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Paignton Community & Sports College(Lower)
Waterleat Road, TQ3 3WA Paignton
01803 403005

Welcome to
Paignton Community
& Sports College

Paignton Community & Sports College has been a designated specialist SPORTS COLLEGE since September 2002. Through achieving Specialist School Status we have received extra funding which is helping to improve provision for sport both in the College and in the local community.

At Paignton Community & Sports College we aim to:

  • enable all members of the College to achieve their full potential by encouraging the highest possible standard of endeavour

  • develop personal qualities and social skills in order that members of the College may respect both the needs of the individual and those of the whole community

  • work with local primary schools, secondary schools and clubs within the community

  • ensure that sport in Torbay matches what is offered anywhere in the country

A warm welcome awaits everyone at Paignton Community & Sports College. We look forward to meeting you.

If you have any questions or would like more information about Paignton Community & Sports College, please do not hestitate to contact us.

The Curriculum

(Key Stage 3)

Pupils explore ideas using a range of media and techniques. Each year pupils learn about the use of the visual elements - line, tone, colour, form, pattern, texture, composition amd perspective.Pupils also look at the work of western and non-western artists.

Homework is set termly following set themes such as "manmade forms, natural forms etc.

Pupils keep their work in sketchbooks. Final pieces may be 2D or 3D.

Art & Design

“Art & Design” is involved in nearly everything we see and use. It plays a part in a variety of jobs (catering, beauty therapy, teaching, etc.) as well as being essential to the wide range of work in the Art & Design field itself (Graphics, Product Design, Architecture, Fashion, Theatre and T.V. to name but some). It influences all our lives either as individuals or members of the community, and as consumers .

How the course is organised

Thematic Work - A range of opportunities exists for developing work from a particular theme using a range of media in two or three dimensions.

Expressive Work - will result from a pupil's emotional response to an idea, issue or theme. This might be evident in such factors as the manipulation of materials, the choice of imagery and the handling of colour and mood.

Design Based Work - Work will be developed in response to a particular design brief. The work is likely to take into account issues such as function, the target audience and the practicality of the design solution.

All project ideas will be developed from research, observational drawing, explorations of media and reference to appropriate artists, designers or craftspeople.

Homework/Equipment/How parents can help

Homework will support the themes/subjects and be the time when students will do much of their preparation/preliminary work. It is essential for all students to have their own materials for use at home and in school - pencils, watercolours, coloured pencils and fine line pens, etc. They must also have a sketchbook for homework and preparation work. Students will be able to buy an A2 plastic folder together with basic materials as a 'pack' from school. The folder is a very good way of protecting coursework between home and school.

GCSE Assessment

Students will be entered for GCSE Art & Design (Grades A* - G) and will need to fulfil the following requirements:

Paper 1: Coursework (60%)
Students must present two, three or four units of coursework (depending on quality and quantitiy) which together satisfy the requirements of the course. They will have help in making this selection and it is expected to be their best work. A unit of coursework shows evidence of 'preliminary work' (e.g. studies, notes, sketches, exploration of different ideas) and the production of a final piece (this work is presented in sketchbooks which can be bought from the Art Department).

Paper II: Controlled Test (40%)
Students will choose one subject/theme from a list set by the exam board. They will have time to prepare a 'preliminary studies/ideas' which they will use in the final exam (10 hours over 2 days).

After GCSE we can offer a range of Sixth Form courses; these include the traditional Art A-Level and AVCE Art & Design - a Vocational A-level that is now similar in structure to the A-level but broader in terms of type of work to be completed. Further details of these courses can be found within the Sixth Form section of this website.


Business Studies
(GCSE) Modular

Why study Business Studies?

Business Studies is not just a theory-based subject, it is about real life. It will help you to learn about businesses and the way they operate in today's society. You will investigate businesses in your local area. You will gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in the further study of Business Studies and in your personal life.

You will study:

  • Business Organisation
  • The Business in its Environment
  • Business Processes

You will learn:

  • How to analyse business problems and issues
  • How to evaluate evidence and communicate your arguments clearly
  • How to make business decisions
  • How to use business vocabulary
  • To work on your own and as part of a team
  • About ICT, how to use it and how changes in ICT affect the way in which
    businesses operate.


You will take four modules. Three of them will be tested through examination papers and one will be tested through coursework. Each module is worth 25% of your overall result.
There are two levels of entry for the examination papers: Foundation and Higher.

