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The option of Information and Creative Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for pupils to identify and solve real problems by designing information and creative systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. ICT develops pupils' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative

thinking, creativity and independence. ICT skills are transferable into many career paths, which make this option an excellent choice.

ICT is a course that recognises the essential practical nature of the subject area. Pupils experience a range of practical activities from which a body of skills and knowledge will develop. Pupils will carry out a range of extended practical tasks using the application programs of Microsoft Office and Serif, while at the same time learning the theory-based aspects in the online world of ICT (such as hardware, operating systems and ICT legislation) that will feature in the written examination.


The qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for level 2 pupils to progress to level 3 vocational qualifications, IT/Creative Media apprenticeships, academic qualifications such as A-Level ICT or employment within information technology and/or areas within the creative industries such as computer animations.


The course will appeal to those most who:

  • Have a strong interest in ICT.
  • Have good practical ICT skills and wish to build upon these.
  • Can work independently (After skills and instruction, pupils are given an assignment brief and have to complete it without assistance).
  • Plan to work with ICT in the future.



Welsh Baccalaureate is a compulsory qualification across key stage 4 in Wales. The central focus of the Welsh Baccalaureate is to provide a vehicle for 14-16 year olds to consolidate and develop essential and employability skills. The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification is based on a Skills Challenge Certificate alongside Supporting Qualifications.

The qualification comprises of four components, all of which are assessed on a pass, merit or distinction basis, through portfolio work. Details of each component will be given to you when you undertake each assignment. You will be taught through  a variety of activities aimed to help you develop a range of transferable skills. The skills you will develop are, literacy, numeracy, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, and personal effectiveness. These will be assessed through the completion of four challenges.

Each challenge will contribute to the Skills Challenge Certificate.


  • Individual Project – 50%
  • Enterprise and Employability Challenge – 20%
  • Global Citizenship Challenge – 15%
  • Community Challenge – 15%


You will need to organise your paper and electronic files and submit all work within the agreed deadlines. All materials will be provided for lessons but you will be expected to have your planner, a pen and pencil available for all lessons.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is designed to develop the skills needed to apply for and gain any job. The tasks you will complete will help you develop transferable skills that will be relevant in any type of workplace or education establishment.



Welsh is compulsory at key stage 4.

What will I study on the course?

Welsh is a core subject which is taught to all pupils up to GCSE level. It is a statutory requirement that all pupils study the Welsh language up to 16 years old.

The Welsh Department is very active in promoting the importance of learning Welsh. With all the exciting developments in Wales today, people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of the language. It can be of an enormous advantage in a wide range of careers and jobs.

There are many reasons to learn Welsh…

  • It will give you a better chance of getting a job in Wales.
  • It will allow you to communicate in Welsh.
  • It will help develop your understanding of the Welsh culture.
  • It will help you to develop a stronger Welsh identity.
  • It will ensure you can take advantage of Welsh media.

We attempt to nurture our pupils’ positive attitudes towards their Welshness through dynamic teaching and also by arranging a variety of extra-curricular activities to promote the language outside the classroom. Not only because we live in Wales and we should be able to have some grasp on our home language, but also because of the importance that is put on the ability to communicate in Welsh in the world of work.

Studying the GCSE Welsh will encourage you to:

  • Develop your confidence when communicating effectively in Welsh.
  • Develop skills to make practical use of the language in order to communicate effectively, usefully and appropriately in the bilingual society.


The Religious Education short course is compulsory at key stage 4.

What will I study on the course?

  • Religious Education is everywhere
  • Religious Education broadens your mind
  • Religious Education is enjoyable
  • Religious Education prepares you for life

It is a fun and engaging subject that will help you enormously throughout your life. Just as you are growing and developing, so is the world around you. The more informed you are about the events and people surrounding you, the greater the contribution you can make to the phenomenon that is life.

The aim of Religious Education is to make you aware of the diverse society around you. GCSE Religious Education provides you with opportunities to look at, in more depth, Judaism and Christianity as well as explore your own responses to a whole variety of contemporary, moral and social issues.

The course at GCSE encourages you to balance religious ideas and concepts with human experience. The course content allows you to evaluate and reflect upon your own views and opinions and it aims to develop your independent thinking and listening skills, in order to help your understanding and appreciation of the world around you.


