11-18  Co-educational Catholic Senior School in Bath

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GCSE Subjects

Students, on average, study ten GCSEs. There are a number of core GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature or English as an Additional Language, Mathematics, Dual Award Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics equally) and Religious Studies. Study of these subjects are compulsory for everyone.

Students are then able to choose four optional subjects from: Art, Business, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Physical Education, Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Spanish and Textiles.

It may also be possible to take a GCSE in another language if you are a native or fluent speaker but you will need a tutor to help prepare you for this.

There are a few subjects that require you to have studied them before, eg Latin, French, Mandarin.

We encourage our students to choose subjects in which they have a keen interest. Students need to work consistently hard for two years in order to succeed at GCSE. Some subjects may require more coursework than others; some subjects will be practical as well as theoretical. Students should also think about how well suited their skills and talents are to each subject. 

Further information on all subjects can be found in the GCSE Course Booklet

A student working on a smart board in his GCSE Business lesson

GCSE core subjects

Optional subjects