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Our GCSE Curriculum can be accessed below.

Nearly 60% of a student’s timetable in KS4 will be spent studying the core Curriculum, consisting of:

  • Mathematics (Edexcel) – Single GCSE
  • English Language and English Literature (Eduqas) – two separate GCSEs
  • Combined Science (Edexcel) – two GCSEs
  • PE (non-examination)

In addition to the core curriculum, students will study four further subjects; one specialism choice, one academic choice and two open choices.

A subject information sheet has been created for each of the courses on offer to give further information about the course content and how the course is examined.

Core Curriculum
 

GCSE English Literature

Curriculum Information
 
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Gothic Genre

Poetry from others cultures

Transactional writing

Year 10 Knowledge Finder A Christmas Carol English Language Component 2 Reading / Poetry Anthology
Year 11 Macbeth Language Component 2 / Poetry Anthology / Unseen revision Language Component 1 & An Inspector Calls & Unseen Poetry revision
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Reading for meaning

A Christmas Carol

Speaking & Listening

Year 10 English Literature Component 2 - An Inspector Calls / Language Component 1 Writing  English Literature Component 1 - Poetry Anthology/ Language Component 2 Speaking & Listening and English Language Component 1&2 - Writing
Year 11 Language Component 1 & 2 - Reading and Writing revision Literature Component 1&2 - Macbeth & A Christmas Carol revision Exam Prep
Careers
  • Author
  • Poet
  • Law and politics, writing, administration and marketing
  • Editor
  • Presenters, teachers, councillors
  • Librarian, lawyer
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GCSE English Language

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Gothic Genre

Poetry from others cultures

Transactional writing

Year 10 Knowledge Finder A Christmas Carol English Language component 2 Reading /Poetry Anthology
Year 11 Macbeth Language Component 2 / Poetry Anthology/ Unseen revision Language Component 1 & An Inspector Calls & Unseen Poetry revision
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Reading for meaning

A Christmas Carol

Speaking & Listening

Year 10 English Literature component 2 - An Inspector Calls / Language component 1 Writing  English Literature component 1 - Poetry Anthology/ Language component 2 Speaking and listening & English Language Component 1&2 - Writing
Year 11 Language Component 1 & 2 - Reading and Writing revision Literature Component 1&2 - Macbeth & A Christmas Carol revision Exam Prep
Careers
  • Author
  • Poet
  • Law and politics, writing, administration and marketing
  • Editor
  • Presenters, teachers, councillors
  • Librarian, lawyer
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GCSE Mathematics

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Number

Algebra & Graphs AND Tables and Charts

Fractions & Percentages

Year 10 Equations, Inequalities and Sequences AND Angles Averages and Range AND Perimeter, Area and Volume Graphs AND Transformations
Year 11 Perimeter, Area and Volume and these AND Graphs Transformations AND Ratio & Proportion AND Right-angled Triangles Probability AND Multiplicative Reasoning AND Construction, Loci and Bearings
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Equations, Inequalities and Sequences

Angles AND Averages and Range

Perimeter, Area and Volume

Year 10 Ratio and Proportion AND Right-angled Triangle Probability AND Multiplicative Reasoning AND Congruence, Similarity and Vectors AND More Algebra Construction, Loci and Bearings AND Quadratic Equations AND Graphs
Year 11 Quadratic Equations and Graphs AND Perimeter, Area and Volume AND Fractions, Indices and Standard Form Highlighted Specific Revision & Exam Practice Highlighted Specific Revision & Exam Practice

**Students studying Higher Tier Maths will study Foundation Maths first to ensure a solid basic understanding of the Maths Principals before they move on to studying Higher Tier topics.

**All topics are differentiated to challenge all students.

Careers

Many careers pathways can be found here

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineer and Electrical Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist, Bank Manager, Investment Analyst, Stock Broker, Tax Advisor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Insurance Underwriter
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GCSE Science

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Introduction to Science - Practical Skills

Writing Scientific reports

States of matter

Year 10

Biology - Cells and Control. 

