The curriculum at key stage 4 has been carefully designed so that, in the vast majority of cases, students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum.
All students study the Core Curriculum, consisting of:
|Subject||Hours per fortnight|
|English (English Language and English Literature for most students)||8|
|Separate Sciences (but needs to be taken as an option)||14|
All courses, with the exception of PE, are externally assessed.
In addition to this compulsory element, students choose 4 other subjects that they would like to study. It is our recommendation that students study:
However, there is sufficient flexibility in our options system for students who wish to study 2 subjects from a particular group.
Due to content overlap, it is not permissible to study the following combinations of subjects:
The government’s education policy in recent years has resulted in a phenomenon called the English Baccalaureate. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification in itself and you will not receive a certificate. It is a performance measure for schools, intended to recognise students’ achievements across a core of academic subjects at GCSE. We do not oblige any students to study this collection of subjects but all students must study one of the subjects in the pink ‘Choice 1’ box, all of which are subjects which make up the EBacc.
The subject portfolio that comprises the English Baccalaureate is: