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									                   2003
           6th    Forms

GCE and VCE A & AS
and Key Skills level 3




                 DfES No: 880
Foreword from the Director of Learning & Cultural Services, Torbay Council



Six Torbay secondary schools have students studying a wide range of post 16 courses. Changes made from September 2000 to the curriculum for these
students are now well established. 2003 is the second year of consistent reporting for students completing 2 years of study within the Curriculum
2000 framework.

The number of students attending Torbay LEA school 6th forms has increased by 20% since 2000, and our schools are pleased that more students have
more choice in their studies. Now the unified A level framework for both general and vocational studies enables a wide range of achievement to be fully
accredited and reported. Additionally, for the first time in 2003, the Key Skills of: Application of Number, Communication, and Information Technology
are included in the points awarded when achieved at level 3. This again enables a wider range of qualifications to be recognised for our schools and
students.

In addition to the credit for these qualifications, our students also study an increasingly wide range of additional courses. These enable schools to
ensure each pupil has a range of study to extend their knowledge and skills, leading to improved preparation for further education and training beyond
school.

It is essential that our students continue to develop skills and knowledge to prepare them for education and training opportunities for which they wish
to apply. Students benefit greatly when leaving school as young adults, well prepared for the increasing life choices available to them.

Their post 16 achievements are well recognised within these 2003 results, and schools, students and parents are to be congratulated.




Tony Smith
Director of Learning and Cultural Services
                                              Contents

                                                         PAGE
Introduction                                              1
Types of Secondary Schools in Torbay                      2
Factors that may affect a school’s examination results    2
Explanation of terms used                                 3
List of information given for each school                 3
Churston Ferrers Grammar School                           4
Paignton Community & Sports College                       6
St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School                            8
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School                              10
Torquay Grammar School for Girls                          12
Westlands School & Technology College                     14

APPENDIX
TORBAY LEA                                                                                                                                 6TH FORM BOOKLET

Introduction

This booklet provides advanced level results for Torbay’s secondary schools. These include GCE (General Certificate of Education) and VCE (Vocational
Certification of Education) A & AS Levels and Key Skills level 3. It reports on the sum achievements of all 16, 17 and 18 year old students who were at the
end of their second year of advanced level study in 2003.

There have been many changes to the Post 16 Curriculum in recent years, since the introduction in September 2000 of “new style” general and vocational AS
and A levels. This 2003 booklet reports on achievements over two years in the “new style” general and vocational advanced levels and includes for the first
year, the Key Skills qualification. Students are able to study for key skills qualifications in three subjects; Application of Number, Communication and
Information Technology. A pass in each of these qualifications at Level 3 is only counted when students are also entered for a GCE/VCE A level in Summer
2003. A levels, AS levels, A level Double Awards and Key Skills level 3 are assigned UCAS points.

The Post 16 Curriculum is known as Curriculum 2000. This curriculum allows increased flexibility and the study of a wider range of subjects, for example by
establishing A levels in vocational subjects. A levels have acquired a broader significance as a precursor to employment as well as entry into higher education.

The A level is now divided into six curriculum units. Each of these is assessed by either exams or coursework. Some exams are taken at intervals during the
course, with others at the end of year one or two.

The first three units of the A level make up the AS level and are taken in the first year. AS is a qualification in its own right. It contributes 50% of the
marks to the full A level. The second year of study is referred to as A2 and is dependent on pupils completing the AS in the first year. After the two years
of study, the final qualification is known as an A level.

There are also VCEs or vocational A/AS levels. The VCE can be taken in three, six or twelve units. The vocational AS level is made up of three units, the
vocational A level of six units, and the double award of twelve units. Assessment for VCEs is by coursework. Similarly to GCE A levels, vocational A level
grades range from A to E.

Please see appendix at the back of this booklet for further details on the Post 16 Curriculum, a brief outline of the other National Curriculum Key Stages and
the various assessment systems.




