1 Sharjah English School GCSE Option Choices 2014 Sharjah English School
2 GCSE Option Sharjah English School Dear Parents, Year 9 students have now reached an important point in their schooling where they have to decide which subject options to take for their GCSEs. Before this choice can be made, teachers, parents, and students must all work together to ensure that the final decision is one which will be to the satisfaction of all concerned. We believe that a broad, balanced education is essential and this policy is reflected in our option choice format. Our GCSE Option Package reflects a programme of subjects which will prepare our students thoroughly for future studies in whichever system of education they enter. It will also give them diversity of subject matter, essential for future employment. To ensure breadth and balance in each student s individual curriculum, we do insist that all students take English and English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Double or Triple Award) and up to four further subjects, chosen from the Option Choices, to GCSE level. Students also take Physical Education and a Personal, Social and Health Education course as non-gcse subjects. For the majority of students a total of nine GCSE subjects will be studied. An Options/Curriculum Evening has been arranged for Tuesday 4th March to consider the option choices your child will make when he/she is in Year 10. The evening will begin at 3.30 pm in the Auditorium, with an outline of the options process and explanation of the key issues. The presentation will be followed by the parent / student / teacher meetings, where you will be able to discuss your child s academic progress and their suitability to take specific subjects at GCSE level. As it is a Curriculum Evening leading to option choices, we feel that your son/daughter should accompany you and being an official school meeting, we ask and expect them to be in school uniform. Yours sincerely, Darren Cowan Key Stage 4 Coordinator
3 RELEVANT INFORMATION Secondary education is divided into three phases or Key Stages at Sharjah English School. These are Key Stage 3 (KS3), the lower secondary stage, Key Stage 4 (KS4), the GCSE stage and Key Stage 5 (KS5), the A-Level stage. Key Stages 1 and 2 are relevant to the Primary and Junior Departments. During Year 9, students are given the opportunity to decide upon their options for the critical two years of KS4. The choice of subjects is particularly important because it will have a significant bearing on what they will be able to do when they complete their GCSE studies at the age of 16. The opportunities for taking up certain careers, training or A-Level can be limited if particular subjects are dropped at ages 13 or 14. It is important for students to keep their options open when they make their decisions. This generally means that students should choose a wide range of subjects. Many 13 or 14 year olds will have little idea about what they want to do for a career. Even if they do, it is still advisable to be flexible. Minds are often changed! EXAMINATION BOARDS The GCSE examination courses that are on offer are examined through the English examination boards of: AQA - Assessment and Qualifications Alliance Edexcel - University of London Examinations and Assessment Council(London Board) These two examination boards are extremely popular with schools in England and are currently the main two examination boards that offer overseas schools the facility to enter students for GCSE qualifications.
4 GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION Teachers at Sharjah English School look carefully at the full range of courses of study set by the examining groups and choose a syllabus which appears to be the most interesting and useful. The GCSE examination was introduced in schools in 1986 to replace O Levels and CSEs. Candidates sat the first GCSEs in summer of It is designed to be an examination for children of all abilities. GCSE courses last two years and are examined at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11), when most students are aged 15 or 16. Candidates are graded from A to G. Below that there is a U which stands for ungraded. The higher grades of A, B and C are sometimes described as being broadly equivalent to the old O-Level pass grades of A, B and C. Since 1994 a starred A grade (A*) for those candidates with the best A grades has been available; this rewards exceptional achievement. An important part of some GCSE examinations are Controlled Assessments. Students carry out specific tasks in school under particular conditions depending on the task. It may be a written project in Geography or it may be a practical investigation in Science. The aim is to assess what a student can do beyond a written paper in an examination room. The marks that are awarded for this assessment count towards the final GCSE grade in the given subject. External help with Controlled Assessments can lead to disqualification in the relevant subject. In the different subjects, Controlled Assessments make up differing percentages of the final grade. In many subjects it will account for at least 20% of the student s total marks. In some practical subjects the proportion can be much higher. For the final examinations alternative papers exist and teachers are responsible for ensuring that students are entered for papers which set appropriate targets for their respective abilities. This process is known as tiering. Generally there is a Foundation Tier and a Higher Tier. It is anticipated that students at Sharjah English School will generally be entered for the Higher Tier, though there may be exceptions. GCSE results tend to be published normally on the fourth Thursday in August on completion of Year 11. Examination Fees for the various GCSE courses are payable upon confirmation of the examinations being undertaken by a student. It is anticipated that parents will be invoiced at the end of March prior to the examinations being sat. The fees will vary depending upon the particular subject concerned. These variations in the fee structure are due to the nature of the course.
