Exam Boards: Edexcel, AQA and OCR
1-year GCSE (Suitable for Year 11 or repeating students)
The 1-year GCSE entry course has been designed to ensure that students will achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at the end of their studies. This will enable students to move onto the next stage of their education, training or employment. The curriculum is necessarily narrow so as to accommodate students who have moved to the UK from other countries, had an interrupted education, moved from another school or not previously achieved 5 GCSEs A* – C. In most cases, time factor has a critical impact on the successful outcomes at GCSE.
Subjects studied to be examined in summer 2020 include: Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Citizenship.
This curriculum will enable students to achieve 6 GCSEs if they sit triple science examinations or 5 GCSEs if they sit double science examinations. As many of our students aspire to move on to further Level 3 qualifications and ultimately a degree, this course satisfies most university requirements of a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Maths and English Language.
In addition, students will enjoy non-examined subjects including PHSE and PE. ICT provision will be integrated across the curriculum.
Maths, English & Sciences
This course is particularly relevant for students who have not attained passes in English, Mathematics and Sciences. Passes in these subjects ensure that students have the requisite literacy and numeracy skills for their A-Level studies, irrespective of the subjects chosen, and are usually required by universities and employers in later life.
On occasion, students may proceed into the Lower Sixth but simultaneously improve on one subject at GCSE level. Whether this is a suitable option depends on the number of subjects being taken at A-Level and the grades previously received at GCSE.
Individual Learning Plan
Students studying in the 1-year GCSE course will revise all Year 10 and 11 content within the syllabus and undertake extensive examination practice. Students also devise a Personal Development Plan, in conjunction with their teachers, to help identify the steps required for a higher level of achievement.
Supervised Study & Personal Development Programmes
Additionally, students will undertake several sessions of Supervised Study each week to ensure that they are carrying out sufficient independent learning. A Personal Development Programme is also an integral part of the 1-year GCSE timetable and students can expect to learn about a myriad of topics, such as democracy and online safety.
Assessments & Parent Reporting
Students undertake a number of assessments during the academic year including progress tests, which assess unit based knowledge, and more formal end of term or mock examinations which are a test of large parts of or the entirety of the syllabus. Parents are kept updated with student progress via written reports and parents’ evenings.