MSJ Seniors GCSE
We offer girls an exceptional choice of subjects at GCSE/IGCSE and support them in choosing a broad and balanced selection that allows them to play to their individual aptitudes and aspirations, whilst keeping their options open for the next stage of their academic lives.
A mixture of GCSEs and IGCSEs are offered, both are fully recognised by universities and employers. Heads of Subjects at Malvern St James choose GCSE or IGCSE to best suit our students and to maximise their attainment.
Five core examination subjects are taken by all pupils:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Double Science (worth 2 GCSEs)
Girls then choose four or five subjects from the following:
- Art and Design
- Classical Greek
- Computer Science
- Design and Technology
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- Triple Science (worth 3 GCSEs)
Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Arabic and Sign Language may also be taken as paid extras.
All option courses are available subject to demand; a course may not run if there is insufficient demand.
In order to ensure a well-rounded education, all pupils also have lessons in PSHEEC, Careers and PE and in addition are allocated periods of Personal Study every week.
For some at the top end of the ability range, the Mathematics IGCSE course also leads to a further qualification of Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.
A curriculum EAL class is taught for those who would benefit from such provision, as allocated by the Head of EAL. Pupils whose first language is not English can take GCSE and A Level examinations in their own languages, where available. This offer is continued into the Sixth Form.
The Learning Support Department employs a graduated response to meet the needs of each pupil. This includes small group interventions as well as individual support lessons.