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GCSE Economics

Ashbourne students examine everyday events and activities and discuss how and why they are shaped by economics. This helps them see the practical impact of economics and enables them to develop a theoretical understanding of the subject too. They are encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs to provide depth to their studies and are given plenty of exam practice to help them achieve the best results. Over the course students become more adept at analysing the world around them, articulating their own views and building the skills to make better decisions for themselves. Why study Economics? Whether Continue Reading →

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 subjects offered at Ashbourne

Ashbourne College offers a broad range of GCSE subjects. GCSE core subjects Exam Board English Language EDEXCEL English Literature EDEXCEL Mathematics EDEXCEL Science Double Awards EDEXCEL GCSE option subjects Exam Board Arabic* EDEXCEL Art & Design AQA Computer Science Cambridge International Drama AQA Economics OCR French EDEXCEL Geography AQA German EDEXCEL History AQA Italian * EDEXCEL Russian* EDEXCEL Spanish EDEXCEL * Examination only (no tuition offered)  

GCSE Geography

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 in 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

Ashbourne’s history students travel back more than 800 years, from the signing of the Magna Carter to Elizabethan England and end up with the Second World World, exploring how the events, people and ideas of the past that have shaped our world today. Students use their detective skills to analyse, evaluate and interpret a wide range of sources so they can build a picture of the past and debate the issues from differing views. We encourage our students to take advantage of the fantastic selection of exhibitions and events taking place in London, as well as the historic buildings, to 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

Ashbourne’s Maths Faculty is home to a fantastic team of specialist Maths teachers who have helped our students achieve consistently outstanding results. At Ashbourne, Maths is viewed as a key subject equipping students with vital skills they will be able to carry with them throughout their lives. Why study Maths? From seemingly basic activities like measuring ingredients to bake a cake or working out how much it will cost for an extra 500mb of data on your phone to detailed calculations for building a house or developing a network that links up millions of people, Maths is an integral part 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 →