The two-year General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) courses start in Year 10. The core subjects of English, Maths, at least one foreign language and Double or Triple Science are followed by every pupil. In addition, pupils can choose three options which generally are subjects in which they have a particular interest or expertise. Optional subjects include Art, Business Studies, Design Technology (Graphics), Drama, Ethics and Philosophy, Food Technology, Geography, History, Mandarin Chinese, Music, Physical Education and Spanish. A consultation meeting is held in Year 9 with parents and pupils to help with the decision making process.
Pupils are taught in sets for the core subjects and are mixed in ability for their options. The GCSE Handbook provides more detailed information about individual subjects.
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GCSE – Year 11
Grades from 9-1 on the new grading system for English and Maths and A*-G for all other subjects. Those pupils taking the AQA Certificate of Further Maths will gain a grade from A^-C where A^ is the A* with distinction, a grade higher than A*.
In the new 9-1 system: grades 1,2,3 replace G,F,E,D; grades 4,5,6 replace C,B; grades 7,8,9 replace A,A*. Nationally, only 20% of the pupils gaining a 7, 8 or 9 will gain a grade 9, so these are very difficult to get.
The Government is statistically tying the proportion of 4+ grades to last year’s proportion of C+ grades and the proportion of 7+ grades to the proportion of last year’s A+ grades.