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1 Welcome to this Parents Information Session Year 9 OPTIONS

2 Helen Everitt Curriculum Deputy Headteacher

3 AIMS  Introduce Oriel’s Year 9 Options Process and our philosophy regarding students choices at 14.  Explain the different types of Qualifications available to students at Oriel in Y10 and 11  BTEC  GCSE  Give you advice on how to help students make the right choices for them

4  Qualifications should:  Reflect our changing world  Prepare our students to be successful in society  Engage students in learning  Prepare students for study at college or university, or for work. Education should not be a ‘one size fits all’ system  We should recognise:  Different needs of our students  Different learning styles  Different aspirations and goals

5 CORE – All students will study: Maths English Language and Literature Science RE PE PDC / Citizenship

6 Options Students must then choose subjects to fill the optional parts of the timetable There are three option spaces to fill

7 Ensuring Progression An increasing importance has been placed on the following facilitating subjects: GEOGRAPHYSPANISH HISTORYFRENCH COMPUTER SCIENCEGERMAN University entrance information highlights these subjects as facilitating subjects at A Level for top degree entry

8 Ensuring Progression To ensure that students are not being disadvantaged by not opting for a broad range of subjects including a facilitating subject. Option 1 of the three options must be one of these subjects GEOGRAPHYSPANISH HISTORYFRENCH COMPUTER SCIENCEGERMAN

9 OPTION 1 GCSEs: French, Spanish, German, Computing History, Geography You must pick one of the subjects below:

10 OPTIONS 2 and 3 BTECs Sport Health and Social Care Music Technology GCSEs: Media, Drama, Music, PE, Dance Fine Art, Textile Art, 3D Design French, Spanish, German, Business Studies, ICT, Computing History, Geography, Sociology, Citizenship, RE Catering, Graphic Products, Systems and Control, Textiles Technology, Product Design,

11 Choice and Flexibility  At Oriel we offer two different types of qualification for students to choose to study in Years 10 and 11.  These qualifications can be mixed and they are flexible.  BTEC  GCSE

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13 BTECs Michelle Stephens BTEC Coordinator

14 About BTECs A BTEC is a theoretical, practical and work related course.A BTEC is a theoretical, practical and work related course. In addition to exams, students complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demandsIn addition to exams, students complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands

15 The Structure of BTECs 75% Coursework 25% Exam BTEC’s now include a1hr exam in addition to coursework

16 Which students are suited to BTECs? Students who prefer completing projects/courseworkStudents who prefer completing projects/coursework Students who feel that they do not like the pressure of a 100% examinable subjectsStudents who feel that they do not like the pressure of a 100% examinable subjects Students who enjoy the subject areaStudents who enjoy the subject area Students who want to follow a mix of qualifications to vary the way they will learnStudents who want to follow a mix of qualifications to vary the way they will learn

17 How BTEC is assessed? Work experienceWork experience PresentationsPresentations Role PlaysRole Plays Research portfoliosResearch portfolios Designing publicationsDesigning publications Practical assessments such as organising events and working with the local communityPractical assessments such as organising events and working with the local community Exam for 1 unitExam for 1 unit

18 How are the courses graded? BTEC grades are awarded in the following way: Level 2 Distinction*Level 2 Distinction* Level 2 DistinctionLevel 2 Distinction Level 2 MeritLevel 2 Merit Level 2 PassLevel 2 Pass Level 1Level 1 Not A-Es

19 Where can a BTEC qualification lead? Sixth Form- BTEC Nationals (Level 3)Sixth Form- BTEC Nationals (Level 3) Into the workplace – Highly accepted by organisations. It allows an easier transition from School to workInto the workplace – Highly accepted by organisations. It allows an easier transition from School to work ApprenticeshipsApprenticeships

