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GCSE Arabic

Examination Only Please note that Ashbourne only offers the examination for Arabic GCSE. Tuition is not offered for this subject. Students interested in taking Arabic GCSE, should make the admissions department aware, in order to make the necessary preparations. As Ashbourne only offers this as an examination, we would recommend that only native speakers take Arabic GCSE.

GCSE French

Introduction At Ashbourne we favour a communicative approach in the learning of modern foreign languages. The focus is to speak the language. Lessons are typically composed of small groups, which give each student ample opportunities to express themselves in a friendly atmosphere. Using a considerable amount of authentic materials, which have been personally collected from a range of different sources, our teacher encourages her students to speak French as much as possible. The use of role-plays and other interactive games, together with the study and practice of the main grammatical structures, ensures that lessons are both fun and challenging. Why Continue Reading →

GCSE Geography

Introduction Geography is a course which familiarises students with this particular scientific field as well as providing them with a broad range of skills, from a knowledge of geological processes, environments repartition and spatial awareness, to the an understanding of the interactions between economic, social and cultural factors. Geography is therefore a course which merges the scientific and social disciplines, and is therefore ideal for those looking for a compromise between those. Why study Geography? It gives a full and well rounded understanding of the world and is therefore would give any students valuable insight providing transferable skills and knowledge Continue Reading →

GCSE German

Introduction German is an important language with many speakers world-wide: it is important in business and on the international political stage and has a wealth of interesting literature, philosophy and history. Why study German at Ashbourne? The study of languages opens up opportunities to study, work and travel abroad. It encourages students to develop confidence and learn to appreciate a culture other than their own. A greater understanding of grammar often improves competence in English. Which syllabus do we follow? We follow the EDEXCEL specification for GCSE German. How many topics are there? There are five topics in total for Continue Reading →

GCSE Graphic Design

Ashbourne has a very strong Graphics Department where students explore all forms of Graphic Design. They produce traditional hand drawn work but the department also makes sure that it keeps up to date with what is happening in the commercial world. Students are introduced to the most cutting edge technology and advanced media and have produced some sophisticated and innovative work. Tutors from across the Art department work together to encourage their students to mix media, explore ideas and push boundaries. The Art Faculty at Ashbourne sees Art and Design as being absolutely central to society. Art is everywhere, in Continue Reading →

GCSE History

Introduction We live in a diverse, complicated world, marred by problems and misunderstandings. We cannot ignore these issues in the way that we might have been able to fifty years ago. The modern media will not allow us to. We may ask ‘why are some parts of the world so much poorer than others?’ or ‘why is there so much conflict in certain parts of the world’? Studying History helps us make some sense of the present and find explanations for the way things are. We start to understand how and why different groups have interpreted the same events in Continue Reading →

GCSE Italian

Introduction The Italian GCSE course at Ashbourne College is is an exciting opportunity to study a beautiful language and gain an insight into Italy and its culture. The main focus of the course is on the acquisition of language required in everyday social interaction and great emphasis will be placed on communication. No previous formal experience of learning Italian is required. Why study Italian at GCSE? Italy is a vibrant and intriguing country with a great historical heritage. Italian is a popular choice for language students. It is the language of food, fashion, art and business. The study of languages Continue Reading →

GCSE Mathematics

The programme consists of an examination of the relevant areas of the specification, a summary of the key facts and principles relevant to the area under study, past paper questions and reference, where instructive, to the Chief Examiner’s Reports. Students will receive tuition in all types of examination question, whether short answer questions, source based stimulus response questions or essays and techniques in preparing for and answering compulsory questions. Students can expect each week a minimum of 6 hours of classroom tuition plus one or two substantial pieces of homework based on previous past papers. Which syllabus do we follow? Continue Reading →

GCSE Photography

Introduction The Photography department at Ashbourne offers GCSE students a range of disciplines and working approaches to lens based media and image making. The course gives students the opportunity to explore darkroom techniques, build camera skills, digital manipulation and filmmaking in all forms. The building of practical and technical skills is encouraged as well as the integration and contextualization of photography in all forms, combining the complementary balance of research and practice. Students get the opportunity to visit leading London art galleries and museums, including the Photographers’ Gallery, Southbank Centre and Somerset House, in order to develop students’ critical thinking Continue Reading →