Curriculum Overview 2019/2020

Cressex Community School offers a broad and balanced curriculum. Our aims are:

  • to enable students to move successfully into the next stage of education, whether in a Sixth Form, in a further education college, or an apprenticeship; and
  • to prepare students well for the opportunities and challenges of life in the modern world.

In years 7 and 8, students follow all the subjects of the national curriculum. They are taught in sets according to their ability in English, mathematics, science, art, citizenship, computing, French, geography, history, music and religious studies.  This enables students of all abilities to be taught at a level that is appropriate to them.  Students may move between sets depending on the progress they are making. Students also take lessons in physical education (PE), design technology (DT), and personal, social and health education (PSHE).  PSHE includes drugs education and sex and relationships education.

In years 9, 10 and 11, all students study GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, mathematics, science and religious studies. Students are taught in ability sets for these subjects. All students continue with a programme of core PE. In addition they choose optional subjects from a range of GCSE and BTEC courses. Where numbers allow, students are taught in ability sets for optional subjects, based on their ability in the subject. 

Information about subject choices is shared with parents/carers and students at an options evening for all year 8 students. Students receive further advice and guidance on their options during a one-to-one interview with a senior member of staff.

Students receive independent advice and guidance on their career and further study choices within the PSHE programme and during one-to-one interviews with the school’s allocated Connexions adviser.

Subject Content: GCSE/BTEC Examination Courses (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The chart below lists each subject studied at GCSE/BTEC together with the relevant exam board.

This table will be updated to reflect any further changes which are being made to GCSE courses over the next two years.

Click on the exam board name to access their website, past papers and supporting materials including mark schemes.

Click on the specification code to view the specification (or syllabus) and to access the course content in detail.

We also invite you to read our broader curriculum document - The Cressex Curriculum - What It Is And What It Leads To - to see how Cressex seeks to inspire our students through a combination of what we do and how we do it using the taught curriculum.

Subject Exam
Specification Year
GCSE English Language Edexcel 1ENO Y Y Y
GCSE English Literature Edexcel 1ETO Y Y Y
GCSE Mathematics AQA 8300 Y Y Y
GCSE Science Combined
(Trilogy) Double Award
AQA 8464 Y Y Y
GCSE Biology AQA 8464 Y Y N
GCSE Chemistry AQA 8462 Y Y N
GCSE Physics AQA 8463 Y Y N
GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel 1RB0 Y Y Y
GCSE French AQA 8658 Y Y Y
GCSE History Eduqas C100QS Y Y Y
GCSE Geography AQA 8035 Y Y Y
GCSE Art, Craft and Design AQA 8201 Y Y Y
GCSE Citizenship OCR J270 Y Y Y
GCSE Design and Technology Edexcel 1DT0 Y Y N
GCSE Computer Science Edexcel 1CP1 Y Y Y
GCSE Sociology AQA 8192 Y Y N
GCSE Business Studies OCR J204 Y Y Y
GCSE Statistics Edexcel 1ST0 Y Y Y
GCSE Food Preparation and
Eduqas C560P1 Y N N
L1/L2 Cambridge National 
Certificate in Creative iMedia
OCR J817 Y N Y
L1/L2 Cambridge National
Certificate in Sports Studies
OCR J813 N N Y
BTEC Level L1/L2 Tech
Award in Music Practice
Pearson 603/2973/7 N N Y
BTEC Level L1/L2 Tech
Award in Performing Arts
Pearson 603/0406/6 N Y N
BTEC L1/L2 Tech Award
in Health and Social Care
Pearson 603/0395/5 Y Y Y