Academic Subjects
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Academic Subjects
Academic Subjects
Academic Subjects
Farringtons School

Academic Subjects

Core subjects studied through Years 7 to 11 are Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) with Religious Education being studied through Years 7 - 9.

Modern Foreign Languages also play a significant role within the School; pupils are taught our core language of French in Year 7 and then have the option of studying Spanish or German as a second MFL in Year 8.

We have a large Creative Arts and Technology offering; pupils are able to choose from a wide variety of creative options, as well as humanities, performing arts and technological subjects. These subjects can also be studied at GCSE and A Level.

Further Information


Business BTEC is a course which allows all students to work to the best of their ability. 
The BTEC approach of continuous assessment allows students to work steadily towards their final grade over two years and be confident of the final outcome, without the added stress of a terminal examination. 
This approach to assessment also means that deep learning takes place and students' retention of knowledge is often significantly higher. 

Employers also appreciate the more practical approach of the BTEC.

Level 2

The BTEC Level 2 is equivalent to one GCSE and students will study four units over two years: 25% examination and 75% coursework.

The units studied at Level 2 are:

  • 1: Introducing Business
  • 2: Finance for Business
  • 3: Enterprise in the Business World
  • 6: Recruitment and Selection in Business

Further information can be found on the Pearson website: 

Level 3

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business is equivalent to one A Level and students study four units over two years: 58% examination and 42% coursework.

The units studied at Level 3 are:

  1. Exploring Business 90 GLH – coursework
  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign 90GLH – exam
  3. Personal and Business Finance 120GLH – exam
  4. Work Experience in Business

Further information can be found on the Pearson website:


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Creative and Performing Arts

The Creative and Performing Arts Faculty fulfils a central role within Farringtons School 

The breadth of offer and quality throughout Key Stage 3 right up to A Level is impressive.
The Creative Arts and Technology Department (CATs) delivers a stimulating art and technology curriculum, including Art, Food and Nutrition, Graphic Communication, Textiles and Photography. 

It is also the responsibility of the department to promote ‘creative and technological awareness’ throughout Farringtons.
The Performing Arts include Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology. The emphasis in these subjects is the promotion of practical skills and performance opportunities, supported by a rigorous knowledge base.

All of the subjects we offer are tailored to support students of all key stages and equip them for life and work in our modern world.

Studying the arts can help to raise the aspirations of young people, provide an intellectual and vocational advantage, including social and emotional intelligence, whilst seeking to promote an educational culture that is artistic, technological and truly international.

Computer Science

Computer technology is continuously advancing rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. 

The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has resulted in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically aware individuals. 

This is even more true in the gaming, mobile and web-related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.  


At Farringtons, the GCSE Computer Science course gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work.  
The AQA GCSE Computer Science full course is assessed in Year 11 through two examinations.

Entry requirements:

Good Mathematics and problem-solving skills – Level 7 Maths.

A Level Computer Science (Key Stage 5)

Prior knowledge:

All pupils need to have completed a Computer Science GCSE course with at least a Level 6 and have a good understanding of Python programming language.

Course summary:

This course encourages problem-solving and promotes computational thinking in ways that inspire creativity. It focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding that students need to progress either to higher education or to the workplace.


  • A Level Paper 1 – on-screen exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)
  • A Level Paper 2 – written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)                                                                                                                                                                                                

Programming Project – in Python: (20% of A Level)

Creative iMedia

Examination Board: OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia Course

The Level 2 Cambridge National in Creative iMedia is aimed at students aged 14-16 years and will develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills that would be used in the media industry. You may be interested in this if you want an engaging qualification where you will use your learning in practical, real-life situations, such as:

  • developing visual identities for clients
  • planning and creating original digital graphics
  • planning, creating and reviewing original digital media products. appropriate use of media to
  • convey meaning

This will help you to develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the media industry.

Two mandatory units are:

Unit R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry This is assessed by taking an exam. In this unit you will learn about the media industry, digital media products, how they are planned, and the media codes which are used to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences. One examination taken at the end of year 11. (40% of overall grade)

Unit R094: Visual identity and digital graphics This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn to how to develop visual identities for clients and use the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics to engage target audiences.

First of two coursework units (30% of overall grade)

One optional unit:

Unit R096: Animation and audio This is assessed by completing a set assignment In this unit you will learn how to plan, create and review animation with an audio soundtrack.

Second of two coursework units (30% of overall grade)

This qualification is equivalent to 1 GCSE.


A mixture of examination and coursework over the two years of study.


Dance is taught at Farringtons all Year 7 and Year 8 students. Dance is an option for Year 9 students as part of the Arts Carousel. Progressing into Key Stage 4 Students pursue Dance GCSE. We are also pleased to support the Dance element of the curriculum within the Junior School. 

At all levels, Dance encourages students to use their creativity through choreography, whilst reflecting on their own work, and the work of others, through appreciation tasks. Students develop their physical skills (balance, control, coordination) through performing challenging, and invigorating movement sequences, which are inspired by a relevant topic.  Group work is a key element in the Dance curriculum, giving students the opportunity for expression and application of knowledge through choreography. 

There are a number of performance opportunities for students who enjoy and excel in Dance, such as the Dance Show, workshops and the whole school production. Theatre trips and visits are also an integral part of students' enrichment.


Drama is an exhilarating subject taught throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, which allows pupils to develop confidence and reflect, creatively challenge, and re-imagine the world. 

Students learn about the theatre while improving their own creative skills, both as actors and designers.

Developing physical and vocal acting skills, as well as experimenting with theatrical design areas such as mask work, set design, lighting, props and costume, are also key aspects of the Drama education at Farringtons. 

Lessons are designed to be both fun and thought-provoking. An emphasis on lively participation and teamwork fosters the personal development of pupils.


The GCSE Drama course mixes practical and academic work. Essential aspects of the course are the study of play texts and visits to the theatre. 

Pupils also chart the development of a piece of theatre from an initial conception to finished performance and learn about significant practitioners.

A2 Level

The A2 Level courses in Theatre Studies are concerned with the theory and practice of the theatre.

Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama lessons are available as an extracurricular provision. 

These prepare pupils for entry into local and national festivals, including the ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition and the LAMDA examinations. 

Pupils achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold medal level of this course will achieve UCAS points that support university applications.


The AQA A Level Economics is studied as a full linear course over two years and is examined over three papers: Microeconomics Paper, Macroeconomics Paper and Synoptic Paper.

Economics applies theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues, encouraging students to appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.  

The students will study:

  • The operation of markets and market failure
  • The national economy in a global context
  • Individuals, firms, markets and market failure
  • The national and international economy

The A Level papers will have a combination of data response and essay-type questions.

Higher Education & Career Options

Qualifications in Economics can lead to a wide-ranging choice of careers, either directly into employment, such as the banking industry, or into higher education. 

Most students taking ALevel Economics continue into higher education, studying a range of courses including Management, Economics, Finance and Banking, or pursuing an Apprenticeship programme.


The English Department at Farringtons provides many extracurricular outlets for excellence and general interest, including creative writing competitions, theatre trips, residential writing retreats and literary tours, reading for pleasure and Public Speaking and Debating. 

Pupils who require additional support in English and Literacy, usually those with specific learning needs, may be able to opt for Literacy lessons during Key Stage 3.

Pupils have the opportunity to work on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as develop skills for effective study more generally. 

These take place within the timetable and are led by a specialist teacher.


Pupils are taught in ability groups and prepared for both Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (First Language) and English Literature. 

Speaking and Listening is a constituent aspect of the current IGCSE English Language examination. 

Pupils will independently prepare coursework for both IGCSEs, thus developing skills of concision and precision – essential preparation for pupils wishing to pursue their studies in English at A Level and for university study more generally.

Where students, whose first language is not English, join from overseas in Year 9 or 10, they may be entered for Edexcel IGCSE English Second Language, either instead of the dual award or, in some cases, in addition to this.

AS/A Level

We follow the Edexcel English Literature syllabus.

This course enables students to become confident, reflective and independent readers and writers. 

They will be able to consider the content of works, themes, styles and techniques and the approaches of different authors, and confidently make considered original comparisons. 

Success at A Level depends very much on a student’s ability to work independently by reading, researching and writing, and these skills are developed throughout the course. 

Food and Nutrition

In today’s world, it is essential that children understand the importance of good nutrition and how having a well-balanced and nutritious diet is important for staying healthy.


