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Key Stage 4 Options

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Year 8/9 Curriculum Options (Keystage 4 Options)
Academic Year 2018 – 2019
Current Year 8 and 9 Pupils


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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 4 – 1 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 – 9in a GCSE.

BTEC

Business & Technology Education Council. A British body which awards qualifications known as BTEC’s. 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 school based and teacher assessed piece(s) of pupils independent work which contributes to their final grade. Some L1 and L2s are 100% coursework, 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 papers completed exam papers are sent to assessors away from school 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 will take accredited learning in the following, in Year 9 and Year 10:

Core Curriculum
Entry Level Certificate to GCSE English
Entry Level Certificate to GCSE Mathematics
BTEC Applied Science Award/Certificate/Diploma
BTEC Information Communication Technology


Foundation Curriculum
PSHE
Careers Education
P.E.

What subjects are available as an option?

GCSE Geography
GCSE History
BTEC Health and Social Care
L1/L2 NCFE Photography
BTEC Sport
L1/L2 Entry to Uniformed Public Services
ELC to GCSE Design Technology
BTEC to GCSE Food & Catering/Food & Nutrition
*BTEC Engineering Motor Vehicle Studies
ELC to GCSE Art and Design

*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, in order 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/ Level 2 BTEC
Home Cooking

L1/L2 Photography

Entry Level/GCSE Design Technology

BTEC Engineering/Motor Vehicle

BLOCK B

BTEC
Sport and Leisure

Level 1/ Level 2 BTEC
Home Cooking

L1/L2
Photography

BLOCK C

Level 1 Uniformed Public Services

GCSE History

BTEC Health and Social Care


BLOCK D

Level 1 Uniformed Public Services

BTEC to GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Geography

BTEC Child Care

Examples of choices in a Personalised Curriculum:

BLOCK A

Photography

BLOCK B

Food & Nutrition

BLOCK C

Uniformed Public Services

BLOCK D

Geography

BLOCK A

Food & Nutrition

BLOCK A

Sport

BLOCK A

Health and Social Care

BLOCK A

Uniformed Public Services

Click Here to download the GREENFIELDS ACADEMY – YEAR 8 and 9 PERSONALISED SELECTION FORM 2018 – 19 in PDF format