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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

Standard two-year programme

Key facts

Start dates:

  • 6 September 2021
  • 3 January 2022

College:

  • Kings Bournemouth

Course length:

  • 4-6 terms

Lessons:

  • 40 - 42 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

GCSE subjects

Students 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.

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 lessons per week by subject.

Accelerated GCSE Standard GCSE
Mathematics 6 lessons 4+ lessons
English 6-8 lessons 14-20 lessons
Study skills 2 lessons 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 2 lessons 2 lessons
Physical Education 2 lessons 2 lessons
Creative Arts 2 lessons 2 lessons
Total 40-42 lessons per week 40-42 lessons per week

Main academic subjects

Main academic subjects include: English, Science, Geography/History, Information Technology and Mathematics.

Mathematics

In studying iGCSE, learners develop skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of mathematical concepts, useful to future study. They will develop confidence in Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures, Probability, Statistics by:

  • using and applying techniques
  • interpreting, reasoning and communicating mathematically
  • solving mathematical problems in wider contexts.

English

Those studying English as a second language gain lifelong skills while developing a wider international perspective. They will:

  • advance communicative ability in English through development of speaking and writing skills
  • improve ability to understand English in a range of everyday situations and in a variety of social registers and styles
  • have greater awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills while studying a number of contemporary topics.

Science

GCSE Science encourages learners to develop a better understanding of the world by teaching them about the influence of scientific study on society. They will gain skills that are essential for further study and everyday life by:

  • learning how science methods apply to other academic disciplines and everyday life
  • working on skills like: achieving accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • learning how to care for the environment.

Information Communication Technology

iGCSE ICT explores how digital technology impacts the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students will:

  • broaden and enhance ICT skills and capability
  • work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts
  • learn about current and emerging digital technologies and their use in a range of contexts
  • learn how to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and how to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Geography/other Humanities

iGCSE Geography teaches an understanding of the processes which affect physical and human environments. Learners will

  • develop an understanding of location on a local, regional and global scale
  • use and understand geographical data and information
  • learn how communities around the world are affected and constrained by different environments.

Studying IGCSE History is an opportunity to study our world from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Students develop historical skills and knowledge while becoming enthusiastic about understanding the past. They will:

  • explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political.
  • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
  • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

Enrichment programme subjects

The enrichment programme focuses on subjects such as PHSE, Physical Education and Creative Arts.

Creative Arts

GCSE Art and Design is a creative qualification that engages students in the process of crafting and designing. Students become imaginative and intuitive when exploring and making images, artefacts and products. They will:

  • acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent
  • take risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
  • develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Total: 40 – 42 lessons per week

Please note that content may vary from college to college.

Sample timetable (Accelerated programme)

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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