Curriculum in Years 10-11
We are committed to ensuring that all of our students achieve outstanding results, acquiring relevant skills and qualifications
GCSE studies begin in Term 6 of Year 9, and for some core subjects earlier than this. In order to ensure a balanced programme of study some restrictions are placed on the choice of subjects. All students take English (leading to two GCSE’s in English Language and English Literature), GCSE Religious Studies, GCSE Mathematics and a Science Course (leading to either a combined award in Science or to three GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Students will then need to select four more courses to complete their GCSE programme which must include at least one Modern Foreign Language course and at least on Humantities course.
All students will also follow non-examination courses in core Physical Education and through the school’s Focus Days in Personal, Social & Health Education, Citizenship and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
Throughout Years 10 and 11 students will be encouraged to become involved in their own self-assessment and, through discussion with their teachers, encouraged to identify their strengths and areas for further development in order to plan future learning needs. Thinking skills will become increasingly important to students and their GCSE studies, particularly the higher order thinking skills which are linked to grade 9-1 style examination questions. Students will be encouraged to use a wide range of thinking tools such as Thinking Maps to help enhance their learning.
The Key Stage 4 Curriculum at MGGS
At Key Stage 4 some subjects are studied by all students whereas others are optional in order to ensure a balanced programme of study.
English (leading to two GCSE’s in English Language and Engligh Literature)
Science (leading to either a combined award or three individual GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
PSHE and Citizenship through Focus Days
Core Physical Education
Work Related Learning
Careers Education, Advice, Information and Guidance
All students have to choose four courses of which at least one must be an MFL course and least one other must be a humanities course.
Modern Foreign Languages Courses
French, German, Spanish
- Humanities Courses
- Additional Options Courses
Art, Computing, Design and Technology* (Food Preparation and Nutrition or Product Design or Art and Design Textiles), Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education.
* Only one Design and Technology subject may be studied. Also you can only select one from Dance or Physical Education or one from Art and Art Textiles.
Making Your Subject Choices
When deciding upon which subjects to study students should bear in mind the following:
Do you enjoy the subject?
Can you do well in the subject?
Is the combination of subjects appropriate to you in terms of workload balance, how subjects are assessed and your career aspirations?
Will your choices support what you hope to do in the sixth form and beyond?
Independent Learning Timetables
Year 11 GCSE Specifications 2019/2020
|Subject||Exam Board||Spec Code|
|Astronomy: 1 Year GCSE (full course – Y10 only)||Pearson||1AS01|
|Art, Craft & Design||AQA||8201|
|Combined Science, Trilogy||AQA||8464|
|Computer Science (Python)||AQA||8520D|
|Food Preparation & Nutrition||AQA||8585|
|Design & Technology||Pearson||IDT0|
|Art & Design – Textile Design||Pearson||ITE0|