Year 9 students have some important choices to make in preparation for Years 10 and 11 at Trinity. All students study for nine GCSEs or a mixture of GCSEs and vocational qualifications.
The core curriculum which all students follow is made up of the following GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Education and two GCSEs that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students must then select three other subjects they wish to study. Once all selections have been made the school will conduct an assessment of all the choices. At this stage we reserve the right to restrict the combinations of subjects dependent on the viability of subjects, our staffing and other constraints. For this reason pupils are asked to select at least one reserve choice.
All core and option courses, with the exception of Core PE lead to qualifications recognised by the Department for Education and provide pathways to Key Stage 5 courses at Trinity Sixth Form and more widely.
There are two main types of course to choose in the options:

  1. GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education. These are available in the ‘traditional’ subjects. GCSEs are now graded on a 1-9 scale, with 9 being the highest grade. Grades 1-3 will enable students to move on to Level 1 and 2 courses at colleges. Grades 4 and above will enable students to move on to Level 3 courses (Level 3 BTECS), whilst grade 5 and above will enable students to move on to A Level courses.
    GCSE subjects are examined at the end of the two year course.
  2. Vocational courses. These are broad, high quality Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications that equip students with applied knowledge and associated practical skills not usually acquired through general education. The government encourages students to take up to three vocational courses alongside a minimum of five academic GCSEs. These courses have traditionally been very successful at Trinity, engaging students and offering routes to Sixth Form and University. These are the BTEC and Cambridge National subjects.
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