GCSE courses and examination boards 2019
English Language AQA Specification Code 8700
For GCSE English Language you will read and analyse unseen fiction and non-fiction texts. You will also write for different audiences and purposes and learn how to craft their writing for effect. There are two examinations at the end of this linear course. You will also undertake a spoken language study which will involve delivering a speech and responding to an audience.
English Literature AQA Specification Code 8702
For GCSE English Literature you will study a Shakespearean tragedy, a Victorian novel, a modern play and an anthology of poems. There are two examinations at the end of this linear course.
Students take Edexcel higher or foundation maths GCSE in year 11.
End of course 3 x 1.5 hour exams, 2 of which are calculator.
Some students in years 10 and 11 also sit the Edexcel Entry level certificate assessments
Science AQA Science dual award – Combined Trilogy Specification code: 8464
The qualification covers the three science disciplines and is examined with 6 end of course papers each 1.5 hours long. Scores are combined and graded from 99-44 (Higher tier) and 55-11 (Foundation tier). Throughout the course, 18 practical investigations need to be completed. These are not formally written up and assessed as in previous specs but the skills developed are tested with the terminal papers
Religious Education AQA Option B:
Component 1 Catholic Christianity: (Paper 1: 105 minute paper 4 questions 96 + 3 marks)
All students in KS4 study for a full GCSE in Religious Education and follow the Roman Catholic syllabus, with an additional module on Judaism.
Art AQA Specification code 8202/C, 8202/X
The course comprises a coursework portfolio made up of two units of work worth 60%. The exam unit which is worth 40% - 2 months researching, exploring and developing ideas which is then completed in a 10 hour timed exam session.
Business Studies WJEC Edugas
Assessment: 100% Examination. Two papers to be sat at the end of year 11
Computer Science OCR
Two written examinations: Computer systems 50%; Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 50%. Students are also required to complete a programming project, although this does not carry any marks towards the final qualification.
Design & Technology EDEXCEL Specification code 1DT0
2 hour examination 50%
Food & Nutrition AQA
Written exam 50% theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from the five core topics.
Non-exam assessment (NEA) 50%
Drama AQA GCSE Drama Specification code 8261
Non Exam Assessment (NEA) – Component 2: Devising Drama 40% of GCSE 60 marks for Devising Log and 20 marks for performance, assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA
Component 3 (NEA) – Texts in Practice 20th of GCSE – performance of 2 extracts from one play, 20 marks for each extract. Marked by visting AQA examiner
Component 1: Understanding Drama – Written exam, 40% of GCSE. 1hr 45 minutes, 3 sections, open book exam.
Geography AQA A
Study of physical and human geography with fieldwork (Geographical Applications). 3 exams taken at the end of Y11
Health & Social Care Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care:
1 Human Lifespan Development (Internal coursework) (30%)
2 Health and Social Care Services and Values (Internal coursework) (30%)
3 Health and Wellbeing (External Synoptic Exam) (40%)
History AQA Specification code 8145
Two exam papers (Paper 1 = 1 hour 45, Paper 2 = 1 hour 45).
French: Specification code 8658
Spanish: Specification code 8698
There are four exams at the end of the course, in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade. You are entered for the same tier (Foundation or Higher) for all four papers.
Component Performing 30% of the total mark
Component Composing 30% of the total mark
Component Listening written examination 40% of the total mark
The course is assessed through two examinations at the end of Year 11.
Sports Science AQA
Theory worth 60% two written exams.
Practical element is worth 40%