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Year 10 and 11

When choosing GCSE options, it is important to consider which subjects will offer the greatest opportunity of success, reflecting strengths, interests and future career pathways. All of the courses offered require determination, dedication and enthusiasm.

All courses have their external examinations at the end of Year 11, with mock exams in the January preceding these. In all years students sit end of term and year exams, both to assess progress and also to bring about a familiarity with the conditions of formal assessment. If the course requires a controlled assessment, they are carried out in the classroom in exam conditions and can only be done once. All of our courses will lead to a Level 2 qualification which include:

  • GCSE’s grade 1—9

We believe that a GCSE curriculum should be broad and balanced in order to keep open as many opportunities as possible. This is the reason why, whilst there are many opportunities to choose subjects, there is also a protected core of subjects that every student will study. These are subjects which universities and employers normally expect, as they show that a student has acquired a good range of fundamental skills across a variety of subjects.

At Holme Grange, students will usually take 9 subjects at GCSE although every student will be advised on an individual basis. We pride ourselves on how well we know our students and the number of GCSEs and curriculum studied will be based upon what is considered to be in the students’ best interest in order to prepare them for the next stage of their education and equip them for a successful adult life.

Core Subjects

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology         Either Trilogy
  • Chemistry     or separate
  • Physics         Sciences
  • Religious Studies (Short Course)

We would strongly advise choosing at least one Humanities subject *

  •  History / Geography / Religious Studies (Full Course)

We would strongly advise choosing at least one Modern Language **

  • French / Spanish / German

Optional Subjects – two or three further choices from the following list:

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Creative iMedia
  • Drama
  • Design Technology
  • French **
  • Geography *
  • German**
  • History*
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies *
  • Spanish**

*It is possible to study two or even three humanities subjects – students would just choose the other(s) as a ‘further choice.’

** It is possible to take 2 language options – French and/or Spanish/German – students would just choose one as a ‘further choice’