(I) GCSE is a two-year course. Students starting Year 10 in September will be examined in the summer at the end of Year 11. This is Key Stage 4 of the British National Curriculum.
GCSE is the General Certificate of Secondary Education. (I)GCSE is the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Both are recognised worldwide.
In Great Britain there are several Examination Boards which offer British GCSE courses and examinations. At the moment, we mostly use Edexcel and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
There is a tremendous range of subjects on offer and we have put together a selection which is in line with National Curriculum guidelines and offers a suitable mix of traditional and more modern subjects. This should ensure that the needs of all pupils are met, from those seeking out very specific academic paths in preparation for University entrance to those preferring a general academic, more vocational course.
National Curriculum and (I)GCSE are designed to run hand in hand to meet the needs of all pupils. The grades which are awarded for (I)GCSE range from, A* to G and these grades are awarded per subject. (A certificate/diploma is awarded with the subjects taken and grades awarded listed.) For those pupils wishing to continue their education at a higher level, a minimum of five A* to C passes are normally required, (which is the same for homologation with ESO in Spain).
Most pupils take eight examination subjects at one sitting but there is no rule governing this. Single subjects may be taken perhaps to improve a grade or to add to the number of overall passes. This offers a very flexible service catering to all needs.
All pupils follow the following core (I)GCSE courses:
|English Literature||Triple Award Science (3 IGCSE)||English as Second Language (ESL)|
|English Language||Spanish Language||Spanish as a Second Language (SSL)|
|Maths||History and Geography in Spanish||Modern Foreign Language 1 (Chinese or French or German) (MFL 1)|
|Double Award Science (2 IGCSE)||Valencian||Modern Foreign Language 1 (Chinese or French or German) (MFL 1)|
All pupils may choose from the following option subjects:
- Business Studies
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Language 2 (Chinese or French or German) (MFL 2)