Here at Manara Education we always dress the importance of GCSE's - both to the individual student and to parents.
GCSEs are the essential currency to enable progression on to A-levels, BTECs and other post-16 courses.
Most schools offer GCSEs as a two-year programme in Years 10 and 11. However at Manara Education we work with many colleges who offer a one year intensive programme
Most students will do anything between five to nine subjects depending on how your school organises its curriculum. To secure the best grades, it’s best not to overload students — more than nine can be counterproductive. At Manara Education we believe It's better to achieve six grade 8's than nine grade 6's.
Equally, unless there are specific educational or health circumstances involved, fewer than five leaves little scope for choices and narrows experience. It would also need to be explained if and when a student applies for university.
Grading is on a scale of 9 to 1:
New GCSEs are more difficult too — there is more content and no coursework or controlled assessment except in creative and practical subjects. Qualifications are linear, with examinations usually at the end of two years of study.
Make sure you are aware of these changes and the implications for students. Check out the Ofqual website, and exam board websites for more information. At Manara Education we work with all the exam boards in the UK.
GCSE choices and grades are relevant to university admissions. Tucked away in admissions requirements on university websites you will find details of GCSE expectations — these are most demanding for subjects like medicine or veterinary science, but many courses will have some basic minimum requirements. At Manara Education, we will walk you through the process.
So, making the right GCSE choices is vital for students who know what they wish to study later on or who have a career in mind. Go through these steps together: