Here, you will find an explanation of the choices you have ahead of you for your final two years of study with us, answers to some of the more common questions you may have and contact details for subject specialist teachers, should you require any additional information.
It is important to stress that you will not close any doors to your future through your GCSE option choices. You will be able to access the full range of A Level courses, vocational or apprenticeship options at post-16 from any combination of the subjects we offer.
However, this is provisional on whether you perform well enough in these courses so when making your choices, please consider which subjects you enjoy and feel you have the best chance of being successful in.
Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Which subjects are compulsory in Year 10 and 11?
All pupils will study GCSE courses in:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Science Double Award (worth two GCSEs)
All pupils will also study the following non-examined subjects:
- Core (RE, RSHE, Citizenship, Careers)
2. What further option choices do I have?
Pupils will study one subject from each option block, with the following conditions attached:
- Pupils on the Academic Pathway must choose French or Spanish in Option 1, depending on which they are currently studying in Year 9
- Pupils on the General Pathway have a free choice in Option 1, which includes continuing with their foreign language
- Pupils who choose Art and Design in Option 1 cannot choose Art in Option 4
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Option 4|
|French||Geography||Food Preparation and Nutrition||Art|
|Spanish||History||Design and Technology||History|
|Art and Design||Drama||Music|
|Triple Science||Computer Science|
3. What is the difference between the Academic and General Pathway?
Pupils on the Academic Pathway will study the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers. These subjects are:
- English Language and Literature
- Science Double Award
- Geography or History
- French or Spanish
We recommend pupils for the academic pathway based on their achievement in school so far, as these are academically challenging subjects that a majority of pupils should be aiming to do well in.
Pupils on the General Pathway do not have to continue with their study of French or Spanish, and therefore have an additional subject choice in Option 1, but otherwise there is no difference.
However, we are happy for any pupil to choose to study the EBacc, and if we have recommended you for the General Pathway but you wish to continue with French or Spanish at GCSE, we would encourage you to do so and support this choice wholeheartedly.
Your recommended pathway will be stated on your options form when you receive it from us.
4. What does the government say about the importance of the EBacc?
The government’s ambition is to see 75% of pupils studying the EBacc subject combination at GCSE by 2022, and 90% by 2025.
Research indicates that pupils who study the EBacc subjects at GCSE are more likely to stay on in full time education, more likely to take A Levels, and more likely to study “facilitating” subjects – those the Russell Group universities say are more helpful for getting onto a degree course.
Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and maths.
5. Do I need to take a subject at GCSE if I plan to study it at A Level?
Not necessarily, sometimes you can do an A Level without having studied the subject at GCSE. Typically that would be subjects that are less commonly taught at GCSE level in schools such as law, media studies, economics, psychology and religious studies but it is also possible to pick up other subjects for post-16 study if you wish.
However, if you are already thinking ahead to what you might want to study in the future, and we do offer the subject, it would be sensible to choose it as the knowledge and skills you develop will give you a better chance of success at A Level.
All post-16 providers have different entry requirements for the courses they offer but the most important thing remains to choose subjects that you enjoy and think you will be successful in, so that you are able to get the best grades possible.
6. What do I need to do next?
7. Who should I contact for further information?