Seniors school comprises Year 7 to 13
The Seniors & Juniors have separate classrooms and specialist rooms, but share some facilities, including a library and multimedia centre, a food technology workshop, a cafeteria, a large multi-purpose
The British School Bahrain is well placed and resourced to help students make the most of these reforms. British School staff are working closely with exam boards on the introduction of new specifications and we are confident in the quality of the provision and individual advice available. We continue to work closely with universities to ensure the qualifications we offer
We look forward to discussing these details further with students and parents at our regional parent meetings.
The reforms to GCSE include updated syllabus content, reduced coursework, and a new grading structure of 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) which will replace the current A* – G system.
At A level, the main changes relate to the structure and timing of public exams. Currently, some A levels are ‘modular’ with students sitting AS exams in the summer of Year 12 and A2 exams in the summer of Year 13. The results of the AS and A2 exams are then combined to give an overall A level grade. The new reformed A level will be linear with all public exams at the end of the two-year course in the summer of Year 13. Students will still be able to sit reformed AS exams but these will be stand-alone (decoupled) qualifications that will not contribute to the final A Level grade.
A Level result
Both reforms are being staggered, with some subjects moving to the
The School will focus lesson time on the delivery of the linear course to ensure students gain the educational benefit intended by the reform. Students wishing to sit AS exams in reformed subjects would need to take advice from teachers before doing so and revise thoroughly in independent study. The sixth form Heads of Year and Careers and University support teams will provide personalised advice to all Year
How will this affect university applications?
Schools are asked to give
GCSE / IGCSE
As part of the UK government’s education reforms, GCSE courses changed from September 2015. In the first year, only English and maths GCSE changed. In subsequent years a majority of subjects were reformed.
The main principles of the reform
‘New’ GCSEs will follow a linear structure – all exams will be taken in the summer of Year 11. Resits will not be available (apart from in November for students in Y12 or above).
Coursework will be removed from almost all subjects, including English in the first year of reform. Assessment will be conducted by external examiners as much as possible (Some subjects in later phases of reform, such as geography and the sciences will retain a fieldwork or practical element).
‘New’ GCSEs will be graded using numbers rather than letters.
Tiered examinations (i.e. availability of foundation and higher level) will not generally be available. In the first phase of reform tiers have been removed from English, but kept in Math’s (where the foundation tier will offer the opportunity for students to achieve grades 1-4, and the higher tier will access grades 5 –9).
There will also be content changes in many subjects, for
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