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Year 9 Options

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English

Maths

Science

Acting – BTEC

Dance – BTEC

Food

MFL

Art

Engineering – BTEC

Geography

Music

Computer Science

Enterprise – BTEC

Health & Social Care – BTEC

PE & Sports Studies

Creative iMedia

EPR

History

Textiles

GCSE

These courses are Level 2 qualifications in a specific subject.  Currently they are assessed by examination only or by a combination of examination, controlled assessment and practical work.  All subjects will be graded on the new grading of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 with 1 the lowest and 9 the highest. All GCSE courses are now linear.  This means that students will not take exams or modules during Year 10 or 11.  All the written exams will now be at the end of Year 11.

BTEC Courses

These courses are Level 2 qualifications equivalent to GCSE courses. The main difference between GCSE courses and BTEC courses is the way in which students learn and the way in which they are assessed. The courses are currently assessed by written assignments which are completed over the 2 years with some form of written exam or assessment at the end of the course.  They are graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. These are Level 2 qualifications equivalent to a GCSE. These courses are currently assessed by written assignments which are completed over the two years.  There is an examination at some point in Year 11.  They are graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail.

English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) is a combination of subjects that must be achieved together at GCSE. It is not a qualification and it is not a subject. The subjects which must all be achieved are English Language or English, Mathematics, Combined Science or Separate Sciences, either History or Geography and a language (French or Spanish). For more information on this  click here.

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Useful Websites

Birchwood Community High School 

icould 

For advice on choosing Key Stage 4 options: https://icould.com/stories/choosing-your-gcse-options/ 

START 

For advice on what to study at GCSE/BTEC  and how to make decisions:  https://guest.startprofile.com/what-to-study

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people (aged 13 or over) in England.  You can find information on over 750 careers as well as information on understanding the job market, interview techniques, searching and applying for jobs, identifying key strengths and skills as well as developing a plan for career goals. 

UCAS 

UCAS stands for the ‘Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’.  The website has lots of information to help students make informed choices by guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process.

https://www.ucas.com/

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