English

This new syllabus is a fast-track, one year GCSE English Language course involving wider reading and building on written and spoken skills:

Paper 1:

A written exam (1 hour/45 minutes) 50% of GCSE/ 80 marks. Analysing a literature fiction text and writing descriptively.

Paper 2:

A written exam (1 hour/45 minutes) 50% of GCSE/ 80 marks. Analysis/ comparison of 19th /20th/21st Century non-fiction texts and writing to persuade

Non-Exam Spoken Assessment:

Teacher-assessed.

(This mark is carried through from school, if you have already done it.)

If you already have a Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature, you do not have to re-sit English Language GCSE, but it may be useful in the future.

Course Essentials

STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENQUIRIES TO
Tess McGivney: tem@varndean.ac.uk

Mathematics

Mathematics qualifications improve your chances of employment considerably. Most jobs include some degree of measurement, money handling and mental arithmetic and a large number of jobs will require some use of skills such as percentages. You must be studying Maths GCSE if you do not already have a Grade 4 in GCSE Maths. This course can be taken alongside Advanced Level courses.

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
  • GCSE Higher Level
  • GCSE Foundation Level
  • Number & Measure – Level 1
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

PLUS
For GCSE Higher Level - Grade 4 in GCSE Maths is required.

Must be taken for a specific and appropriate progression aim

ENQUIRIES TO
Penny Sinden: pjs@varndean.ac.uk

Photography

An introduction to photography which will develop your practical skills and your critical knowledge. You will learn about camera technique and shoot on location and in studio shoots. This is a practical and creative course and you will study the work of photographers. You will explore different themes (e.g. landscape and portraiture) and also experimental approaches to photography (e.g. photomontage and digital manipulation). There is a practical coursework unit and a practical examination. You do not need your own Digital SLR camera as you will be able use College cameras, but there is a charge for materials. Students need to be committed to photography as there will be independent study tasks to complete each week. Some students are able to progress to A Level Photography.

Course Essentials

COURSE AVAILABLE

GCSE Photography

STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

PLUS
Grade 3 in GCSE Art, Graphics or Textiles if you studied any of these
OR
Provide a portfolio of your art/design/ photography work at interview

ENQUIRIES TO
Rob Macdonald: rom@varndean.ac.uk