3 G. Yassin Deputy Headteacher Options Evening 2014
4 The Option Pathways Available Key Stage 4 PathwaysCore Subjects(have to be studied)English, Maths and Science GCSE; Citizenship, Philosophy & Ethics full course GCSE; ICT; PSHEE,& PEOPTIONSPathway AFour GCSE options taken. Leads to a total of 10.5 GCSEs for most students.Pathway BVocational CoursesLevel 1Equivalent to 2-4 GCSEs at D – GUp to two GCSE Options ChosenPathway CLevel 2Equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A* - C
5 The English Baccalaureate (E.Bacc) New measure in Schools’ Performance TablesIntroduced inEnglish, Maths, 2 ‘good’ Sciences, a humanities subject (History or Geography) and a modern foreign language subjectSome post 16 providers are only accepting E.Bacc candidates for some courses
6 The Importance of Core GCSEs Compulsory subjects are Maths, English, PSHEE, ICT, PE (Dance is offered in the Core), and ScienceDevelop key skills and knowledge transferable to other subjectsGrades in these subjects often determine which post 16 courses you can study
7 GCSE Options – Pathway A Choosing 4 further GCSEs that are studied in addition to the core subjectsWide variety of GCSEs to choose from – details in the option booklet and from the ‘stalls’ in the gym after these speeches
8 Amendment BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2 BLOCK 3 BLOCK 4 French History FrenchHistoryTriple ScienceSpanishGeographyPEResistant MaterialsArtTextilesPhilosophy & EthicsFood TechnologyDramaComputingGermanMusicBTEC in Sport
9 Amendment BLOCK 1 BLOCK 2 BLOCK 3 BLOCK 4 Psychology French History FrenchHistoryTriple ScienceSpanishGeographyPEResistant MaterialsArtTextilesPsychologyFood TechnologyDramaComputingGermanMusicBTEC in Sport
10 Why Take Pathway A?Many FEHS students are equipped to get good grades – guidance will be providedThe courses provide a strong foundation for post 16 courses (esp. A level)– coursework, exam experienceStudying in a familiar environmentA range of GCSEs will give you a greater variety of possible career pathwaysStrong teaching
11 Pathways B and C A vocational focus Flexibility – employment or Further EducationSuitable for all abilitiesUnderpinned by GCSEs – core and optionsBuilding relationships with colleges you may continue to study at post 16
12 Open Opportunity Vocational Pathways Options Evening 2014
14 Initial Briefing Aims of this session: Outline the different courses that are available through OpenOpportunity and City College Norwich and provide information to support the Options process.Inform you as to how and when you can learn more about the courses.Give you an overview of the application process for the courses.
15 The BasicsAll the OpenOpportunity or CCN courses will take place on Thursday next year (and stay on Thursday the following year).Students come from a wide range of schools.They will spend all day at a different site and will wear the OpenOpportunity uniform (or appropriate clothing for CCN courses).All courses are intended to give a broad experience of a particular industry area.
16 The Basics IIThe qualifications used within our course packages vary slightly from course to course. Most are Edexcel BTECs but some may be OCR Nationals or other qualifications.Although some are Level 2 quals it is now possible to be awarded a Level 1 qual if the required standard is not met.Most VIth Forms will not accept these qualifications towards entry requirements for AS/A Levels.It is not always possible to progress directly onto a L3 course at college from the Level 2 courses.
17 Visual Arts and Photography Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Health & Social CarePublic ServicesPublic ServicesVisual Arts and PhotographyPublic ServicesHospitality and CateringHairdressing and Beauty TherapyPerforming ArtsConstructionMotor VehicleChild Care
18 STUDENT & PARENT CONSULTATION INITIAL STUDENT BRIEFING How to Apply: the ProcessSTUDENT & PARENT CONSULTATIONINITIAL STUDENT BRIEFINGMarch 4thOPTIONS CHOICESTASTER EVENTINTERVIEWSAprilFORMAL LETTER FROM OO
19 How to find out more Sign up for a taster! Visit the OpenOpportunity website at:Talk to your Tutor, Director of Learning or Gareth Yassinme at
20 Assistant Headteacher R. Li-RocchiAssistant HeadteacherOptions Evening 2014
21 ‘Leading or showing the way’ Guiding Your Choices‘Leading or showing the way’Parents /Carers &RelativesSubjectTeachersOptionsBookletColleges /OpenOpportunityFormTutorsInformed &GuidedChoice
22 The Options Forms Option Form A – Pathway A (GCSEs) Option Form B – Pathways B & C (any college course plus up to two GCSEs)If you are applying for a college course also complete a separate college application form and return it to Mr Yassin
23 Option Form A –Pathway A (GCSEs) BLANK EXAMPLEBLOCK 1BLOCK 2BLOCK 3BLOCK 4FrenchHistoryTriple ScienceSpanishGeographyPEResistant MaterialsArtTextilesPsychologyFood TechnologyDramaComputingGermanMusicBTEC in SportDanceNow that you have had a think about how your choices look, fill in the real form overleaf. Don’t forget to fill in your NAME and FORM at the top!
24 Option Form A –Pathway A (GCSEs) COMPLETED EXAMPLE BLOCK 1BLOCK 2BLOCK 3BLOCK 4 1French 2HistoryTriple ScienceSpanishGeographyPEResistant MaterialsArtTextilesPsychologyFood Technology 3DramaComputingGermanMusicBTEC in SportDanceDelivered in core PE so does not count as an optionNow that you have had a think about how your choices look, fill in the real form overleaf. Don’t forget to fill in your NAME and FORM at the top!
25 Delivered in core PE so does not count as an option Option Forms B & C –College CoursesFIRST CHOICEName of course:e.g. Hair & Beauty Therapy Level 2Location if known:e.g. City College NorwichBLOCK 1BLOCK 2FrenchHistorySpanishGeographyResistant MaterialsArtFood TechnologyPETextilesDramaComputingTriple ScienceDelivered in core PE so does not count as an optionDance
26 The next steps… Date Event 23rd January 2014 Year 9 Options Evening Event23rd January 2014Year 9 Options Evening29th January 2014Return of Completed Options Forms to Form Tutors(including College Applications forms)14th February 2014Submission of names for Open Opportunity BTEC Level 2 student taster sessionsW/C 10th February 2014Consultation meetings with students to discuss Option Courses that may not runVocational Pathway Voluntary Advice Interviews4th March 2014 (9am – 12pm)Open Opportunity BTEC Level 2 Student Taster SessionsDate to be confirmedEaston College Information Sessions14th March 2014Deadline for Applications to be sent to City College for Level 1 courses and Level 2 Open Opportunity Courses.W/C 24th March 2014Confirmation of options letter to be sentEnd MarchEaston College Student Interviews to take place1st April 2014Open Opportunity interviews to take place
27 The rest of the evening GCSE options subjects – Gym General enquiries & Special Educational Needs (following Science / BTEC Sport presentations)Room M1 – GCSE ICTRoom M2 - Easton CollegeRoom M3 – Open Opportunity / City CollegeEvaluation forms on your seats!
28 The rest of the eveningTriple Science & BTEC Sport presentations in the Hall(will start in approx 5 mins time)If you are not considering Triple Science or BTEC Sport as options, please go to the Gym (GCSE stalls) or the main corridor (ICT & College courses)