compulsory gcses Watch
English and English Lit
4 Science GCSEs (Core, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
RE Short Course
A language (French or Spanish)
plus 3 options from a range of subjects. I did Spanish (so I ended up with 2 language GCSEs as French was my language), History and Business Studies. We didn't have to do a technology (unless you count ICT) or PE thank God, and we could pick any 3 subjects for our options- they didn't have to be in blocks or anything. It all worked out quite well because I think everyone got their first choice options without any clashes
Double Science (you could do triple if you wanted...)
ICT (Short or full)
R.S. (Short or full, but the teachers decided for you, so I foiled their evil plans by doing little work in year 9)
Welsh! (Short or full)
Spanish, French, German or Key Skills (People were allowed to do 2 languages if they chose one as one of their options)
Science (Option of Single, double or triple)
RE full course (We chose the course)
Then we had 3 options. (One had to have some form of Computer involvment)
At my school it's obligatory to do: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (either double or separate) and French.
If you opt for double award science, you have 3 free options, two of which have to be full course GCSEs and the other can be comprised of two half courses or a full course; however, if you opt for separate science, you have 2 free options, one of which has to be a full course GCSE and the other can either be a full course or two half courses.
All together we do 9 GCSEs. It may not seem like a lot, but my school believe in "quality not quantity", which is probably why many people do very well at GCSE.
Single award science.
ICT - OCR Nationals.
PE - either short course or sports leader.
RE - short course.
Exactly the same thing at my school, apart from they've now changed it to any modern language now from the present Yr 11s onwards (my year was the last to have to do French), and we also have to do short course ICT. Oh, and we don't have any short course options...either 2 or 3 full courses depending on if you do double or seperate science.
That meant when i chose my options;
I was only gaining 2 extra GCSE's, because IT was compulsory, I just did a longer course. This meant that the people who did Sports Studies got 3 more GCSE's than me, it was never explained :|
Are ICT, PE and bloddy citizenship compulsory these days?
Maths, English Lang + Lit and Science
i was allowed 5 choises after those
in the science pathway triple award science was compulsary along with half-course ICT (the full course was not allowed) plus three other options.
the english pathway the lit and language lessons were split up, unlike the rest of the pathways where it was just 'english' on the timetable, and we got more lessons. we then had to do double award science and full-course ICT, a language and then two other options
the work related pathway included english, maths and then applied science, they then got the option of either doing a technology, applied ICT or a BTEC in either Health and social care or leisure and tourism. they came in for half a day, and did work-experience for the second half of the day. this was mainly for people who weren't that academic but still wanted a fairly good job.
the alternative curriculum pathway was mainly for people who didn't like school and went out of their way to disrrupt the lessons, were getting poor grades and were in general making the teacher's life miserable. this meant they were only allowed in school grounds between 10 and 1 o'clock, they did english, maths and triple award science. they got no extra options and came out with the max of 5 GCSEs
i can't remember the last option since it was so long ago that i chose my pathway, i just remember that it was completely technology based, with english, maths, applied science, applied ICT and then three technologies.
i did the english pathway, but because i was in G+T in year 9 i did my science exams early and so ended up doing applied science in years 10 and 11. also, if you were in G+T for years 9 + then you got up to 5 options on the first two pathways and people in G+T only got the choice between the two
then there was like blocks with about 3 choices
i chose RE, art, music
Science + Additional Science or Additional Applied or Biology
Then 3 Choices, one from each block -
Block 1 :
Block 2 :
Block 3 :
Study Plus (Help with English or Maths)
Triple Award Science
I took History, Music and Geography.
I also did an after school course in Mentoring, and got a qualification equivilent to 1 A-C GCSE.
3 free choices
And one technology (but stupidly not IT)
Double Award Science
And then 3 choices, including the opportunity to take Seperate Sciences in one of the column blocks.