All students will continue to study the core subjects of Maths, English, Science and RE to GCSE examination level. All students will also access ICT, PE, PSHE and Citizenship. As Notre Dame is a technology college, all students will follow a course in technology to examination level (as is currently the case) and the majority of students will study a language to examination level (again, as is currently the case).
In addition to this, over the three years of Y9, Y10 and Y11, students will have the choice of three additional courses, some of which lead to examination and others of which do not. Courses on offer will include traditional GCSEs in subjects like History, Geography, Art, Music and Drama, applied learning and work related courses, Diplomas and non-examined courses designed to help students in their other areas of study.
By Y11, it will be possible for some students to begin study at AS level where appropriate, while others may delay the start of GCSE study in their optional subjects.
Some of the students' options will be studied and completed within one year. For example, many students will choose a course in Y9 that they will study for 5 hours a week. They will complete this course by the end of the year and so will have gained a qualification by the end of Y9. They will then have a new choice in Y10 and again in Y11. One year courses on offer will include ‘traditional' GCSE subjects, BTECs and other applied learning courses.