The Core Curriculum

Examination Board: AQA

Being good at English is essential in modern life. The ability to communicate - to read accurately and to write and speak clearly - is central to nearly all activities. The English Language and English Literature courses give you every opportunity to develop your ability to express yourself effectively and confidently.

Both subjects involve analysing novels, poetry and drama and understanding how writers communicate through language. Students will be expected to study a variety of authors and genres and will analyse literature from a range of time periods. All students will study English Language and English Literature.


  • English Language: Written Examination (100%)
  • English Literature: Written Examination (100%)

Progression: If you have studied both English Language and English Literature, and achieved a GCSE grade B in both, you can study either English Literature or English Language & Literature at A Level.  Even if you choose not to study English at A level, well developed English skills are vital in all areas of Sixth Form study. All employers look for good standards of Engli

Further Details: English LanguageEnglish Literature


Examination Board: EDEXCEL or AQA

Mathematics at GCSE is changing. The volume of subject content and the degree of difficulty are both increasing.  The content will cover Algebra, Number, Geometry & Measures, Statistics & Probability and Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change. The proportion of each will vary depending on the tier of entry and will require all students to master the basics. It will be more challenging for those aiming to achieve top grades. Students will develop confidence in and a positive attitude towards mathematics, recognising the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

At the current time, it is anticipated that we will use both exam boards; matching the exam board and tier of entry to our students’ strengths.

Assessment: The course at both foundation and higher levels will be assessed by three final exams - one non calculator and two calculator papers.

Progression: If taken at the higher level, Mathematics GCSE is a good introduction to Maths A level and will also support many other A level courses.  A minimum of grade B at GCSE is a pre-requisite of all University courses and many other further education courses.

Further Information: Mathematics





The ability to take part in meaningful physical exercise is an important life skill.

Through your National Curriculum PE lessons, you are helped to make informed choices about lifelong involvement in physical activity. At KS4, you will be given further opportunities to develop skills in a range of activities, to develop a deeper understanding of tactics or choreography and to improve as a coach/official. You will also be shown how to plan and develop your own activity programme. Throughout this key stage, students are expected to take increased responsibility for personal involvement in physical activity.

Assessment: Assessment takes place within the normal teaching programme, taking account of your effort to improve both practical skills and your knowledge and understanding of background theory.

Progression: You can study PE in more depth at KS4 by opting to take the GCSE course. Further study is also available at A-Level. PE provides the foundation to help you include physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.