5 ADVICE TO STUDENTS BEFORE MAKING THEIR CHOICES A balance of subjects is preferred by college/universities in most countries and by employers. A balance also allows you to have a wide choice of careers. The Core curriculum in conjunction with the options generally gives you this balance. It is generally best to opt for the subjects that you enjoy. If you enjoy them you will work harder. Take your time in deciding. Talk to parents. Talk to your form tutor. Talk to your teachers. Do not choose a subject simply because: a friend is doing it. you like a teacher, you may not get him/her. you do not like it, but think it is needed for a career that appeals. Do not worry too much about what college/university course or career you may want to do after you leave. Most places just require a broad range of good grades at GCSE. Also, most people change their minds about courses and careers over their remaining time at school. SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR For some GCSE subjects, 5% of the marks for each written paper are allocated to spelling, punctuation and grammar according to the following criteria: Threshold performance: students spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar with reasonable accuracy; they use a limited range of specialist terms appropriately. Intermediate performance: students spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar with reasonable accuracy; they use a wide range of specialist terms with purpose. High performance: students spell, punctuate and use the rules of grammar with almost faultless accuracy, using a range of grammatical constructions; they also use a wide range of specialist terms with purpose and precision. HOMEWORK Completion of regular homework will be important for successful progress in all courses. It will be necessary for students to spend between 60 minutes and 120 minutes each afternoon/evening on homework. ACTIVITIES There will be a range of activities available and students should enjoy these activities as much as they did in Years 7, 8 and 9. However, to participate in activities on four different afternoons may be unwise for some!
6 Core Subjects All students take English, Mathematics and Science
7 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AQA 4705 GCSE English aims to develop pupil s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening; to enable them to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately. In speaking and listening, pupils will take part in a variety of tasks, including individual presentations, debate, discussion, drama activities and role-play. They will develop their abilities to listen and respond to speakers ideas and to use a variety of techniques in their talk appropriate for audience and purpose. Students will study a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and media texts, developing their understanding of the way writers use language, structure and form to achieve effects and influence readers. As writers, they will learn to adapt their vocabulary and form appropriately to purpose, enabling them to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively. Written Controlled Assessment Students will produce a written coursework folder which will contain four assignments: Extended Reading A detailed response of 1200 words, to a text studied in class. Creative Writing Students complete two written tasks, totalling 1200 words. 1. Moving Images (writing for or about moving images) 2. Commissions (responding to a given brief) 3. Re-creations (taking a text and turning it into another). Spoken Language Study Students will complete one task, totaling 1000 words, which focuses on a specific area of spoken language 1. Social attitudes to spoken language 2. Spoken genres 3. Multi-modal talk. Assessment Criteria Formal Examination- 1 paper (60%) Written Controlled Assessment (40%) Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment (Separately reported on Certificates) Virtually all career choices require students to have a sound knowledge of English. Students must obtain a grade C or above if they are applying to university.
8 ENGLISH LITERATURE AQA 9715 The English Literature course is combined with GSCE English Language and students entered for both subjects will be able to gain two GCSE s at the end of the course. The course aims to develop students interest and enthusiasm for literature. Through the study of a range of literary texts, students will develop their abilities to respond critically and imaginatively, appreciating the social, cultural and historical contexts and values that are presented. Controlled Assessment This assessment is an extended task of 2000 words that requires students to make links between a Shakespeare play and one other text. Alternatively, they may complete a poetry assessment as a response to the study of a selection of contemporary poetry and poems from the English (Welsh or Irish) Literacy Heritage. Assessment Criteria Formal Examination - 2 papers (75%) Controlled Assessment (25%) A grade C in English Literature is essential for a student who is intending to study English Literature at AS or A level. Universities and employers also hold this qualification in high regard as it indicates a more sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the language.
9 MATHEMATICS Edexcel A 1MA0 This course is a traditional linear route to GCSE Mathematics, comprising of two terminal examination papers. There are three main areas of study: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability. The course aims to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding such that students will confidently tackle and solve a range of familiar and unfamiliar problems, including those drawn from real-life contexts and other areas of the curriculum. They will think and communicate mathematically both logically and creatively. Students will become more fluent in making connections between different areas of Mathematics and its application in the world around us. Two written papers, one calculator (50%) and one non-calculator (50%). A good qualification in Mathematics shows evidence of logical thought processes and the ability to cope with statistical and analytical skills. This core subject is highly valued by most employers and is often required for entry to further or higher education. Possible careers are: accountant, air traffic controller, architect, banker, bursar, CAD draughts person, tax inspector, economist, engineer, financial consultant, insurance, pilot, surveyor, teacher, stockbroker, operational research.