In Years 7 and 8, pupils learn about topics such as food safety and the importance of hygiene, how to organise and use a kitchen safely, balanced diets, nutrients and methods of preparing and cooking food. 
These skills are then developed further in Year 9, where the aim is to have instilled a passion for cooking.


Farringtons offers GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition. This is a popular option amongst pupils who enjoy cooking and food-related issues.

Building upon the skills developed in the previous years, the course is designed to enable pupils to investigate the relationship between nutrition, food choice and health, as well as food science and food provenance. 

They will examine the functions of ingredients and develop the cooking skills needed to make healthy choices throughout their lives. 

These aspects are studied within the context of British and International cuisine.

Financial Studies


The Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) is taught at KS5.

The first year of study encourages students to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life. It prepares them for further study by developing the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication. The second year include areas such as sustainability in the wider financial services system, and the long-term effect of debt. 


To enable students to make informed and confident decisions regarding their finances.

Topic Content

· Importance of financial capability in the immediate, short, medium and long term.

· The impact of external influences at different stages in the personal life cycle.

· Risk and reward in managing personal finance.

· Personal and external factors that lead to change.

· Maintaining financial sustainability and avoiding long-term debt.

· The financial services system and financial sustainability (individual and general).

· Marketing techniques.


The structure of the assessment ensures that all aspects of the course content are subject to external examination. No teacher-set or teacher-marked tasks or assignments will contribute to students' marks and all assessment will be under strict examination conditions.

For further information please refer to the LIBF Website


Geography offers a unique opportunity to synthesise the Arts and Sciences. As such, it provides a balanced background for studying global issues.

The overriding aim of the Geography Department at Farringtons is to foster a passion for the subject, an appreciation of landscapes, an understanding of how they are formed and how people interact with the natural world.

Pupils are encouraged to build a comprehensive knowledge of people and places so that they can make sense of their physical and human surroundings. 

Fieldwork is also an integral part of the curriculum, with field courses arranged for each Year Group


Pupils studying GCSE will build upon the knowledge gained in Key Stage 3. 
Topics explored in Years 7 to 9, such as weather, climate, rivers, population, environmental concerns and tourism, are consolidated by the study of Physical and Human Geography at GCSE.

AS/A Level

Study at AS and A Level strengthens students’ understanding by continuing the two main topics of Physical Geography and Human Geography. 

At this level, the topics are studied in greater detail and the students’ depth of knowledge and understanding is significantly deepened, providing a sound foundation for the study of either of these strands at university.

Government and Politics

Government and Politics:

Government and Politics is an exciting new course being offered at A-level. We investigate a number of important aspects of modern politics both in the UK and the USA.

Year 12:

Component 1-UK Politics. Exam- 2 hours (84 marks) 33% of the qualification

In Year 12 we study the British political system. This means looking at areas such as:

(1) Democracy and Participation.

(2) Political parties.

(3) Electoral Systems.

(4) Voting behaviour and the Media.

Component 2- UK Government Exam- 1 hours and 30 minutes (84 marks) 33% of the qualification

(5) The UK Constitution.

(6) The role of Parliament

(7) The role of the Prime- Minister and the Executive.

(8) The role of the Judiciary in government?

(9) What is Nationalism and how has it affected the modern world? Is Nationalism a danger to the modern world?


Year 13:

Component 3- Comparative Politics: Exam- 2 hours (84 marks) 33% of the qualification

(1) The U.S Constitution

(2) Congress.

(3) The Presidency

(4) The Supreme Court

(5) Civil Rights and Liberties

(6) Elections

(7) Parties and Pressure groups.

Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication aims to give students the skills to produce personal creative work and develop their understanding of graphic design from Key Stage 3 to A Level. 

Students develop their knowledge of materials and techniques and the skills to communicate ideas and information visually. 

Graphic Communication helps students to develop an effective personal visual language and develop their understanding of historical and contemporary influences on design. 
It also opens the door to a large number of fascinating and rewarding specialisms and careers in industry, commerce, and the media.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students build a foundation for design, discovering typography and packaging. 
They are introduced to Computer Aided Design packages such as Adobe Photoshop, 2D Design tools and Silhouette studios.

