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Curriculum Changes - GCSE

New GCSEs from 2015/16

As part of the government’s education reforms, GCSE courses will start to change from September 2015.  In the first year, only English and maths GCSE will be changing.  In subsequent years more subjects will be reformed.

The main principles of the reform are as follows:

  • ‘New’ GCSEs will follow a linear structure – all exams will be taken in the summer of Year 11.  Resits will not be available (apart from in November for students in Y12 or above).
  • Coursework will be removed from almost all subjects, including English in the first year of reform.  Assessment will be conducted by external examiners as much as possible (some subjects in later phases of reform, such as geography and the sciences will retain a fieldwork or practical element).
  • ‘New’ GCSEs will be graded using numbers rather than letters – the diagram below shows how this is currently intended to work.
  • Tiered examinations (i.e. availability of foundation and higher level) will not generally be available.  In the first phase of reform tiers have been removed from English, but kept in maths (where the foundation tier will offer the opportunity for students to achieve  grades 1-4, and the higher tier will access grades 5 –9).

There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example the requirement that all students study a nineteenth century novel in English, and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the awarding of marks.  Further details of changes in individual subjects are included in our Curriculum Guide as soon as they are available.

Current intentions for new GCSE grading structure

9 to 1 gcse

Timescale for GCSE reform 2015-2019

1Phase 1 (from Sept 2015) - English and Maths

2Phase 2 (from Sept 2016) - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, History, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, RS, Science, Spanish

3Phase 3 (from Sept 2017) - Business, Classics, DT, Mandarin, Media, Turkish / All others

GCSE curriculum change guidance

Department for Education Guide to new GCSE grading (9-1)

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Key Stage 4 Homework Timetable

Homework must be set on the days indicated on this timetable every week.

Student timetables will indicate which subject is in the relevant block e.g. 11/Ar is art in block C.

Year 11 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday 
Friday
Option A
Option C
English Option D
Science
Option B Maths
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Hospitality & Catering
Land-based Studies
Media Studies GCSE
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Textiles GCSE
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music BTEC
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Hospitality & Catering
Mandarin GCSE
Music GCSE
PE Coaching
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
ICT CiDA
Life Skills
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE
Turkish GCSE
Year 10 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Option D (Wk1) Option B
Option D (Wk 2)
English Option A
Maths
Option C
Maths
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D

Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Land-based Studies
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Textiles GCSE

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Life Skills
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
PE Coaching
Product Design GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Turkish GCSE

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT/ Creative i-media
Mandarin MEP
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Hospitality & Catering
ICT CiDA
Mandarin GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Music Btec
PE GCSE
Spanish GCSE
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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

APS has an ever-changing curriculum to cater for our students' needs and the changing curriculum.  The Curriculum Guides explain the qualifications.  You will need to select the correct course guide for your child's year to see qualifications available and assessment for that year.

Curriculum Changes for Year 10 - Click for more information
From September 2015, a new grading system will be introduced.  Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest.  All new GCSEs will be fully linear with assessment at the end of year 11 and content not divided into modules.  Examinations will only be available in the summer.  Currently this will only apply to Mathematics and English.  Other subjects will be reformed in future years.
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