Schools have been closed since March 2020 and although we may see Year Ten and Twelve students before the end of the summer term, we do not yet know when we might next see Year Nine.
We must plan accordingly and we are now at the stage of the year where students need to choose their final options before starting online GCSE and Technical Award courses on Monday 1st June 2020.
OUR GCSE CURRICULUM
All students will study English, Maths, Science and core PE and one of History or Geography. The table shows the Year 10 curriculum, with the number of hours per fortnight spent studying each subject.
TYPES OF QUALIFICATION
As well as finding out about the content of subjects, students should find out how subjects are taught and assessed. There are two types of qualification at Key Stage 4:
- GCSE 9 – 1
- Technical Awards
GCSEs are assessed primarily through final examination.
- GCSEs are designed for a two-year period of study
- GCSEs are linear, so students will take all of their exams at the end of the course
- GCSEs do not usually have coursework or controlled assessment
- GCSEs have a grading scale from 9 to 1. The comparison with the old A* – G system can be seen in the table opposite
This short video explains the new GCSE grading system.
Technical Awards take a more practical approach and are assessed through coursework and or controlled assessments alongside the external exam component. Technical Awards equate to GCSE grades as follows:
- Distinction* 8.5
- Distinction 7
- Merit 5.5
- Pass 4
Students should spend time thinking and talking to their family about which subjects are the best choices for them. Students can talk to their teachers by e-mail and their addresses can be found here: https://chauncyschool.com/contacts/
Students should choose subjects that they enjoy, believe they can succeed in, and should think about whether a subject is important for their future.
KEY STAGE FOUR SUBJECTS
Information and presentations about individual subjects can be found below. Please click on a link to view the information:
- Business Enterprise – Technical Award
- Health & Social Care – Technical Award
- Psychology Video Presentation
- Sports Studies – Technical Award
THE OPTIONS PROCESS
The options process in Year Nine is far simpler than in previous years.
Students have already selected two of their options, which have been part of their Year Nine studies.
Our Year Nine Options Form is now online and students must complete it by Wednesday 20th May 2020:
Students must select ONE subject from each option box on the form.
One of these options MUST be HISTORY or GEOGRAPHY (students can study both if they wish).
OPTION BOX 1 – YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT
- Business Enterprise TA (Technical Award)
- Health and Social Care TA (Technical Award)
- GCSE PE
- Sports Studies TA (Technical Award)
OPTION BOX 2 – YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT
Please complete this options form by 12.00pm on Wednesday 20th May 2020.
If you have any questions about the Year Nine options process please e-mail James Steventon (Year Nine Options Coordinator) via firstname.lastname@example.org