We seek to equip students for life in a changing world, through a rigorous and balanced academic curriculum that makes the most of our unique environment and membership of Round Square.
Our GCSE curriculum is carefully designed to be both challenging and flexible. It allows us to tailor the content and pace of the curriculum to whatever is most appropriate to your child. The GCSE Curriculum Guide provides thorough advice and guidance for choosing a Year 10/Year 11 programme which is most suited to your needs.
GCSE/IGCSE Subject Options
All students are encouraged to follow a broad programme of around 9 or 10 courses over Years 10 and 11. We recommend that most students pick 9 courses to allow themselves time for study within the curriculum. Compulsory core subjects are studied over two years, alongside a selection of subjects chosen from option blocks as detailed in the options sheets below. These sheets also detail which subjects are delivered over one or two years.
Please note that the options currently available may change as students make us aware of their choices. The deadline for the return of the completed option choices sheet is Monday 11 November.
ART AND DESIGN
Students who choose the Art and Design GCSE will develop practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas and feelings in art, craft and design. Students are assessed through a portfolio of work completed throughout the course, along with an externally assessed set task examination
The students study a range of concepts in businesses, ranging from small local enterprises to large multinationals. This course is assessed via two 1 hour 30 minute written examinations, containing a mix of multiple choice questions, calculations, short answers and extended written questions based upon business case studies.
This carefully planned course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The fundamentals of computer systems, computing hardware and software, and designing and writing programs, are all covered in this course.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
The course syllabus encourages responses to those new or emerging technologies to ensure it remains relevant. Students will learn about the types of computer systems and their components, input and output devices, storage devices and media, computer networks and the ways in which ICT is used.
This exciting course promotes involvement in, and enjoyment of, drama as performers and designers. Additionally, it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
This subject can either be taken as a two year IGCSE course for native speakers and international students of a very high proficiency in English, or a one year Pre-IB IGCSE course for non-native speakers whose English is of a sufficiently high standard.
This is a two year IGCSE course for native speakers and will develop students’ skills in analysing how the language, structure and context of literary texts can create meanings and effects. This course is usually taken in addition to the English Language IGCSE, for the majority of native speaking students.
ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
This course is designed for overseas students whose first language is not English but for whom it is a language of study. The aim is to help overseas pupils improve their English language proficiency, to a level where they are able to successfully apply for a further education course at an English speaking university.
FOOD AND NUTRITION
This course aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The students learn via both theory and practical lessons, to prepare them for the written examination and practical examination.
Geography looks at the inter-relationships between people and their environment. Windermere School is located within a paradise for Geographical study. Students will be given the opportunity to make full use of our world-class resource, with a focus on both the natural and human environment, and investigative skills.
History looks at major historical figures, changes, and events. Students will learn how to critically analyse historical sources and communicate their historical judgements. Assessment for this course is made up of two examinations, which test understanding on different historical topics.
The Mathematics course enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and concepts, along with giving them the ability to confidently apply these techniques. The course covers key mathematical concepts such as statistics and probability, geometry, trigonometry, and equations.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (FRENCH AND SPANISH)
These courses aim to develop students’ ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers. They also seek to improve students’ awareness and understanding, of the culture and identity of the countries where French and Spanish are spoken.
This course focuses on developing candidates’ interest and skills in making music individually and in groups, along with enabling them to evaluate their own and others’ music. Students will study a piece, which is in their capabilities and genre of their choice, in which their instrument plays a significant part.
This GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the skills needed to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain an understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.
BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN SPORT
This course has been specifically designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. There are four units in this BTEC course: Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Practical Sports Performance, The Sports Performer in Action, and Leading Sports Activities.
This IGCSE is designed to promote an interest in Biology, enabling students to understand life around them and teach them to analyse, interpret and evaluate data from experimental methods. Students will not only learn about biological life, they will also learn about the technology used to analyse and understand it.
The IGCSE Chemistry course teaches students to conduct accurate experimental work and understand the principles of chemistry. Students will learn about Inorganic and Organic chemistry, along with Physical chemistry. This course is assessed via two written examinations.
The IGCSE Physics course will teach students to apply the principles and concepts of physics in a practical manner, using experimental and safe laboratory techniques. Topics in this course include: Forces and Motion, Electricity, Radioactivity and Astrophysics.