GCSE Courses

Our curriculum has been designed to allow breadth and balance, as well as a degree of specialism.  As part of this we offer a range of GCSE courses that offer considerable scope for both study and long-term career choices.


In the Lower Fifth (Y10) and Upper Fifth (Y11) Culford pupils study a number of subjects according to their individual interests and needs. Most pupils will study nine GCSE subjects and some will study more.

In general, all pupils take the following core GCSE courses and are set according to ability:

  • English and English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Sciences (separate science subjects can be chosen as optional subjects) and either French or Spanish.

Pupils then select to study up to a further three or four optional GCSE subjects from:

  • Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, History Latin, Languages, Music, Physics, Physical Education and Religious Studies.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

In addition, pupils have a weekly PSHCE sessions. Pupils consider the topics of relationships, assertiveness, health, government and finance. There is also a weekly session involving Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PELTS) which covers study skills, self-assessment, organisation, planning and revision. In addition, there is one period of Physical Education and two double games slots together with a whole host of academic enrichment and extra-curricular activities. Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth pupils also have one period per week in the Chaplaincy centre.

Find out more about GCSE Courses Culford

If you would like to know more about the GCSE courses on offer then please contact Admissions on 01284 385308 or admissions@culford.co.uk.