GCSE Revision Information

Year 11 Information Evening Presentation

The aim of this page is to offer subject-specific guidance for supporting you to prepare for your exams.  There is a lot of useful advice on how to prepare and plan for exams, in general, such as using revision timetables and various learning techniques - go to  Helpful Hints and Advice for Revision

There are also various things you can do to support you with your individual subjects.  The objective of this page is to provide more information on each subject area.

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General useful sites for curriculum topics

Get Revising https://getrevising.co.uk/

S-cool revision website 
www.s-cool.co.uk

BBCBitesize 
www.bbc.co.uk/education

GCSE Past Papers 
http://www.fastpastpapers.com/page16.html

Exam board websites

OCR www.ocr.org.uk

AQA www.aqa.org.uk

WJEC www.wjec.co.uk

It is important to practice past papers
for all subjects. As well as revising knowledge
it gives a feel for timings and the sort of questions asked.


BUSINESS STUDIES

Websites:

www.tutor2u.com
www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

A summary of the areas to learn are detailed here revision list together with a scorecard for students to monitor their progress.
The Business Studies Department has organised revision sessions for students and the timetable and other information can be found in the following letter issued to students. 


ECONOMICS

Websites

www.tutor2u.com 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/EconplusDal 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/pajholden


COMPUTER SCIENCE

Websites:

www.teach-ict.com

For past papers:

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012

Students are given revision guides.  The relevant OCR published revision guide is 'My Revision Notes OCR Computing for GCSE Computer Systems and Programming'.
For revision the key points for students to remember are:

  • Learn, and use the correct technical terms
  • Use P.E.E. structure for 6 mark questions

The ICT department will be running revision sessions after February half term.

Google Classroom

The ICT department has all their material on Google Classroom. The GCSE Computing handbook, all topic notes, revision questions and past papers can be found there. 


DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Graphic Products, Systems & Control & Resistant Materials

Websites:

www.technologystudent.com

 

www.mr-dt.com/graphics/main.htm

 

www.designandtech.com

 

www.design-technology.info/home.htm

 

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvg4d2p

Revision guides:
Revision Cards - Graphic Products
Revision Cards - Resistance Materials

Catering and Hospitality

Websites:

Hospitality and Catering - Past Papers

Revision guides: CGP Revision Guides for WJEC Catering and Hospitality

DRAMA

GCSE Drama Revision Pack 2016


ENGLISH

Literature

The best revision your son or daughter can do is to reread the Literature texts. They will have studied two of the following: An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley; A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens or Blood Brothers – Willy Russell; as well as a Shakespeare text – Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or The Tempest.

Websites:

Great Expectations - BBC GCSE bitesize

 

An Inspector Calls - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 

Blood Brothers - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 

MacBeth - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 

Romeo and Juliet - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 

Christmas Carol - Sparknotes

 

Great Expectations - Sparknotes

 

The Tempest - Sparknotes

 

Romeo & Juliet - Sparknotes

 

MacBeth - Sparknotes

 

A Christmas Carol Revision - BBC Bitesize, 19th Century Prose

Revision Guides: Coleridge Press Study Guide - Blood Brothers

Your child's English teacher will have given specific tips in class which will all be in his/her exercise book(s).

Language

Snap Revision Reading, Papers 1 & 2.  Published by Collins, available from Amazon

Snap Revision Writing, Papers 1 & 2.  Published by Collins, available from Amazon


GEOGRAPHY

Websites:

www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm

 

www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/geography

Google Classroom

All resources from the course will be on Google Classroom GCSE WJEC Class – You would have been given a code to join this class.  Please use Google Chrome to access GoogleClassroom (select to access).

Your login details for GoogleClassroom are your school email address and your school system password. 

There are revision resources on Google Classroom for Year 11.  Sign up using the code x5w176 once you have logged into your account in Google Classroom 

There is also a revision section where mind maps PLC and a revision guide for each topic can be found.


HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Health and Social Care External Assessments are completed in Year 10.

Sample Assessments are available on:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/

As an overview. The course content includes going over past papers and the mark scheme. We will go over the style of answering questions. Revision guides will be available from the department.


HISTORY

GCSE Yr 10/11 AQA History - Understanding the modern world



MATHEMATICS

Websites:

www.mymaths.co.uk

Kerboodle

Pixl Maths App


  • Students have a username and password for both sites - any problems students should contact their Maths teacher
  • Students can also access Kerboodle and complete the review and assessment sections at the end of each chapter


Other websites that students may find useful are:



MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Websites:

www.quizlet.com

 

www.kerboodle.com

Google Classroom

Google Classroom has substantial material from Authentik - GCSE practice listening tests and questions.



MUSIC

Exam is Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music - 1 hour; 80 marks; 20% of GCSE

Students will respond to questions based on short musical excerpts drawing on music from all five Areas of Study: Rhythm & Metre; Harmony & Tonality; Texture & Melody; Timbre & Dynamics; Structure & Form.