Chemistry - Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding, Types of Substance and Calculations involving masses

Physics - Waves, Physics, Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum  

Physics - Forces and Motion. Biology - Health, Disease and the Development of Medicine Biology - Genetics Biology, Natural Selection and Genetic Modification
Year 11

Chemistry - Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes 

Physics - Electricity and Circuits

Biology - Exchange and transport in animals

Biology - Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis Chemistry - Fuels and Earth Science Physics - Magnetism and the Motor Effect
Electromagnetic Induction
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Conservation of Energy

Key Concepts in Biology

Key Concepts in Chemistry 
The Atom and the Periodic Table
Groups in the Periodic Tabl

Year 10 Chemistry - Chemical Change 
Physics - Energy and Forces doing work, Forces and their effects
Biology - Plant structures and their functions
Chemistry - Extraction of metal and Equilibria
Physics - Radioactivity   
Biology - Ecosystems and Material cycles
Year 11 Physics - Particle Model, Forces and Matter EXAM REVISION LESSONS EXAM REVISION LESSONS
Careers
  • Ecologist, Agriculture, Sustainability, Waste and Product Management
  • Medicine, Pharmaceuticals and medical Research
  • Food Science, Fuel Science, Water industry
  • Energy Engineer, Energy Consultant, Sustainability Specialist, Renewable Energy Industry
  • Material Science, Analytical Chemist,  Chemical Engineer 
  • Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineer Ecologist, Zoologist, Parasitologist
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Specialism Choice
 

BTEC Technical Award in Engineering

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Engineering Processes

Students will learn about the different engineering processes that are used in an engineering workshop. E.g. Milling, turning, vacuum forming.
Importance of health and safety, hazards risks and protective equipment.

Engineering Processes

Students will learn about the different engineering processes that are used in an engineering workshop. E.g. CNC, hotworks including brazing, forging and casting.

Materials, ferrous and non-ferrous metals

Year 10

Component 1A - Completion of Exploration of engineering sectors. Engineering organisations, small medium global. Functions within organisations.
Component 1B - Exploring engineering skills.

Component 1B - Producing initial design proposals looking at different processes and how these help with quality.
Initial design ideas looking at and analysing existing designs.
2D and 3D Design sketching.

Year 11

Component 1B - Producing initial design proposals looking at different processes and how these help with quality.
Initial design ideas looking at and analysing existing designs.
2D and 3D Design sketching.

Component 2B - Disassembly of components, inspection and evaluation.
Measurement and observation.
Different components and fixtures
Product design specifications.

  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Materials, Non metals. Polymers and smart and composite materials.

Electrical theory, Ohms Law, Power Rule. Series and parallel circuits.

Mechanical principles, gears, levers, forces etc.
Types of levers and gear trains, mechanical advantage. Application of mechanical principles. 

Year 10

Component 1B - Producing initial design proposals looking at different processes and how these help with quality.
Initial design ideas looking at and analysing existing designs.
2D and 3D Design sketching.

Component 3 - re-design of an existing product.
Materials and processing required in the modification of an existing product.

Introduction to Component 2A and B - Redesign processes. 
Materials and engineering processes.
Analysis of engineering briefs, design processes. Manufacture of products.
Health and safety.

Year 11

Component 2A - Understanding Materials processes and components.
Ferrous and non-ferrous metals. 
Polymers.
Smart and modern materials, material properties.

Component 2A and Component 3 - Engineering processes.
Assessment preparation for Component 3.

Preparation for 6th form or Further Education.
Engineering mathematics and science.

Careers
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance
  • CAD Technician
  • Servicing and Maintenance Operative
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BTEC First Award in Construction

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Introduction to Carpentry and Joinery

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Design + Model Making

Year 10

Construction Technology
Understand the structural performance required for low-rise construction; Explore how sub-structures are constructed and Explore how superstructures are constructed.

