Year 8 Options

//Year 8 Options
Year 8 Options 2018-03-19T20:44:10+00:00
Date Event
16th February GCSE Options launch to students in assembly
19th – 23rd February Half Term
March 2018 Subject information assemblies
8th March Year 8 Parents Evening
w/b 19th March Subject information week
22nd March GCSE Options Information Evening
26th March Options forms returned
24th – 28th April Options discussions for students

There have been a number of Government led changes to GCSE assessment over the past few years and we understand that some of the information that has gone out in the national press can be confusing. We aim to give practical and straightforward advice that will guide and advise students to take courses that suit their abilities and aspirations.

GCSE subjects will now be graded on a numerical scale from the highest 9 to the lowest grade 1.

The table indicates broadly how the new system compares to the previous A*-C approach.

Grade 5 will be considered a ‘good pass’.

As more information on this becomes available we will share it with parents and students.

New 1-9 Grade System Old A*-G Grade System
9 A**
8 A*/A
7 A
6 B
5 B/C
4 C
3 D/E
2 E/F
1 F/G

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – click HERE for more information.

Sandbach School has always promoted that our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum. The current Government view, that the vast majority of students should follow a particular suite of subjects at KS4, is not our view. The Ebacc functions only as performance measure in school league tables, it does not have any bearing on the chances for an individual student to succeed at GCSE and beyond: it is not a qualification. Universities and employers do not require students to have followed a specific set of GCSE subjects. Our advice to students remains to choose subjects they enjoy and show aptitude for.

Subject Information Sheets

All subject information sheets can be found below. The document ‘All Subjects’ – contains all of the subjects on offer.

Individual subject sheets are also available below.

All Year 8 Options
Academic PE Course Pathways
BTEC Music Technology
Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies
GCSE Art Design
GCSE Business
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Design Technology
GCSE Drama Year 8
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Food Nutrition
GCSE Geography
GCSE Media
GCSE History
GCSE Maths
GCSE Modern Foreign Languages
GCSE Photography
GCSE Music
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Religious Studies
GCSE Science
Technical Award Food Catering

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