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)
- 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:
- Classical Civilisation
- Computer Science
- Design Technology
- Food Preparation & Nutrition
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- 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.