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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School

What Choices do Students have?

Core Studies

The Core Studies curriculum offer is set for all students. The Buckingham School Core offer comprises:

  • English Language GCSE 
  • English Literature GCSE
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Science GCSE
  • PE for health and fitness
  • Personal Development (PSHE) and Enrichment

Tutor time will be used to enhance the key elements of Personal Development (PSHE) and Enrichment.


Options include a range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. Vocational qualifications are BTEC Level 2 qualifications that are equivalent to GCSE. BTEC qualifications are more vocationally linked, and assessed through a portfolio of evidence, in addition to an external examination. These also include hands-on and practical skills development, alongside theory and classroom learning.

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification in itself. It is awarded to students who have achieved a grade 4 (old grade C) or above in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • At least two Sciences (which can include Computer Science)
  • A Modern Foreign Language – French or Spanish
  • Geography or History

Success in Ebacc subjects can lead to taking these subjects Post 16, where they are seen as facilitating subjects. These subjects are highly recognised at top Universities; especially those in the Russell Group. For this reason, we have adapted our curriculum models so that more of our students can study these subjects, in addition to still being able to have at least two additional options.

Optional GCSE Subjects

The following GCSE subjects are available through the Options blocks. Please note that students are able to select and study one subject from each Option block and combinations of subjects must be achievable within the block system.

  • Art GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Computer Science GCSE
  • Film Studies GCSE
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE 
  • French GCSE 
  • Geography GCSE 
  • History GCSE 
  • Photography GCSE
  • Psychology GCSE
  • Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs)
  • Spanish GCSE

 Optional Vocational Subjects

  • Asdan
  • Construction BTEC
  • Enterprise BTEC
  • Health & Social Care BTEC
  • Music BTEC First Award
  • Performing Arts BTEC Tech Award 
  • Sport, Fitness & Activity BTEC

Subject Summaries

Click here for the subject  summaries for each of the subjects offered across our Key Stage 4 (KS4) curriculum. Each summary has details of the Curriculum Leader for that area, to whom students can direct any specific requests for further information.

Many of these sheets also contain links to websites where more detail on the specific courses can be found.