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Our GCSE programme offers breadth and opportunity for all.  It allows girls to select subjects they enjoy and excel in and provides a firm base for further study at A level and beyond.

GCSE

We have an excellent range of GCSE options with girls able to select three additional subjects alongside the core subjects of:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH LITERATURE

MATHEMATICS

MODERN LANGUAGE

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

SCIENCE

Girls may take all three Sciences as separate subjects AND select three of the following.

GCSE OPTION CHOICES:

ART

BUSINESS STUDIES

CITIZENSHIP

COMPUTER SCIENCE

DANCE

DRAMA

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

GEOGRAPHY

GOVERNMENT

HISTORY

MUSIC

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PSYCHOLOGY

Consultations will take place with students, parents and teachers to determine the appropriate number of subjects to be studied at GCSE to achieve full potential.

SCIENCE OPTIONS AT GCSE

At Thornton girls have the opportunity to follow one of several Science Pathways leading to two or three GCSE’s in Science.  The school will follow the AQA Science for all Suite in each pathway

The first Pathway will involve girls achieving two GCSEs in Science and will follow the AQA GCSE Specification Combined Science: Trilogy. This is a linear syllabus and two 1hr 15 min Biology, Chemistry and Physics papers will be taken at the end of Y11

The Second pathway will involve girls achieving three GCSEs and will follow the AQA Separate Sciences specifications in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. These specifications are all linear GCSEs. Each separate Science will be assessed by 2 x 1hr 45min exam papers at the end of Year 11.

The Third Pathway will involve girls choosing one or more of the separate AQA Separate Science GCSEs (from the specification in Physics, Biology and Chemistry)

All of the courses will involve practical work, and it is planned that learning will stem from these practical sessions. Each of the pathways will involve a number of experiments that the girls will have to have completed before the end of the 2 year GCSE cycle.

There is NO practical assessment however in ANY of the pathways.

Mr Chris George (Head of Science)

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