Jrcs Extended Homework Pass

We offer courses in the following:

  • GCSE OCR Product Design
  • BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment
  • BTEC First Award in Engineering

Level 1 / 2 BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment

Exam Board: Edexcel

The BTEC First Award in Construction is a work-related qualification reflecting the knowledge, skills and understanding required in all aspects of the construction sector.

The course provides education and training in craft, technical and operative areas that are directly relevant to the changing needs of construction employees, employers and professions and an understanding of the key issues of sustainability and health, safety and welfare in the construction industry.  Students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

The course combines both theory and practical lessons and also will incorporate study through texts, discussion, and off-site visits and homework.

Key Stage 4 BTEC Homework tasks will be completed in the Spring and Summer term in Year 10 and Autumn and Spring term in Year 11. Students will complete tasks every fortnight to extend knowledge and understanding of key topics that will aid in achieving the best outcome in their externally assessed Unit test.

The course consists of 4 UNITS in total

3 CORE Units

Unit 1 – Construction Technology – Written externally assessed test. This will be a written 1hr test. Students that fail to pass this will not achieve the Full GCSE equivalent for this course.

Unit 2 – Construction and  Design

Unit 3 – Scientific and Mathematical applications for Construction

1 Specialist Unit

Unit 8 – Introductory elements of Painting and Decorating.

Useful Links for BTEC Construction and the Built Environment

UNIT 1 ONLY Sample Assessment Materials Questions and Answers – https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Construction-and-the-Built-Environment/2013/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446907924_BTEC_ACECD_CONS_SAMS_WEB.pdf

KS4 Design Technology Curriculum Overview

Level 1 / 2 BTEC First Award in Engineering

Exam Board: Edexcel

The BTEC First Award in Engineering is a work-related qualification reflecting the knowledge, skills and understanding required in all aspects of the engineering sector.

The engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. New entrants to the engineering sector need to build the knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern engineering industries.

This course has been designed with a flexible qualification structure and offers a wide range of units through areas such as maintenance, manufacturing and electronics; areas directly relevant to the changing needs of engineering.  Students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Theory lessons will incorporate study through texts, use of ICT packages, discussion, and homework.

Key Stage 4 BTEC Homework tasks will be completed in the Spring and Summer term in Year 10 and Autumn and Spring term in Year 11. Students will complete tasks every fortnight to extend knowledge and understanding of key topics that will aid in achieving the best outcome in their externally assessed Unit test.

Students will be expected to produce evidence of their learning through a detailed portfolio of work in all of their units.  Practical lessons will be taught with a high focus on health and safety in the workshop.  Students will be expected to wear the relevant personal protective equipment at all times in these lessons.  There is a requirement for students to have overalls, toolboxes and safety boots for this subject and will be organised through the department at an approximate cost calculated each year.

The BTEC in Engineering contains both internal and external assessment.  This is delivered by the department who have written assignments based upon the facilities of the department.

KS4 Design Technology Assessment

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Sample Assessment Material Questions

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Sample Assessment Material Answers – https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Engineering-Electronics-and-Computer-Control-Technologies/2014/Specification-and-sample-assessments/BTEC-Firsts-in-Engineering-Sample-assessment-materials.pdf

GCSE Design Technology: Product Design

Exam Board: OCR

Full Course

This course is largely workshop based. It is designed for students who enjoy using the workshop and completing practical work using the design process. It enables students to demonstrate their design and technology capability through problem solving, which requires them to combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. There is also design work that is carried out in folders completed in and out of lesson time.

The modules covered allow students to:

Carry out designing and making activities through a variety of materials develop analysing and evaluating techniques recognise the moral, cultural and environmental issues associated with design and technology. explore how past and present design and technology techniques affect society

Skills students will have the opportunity to develop include: 

The ability to use graphic techniques and ICT, including CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacture) to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals; the ability to use tools and equipment safely, accurately and efficiently to achieve appropriate and reliable functioning three dimensional products that match their specifications; the ability to choose from a range of industrial applications when working with familiar materials and processes.  The ability to analyse and work independently focus on the imagination, innovation and flair of designing and making.

