GCSE Specialisms Information

Our objective is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to stimulate and challenge all students to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to open doors for them in the future in terms of further study, employment and a lifelong love of learning. Most students will follow courses that will lead to nine GCSE or GCSE equivalent qualifications.

We have developed a curriculum to meet the needs of the full range of student interests and abilities and provide a range of appropriate accreditation, including vocational programmes to complement GCSE courses. Details of all courses offered at Alderman White are contained in this booklet. All of our qualifications are approved by the Department for Education and recognised by colleges, universities and employers.

We will provide you and your son/daughter with advice on which route we think is most suitable for them to follow and you will be able to discuss this with teachers and Curriculum Leaders, as well as Year 9 Team and Senior Leaders at the Specialisms Information Evening in January 2020.

As you are probably aware, new GCSE specifications have been introduced over the last few years and these have now replaced the legacy GCSEs in all subjects. These courses typically involve little or no coursework and in most cases more exams taken at the end of the course. In addition, the new GCSE specifications are graded 9-1. Nationally the GCSE grading system is changing; the old system of grades, A*-G, has been replaced by a new grading system of 9-1 (with 9 being the highest).