GCSE

In Year 9 our pupils study every subject giving them a broad base from which to make an informed decision about their GCSE options. 

GCSE options are chosen during the Lent Term of Year 9 and the format is set out below with helpful advice at the end of the subject lists.

The core GCSE curriculum

All pupils study the core subjects:

  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences

GCSE Options

Pupils can choose four subjects from this list:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Design Technology
  • English as an Additional Language
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Personalised Learning
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

​​​​​​​Notes and Conditions
  • All pupils who are not receiving Personalised Learning lessons are required to study one foreign language option.
  • Only pupils whose first language is not English will be permitted to study English as an Additional Language. These pupils are not required to study any other Modern Foreign Language option.
  • Pupils are strongly advised to pick one of the humanities for one of their options. (Geography, History or Religious Studies) Pupils are also encouraged to choose a creative subject. (Art, Design Technology or Drama)
  • The College reserves the right to withdraw any course for which there is insufficient demand.

Changes to the GCSE courses (2018-2019)

You might have read about the changes to GCSEs which the Government has introduced. The main changes are:

  • A new grading system. Pupils will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest.
  • Tiering (Higher & Foundation Papers) is only available in some subjects.
  • All GCSEs are fully linear where assessment will occur at the end of the course. Subject content is not divided into modules and there is no Controlled Assessment module.
  • Examinations are the default method of assessment; although where examinations cannot provide a valid assessment of skill (e.g. in Art) then an alternate method of assessment will be used.
  • Examinations are only available in the Summer Term.