Year 11

Construction Drawing Techniques
Understand the requirements to produce construction drawings
and explore the production of construction drawings.

  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Plans and Planning

Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Year 10 Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction
Understand the effects of forces and temperature changes on materials used in construction and use mathematical techniques to solve construction problems.
Year 11 Construction and Design
Understand the work of the construction industry, understand a client’s needs to develop a design brief for a low-rise building and produce a range of initial sketch ideas to meet the requirements of a client brief for a low-rise building.
Careers
  • Carpentry and Joinery, Fabrication
  • CAD Operative
  • Architectural Technologist and Planner
  • Property Developer
  • Design Construction Management
  • Quantity and Building Surveyor
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Academic Choice
 

GCSE Geography

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10

Tectonic Hazards
Climate Change

UK Weather
Weather Hazards

Ecosystems
UK Ecosystems

Year 11 Global Tourism Regional Inequality  Water Resources
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10

Global Inequality

Global Inequality
Fieldwork

Fieldwork 

Year 11

Social Development
Social Challenges

Revision & Exam Prep  
Careers

There are many transferable skills you will gain whist studying Geography at GCSE, including IT, numeracy and team work. 

  • Urban and Rural Planning
  • Environment Management
  • Surveying
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Landscape Architect
  • Journalism
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GCSE Computer Science

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10

Ethical Issues and Laws

Computational Logic + Data Representation

Computational Logic + Data Representation

Year 11 Algorithms, Programming Techniques and Producing Robust Programs. Translators  Computational Logic + Data Representation Systems Architecture, Memory and Storage
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10

Systems Architecture, Memory and Storage

Networking, Systems Security and Software

Algorithms, Programming Techniques and Producing Robust Programs.
Translators

Year 11 Networking, Systems Security and Software Ethical Issues and Laws Gap fills and Revision Techniques
Careers
  • Backend programmers and Computer Engineers
  • Sales of Computer Hardware
  • IT Technicians, Network Managers, Security Specialist
  • Program Developers + Problem Solving generic to all careers
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GCSE Triple Science

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Big Issues in Science

Writing Scientific reports

States of matter 

Year 10

Biology - Cells and Control

Physics - Forces and Motion

Qualitative analysis test for ions + Quantitative Analysis Astronomy
Year 11 Dynamic Equilibria

Static Electricity

Hydrocarbons, Polymers, Alcohols and Carboxylic acid, Bulk surface properties of matter including Nanoparticles, Chemistry Topic 5 Chemical cells, Fuel cells

Biology - Exchange and transport in animals 
Physics - Magnetism and the Motor Effect 
Physics - Electromagnetic Induction

  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

 

Conservation of Energy

Key Concepts in Biology

Key Concepts in Chemistry 
The Atom and the Periodic Table. Groups in the Periodic Table

Year 10

Chemistry - Chemical Change 
Physics - Energy and Forces doing work, Forces and their effects

Transition Metals Alloys and Corrosion

Physics - Radioactivity   
Biology - Ecosystems and Material cycles

Year 11

EXAM REVISION LESSONS

Physics - Particle Model, Forces and Matter 

EXAM REVISION LESSONS

EXAM REVISION LESSONS

Careers
  • Ecologist, Agriculture, Sustainability, Waste and Product Management
  • Medicine, Pharmaceuticals and medical Research
  • Food Science, Fuel Science, Water industry
  • Energy Engineer, Energy Consultant, Sustainability Specialist, Renewable Energy Industry
  • Material Science, Analytical Chemist,  Chemical Engineer 
  • Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineer Ecologist, Zoologist, Parasitologist
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Open Choice

For your Open Choices, you may select from the previously listed subjects:

  • BTEC Technical Award in Engineering
  • BTEC First Award in Construction
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Triple Science

Or the following:

BTEC Business

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10

What is an enterprise? & Types and characteristics of SME's

The purpose of enterprises and entrepreneurs/ Entrepreneurs

Explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour, Customer needs, Using market research to understand customers, Understanding competitors

Year 11 Elements of the promotional mix and their purposes, Targeting and segmenting the market, Factors influencing the choice of promotional methods Financial records, Financial documents, Payment methods, Sources of revenue and costs, Terminology in financial statements, Statement of comprehensive income, Statement of financial position, Profitability and liquidity
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10

Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise. Internal factors, External factors, Situational analysis and Measuring the success of and SME.

