GCSE Curriculum

At Queen’s College we have an impressive range of subjects available with 22 GCSE courses on offer. Students moving into Year 10 will study the compulsory Core Subjects plus four Optional Subjects of their choice. These will be studied through to the examinations at the end of Year 11. The Core Subjects are:

ENGLISH

All students will take English Language GCSE with the vast majority also taking English Literature GCSE. Students in EAL sets will take English as a Second Language GCSE.

MATHEMATICS

All students will study Maths GCSE, of which most will be at the Higher Tier with a small number at the Foundation Tier. The most able will also have the opportunity to enter for the AQA Certificate in Further Mathematics.

SCIENCE

All students will have separate lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science is split between two Awards: Trilogy (leading to a Double Award GCSE in Science) and Separate (leading to a GCSE in each Science). Students will only follow the Separate Award if they select this as one of their Options subjects.

PSHME

Over the two years, there will be a series of mini-courses covering moral and health issues as well as study-skills, financial issues and careers.

PE & GAMES

Students will take part in a full range of sporting activities as part of their timetable.

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

The Optional Subjects, from which students will be asked to choose four subjects, are:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French*
  • Geography
  • German*
  • History
  • Mandarin Chinese*
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Separate Award Science
  • Spanish*

* While a language is not compulsory at GCSE, we recommend all students continue to study at least one language as part of a broad and balanced academic curriculum.

Results in GCSE examinations have been above the national average

ISI inspection report - September 2017
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