10 SCIENCE AQA 4405/4408 or 4401/4402/4403 ROUTE 1: SCIENCE/ADDITIONAL SCIENCE (2 GCSES OVER 2 YEARS) This is the route that is offered to the majority of pupils in the UK. It covers all the main aspects of science and will allow pupils who excel to progress on to AS courses. The course involves pupils completing GCSE Science in Year 10 and GCSE Additional Science in Year 11. This will require 6 modules of study and 2 practical assessments. Pupils will receive 6 lessons per week. ROUTE 2: GCSE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS (3 GCSES OVER 2 YEARS) This is a route in the UK normally only offered to students who excel in science and is a much more intensive and fast paced course. It is aimed at students who already show a great aptitude in science and have a strong likelihood of progressing onto AS level courses in science. The course involves pupils completing GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics over 2 years, allowing them to leave with 3 grades at GCSE level. This involves 9 modules and 3 practical exams. Pupils will receive 6 lessons per week. CHOOSING THE RIGHT COURSE Students do not choose which route they will take. Instead they are invited to attend the route that will most suite their ability and needs. This decision is made based on the following criteria. Achievement in the SAT examination. Achievement in the mock SAT Science examination. Achievement in class assessments throughout the year Attitude to learning and effort made in class. Some people may be told that they will be starting route 2 on a trial basis, but that their continuation is conditional on maintaining the level of effort and hard work required over the first few weeks. It is important to make sure that the pupils achieve good grades in their courses and not sacrifice this for the sake of an extra qualification. GCSEs in Science are important for almost any career. Employers appreciate the application of thinking skills, analytical ability, problem solving and logic associated with the sciences. They also appreciate people who understand how the world around them work.
11 Optional Subjects Students will need to choose four of these subjects
12 ARABIC Edexcel 5AR01 This Edexcel GCSE in Arabic requires students to develop their knowledge of vocabulary and structures in a range of settings which: are relevant and of interest to the student correspond to the student s level of maturity reflect, and are appropriate to, the culture of countries and communities where the language is spoken relate, where appropriate, to other areas of the curriculum The Edexcel GCSE in Arabic qualification requires students to : Develop the ability to listen to and understand spoken Arabic in a range of contexts and variety of styles Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes Read and respond to different types of written language Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes Understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures Develop the language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly Of course the Arabic language is important aside from the current economic and political issues simply because of the number of countries that speak it. Arabic is spoken by over one hundred and fifty million people throughout the world including the following countries and territories: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, Western Sahara, the Yemen Arab Republic.
13 ART & DESIGN Edexcel 5AD02 At GCSE students will develop an understanding of past and contemporary art and design and be able to produce a personal response embracing a range of ideas. Students will develop skills by widening their working knowledge of materials, practices and technology and use skills to investigate, analyse and experiment using art and design. They will be encouraged to use their imaginative powers and the skills to express ideas, feelings and meanings and use the language and conventions of art and design to show an understanding of its place in history and in society. Unit 1: Personal Portfolio in Art and Design 60% This takes the form of two projects carried out of the two years of the course. The projects are themed and can take the form of work produced in sketchbooks; drawings, photography, paintings etc. Students are expected to spend approximately 45 hours in informally supervised conditions producing their portfolio of work. Unit 1 is internally set and marked; assessed through controlled assessment Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design 40% This is an externally set theme and is internally marked. Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours in informally supervised conditions producing supporting work for their 10 hour controlled examination. All work is moderated externally in May/June Assessment Criteria This is an open entry subject. All students will be required to complete the coursework and exhibit their work. Whether the student views his or herself as a painter, fashion designer, film-maker or sculptor, the same basic rules of art and design apply and the student must be interested, dedicated and show lots of enthusiasm. Art and Design is recognised as an acceptable qualification for entry to many careers and higher education courses. Further training in Art, Craft & Design can include AS/Advanced GCE, Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (VCE) or BTEC National Diploma, Art College Foundation Course, Bachelor of Art Degree, Master of Arts and PhDs. There are numerous careers in the visual such as; Advertising, Picture Restorer, Marketing, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Teaching, Costumier, Illustrator, Sculpture, Commercial Work, Textiles, Set Designer, Photo Journalist, Magazines, Book Jackets, Computer Graphics, Painting, Interior Design, Fashion Designer, Video & TV, Film Maker, Medical Photography, Printing, Picture Editor, Freelance Cartoonist, Teaching, Curator, Art Therapist etc.
14 BUSINESS STUDIES AQA 4130 The new Business Studies GCSE takes the student through the elements of setting up and running a business. Unit 1 focuses on the entrepreneur and the many factors that influence the decisions of a new start up business, from where to locate, managing small marketing budgets to acquiring start up finance. In Unit 2 we examine wider business issues and those a growing and more established business may be affected by, such as changing business objectives, an expanding workforce, the use of more sophisticated marketing techniques and the legal structure of the business. Unit 1 - Setting up a Business, Written Paper (1 hour) weighting 60 Marks / 40% Unit 2 - Growing as a Business, Written Paper (1 hour) weighting 60 Marks / 35% Unit 3 - Investigating Business, Controlled Assessment, (up to 3x1 hour sessions) 40 Marks/ 25% Controlled Assessment Students are required to prepare an investigation of a proposed business idea. The research investigation takes place prior to the examined assessment and can take the focus of different business functions such as marketing, operations or strategy. The candidate will be required to examine this focus in detail through primary and secondary research and to ultimately make sound business recommendations based on the analysis of their research findings. Once research is complete the students' enter into a controlled assessment environment, where they are required to write a report answering the pre-released exam question. Business Studies helps the student to develop an understanding of the world of work and, as such, is of value in any career choice. Some of the more obvious career prospects for Business Studies include: Banking and Finance, Import/Export Sales, Marketing, Hotel Management, Catering, Retail Management and Personnel Management.
