How much 'Choice' is there?

This section outlines the "core‟ subjects and the Pathways students may take beyond these. As you will see the Pathway a student follows determines the "choices‟ they may make.

The ‘Core’ Subjects

These are the subjects all students will experience:

  • English Language*1 - GCSE
  • Mathematics - GCSE
  • Science Core and Additional - GCSE/BTEC
  • ICT*2 - OCR
  • Physical Education (PE) - Some may sit Short Course GCSE's
  • Religious Education (RE) - Some may sit Short Course GCSE's
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) Non Examination

All students will follow programmes of study in these subjects: the format and type of qualification in each subject

will depend on the learning preference and academic profile of each student.

*Progress in English Language may allow students to follow an English Literature programme at full GCSE level.

*2 ICT programmes not followed by English Baccalaureate students.

Pathways and ‘Choices’

"Pathway‟ refers to the learning route students may take. Pathways are recommended to students based on what we know about their progress, learning strengths and areas for development. The Pathway a student follows defines the choices they can make. These are outlined below.

Core and Extended

Students study the Core.

Students make 2 choices of non-core subjects from the 'choices' block

English Baccalaureate (EBAC)

This combination of subjects is defined as a broad academic combination. They are the subjects most likely to be preferred or required for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep most options open (see

  • Students study the Core (not including ICT).
  • Students study a Modern Foreign Language.
  • Students study either Geography or History.
  • Students make 1 choice of a non-Core subjects from the 'choices' block.

Foundation Learning and Vocational Development

  • Students study the Core.
  • Students study extended Functional Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.
  • Students have a choice of programme and project based experiences in a range of vocational areas including; Childcare, Vocational Skills and Horticulture.

Work Related Learning

For some students the full range of choices may not be appropriate and alternative work related learning offers more positive potential for progression. These opportunities are dependent on availability through College and other agency provision on a year to year basis.

  • Students study the Core.

*Recommendation by College and/or student application will lead to consideration of work related learning programmes.

Subject Choices

  • Pathway recommendations are made using knowledge of the students. This includes progress data from Key Stage2 to present.
  • When considering ‘choices’ approach to learning indicators are also used for guidance.
  • ‘Choices’ subject blocks are constructed to maximise the opportunity for students to secure their preferences. However, this is not always possible and as such it is recommended a ‘third’ or ‘reserve’ preference is also considered. 

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • ICT (*not English Baccalaureate)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

'Choices' Subjects

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Childcare (Level 2)
  • Food Studies
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • MFL (Spanish)
  • Music
  • PE (BTEC)
  • Performing Arts (BTEC)
  • Resistant Materials
  • Triple Science

Foundation Learning Only

  • Childcare (Level 1)
  • Horticulture
  • NOCN (Step up)