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GCSE course structure and content

We offer GCSEs in two different study plans:

  • Accelerated one-year programme in all colleges
  • Standard two-year programme in Bournemouth

Accelerated one-year programme

Key facts

Start dates:

  • 6 September 2021

Colleges:

  • Kings Bournemouth
  • Kings Brighton
  • Kings London
  • Kings Oxford

Course length:

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)

Lessons:

  • 40 – 42 lessons per week

Entry requirements:

  • Junior Entrance Test equivalent to minimum IELTS 5.0
  • Completed 9 years of schooling

Minimum age:

  • 15

Class size range:

  •  4 – 10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national qualification
  • Raise English to level required for A-level or Foundation
  • Develop study skills required at sixth form level

Main academic subjects

  • Mathematics: 6 lessons per week
  • English: 6 – 8 lessons per week
  • Study skills: 2 lessons per week
  • Science: 8 – 9 lessons per week (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)
  • Information Communication Technology: 4 – 6 lessons per week
  • Geography or Humanities: 6 lessons per week

Enrichment programme subjects

  • PSHE and Citizenship: 2 lessons per week
  • Physical Education: 2 lessons per week
  • Creative Arts: 2 lessons per week

Total: 40 – 42 lessons per week

Standard two-year programme

Key facts

Start Dates:

  • 4 January 2021
  • 6 September 2021
  • 3 January 2022

Colleges:

  • Kings Bournemouth

Course Length:

  • 4 – 6 terms

Lessons:

  • 40 – 42 lessons per week

Entry requirements:

  • Junior Entrance Test equivalent to minimum IELTS 4.0
  • Completed 8 years of schooling

Minimum age:

  • 14

Class size range:

  • 4 – 10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national qualification
  • Raise English to level required for A-level or Foundation
  • Develop study skills required at sixth form level

Main academic subjects

  • Mathematics: 4+ lessons per week
  • English: 14 – 20 lessons per week
  • Study skills: 2 lessons per week
  • Science: 3 – 6+ lessons per week (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)
  • Information Communication Technology: 2 – 4+ lessons per week
  • Geography or Humanities: 2 – 4+ lessons per week

Enrichment programme subjects

  • PSHE and Citizenship: 2 lessons per week
  • Physical Education: 2 lessons per week
  • Creative Arts: 2 lessons per week

Total: 40 – 42 lessons per week

Sample timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lesson 1 (8.40) Mathematics English skills General English General English English skills
Lesson 2 (9.20) Mathematics English skills General English General English English skills
Lesson 3 (10.00) Academic Preparation (AP) PSHE AP English skills Mathematics
Break (10.40)
Lesson 4 (11.00) AP PSHE AP English skills Mathematics
Lesson 5 (11.40) General English General English ICT Self study Art and Design
Lesson 6 (12.20) General English General English ICT Self study Art and Design
Lunch (13.00)
Lesson 7 (13.40) Self study Trinity Arts Tutor Group session AP Physical Education
Lesson 8 (14.20) Science Trinity Arts Tutor Group session AP Physical Education
Break (15.00)
Lesson 9 (15.10) Art and Design English skills Free time Mathematics Free time
Lesson 10 (15.50) Art and Design English skills Free time Mathematics Free time

Activities and excursions

Activities and excursions include arts clubs, debating societies, and cultural visits.

You can also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. This has helped hundreds of thousands of young people to complete their own exciting and challenging programme of activities.

You will learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends, and gain a great sense of achievement.

Academic enrichment

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The Kings Admissions Team