RE GCSE option choice

Religious Education is a relevant qualification for any job, which involves working with other people. Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Armed forces, Police officers, Lawyers and Judges all need to understand issues surrounding religion, whether this be from religious attitudes to medical ethics and moral perspectives, multi-faith and multi-cultural issues in society and in addition the studying of UK law which has been influenced by religion.

Consider how a broad and deep knowledge of different world faiths and beliefs can help people truly understand the context of events around the world.

Religious Education encourages decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills and the search for compromise and conflict solutions that work. It creates opportunities for you to develop skills of dialogue, interpretation and analysis.

All these are vital skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills.  As our world becomes increasingly interdependent and we interact with more diverse groups day to day, the spirit of enquiry fostered in RE is becoming ever more relevant.  



WJEC GCSE Geography adopts an enquiry approach to the study of geographical information, issues and concepts. It is based on the principle that geographical education should enable pupils to become critical and reflective thinkers by engaging them actively in the enquiry process. Content is organised around key questions and pupils should be encouraged to pose geographical questions of their own. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of geographical education and of this qualification. It is placed at the heart of this specification and our teachers embed fieldwork within any programme of study that they create.

The enquiry approach taken by WJEC GCSE Geography, in both classroom and fieldwork contexts, should enable pupils to develop the ability to think ‘like a geographer’ if they are given opportunities to:

  • Think creatively, for example, by posing questions that relate to geographical processes and concepts that include questioning about spatial pattern and geographical change
  • Think scientifically by collecting and recording appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including fieldwork, before critically assessing the validity of this evidence and synthesising their findings to reach evidenced conclusions that relate to the initial aim of their enquiry
  • Think independently by applying geographical knowledge, understanding, skills and approaches appropriately and creatively to real world contexts. In doing so they should appreciate that geography can be ‘messy’ i.e. that real geography does not always match typical or predicted outcomes

Geography graduates are among the most employable, possibly because they possess the skills employers are looking for. This may be because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts. Career options include management and administration, teaching or lecturing, work in the financial and retail sector, other professions including media, administration, architecture, the armed forces, business management, the civil service, conservation, the heritage industry, human resources, journalism, local government, the police force, politics and tourism.


You will join other pupils to receive five hours of tuition with an experienced teacher of History and participate in various group activities.

You will use a variety of sources of information including books, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations and the Internet. You’ll learn by asking questions and making notes, mind maps and diagrams for reference when you revise. Once the course gets underway you will have one piece of work per week, usually an investigation using a variety of different sources.


Unit 1: A Study in Depth - Depression, War and Recovery 1930 -1951. 25% of qualification. 1 hour exam

Unit 2: A Study in Depth -  Germany in Transition 1919 -1939. 1 hour exam 25% of qualification. This unit is a study of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and what it was like to live in Germany under the Nazi regime.

Unit 3: A Thematic Study - Changes in crime and punishment, 1500 to the present day This unit is a study of the events and personalities which have shaped the causes of crime, policing and the changing methods used to combat crime and the changing methods of punishment. 30% of qualification 1 hour 15 min

Unit 4: An investigation into an issue of historical debate or controversy. This will account for 20% of the final GCSE grade (coursework).


There is no specific requirement for prior learning, although many pupils will have already gained a knowledge and understanding and will have developed a range of historical skills of selected periods of history, through their study of history at Key Stage 3.




GCSE Science is compulsory at key stage 4.

What will I study on the course?

Science is an important subject in today’s complex world of innovation and technology. Without the advancements in science we would not benefit from good medical care, modern communications, enough food for our growing population and energy solutions for our increasing demand. Science makes sense of the world around us and gives us an opportunity to enquire, investigate and expand our horizons. The National Curriculum dictates that all pupils undertake a balanced course of study of the sciences at GCSE level so that we fulfil an ever growing need for a workforce to match our future. Every child will be expected to achieve at least two GCSEs in science.

This is a course that will award a double GCSE at the end of Year 11. You will study biology, chemistry and physics with subject specialist teachers and be examined on each at the end of year 10 and year 11. In addition you will be expected to carry out practical tasks in lessons and complete a practical assessment worth 10% of the final grade.


