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Options Evening
13 March 2013
KS3-4 Transition Programme
Aims of Options Evening
To provide information about our curriculum
offer at Key Stage 4
 To provide detailed subject information and to
meet the specialists!
 To explain what happens next
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Do…..
Choose subjects that…….
 You can do well in
 You enjoy
 Give you a broad range of subjects
 Will enable you to do the courses in the 6th
Form that you will want to do.
Don’t......
Choose subjects because…..
You like the teacher you have in Year 9
 Your best friend is doing it
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You will be studying this course for two years!
EBacc
Current Position
In February 2013, the Government has announced that the English Baccalaureate
Certificates (EBC), that have been scheduled to be introduced for teaching in September
2015 to replace GCSEs, will no longer happen. However, The English Baccalaureate,
(EBacc) still remains as a measure of performance for students achieving a C or more in the
following subjects:
GCSE English Language
GCSE Mathematics
Triple or Double GCSE Science
GCSE MFL
GCSE History or Geography
The ‘Best 8’
Students’ performance will measured using their ‘Best 8’ GCSEs which will have to include
English and Mathematics;, then 3 EBacc subjects (a GCSE Science, GCSE Computer Science,
GCSE Geography, GCSE History and GCSE in a Modern Language. The remaining 3 could
be any other 3 GCSES and BTECs
KS4 Offer
Meet the needs of students
 Provide clear progression routes
 Maximises ‘life chances’
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Pathways
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4 Pathways
Targeting of students suitable for EBacc programme (Pathway 1-2)
Teaching of GCSE Geography, History and Science commences in Y9
Geography or History compulsory for Pathway 1-2 students in
Option Block A
MFL compulsory for students in Pathways 1-3
Students on Pathways 1-3 encouraged to select one Creative
subject from Option Blocks B or C (Art, Dance, Drama, Sport, D&T
<Textiles and Fashion, Graphical Communication etc. > and Music)
GCSE RE to be studied by all students on Pathways 1-3 in Y10. In
Y11, the large majority of students will continue but some will not
sit the examination. Instead, they will be given one period each of
additional English and one period of additional Maths
Advice and Guidance
Subject Staff
Can provide a
true picture of
your subject
ability
Parents and
Family
Know you best of
all as a person. Ask
their advice
Head of
Learning
Understands your
all-round school
situation
Help for You
Tutor
Knows you quite
well, having seen you
develop socially and
academically this
year
Career Advice
Can give you
independent advice
and information on
careers and further
education
requirements (see
Mrs. Winter)
Other Students
Students already
doing the course
can give you
valuable insights
Our Offer at Key Stage 4
All students continue with:
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English Language and English Literature
Mathematics
Science (GCSE or BTEC L2)
MFL ( German, French or Spanish)
RE (Full Course)
PE
PSCHEE
Pathways
Pathway
Compulsory Subjects
1
Triple
GCSE
Science
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE MFL
PE
GCSE Maths
GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
GCSE RE
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE MFL
PE
GCSE Maths
GCSE Double Science
GCSE RE
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE MFL
PE
GCSE Maths
BTEC Science
GCSE RE
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE RE
GCSE Maths
BTEC Science
PE
2
Double
GCSE
Science
3
BTEC
Science
4
BTEC
Science/
College
Pathways
Path
way
1
2
3
Option A
GCSE History
Or
GCSE Geography
In addition to the compulsory subjects, you must
choose a further 3 Options and 2 reserves.
Option B + C
Choose 2 first choices and 2 reserves from the following:
GCSE Art, GCSE Digital Art, GCSE Dance, GCSE Drama, GCSE Music, BTEC L1/2 Sport
GCSE Business Studies, BTEC L1/2 Business
GCSE ICT, BTEC L1/2 ICT, GCSE Computing Studies
GCSE Child Development, BTEC Health and Social Care
GCSE Fashion, GCSE Food Technology
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Media Studies, GCSE Film Studies
GCSE Geography, GCSE History
Choose 3 first choices and 2 reserves from the following:
GCSE Art, GCSE Digital Art, GCSE Dance, GCSE Drama, GCSE Music, BTEC L1/2 Sport
GCSE Business Studies, BTEC L1/2 Business
GCSE ICT, BTEC L1/2 ICT, GCSE Computing Studies
GCSE Child Development, BTEC Health and Social Care
GCSE Fashion, GCSE Food Technology
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Media Studies, GCSE Film Studies
GCSE Geography, GCSE History
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ASDAN Award
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BTEC L1/2 Award ICT
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English/Maths Booster Classes
Additional Vocational Qualification(s) (College provided)
Creative subjects in purple
Options Choice – Examples
Pathway
2
Option A
History
Option B + C First Choices
Business Studies
Drama
Reserve Choices
Geography
Dance
Pathway
3
Option A - C First Choices
Dance
Business Studies
Digital Art
Reserve Choices
History
Media
Drama
Next Steps
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Go through the Options booklet
Hand the form in by 15 March 2013
Confirmation by Summer half term (June)

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