Curriculum Overview 2017/18

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 Board Specification
GCSE English Language Edexcel 1ENO
GCSE English Literature Edexcel 1ETO
GCSE Mathematics Edexcel 1MA1
GCSE Science Combined (Trilogy) Double Award AQA 8464
GCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology Triple Award AQA 8461, 8462, 8463
GCSE Religious Studies B Edexcel 1RB0
GCSE French (Years 9 and 10) AQA 8658
GCSE Arabic Native speakers only Edexcel 1AA0*
GCSE Dutch Native speakers only OCR J733
GCSE German Native speakers only AQA 8668
GCSE Italian Native speakers only (2018 exam only) AQA 4360
GCSE Italian Native speakers only (2019 exam) AQA 8633
GCSE Polish Native speakers only (2018 exam only) AQA 4685
GCSE Polish Native speakers only (2019 exam) AQA 8688
GCSE Portuguese Native speakers only OCR J736
GCSE Spanish Native speakers only AQA 8698
GCSE Urdu Native speakers only (2018 exam only) AQA 4645
GCSE Urdu Native speakers only (2019 exam) AQA 8648
GCSE History WJEC Eduqas C100QS
GCSE Geography AQA 8035
GCSE Art and Design AQA 8201
GCSE Citizenship OCR J270
GCSE Design and Technology - Resistant Materials (Year 11s Only) Edexcel 2RM01
GCSE Design and Technology (Year 10s only) Edexcel 1DT0

GCSE ICT (Year 11 only)

Edexcel 2IT01
GCSE Computing Science (Years 9 and 10) Edexcel 1CP1
Level 2 Certificate in Digital Application CiDA (Years 9 and 10) Edexcel CDA20
GCSE Sociology (Year 11 only) AQA 4190
GCSE Sociology (Year 10 only) AQA 8192
GCSE Business Studies (Year 11 only) Edexcel 2BS01
GCSE Busines Studies OCR J204
GCSE PE (Years 9,10 and 11) OCR J587
BTEC Tech Award in Sport (Year 9 only) Edexcel TBC
GCSE Statistics (Years 9 and 10) Edexcel 1ST0
GCSE Statistics (Year 11 only) Edexcel 2ST01
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Year 10 only)


BTEC Health and Social Care Pearson 603/0395/5

* Awaiting approval from OFQUAL
** Last presentation 2017

1. Only one BTEC subject may be chosen as part of the option choices.
2. GCSE Triple Science will only be available to students who have met the required
3. For those students who choose GCSE Computer Science or BTEC ICT, the final
decision on which course they follow will be at the discretion of the Head of IT.
4. GCSE PE/GCSE BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport - the PE department will
decide which PE qualification your child will study, but both are equivalent to 1 GCSE.