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Core Curriculum: 30 lessons per fortnight Core Curriculum Core Core PE Science Core RE Core ICT PSHE Maths English
Non-Core Science – 6 periods• Single Science – Core Science - one GCSE – Plus Certificate in Personal and Social Development• Additional Science – Combines with Core Science to make 2 GCSEs• Triple Science – 3 separate GCSEs: Biology, Physics and Chemistry• Students are placed on one of these courses dependent on their performance in Year 9 Science assessments
Options – 24 periods per fortnight• A range of GCSE, Cambridge National, and BTEC courses• Four options• 6 periods per fortnight in each option• Options organised into two pathways
Subjects on offer• Specialising: History, Geography, RS, Music, Dance, Drama, Technology subjects, languages, ICT, PE/Sport...• “New” Subjects: Business Studies, Health and Social Care, Media Studies, Construction
Qualifications on offer• GCSE – Awarded from A*-G – Combination of exams and controlled assessment• Cambridge National / BTEC – Awarded Distinction, Merit, or Pass – “Vocational” or work-based learning – Available in Sport, Business, Construction, and ICT(iMedia)
The English Baccalaureate• Represents breadth and strength in academic achievement• Awarded to any student gaining A*-C in GCSE: – English Language – Two Sciences – Mathematics – History or Geography – A Language• Not to be confused with the English Baccalaureate Certificate
The importance of a language• The English Baccalaureate places studying a language at the heart of the curriculum• The Russell Group (top 20 UK Universities) have designated languages as “enabling subjects”• Some universities have made a language at GCSE a requirement for studying any degree course• The global economy will increasingly require linguistic ability
Things to consider - studentsDo consider: Do not consider:• What do I enjoy? • Choosing subjects just to be• What am I good at? with friends• What to I want to do post- • Choosing subjects because 16? “I like/don’t like the – Sixth form? teacher” – College? – Apprenticeship/employment? • Choosing subjects “because you ought to”• Choose a good range of subjects• Read your report carefully
Things to consider - parents• Read the recommendations of subject teachers in the report carefully• Discuss progress and suitability with subject staff at parents’ evening• Discuss with your children what they want to do, and whether this will keep the right options open post-16
Options Viability• We will make every effort to meet students’ first option choices• Where this is not possible, we will use the reserve choice• On rare occasions, some options do not recruit a viable group• Students cannot take the same subject twice – this includes Sport with GCSE PE, or Applied ICT with GCSE Computing.
Important Dates• Monday 7th January: Options Assembly• Wednesday 9th January: Options Evening• Thursday 17th January: Subject Evening• Friday 25th January: Final Deadline for completing options in Insight
Sources of advice and information• Other parents / friends• Students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form• Subject Staff / Tutor / Head of Year• Careers Team• Mr Kenny and the Learning Support team• School Website• Senior Staff – Mr Hildrew or Mr Gaynor