Key Stage 4


Class Classroom Teacher
English Russell Dent/Lucy Thompson
Maths Will Day
Science Stephanie Comas
Physical Education Stephanie Comas
ICT Will Day
Unit Award Scheme Russell Dent
PSHE Tutors
Art Option Brian Hoten
Music Option Gary Holmes
Catering (City College) David Edwards
Music Technology Option Ruben Rowe
Drama Option Lucy Thompson
Media Option Russell Dent


Class Description
Year 10 Year 11
English Learners begin their coursework for AQA GCSE English Literature and Language. In the first term they complete a Controlled Assessment on a Shakespeare play and work from the English Literary Heritage. They then focus on some creative writing in Spring 1 and in Spring 2 start on Extended Reading and Exploring Cultures (Of Mice and Men). In the Summer term they can begin developing skills around reading poetry. Functional Skills Level 1 exams are also taken. In year 11 learners must complete two English GCSEs: Language and Literature. They must complete a Spoken Language Controlled Assessment, speaking and listening tasks, exam preparation to show an understanding of conventions of non-fiction texts; Modern Prose or Drama; pre-20th Century Prose or Drama; responding to unseen poetry and studying a poetry cluster from the AQA anthology.
Maths Learners will be beginning their GCSE journey studying the three year AQA GCSE Specification in Maths in preparation for the new style GCSEs. Learners will be given the opportunity to achieve accreditations in the AQA Unit Award Scheme through small tasks. In the shorter term they will be completing units towards their Entry Level Maths. At this stage Learners will be covering:

  • Factors & Multiples
  • Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
  • Primes and Square Numbers
  • LCM, HCF, Prime Numbers
  • Properties of Angles
  • Transformations
  • Ratios
  • 3D Shapes
  • Statistics
  • Co-ordinates
In year 11 learners continue to follow the AQA GCSE Maths course. If learners have successfully gained accreditation in Functional Skills Level 1 they can progress onto Functional Skills Level 2. These exams require studying similar subjects to the GCSE specification, but relate more specifically to the world of work and the practical applications of Maths. At this stage learners will be covering:

  • Laws of Angles
  • Constructing Triangles
  • Equations & Brackets
  • Shapes and Area
  • Calculating & Problem Solving
  • Sequences
  • Probability
  • Complex Volumes
  • Frequency
  • Handling Data
Science At Key Stage 4 was have launched a new qualification, GCSE Environmental and Land Based Science (ELBS)

This course looks at the science involved in protecting the environment and working with plants and animals. The course is assessed through:

  • 2 written exams making up 40% of the marks
  • A coursework portfolio making up 60% of the marks.

We have recently had a new addition to Homewood College in the way of a school dog and hope to use her as part of the small animal care curriculum in Science.

In year 11 the learners are completing the Single Award Edexcel GCSE which covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They are required to complete three 1hr exams and three Controlled Assessments. This is the last year this course will run, as the new Science GCSE ELBS is a two year course and will carry over with the Year 10 learners.
Physical Education Learners aim to gain accreditation in the OCR Short Course PE GCSE. In year 10 they participate in invasion games, net games, fitness, and striking and field games. They also start PE theory in preparation for the exam. In Year 11, if learners have successfully completed the criteria for the OCR GCSE Short Course, they will start to fulfil the criteria for the OCR Long Course. They will participate in six sports and are required to do a Controlled Assessment write up of their participation.
ICT Learners will be provided with a greater depth of technical knowledge, skills and understanding of the software they will encounter in the OCR Cambridge Nationals of ICT. They will develop both the theoretical and practical skills of ICT required to be able to solve everyday problems.  Learners are working towards OCR Cambridge National Award. They must complete two units (R002) consisting of seven coursework tasks plus preparation for the one exam unit (R001). In their final year learners will continue and complete their OCR coursework, ensuring that it is complete and is properly evidenced. Those who have completed the two units for the OCR Cambridge National Award will begin to fulfil the criteria for the OCR Cambridge National Certificate. They must complete two additional units in order to attain this accreditation.
Food Tech Learners begin the year reminding themselves of how to work safely in the kitchen. Learners then begin the AQA Entry Level in Design and Technology: Food Technology. This involves studying four units: Health and Safety, Evaluating Existing Products, Food Handling, Preparation and Storage and Preparing Food for a Specified Function. Two units are externally set and the two remaining teacher-controlled are optional units. Learners develop their practical skills, modifying recipes and evaluating the work. Once Entry Level is completed learners then move onto gaining a Food Hygiene Certificate.
PSHE The PSHE programme is adapted from the Brighton and Hove PSHEE Education Programme of study. The themes are ‘Good about Me’, ‘Equal and Different’, ‘Healthy Relationships’, ‘Power/Rights, Responsibilities and Consent’, ‘Reducing Risk’ and ‘Economic Wellbeing’. The year 11s also follow the Brighton and Hove Programme of Study, but have more of an emphasis on preparing for post-16 and lessons are regularly attended by the Connexions advisor. They also take part in a First Aid accreditation and we are currently looking into a Relationships and Sex education qualification run by ASDAN.
Art In Year 10, pupils follow the specification for the AQA GCSE course in Art, Craft and Design. They are required to produce one portfolio of work which consists of a project-based learning approach and a selection of further work based on any mini projects, course work and visits to galleries etc. They must use and explore variety of materials and develop work based on a subject, task, brief or theme. The portfolio will be assessed based on the following assessment objectives:

Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources;

Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes;

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses, and

Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

In Year 11, pupils continue to follow the specification for the AQA GCSE course in Art, Craft and Design. They are required to produce a portfolio of work and externally set examination with the above assessment objectives, in addition to evidence of written annotation and drawing skills. Within each individual portfolio, there will be an opportunity for pupils to gain AQA unit award scheme accreditations.”


Music Music lessons at Homewood College are supported by a Brighton and Hove Music and Arts tutor. The learners follow the GCSE AQA specification. The year groups are mixed so the Year 10 and Year 11 work on the same projects. The projects are based around the four units: Listening to and Appraising Music, Composing and Appraising Music, Performing Music and Composing Music.
Catering Together with City College, KS4 began a Catering course on Thursday afternoons from 12.30 to 3 beginning September 2014. The hope was that this would further develop learners’ practical skills and gaining a vocational qualification in Laser Learning Awards; Basic Food Preparation and Basic Cooking, Entry 3.
Music Technology Music Technology works towards a Level 1 Arts Bronze Award. Year 10 and 11 work together on this Award. The areas of work cover: ‘Discovering through Technology’, ‘Enterprising and Creative Behaviour’, ‘Communicating with Others’, ‘Understanding the World’, ‘Leading Healthy Lifestyles’, and ‘Transforming my community’.
Unit Award Scheme Learners work towards gaining AQA Award Scheme Units. These Units are in many subjects. The subjects that apply to Homewood students are Art, Cooking, Media, Music, Literacy, Numeracy and Sport. In order to complete students must complete all components of a Unit, which is evidenced and check-listed by staff, before it is externally verified by AQA.
Media Learners work towards gaining AQA Media through completing a variety of Unit Award Scheme Units. These range from film-making, music making, song-writing, audio recording and film editing. In order to complete, students have to complete all components parts, check-listed by staff and verified by AQA.



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After School GCSE English Revision GCSE Science Revision GCSE Maths Revision