English Language and English Literature (Compulsory)

All students are required to complete a GCSE in both English Language and English Literature. Whilst employers and post-16 education courses usually require students to have a pass grade in GCSE English Language, English Literature looks favourable on applications and is often required if you wish to study Literature at A Level.

English Language

The skills assessed as part of GCSE English Language will prepare students for a wide range of future career paths and will compliment and support their study of all subjects across the curriculum. Students studying for a GCSE in English Language can expect to develop and improve their skills in the following areas:

  • Comprehension of a range of texts from a variety of genres
  • Understanding of implicit and explicit meanings in texts
  • Analysis of language and text structure and how writers create effects
  • Evaluation and comparison of writers’ ideas and viewpoints
  • Writing texts for different genres, audiences and purposes
  • Understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling

As well as preparing students for future study post-16 and beyond, the skills developed in English Language will enable them to become successful writers and will therefore help them to write more effectively in other essay-based subjects. Reading and writing skills are fundamental to all future career paths and are a vital part of daily life.

English Literature

English Literature is a subject which allows students to explore poetry, plays and prose texts in greater detail. Students of English Literature are critical thinkers and this subject allows students the opportunity to share and discuss ideas and improve their speaking and listening skills.

As a subject, English Literature is valued highly by sixth form colleges and universities. The skills involved with this subject demonstrate to employers and colleges that a student has creativity, maturity of thought, analytical skills and an ability to write articulately about their ideas. As well as preparing students for further study of Literature, this subject is good preparation for a range of careers such as: law, publishing, teaching, marketing and journalism.

Maths (Compulsory)

Whether you plan to go on to work, AS and A levels or other further studies, a good understanding of maths will be useful to you. Number skills are required in all sorts of everyday situations, such as trying to work out phone bills. Thinking like a mathematician will help to improve your problem-solving and decision-making skills.

A pass in GCSE mathematics is often vital for entrance to training for any number of professions or careers. It is also very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at GCSE, AS and A level and at degree level, especially in the sciences: for example, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and medical courses.

The vast majority of jobs and college courses stipulate a ‘good GCSE maths qualification’. Careers include: banking, accountancy, operational research, insurance, medicine, engineering, administration and plumbing.  Applied statistics is being used increasingly by companies and the public sector for market research and analysis.

Science (Compulsory)

By studying Science, students develop their competence in the skills and processes of investigation and research and increase their awareness of the relevance of scientific knowledge and method to everyday life.

Studying Science helps you to:

  • Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to find answers to your own questions about the workings of the biological, physical, chemical and technological world and become better informed citizens;
  • Attempt to find solutions to problems arising from your own needs and experiences in daily life;
  • Take a confident part on public debate and decision making about Science;
  • Appreciate the achievements of scientists and their research.


PSHEe (Compulsory)

At Key Stage 4, the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education course includes many elements that help prepare young people for later life. It also includes further education and careers guidance which we believe is crucial in helping our students prepare for life once they leave the Academy.

The personal development of students is considered in every subject and acts to complement the learning undertaken in PSHEe. Some subjects make a considerable contribution such as Geography, History, Ethics, Maths and English.


The programme aims to help students make the most of their education and their future by equipping them with skills, knowledge and information.

Core PE (Compulsory)  

Participation in PE develops students advanced skills and techniques in increasingly demanding situations. Students are taught to use advanced strategies including choreographic concepts and develop skills in a variety of roles e.g. performer, coach, official.

Students are taught the importance of exercise in relation to personal, social and mental health well-being and are equipped with sufficient knowledge to develop their own exercise and activity programmes in and out of school.

Ethics (Compulsory)

  • Is there life after death?
  • Do you believe a country should go to war?
  • Should there be the death penalty in the UK?
  • Should people have the right to choose when to die?

In Ethics we will study and debate these and many other questions linked to life and moral issues and consider the views of different religious people.

Studying Ethics will develop your knowledge and understanding of current affairs and help you to think critically and construct arguments based upon evidence and opinion.

Employers and universities value Ethics very highly. Skills are taught within Ethics are very useful in work, study and life and help to develop extended pieces of written communication. They will develop the skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, empathy, communication and debate. These are all skills that are valuable for job and university interviews.

The skills that you learn will also be useful to you in a number of career paths. Ethics is particularly relevant to anyone that wants to work with people for example; teaching, nursing, civil services, youth work, social work, retail, journalism and libraries to name a few.