15 DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - AQA - Product Design 4550 Graphic Products 4555 GCSE Design & Technology is concerned primarily with the activity of designing and making of products and systems which are used by and manufactured in an industrialised society. We seek to provide our students with an educational experience which places particular emphasis on the holistic nature of Design and Technology, empowering the pupils and giving them the skills to analyse and resolve the many conflicting issues which crop up when living in a forward thinking global society. On completing their GCSE we aim to give the pupils an understanding of, and competencies in the following areas: 1. Creative process (decision making and the resolution of conflicting needs) 2. Manufacturing, including an understanding of industrial systems 3. Communication, research and analytical skills 4. The interrelationship between human and technological factors 5. An understanding of the importance of commitment and personal organisation 6. An appreciation of the fact that design can have an impact beyond its intended area 7. An awareness of the historical events that have shaped our world 8. An appreciation of the work of others (including professional designers and peers) The assessment schedule for GCSE is 60% coursework and 40% examination. COURSEWORK (Controlled Assessment) Design & Technology at GCSE includes a major coursework component with 60% of the final grading being based upon the student s project work. This takes the form of a self directed design assignment which evolves into a manufactured model or prototype. This work is started early in Year 11 and most of the study during this time is based around it. A pupil who achieves 100% in this project walks into the exam with a C/B grade before he or she puts pen to paper. Product Design or Graphic Products? All three courses follow the same pattern and deal with the same design related issues. The major difference is within the materials and media that the students specialise in. The students will be advised on which course will be best suited to them by their Design & Technology teacher. Design Technology as a subject gives the pupils transferable skills and the ability to contribute creatively in any situation. The skills listed above; research, analysis, decision-making and communication are highly valued by employers and lend themselves to all walks of life. The more specialised knowledge and skills can lead to higher education and employment in the following fields: architecture, engineering (civil, electronic and mechanical), design (product, graphic, interior, service) quantitative surveying, design management, software or website design and manufacturing management, to name a few. Every day, the demand for good quality creative thinkers with the skills to see a project through is growing, and this course is designed to help our students be these people.
16 FRENCH AQA 4655 The course concentrates on developing and extending the ability to communicate effectively through the topic areas covered. All students will enjoy increased confidence within the four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will form an understanding and positive attitude towards the culture and civilisation of Francophone countries. The GCSE French course at Key Stage 4 is considered a solid academic option and good grounding for further study. Students take examinations in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The listening and reading tests each account for 20% of the total mark and the speaking and writing slightly more at 30%. The writing and speaking tests are Controlled Assessments, 2 assessments for each skill. The written tests are marked by Edexcel whereas the speaking tests are marked by the teacher examiner and moderated by Edexcel The ability to use a modern foreign language is in increasing demand in most occupations. Careers in Import/Export Sales, Banking, Journalism, Broadcasting, Hotel Management, Travel Industry, Engineering and Marketing can all benefit from a knowledge of French. French is an official working language in dozens of international organisations, including the United Nations, International Olympic Committee and International Red Cross and is the second most frequently used language on the internet. In line with increased globalisation, the ability to communicate in a second (or even third) language is critical and will increase a student s marketability. Employers tend to prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages.
17 GEOGRAPHY Edexcel 2GA01 Geography at GCSE is designed to investigate new ideas and approaches to the study of geography in the 21st century at local, regional, national and international scales. It examines aspects of physical and human geography and their associated processes, including relationships between people and environments as well as current issues of local, national and global importance, such as climate change and sustainable development. Geography GCSE stresses the importance of fieldwork, out-of-classroom learning and the use of new technologies, including the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), to assist geographical investigation. Unit 1 - Geographical Skills and Challenges Geographical Skills cartographic, graphical, geographical enquiry, ICT and GIS Challenges for the Planet - climate change and sustainable development Unit 2 - The Natural Environment The Physical World Coastal Landscapes, River Landscapes, Glaciated Landscapes and Tectonic Landscapes Environmental Issues - A Wasteful World and A Watery World. Unit 3 - The Human Environment The Human World - Economic Change, Farming and the Countryside, Settlement Change, Population Change People Issues - A Moving World and A Tourist s World Unit 4 Investigating Geography Coasts, contemporary, countryside, environmental, rivers, tourism, transport, urban areas Assessment Criteria Each unit is worth 25%. Units 1-3 are examined externally and unit 4 is a controlled assessment. In Units 2-4 students will answer questions from one topic in each section. The diverse nature of Geography means it is a stepping stone to a whole range of future opportunities. Town planning, journalism and media, teaching, economic planning, engineering, business, ICT, environmental management, marketing, leisure and tourism are all careers where geographical skills would be particularly valued.
