GCSE Extension

The subjects in this block allow students to extend their curriculum, whether it is to expand their knowledge in the Science subjects, Religious Studies, to take a new Modern Foreign Language or explore another subject such as Creative iMedia. This block will be studied for 3 hours per fortnight.

All students need to opt for one of the following:

  • Triple Science – please see the Science page for details on the course content. When adding in the core Science time; those studying Triple Science will have 12 hours of Science per fortnight and will achieve separate International GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Italian – Please see the Modern Foreign Language page for details on the course content. This option is designed for motivated and hard-working students who wish to study Italian alongside a second language. If you wish to opt for this course, please discuss your potential with your MFL teachers.
  • BCS Course in ICT - Details below
  • GCSE Short Course in RS Applied Ethics - Details below

Creative iMedia

Explore the creative side of Computing by designing and making digital graphics in this highly practical course.

This course will equip students with a range of creative software skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Through the use of these skills, the girls will ultimately be developing fit-for-purpose graphical media products. Creative iMedia will challenge all ability girls, by introducing them to new material and techniques; encouraging independence and improving their ICT skills.

The ‘hands on’ approach for learning has strong relevance to the way young people use technology today. This course will provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies

This is a short course for thinkers; for those who like asking the BIG questions; and for those who like to explore and consider new ideas. The short course is literally half of the full course.

You will study the same material, in the same depth. You develop the same skills, however, you cover only half of the material.

The course aims to encourage students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in our modern multicultural and multi-faith society. This includes developing an understanding of non-religious beliefs.

In terms of skills, you will develop and explain your own personal values and beliefs. There is an emphasis on critical analysis and being able to give balanced and supported arguments that consider a range of ideas and attitudes.