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WHAT WILL STUDENTS STUDY IN YEARS 10 & 11?

THE CURRICULUM IN YEARS 10 & 11 HAS THREE ELEMENTS: 

 COMPULSORY EXAMINED SUBJECTS

  • English                       GCSE
  • Maths                        GCSE
  • Science                      GCSE (Double)
  • French or German or Spanish                      GCSE
  • ICT

These are COMPULSORY subjects and will be offered up to GCSE standard. They will enable most students to take a  minimum of 5 GCSE exams (or equivalent).

COMPULSORY NON-EXAM SUBJECTS

  • PE
  • RE
  • Careers
  • Citizenship

 

These are modules of work that we believe benefit all students. They are not usually examined, though individuals may opt to pursue certification where it is available and relevant (eg short course GCSE RE) All contain statutory elements at Key Stage Four.

 

 OPTIONS

  • Double unit vocational (GCSE/BTEC/NVQ)
  • Single Unit subjects (GCSE)
  • Single Unit vocational BTEC

 

These will be chosen by students. They fall into three groups. Each subject will have a unit of EITHER one (single) OR two (double). Students must choose courses which add up to three units in total plus two reserves. The details of this are shown on the following pages.

 

The first two elements are compulsory and are studied by ALL students, so they are NOT part of the options booklet.

SO, WHAT CHOICES ARE THERE?

 

THE PATHWAYS

The first decision students need to make is whether to follow the English Baccalaureate Pathway or the Non-English Baccalaureate Pathway.

The English Baccalaureate (E.Bacc) is not a qualification on its own. It is an additional certificate which recognises that you have studied a broad range of subjects and achieved good grades (C or above) in ALL of them at GCSE level.

The subjects are: English

                           Maths

                           Science (Core + Addition or Triple)

                           A Modern Foreign Language

                           A Humanities subject - History or Geography

All students at Cansfield study English, Maths, Science and MFL at GCSE level. Therefore, if you enjoy Humanities subjects AND you are looking to gain C Grades or above in all these areas, we recommend that you choose the English Baccalaureate pathway.

Although colleges and universities do not currently require an E.Bacc from students who apply, we do not know how this may change in the future.

Aside from this, the E.Bacc would be an additional recognition of a student's achievement in KS4 of which they could be very proud.

However, students have a free choice of pathways.

We perfectly accept that students may want an open choice across the full range of subjects. If this is the case, you should choose the non-E.Bacc. pathway.

Both pathways are shown below:

E. Bacc

Non E. Bacc

Eng.

Maths

Science

 Eng.

Maths

Science

French   or

German  or

Spanish 

French  or

German  or

Spanish

History  or

Geography

Art, Graphics, Drama,

Resistant Materials, PE

Two Single    or

One Double

Option Choice

Two Single   or

One Double

Option Choice

In addition all students will study ICT, RE, Citizenship, Careers and Core PE.