Most pupils will work towards 9 GCSEs (up to a maximum of 12).
Each pupil must take the core subjects of:
- English literature
- English language
- Combined science (2 GCSEs) or triple award (3 GCSEs)
Please see below for details on our science offer and additonal maths
Pupils must also choose at least two humanities subjects from:
Please see below for details on our language offer
Pupils can then choose a further two subjects from:
English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
At Ark Pioneer we believe every pupil should have the opportunity to attain the English Baccalaureate.
The EBacc is not a qualification but it is an indicator that an academic curriculum has been studied. Subjects within the EBacc group are considered essential to many degrees and open lots of doors for pupils’ future study and careers.
There is strong evidence to show the importance of the English Baccalaureate in helping pupils further their success. A study by UCL Institute of Education found that studying subjects included in the EBacc provided students with greater opportunities in further education. A further study done by the Sutton Trust found that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s overall performance in English and mathematics.
To achieve the EBacc pupils must take the following subjects:
- Humanity (History or Geography)
We will provide an indicator in the Spring term as to pupils suitability for triple or double award science and this will be agreed towards the end of the academic year following the end of year exams.
Pupils have enjoyed a rigorous KS3 science curriculum placing them well to study two sciences at GCSE.
Double award ensures pupils can achieve an Ebacc qualification and progress to A level study in any of the 3 sciences (we will also be offering a Professional Pathway – equivalent to 3 A Levels in Science & Industry linked).
The Triple science qualification (taking separate exams in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) will also be taught to approximately 2 groups of pupils who have attained highly in KS3 science.
Pupils must demonstrate real passion for science and a strong work ethic in science lessons and in independent work through the year.
Main curriculum language
Our main curriculum language chosen is French, but we also will support pupils who know another language to take a GCSE in the subject.
Pupils are very well placed for KS4 French because of their grounding in KS3.
We welcome pupils who would be able to take a GCSE in a language they already know as an additional GCSE.
Pupils must be able to read, write, speak and understand listening to do this. Pupils will complete a pre assessment and will likely sit the assessment in Y10.
We will offer an additional mathematics qualification to pupils excelling in GCSE mathematics, to be taught alongside the normal course, providing challenge and a stronger foundation for A Level mathematics and further mathematics.
The options process will inform pupils about their options and what future study in subjects will look like. Following this we will ask pupils to complete an initial survey asking them to explain their current thinking on their options. Pupils will then be asked to complete an application explaining their desired option choices and explaining their suitability for the course. This will be the basis of the interview with a senior member of staff to decide the provisional options. After the interview pupils will be made an offer to study their options. Following the end of year exam results, pupils’ options will be confirmed.
Our options process is designed in line with the application process for further study, university, or careers and to help pupils understand the requirements of these application processes. The rigour in this process also helps ensure that pupils make a set of choices that empowers their future.
Parents will be able to support pupils in their applications, be present at the interview and attend our options fair on Wednesday 23rd February from 4pm until 6:30pm. This is an opportunity for pupils and parents to meet with subject leaders and teachers to discuss their suitability and develop an understanding of KS4 courses.
Pupils will be supported through the values and character program in their planning of the options application and how to get the most from the interview experience. We will also share more detail with parents so that they can help pupils prepare effectively at home.