Culford School

GCSE Courses

Our main aims in designing the curriculum for GCSE are to ensure that pupils study the correct number and types of subjects and courses appropriate for their aptitudes, interests and future pathways. This then sets up an environment which allows pupils to really enjoy their learning, achieve at least the grades expected of them, and also participate in all the wonderful extra-curricular activities that are on offer here at Culford.

The GCSE curriculum framework is therefore as flexible as possible, to allow pupils to select a broad and balanced number and type of subject, or to specialise a little more in certain areas.   

GCSE Subjects

Pupils study the following compulsory core GCSE courses:

  • English Language (top sets also study Literature)  
  • Mathematics (top set also studies Further Maths)
  • Double Award Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics leading to two GCSEs)

Pupils then have the opportunity to study up to five further subjects of their choice, which can also include our enrichment programme of ICT, study skills and literacy. In addition, all pupils experience one dedicated lesson per week of learning for life (PSHCE).

  • Art (different routes - Fine Art, Photography, 3D Design, Textiles)
  • Astronomy
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology (Product Design, Graphic Design, Engineering)
  • Drama Acting
  • Drama Technical
  • English as an additional  language (EAL)
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages – French
  • Modern Languages – Spanish
  • Music (Performing, Composing, Music Technology)
  • Physical Education (GCSE)
  • Philosophy, Religions & Ethics (PRE)
  • Science Separate (Biology, Chemistry, Physics leading to three GCSEs)
  • Statistics

Details on all of the above can be found within our GCSE Curriculum booklet.