KS4@BVS Presented by Year 10 Your Worries You may be worried about moving from Year 9 to Year 10, You have asked us questions such as: What is the difference between BTEC and GCSE? How much homework are we expected to do? How much course work will be expected from me? What is the main difference between Year 9 and Year 10? What equipment do you need in Year 10? When do I need to start revising? BTECs vs GCSEs BTEC Lots of Course work Equivalent to A*-C at GCSE On going assessment.* Includes some vocational element Assessed through coursework and portfolio Pass, Merit, or Distinction *You maybe required to do a small exam* GCSE Exam based Some Course work Can get A* - G Includes controlled assessments Controlled assessments Assessed through school Equipment and Homework You will be required to have the following: Pens, Pencils, Ruler etc. Resources specific to your subject e.g. Spanish dictionary, Revision guides You are going to have 2 homework tasks a day! This is set by the school. The homework will normally be due in 3-7 days. Attendance If your attendance is below 80% then you can not sit your GCSE external exams If you miss school work then it is crucial that you catch up or you will be missing out huge parts of the course You will not be allowed to miss school for term time holidays Poor attendance keeps adding up! Revision/Preparing for external exams You will be sitting your first external exams in May/June 2015 It is recommended to start revising as soon as possible (around Feb/March) Don’t leave until last minute , you won’t pass your GCSE’s based on one nights work! Attend after school revision lessons if you can Keep yourself organised with homework and revision for each subject Set away one evening or afternoon each term to review the terms work in each subject- this way you can make a list of what you don’t understand and tell your teachers so it won’t build up before the exams. Who to talk to Talk to the subject teachers or Director of Learning Talk to your parents/guardians Talk to your tutors and Senior Tutors. “It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.” …and finally Don’t panic! KS4@BVS Thank you for listening! Please remember to take a booklet as you leave!