In the Spring Term you will be making your choices for GCSE and BTEC. At this stage, the curriculum will still be broad, so that you can continue to extend your knowledge and skills in a central core of subjects while beginning to make choices in other areas, based on your own abilities and preferences. This curriculum will ensure that as many opportunities as possible remain open to you, both for further study, at school and in higher education, and for your future career.
The GCSE curriculum at Loxford combines a core of compulsory subjects – English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science – with choices taken from 3 different areas: Modern Languages, Humanities and Creative/Practical subjects. You will also take courses in RE and PE.
It is important that your workload is manageable to allow you to continue to pursue other interests.
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 You 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 this 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 Examination courses.
Important Dates for Choices 2017
Wednesday 8th February
The Year 9 course choices booklet is given to students during am/pm registration to take home in order to prepare for the choice process with their parents. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the content of the booklet during tutor time.
Monday 20th February
Year 9 Curriculum Evening. This is an opportunity for the students and their family to discuss the content of the GCSE course they may choose. This takes place from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. Members of staff will be available from each subject.
Monday 27th February
A letter is sent to parents to inform them of the progress of the Year 9 Options process. In this letter parents will be given the details of their interview with a member of staff to discuss their child’s options on Friday 24th March.
Monday 6th March – Wednesday 22nd March – TBC
Taster lessons are offered to the students at lunch time or after school. A timetable of the taster lessons will be attached to the interview letter. They may need to sign up for some of the taster lessons.
PM registration: Individual discussion to take place between the tutees and the tutor.
Friday 10th March
Letters will be sent to parents who requested an appointment to discuss Year 9 Options.
Monday 13th March
Students will be given stickers as reminders of their parental interviews to put in their diary.
Friday 24th March
Moderation Day (School is closed) Interview day for Year 9 options.
Monday 27th March
Students return their form for choices.
Monday 17th July
Students and parents will receive a letter to confirm there Year 10 GCSE Options.
Key Stage 4 Study Programme 2017-2019
A – Compulsory Subjects at GCSE or equivalent levels
All students will study:
B – Optional Subjects
Students will select one subject from Table A and three subjects from Table B.
|Spanish||Business Studies||Geography||Resistant Materials|
|Computer Science||Computer Science||Graphic Products||Sociology|
|Geography||Electronic Products||Media Studies||Tech Award (BTEC Level 2)|
|Other languages could be available if there is demand||Food||Music||Textiles|