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TORBAY LEA                                                                                                                                6TH FORM BOOKLET

Types of Secondary Schools in Torbay
Torbay has 8 Secondary Schools, of which 3 are grammar schools, 4 are ‘all ability’ schools and one has a selective stream (bi-lateral). Out of the 8 schools 6
have 6th forms. There is also South Devon College, which takes pupils from schools in Torbay and the surrounding areas. Other Post 16 opportunities are
available through local providers of work based training. Connexions and the Learning and Skills Council are both involved in the providing of Post 16
opportunities.

The table below gives some basic information about the Secondary Schools in Torbay. For more information please contact the schools for a prospectus.

Torbay’s Secondary Schools

School                                                Admissions    Age range       Sixth Form? Gender of pupils Type of school               Specialist
                                                      Procedure                                                                               Status
Brixham Community College                             All ability   11-16           No            Boys and Girls         Foundation
Churston Ferrers Grammar School                       Selective     11-18           Yes           Boys and Girls         Foundation
Paignton Community & Sports College                   All ability   11-18           Yes           Boys and Girls         Community            Sports
St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School                        All ability   11-18           Yes           Boys and Girls         Voluntary Aided
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School                          Selective     11-18           Yes           Boys Only              Foundation           Language
Torquay Community College                             All ability   11-16           No            Boys and Girls         Community
Torquay Grammar School for Girls                      Selective     11-18           Yes           Girls Only             Foundation
Westlands School & Technology College                 Bi-lateral    11-18           Yes           Boys and Girls         Foundation           Technology
All the Torbay Secondary schools are of a very different character and it is therefore difficult to make valid comparisons of schools’ results. There are many
factors that affect schools’ results and therefore please take these into account. Some factors to take into account are as follows:

Factors that may affect a school’s examination results include:
•   The ability and prior attainment of the pupils.

•   The socio-economic background of students. Measures such as the percentage of pupils eligible for Free School Meals give an indication of the socio-
    economic circumstances of pupils in the school.

•   The percentage of pupils with Special Educational Needs. This should be considered when looking at a school’s performance.

•   The number of pupils in a particular cohort/year group.

•   The gender mix of any particular cohort/year group - in recent years, girls have generally attained better results than boys.
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TORBAY LEA                                                                                                                                  6TH FORM BOOKLET

Explanation of terms used
FSM                            Free School Meals Entitlement. This gives an indication of the socio-economic background of the pupils. The percentage of
                               students at a school with FSM entitlement is used as a means of identifying and comparing similar schools nationally.

SEN                            Special Educational Needs. Pupils can be assessed as being at different stages on the SEN register. N = No special provision,
                               A = School Action, P = School Action Plus, Q = School action plus and statutory assessment, S = statemented.

Statements                     A ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’ incorporates an assessment of a student’s needs and the provisions required to
                               address these needs.

Attendance Rate                The percentage of pupil sessions attended i.e. without authorised or unauthorised absences.

LSC                            Learning & Skills Council. The LSC is responsible for funding and planning education and training for over 16 year olds in
                               England. Their mission is to raise participation and attainment through high-quality education and training which puts learners
                               first.

Connexions                     Connexions is the government’s advice and guidance service for 13-19 year olds; young people are able to get the help and
                               support they need to reach their full potential, and make an effective transition to work and adult life.

The following information is provided for each school:
•   Background and contextual information from January 2003.

•   Table 1 – 2003 GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements – includes the following:

    a) average UCAS point score of 16, 17 and 18 year olds at the end of two years of study entered for GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3. This is
       dependent on the total number of entries for each pupil, and the grade attained.
    b) average UCAS point score per entry (A/AS/Key Skills)

For a full list of subjects offered by the schools and for details of their admissions policy please contact the school for a prospectus.

IMPORTANT:
When reading the results for each school, it should be remembered that there are many factors that may affect pupils’ performance and the school’s
performance as a whole. Please refer to page two for an example list of those factors that may affect results.