GCSE Science Triple Award - Option Subject

You will study for three SEPARATE GCSE QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. If you choose Triple science one of your GCSE option blocks will be used to teach you the extra topics to cover the three science GCSEs.

The WJEC course is structured differently from double award meaning it will no longer be possible to choose to switch between the courses at a later date. Each examined unit has two tiered papers; foundation (G-C) and higher (E-A*). Each teacher will advise their pupils of which paper would be best suited to their ability.


GCSE Biology

You will be multi-skilled and develop flexibility in the way that you think and learn. You will have the opportunity to acquire a range of practical skills. You will need to solve problems by applying knowledge of key biological principles. You will learn about the human body, how it works and how it interacts with the environment. This will necessitate an awareness of social issues. You will learn about animals, plants and their habitats and understand

about the delicate balance that exists between species and their environment. By studying Biology you are in training for a wide variety of careers from the medical profession, through agricultural and sporting to environment centred careers.

GCSE Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. It is the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of life. The study of Chemistry to GCSE opens the possibility of a wide range of careers, not just confined to those related to medicine and engineering. Knowledge of chemistry is very useful when working in any sphere of industry, but especially the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It encourages organised and methodical thought, practical ability is developed and a problem solving approach is at times useful.

GCSE Physics

Physics is the study of ‘what, why and how’, covering a diverse range of subjects ranging from sub-atomic particles to how the universe was formed! The ideas, techniques and skills developed during your GCSE will be invaluable not only within the fields of engineering, but for understanding how things work in everyday life. Is Nuclear Power dangerous? Why should you turn your computer off and not leave it on stand-by? How can Physics help Wales win the 6 Nations? Employment prospects for pupils who go on to study Physics at higher level are excellent and a wide variety of career options are available, particularly in engineering - from electronic, electrical and mechanical, to aircraft, materials or medical engineering. Sound and Mining Engineers travel the globe, Rocket engineers send astrophysicists into space, Radiographers save lives and Particle Physicists will save the world!


English is compulsory at key stage 4.

This GCSE specification in English language will enable pupils to:

  • Demonstrate oracy (speaking and listening), reading and writing skills that are instrumental in communicating with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately.
  • Demonstrate their proficiency in accessing and retrieving information from a wide range of written and dynamic/digital texts, forming a broad general understanding of the text, summarising and synthesising content, inferring intended meaning and evaluating its purpose.
  • Understand the patterns, structures and conventions of oral and written language.
  • Understand the impact of variations in language, selecting and adapting speech and writing to different situations, purposes and audiences.
  • Develop their skills in order to meet their own personal needs as well as the needs of employers and further education, so that they can fully participate in society and the world of work.
  • Develop their verbal reasoning and their ability to think constructively and critically in response to written and digital/dynamic texts.
  • Develop their proofreading and editing skills.
  • Acquire the necessary skills needed for further study, including the study of English at Level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework.

Oracy, reading and writing skills will be recognised in GCSE English language. Pupils should be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. They will develop their ability to use English as active and informed citizens and be able to speak, listen, read and write fluently, appropriately, effectively and critically - for a wide range of personal, functional and social purposes. Pupils will be expected to respond to a wide range of written texts, including challenging and dynamic texts. They will develop the knowledge and skills required to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


Mathematics is compulsory at key stage 4.

All pupils will take Mathematics-Numeracy GCSE. Most pupils will also take Mathematics GCSE gaining 2 GCSE qualifications.

During this course you learn the following disciplines: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure and Probability and Statistics.


During the course you will be given opportunities to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies.
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations.
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

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

  • Numeracy
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organisation




Head of House: Mr A. Wilkinson

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Air Ambulance Wales - 

Hiraethlyn House successfully raised £761.85 for its chosen charity Wales Air Ambulance. Mr Tony Wilkinson (Head of Hiraethlyn House) stated he was extremely pleased with all the pupils involved in organising the events to raise this money. Activities included a Disco, raffles, stalls and a non-uniform day.


Hiraethlyn House were the winners of the Sports Day cup 2016.

Guidance Mentor

Mrs Emma Edwards

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