Moving from Year 9

Key Stage 4 at Bishop Vaughan

You may be worried about moving from year 9 to year 10, you have asked questions such as…

  • What is the difference between BTEC and GCSE?
  • What equipment do you need in year 10?
  • How much homework are we expected to do?
  • When do I need to start revising?

BTEC vs GCSEs

BTEC

  • Lots of course work
  • Equivalent to A*-C at GCSE
  • On-going assessments. No exams
  • Includes some vocational element Assessed through coursework and portfolio
  • Pass, Merit or Distinction

GCSE

  • Exam basedSome coursework
  • Can get A*-U
  • Includes controlled assessments assessed through school

Equipment

  • You will be required to have the following:
  • Pens, Pencils, Ruler etc.
  • Resources specific to your subject e.g. Spanish dictionary, Revision guides

Homework

  • You are going to have up to two homework tasks a day!
  • The homework will normally be due in 3-7 days
  • You are going to have to be organised with handing in your homework on time

Attendance

  • If your attendance is below 80% then you cannot sit your GCSE external exams
  • If you miss school work then it is crucial that you catch up

Revision

  • You need to start revising at the beginning of the spring term 2015.
  • Spread revision out! Attend revision lessons.
  • Have a time table and stick to it!

Who to talk to

  • You can talk to your tutors, senior tutors, subject teachers, Director of Learning and your parents or guardians.

Don’t Panic!!!!

  • Remember our advice and you will be fine.Year 10 is better than you think!

Quotes

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.”

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