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GCSE Years

Pupils start considering their GCSE subject options in the Lent Term of the Fourth Form, discussing their options with their Tutors in January/February, with the process completed later in the Lent Term.

Most pupils study nine subjects, leading to ten GCSE exams. The core curriculum studied by nearly all pupils is:

  • English (leading to two GCSEs, in Literature & Language)
  • Mathematics
  • PSHE (not assessed)
  • French or Spanish or English Language Training
  • Double Science (studying all three sciences, resulting to two IGCSEs)*.

Pupils choose four more subjects, plus a reserve choice, from the following:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • Gratin**
  • History
  • Latin**
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Triple Science*

*Typically about 40% of pupils choose to do Triple Science, leading to three GCSEs.  This is one of their four options.

**These choices are only available to those who have studied them in Year 9.

GCSE Studies at Dean Close