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Are you interested in joining us here at Ysgol Aberconwy?

If you would like to find out more about what we can offer you or your child here at Ysgol Aberconwy, why not get in touch with us to arrange a visit.  We are rightly proud of the individual attention we are able give to our students in the environment of a smaller school and we would be happy to demonstrate this by arranging a tour for you, and giving you a chance to discuss an application with one of our mentors or the headteacher.

To start the process why not look at our prospectus, which you can find here.  If you are ready to make an application, you can download an application form here, or call us to request a paper copy.

As a maintained school, the school admits pupils in the accordance with Conwy County Borough Council's policy that can be found here.

 

Content to come.

The Welsh Government have produced a short animated guide to talk you through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports. Please click the link below

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2017

Arrangements for National Literacy and Numeracy Tests 2017

The Tests will take place in the week beginning 1st May. Students requiring additional time will take the tests under the supervision of Mike Parker.

The Numeracy Procedural test will be taken in Maths lesson; an exam supervisor will be allocated to each group; Chris Kitchen will devise an internal Maths department timetable.

 

Tuesday 2nd May

09.00 - 10.15 Literacy Year 9

11.20 Numeracy [Reasoning] Year 7

Wednesday 3rd May

09.00 - 10.15 Literacy Year 8

11.20 - 12.00 Numeracy [Reasoning] Year 9

Thursday 4th May

09.00 - 10.15 Literacy Year 7

11.20 - 12.00 Numeracy [Reasoning] Year 8

Friday 5th May

09.00 - 10.15 Cymraeg Literacy Year 7, 8 & 9

 

Here are some links to some of the sites we use to promote Literacy & Numeracy at Ysgol Aberconwy.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education can be studied as a GCSE in addition to the compulsory core lessons.

The course will give you an excellent opportunity to study Physical Education in both a practical and theoretical setting.

This includes:

  • How we learn skills in sport
  • How to be fit and healthy
  • How the body works

The course allows you to be assessed practically as a player/performer, coach or official. This course will prepare you for a career as a :Leisure manager, Sports Scientist, Physiotherapist, PE teacher, Sport Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning coach, Sports Coach, Referee.

If you enjoy participating in a range of different physical activities (including and outdoor education - climbing, sailing, mountain walking, mountain biking) then this is the course for you!

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

MFL

GCSE FRENCH, GERMAN OR SPANISH

You may choose from either French, German or Spanish. No prior learning is required for Spanish; however, you should have studied French or German at KS3 to progress into KS4.

You will study themes including identity and culture, issues in the wider world and in Wales and current and future employability and education and will use communication, independent study and teamwork skills.

Why study a modern foreign language?

  • Language learning is an essential element in the education of young people; it broadens horizons, teaches other cultures and provides experiences and skills needed to succeed in the new global economy
  • The top universities value language skills and many will hesitate to accept an applicant for any course if they do not possess a GCSE qualification in a foreign language
  • Language learning is good for you! Speaking more than one language increases brain capacity and improves memory
  • Another language makes you stand out from the crowd. Added to that, you will be able to work anywhere in the world
  • English and Welsh are not enough. The world is a much smaller place and you will be appreciated for learning to speak another language and learning to understand another culture
  • Learning another language is a valuable skill in today’s economic market; once you have one language, you can use your skills to teach others
  • It’s an impressive achievement, learning another language. You will be the envy of friends and family!

There are numerus career pathways when you study a language. Previous students have gone on to a variety of careers, including: telecommunications, British Airways personnel, Marketing in the UK and overseas, banking, catering, law, lecturing, medicine, publishing, sports, tourism, civil service, foreign office, armed forces. Any field is open to you with a language.

How will I be assessed?

The final examination at the end of the two-year course is divided equally into the four skill areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each exam is worth 25% of the overall mark. In the speaking exam you will perform a role-play and hold a conversation in the foreign language. In the listening exam you will answer different styles of questions after listening to the foreign language. In the reading exam you will answer questions in French and English and translate. In the writing exam you will write in different styles about different themes and translate some sentences in to the foreign language.

Contact: French – Miss J Hughes / Miss N Williams

German – Miss J McAllister

Spanish – Miss N Williams

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

TECHNOLOGY

GCSE PRODUCT DESIGN

Product Design gives students the opportunity to develop their capacity to ‘design & make’ products that are innovative, meet the needs and wants of a client and to design and develop purposeful products. Pupils will develop a core understanding of the relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The subject enables students to take a broad view of Design & Technology and to develop a wide range of skills, including working with others, thinking creatively, designing through CAD and making quality products.

Careers in product design include product design, automotive design, architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising, engineering, furniture designer, project manager.

