Curriculum Choices in Year 10 and 11
In the Spring Term students in year 9 make their choices for year 10 including which subjects they wish to study to GCSE level. At this stage, the curriculum is still broad, so that they can continue to extend their knowledge and skills in a central core of subjects while beginning to make choices in other areas, based on their own abilities and preferences. This curriculum will ensure that as many opportunities as possible remain open to them, both for further study, at school and in higher education, and for their future career.
The GCSE curriculum at Loxford combines a core of compulsory subjects – English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science – with choices taken from 3 different areas: Modern Languages, Humanities and Creative/Practical subjects. Students will also take courses in RE, IT and PE.
It is important that their workload is manageable to allow them to continue to pursue other interests.
Most students will have the opportunity to gain 11 GCSE’s, some will take more. We have a ‘Stage not Age’ curriculum who allows students to take their GCSE in certain subjects before the end of year 11. An example of this is our brightest Mathematicians take their GCSE in year 10 and then move onto A Level in year 11.
Our students are given the following advice:-
It is important that you keep as many options open as possible, and you should bear the A Level curriculum in mind, which encourages breadth and from which you will be choosing 3 or 4 subjects. You should not be too quick to see yourself as a ‘scientist’ or a ‘humanities’ student, as combinations of these subjects will be encouraged right up to A Level, and universities will be looking for students with breadth as well as depth in their choice of subjects. In making your choices listen to your parents, teachers and friends, but remember:THE CHOICE AND THE WORK ARE YOURS
Making your choice, Your choice should be based on:
- What is available.
- What you enjoy.
- What you are good at and,
- What you might need for future study and careers.
You might have difficulty deciding which subjects to choose and be reluctant to opt for one course at the expense of another. It is therefore important to check which can be studied in the Sixth Form without a GCSE background and which cannot. Where the GCSE is a requirement for A Level, a pass at grade B is expected. There is often the chance to pick up subjects at a later stage during further and higher education.
First, look into the content of the course. A summary of each course can be found in your Options booklet. Make sure that it matches up with your abilities and interests and, if necessary, talk to other students in Years 10 and 11.
Your interest must be in the subject itself, not the teacher. A poor reason for choosing a subject would be just because you like your teacher, since it is possible that a different member of staff would teach you next year. A more positive indicator would be that you are successful in the subject, can cope competently with its demands and enjoy the lessons. Unfortunately we are not always good at the things we like and sometimes do not like the things at which we are good.
Some careers need certain subjects. If you have a particular career in mind you can find out what is required by using the careers section in the LRC. For more information or advice you should consult your form teacher. By the end of Year 11, you might have very different aspirations. Fortunately the core subjects will help you to keep your options open.
Recommendations could be important. Your parents will have views and there are certainly advantages in listening to their advice. Your teachers will know your strengths and weaknesses, how you cope under pressure and how well you are likely to perform in your controlled assessment(s) and coursework(s). Your friends, too, may try to persuade you to follow their course but you must make a decision according to your needs.
Remember: it has to be your choice, your work, your results.
So listen to advice, think about it seriously and then choose your own GCSE courses.
Our students are given the following subjects to choose from:-
These are COMPULSORY SUBJECTS:
English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Physical Education, Religious Studies
These are COURSE CHOICE SUBJECTS:
GCSE in Art and Design, Bengali, Business Studies, Drama, Electronic Products, Food, French Geography, Graphic Products, History, ICT, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Punjabi, Religious Studies, Resistant Materials, Spanish, Textiles Design, Urdu
Selected students will be chosen for the following courses:
GCSE in English as an Additional Language, SEN support, Statistics and Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
AS in Mathematics or Religion and Ethics.
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