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Personalised Stage Options Evening Tuesday 6 th May 2014. Your Future. OPTIONS 2009-11. Changes to GCSEs…. Current Year 8 will be taking GCSEs in June 2017. New GCSEs in English & Maths New ‘number’ outcomes in these subjects Other subjects – current courses, and grades.

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Personalised Stage

Options Evening

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

changes to gcses
Changes to GCSEs…
  • Current Year 8 will be taking GCSEs in June 2017.
  • New GCSEs in English & Maths
  • New ‘number’ outcomes in these subjects
  • Other subjects – current courses, and grades.
  • From 2015 all students in education or training until 18
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What is

‘Personalised’ Learning?

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

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What type of courses are there?

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

what subjects will students study
What subjects will students study?

Core Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

Option Subjects

core subjects
CORE SUBJECTS
  • ENGLISH
    • English Language GCSE (All)
    • English Literature GCSE (most)
  • MATHS
    • Maths GCSE
  • SCIENCE
    • EITHER Separate Science GCSEs(Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
    • OR Core Science and Additional Science
    • OR Entry Level and Core Science
  • LANGUAGES
    • French, Spanish or German GCSE (most)
languages
LANGUAGES
  • Vast majority will continue with their language to GCSE.
  • Students can choose a second (or even third!) language as an option.
  • Which language students are doing DOES need to be shown on the options form.
compulsory subjects
COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
  • CORE PE – not examined
  • ICT – Cambridge National Qualification in ICT (equivalent to ½ a GCSE)
  • ETHICS – Short Course GCSE (½)

Opportunity to choose ONE of these subjects to be a “FULL” course equivalent, or MAJOR in SPORTS LEADERSHIP.

major minor choices
MAJOR / MINOR choices
  • Everyone will study Ethics as a minor choice AT LEAST.
  • Students will need to make your choices for major and minor subjects:
    • MAJOR (4 lessons)
      • Ethics (full course GCSE)
      • ICT (full course Cambridge National)
      • Sports leadership (Suite of qualifications)
    • MINOR (2 lessons)
      • Ethics (Half course GCSE)
      • ICT (Half course Cambridge National)
option subjects
OPTION SUBJECTS

Academic (GCSE)

Vocational (BTEC / Cambridge National)

Travel & Tourism

Health and Social Care

Construction

Sports Science

iMedia

Skilled For Life (Level 1) – mix of units (English, Maths, Work Skills, Work Experience, Personal / Social skills

French, German, Spanish, Geography, History, Business Studies, Psychology, Economics, PE.

Product Design, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Electronics, Textiles, Catering, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Computing

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In a Nutshell…….

  • All options courses take 3 years, the major/minor courses will finish in year 10.
  • There are new subjects – students will have the opportunity to take subjects from the Social Science Faculty that they have not previously encountered – taster sessions for these in early May
  • There are a range of academic, practical and ‘vocational’ choices

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

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What should students consider?

  • What is the course about?
  • What will the exam be like?
  • Is there controlled assessment or project work? How much does this contribute to the overall grade?
  • Is the course a level 1 or level 2 course (or both)?
  • Put yourself first - this is your chance to take control of your learning and shape your future.
  • It's important to choose options that interest and motivate you.
  • What interests you? What makes you work hard?

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

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What should students consider?

  • Look at all your options before you make a decision
  • Don't fall into the trap of thinking that some subjects are only for boys and some only for girls - this isn't true
  • If you have a firm career idea, choose subjects that you'll need for the next stage of your career journey - the ones you need to go into further or higher education or into an apprenticeship or job with training
  • If you don't have a firm career idea, choose subjects that will allow you to keep your options open

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

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What should students consider?

  • Talk to your friends – but do not to be persuaded to take subjects they are choosing in the hope that you will be together. This may not happen. In any case, it must be your interests and skills that determine your choices, not someone else’s.

Reasons for Choosing your Options

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

the ebacc
The ‘EBacc’
  • new measure for schools (from 2011), NOT a qualification for pupils.
  • C or above in:
    • English
    • Maths
    • 2 Sciences
    • A Language
    • History or Geography
  • Universities do highly value the subjects that make up the EBacc, but there is no requirement for a students to have achieved the EBacc measure.

“With the exception of English and Maths, and in a few cases a Modern Foreign Language, most universities have no universal entry requirements in terms of specific GCSE subjects. Subject choice is ultimately much more important at the post-16 or A-level stage”.

Russell Group of Universities

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Key Dates 2014

Your Future

OPTIONS 2009-11

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Where can students go for help and advice?

Teachers

Tutor

House Learning Managers

Students already taking the courses

Careers Advisor

Family & Friends

contact us

Contact us

tinman@gordano.n-somerset.sch.uk

srossiter@gordano.n-somerset.sch.uk