Year 9 Learning Pathway – March 2021

GCSE Learning Pathways

Learning pathways at St Aidan’s are designed with the best interest of the pupil at heart, providing each individual access to an appropriate pathway that provides every child the opportunity to achieve success and move on to the next stage of their career and education.

Pupils who follow the EBACC pathway will get ONE choice from a variety of courses listed below.

Pupils have had a short taster of each of these courses throughout Y9 in their Carousel lessons.  These courses are a mixture of GCSE’s and BTEC qualifications and will form 8% of your son’s curriculum time throughout Y10 and Y11.  As a school, we passionately believe that strong EBACC subjects facilitate greater opportunities for our pupils when they come to make decisions as to higher and further education, training, or employment.  However, research is clear that breadth in a school’s curriculum is essential in formulating successful and engaged members of society.  Therefore, this choice is designed to allow your son to broaden his horizons and supplement his EBACC studies with a unique course that gives him different challenges and develops his skill base in a variety of different ways.

All pupils will study the following subjects.

Core Subjects:

English Language GCSE English Language
English Literature GCSE English Literature
Maths GCSE Mathematics
Science GCSE Science
History GCSE History
Geography GCSE Geography
Spanish GCSE Spanish

You must select one option from the list below.


Art GCSE Art
Business Enterprise BTEC in Business Enterprise
Engineering BTEC Engineering
Music BTEC Music

Complete the survey below by Friday 16th April 2021.

Click here to access the survey.




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