18 HISTORY Edexcel A - The Making of the Modern World History at GCSE is designed to help make judgments about the past, think critically when sources of information are presented to us and challenge existing ideas about the world. This course involves the study of Twentieth Century World History. There are four distinct parts to the course: Unit 1: Outline study 25% External Examination Peace and War: International Relations The Cold War, c Unit 2: Depth Study 25% External Examination Nazi Germany: Unit 3: Source Enquiry 25% External Examination British History Option: War and the Transformation of British Society, c Unit 4: Representations of History 25% Controlled Assessment Vietnam War, c Assessment Criteria Units 2 and 3 will be studied in Year 10 and Units 1 and 4 in Year 11. Unit 4 is internally assessed and whereas Units 1, 2 and 3 are external examinations which will be sat in the summer of Year 11. Entry Information This is an open entry subject with no higher/lower tiers. All students will attempt common examination papers, which will contain questions of graded difficulty requiring answers of varying lengths. The transferable skills developed through the study of History make it a valuable addition for many employers as it shows the ability to make decisions and justify them, analyse change and continuity and predict trends. History is a particularly good subject for those thinking of careers in Law, Journalism, Politics, Archaeology, Academia and Teaching.
19 ICT Edexcel 2IT01 This new course has been designed to ensure that it is truly engaging, covers relevant skills as well as new and emerging technologies. It emphasises the development of transferable skills such as problem solving and thinking creatively, logically and critically. Its main features are: A new Controlled Assessment (60% weighting) Flexible assessment options: Unitised structure with the option to assess in January or June or teach the two-year course and assess at the end One specification and question paper suitable for all students (40% weighting). UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. 40% of the total GCSE. This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1. 60% of the total GCSE The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel. Students must complete the task within 40 hours. Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria. Information Communication Technology is of great value in any career choice. ICT plays an increasingly important role in many aspects of our everyday lives both at work and at home.
20 PHYSICAL EDUCATION Edexcel 1827 GCSE Physical Education is primarily a practical based course offering students the opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of activities such as Invasion Games, Gymnastics, Swimming, Fitness and Athletics. Students will learn about exercise, how the body adapts in exercise and training and how performance can be improved. Knowledge and analytical skills are developed to improve personal performance in selected activities. Students will have the opportunity to select four activities from at least two of the options on offer. For students who enjoy sport this will therefore be a very enjoyable course. This course will help students build upon basic skills taught in KS3. There is one written examination at the end of the course, which will test knowledge and understanding of the factors affecting performance and the importance of participating in physical activity. The examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes and involve a combination of long, short and multiple choice questions that enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding. Throughout the course students will be assessed as they learn and develop new skills and techniques through a range of different activities. The final coursework is worth 60% of the total marks and students will need to offer four activities for assessment. The course is designed to develop the ability to observe and analyse different performances. In the final assessment students will need to analyse performance in one of their chosen practical activities. Physiotherapy, teacher, sports development, sports scientist, strength and conditioning coach, sports technology designer and sports therapist
21 MUSIC AQA 4270 A GCSE in Music touches many areas of the subject that are not covered in instrumental or singing lessons. Students will learn how to compose for a variety of instruments and voices. They will also be taught how to use modern software such as Sibelius 6 and Cubase 5 to record and realize their compositions. There is a listening paper focusing on three areas: The Pop Song in the 20th and 21st centuries; World Music; The Western Classical Tradition. They must also record 2 pieces or songs on their main instrument or voice. Composing and Appraising Controlled Assessment One Composition, in a genre chosen by the exam board, with an appraisal by the candidate. Completed under controlled conditions, submission by recording. (20% of the total marks.) Composing Controlled Assessment One free choice Composition, completed under controlled conditions, submission by recording. (20% of the total marks.) Performing Controlled Assessment 1 - One solo performance on voice or instrument. 2 - EITHER a group performance with at least 2 other people OR a music technology performance. Pieces to be recorded and submitted to the Exam Board. It is anticipated that several different pieces will be recorded during the 2 year course, and the best of these selected for submission. (40% of the total marks.) Listening and Appraising Paper Written paper of 1 hour 15 minutes, focusing on the Pop Song, World Music, and the Western Classical Tradition. (20% of the total marks.)