Key Revision points:
• Remember all keywords
• Read the question carefully
• Look at how many marks each question is worth and make sure you make the required number of points e.g. if it is 2 marks, make sure you make 2 points.

Websites:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/

General Listening (lots of things to do):

 www.tanbur.co.uk/quiz.html

 

www.trainer.thetamusic.com/en/content/music-training-games

Instruments of the orchestra:

www.thirteen.org/publicarts/orchestra

Major and minor:

www.cnx.org/content/m35163/latest/?collection=col10214/latest

www.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/majmin/lessons/10238.html

Cadences:

cnx.org/content/m35164/latest/?collection=col10214/latest
N.B. full cadence = perfect cadence, half cadence = imperfect cadence

Books: CDG books (handed out in class).



PE

The AQA PE exam is assessed over 2 papers. Both papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes long and split into 3 assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport ( multiple choice and recall questions- worth 13 marks)
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport ( short answer questions- worth 10 marks)
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport ( long answer questions- worth 7 marks)

Practice exam papers can be found on the AQA website. When practising exam papers students should allow one minute per mark - use the time, don’t rush as that is when silly mistakes are made.

To revise students should read through the list of topics and cover ALL topics using their book and the topic on page sheets - Powerpoint - 'Topic on a page'. Practice questions should be done on each topic, using the mark schemes to help them learn. They should also use the Covey pack to help them and update it regularly to monitor their understanding.  A summary of the areas to learn is detailed here AQA revision list. Make good use of acronyms to trigger key information (SPORTFIT). Students should attend all revision sessions!

Revision websites



PSYCHOLOGY

Specification: OCR GCSE Psychology ( from 2012)

Some useful revision websites:

https://getrevising.co.uk/resources/psychology-notes

https://tuxfordgcsepsychology.wordpress.com/home/

Useful revision books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Revise-Psychology-GCSE

In addition, there will be a revision section on the GCSE Psychology Google Classroom


RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

Old GCSE Specification (before September 2016)
The old RS exam revision notes are included below. Have a look at this for extended reading and research -
These will help to expand your knowledge beyond the new specification.

Religion and Life issues - Revision Notes
Religion and Human Experience - Revision Notes

New GCSE Specification (from September 2016)

GCSE textbook you use in lessons - use this to help form your revision and make notes from.Below are your revision guides for the New GCSE RE specification from 2016.  Please use these to enhance your revision.

Philosophy and Ethics
Relationships
Life after Death

Christianity
Christian Beliefs
Christian Practices

Islam
Islam Beliefs

Practice Papers

Christian Beliefs - paper 1
Christian Beliefs - paper 2

Christian Practices - paper 1
Christian Practices - paper 2

RELIGIOUS STUDIES ON GCSEPod

On the GCSEPod website select browse content followed by ‘Arts, Humanities and Business Studies’. Within this category select ‘Religious Studies’’

The podcasts relevant to our GCSE studies are all those under the categories of ‘Christianity’, ‘Islam’ and ‘Belief and Morality’. Under the category of ‘Current Religious Issues’ the podcasts which are relevant are ‘Issues in Modern Society’ and ‘Matters of life and Death’.

Some of the information here may be really beneficial to your revision and independent work in the subject of RE so happy listening!

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TOP TIPS for the Final Exam

Final Examination Dates of the Summer 2018 RS examinations are below. 
Each of these exams will be held in the afternoon:

Monday 14th May - Philosophy and Ethics (2 hour exam)

Wednesday 16th May - Christian Beliefs & Practices (1 hour exam)

Thursday 24th May - Islam Beliefs & Practices (1 hour exam)

 



SCIENCE
Websites: www.bbc.co.uk/education - follow links to relevant subject
  www.my-gcsescience.com - users have to subscribe and only core videos are free - a fee is charged for additional subscription packages 
YouTube Channels: The Fuse School - Global Education
  Tyler DeWitt 
  Lammas Science
  Bozeman Science

The Science department has available for purchase the revision guides for your child’s course in either Triple Science or Core/Additional Science. The guides include revision material, exam questions and answers.

Kerboodle

To help support revision at home your child has access to Kerboodle, an online platform that will have useful lessons, revision materials and worksheets (and ISA homework) for them to assess their progress at home, at lunchtime or homework club in the library. To access Kerboodle, they need to search for the application on Google and then log onto the AQA GCSE course (not the AQA GCSE 1-9 course).

Login details are as follows:
Username:  First initial and surname – all lowercase i.e. Joanna Smith would be jsmith
Password:  the same as username i.e. jsmith. (note: if they have logged on before they may have changed their password and will need to use this instead)
Institution code: dl3
The system will invite them to change their password to save and use this next time they log on.

If students have difficulty with their passwords they need to get their passwords reset by contacting staff in the E-Learning Office.

AQA Past Papers

The link below gives you access to past papers and the AQA exam board.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Spec codes for the GCSEs:
Biology - 4401
Chemistry - 4402
Physics - 4403
Science A - 4405
Additional Science - 4408