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Key Stage 4 Options

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KS4 Options Choices (Y9, 10 and 11)
Academic Year 2018 – 2019


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GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education. The standard level of qualification in English Schools. GCSE’s are usually assessed through a balance of course work and examination. Pupils who pass the course are graded from 1 – 9.

ELC

Entry Level Certificate. This level of qualification is common throughout the UK, especially in special schools. ELC’s are usually assessed through coursework and examination. However, the qualification is aimed at pupils whose attainment is below a grade 1 on GCSE courses.

Level 1

Level 1 (L1) describes the level of qualification of a specific course. Usually these courses are more vocational in nature and contain more flexible coursework and portfolio building, but are moderated externally. In coming years, these courses will also have some examination features. Pupils are awarded a PASS or FAIL. A PASS grade is equivalent to achieving a 1 to 4 in a GCSE.

Level 2

Level 2 (L2) describes the level of qualification of a specific course. L2s are more challenging in depth and breadth than a L1. Usually these courses are more vocational in nature and contain more flexible coursework and portfolio building, but are moderated externally. In coming years, these courses will also have some examination features. Pupils are awarded a PASS or FAIL. A PASS grade is equivalent to achieving a 5 to 9 in a GCSE.

BTEC

Business & Technology Education Council. A British body which awards qualifications known as BTECs. Generally these are more coursework centred and vocational in nature.

Pre-Requisite

These are the criteria a pupil must show or hold to gain access or choose a specific course/qualification. Eg. To access GCSE History pupils must be a ‘free reader’.

Coursework

The classroom based and teacher assessed piece(s) of pupils independent work which contributes to their final grade. Some L1 and L2s are 100% coursework based, GCSE’s have various weightings.

External Examination

Usually in the form of a Formal Examination which is sat under examination conditions. Different qualifications have various weightings. The completed exam papers are sent to external assessors to be marked.

GLH

Guided Learning Hours – the expected amount of teacher led time required for pupils to fully achieve the learning outcomes of the course. Most GCSE’s are aimed at being 120 hours. At Greenfields Academy, we ensure pupils have access to more GLH than is recommended.

Which subjects are compulsory at Greenfields Academy?

All pupils attending Greenfields Academy in Year 9 and Year 10, will take accredited learning in the following:

Core Curriculum
Entry Level Certificate to GCSE English
Entry Level Certificate to GCSE Mathematics
Science GCSE
Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Foundation Curriculum
PSHE
Careers Education
PE

What subjects are available as an option?

GCSE Geography
ELC and GCSE History
Level 1 Health, Social and Child Care
Level 1 NCFE Photography
GCSE PE
ELC Level 1 and Level 2 Life and Living Skills
GCSE Design Technology
Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery Skills
GCSE Art and Design
BTEC Engineering Motor Vehicle Studies*

*BTEC Engineering Motor Vehicle Studies – availability subject to appropriate resourcing and site being sourced

Pupils must select one option from each block. The same option cannot be taken twice, to ensure that pupils access a broad, balanced and varied programme which matches their future goals and aims, and that they feel will be engaging for them.

BLOCK A

Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery Skills

Level 1 Photography

GCSE Design Technology

BTEC Engineering Motor Vehicle Studies*

BLOCK B

GCSE PE 

Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery Skills 

Level 1 Photography

BLOCK C

ELC Level 1 and Level 2 Life and Living skills 

ELC and GCSE History

Level 1 Health, Social and Child Care

BLOCK D

ELC Level 1 and Level 2 Life and Living skills

GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Geography

Level 1 Health, Social and Child Care

Examples of choices in a Personalised Curriculum:

BLOCK A

Photography

BLOCK B

 Food and Cookery Skills

BLOCK C

Life and Living Skills

BLOCK D

Geography

BLOCK A

 Food and Cookery Skills

BLOCK B

PE

BLOCK C

Health, Social and Child Care

BLOCK A

Life and Living Skills

Click Here to download the GREENFIELDS ACADEMY Key Stage 4 OPTIONS SELECTION FORM 2018/19