiction paper and consists of studying and analysing a piece of 20/21st-century text followed by a creative writing task. Paper 2 is a non-fiction paper and includes a 20/21st-century text and a piece of pre-19th-century text followed by a non-fiction writing task.
Throughout Year 10 and 11 the students are taught the different skills that they need to be able to complete the exams through studying varying texts and by focussing on written communication and creative approaches to writing.
The students follow the Edexcel Mathematics (9-1) GCSE syllabus and they actually begin this at the start of Year 9 and sit a series of three 1½ hour examinations in the Summer of Year 11. The first paper is non-calculator and the other two allow the use of calculators.
Year 11 students also sit the AQA Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics in the first half of the academic year. This qualification will be used as part of the build up to GCSE but is also a qualification in its own right.
In KS4 pupils will follow the new AQA GCSE in Resistant Materials, which replaces the old A - G style exams. Year 10 is all about learning the skills and knowledge required for their coursework task which starts at the end of year 10. Year 11 is mostly taken up with their GCSE design and make task, which makes up 50% of the overall GCSE grade, the other 50% comes from an end of course exam in the May of their year 11.
At KS4 the Welsh Board GCSE Short Course in Religious is studied. The course covers components of two different faiths as well as studying life and death and relationships. This examined by two one-hour exams at the end of Year 11.
In year 10 and 11, the focus is on the GCSE Short course where they work towards a WJEC qualification. Emphasis is on self-organisation, management and assessment according to the WJEC criteria.
In year 10 and 11, the focus is on preparing the student for life beyond Eaton Hall, focussing on job seeking skills, college placement preparation and government and the criminal justice system.
Pupils in KS4, follow a two-year GCSE course in combined science run by WJEC. At the end of the course students sit four exams of 1 hour 45 minutes each. Three of the exams cover individual areas of the course such as biology, chemistry and physics while the fourth covers a combination of all three. There are 27 practicals which have to be covered and recorded as part of the course content. Students learn through a mixture of handouts, assessments and practicals. Homework will be given as appropriate with an emphasis on exam technique and preparation. Students can take exams in this course at foundation and higher level depending on work completed during the duration of the course.
Art & Design
At key stage 4 pupils follow the AQA GCSE in Art and Design syllabus with the first of the 1-9 exams taking place in the summer of 2018. The GCSE is comprised of 60% controlled assessment (coursework) completed throughout the entirety of years 10 and 11 with a 10-hour practical exam in May of year 11. Pupils receive the exam starting points a minimum of 6 weeks before their 10 hours of independent work and are able to work on ideas within lesson time right up until the exam.
Alongside the GCSE (where applicable) we are able to offer a vocational qualification in the Arts, this is the Arts Award at Bronze (level 2) this involves taking part in and the recording of an Arts activity, reviewing an example of the Arts as a member of the audience, researching into an artist or crafts person and leading a workshop on an Arts skill they have personally developed.
Some students are given the opportunity to study one day per week at another institution. This is offered on an individual basis depending on the needs of the student. Examples of this in the past have involved students attending Easton & Otley College, City College and Norfolk Training Services (NTS). This is normally offered as an alternative to ‘The Junction’ programme which we typically offer to students.