Public Examinations

Years 10-11

Courses in Years 10 & 11 lead to GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations.  These exams are set by London and Cambridge  Universities, for which The New School is an official centre. They mark the end of compulsory schooling in England and are a natural continuation of courses in Years 7, 8 & 9 which are specifically designed as a foundation for GCSE.  These exams are also the first step towards qualifications needed for admission to Universities all over the world.  They are an ideal foundation for ‘A’ Level (Advanced Level) courses.

At GCSE level students take a wide range of subjects.  In order to make sure that everyone has a balanced and broad curriculum many subjects are compulsory.  The make up of subject courses may vary. Some have a coursework component. This means that a part of the final mark will be based on work done throughout Years 10 & 11, usually in the form of an investigation or special ‘project’.  Foreign languages have an oral exam which is recorded and sent to England. Some subjects offer the possibility for students to be entered at different tiers according to their level of achievement.

GCSE  (General Certificate of Secondary Education)

  • The New School is an official centre for London and Cambridge University examination boards.
  • GCSEs are taken at the end of Year 11 after a 2 year course of study and mark the end of compulsory education in England however, students intending to go to University need to continue with ‘A’ Levels.
  • Students usually take exams in all subjects although they may be required to choose between 2 subjects.
  • There are usually 2 or more papers for each subject. Some courses have a coursework component and languages have an oral exam.           
  • The exams are taken at school in May and June. 
  • Mock exams are given in the January preceding the final exams and teachers issue students with predicted grades.
  • Final exam papers are marked in England and results are issued to the school in August.
  • The school takes care of administrative procedures such as exam entries.  Parents receive a bill for examination fees.

Years 12-13

  • Courses in Year 12 lead to ‘AS’ (Advanced Subsidiary Level) examinations.  These exams are set by Edexcel (the London board of examinations) for which The New School is an official centre.  ‘AS’ covers 3 of the 6 modules required for ‘A’ Level.  In Year 13 students follow courses leading to ‘A’ Level examinations set by Edexcel London.
  • Students take ‘AS’ Level exams at the end of Year 12 in 4 subjects and ‘A’ Level exams in 3/4 subjects at the end of Year 13.
  • Students base their choice of subjects on requirements for University courses and personal  preferences.
  • Students wishing to study a subject at ‘A’ level must have at least a grade C and preferably B in the subject at GCSE and at least 5 GCSE passes.
  • Students should expect at least 8 hours of independent study per week per subject.
  • Each subject has four to six exam papers. Sciences have a practical exam and languages an oral. All courses allow students to sit modules throughout the 2 years rather than having the whole course examined at the end.
  • Exams take place in May and June.
  • Mock exams are set in the January preceding the final exams.
  • Students applying to universities are offered places based on their ‘AS’ grades and predicted ‘A’ grades.
  • Final exam papers are marked in England and results are issued to the school in August.
  • Grades range from A to F, with A to E being considered a pass.
  • The school takes care of administrative procedures such as exam entries.  Parents receive a bill for examination fees.