Goldsmiths Colfe’s Interim Examination (GCiE)

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Colfe's School

Purpose

The purpose of the programme is to encourage students to complete further study beyond GCSE in a wider range of subjects than would otherwise be considered.

Education context

These programmes are offered by Colfe's School as a replacement to the AS qualification in Year 12.

Awarding providers
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London
Structure

The programme requires students to study up to four subjects for a year beyond GCSE, to a standard equivalent to AS level.  Students study their chosen subjects for two and half terms before completing an exam of between 1.5 and 3 hours in each subject.  Only Art does not have a formal exam, but instead has a series of activities culminating in a viva for Year 12 students.

Subject areas
  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical civilisation
  • Latin
  • Design and technology
  • Drama and theatre
  • Economics
  • English literature
  • French
  • Further mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish

Fine art and graphic design are both offered as options under art and design.

Levels

The GCiE is designed to be a similar standard to an AS level.

Grading

Students are awarded grades of Distinction, Merit and Pass in each subject.

Assessment

All students sit exams for between 1.5 and 3 hours at the end of their courses. Exams are set by Colfe’s staff and standardised by Goldsmiths appointed moderators (all of whom are subject specialists). The exams are held in public examination conditions and are inspected by Goldsmiths during the exam week. Completed scripts are marked by Colfe’s teaching staff and checked by the Goldsmiths appointed moderators. Students are awarded a grade by Goldsmiths.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The GCiE exam forms the entire assessment in all subjects except Art, where Goldsmiths’ Art department sends in students to hold a formal viva with our students (having worked with them in a number of sessions during the year).The viva is recorded and reviewed by an external moderator to ensure that marks are accurate.

Programme size

The GCiE courses are taught throughout the academic year with each subject having at least 4.5 hours per week. 

Key issues for UK HE admissions

This is an attempt to replicate AS level standards, quality controlled by an external body to the school while not using the whole of the summer term to prepare for and then take exams. Given the increased subject content for the A levels, Colfe's felt it to be impractical to attempt to teach the whole course for many subjects if students effectively lost a term to complete AS exams in the summer term.

Timing of assessments and results

The assessments take place in school exam week (the week after the summer half-term) and results are confirmed (having been moderated) by the end of the school year.

Certification information

Each student will receive a certificate issued by Goldsmiths that confirms the standard reached in each subject.