to the GCSE Guide for current Year 10 students

A Rough Guide
General Certificate of Secondary Education
Most students take 9 GCSEs
6 from the Option Columns
Maths, English, English Literature
Latin as an extra
Pass GCSE grades are considered to
be from A*-C
Grades D, E, F, G and U are
considered to be ‘fail’ grades
GCSE Results 2015
90% A* - C
A*/A = 46%
B = 24%
C = 20%
13 pupils (14% of cohort) clean
sweep of A*/A
Target for 2017!
Exam Boards
The exam boards we use are:
Course Types
The Heads of Department do the
research and choose the courses they
think are best for our students
All courses are examined at the end
However, some courses include
controlled assessment or coursework
Four types of course to choose from:
Type 1: Final Exam
These courses have no coursework or
controlled assessment
Examined at the end of two years
Religious Studies (AQA)
Latin (OCR)
Type 2: IGCSEs
These courses have no coursework
or controlled assessment
Examined at the end of two years
Chemistry (CIE)
History (Edexcel)
Physics (CIE)
Mathematics (Edexcel) !!
Biology (AQA)
Type 3: IGCSE English
Language and Literature (2 separate
50% examined
50% coursework
Letter grades, not number grades
Type 4: Exam / Controlled Assessment or
• Art (Edexcel)
• Geography (AQA)
• Modern Languages (Edexcel)
• Music (Edexcel)
• PE (OCR)
• Design & Technology (OCR & AQA)
What is Controlled Assessment?
It is a form of coursework with
greater controls
It is designed to measure subject
specific skills
Tasks are assigned different levels
of control by the exam boards
Levels of Control
High = Students are supervised; must
work independently; must not
communicate; must not be assisted.
Medium = Students do not have to be
directly supervised, but the teacher
must be able to ensure the work is their
own. Limited teacher input. Students
may work together.
Low= Work may be done outside of the
classroom, students may receive teacher
guidance, students may work together.
Most assessments are in Year 11
However, ICT has a form of
controlled assessment in every
timetabled double lesson
PE practical lessons also form part
of the controlled assessment
Deadlines and Attendance
Controlled Assessments are key
elements to the GCSEs
Deadlines must be met
High control assessments should
not be missed (mini-exams)
Departments co-ordinate their own
timetable and will inform pupils
which lessons constitute controlled
assessment and what level
If a pupil misses an element of
controlled assessment, the department
will try to make alternative
However, too many missed assessments
may jeopardise the GCSE
All absences therefore need to be kept
to a minimum
If there are planned absences it would
be wise to ensure there are no
controlled assessments taking place
Am I too late to change my
The answer is ‘no’
But if you are having concerns
about your choices – speak to your
Any change MUST include either a
telephone call with me or a note
from home
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship
The year group is split into groups
and for half of the year there is a
rotation of:
University choices/Careers/CVs
Managing personal finances: credit
cards/bank accounts etc.
The other half of the year includes
a comprehensive course on issues
related to health and personal
The Website
Under the label ‘Academic’ the following
can be found:
Homework Timetable
The Option Columns
Examination Administration (!)
Controlled Assessments: timetable for
different subjects (!)
The Academic calendar which includes:
The Reporting Schedule
Parents’ Evenings
School Exam dates
Provisional Results Day:
Thursday 17th August!!