GCSE Specialisms Information

As part of our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum, we encourage students to take the subjects that will allow them to access the ‘English Baccalaureate’ (EBacc). We call this the Green pathway. Students who gain a Grade 5 in English, Mathematics, at least 2 Sciences, History or Geography, and a Modern Foreign Language would be awarded the EBacc. Students on Green pathway will need to opt for a Language, History or Geography, and 2 other subjects.

For some students, this may not be the best route, and these students may opt to follow the Blue pathway. Students on the Blue pathway should opt for at least one Ebacc subject (History, Geography, Computer Science, or a Language) out of the four subject choices. They can do more than one if they choose to.

We would encourage all students who aspire to go on to Higher Education to follow the EBacc route (Green pathway).

We also offer a Purple pathway for a small number of students for whom some of the subjects that we offer would not be appropriate. The guides for each pathway are attached below.