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Torbay LEA                                                                           Churston Ferrers Grammar School

                                      Churston Ferrers Grammar School
                                                   Greenway Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham, TQ5 0LN
                                                               Tel. 01803 842289
                                                                 (DfES No. 4116)



Social Context of School (from January 2003)

Total number of pupils on roll: 621

Number on roll in 6th form: 235

Percentage of pupils in 6th form eligible for FSM: 3.4

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 0.2

Percentage of pupils in whole school with SEN without statements: 4.6

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 94.9



School Statement

The students and staff are to be congratulated on this outstanding set of A
level results. They have dealt brilliantly with a demanding new A level structure.

Stephen Kings (Head Teacher)




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Torbay LEA                                                                                      Churston Ferrers Grammar School

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            Churston Ferrers Grammar School and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                             Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                             score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                 Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                           329.4                                 84.1
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                           238.5                                 80.2
                                                     Boys                          236.1                                 77.6
                                                     Girls                         240.8                                 82.7
            National Average2.                       All                           258.6                                 77.4
                                                     Boys                          246.6                                 74.5
                                                     Girls                         269.2                                 79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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Torbay LEA                                                               Paignton Community & Sports College

                                  Paignton Community & Sports College
                                                          Borough Road, Paignton, TQ4 7DH
                                                             Tel. 01803 403003/403005
                                                                   (DfES No. 4119)



Social context of School (from January 2003)

Number of pupils on roll: 1711

Number on roll in 6th form: 289

Percentage in 6th form eligible for FSM: 6.2

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 3.2

Percentage of pupils in whole school with SEN without statements: 15.3

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 90

School Statement

The College is pleased to be able to offer students a wide range of courses. The entry policy to the 6th Form is
based on the young person’s chances of success and so it is a thoroughly inclusive 6th Form.

This year the College is particularly pleased with the high standards achieved within the Vocational courses it
offers.

Jane English (Principal)



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Torbay LEA                                                                           Paignton Community & Sports College

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            Paignton Community & Sports College and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                              Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                              score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                  Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                      145.6                                          63.4
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                      238.5                                          80.2
                                                     Boys                     236.1                                          77.6
                                                     Girls                    240.8                                          82.7
            National Average2.                       All                      258.6                                          77.4
                                                     Boys                     246.6                                          74.5
                                                     Girls                    269.2                                          79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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Torbay LEA                                                                   St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School

                                      St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School
                                                         Trumlands Road, Torquay, TQ1 4RN
                                                                Tel. 01803 328725
                                                                 (DfES No. 4601)

Social context of School (from January 2003)

Number of pupils on roll: 789

Number on roll in 6th form: 169

Percentage of pupils in 6th form eligible for FSM: 4.7

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 1.8

Percentage of pupils in whole school with SEN without statements: 10.2

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 93.4



School Statement

We are pleased with our Advanced GCE & VCE results for 2003. A number of our students enjoyed very good results. The hard work of our students and
staff has been rewarded and the results have provided the stepping stone to Higher Education.

Tim van Kroonenburg (Head Teacher)




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Torbay LEA                                                                                        St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            St Cuthbert Mayne RC/CE School and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                              Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                              score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                  Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                      252.9                                          68.0
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                      238.5                                          80.2
                                                     Boys                     236.1                                          77.6
                                                     Girls                    240.8                                          82.7
            National Average2.                       All                      258.6                                          77.4
                                                     Boys                     246.6                                          74.5
                                                     Girls                    269.2                                          79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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Torbay LEA                                                                        Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

                                         Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
                                                     Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, TQ2 7EL
                                                               Tel. 01803 615501
                                                             (DfES Number: 5401)



Social Context of School (from January 2003)

Number of pupils on roll: 746

Number on roll in 6th form: 272

Percentage in 6th form eligible for FSM: 2.2

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 0.2

Percentage of pupils in whole school SEN without statements: 0.4

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 95.4



School Statement

The A level results in 2003 were outstanding, with a 99% pass rate and 65% of all grades being at A or B. A tremendous diversity of A level subjects is
offered in collaboration with Torquay Grammar School for Girls – for further details please contact the school.