20 But do Universities accept BTECs? BTEC are accepted by all UniversitiesBTEC are accepted by all Universities Research has shown that students who have completed BTEC courses are better prepared for university than those who have undertaken A-Levels. This is due to the skills acquired on the BTEC coursesResearch has shown that students who have completed BTEC courses are better prepared for university than those who have undertaken A-Levels. This is due to the skills acquired on the BTEC courses

21 GCSEs Victoria Pooley Subject Leader for Science

22 What is a GCSE? GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are the main qualification taken by 14 to 16 year olds You can take GCSEs in a wide range of academic and work- related subjects. It's highly valued by schools, colleges and employers The qualification mainly involves studying the theory of a subject, combined with some investigative work. Some subjects also involve practical work e.g. Art They are graded from A* to G. Grades D to G are Level 1 qualifications and A* to C are Level 2 qualifications

23 How are GCSEs examined? Exams Controlled Assessment

24 Exams All GCSEs are examined by terminal examinations at the end of the course For the majority of courses this will be at the end of year 11 Although rare, there may be a situation where a student takes a GCSE early, in this case the terminal examination may be at the end of year 10

25 An example… ‘triple’ and ‘double’ science Students taking ‘double science’ will cover two discrete GCSE courses ScienceAdditional science Core science content and controlled assessment covered during year 10 Additional science content and controlled assessment covered during year 11 All exams are taken at the end of year 11 Results in the award of ‘science’ GCSE at the end of year 11 Results in the award of a second GCSE – Additional science, also at the end of year 11

26 An example… ‘triple’ and ‘double’ science Students taking GCSE separate sciences (triple) will take all nine 1hr science examinations (3xBio, 3xChem, 3xPhys) at the end of year 11 Biology/Chemistry/Physics GCSE are 2 year courses with content and controlled assessment spread evenly across year 10 and 11 The end of all three courses is the end of year 11

27 Controlled Assessment Work completed in school under controlled conditions More controlled by the exam boards than coursework – Time limits set by the exam board – Teachers can give some feedback but this may affect the marks that can be awarded – Parents can be involved in the preparation part of some controlled assessment

28 How to Choose…. Nina Thair Director of Learning: Work and Life Skills

29 Making Good Choices Your son or daughter should avoid making choices based on:  Their friends’ choices  Their current teachers  Gender stereotypes  One narrow career path

30 Making Good Choices Your son or daughter should:  Think about their strengths and weaknesses  Think about how they prefer to study and learn  Find out how the courses are taught and assessed  Keep their choices broad and balanced  Research any career ideas they may have  Use UCAS to check A Level and BTEC requirements for degree entry

31 What subjects are included in the English Baccalaureate? GCSE A* - C in 5 subjects: Mathematics English Science (2 A*-C) MFL Humanities (History or Geography only) The Russell Group’s ‘Informed Choices’ document highlights these subjects as facilitating subjects at A Level for top degree entry

32 A Broad and Balanced Curriculum The subjects your son or daughter chooses should be a good balance as encouraged by the EBacc but the arts, ICT and technology are very much part of achieving a good balance. It is important their choices allow progression into further and higher education in a range of subjects which they will enjoy and succeed in.

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35 Making Good Choices  Further help:  Speak to teachers, our careers adviser Kerry Mann and of course you!  Use the careers websites under ‘Careers and Moving On’ of the curriculum section of the school website  Students come along to the Options Evening on 26th March and speak to the teachers about the courses on offer

36 Next Steps  OPTIONS EVENING – Thursday 26 TH March  Important evening for parents and most importantly students  Drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm  Receive a further pack of guidance information & options form  All Subjects and courses represented  Information to collect and take home  Speak to teachers  See examples of students work  Deadline for Options Forms – Friday April 17 th 2014

37 You will be asked to pick 5 options and place them in order of preference OPTION 1 OPTION 2. OPTION 3: RESERVE 1 RESERVE 2 Wherever possible we will try to guarantee you your first three choices

38 Our Philosophy To ensure that students are not being disadvantaged by not being offered the broad range of subjects To enable students to make an informed choice To empower them to achieve; to inspire them to excel


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