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English GCSE at Jack Hunt School

Course description

ENGLISH GCSE

1 Year Course AQA GCSE English Language (in exceptional circumstances)

Content and Assessment

You will work to improve your ability to write accurately for different audiences and purposes; to read with understanding and perception and to speak and listen appropriately in a variety of situations.

Speaking and Listening:

10 minute individually assessed exam exploring how you can present effectively as well as listen and respond to questions in a discussion:

¨ 3 minute individual presentation on a topic of your choice.

¨ 6-7 minutes answering questions on your topic.

Examination:

2 exams answering questions which assess your reading and writing skills.

In Paper 1 you will be asked to read a fiction extract and answer 4 questions testing a range of skills. You will also be asked to write a description based on a picture or a set task.

In Paper 2 you will be asked to read a non-fiction extract and answer 4 questions testing a range of skills. You will also be asked to write an argument based on a particular viewpoint.

After the Course

Your skills in English will have matured. Many employers and all colleges of Higher Education require applicants to have achieved a good pass in English Language. However, even a small improvement on your grade is worthwhile.

 

For additional information contact: Miss Donaldson.

 

 

Entry requirements

1 Year Course AQA GCSE English Language (in exceptional circumstances)

Entry

This is a one year course for students who been given permission to join the Sixth Form but have not already achieved a good pass in GCSE English Language grade 4 or higher. Students will follow AQA English Language. It will offer you the opportunity to improve your GCSE grade but you will need to be prepared to work hard and you will be expected to attend all lessons. You must have a positive attitude, meet regular deadlines and spend a large percentage of your own time doing exam practice. Students will only be allowed to sit this course in exceptional circumstances at the Headteacher’s and Head of Sixth Form’s discretion.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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    • ADMISSIONS POLICY

      Introduction

      The Governing Body of Jack Hunt School (Trust) is the Admissions Authority for the school and responsible for admissions to the Sixth Form.

      The school welcomes applications from external applicants as well as those currently at the school.  The capacity for the Sixth Form is 300 places which is a combined figure for both Years 12 and 13.

      The Published Admission Number for external students to join the Sixth Form is 10 places each year.

      Admission to the Sixth Form

      1. Admission to the Sixth Form will be considered for students currently in Year 11 at the school and from those external to the school.

      2. The application process for places in the Sixth Form will be the same for Year 11 students currently at the school and those external to the school.

      3. The entry requirements for admission will be the same for Year 11 students currently at the school and those external to the school.

      4. A conditional offer of a place to external applicants will only be made on the basis of a satisfactory reference from their previous school / college and availability of spaces in chosen subject areas.

      All applications must be received by the published date (see Appendix 2).

      Minimum Entry Requirements

      All those seeking admission to the Sixth Form must achieve the necessary grades for access onto the courses they have chosen.

      For entry onto A Level courses the minimum entry requirement is six full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including Grade 4 in English Language and Maths) at GCSE together with a points score equal to a Grade 4 overall.  For some courses there is no requirement to have studied the subject prior to the Sixth Form. Some subjects will require at least a 4 Grade in English and/or Mathematics GCSE for study at A Level. Students may, include 1 Cambridge TEC/ECDL Course as part of their six A* - Cs but may find Level 3 A Level courses extremely challenging with this profile.

      Students will be required to study a minimum of three subjects in Year 13 to full A Level award.

      Progression from Year 12 to 13 is dependent on good behaviour, good attendance and also on students consistently acting upon and following the academic instructions from their teachers.

      Applications

      Applications should be made through UCAS Progress.

      Oversubscription Criteria

      The over-subscription criteria for the Sixth Form will be applied where the number of external applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form exceeds the published admission number and admission will be determined in accordance with the following admissions criteria:

      1.  Children in care (children in public care) and children who were in care, but ceased to be because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

      2.  Children living in the catchment areas of primary schools:

      Gladstone Primary School, Highlees Primary School, Longthorpe Primary School, Middleton Primary School, Ravensthorpe Primary School, Thorpe Primary School and West Town Primary   School.   This includes children living within the above catchments who may be attending Sacred Heart Primary School and other primary schools.

      3. Students who have physical impairment or who are deaf for which the school has enhanced resource provision.

      4. Up to 5 places in any one academic year for children of permanent employees whose place of work is Jack Hunt School at the time of admission. Where the member of staff has been employed for more than 2 years and/or has been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. Where more than five applications are received preference will be given to permanent employees with the longest period of continuous employment by the school.

      5. Where the child has a brother or sister attending the school at time of admission (the definition of brother or sister is contained in the local authority admissions booklet issued by your primary school).

      6. Any other applicant.

      Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places within any of the above criteria priority will be given to those living nearest the school measured in a straight line between the centre of the home address and the centre of the school site.
       

      Late Applications

      Where the over-subscription criteria are used, applications received from external applicants after the published date will be considered last.
       

      False Information

      Where governors have made an offer of a place in the Sixth Form on the basis of an intentionally misleading application the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

      Where the oversubscription criteria are used, applications received from external applicants after the published date will be considered last.

      Appeals

      Any student refused the offer of a place in the Sixth Form has the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel.

      Appendix 1 MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

      A Level Courses (General Requirements)

      Six full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including Grade 4 in English Language and Maths).

