GCSE is a two-year course. Pupils starting Year 10 in September 2016 will be examined in the summer of 2018 at the end of Year 11. This is Key Stage 4 of the British National Curriculum.
GCSE is the General Certificate of Secondary Education. (I)GCSE is the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Both are recognised worldwide.
In Great Britain there are several Examination Boards which organise and offer British GCSE courses and examinations. Schools are able to choose which board they prefer and may select more than one if they wish. However, some Examinations Boards do not operate outside Great Britain. This restricts the choice somewhat for International Schools such as ours. At the moment, for the majority of courses we use Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
There is a tremendous range of subjects on offer and we have put together a selection which is in line with National Curriculum guidelines and which offers a suitable mix of traditional and more modern subjects. This should ensure that the needs of all pupils are met, from those seeking out very specific academic paths in preparation for University entrance to those preferring a less academic, more vocational course.
National Curriculum and (I)GCSE are designed to run hand in hand to meet the needs of all pupils. The grades which are awarded for (I)GCSE range from, A* to G and these grades are awarded per subject. (A certificate/diploma is awarded with the subjects taken and grades awarded listed.) For those pupils wishing to continue their education at a higher level, a minimum of five A* to C passes are normally required, (which is the same for convalidation with ESO in Spain).
Most pupils take eight examination subjects at one sitting but there is no rule governing this. Single subjects may be taken perhaps to improve a grade or to add to the number of overall passes. A weaker candidate may be offered the opportunity to follow a reduced timetable. This offers a very flexible service catering for all needs.
In order to comply with National Curriculum requirements we also offer a number a number of core subjects at non examination level including Games.
All pupils follow the following core (I)GCSE courses:
All pupils may choose from the following option subjects:
For all information about GCSE please click on the following link: GCSE at The Lady Elizabeth School
For all information regarding the Spanish Curriculum please click on the following link: Spanish Curriculum
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