GCSE FASHION & TEXTILES

This course allows you to specialise in ‘design and make’ activities delivered through textiles. You will learn about and apply a range of manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies appropriate to the design and make process. You will be made aware of the uses of Textiles in everyday life and be given the opportunity to create an exciting new look or enhance an old one through the skilful use of fabrics in a variety of ways. You will be given the opportunity to design and make garments and gain a knowledge of the care and use of fibres and fabrics. You will experiment with a range of techniques and fabrics, including the use of CAD/CAM and will choose to specialise in fashion when developing your major project.

Careers in fashion and textiles include fashion designer, fashion and textiles industry, retail, fashion illustration, merchandiser, fashion stylist, textile designer, fashion writer and manufacturing.

GCSE FOOD & NUTRITION

You will learn how to prepare and cook food using the correct tools and equipment. You will also be introduced to the importance of health, safety and hygiene, menu planning, communication, food experimentation and the science behind foods. You will learn a wide range of practical skills to apply to coursework tasks.

At least one hour each week will be practically based. It is important that you are organised and able to bring ingredients to all practical lessons, as this work is an integral part of the course.

Careers in Food and Nutrition include catering/restaurant manager, kitchen manager and/or supervisor, hotel manager, environmental officer, health promotion specialist, dietician, conference and banqueting manager, chef, waiting on staff, food nutrition.

Art

ART

GCSE ART & DESIGN

You will learn to draw, paint and print, working analytically from observation, memory and imagination making works in pen, paint, mixed multimedia and print.

You will also have the opportunity to work in Photography, 3D and Sculpture.

You will see how other artists, craftspeople and designers have used their skills to design and make our world a better place and how the work you do at GCSE will give you the chance to become a part of a worldwide group of creative and skilled people.

You could develop your GCSE with a graphic communication bias in which case your course could include range of skills and knowledge including illustration, animation, creating storyboards, advertising, CD covers, posters, typography.

You will develop design skills to produce final solutions to a brief. A typical brief might be to design a screen saver for a monitor inspired by skateboarding or graffiti. All students will explore the design process using a wide variety of media and techniques used by designers the world over.

Completing GCSE Art & Design can lead to careers including, architecture, theatre design, costume design, interactive media, printmaking, sculpture, site-specific sculpture, photography, visual communication, advertising, animation, film studies, art therapy, community arts, gallery curator to name just a few. In fact, an Art & Design GCSE is useful for any career where an artistic and creative input is required.

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

 

Drama

DRAMA

BTEC PERFORMING ARTS

Do you love and enjoy music?

Do you love and enjoy singing?

Is acting your thing?

Maybe Dancing is your passion.

Maybe you don’t want to be on stage but want to work behind the scenes; in lighting, sound design, make up, costume or maybe you would love to work in set design.

If any of the above apply to you consider choosing Performing and Creative arts as your option!

Our flexible course allows you to learn as a group and experience all of the creative arts and to specialise in the area, which interests you most.

This course is nearly all coursework with no formal written exam and would appeal to anyone with an interest who prefers a more practical way of learning. Our course also has input from a number of different teachers and tutors specialising in music, dance and drama. We also ensure you will have many opportunities to work with visiting professionals and attend some outside visits.

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

Media

MEDIA

On this course, you will develop your understanding of the modern media. You will study a wide range of media: film, radio, television and print. This course combines analysis of key media texts with the creative production of media texts.

Unit 1: Individual Portfolio - This unit involves the exploration of the key concept of representation. You will consider the way, for example, gender, age and ethnicity are represented in such media as documentary, soap operas and advertising. It also offers the opportunity to demonstrate understanding through a production exercise.

Unit 2: Textual and Moving Image Analysis - In Section A you will study Action Adventure films. In the examination, you will analyse a 3 to 5 minute clip. In Section B, you will study Television Comedy and make a detailed case study of two comedy programmes screened on British television.

Unit 3: Production Portfolio - In this unit you will research, plan and produce your own product. You can choose from a wide range of briefs: creating the opening of a film, making a music video, producing a magazine, designing the box of a computer game - to name just some of the options.

By the end of the course, you will have developed your skills in:

  • Analysis
  • Group work
  • Information Communication Technology

 

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

BUSINESS STUDIES

GCSE BUSINESS

The world of work, investigating businesses large and small.

You will gain an understanding of the important role played by business organisations in the economy of Wales and the rest of the UK. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of business activity and consider data, which relates to the Welsh business environment.

The subject will also give you some ideas about what you might want to do as a career and help you develop the skills that employers are looking for, which will be a great advantage when you do decide on your future career.

Who knows, you may end up owning your own business and making millions.

This GCSE course will be assessed using TWO examinations, both to be taken at the end of Year 11. These exams will include a mix of short and long answer questions and a range of data response questions.  The content is presented in six clear and distinct topic areas:

  • Business activity
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human resources

 

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.

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