Hi there, Ive been a 'browser' for ages now and have just plucked up the courage to register and post. I am a mother of 1 so everything i face i do as a '1st timer' and therefore would be grateful for any advice. Can anyone explain the GSCE options to a student in year 9 - how many subjects can they choose, what they can and cant 'drop' and how many GSCE's they actually take. My child is currently in a Bucks Grammar. Thank You
They normally take between 9 and 11 GCSE subjects in grammar schools, and some do more depending on things like the timetable and their own interests and capabilities. The core subjects are English Lang and Lit, Maths, Religious Education and the Sciences, which together account for 6 or 7 passes, depending on whether they do double science (counts as two subjects) or Physics, Chemistry and Biology separately. Some schools are stricter than others about which subjects they want to make compulsory in addition though, and most grammar schools would also include one modern language as a core subject.
RE can be done as a half GCSE, as can IT if required, and these are sometimes taken at the end of Year 10, giving a bit more leeway in Year 11.
The kids would then be offered a choice of one further GCSE from each of two or three groups, so adding History/Geog, a further modern or classical language, and Art/Music/Design Technology to get to their final total.
Hope this helps, but each school is different in what they offer.