Third Year Options
An introduction to the Third Year curriculum
The academic programme for pupils starting the Third Year in September requires all pupils to take the compulsory core subjects and to take four other subjects of their choice. The studying of core subjects meets both the National Curriculum objectives and those of Caterham in providing a desirable basis to education for all pupils at this level. We recognise the value of all subjects in providing depth and interest to education. However, time does not permit all of the subjects studied in the First and Second Years to be taken in the Third Year.
The Core Subjects
Science, taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics
The Optional Subjects
Pupils will choose one subject from each of the following four option blocks:
|Block 1 (3ppw)||Block 2 (3ppw)||Block 3 (3ppw)||Block 4 (2ppw)|
|Language A||Language B (3ppw)||Language C (3ppw)||Creative|
|Creative (2ppw) + IT (1ppw)||Creative (2ppw) + IT (1ppw)|
In selecting options, there are a number of important points to consider.
GCSE subject choice
All of the subjects in the option blocks are also offered at GCSE. If a subject is not taken in the Third Year, it will not be possible to choose it at GCSE.
In the First and Second Years, pupils have undertaken a course of study, leading to the ECDL, an internationally recognised qualification and, if all the modules are completed, a GCSE equivalent. Some pupils may have almost completed the ECDL by the end of the Second Year; others may have passed only one or two of the seven modules. Pupils new to the school in the Third Year may not have started the ECDL. IT provision in the Third Year varies according to the options taken. Those who study only one language in the Third Year will have two lesson of IT each week, and those who study two languages will have a single IT lesson. Those taking three languages in the Third Year do not have curricular IT lessons, but lunchtime and after school classes are available to all, and many students take advantage of these to complete the ECDL.
These beginner courses in German, Italian and Spanish are designed to take pupils from scratch to GCSE standard in three years. Those who are weak linguists are likely to find this programme very challenging.
Please also note that these beginner languages will not be run unless numbers opting are sufficient to make each course viable. Should any course not be run, those who have chosen it will be given the chance to re-opt. Unless specifically stated, the other language courses offered in the Third Year are not for beginners, but are continuation courses.