The vast majority of GCSE subjects will now be awarded a numeric result grade instead of a letter grade as before (this does not apply to Media Studies, some DT courses and Business Studies GCSE starting in September 2016). Students studying Combined Science will receive a combination of numbers e.g. 9-9, 7-6 reflecting the two distinct elements of the qualification.
Controlled Assessment (Coursework)
Pupils will no longer complete written Controlled Assessment (Coursework) tasks however pupils will continue to complete field work and focus studies in certain subjects. This research will be included in the formal examinations which pupils will sit at the end of Year 11.
There will continue to be a practical assessment element within Art, Digital Photography, DT, Music, Drama and PE.
Exams & Revision
Content: New and more challenging content
Structure: All exams at the end of the course
Assessment : Mainly by examination, non-exam assessment only where necessary
Tiering: Foundation and higher tier permitted only in maths, science and modern foreign languages
With the vast majority of assessment taking place at the end of the courses in Year 11, pupils must ensure their note taking and revision resources are accurate and up-to-date. The school would recommend pupils revise and review their learning throughout Year 10 and 11. Students must ensure they know the course content of all non-core subjects and make good use of revision material and past papers held on the school VLE and exam board websites.