Module 1 - Business Organisaion
(1 hour 15 minutes)
You will answer four questions based on a business scenario. Some questions will need short answers and some will need longer pieces of writing.
Module 2 - Coursework
You will carry out an investigation into a business situation. It will involve about 10 hours of work.
Module 3 - The Business in its Environment
(1 hour 15 minutes)
You will answer two questions based on a business scenario. Some questions will need short answers and some will need longer pieces of writing.
Module 4 - Business Processes
(1 hour 15 minutes)
You will be given a Case Study based on a business scenario which you will have time to study (in class) before the examination. The examination paper will be based on the Case Study. You will answer three questions, some of which will need short answers and some of which will need longer pieces of writing.

The course provides a good foundation for entry onto AS/A or Applied Business Studies at Advanced level. It also provides you with excellent preparation for future employment.

Advanced and Intermediate courses are available in Paignton Community & Sports College's Sixth Form and at other local colleges.


Design & Technology
(Key Stage 3)

Design and Technology in Years 7, 8 and 9 is a combination of Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles. All pupils experience a wide range of activities in order to develop an understanding of designing and making. Pupils will work with a variety of tools, equipment, media, materials and computers to help them explore a variety of possible solutions to design problems. It is through these activities that all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products and learn to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Pupils have to work to strict time limits and learn many new processes and skills. They have to learn how to be well organised and work safely on their own and with others.

We have a basic set of rules, that operate in each Design Technology room and these are clearly displayed. In addition, all pupils receive specific instructions and safety procedures for all tools, equipment and processes. All pupils need to provide an apron or alternative, such as an old shirt, to protect expensive school uniform from dust, paint, chemicals, etc. but in some cases the school provides these for the pupils.

Raw Materials
In practical subjects such as Food, Construction, and Textiles, where materials are used, the College will set a charge equal to the cost of the materials, or make a charge in kind by requiring parents to provide raw materials.

Parents will be invited in advance to indicate that they or their son/daughter wish to own the finished article by incorporating these materials. A simple form will be issued to each pupil for parents to sign and return.

Design & Technology
(GCSE Full Award)

All students should be undertaking one area of Design Technology at Key Stage 4. This will take various forms depending upon which materials' area and course you choose but in all cases it will involve Designing and Making products.

Students can choose one area of Design & Technology from the following:

  • Food Technology
  • Resistant Materials Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Textiles Technology

Students undertaking Design & Technology at Key Stage 4 will combine designing and making skills in order to design and make products. This will take various forms depending upon which area of focus pupils choose. Predominately these subjects are practical in nature but other aspects of the course include writing, drawing, research, designing, analysis and background theory topics.

GCSE Assessment

Coursework - 60%
Written papers - 40%

Students may choose to do Double Award Manufacturing as their Technology choice.

It will be expected that all students should provide basic equipment, such as writing and drawing materials, for all courses. Some specific items will also be needed depending on the chosen area of focus. These could be discussed at the option choices' evening.


The application of scientific principles and technological processes with an emphasis on industrial practices through an understanding of:

  • food components and their function
  • food processing and manufacture
  • the consumer market
  • product design and development


  • the use and understanding of design process from concept to realisation
  • product analysis
  • the use of wood, metal and plastics
  • design and make for prototype, single item and batch production
  • the use of CAD/CAM
  • industrial practices in designing and making
  • in Year 11 pupils will undertake their own course-work study, materials for which must be provided by them. A project within their price range is


  • the communication of ideas and solutions through drawings, diagrams and models
  • a wide range of graphical techniques from traditional drawing methods to Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD)
  • presentation techniques
  • industrial applications of graphic products
  • 3D graphic outcome
  • scale model with full production details of full size item


  • Fashion and theatre costume design
  • manufacture of a textile product
  • understanding and creative application of fibres, fabrics, yarns and techniques
  • influence of cultural traditions, contemporary and historical artists and designers
  • Design skills: drawing, sampling and the use of IT and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Techniques covered: dyeing, weaving, printing, applique, quilting, maching and hand embroidery, fabric painting, garment design and making


Coursework - No time limit - 60%
Choice of Unendorsed or Endorsed Options.
Two, three or four units of coursework in the chosen Option.
Response to all assessment objectives required in coursework as a whole.
Centre-assessed and moderated by AQA.

Controlled Test - 10 Hours - 40%
Candidates must respond to one starting point.
Four week preparatory period and 10 hours of supervised time.
Response to all assessment objectives required.
Set by AQA, centre-assessed and moderated by AQA.

Students will undertake a series of coursework projects over the five terms to test their designing and making skills. There is an emphasis placed on imagination, experimentation and independent working. All preparation work will be done in sketch books to support the final piece. The 10 hour exam will be taken at the end of the course. The students will have one month to prepare for this and will be entered according to the completion of coursework tasks.

It will be expected that all pupils should provide basic equipment for all courses such as writing and drawing materials with some specific items needed depending on the chosen area of focus. These could be discussed at the option choices evening.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to
contact either myself or Ms F Pursell (teacher in charge of textiles)


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