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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Study Programme 

All students will follow a specific Study Programme. A ‘Study Programme’ refers to a combination of different subjects and qualifications, some core and some optional.

Core subjects include the following:

Every student at Highdown School will study the following GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science(s) and either Ethics or Citizenship. All students will also participate in weekly Physical Education/Games lessons and PSHCE sessions during mentor time. 

Optional subjects include the following:

  • Global Subjects: Geography, History, Languages, Business Studies
  • Performance Subjects: Drama, Music, Music Technology, PE
  • Technical Subjects: Art, Art Graphics, Computer Science, Photography, Technology, Art Textiles (design), Hairdressing and iMedia.

Students are recommended for a particular Study Programme based on attainment and progress information and on our knowledge of the students. All Study Programmes are designed to ensure students have clear progression routes to post-16 education and/or training, and that they have a broad and balanced experience.

The majority of students will follow the EBacc or Main Study Programme where, in addition to the core curriculum, they study a number of option subjects. Some students will be recommended to follow the Technical Study Programme where they will study predominantly GCSE qualifications in addition to Level 1 or Level 2 vocational qualifications. Students are recommended for this Study Programme as, based on our knowledge of them, we strongly believe it will offer them the best chance of success by the end of year 11 through studying fewer qualifications and through the assessment structure provided by these qualification types. Therefore, ensuring they progress to further education or training.

Further options on the Technical Pathway Study Programme

  • Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies (Level 1 & 2)
  • Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy (Level 2)
  • iMedia (Level 1 & 2)

Further Information

For further information on the options process and on specific subjects please look at the options booklet and subject presentation videos below.

GCSE Options and IAG Presentation for parents  


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GCSE Options Assembly for Students


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Subject Presentations 

Optional Subjects 


Core Subjects 

Art, Graphics and Photography   Hair and Beauty  Citizenship 
Business Studies History  Ethics 
Computing  Mandarin Chinese  English Language 
Creative iMedia  Music  English Literature 
Design and Technology  Music Technology  Mathematics 
Drama  Physical Education  Science 
Food Preparation and Nutrition Spanish   
French Sport Studies   
Geography Textiles Design (Art)