22 What should I do now? Speak with your subject teachers about your options Speak with your tutors about your options Ask friends and relatives currently doing their GCSE what they think of the subject
Option Choices @ Dear Parents, Year 9 students have now reached an important point in their schooling where they have to decide which subject options to take for their s. Before this choice can be made,
Contents Subject Choices Core Subjects English Language English Literature and ESL (after consultation) Science Maths Modern Foreign Languages Humanities and ICT French Spanish Arabic Arabic as a Second
GCSE Options Booklet 2015-2016 INTRODUCTION This guide has been produced to give you, the prospective senior student at Bedstone College, information about the GCSE options subjects on offer. In each case,
Option Choices Longfield Achieving High Standards by Demanding Excellence The English Baccalaureate @ Longfield The English Baccalaureate is not an actual qualification; instead, it is a way of recognising
GCSE Coursework For pupils in Year 10 in the academic year 2014-15 1 GCSE Coursework in Years 10 and 11 This brief guide should give you an overview of the coursework requirements in the courses pupils
Option choices for Year 10 Contents Page 1. The Options Process 3 2. Curriculum and Timetable at Key Stage 4 4 3. Core subjects 5 English Language English Literature Maths Physical Education Science: Double
Liverpool Life Sciences UTC Key Stage 4: Parental Engagement GCSE & BTEC Subject Information Innovation Opportunity Achievement Objectives Provide an overview of the structure of each course. Provide useful
The Kingswinford School - a science college - CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS 2015-2016 INTRODUCTION Controlled assessment was introduced for GCSE specifications for first teaching in September 2009 with the aim
Year 10 Subject Information To Parents/Carers, The information below has been provided by individual faculties to give you an insight regarding your son/daughter s GCSE options. The examination process
GCSE in Geography A Geographical Foundations GCSE in Geography B Evolving Planet November 2008 Geography under the spotlight why change? Importance of Geography in the 21 st Century Understanding the issues
KEY STAGE 4 INFORMATION BOOKLET 2016 1 KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM SEPTEMBER 2016 Our school has a long tradition of providing a broad key stage 4 (KS4) curriculum based predominantly on GCSE qualifications.
Year 8 Curriculum Information Evening Key GCSE Stage 4 Finding the right path Thursday 17 March 2016 6:00 7:00 pm Thank you for considering your son/daughter s GCSE options for Year 9, 10 and 11. You are
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE Humberston Academy GCSE Subjects Paper 1 Students will study a range of fiction extracts to explore how writers use a repertoire of linguistic techniques to engage
MOUGINS SCHOOL GCSE COURSE GUIDE 2016-2018 INTRODUCTION You have now probably reached the first decision-making point in your education. For the next two years you are going to study a number of subjects
AIMS To provide an overview of the Options process To consider the place of GCSEs and other qualifications in the larger picture To clarify the number and type of qualifications available To demonstrate
Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum Information Broad Overview All primary age groups are taught the nine subjects of the National Curriculum (Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History,
ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAMME (BALP) 2014/15 INTRODUCTION The Bromsgrove Accelerated Learning Programme (BALP) is a one year course that takes place in the Fifth Form at Bromsgrove School. Its primary
St Catherine s School Sixth Form Centre Integrated Programmes of Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Education and Residential Care Resources/Policies/Sixth Form Integrated Programmes Sep
ART & DESIGN COURSES WJEC GCSE in ART & DESIGN WJEC GCSE in GRAPHIC DESIGN ART AND DESIGN BOARD ACCREDITATION WJEC GCSE COURSE CONTENT The GCSE in Art and Design contains two papers - Paper 1 is Coursework
Sancton Wood School GCSE Course Information 2016 Most students will take 10 GCSEs including the core subjects. All students are required to sit GCSEs in the following core subjects: English Language English
GCSE English Language & English Literature/ GCSE English Course overview Year 11 Most pupils will be studying the GCSE English Language and English Literature course in Year 10 and Year 11. Students in
Welcome to KS4 Year 10 Parents Information Evening Wednesday 23 rd Sept 2015 Introduction Welcome Mrs Walker Introduction to KS4 Mrs Parker Pastoral Support Miss Bedier (Head of Year 10) GCSE at QEG 2015
Cambridge IGCSE English First CIE 2 language Introduction Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English learners
CITY & GUILDS MATHS AND QUALIFICATIONS COMPARED HELPING YOU TO NAVIGATE THE MATHS AND LANDSCAPE We understand the skills landscape is ever-changing, and that greater emphasis is now being placed on the
Key Stage 3 English Aims of the Course At Key Stage 3, students will have access to a wide range of activities and improve on a wide range of skills. They will lay the technical groundwork in spelling,
ST JOSEPH S COLLEGE Miss C Maguire Assistant Headteacher Year 10 Just 36 more for Year 9! Changes to Exams Exams are getting harder! All external exams to be assessed at the end of Year 11 No modular retakes,
INFORMATION ABOUT GCSE SUBJECTS: Below is a list of all the GCSE subjects offered at Aylesbury Grammar School. In some case the Heads of Departments have also included some information about coursework/controlled
MUSIC Why study music? Clearly the subject makes a major contribution to any balanced programme of subjects up to 6th form and beyond: but music as an academic subject provides a unique set of skills which
Senior Phase S5 / S6 Course Choices Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 2015-2016 2 CONTENTS ENGLISH 4-9 MEDIA 10 EXPRESSIVE ARTS ART & DESIGN 11-16 DRAMA 17-20 MUSIC 21-24 HEALTH & LEISURE HOSPITALITY
Year Parent Briefing A New GCSE Options Process Exam Year 201 Introduction An introduction to GCSE Option Choices for Year The rationale for bringing this forward Curriculum organisation To be clear all
Slide 1 GCSEs and A-levels: how they are changing from September 2015 Essential information for parents These slides give a summary of how and when GCSEs and A levels are changing in England, and briefly
St Bernard s Catholic High School GCSE Course Information 2017-2019 Contents Introduction... 4 Proposed Option Blocks... 5 Sample Option Form... 6 Religious Studies... 7 English Language and English Literature...
