Curriculum

Year 9

A broad based curriculum is continued. All Year 9 boys study the subjects listed below, plus ONE of Latin, German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Italian. There is one Games afternoon.

Mathematics Religion & Theology
Physics Design & Technology
Chemistry Music
Biology Drama
English Art
French or Spanish Wellbeing
History Physical Education
Geography  

Years 10 and 11

These years provide the final preparation for GCSE examinations. IGCSE (International GCSE) examinations are taken in Mathematics (Edexcel) and in English Language, English Literature (Cambridge), all Sciences, History, French, German and Spanish. The scheme of subject choice allows considerable flexibility and is designed to provide boys with a wide choice of post-16 courses. In addition to lessons in examination subjects, boys have one Games session. There is also a Wellbeing course.

English Language Mathematics
English Literature Physics
French or Spanish Chemistry
  Biology

All boys are required to study:

All boys are required to study: All boys will be taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate subjects. They will eventually be entered, as appropriate, for examinations at IGCSE Science and Additional Science (Double Award), or to three certificates (in the Separate Sciences). A boy’s access to, and eligibility for, Advanced Level science courses in the Upper School is affected by the quality of the IGCSE grades he achieves, and not by whether he takes Double Award or Separate Sciences.

Additionally, boys choose ONE subject from each of the following groups:

Group 1

 
History  
Geography  
Religion & Theology  

Group 2

 
German Design & Technology
Latin Religion & Theology
Spanish Chinese
Geography French
Art  

Group 3

 
Geography Art
Music Italian*
Greek Religion & Theology
Design & Technology Computer Science
Drama  

The same subject cannot be selected from two or more groups. If a language is chosen from Group 2, this language must have been studied in Year 9.

The Greek and Italian* 'beginners' options in Group 3 are for pupils of proven ability in languages wishing to start these subjects in Year 10; they may therefore include three languages among their GCSE subjects. Greek is available to pupils regardless of whether they are continuing Latin to GCSE.

All boys take ten subjects — leading to either ten or nine GCSE/IGCSE qualifications, depending on the science course followed.

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