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GCSEs


Entering GCSE years can pose a challenge to many students. Not only is the content of their classes more advanced, but this is the first time in their schooling careers that their exam results will have a lasting effect on the rest of their lives, and this pressure needs to be countered with a great deal of preparation. Our classes offer your child a chance to revise, fully understand the new key concepts, and learn exam techniques with practice questions. Our qualified teachers teach the GCSE curriculum based upon the major British exam boards.

Overview of the GCSE English Syllabus:

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

GCSE English Language students should:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

Overview of the GCSE Maths Syllabus:

Number

  • fractions, recurring decimals and surds
  • percentage increase/decrease, compound interest, reverse percentage, ratio, indices
  • prime factors, HCF’s and LCM’s
  • standard form, direct and inverse proportion

 Geometry

  • Finding angles, parallel lines, polygons, angle proof, angles in circles, proving circle properties
  • Symmetry, translation, reflection, rotation, enlargement, combinations of transformations, congruent triangles
  • Speed, density, pressure, compound measures, Pythagoras theorem, trigonometry, vectors
  • Area, arcs and sectors of circles
  • Volume of prism, spheres, pyramids and cones
  • Surface area, similar shapes, areas and volumes of similar shapes
  • Map scales, constructions with ruler and compasses, Locus
  • Graphs of sin x, cos x, tan x
  • Equations involving trigonometry functions
  • Bearings
  • 3D co-ordinates
  • Sine and cosine rules

Algebra

  • Substituting in expressions, brackets, factorising, common factors, factorising quadratics
  • Difference of 2 squares, solving quadratic equations by factorising
  • Solving problems leading to quadratics
  • Linear equations, changing the subject
  • Functions – notation, inverses, composite
  • Straight line graphs
  • Curved graphs, turning points and intercepts
  • Gradient – rate of change
  • Y=mx+c
  • Areas under graphs
  • Distance/time, velocity/time graphs, equations of motion
  • Straight line graphs, simultaneous equations, quadratic formulas, exponential functions
  • Graphical solution of equations
  • Inequalities, algebraic fractions, equations with fractions, algebraic proof

Statistics

  • Relative frequency, basic probabilities, expectation
  • Listing outcomes, product rule for counting
  • Venn diagrams set notation
  • Independent events the ‘AND’ rule
  • The ‘OR’ rule
  • Probability trees, conditional probability
  • Two-way tables, pie charts, scatter graphs, trends, sampling
  • Averages and range, averages from tables
  • Cumulative frequency, box plot, histograms
  • Comparing sets of data

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Overview of the GCSE Science Syllabus:

Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell Biology Atomic structure and the periodic table Energy
Organisation Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter Electricity
Infection and response Quantitative chemistry Particle model of matter
Bioenergetics Chemical changes Atomic structure
Homeostasis and response Energy changes Forces
Inheritance, variation and evolution The rate and extent of chemical change Waves
Ecology Organic chemistry & Chemical Analysis Magnetism and Electromagnetism