Roy Pike (Headmaster)




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Torbay LEA                                                                                            Torquay Boys’ Grammar School

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                              Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                              score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                  Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                      360.8                                          91.0
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                      238.5                                          80.2
                                                     Boys                     236.1                                          77.6
                                                     Girls                    240.8                                          82.7
            National Average2.                       All                      258.6                                          77.4
                                                     Boys                     246.6                                          74.5
                                                     Girls                    269.2                                          79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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Torbay LEA                                                                     Torquay Grammar School for Girls

                                    Torquay Grammar School for Girls
                                                           Shiphay Lane, Torquay, TQ2 7DY
                                                                  Tel. 01803 613215
                                                                   (DfES No. 4114)



Social Context of School (from January 2003)

Number of pupils on roll: 603

Number on roll in 6th form: 245

Percentage in 6th form eligible for FSM: 2.4

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 0.0

Percentage of pupils in whole school SEN without statements: 2.2

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 95.4



School Statement

The tradition of good results at A level was reinforced again this year by the girls in Year 13. More than 65% of all the grades awarded this year were A or B
which reflected the hard work of the students and the dedication of the staff.

Sue Roberts (Head Teacher)




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Torbay LEA                                                                                    Torquay Grammar School for Girls

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            Torquay Grammar School for Girls and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                              Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                              score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                  Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                      312.8                                          95.6
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                      238.5                                          80.2
                                                     Boys                     236.1                                          77.6
                                                     Girls                    240.8                                          82.7
            National Average2.                       All                      258.6                                          77.4
                                                     Boys                     246.6                                          74.5
                                                     Girls                    269.2                                          79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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Torbay LEA                                                            Westlands School & Technology College

                                 Westlands School & Technology College
                                                          Westlands Lane, Torquay, TQ1 3PE
                                                                 Tel. 01803 400660
                                                                  (DfES No. 4117)
Social Context of School (from January 2003)
Number of pupils on roll: 1108

Number on roll in 6th form: 243

Percentage in 6th form eligible for FSM: 8.6

Percentage of pupils in whole school with Statement of SEN: 3.4

Percentage of pupils in whole school SEN without statements: 13.2

Whole School Average Attendance Rate: 89.7

School Statement
Westlands has a highly successful 6th form which has grown considerably over the last
few years. This year’s advanced level results were the best ever – students added more
value relative to their ability than before. The sixth form had an outstanding OfSTED
report in October 2002 which confirmed our belief in the high quality education that we
are offering our students. The size of our sixth form allows us to offer a wide range of A level and advanced, intermediate and foundation vocational courses.
Westlands has an excellent tutoring system to support students through this stage of life. We also have a fine key skills programme (including an advanced
certificated course in ICT for all students) that provides students with the life skills they need for further education or jobs. Westlands has continued its
record of success in placing all its students into higher education who wish to continue their studies.
As well as being a Technology college, Westlands is now a teacher training school where we share our good practice with trainee teachers. Westlands also has
excellent student tracking systems (as recognised and sponsored the DfES Innovations unit) that allow us to carefully monitor students’ progress and mentor
them to ensure they are fulfilling their potential and maximising their chances in life.
Mike Stewart (Head Teacher)
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Torbay LEA                                                                         Westlands School &Technology College

Table 1– GCE and VCE A & AS and Key Skills level 3 achievements 2003 (students aged 16, 17 & 18 at the end of two years of study)

            Westlands School & Technology College and Comparisons

                                                                        Average UCAS point
                                                                                                              Average UCAS point
                                                                          score of pupils
                                                                                                              score per A/AS/Key
                                                     Gender                entered for
                                                                                                                  Skills entry
                                                                         A/AS/Key Skills
            School Results                           All                      180.6                                          68.2
            Torbay Average 1.                        All                      238.5                                          80.2
                                                     Boys                     236.1                                          77.6
                                                     Girls                    240.8                                          82.7
            National Average2.                       All                      258.6                                          77.4
                                                     Boys                     246.6                                          74.5
                                                     Girls                    269.2                                          79.9
            1. Torbay averages include all LEA maintained schools and FE sector colleges (i.e. not including Independent).
            2. National averages include all schools and FE sector colleges.




