Other qualifications at Year 10
Other qualifications to GCSEs are available and may be offered by your school or to you as an alternative route. These include the following.
Some schools are now offer the English Baccalaureate, sometimes known as the EB or the E-Bac. This is made up of a range of GCSEs, including English, maths, science, a foreign language, and either history or geography.
14 – 19 Diploma
The 14 – 19 Diploma may be offered by some schools. This is a more practical and hands-on way of gaining a qualification that is recognised by employers, colleges and universities. More information is available on Directgov.
If you are not ready for a full GCSE programme, perhaps due to additional needs or personal situations, you could be provided with the opportunity to study a personalised curriculum. Your school would discuss this with you and your parents/carers in greater detail.
Key Skills, such as English and maths
Certificates in Key Skills cover things such as communication, application of numbers and ICT. There are additional subjects, including working with others, problem solving and improving own learning. These are often offered alongside other qualifications. If this route would be suitable for you, your school or college would discuss this further with you and your parents/carers.