GCSE and A Level

Progressing to GCSE and A Level, the courses allow students to learn by doing, so they will be able to create imaginative personal work. 

They find out about a whole range of media, techniques, and processes. Students will develop their creativity and independent thought, learn to express themselves visually and let their imaginations flourish. 

Graphic Communication is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills can give students great ideas for their other subjects.


The History Department at Farringtons is very active and lessons always provides plenty for pupils to think about.

Teaching styles are varied, and different forms of assessment (essays, exams, role plays, stories and presentations) ensure a wide appraisal of pupils’ true abilities.


This specification is the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 –1) in History (1HI0).
This specification provides us with a number of topics we can choose from. The History Department has decided on the following:

Paper 1: British Thematic Depth Study with Historic Environment

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain c 1000 to Present
  • With Whitechapel, 1870 – 1900: crime, policing and the inner city
  • Assessment: This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Weighting: 30% of final grade

Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study

  • Period Study: Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941 – 91.
  • British Depth Study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060 – 88
  • Assessment: This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 40% of final grade. 20% on each section

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

  • The USA, 1954 – 75: conflicts at home and abroad
  • Assessment: This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Weighting: 30% of final grade
  • Highlights: There is no coursework or controlled assessment within these units

AS/A Level

Studying History at this level provides students with the opportunity to study themes in greater depth, encouraging independence of mind and a clear understanding of historical issues and concepts. 

As such, it prepares students for a wide variety of university courses, or any challenging field of work. 
For many employers and university lecturers, the skills that History students acquire are an essential requirement for success.


At Farringtons, ICT and Computing is taught up to Year 9 and elements of the new computing curriculum introduce and develop understanding of topics such as programming languages, use of software and the components of computers. 

ICT can then be followed into Key Stages 4 and 5 as we offer the OCR Levels 2 Creative iMedia and Levels 3 Digital Media, as well as AQA GCSE and A Level Computer Science.

There is a variety of software which pupils are able to use and begin to master, including Microsoft Office applications, Photoshop, Gimp, Muvizu, Sketchup 3D, Kaz, Scratch, Turtle Logo and Python language.

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia (Key Stage 4)

It lets students gain knowledge in a number of key areas in the media field, from pre-production skills to digital animation, and offers a hands-on approach to learning. The options available offer the chance for learners to explore areas of creative media that interest them. The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia will also provide opportunities to develop useful transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Pupils at Farringtons School will be assessed through examination and coursework. One unit is assessed by an external examination which is sat in Year 10. 

The OCR Level 2 is equivalent to one GCSE.

The core units include:

Unit 1: Pre-production skills – examination

Unit 2: Creating digital graphics – coursework

Unit 5: Creating a multipage website – coursework 

Unit 6: Creating a digital animation – coursework 

Further information can be found on the OCR website: 

Extended Certificate in Digital Media (Key Stage 5)

The OCR Extended Certificate in Digital Media is equivalent to one A Level and students study five units over two years. 

The units studied at Level 3 are:


Unit 1: Media products and audiences – Exam (90 GLH)  

Unit 2: Pre-production and planning – Exam (90 GLH)  

Unit 3: Create a media product – Coursework (60 GLH)  


Unit 20: Advertising Media – Coursework (60 GLH)  

Unit 21 Plan and deliver a pitch for a media product – Coursework (30 GLH)  

Unit 23: Create a Personal Media Profile – Coursework (30 GLH)  

Further information can be found on the OCR website:


The school Library is a place for learning and curiosity, for quiet study, meetings and social interaction and offers a fantastic range of books and resources to create a lifelong love of reading and learning.

The Library will help you become an enthusiastic reader, reading 20 minutes or more a day, a critical thinker; a skilful researcher; an ethical user of information; an opportunity to be a successful learner and reach your full potential.

The Library is open to all pupils to visit every weekday from 8am to 5pm. Prep homework club runs 4pm to 5pm.

Library resources include a safe social space, quality book recommendations, newspapers and magazines, research skills, online catalogue and databases, laptops, homework help, clubs and a friendly Librarian, Mrs. Hanks.

Library email


At Farringtons, we encourage pupils to learn how to use Mathematics, not only for practical or academic purposes, but also to develop an appreciation of the beauty of logic and symmetry and the pleasure of problem-solving.