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APPENDIX
National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out the subjects which Local Education Authority (LEA) and Foundation schools have to cover. It
includes all children in compulsory education (ages 5 to 16). The National Curriculum is split into Foundation Stage plus four Key
Stages: Key Stages 1 and 2 are at primary school level and Key Stages 3 and 4 are at secondary school level.
Table 1 shows the year groups and ages of the pupils in each Key Stage.

Table 1 – National Curriculum Key Stages
School Year Group     Reception     1       2      3       4       5      6       7       8         9     10     11

Age of Pupils             5         6       7      8       9      10      11     12       13        14    15    16
                      Foundation
Key Stage                          Key Stage 1           Key Stage 2                  Key Stage 3        Key Stage 4
                        Stage

From Table 1 it can be seen that Key Stage 3 covers years 7 to 9 (ages 12 to 14). Pupils in this stage are assessed through Teacher
Assessments and Key Stage 3 tests. The tests are given at the end of the stage when the pupils are aged 14. Key Stage 4 covers
years 10 and 11(ages 15 and 16). Pupils in this stage are assessed through GCSE and GNVQ examinations at the end of the two years
when they are aged 16.

Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessments

Teacher assessments are part of the national curriculum assessment and reporting arrangements. They are carried out as part of
everyday classroom teaching and learning and therefore cover the full scope of study, taking into account achievement in a wide
range of contexts. For non-core subjects and pupils working below level 3 in Maths and Science and level 4 in English, they are the
sole means of assessment. Throughout the three years, teachers will assign National Curriculum levels to individual pieces of work.
At the end of the three years, all these pieces of work are considered and an overall National Curriculum level is given to each pupil
for each subject.

Key Stage 3 Tests

Key Stage 3 tests are referred to as SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA),
which is a Government body responsible for the National Curriculum and its assessment, sets these tests. Every eligible pupil in the
country takes the same tests in English, Maths and Science and is given a National Curriculum level. This enables each pupil’s
achievements to be compared with national standards.

The English test consists of two papers. Paper 1 is a reading and writing paper which lasts for 1½ hours, and paper 2 is a
Shakespeare paper which lasts for 1¼ hours. Both papers cover levels 4-7. The Mathematics test has two papers that are split into
four tiers covering levels 3-5, 4-6, 5-7 and 6-8. Each paper lasts for 1 hour. There is also a mental arithmetic test that is split into
two tiers covering levels 3-5 and 4-7. This lasts for approximately 20 minutes. The science test contains 2 papers each divided into
2 tiers covering levels 3-6 and 5-7. Each paper lasts for 1 hour. There are also extension papers in each subject. Only children who
attain the top level in the standard paper are entered for these.

The levels awarded are called ‘Levels of Achievement’ and are numbered 1 to 8 with an additional level referred to as Exceptional
Performance (EP) which is only obtainable in the extension papers. Most children aged 14 are expected to achieve level 5 or 6.

Key Stage 3 results can also be reported in points. An average point score for a school gives a fuller picture of the achievements of
pupils of all abilities. Each national curriculum level is equivalent to 6 points. The table below shows how points are allocated.

Key Stage 3 level                                                 Points
                                                     English            Maths and Science
E (exceptional performance)                             57                     57
8                                                       51                     51
7                                                       45                     45
6                                                       39                     39
5                                                       33                     33
4                                                       27                     27
3                                                       21                     21
Compensatory 2                                           -                     15
N (not awarded a test level)                            21                     15
B (working below the level of the test)                 21                     15
Absent or Disapplied                               Disregarded            Disregarded
Mixed Tier (maths and sci) or Lost script          Disregarded            Disregarded
GCSE/GNVQ (Key Stage 4 Assessments)
The National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 requires the study of:
• English, Mathematics and Science; all of which have nationally prescribed programmes of study.
• Design and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages; which have a minimum requirement of a short course.
• Information Technology; which can be a separate subject or can be co-ordinated across other subjects.
• Physical Education.
• Religious Education; which has locally agreed programmes of study.
• Sex Education and Careers Education and Guidance; with programmes of study prescribed by the school.
In addition, schools also offer a wide range of optional subjects that include Art, Business Studies, Drama, History, Geography,
Media Studies, Music, Sociology and Tourism, plus many others.

