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Y10-11 (GCSE) Curriculum


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We aim to provide an ambitious Key Stage Four (KS4) Curriculum that promotes academic excellence through the study of a broad range of subjects.  The vast majority of AGSB students will go on to study A-level courses, followed by degree level qualifications; the KS4 curriculum is designed with this in mind. All students will sit between 9 and 11 GCSEs by the end of Year 11.  To ensure that all our students study a sufficiently broad and academic curriculum, some examined subjects are compulsory. 

At AGSB we encourage students to pursue their own individual interests and talents and with this in mind, we have tried to maximise student choice within the KS4 Curriculum.  As part of their options, students can select their language, decide if they want to prioritise the study of science or if they would prefer to pursue a greater variety of other interests in the arts, humanities or technology.

In addition to the examined curriculum, students will also study a range of compulsory non-examined subjects.  This non-examined curriculum equips students with the skills and knowledge to leave school as responsible and well-rounded students who are ready for the next phase of their education. 

All students are entered for GCSEs in the following subjects:
A Language
English Language
English Literature
Science (either Combined Science Trilogy or separate Sciences)*

All students study, but are not examined in the following subjects:

Physical Education*
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education              
Philosophy and Ethics **                                               

* Students can choose to study Combined Science Trilogy or separate Sciences. If they choose Combined Science Trilogy, this is equivalent to two GCSEs, and means they can choose three options choices. If they choose separate Sciences, this is equivalent to three GCSEs and means they can choose two options choices.

** Students will study the AS Religious Studies course.  They will be given a choice in Year 11, about whether they would like to be entered for the AS level Religious Studies exam. There is more information about this in the Philosophy and Ethics section of the website. 

In addition to the subjects listed above, students can choose either two or three additional GCSE subjects (depending on their Science choice*). 

Options Subjects

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

Further details about GCSE courses are available here. 

GCSE Additional Challenge

Set 1 and 2 mathematicians (half of the year group) are entered for a further mathematics qualification 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.  Students are given the choice about whether they wish to be entered for the AS level in Year 11. 

The two top set Physical Education classes study for their GCSE in Year 9 and 10 and are entered for their GCSE in Physical Education at the end of Year 10.

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

Students can access Revision guidance and revision materials including revision lists for each subject here LINK 

If you have any questions about the options process, please contact Mrs Lavin (alavin@agsb.co.uk).