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Blwyddyn 89

Pathways - Llwybrau


What will I study in Year 9?

  • All learners in Year 9 will follow

    • 7 compulsory subjects

    • 5 compulsory GCSEs

    • 1 optional GCSE/BTEC

Compulsory Subjects

  • Physical Education

  • French

  • History

  • Geography

  • Art

  • Music

  • PSE which includes the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

    These are not GCSE courses but are National Curriculum subjects that are taught to all learners in Year 9.

Compulsory GCSE’s

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Religious Studies

  • Welsh

    These subjects are compulsory GCSE courses that all learners will follow through to Year 11.


  • GCSE Product Design 3D

  • GCSE Product Design Textiles

  • BTEC Information Technology


    All learners in Year 9 have now chosen one of the above subjects.

    They will complete this subject during Year 9 and take more options in Year 10 & 11.

What will the courses look like?

  • GCSE courses will either be examination only, or will require completion of a portfolio or controlled assessment.

  • A more detailed calendar of the controlled assessments required can be found in the parents handbook provided this evening.


Our new Year 9 Programme of Study learners will study

and analyse a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, and

become more confident as speakers and listeners.

We aim to make the Year 9 curriculum accessible to all learners, challenging and fun with opportunities to complete extended writing for real contexts.

Most importantly, the Year 9 programme will directly prepare learners for the rigours of GCSE.

Students will complete controlled assessments

and examinations in years 10 & 11.

The English course is constructed to enable learners to benefit in three ways:

  • Firstly, developing the skills needed to succeed in GCSE English: speaking & listening, reading, writing and organisation.

  • Secondly, they will hone the skills needed for life through English lessons. For example, to make effective presentations, to listen and respond to others and to write in a range of forms.

  • Finally, we aim to nurture learners’ appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts such as: novels, short stories, plays, films, media, poetry and web pages.


  • NOcoursework and NOcontrolled assessments.

  • One calculator and one non-calculator exam at the end of the course.

  • Four tier scheme of learning to ensure that every student fulfils their potential.

  • Internal testing at the end of every half term.

  • Progressive scheme of learning.


  • GCSE External Exam at the end of Year 10.

  • 7 Lessons per fortnight

  • Sets 1& 2 (Higher Paper - Grades A* to D)

  • Sets 3 & 4 (Foundation - Grades C to G)


  • There are 4 different pathways that learners could follow.

  • These pathways either follow a GCSE or BTEC route

    The 4 Pathways-

  • Triple Award Science - (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

  • Core & Additional

  • Core only

  • BTEC Vocational



Each form of GCSE pathway consists of:

  • 3 examinations in the summer

    each paper = 25% of final grade.

  • 1 controlled assessment (practical exam) = 25% of final grade.


    The course consists of:

  • 3 coursework units (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

  • 1 examined unit.

Year 8 into 9 Pathways 2014-15


Year 9

& Year 10

Year 11

Triple Award



Core & Additional


Further GCSE or GCSE equivalent

Core Only



BTEC Vocational


1 GCSE equivalent 1 GCSE equivalent

Religious Studies

  • In Year 9 we start the WJEC Short Course GCSE and study the following topics through the religion of Christianity.

  • Believing and Living:

  • Our World

  • Relationships

  • Looking for meaning

  • Is it fair?

Cymraeg – Welsh

How will students be examined?

  • Students will receive one hour per week of compulsory Welsh in year 9.

  • Students will complete a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification.

  • More able students will have the opportunity to complete a further qualification in year 10.

  • There is no external examination for this course.

  • Students will pass by completing a portfolio of coursework.

  • 20 pieces of coursework will complete the portfolio.

WBQ- Intermediate

  • During Year 9 learners will study numerous topics from the PSE framework.

  • Learners will study:

  • The Environment

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Positive relationships and sexual education

  • Active Citizenship

  • Year 9 learners will complete the first challenge;

  • The Individual Project Challenge.

BTEC in Information and Creative Technology

  • Course is studied over 1 year and has 1 external examination and 3 coursework based units

  • Course is graded Pass, Merit , Distinction or Distinction* which is equivalent to GCSE Grade C, B, A or A*

  • Course is made up of 4 units throughout the year: Technology Systems, Creating a Digital Animation, Spreadsheet Development & A Digital Portfolio

Product Design &

Product Design Textiles

  • Learners will be assessed in two ways:

  • Examination ( one 2 hour written paper which is worth 40% of the total marks)

  • Coursework (one design and make project

  • worth 60% of the overall marks)


12 coursework based units-

• Communication

• Citizenship and Community

• Sport and Leisure

• Independent Living

• The Environment

• Vocational and Diploma Preparation

• Health and Fitness

• Work Related Learning and Enterprise

• Science and Technology

• International Links

• Expressive Arts

• Beliefs and Values

What is different about being in KS4?

Lunchtime will be between 1.05 p.m. and 1.40 p.m.

Students will be moving all around the school for their lessons

Students will get to know a wider range of staff and pupils of all ages in their classes.

You will follow a curriculum that leads to qualifications

Tutor for Learning sessions

  • Take place every day at 2.40pm for 20 minutes

  • Conducted by the tutor and co tutor both of whom will get to know the students well

  • During one session per week there will be an assembly

  • Once a month there is a full house assembly for students in years 7-13.

What happens in TFL sessions ?

  • The class discuss and reflect on a thought for the week (DACW)

  • Learning conversations take place between students and co tutor

  • Uniform and equipment is checked

  • Attendance, behaviour and achievement discussed

  • Literacy and numeracy activities/ weekly quiz

  • General discussions to ensure students well being is maintained take place

House Blogs

  • All blogs are updated regularly with information applicable to all students

  • Displayed and discussed every day during TFL session

  • Easily accessed from home via the schools home page


  • If you or your child have any concerns please contact HoH/TfL/HoKS by phone or by email.

  • of KS4

  • of Pryderi

  • of Olwen

  • of Branwen

  • of Taliesin





Transition trip

  • Kayaking

  • Climbing

  • Adventure Trekking

  • Map Reading and Navigation

  • Camp Craft skills

  • Orienteering

  • Mountain Rescue Scenarios

  • Bush Craft

  • The Country Code

  • Team Challenges and Activities

TfL groups- Branwen

TfL groups- Olwen

TfL groups- Taliesin

TfL groups- Pryderi

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