The skills gained in studying Mathematics can be applied in a multitude of other areas, ranging from sociology and medicine to economics and architecture. 

The training of the mind that the subject encourages is particularly sought after by employers. In their first year in the Senior School, every pupil is placed in a set according to their needs and ability. A caring environment, with a flexible setting, ensures that our pupils can build up confidence and become encouraged by their success.


All pupils study Mathematics to Year 11 and follow either the Higher or Foundation tier Edexcel iGCSE course.

We have a select few students each year who sit the Statistics GCSE and Additional Mathematics qualification. These are both invite only and studied as an after-school club.

A Level

In the Sixth Form, Mathematics is a popular choice, allowing students to study Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.  

We also offer Further Mathematics. This is a demanding yet popular choice which counts as an additional A Level.

Through the study of Mathematics, students learn how to engage with more complex and abstract ideas, honing their problem-solving skills. In turn, this develops the ability and confidence to adapt and approach new types of problems.

Modern Foreign Languages

In the contemporary world, knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) is a valuable skill to possess, not only for developing confidence and learning about another culture, but also to provide the potential to increase a pupil’s employability.

At Farringtons, all pupils have the opportunity to experience at least one popular European language.

French, our compulsory MFL, is taught from Year 7. Students have the option to study a further language - either Spanish or German - from Year 8.

Teachers encourage pupils to use their language skills widely and learn about the customs of the country through literature, music and foreign cinematography.  Pupils also benefit from overseas trips each year, which further develop a real interest for their chosen language and culture.

Talented linguists, who really find a passion for languages, enjoy the option to study more than one language at A Level.

Speaking another language provides a window to different cultures and customs and helps you communicate with other humans. It also improves your grasp of English, enhances your confidence and gives you a wider understanding of world affairs, whilst enabling you to travel and make new friends. Linguists are in demand with employers and recruitment agencies.

This is why, at Farringtons School, we recognise and embrace the importance of learning different languages such as French, German or Spanish.


French is an important, vibrant language spoken by more than 128 million speakers in around 33 countries across the world.

At Farringtons School, we aim for all our students to achieve both a good working knowledge of the language and an awareness and appreciation of the huge cultural, social and historical diversity and heritage of French-speaking nations.

French is offered to all students in Year 7, to be taken alongside Spanish or German in Year 8 and continued until the end of Year 9.

In Key Stage 4, students have the choice of studying the AQA GCSE course. In the Sixth Form, students will follow the 2-year AQA A Level course.

At Farringtons, it is our aim to foster a passion for languages and we organise regular extra-curricular trips, clubs and activities to achieve this.

Key Stage 3

We follow the Allez textbook and build a database of grammar and vocabulary over three years.


For 2 years, students will prepare for the new AQA examination with the textbook AQA GCSE French Higher.

A Level

For 2 years, students will follow the new A Level AQA examination with the following textbooks: AQA French A Level Year 1 and AS, and AQA French A Level Year 2.


At Farringtons School, German is offered to all students as an option in Year 8, to be taken alongside Spanish and continued until the end of Year 9. 

In Key Stage 4, students have the choice of studying the AQA GCSE course. In the Sixth Form, students will follow the 2-year AQA A Level course.

In the past we organised trips to Cologne for the Christmas market.

Key Stage 3

We follow the Zoom textbook and students are actively encouraged to reach their full potential in listening, speaking, reading and writing.


For 2 years, students will prepare for the new AQA examination with the textbook AQA GCSE German Higher.

A Level

For 2 years, students will follow the new A Level AQA examination with the following textbooks: AQA German A Level Year 1 and AS, and AQA German A Level Year 2.


At Farringtons, Spanish is taught as an option to Year 8 and 9.  It is offered as an option for GCSE, with terminal examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

An important aim is for students to gain confidence and learn about culture, customs and traditions in Spain and Latin America. 

In the Sixth Form, students have the opportunity to continue Spanish to A Level.

The Department organises trips to Spain, which have proved popular and beneficial, as well as special outings and in-house activities.

Key Stage 3

We follow the Viva textbook.


For  2 years, students will prepare for the new AQA examination with the textbook AQA GCSE Spanish Higher.

