Sample pathways for GCSEs
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the official examination which completes High School education in the UK, usually when the students are 16 years old.
It is normally taken over two years and students choose a range of subjects they want to take the exams for.
GCSE qualifications are recognised worldwide and are the ideal gateway to further academic study in the UK and beyond.
Prepare for GCSEs at Kings
At Kings we offer two study plans:
- an accelerated one-year course in Bournemouth, Brighton, London and Oxford
- a standard course of between 4–6 terms in Bournemouth
Additional pre-sessional terms are possible for students who do not have the required English level.
Students will follow a mixed curriculum including science, mathematics and humanities subjects. They can expect to prepare for GCSE exams in a range of subjects, depending on aptitude and language proficiency.
Subjects include: Arts, Business, English, Geography, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, PHSE, Science, Physical Education.
There is also the opportunity for students to participate in a range of extracurricular activities such as Young Enterprise and the inter-college debating society.
Academic outcomes and progression
GCSEs students can progress to one of the following options.
1. Study A-levels or a Foundation programme with Kings.
Please note that students aged 17 would be advised to follow the Advanced Level Foundation.
2. Return to home country to finish high school.
3. Study A-levels, International Baccalaureate or Scottish Highers at a leading UK boarding school.
- Adcote School
- Bloxham School
- Box Hill School
- Dollar Academy
- King Edward's, Witley
- Malvern St James
- Moira House School for Girls
- Queens College
- St Edmund's School, Canterbury
- St Theresa's School
- Woodbridge School
Mentoring and support
Talented students who are not yet 16 have the potential to thrive within the UK education system, but need the personalised support which is the hallmark of Kings.
The specialist support team at Kings
Personal mentoring and support are important for all our students, but are particularly vital for younger students aged 14 or 15. We have a complete team of specialists in place who are here to ensure every student develops and grows — academically, personally and socially.
Specialist homestay provision
All students of 14+ are automatically allocated our Homestay Extra service for the highest levels of comfort and support.
- Host specially selected to provide the highest levels of support for under 16s
- Regular contact with student’s parents on request
- Guaranteed within walking distance of college
- Comfortable, welcoming accommodation
- Large, single, well-furnished bedroom
- Television in student’s room
- Private bathroom/shower room
- Bed linen provided
- Full board meals (lunch at College Monday to Friday)
International students under the age of 16 must have a UK-based guardian when they come to study in the United Kingdom.
Kings only works with guardianship organisations which have been accredited by The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS). For more information go to aegisuk.net.
AEGIS is the authoritative association for inspecting and accrediting UK Guardianship organisations in accordance with a strict code of practice and UK child care legislation.
Students on the Accelerated and Standard study plans study the same subjects and attend the same number of total taught lessons per week but the distribution of the lessons changes. The table below shows a breakdown of the 40-42 lessons per week by subject.
|Accelerated GCSE||Standard GCSE|
|Mathematics||6 lessons||4+ lessons|
|English||6-8 lessons||14-20 lessons|
|Study skills||Both: 2 lessons|
|Science||8-9 lessons (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)||3-6+ lessons (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)|
|Information Computer Technology||4-6 lessons||2-4+ lessons|
|Geography||6 lessons||2-4+ lessons|
|PSHE and Citizenship||Both: 2 lessons|
|Physical Education||Both: 2 lessons|
|Creative Arts||Both: 2 lessons|
|Total||Both: 40-42 lessons per week|
Learning outside the classroom plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of both the accelerated and standard GCSE programme at Kings. Our aim to create well-rounded, culturally adjusted students who can go on to thrive in either and A-level or Foundation programme.
Academic Enrichment Programme
The Academic Enrichment Programme includes creative arts, physical education and PSHE, to develop personal and social skills. It gives students the opportunity to broaden their experience and interests and provides a more robust application for university.
Learning and cultural excursions
We organise excursions and visits for a cultural or learning nature. For example, a recent three-day visit to Atlantic College in Wales provided an opportunity for GCSE students at each Kings college to meet and share new experiences.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
All GCSE students also have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
For more information about extracurricular activities we offer our students go to Outside the classroom.
On successful completion of the GCSE, students can start their A-levels.
From Kings Life
Kings Bournemouth teacher Anne Powell fills us in on what GCSE students have been doing to learn about life and issues in the UK today.