Altrincham Grammar School For Boys

A Grammar School with Academy Status
Labor Omnia Vincit

GCSE Curriculum

Y10-11 (GCSE) Curriculum

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AGSB’s GCSE curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure it caters for our specific cohort.  Students study between 9 and 12 GCSEs depending on their ability.  It is our aim to provide sufficient challenge for the most able, whilst ensuring all individuals follow a pathway that helps them achieve the highest possible success at GCSE.  We have prioritised maximum choice within the context of a broad, academic curriculum. 

All students must study the following subjects to GCSE examination level:

  • A Language (Chinese, French, German, Latin or Spanish)
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (either Combined Science Trilogy or separate Sciences)

In addition, the following non-examination subjects play a vital part in the curriculum of all students in Years 10 and 11:

  • Careers
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
  • Religious Studies* (further details below)

Students are then able to choose two or three optional subjects; two if they study the Combined Science Trilogy and three if they study separate Sciences.  Students can choose their options from the following list:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Spanish

GCSE Additional Challenge

Set 1 and 2 Mathematicians (half of the year group) are entered for a Further Mathematics qualification in Year 11, in addition to the Mathematics GCSE. 

*All of our students study Religious Studies to AS level from Year 9, most students gain a vital insight into higher level study without being examined on the content, the most able Humanities students are given the choice about whether to be entered for AS Religious Studies in Year 11. 

60 of our most able sportsmen are entered for GCSE Physical Education at the end of Year 10.

For more information about the GCSE curriculum please see the Academic Subjects page  

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