A Level

For 2 years, students will follow the new A Level AQA examination with the following textbooks:AQA Spanish A Level Year 1 and AS, and AQA Spanish A Level Year 2.


Key Stage 3

At Farringtons School, we have a heavy emphasis on performance through singing, both in groups and individually. 

All pupils perform in our concerts and other whole school events, such as the carol service. 

As well as this, we would like all pupils to be able to read, write and perform their own music using the stimuli of the Scheme of Work. 

In Years 7 to 9, pupils receive a music experience that covers the basics of notation, composition and performance, both singing and using the keyboard. 

We use Sound Trap, a Digital Audio Workstation cloud-based programme, together with a suite of 15 computers using the Sibelius music notation software. 

We actively encourage the use of other instruments within class lessons if a pupil is able to do so.

All pupils are encouraged to take individual singing or instrumental lessons through Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT).


We use the OCR GCSE syllabus. 

Students learn skills in listening and appraising as well as performance. Students' performances are recorded every half term. 

They are expected to take a full part in the musical life of the School by performing in our regular concerts and shows.

A Level

The A Level Music course extends the GCSE skills of performing, composing and listening, in ways which emphasise their interdependence. 

Both GCSE and A level students are expected to be receiving vocal or instrumental tuition, whether inside or outside of School, and to practise regularly, as well as take part in our concerts and shows.

Music Technology

Music Technology - GCSE Level

Examination Board:  NCFE: Technical Award, VCERT Music Technology (Level 2)

Students will be entered for a Level 2 (equivalent to a GCSE) qualification, provided they meet the necessary conditions required in the coursework element of the course.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

You will learn how to set up and work a digital audio workstation. You will create a musical project (using both MIDI and audio) that demonstrates your understanding of a DAW. Finally, you will review your music project.

Unit 2: Creating Music

You will study a range of musical styles from 1950 onwards, looking at key stylistic elements for each one. You will select one of the styles to compose your own piece in before evaluating your piece.

Unit 3: Studio Recording

You will learn how to set up and work the recording studio. You will plan and undertake a live recording session. Finally, you will mix down your work and review the final product.

Unit 4: Sound Creating

You will look at how to create different sounds using music technology. You will complete a project that demonstrates your understanding of sound creation for a specific event. You will review your final project.

Please note that the coursework units combine to give 50% of the overall mark for this course


Practical Paper (Exam) 35%

For this exam, you are given a series of steps to work through using music technology software. You will need to document this process.

Listening Paper (Exam) 15%

This exam will cover everything that you have learnt in units 1-4 and will be a mix of multiple choice, short and longer answer questions.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that all students opting for this course will:

  • be competent on at least one instrument including piano/keyboard skills
  • have a keen interest in Music Technology
  • be able to work independently
  • strive to achieve their very best in all aspects of the course

Higher Education & Career Options:

Pupils who enjoy NCFE Music Technology can further their study with A Level Music Technology, as well as eventually being able to work within the Performing Arts, Sound Production or Television/Radio industries.

How is it Graded?

Students are graded for each unit and examination. The levels combine to give an overall grade. Each will use the following system (approximate GCSE equivalent is indicated in brackets):

  • L2 – Pass (4/5)
  • L2 – Merit (6-7)
  • L2 – Distinction (8-9)
  • Students will be entered for a Level 2 qualification provided they meet the necessary conditions required in the coursework element of the course.

Course Summary

The course is studied as a full A Level linear course (two years).

Component 1: Recording – practical coursework

Use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

  • One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by the exam board, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. Keyboard tracks may be sequenced.

Component 2: Technology based composition – practical coursework

Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

  • One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by the exam board. 
  • Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.

Component 3: Listening and analysing – written exam

Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by the exam board.

Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes.
  • Principles of sound and audio technology.
  • The development of recording and production technology.

Component 4: Producing and analysing – practical and written exam

Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by the exam board in the examination.

Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:

  • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
  • Principles of sound and audio technology.

Higher Education & Career Options

Studying Music Technology will help to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination. Students will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill set. Careers opportunities include film and television, theatre, and of course in the recording industry, both pop and classical.



At Farringtons, Photography is offered as a subject choice at A Level. 

A knowledge of photography or previous art and design-based qualification is preferred. A passion for lens-based media is required, as well as the ability to be organised and committed to independent study. 

