Additional options

Additional GCSE options

We offer the flexibility for some students to expand their GCSE range with one of the extra-curricular subjects below. These additional options are subjects are taught outside normal curriculum time.

You can choose to study these subjects in addition to your core subjects and optional subjects.


Additional Mathematics

Course specification: OCR 6993

This Free Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ) is only open by invitation to those in the top two Mathematics sets at the beginning of Year 10. The course will be delivered in Year 10 virtually with lessons being pre-recorded and students being able to access these at their own convenience. In Year 11 face-to-face lessons will take place during the extra-curricular slot.

We offer this course to committed students who are prepared to spend up to one hour on homework each week for two years. This course provides candidates with an introduction to the Mathematics studied in AS and A Level modules.

It is designed for those students who have a thorough knowledge of the content of the Higher Tier of the National Curriculum for Mathematics. Students should be expected to achieve grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE.

Additional Mathematics:

  • provides an excellent preparation for AS Level study for Year 11 students
  • is a qualification at Level 3 attracting points on the UCAS tariff
  • consists of four strands of pure Mathematics, each with an associated application providing tasters for A Level applied Mathematics
  • is assessed by a single two hour examination; there is no coursework
  • has a dedicated textbook for supporting students

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to continue the study of Mathematics beyond GCSE and are considering taking A level Mathematics.

Classical Greek GCSE

Course specification: OCR J292 (9-1)

Classical Greek can be taken as an additional subject, taught in after-school classes on one day per week from 4.15-5.45pm. Students from St Bede’s Inter-Church School and other local schools join our students for these lessons.

All the benefits of a Latin qualification are also realised by students of Classical Greek. Additionally, students will be learning a language using a different alphabet and will be introduced to some fascinating stories.

Classical Greek is an enjoyable and novel challenge, and is guaranteed to look impressive on a curriculum vitae. Keen scientists or those interested in a career in medicine will find Classical Greek particularly valuable, since many scientific and medical terms are Classical Greek. Of course, Classical Greek is also likely to enhance students’ chances of getting onto a competitive university course, such as medicine or dentistry.

Students can join this two year course when they are in Year 9 or Year 10. The examination is taken after two years of study, either in Year 10 or Year 11. The Classical Greek course is recommended for motivated and enthusiastic students who enjoy languages and find them easy. There are some similarities with Latin, so if you enjoy Latin you will probably do well in Classical Greek. However, if you are a motivated linguist and have not studied any Latin, you are able to start Classical Greek and joining the course would be a good opportunity to sample an ancient language.

Classical Greek is assessed by examination after two years of study. There are three papers in total:

  1. In the Language paper students will undertake some translation and comprehension of Classical Greek passages and will have the option of either translating some short sentences into Classical Greek or answering questions on the language of the passage.
  2. In the Literature paper they will answer questions on a Greek set text which they will have studied in class.
  3. In the Literature and Culture paper they will answer questions on specific topics – for 2021 the Olympic Games and Athenian Society – using information gained from literary sources in translation and archaeological evidence.

Optional Trip: Classics Trip to Greece or Italy. Years 9-13 (Greece) and Years 8-13 (Italy). 4 days.

Latin Level 1 Certificate

Course specification: WJEC

If you would like to take Latin without dropping one of your other GCSE subject choices, it is possible to gain the benefits of a Latin qualification by taking the Level 1 Certificate in Latin as an additional subject.

This course is taught in the extra-curricular slot once a week and during one lunchtime each week. If you plan to study Latin at A Level, we would advise the full Latin GCSE course.

The main skills needed for the course are a good sense of language, an ability to learn and commitment to study. This Level 1 Certificate will add another string to your bow and is a helpful introduction to Latin, especially useful for aspiring medics.

Optional trip: Classics Trip to Greece or Italy. Years 9-13 (Greece), Years 8-13 (Italy). 4 days. Approximate cost: £700.