Presdales School GCSE CURRICULUM INFORMATION 2015/2016 1 GCSE CORE CURRICULUM 2015-16 GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (EDUQAS) Students reading and writing skills are assessed in two final examinations. Component
Revision of GCSE Specifications Draft Proposals Engineering and Manufacturing Draft Proposals for Consultation 2016 Content Page Introduction... 3 A. Specification at a Glance... 4 B. Subject Content for
Year 9 Curriculum Parents InformatIon 2016/17 What this booklet will tell you This booklet aims to give you an overview of what your child learning this year at Thomas Estley Community College. Information
2015-2016 Programme Choice Dunshaughlin Community College 2015-2016 Senior Cycle Students today may choose from four different options at Senior Cycle Level so it is important that they are well informed
The Junior School Literacy Policy The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you ll go. -- Dr. Seuss What is Literacy? Literacy is defined as the united
Presdales School YEAR 7 CURRICULUM INFORMATION 2014/2015 YEAR 7 CURRICULUM 2014-15 ENGLISH At KS3 pupils are taught to develop their skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. English Language
English Language and Literature GCSEs 2017 onwards Mrs M Hilderley Subject Leader of English Years 7-10 English Language The Changes Ofqual feel that GCSE English has, historically, been more generously
English Curriculum English has a pre eminent place in education and in society. A high quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas
YOU THINK YOU MIGHT WANT TO STUDY: GRAPHIC DESIGN VISUAL COMMUNICATION PRODUCT DESIGN DIGITAL MEDIA MOTION GRAPHICS 78 DESIGN & CREATIVE MEDIA Course LISTING Bachelor of Arts in Product Design Bachelor
GCSE (9 1) Comparison Guide J351 ENGLISH LANGUAGE A Comparison of the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English and the Reformed OCR GCSE English Language September 2014 We will inform centres about any changes
Key Stage 4 Courses 2017-2019 Information for Year 9 Students Dear Student In September you will be moving into Year 10 and starting courses that will lead to your examinations in the summer of 2019. The
GRAMMAR SCHOOL PROSPECTUS 2013-2014 1 The Grammar School is a happy, caring, successful school where pupils can achieve and exceed their potential. Welcome to the Grammar School at JPGS! Introduction The
Literacy Policy Gloucester House The Tavistock Children s Day Unit Version: 3 Approved by: Nell Nicholson Date Approved: Jan 2012 Name of originator/ author: Date issued: Jan 2012 Review date: Jan 2015
23 You have: TASC subjects May lead to: D/E in Year 10 Australian Curriculum English An interest or need for literacy skills in work and everyday life Practical English 1 Essential Skills - Reading and
Geography Programme of study: key stage 3 Curriculum aims Learning and undertaking activities in geography contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: successful learners
Your guide to Edexcel International GCSE (9 1) English Welcome We have launched a new suite of Edexcel International GCSE (9 1) qualifications available for first teaching in September 2017. This guide
1 Aims and objectives Alderman s Green Community Primary School Policy on Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) 1.1 In our school, we support the view that learning a modern foreign language is an entitlement
Curriculum Area: Music Last Modified: Monday, 27 July 2015 Curriculum Area Booklet Introduction Music is a place where you have the opportunity to be creative, perform and listen to a whole range of music.
ENGLISH COMMUNICATION ARTS & READING Program Description The English Communication Arts Program provides opportunities for all students to become responsible, self-motivated, productive citizens as well
Grade Boundaries AS/A level and Applied GCE January 2013 Understanding AS/A level and Applied GCE This document shows the grade boundaries for modular GCE AS and A levels and Applied GCE qualifications.