The course is studied over two years, the first being dedicated to skills development, the second to building a body of coursework in line with the OCR course specification. 

Our subject specialist, Mr Matthews, teaches photography. He is a professional practitioner experienced in both contemporary and historical techniques. 

The course is designed to not only challenge students to achieve the best they can, but to bridge the gap between ALevel and first year degree study. 

Students will leave with a sound understanding of the level of study expected at university and be able to read, analyse and contextualise degree level critical theory.

Classical techniques such as film development, medium format and large format can all be explored using our dedicated dark room. Contemporary techniques and skills can be developed using our studio equipment and Apple Macs dedicated to run the Adobe Creative Suite.

A Level

The OCR Art and Design, specialising in Photography, syllabus is studied.

Year 12

A portfolio of work is developed and students are able to critically analyse and contextualise photographs as well as photographic critical theory. 
Elements of art history are incorporated and students are encouraged to explore moving images, Gifs, animation and video as well as stills.

Year 13

The A2 Course offers students the opportunity to further develop their area of interest, focus their studies and become specialists in their fields.

Physical Education

At Farringtons, the Physical Education Department is committed to creating a positive learning experience, building confidence, improving fitness and promoting a healthy lifestyle. 

We pride ourselves on making Physical Education accessible to all pupils, regardless of ability, encouraging full participation in lessons and providing a variety of extracurricular sporting opportunities.

There are a wide range of extracurricular activities to suit all interests, enabling every pupil to reach their potential in their chosen sport. These clubs take place before school, in the lunch hour and after school. They provide opportunities for skills taught in lessons to be consolidated and developed.

At Farringtons, we believe that competition is important. Pupils should learn through sport how to react to different situations, both positive and negative, allowing for each individual to build resilience. We allow students to access all levels of competition, from countrywide competitions through to inter-house school events.

The school competes in inter-school competitions, which include girls’ and boys’ football, netball, rugby, cross country, swimming, futsal, basketball, athletics, cricket and tennis. The department also maintains a flexibility to allow for pupils who show an interest in any sport to compete at an inter-school level.

Each week, all students in Key Stage 3 have two periods of Physical Education, which focus on the individual activities of swimming, gymnastics, sport-specific fitness, trampolining and ball skills. They also have a triple games session where they participate in team sports, which include football, rugby and cricket for the boys and netball, football and rounders for the girls.

In Key Stages 4 and 5, pupils are offered a double games session where they can continue to develop within their team sports or explore other sporting interests, both within and outside of  School.


Psychology is an academic subject concerned with the study of the mind and human behaviour. It is available to Sixth Form students at Farringtons.

If a student has an interest in learning and debating explanations of human development and human behaviour, then Psychology is the perfect choice.

AS/A Level

Students following this course will gain an insight into understanding human similarity and human difference. They will learn to analyse and evaluate scientific research and develop their critical thinking skills.

The department takes advantage of expert lectures given by London universities and hospitals when  available to school students. For example, students have previously attended an expert lecture given by Sir Richard Bowlby at Orpington College.

Religious Studies

At Farringtons, Religious Studies is a compulsory subject for all students in Years 7 to 9. It offers pupils the opportunity to explore the diverse beliefs, ethics and opinions which exist in the world today. Its aim is to develop understanding and hence promote tolerance of the religious traditions and practices which have shaped our world and continue to be of relevance today.


In the first two years of Senior School, pupils study the six major world religions. 

Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Year 7 and Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism in Year 8. 

This provides a foundation of knowledge for pupils to progress onto the GCSE course.

In Year 9, pupils begin the GCSE course with a study of Christianity. 

AS/A Level

During AS and A Level, students study the 'Philosophy of Religion' and 'Religious Ethics', which are taught and examined as two distinct topics. The course itself is demanding, but most importantly stimulating, enjoyable and rewarding.


Science is about asking ‘Why?’ and then finding out the answers. 

Questions range from those which involve life, chemical elements and particles as small and fundamental as quarks, to those that encompass the whole universe: its birth, evolution and eventual fate.

Science encourages pupils to develop many essential skills, such as investigative skills, planning and evaluation, accurate observation and recording, and concise writing.

At Farringtons, all Sciences are taught by subject specialist teachers and we have five excellent, fully equipped laboratories.

