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Curriculum - Years 10 and 11

Years 10 and 11 are the fourth and fifth years at secondary school, when students study and take their GCSEs and equivalent examinations.

Some subject areas are studied as part of the National Curriculum but do not have exams at the end. All students take certain subjects; other subjects are available as options. Some subjects are taught in mixed ability classes while some are ‘set’ with ability groups to target help to students at different stages. Information & Communications Technology (ICT) is embedded into all subjects.

What subjects does my child study?

All students study GCSEs in these subjects:

  • English
  • Science (Physics/Chemistry/Biology or Double Award combined science)
  • Maths
  • Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
  • In English most students study for GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature

Students can also study four of the following options:

  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Graphics
  • Computing
  • Product Design
  • Music
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology
  • Resistant Materials (working with wood, metal, plastic etc)

Students who wish to gain the new English Baccalaureate certificate need to choose GCSEs in Geography and/or History and French and/or Spanish. The other required subjects for the Ebacc are English, Maths and two Sciences.

All students also study these subjects:

  • PE
  • Citizenship
  • Careers
  • Work-related Learning
  • Personal, Social & Health Education

PE and Citizenship may also be studied as GCSEs.

Vocational Subjects

Some students prefer to follow a more work-related programme.

Instead of taking options, a range of vocational courses can be made available. Vocational courses are highly personalised and set up on an individual basis.

If this is something your child might be interested in, please speak to Mr Hobson.