Year 11 C/D Intervention evening Succeed here... Beauchamp College Aims ü To explain why your son/daughter has been identified for intervention ü To give you an overview of the additional support available
GCSE Prospectus September 2016-2017 1. Content Art and Design... 4 Biology... 5 Business Studies... 5 Chemistry... 7 English Language and English Literature... 8 Geography... 9 History... 11 Home Economics...
Compulsory Subjects For Students Starting Year 10 In September 2015 Contents 1. Design and Technology Food and Nutrition 2. Design and Technology Textiles 3. Design and Technology Graphic Products 4. Design
Year 11 Parent s GCSE Information Evening English Last year 75% of students achieved a C or above in English. This is down to: Choosing the route we have Adapting the course to suit the learner English
Ashlyns School 2015 2017 Curriculum Options for Years 10 and 11 Issue Date: March 2015 PLEASE RETAIN THIS BOOKLET FOR FUTURE REFERENCE or see our website www.ashlyns.herts.sch.uk Ashlyns School, Curriculum
Guernsey Grammar School & Sixth Form Centre Options 2011-2013 Options 2015-2017 Courses 2015-17 Year 10 Options As you approach the end of Year 9 and the first phase of secondary education (Key Stage 3),
THE ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL LONDON DAY SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM CURRICULUM POLICY STATEMENT OF INTENT Arts Educational School is a vocational Performing Arts school, committed to developing the talents of
Achievement Pathways Course Information For Year 9 students 2015/2016 Dear Student Key stage 4 marks an exciting and important phase in your life. It is the period when you build on your earlier learning
Woodlane High School Helping pupils prepare for future life Du Cane Road London W12 0TN Tel: 0208 743 5668 Fax: 0208 743 9138 Headteacher: Claire Maynard e-mail: email@example.com www.woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk
Year 9/10 Course Information GCSE Mathematics Students are following the AQA specification. The new specification was introduced in September 2015. The first exam for the new specification will be in June
KS4 GCSE Pathways 2017 KS4 GCSE Pathways Evening Monday 20 February at 4.15pm PATHWAY CHOICES Dear Student and Parent/Carer I am very pleased to present to you our Key Stage 4 curriculum booklet for the
Curriculum Map 2016-17 As at September 2016 Art current provision Y13 Y12 A2 Art Craft & Design or Textiles (specialising in either Art Craft & Design or Art Textiles) AS Art Craft & Design or Textiles
GCSE WJEC Eduqas GCSE in ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACCREDITED BY OFQUAL SPECIFICATION Teaching from 2015 For award from 2017 This Ofqual regulated qualification is not available for candidates in maintained schools
GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature Year 11 2016-17 The English GCSEs 1. Summary of the changes 2. How the new grades compare to the old 3. What s involved in GCSE English Language and literature
UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION FOR: BA (HONS) MEDIA AND CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION 2016/17 This Programme Specification is designed for prospective students, current
A Level Geography Head of Faculty: Ms A Williams Head of Department: Miss J Hall Syllabus: Edexcel 9GE0 The A level Geography course is a full 2 year course which begins in September 2017 for first examination
Education A Whole World of Change Our Aim Over the last few years the educational system has been through an incredible amount of change. The simple fact is that this period of change is far from over.
Qualification Accredited GCSE (9 1) Parent and learner guide ENGLISH LANGUAGE & ENGLISH LITERATURE J351 & J352 For first teaching in 2015 What s changed in GCSE English Version 1 www.ocr.org.uk/english
Art and Design Policy Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and is a unique way to understand and respond to the world, and to communicate
LARKS HILL JUNIOR & INFANT SCHOOL MFL Policy - French Subject Leader: Lynda Hewes Reviewed: Autumn Term 2015 Larks Hill J & I School Modern Foreign Languages Policy - French Learning a foreign language
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Standard and Higher Level IB courses are offered at both the Standard and Higher Levels. Standard Level courses may be one or two years in length requiring
GCSE Information Evening for Pupils in Year 10 Order of Presentation Mr R Gilpin (Headteacher) introduction Miss K Foster (Deputy Headteacher) what happens in Year 10? How you can help your child? Mr D
Westlake Girls High School Year 9 Curriculum Handbook 2017 Encouraging young women to achieve excellence in their every endeavour THE WESTLAKE GIRLS YEAR 9 CURRICULUM The Westlake Girls High School Year
THE SITUATION THREE YEARS AGO GCSEs were modular. Students could sit exams after they studied a unit. Exams could be taken in January and June in both years 10 and 11. Students had the opportunity to resit
Key Stage 4 2014 The curriculum and learning pathways In this presentation I will Review the recent Government changes to assessment modes at Key Stage 4 and what this means for your daughter. Go through
GCSE subject criteria for English Language Revised September 2012 Applicable for courses commencing teaching September 2012 onwards with first assessment in January or June 2014 Information Information
Significance of Family Involvement Supporting Literacy at Home Introduction The evidence about the benefits of parents being involved in their children s education in general, and their children s literacy