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GCSE - Option Subjects

Art and Design - Fine Art


Vibrant and dynamic, this GCSE course will enable students to build their technical skills through working with a broad range of media, studying art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. The students will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques whilst expanding their creative and imaginative capabilities.

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Fine Art

Fine art is the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. The students are required to work in areas such as drawing, painting, scul[ture or mixed media.

The GCSE course is designed to explore a range of art ideas and processes. Pupils are taken through a series of workshops at the start of the course to develop both skills and understanding of the creative process. They will explore ideas and techniques in response to the work of others, and experiment with a variety of media. Independence is encouraged, especially in the latter stages of the course when they are asked to complete an extended project by working in an area of their choice to develop ideas through to a final outcome.


Component 1: Portfolio - this must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions. (60% of GCSE).

Component 2: Externally set assignment – the students will be given a preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.(40% of GCSE).

Enrichment Activities

The students will be encouraged to visit local galleries such as the Tate Modern and The National Gallery. The school will organise a European Art trip to either Paris or Berlin.

Artist in Residence.

Art days – Visiting specialists.

Workshops for support and scholarship students.

Computer Science


The Computer Science GCSE course has been designed to reflect the importance of computation in the modern world today and how it will do so in the future. Students will be able to Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.

Over the two year programme, the courses encourages students to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically to understand the impact of digital technology on the individual and on wider society.

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There are six topics within the curriculum:

1. Problem Solving - Developing a set of computational thinking skills that enable them to understand how computer systems work, and to design, implement and analyse algorithms for solving problems.

2. Programming - Students should be competent at designing, reading, writing and debugging programs.

3. Data – Learning how different types of data are represented in a computer.

4. Computers - Students must be familiar with the hardware and software components that make up a computer system and recognise that computers take many forms from embedded microprocessors to distributed clouds.

5. Communication and the internet – Understanding the key principles behind the organisation of computer networks. The bigger picture – Focusing on the influence of computing technology on their lives.

6. The bigger picture- Focusing on the influence of computing technology on their lives.


Exams - Principles of Computer Science (40%) – 1 hour 40 minutes. Application of Computational Thinking (40%) – 2 hours

Coursework - 20 hours: Project (20%)

Must be completed without Internet access

Using: Python, Java, C-derived languages, VB .NET, Pascal / Object Pascal

Enrichment Activities

A visit to Bletchley Park to connect encryption concepts to real world.

Visits to local technology companies.

Within our co-curricular programme we have a coding club, video game development and graphic design hobbies.

Design and Technology


The GCSE Design and Technology course is designed to develop creative thinking, apply problem-solving skills to practical and technological problems and develop the communication skills central to design, making and evaluation. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to the design and making of products, taking into consideration sustainability and the wider impact on society. We will encourage students to apply learning to areas of personal interest, developing a range of transferable skills and the attributes of the learner. They will need to develop the ability to make aesthetic, economic, moral and technical value judgements.

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Brief overview of syllabus

Students will study three aspects of Design and Technology:

Core technical principles

Developing knowledge and understanding of:

  • new and emerging technologies
  • energy generation and storage
  • developments in new materials
  • systems approach to designing
  • mechanical devices
  • materials and their working properties

Specialist technical principles

Gaining an in-depth knowledge of:

  • the selection of materials or components, their sources and origins
  • forces and stresses
  • ecological and social footprint, scales of production
  • using and working with materials
  • stock forms, types and sizes
  • specialist techniques and processes
  • surface treatments and finishes

Designing and making principles

Focusing on design principles through:

  • investigation, primary and secondary data environmental, social and economic challenge
  • the work of others
  • design strategies
  • communication of design ideas and prototype development
  • selection of materials and components
  • specialist tools and equipment
  • specialist techniques and processes


Paper 1 - 100 marks / 50% of GCSE:

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

Non-exam assessment (NEA) - 100 marks / 50% of GCSE

Practical application of the core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.

Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx.

  • Writing workshops


Cambridge - IGSCE

Through practical and theoretical study the Drama IGCSE encourages students to develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience. They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Students also develop their performance skills, the demonstration of which will form part of the final assessment.

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Drama is by its nature a practical subject and students are encouraged to pursue a fully integrated course that allows them to develop their performance skills within a theoretical framework.

Practical work will develop both group and individual skills in relation to extended extracts from plays, other stimuli and dramatic work of the students’ own devising.

Students take an integrated approach to the creation and/or staging of drama and will consider not just the function of actors but also that of designers, e.g. set, costume, lighting and sound, as well as the ways in which a director might approach the interpretation of the piece within the given performance space.


Component 1: Written exam: 150 minutes/ 40% of IGCSE

Component 2: Coursework: 60% of IGCSE

Enrichment Activities

Trips related to texts and plays studied during the course.

Co-Curricular Lamda and drama hobbies.

Involvement in school productions.


Cambridge - IGSCE

Geography is the science of place and space. This course aims to help candidates develop lifelong learning skills including: an understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments, an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale, the ability to use and understand geographical data and information and an understanding of how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

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The course is designed to develop an understanding of natural and human environments across three themes:

1. Population and settlement - Population dynamics, Migration, Population structure, Population density and distribution, Settlements, Urbanisation.

2. The natural environment - Earthquakes and volcanoes, Rivers, Coasts, Weather, Climate and natural vegetation.

3. Economic development - Development, Food production, Industry, Tourism, Energy, Water and Environmental risks of economic development



Paper 1: Geographical Themes 1 hour and 45 minutes, 45% of GCSE

Paper 2: Geographical Skills 1 hour and 30 minutes, 27.5% of GCSE

Coursework: 27.5 % of GCSE

This promotes geographical knowledge, understanding and application of idea and the development and clarification of values in a geographical context.

Enrichment Activities

The students will attend a field trip in the local area, we will also offer international field trips.

External presenters from organisations, for example, The Environmental Agency

Co-Curricular: Model United Nations(M.U.N),

Duke of Edinburgh.



This IGCSE framework has been designed to develop a love of history and a keen understanding ofinternational history. Students will evaluate historical evidence; justify their points of view and present information to both individually and collaboratively.

Over the course of the History IGCSE students will develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in history; and the wide diversity of human experience. They will engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers, whilst developing the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically, and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.

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Paper 1

Students study two depth studies from more than one country:

  • Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918 - 45
  • A world divided: superpower relations, 1943 - 72

Paper 2

There are two sections:

  • Historical investigation: The origins and course of the First World War, 1905 - 18
  • One breadth study: Changes in medicine, c.1848-c1948


  • Two examinations
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration
  • Each paper is given the equal weighting of 50% of the overall qualification

Enrichment Activities

There will be two trips to support the course a visit to The Imperial War Museum and a trip to the First World War Battlefields or Berlin

Co-Curricular: History film club, study sessions.



This GCSE course has been recently redesigned to reflect the demands of a truly modern and evolving music environment. It aims to form personal and meaningful relationships with music whilst engaging critically and creatively with a wide range of music. The students will develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures; how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. It is designed to give equal weighting to performance and composition allowing development and progress in both skills. They will have the opportunity to learn in depth appraising skills for both the set works and how to analyse unfamiliar music.

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Component 1 – Performing

Two performances – solo and ensemble

Minimum of four minutes in total.

Component 2 – Composing

Two compositions – one to set brief, one free choice

Minimum of three minutes in total.

Component 3 - Appraising Four areas of study

with two set works each; Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions.


Component 1: Two performances, 30% of GCSE

Component 2: Two compositions, 30% of GCSE

Component 3: One written exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes, 40% of GCSE

Enrichment Activities

The students will attend concerts and performances related to study pieces but also to widen their musical experiences of other genres from the four areas of study. We will also have career workshops with music therapists and recording engineers to show them to breadth of career opportunities.

Physical Education


AQA have worked closely with the Youth Sport Trust to develop a new Physical Education course that will help students of all abilities to develop a well-rounded skill set and prepare them for progression to further studies. Candidates would be capable all-round sportspeople, and would develop a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological and practical demands of sports performance. They would further develop skills to be able to analyse and improve as participants/competitors.

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The students taking this course will foster a theoretical understanding of sports performance and how it is affected physically, mentally and culturally. They will be able to study chosen sports at a technical level, improving and analysing personal performance.

The course will focus on 7 areas:

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Movement analysis
  3. Physical training
  4. Use of data
  5. Sports psychology
  6. Socio-cultural influences
  7. Health, fitness and well-being


There are two written examinations each worth 30% of the GCSE.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport.

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.

The non-exam assessment makes up 40% of the GCSE.

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity

Enrichment Activities

Crosfields Co-Curricular programme allows for many opportunities to participate in a variety of sporting and fitness activities.

Students will also have access to the following:

  • Trips to governing body performance centres(e.g. Bisham Abbey)
  • Trips sports events and fixtures
  • Trips to health clubs
  • Visits by sports performance experts in S&C, Sports Psychology, nutrition
  • Visits from elite coaches in different sports


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  • Shinfield Road
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • RG2 9BL
  • Main Office: 0118 9871810
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