Investigate the success factors of a business that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

Year 11 Financial planning and forecasting, Using cash flow data, Financial forecasting, Suggesting improvements to cash flow problems, Break-even analysis and break-even point, Sources of business finance Revision and Gap Filling
Careers
  • Market Researcher
  • Customer Services Representatives
  • Financial Advisors/Accountants
  • Data Processors/Data Analysers
  • Government Agency roles e.g. Tax Officers
  • Sales Professionals
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GCSE Design Technology

Curriculum Information
What We Study Each Term
 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9

Speaker Project, Analysing a brief, researching existing products, designing own products, prototyping designs, materials: plastics, sustainability of plastics, plastic forming techniques

CAD CAM, electronics, fault-finding in electronic circuits, testing and evaluation of your own products. Systems approach to electronics. UTCness - This unit has been designed to develop students diagnostic skills when working with electronics. This need was highlighted by training staff at BAE systems, circuit testing lessons are also being supported by staff from BAE systems.

Casting methods, Metals: properties and categories, designing and development of designs.

Year 10 Wind Turbines / renewable energy project. Energy, fossil fuels, renewable energy, how energy is generated from fossil fuels/ renewable energy.
CAD commands and tools.
Wind Turbines / renewable energy project. Modelling + prototyping, CAD CAM, product development and realisation  Clock project. Designing in the style of a design movement, looking at the work of designers and movements past and present.
Year 11 GCSE coursework Designing a product for the exam board specified brief.  Developing a product through prototyping and designing Making a product, testing and evaluating the final product
  Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 9

Practical planning - casting, secondary processes and finishing cast products, evaluation of practical outcome.

Mechanical toy project, Mechanisms, designing mechanical systems, Materials: woods, design specification, designing and modelling.

Production planning, making and development of mechanical toys, testing and evaluating mechanical toys.

Year 10 Clock project. Drawing designs, modelling designs, modifying and developing designs, planning, making and evaluating clocks. Inclusive design, respecting people of different faiths and beliefs. Enterprise based on the development of an effective business innovation, How technology push/market pull affects choice. Changes in fashion and trends in relation to new and emergent technologies. Start of the GCSE NEA topic set by the exam board on the 1st June.
Year 11 Exam preparation and revisions    
Careers
  • Architect
  • CAD/CAM Developer
  • Electrical, Mechanical and Systems Engineer
  • Carpenter/Joiner
  • Special FX Artist
  • Prototyping
  • Graphic Designer
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Additional Learning
 

PSHRE/RSE

PSHE education at Waterfront UTC is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

We deliver our statutory responsibility through Company Time, Assemblies and Drop Down Days. 

Year 9 + 10 Term 5+6 2022 - (Health & Wellbeing) Topics

  • Alcohol Awareness, Risks + Dangers
  • Drugs, Substance Abuse + the Law
  • Mental Health - Stress / Anxiety / Mindset
  • Vaccinations, Organ, Blood Stem Cell Donation
  • Self Harm Awareness
  • Behaviour, Achievement Education + Distractions
  • Personal Safety Acid Attacks

Year 12 + 13 Term 5 2022 - (Health & Wellbeing) Topics

  • Addiction + Substance Misuse Unit (CLASS A)
  • Addiction + Substance Misuse Unit (CLASS B)
  • Addiction + Substance Misuse Unit (CLASS C + Prescription Drugs)