Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Hartismere High School Information Assembly for Pupils in Year 9 Wednesday 3 rd December 9.00am Courses in Years 10 and 11 2009 to 2011.

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "Hartismere High School Information Assembly for Pupils in Year 9 Wednesday 3 rd December 9.00am Courses in Years 10 and 11 2009 to 2011."— Presentation transcript:

1 Hartismere High School Information Assembly for Pupils in Year 9 Wednesday 3 rd December 9.00am Courses in Years 10 and 11 2009 to 2011

2 Hartismere High School Information Evening for Parents of Year 9 Wednesday 3 rd December 7.00pm Courses in Years 10 and 11 2009 to 2011


4 Options… ArtASDANBusiness Studies Business Studies BTecDance BTec DramaFood TechnologyFrench GeographyGerman Health and Social CareHistoryICT Media StudiesMusicPE Sport BTecStatistics Graphics Resistant MaterialsTextiles

5 Core…  English and English Literature  Mathematics  Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics  RE  ICT  Careers Guidance and PSCHE

6 PE option…  PEGCSE  DanceBTec  SportBTec

7 Choose four from…  Art  ASDAN  Business Studies  Business Studies BTec  Drama  Food Technology  French  Geography  German  Health and Social Care BTec  History  ICT  Media Studies  Music  Statistics  Graphics  Resistant Materials  Textiles

8 What are BTecs?  Most of the subjects you will study will be GCSEs  BTecs are of the same level of difficulty, but are assessed through coursework and are graded differently.  They have a vocational (work-based) focus.  OCR Nationals are similar to BTecs

9 Approximate timeline for the Options process  December 2008 Options Assembly  December 2008 Parents Information Evening  Spring Term, 2009Options Booklet issued  Spring Term, 2009Dry-runs to get pupils thinking about choices  Following a dry-runPupil Interview with teaching staff to discuss choices  Spring Term, 2009PSCHE timetable - pupils ‘Making Choices’  …

10 Approximate timeline for the Options process  …  Wednesday March 31st Parents’ Evening  Before Easter 2009final choice forms issued  After Easter 2009final choice forms returned  options are then entered on a curriculum model  discussions with pupils and parent if we can’t offer chosen subjects

11 What are dry-runs?  We will give you a free choice at first. This helps us to set-up the option pools  In the second dry-run you will have to choose from different ‘pools’. You might not be able to choose the same set of subjects.  Your final choice might have to be different again as we might change the pools based on your choices from the second dry-run

12 How do I choose?  Which subjects do you enjoy?  Which subjects are you good at?  Read the options booklet carefully  Find out about subjects you don’t study  Ask older pupils what the different courses were like  If you study the subject already, e.g. History, ask your teacher  Think about future career aspirations

13 What shouldn’t I do?  Base your decisions on who is teaching you the subject this year. In most cases you’ll get a different teacher.  Choose the same options as your best friend because you like being together.  Do what your older brother did because he did very well.  Choose a narrow range of subjects…  …choose a subject just to have a broad range.  Don’t choose a subject because you think it’s ‘easy’…it won’t be.

14 Will I get what I want?  Well over 90% of pupils get their first choice  Some pupils will have to study a reserve choice  Very rarely, we might ask someone to choose again because we can’t offer what they’ve requested

15 Do some subjects ‘fill-up’?  Yes. Every year there are courses that fill up quickly because:  we only have facilities to run one group per year.  We have to restrict numbers in a class for reasons of safety

16 Who gets a place when a subject is oversubscribed?  Pupils who have shown an interest in year 7-9. For example in Food Technology or Graphics.  Pupils who have found out about the subject by asking the teacher for information. For example, Business Studies or Media Studies.

17 What happens if I don’t get my choice?  If we can’t offer you the options you’ve chosen we will always contact your parents and arrange an interview so we can talk about the different options.

18 What happens if I change my mind?  Once you’ve made your choice, that’s it.  If you have a very good reason and your parents support you, we will look again once we’ve allocated everyone else.  The earlier we know the more likely we’ll be able to do something.

19 What do GCSE grades mean?  They are a measure of achievement at High School.  Used to assess ability for career/ educational progression.  GCSEs are at levels 1 and 2 depending on the grade you get.  Grades D-G are at level 1.  Grades A*-C are at level 2.

20 Where GCSEs can lead….  GCSE grades A*-G - work, college or an apprenticeship.  Five GCSE grades A*-C - courses of all types - but most commonly A levels.  Most universities will ask for five GCSEs grades A*-C, including English and Maths.

21 What are BTECs?  BTECs are specialist work related qualifications.  BTECs are generally graded as a pass, merit, or distinction. A distinction can be seen as an equivalent to an A or A*. GCSE.  BTEC first certificate passes are generally seen as being equal to two GCSEs.

22 What are the benefits of a BTEC?  Provides a taster of a vocational pathway.  May be seen as more interesting and relevant for some students.  Enhances motivation if seen as more relevant.  BTECs can lead to a job or further study such as an HNC or HND and many professional qualifications.

23 Like what? Examples of HNCs and HNDs are….  Agriculture, health and social care, business and management, sport and exercise sciences and many more….

Download ppt "Hartismere High School Information Assembly for Pupils in Year 9 Wednesday 3 rd December 9.00am Courses in Years 10 and 11 2009 to 2011."

Similar presentations

Ads by Google