Welcome to The Bromfords School. Courses for Key Stage 4
Why choose a course? Do
Do not pick a course because you enjoy the subject and are good at it. consult your teachers to see if the level of a course is suitable for you. try to select courses that give you a broad and balanced range of subjects.
ask for further help if you require it.
make stereotypical choices. All courses are equally open to both sexes. pick a course because your friend has done so.
pick a course because you like the teacher – you may not get that teacher. pick a course and expect that you can change it when you are half way in to it.
Three Main Pathways
Pathways for Key Stage 4 There are 3 main pathways There is more personalisation within each pathway English Baccalaureate Pathway Standard Pathway Applied Pathway
What is common to the pathways in Key Stage 4? English
Changes that affect you The English Baccalaureate “Ebacc.” a measure for those
who achieve English, Maths, Science, a Modern Language and either History or Geography The government has announced new EBC. (English
Baccalaureate Certificate) examinations. These do not start until 2014. You will however be measured as achieving an English Baccalaureate if you reach an A*-C grade in these subjects An Ebacc may be important for you for you. It may become an expectation for those who go to university or entry for some employment or training.
Changes that affect you The “Raising of the Participation age” for 16 year olds means all 16 year olds are expected to continue in
education or training. You will have to continue take English and Maths if you have not reached a GCSE C grade in 2015. This will continue until you are 19 Applied vocational courses are continuing. There are some changes to the assessment arrangements.
Examinations include: GCSE, BTEC qualifications, Short
Course GCSE, Functional Skills qualifications, Foundation level examinations plus the Baccalaureate when it begins.
Progression pathways 11-19+ 19+
A-levels; Resit GCSE English and or Maths, Level 2 Couses
GCSEs and level 2 BTEC
Advanced Apprenticeships: apprenticeships (work-based learning)
English Baccalaureate English, Maths, Sciences, Modern Language & History or Geography
2013 Further education
Other work-based learning (eg BTEC, OCR, NVQs)
Other work-related learning (e.g. NVQ and others)
Foundation Learning Tiers 14-19
11-14 key stage 3
Choices in the Ebacc Pathway French or Spanish Geography or History
Art & Design Business Studies BTEC Drama Dance Food & Nutrition Graphics ICT Media Studies Music Photography Physical Education (Full Course) Resistant Materials Technology Systems & Control technology Textiles
Optional Course Choices in the Standard Pathway
Art & Design Business Studies BTEC Drama Dance Food & Nutrition French Geography Graphics History
ICT Media Studies Music Photography Physical Education (Full Course) Resistant Materials Technology Spanish Systems & Control Technology Textiles
Applied pathway: 3 days in school, 2 in college After initial period not flexible
Applied Pathways Evening 17th January ď‚— Mrs Ruck coordinates working with Prospects College,
SEC (South Essex College) at Basildon, J & E Training (JET) and other schools
NVQs, Foundation Level learning Apprenticeships There are application & selection procedures for each of these courses
What happens next? Applied Pathway information next week Full reports issued for Parents’ Evening on 24th January. Parents can meet us and tutors again Students come and discuss their choices with us We build our Year 10 curriculum and pass your information to our partners