In Years 7 and 8, all pupils study an integrated Key Stage 3 Science course which broadly follows the National Curriculum. Topics are selected to provide a sound foundation for IGCSE Sciences and enable an easier transition to Key Stage 4.


Pupils begin Key Stage 4 topics in Year 9 and then, in Year 10, take either AQA GCSE Combined Science (two GCSE grades) or AQA GCSE Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (three GCSE grades).

The Combined Science and Separate Sciences are designed to be interesting and inspiring modern Science qualifications. The Separate Science qualification is designed for more able students who are considering taking their Science studies further than GCSE level, to A-level and beyond. 

The courses give students the opportunity to experience Science within the context of their general education and provide a basis for further study in GCE Advanced Level Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics.

AS/A Level

At A Level, all three sciences are popular. 

The A Level course is a two-year linear course with an option to take an AS level after one year. 
All students carry out practical work which is examined in the theory papers. This practical work is an essential component of the A Level and is required in order for students to pass the Practical Endorsement.


Textiles promotes creativity and the development of expressive conceptual ideas using a variety of materials and techniques.

Key Stage 4

At Farringtons, we offer an AQA Art and Design Textiles GCSE. 

Students select a topic that they develop through the four assessment objectives. They use research, experimentation and the recording of ideas to inform an outcome or product. 

Students facilitate gallery visits and catwalk shows to assist them in developing their studies.Development and experimentation are important tools in the students’ progress. 
The course is divided into two components:

Component 1: Portfolio

A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives.

  • No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of GCSE

Component 2: Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from a selection of externally set subject titles, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time • 96 marks • 40% of GCSE

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13, students are encouraged to develop their own style as well as appreciate the work of current designers. 

The students’ learning is tailored to develop their individual needs and personal attainment within the AQA specification.

The course is divided into two components:

Component 1: Personal investigation

This is an extended collection of practical work based upon a question or starting point.

  • No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of A Level

Component 2: Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from a selection of externally set subject titles, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

  • Preparatory period + 15 hours

One Year GCSE Course for International Students

Our new one year GCSE course offers international students the opportunity to gain 5 or 6 GCSEs whilst developing their written and spoken English skills and obtaining a traditional British boarding experience.


  • Prospective pupils should be confident in attending lessons in English and have an equivalent of IELTS 4.5.
  • Pupils will study towards 5 or 6 GCSE/IGCSE examinations.
  • Successful completion of the course will give pupils the opportunity to progress to an A Level programme at Farringtons and apply to the top UK and international universities.
  • Subjects available: IGCSE English as a Second Language GCSE Dual Science (equivalent to two GCSEs) IGCSE Mathematics GCSE French GCSE Spanish GCSE German
  • Depending on timetable availability pupils may have the opportunity to study an additional subject such as BTEC Business Art & Design or iMedia.
  • Sport, Wellbeing and supervised prep are included in the course.
  • Pupils will be supported by qualified and dedicated Language (ESL) teachers and tutors to ensure their pastoral and academic needs are met.
  • Farringtons offers an extensive range of sports, creative and performance activities for pupils to enjoy and enhance their academic experience.
  • A programme of evening and weekend activities are arranged for the boarders to enjoy, including trips to London, local cultural places of interest, and of course shopping.
  • Farringtons School is taking every precaution to ensure its pupils and staff live and work in a safe environment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One Year Pre A Level Course for International Students

Our new one year Pre A Level course offers international students with lower ability English the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to progress to an A Level course whilst obtaining a traditional British boarding experience.

  • Prospective pupils should be confident in attending lessons in English
  • Successful completion of the course will give pupils the opportunity to progress to an A Level programme at Farringtons and apply to the top UK and international universities.
  • The course will include: Mathematics Science Chinese Extensive English as a Second Language
  • Sport, Wellbeing and supervised prep are included in the course.
  • Pupils will be supported by qualified and dedicated Language (ESL) teachers and tutors to ensure their pastoral and academic needs are met.
  • Farringtons offers an extensive range of sports, creative and performance activities for pupils to enjoy and enhance their academic experience.
  • A programme of evening and weekend activities are arranged for the boarders to enjoy, including trips to London, local cultural places of interest, and of course shopping.

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