       AA GCSE points score which equates to a 4 Grade overall (40 points)

      Cambridge Technical Level 2 courses (e.g. Cambridge TEC/OCR/BTEC) at Pass with five other full course GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including Grade 4 in English Language and Maths).  Only 1 Cambridge TEC course or other vocational equivalent can be included.

      A Grade 4 or above in the subjects to be studied (unless specified below).

      A Level Courses (Specific Subject Requirements)

      Art - students who gained a B at GCSE or who have not studied the subject at GCSE may be considered for this course subject to recommendation by the Curriculum Area Leader for Art. A portfolio of work must be submitted for those who have not followed a GCSE course

      Biology - at least a High Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Biology units. If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology.

      Business Studies - at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a Grade 4 in English Language.

      Chemistry - at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Chemistry units.  If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry.

      Economics - at least Grade 5 in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language GCSE..

      English Language & Literature - at least Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

      English Literature – at least Grade 4 in English Language and Literature GCSE.

      Film Studies - at least Grade 4 in English Language and Literature GCSE.

      French - at least Grade C at GCSE.

      Geography – at least a Grade 4 in Geography GCSE and at least Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English (Language or Literature).

      History - at least a Grade C in GCSE History and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and have demonstrated a positive attitude in both these subjects in the two years leading up to those exams.  Students who have not previously studied History or achieved a Grade C in History would be considered at the discretion of the CAL and Head of Sixth Form.

      Mathematics - guaranteed entry for students with at least Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics at Higher Level. A good Grade 5 would be considered at the discretion of Curriculum Area Leader and Head of Sixth Form.

      Further Mathematics - at least Grade 7 on the Mathematics GCSE Higher Paper.

      Music - achieve at least Grade C at GCSE Music. Instrumentally or vocally you should aim to be approximately at or above Grade 5 standard. It is also expected that students learn the theory of music to Grade 5 standard, and possess a reasonable grasp of English.

      Physical Education – at least Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 English Language GCSE.  If students have studied GCSE PE then a Grade C must be achieved.

      Physics - at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. If students study Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 6-6 or above. It is important that students obtain a Grade 6 or above in the individual Physics units.  If students study Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics.

      Product Design - achieve at least a Grade C in Design Technology GCSE and a Grade 4 in Mathematics is required.

      Psychology - at least Grade 4 in Mathematics (on the higher paper) and English Language GCSE.

      RE - at least Grade 4 at GCSE English Language or Literature is the minimum required as well as a C grade in GCSE Religious Education (if taken) or an equivalent written based subject.

      Sociology - at least Grade 4 in English Language GCSE.

      Spanish - at least Grade C at GCSE.

      Theatre Studies - at least Grade 4 in English (Language or Literature) GCSE.  If you have taken GCSE Drama it is expected you will have achieved a Grade C.

      Urdu - at least a Grade C in GCSE.

      Enrolment for the first year of your A Level course does not give automatic access to the second year of the course. Students will need to gain the necessary accreditation to be admitted to the second year of the course.

      Health & Social Care - Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - Six full course GCSEs at Grade C / Grade 4-5 or above one must be in English.

      Applied Science BTEC Level 3

      Students must have the following requirements in Science:

      Combined Science, they must achieve a Grade 4-4 or above and at least a Grade 4 in all individual units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

      Separate Science, they must achieve a Grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

      All individual units must be at least a Grade 4.  Students must also obtain a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

      Appendix 2 APPLICATION PROCESS

       1. An open evening for potential Sixth Form applicants and their parents will be organised by the Head of Sixth Form (HOS). External applicants will be invited into school during the school day to gather information about the Sixth Form and course programme.

      2. All internal and external applicants will complete an application form to be received by the HOS by Friday 26 January 2018.

      3. The HOS will acknowledge in writing to parents/students all applications through a standard letter which will outline the next Grades. This will be sent as soon as possible upon receipt of the application.

      4. The HOS will consider all applications, internal and external, against entry requirements.

      5. Personal Tutors will discuss with internal applicants their applications in relation to courses available using guidance provided by the HOS. The Personal Tutor will provide written feedback to the HOS with the outcome of the meeting.

      6. The HOS, or a member of senior staff, will meet with internal applicants individually to discuss their applications in relation to the courses available.

      7. The HOS will consider external applicants against the oversubscription criteria if the number of applicants is greater than the Published Admission Number (PAN).

      8. The HOS will arrange to meet individually with external applicants to discuss their applications in relation to the courses available and the reference from existing school. Meetings will be arranged on receipt of applications.

      9. Conditional written offers are made to all applicants by the HOS within 2 weeks of the date of the individual meeting. They are dependent upon the meeting of the subject entry requirements specified in the Admissions Policy and Appendix 1.

      10. All accepted applicants will be expected to attend the induction session for new Sixth Form students 2 July 2018.

      11. Following receipt of GCSE results in August 2018, admission to the Sixth Form will be confirmed or refused with further guidance provided to unsuccessful applicants.

      Confirming Subject Places

      Places on courses will be confirmed after the publication of results in August 2018. Students who meet the subject entry requirements and who were on the provisional lists will gain an automatic place.

      Changing Subjects

      Students who do not meet the entry requirements for subject/subjects will be removed from the course(s).

      To enrol for another course students must:

      ¨ Discuss availability of courses and suitability based upon admission criteria with the HOS.

      ¨ Discuss suitability of the course with the relevant CAL.

      ¨ Places will be allocated only to those deemed suitable and only if there are spaces left on the course.