In Term 2 of Year 9, students will be guided into choosing a balanced range of subjects for their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) courses in Years 10 and 11.
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the principle means of assessing student attainment (usually) at the end of Year 11. This marks the end of compulsory secondary education for students following the UK curriculum. The GCSE examinations are devised to satisfy United Kingdom nationally agreed criteria and any syllabi followed must be approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). These examinations are taken after students have completed the two year programme of study during KS4. In addition, GCSE courses generally contain a combination of coursework to accompany external final examinations. Coursework is usually completed over the two year Key Stage 4 period.
In KS4 all students take a common core of subjects consisting of English, Mathematics, Science and Core PE. In addition, Year 10 students choose further subjects from the option choices presented to them. At Jebel Ali they will be expected to take one Modern Foreign Language, one Social Science, one Creative Art plus one other GCSE in keeping with a broad and balanced curriculum.
The option choices available will be offered in Term 2 to the Year 9 students and advice via lessons, PSHE sessions and a detailed options booklet will be provided to support student choices.
It is anticipated that Jebel Ali School will offer the core subjects plus, French, Spanish, Arabic, Islamic Education, Geography, History, Economics, Business Studies, Psychology, Computer Studies, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Physical Education GCSE courses.