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Key Stage 4 Options

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KS4 Personalised Options Choices (Year 10 and 11)
Academic Year 2020 – 2021

In addition to their core curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science, Personal Development, Careers and PE), pupils in Years 10 and 11 will study a personalised options curriculum. This enables pupils to select from a suite of accredited courses for a proportion of their timetable, these choices are based on their interests, career or post-16 ambitions. In 2020-21, Year 10 will choose from the options below, Year 11 will continue their personalised studies for the second year.

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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.

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