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AQA GCSE Citizenship (8100)

Grading system 9-1

We will touch on many aspects of life in modern Britain and explore what it means to be an active citizen in today’s society. Citizenship develops a range of skills such as critical thinking, analysing information, debating, negotiating, respecting people beliefs, and active participation. The citizenship curriculum will give pupils an opportunity to broaden their horizons and live the subject by means of outings to places such as the courts, polling stations and the like, and meet people active in the community and beyond such as local councillors and business people.

At Key Stage 3, the programme of study includes:

  • The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

  • The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school based activities.


At GCSE, the programme of study follows the AQA syllabus which encompasses two examinations. Pupils will study the following:

  • The power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press

  • The different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond

  • Other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom

  • Local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world

  • Human rights and international law

  • The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems

  • Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding

  • The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity

Income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.



The English Department at Beis Yaakov allows pupils to develop a life-long love of learning and literature.  Our ethos is to foster creativity and provide the platform for your child to embrace this fascinating and crucial subject.

At key stage 3, pupils will focus on developing their understanding of key concepts that underpin the study of the subject: competence, creativity, cultural understanding and critical understanding, through the following six units of study:

  • Creative writing - descriptive and narrative writing

  • Poetry study

  • Modern text - prose or drama

  • Shakespeare study

  • Pre 1914 prose text

  • Writing with a viewpoint ​

Every term, pupils will be assessed for reading and writing culminating with terminal end of year exams. Through a balanced, broad and engaging curriculum we aim , not only to deliver the skills and content outlines in the new national curriculum guidelines, but to foster enjoyment and a passion for English that goes beyond their secondary school experience.


​Over a period of three years, pupils will be following the new GCSE AQA syllabus in English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702), leading to pupils achieving two separate qualifications graded 9-1. Both subjects will develop life-long transferable skills that can be used in the workplace.

  • Y9 – pupils will study GCSE English Literature.

  • Y10 – pupils will study both GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language. Pupils will take their GCSE English Literature exam at the end of Y10.

  • Y11 – pupils will study GCSE English Language and take their final exam in this subject.

AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

​Students will prepare for two examination papers: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel, and Modern texts and poetry. Students are required to answer essay questions based on extracts and on the texts as a whole. The key texts studied with will be ‘Macbeth’, Great Expectations’, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, and ‘Animal Farm’.

​Students will also study the AQA’s ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry anthology in which students will analyse 15 poems. These poems are thematically linked and were written between 1789 and the present day.

​The skills of critical reading, literal and inferential comprehension, and accurate and fluent writing will be developed during the study of the set texts.

AQA GCSE English Language (8700)

Students will prepare for two examinations. Both papers will consist of reading and writing tasks and will cover the analysis of non-fiction and fictional literary texts from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students will also be asked to write descriptively and persuasively.

​The ability to analyse a range of texts effectively is important, as is the ability to write effectively for different purposes and audiences. Students must also write accurately using a wide range of sophisticated vocabulary.

​In addition, students will need to complete a formal spoken language presentation, in which they will achieve either a pass, merit or distinction grade.



Geography overview


Key stage 3.

Year 7

What is Geography? World and UK maps

  • An introduction to aspects of geography

  • Identifying human and physical geography

  • Map skills

  • Continents

  • Latitude/longitude

  • Distance

  • Contours

  • 4/6 figure grid references



  • River processes

  • The impacts of flooding

  • Managing floods

Exploring Africa

  • Where is Africa?

  • The horn of Africa

  • Life with the Nomads

  • Migration

  • Push and pull factors

  • The challenges of migration

  • Fairtrade


Year 8



  • Food chains and food webs

  • Biomes

  • Tropical rainforests

  • Characteristics

  • Climate

  • Adaptations

  • Deforestation/sustainability

Exploring Asia

  • Countries in Asia

  • Physical features

  • China – globalisation

  • Chongqing


Climate change

  • Global warming

  • Climate change

  • Impacts/management

Key stage 4.


At GCSE, we follow the AQA GCSE Geography A (8035) specification.

This course comprises three units:

Paper one: Living with the physical environment –1hr 30 min exam (35% of GCSE)

Paper two: Challenges of natural hazards - 1hr 30 min exam (35% of GCSE)

Paper three: Geographical applications. – 1hr 15min (30% of GCSE)

Students need to undertake two geographical enquiries in contrasting environments. Fieldwork

must take place outside the classroom and school grounds on at least two occasions.

Geographical skills

The course is assessed using the following criteria as laid out by the examination board:

  •  AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales (15 %).

  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes (25 %).

  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements (35 %, including 10 % applied to fieldwork context(s).

  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings (25 %, including 5 % used to respond to fieldwork data and context(s)

Year 9.

Pupils are taught two 40/45 minute lessons a week.

Living with the physical environment

  • Section A: The challenge of natural hazards

  • Section B: The living  world

Year 10.

Pupils are taught two 40/45 minute lessons a week.

Living with the physical environment

  • Section B: The living world, hot deserts

  • Section C: Coastal landscapes, River landscapes, UK landscapes

Geographical applications

  • Section B: Fieldwork

Year 11.

Pupils are taught three 40/45 minute lessons a week.

Challenges in the human environment

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges

  • Section B: The changing economic world

  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Geographical applications

  • Section B: Fieldwork.



History in Beis Yaakov High School is about how and why events in the past happened and their many causes, and about helping pupils to a realisation that events did not have to happen that way, they could have taken other directions. It also involves realising the incredible significance that some individuals have had in the past, the distortions that can take place through time and the multitude of different interpretations that can be made about one single event. History allows pupils to see the similarities between people now and in the past and sometimes through sources and artefacts we feel that we can almost reach and touch them. Artefacts, for example, can bring us closer to people through touching what they felt, feeling their shoes, clothes etc. In our school we are made aware of our own personal history and our heritage by bringing in artefacts that represent our own family history.


History also involves pupils in developing a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world history.

Social education in History encourages pupils to think about what past societies have contributed to our culture today. Pupils own social development is encouraged through working together in groups and problem solving. History also has a role to play in helping people to express themselves clearly and communicate better.

Cultural education at the Beis Yaakov High School involves pupils developing a better understanding of our multicultural society through studying links between local, British, European and world history.



At KS3 the study of history involves all pupils closely following a chronological flow of history:


Year 7: What is history- the Romans; the Middle Ages including: the Norman Conquest; the Feudal System; the Black Death; the Peasants’ Revolt and a depth study on the Jews in the Middle Ages.


Year 8: Tudor and Stuart England including; Tudor monarchs; James I and the Gunpowder Plot; Charles I and the causes of the Civil War; the Commonwealth; the Restoration and a depth study on the Slave Trade.


Year 9: American War of Independence; the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; World War One and a depth study on the Holocaust.


At G.C.S.E (AQA Spec B) we study:


Paper One; International Relations; the Versailles Treaty, the League of Nations and the events leading to the Second World War; the Cold War 1945-1970.


Paper Two: Germany in the 1920’s- the Weimar Republic ; Life in Nazi Germany 1933-1945 and Race Relations in the U.S.A in the 1950’s and 1960’s.


Paper Three: Controlled assessment; the Home Front in World Wars One and Two.


Assessment is gained through two papers taken at the end of the two year study (75%) and by Controlled Assessment (25%).