Pupils study subjects with the aim of achieving a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). Grades are assigned based on
the student’s performance on coursework and in examinations and range from A* to G. These subjects can also be studied through
GCSE short course, which are the same academic standard as a full GCSE but has half the content.

Some schools also offer GNVQs (General National Vocational Qualifications). These can be studied at intermediate or foundation
level and can be full or part 1 courses. They have only recently been offered, and include Health and Social Care, Information
Technology, Leisure and Tourism, Manufacturing, Art and Design, Business, and Engineering. Part one GNVQs are equivalent to 2
GCSEs and full GNVQs are equivalent to 4 GCSEs. GNVQs are assigned grades of Distinction, Merit or Pass. The table below shows
the equivalencies and points allocations to GCSEs and GNVQs.

GCSE grade    GCSE points    GCSE short course points   GNVQ grades                  Full GNVQ points   Part One GNVQ points
A*            8              4
                                                        Distinction – Intermediate           30                   15
A             7              3.5
B             6              3                          Merit - Intermediate                 24                   12
C             5              2.5                        Pass - Intermediate                  20                   10
D             4              2                          Distinction - Foundation             16                    8
E             3              1.5                        Merit – Foundation                   12                    6
F             2              1                          Pass - Foundation                     6                    3
G             1              0.5
U or X        0              0
Post 16 Assessments

There have been many recent changes to the Post 16 curriculum with the introduction in September 2000 of the new 16-19
“Curriculum 2000”. Within this new curriculum reformed A levels have been introduced, along with new vocational A/AS levels and a
Key Skills qualification.

This booklet looks at the achievements over two years in the “new style” – “Curriculum 2000” A/AS levels, Vocational A/AS levels
and Key Skills qualification at level 3.



Curriculum 2000 A/AS Levels

A and AS levels are taken post 16 and are therefore not compulsory. GCE A levels stands for ‘General Certificate of Education
Advanced levels’, and GCE AS levels stands for ‘General Certificate of Education Advanced Supplementary (or Subsidiary) levels’.
VCE stands for ‘Vocational Certification of Education’, and is the new name for the advanced GNVQ.

A new Key Skills qualification has been developed and is for the first year recorded under the UCAS points tariff. The key skills
qualifications are designed to be flexible, it is therefore not predetermined in which year of post 16 study (i.e. the first or second)
they will be completed. Students are able to study for key skills qualifications in three subjects:

   •   Application of Number
   •   Communication
   •   Information Technology

A pass in each of these qualifications at Level 3 receives 20 points and are only counted when students are also entered for a
GCE/VCE A level in Summer 2003.
AS levels, A levels, A level Double Awards and Key Skills at level 3 are assigned UCAS points. Please see the following table:

 GCE/VCE AS          GCE/VCE A           VCE A level        Key Skills at         Points:
                        level           Double Award           level 3
                                             AA                                    240
                                             AB                                    220
                                             BB                                    200
                                             BC                                    180
                                             CC                                    160
                                             CD                                    140
                          A                  DD                                    120
                          B                  DE                                    100
                          C                  EE                                     80
      A                   D                                                         60
      B                                                                             50
      C                   E                                                         40
      D                                                                             30
      E                                                          Pass               20
    N/U/X              N/U/X                 U/X                 Fail                0

Advanced Extension Awards (AEAs) are available in some subjects and are exams for the most able students. They are designed to
challenge the most able advanced level students, ensuring that they are tested against standards comparable with the most
demanding found in other countries. These tests are linked to A levels but require a greater depth and understanding. These
awards are not scored under the UCAS tariff.

								
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