Controlled Assessment Units

  • Unit A551: Developing and Applying Design Skills (Design Coursework) 30% full course – Internally Assessed
  • Developing and writing a design brief.
  • Drawing up a specification.
  • Generating design proposals.
  • Unit A552: Designing and Making Innovation Challenge (Practical Exam) 20% full course – Externally assessed
  • Design and Making’– a practical examination that encourages flair, innovation and working with a range of modelling materials.
  • Unit A553: Making, Testing and Marketing Products (Practical Coursework) 30% full course – Internally assessed
  • Prototype manufacture.
  • Testing, evaluating and marketing.
  • Unit A554: Designing Influences 20% full course – Externally assessed Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Examination testing knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence designing, iconic products, trendsetters, design eras and design movements.

Assessment

  • 60% coursework
  • 40% Final exam

Deadlines

Unit A551: Developing and Applying Design Skills (Design Coursework)

30% full course – Internally Assessed

Deadline: Year 10 Summer Term

Unit A552: Designing and Making Innovation Challenge (Practical Exam)

20% full course – Externally assessed

Deadline: Mock Exams in Year 10 and Year 11 || Year 11 – Summer term

Unit A553: Making, Testing and Marketing Products (Practical Coursework)

30% full course – Internally Assessed

Deadline: Year 11 Spring Term

Unit A554: Designing Influences

20% full course – Externally assessed written examination (1 hour 30 minutes)

Deadline: Mock Exams in Year 10 and Year 11 || Year 11 – Summer term

History is not just concerned with the past; only through understanding what has gone before can we appreciate the world around us today. The GCSE History course at JRCS covers a combination of British and world history and provides a varied approach to studying history, examining topics in both breadth and depth.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (1 hour and 15 minutes) 30%

Medicine in Britain c1250 – present day and study of the British sector of the Western Front during WWI, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

In this section of the course, students will learn how attitudes towards disease, medicine and health have changed over time and the key individuals and factors that have led to progress. Students will investigate a variety of topics from across the 800 year period including the Black Death, the work of Florence Nightingale, the provision of medical care during WWI and the development of penicillin.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (1 hour and 45 minutes) 40%

The American West, c1835-c1895

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

The American West topic will investigate the lives of the Native Americans before assessing the impact that early settlers, farmers, cowboys and the US government had on their traditional way of life. The unit will include among other things, a study of the life and culture of the Native American people as well as understanding the significance of the US Civil war, the problems of law and order in the West and the increasing conflict between the US government and the Native Americans.

The British depth study will analyse the nature and impact of the Norman invasion and conquest of England during the early Middle Ages as well as investigating the legacy of William I. The Battle of Hastings, castle construction, the uprisings against Norman rule and the importance of the feudal system and the Church are all topics students will explore in this unit.

Paper 3: Modern depth study (1 hour and 20 minutes) 30%

The USA, 1945-785: conflict at home and abroad

In this paper students will study the work and consequences of the civil rights movement in America as well as US involvement and reaction to the Vietnam War. Students will investigate the significance and leadership of figures such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X as well as the roles played by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson regarding the passing of the Civil Rights Act (1964). When studying Vietnam, students will explore the threat posed by the Vietcong, the use of chemical weapons by US forces and the different reactions to the war back home.

As well as learning about many varied and interesting aspects of the past you will also develop many important skills vital to higher education and the workplace. These include:

  • Building structured arguments using order and logic
  • Using specific detailed evidence to support points
  • Analysis of historical evidence such as political cartoons and the work of historians
  • Debating
  • Thinking skills such as problem solving and reasoning
  • Communication (written and verbal)

There are five main topics that make up the course which are assessed across three exam papers. All examinations will be taken in the summer of Year 11. Please note, there is no coursework or controlled assessment element to GCSE history.

At Key Stage 4 it is the intention that students will be set a piece of homework once a fortnight. It is usual that at least one of these pieces of homework is designed to help prepare students for an upcoming formal end of unit assessment which approximately takes place every six weeks. Key Stage 4 students are also expected to carry out their own independent research prior to certain lessons in order to help prepare them for the forthcoming topic in a process known as ‘flip-learning’. Work will be checked by the class teacher and if the homework is a practice examination question, written feedback will be provided.

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