Years 10 and 11 (GCSE Level)

During Year 9, girls choose the subjects they wish to study over the next two years in preparation for their GCSEs. Their personalised curriculum consists of core compulsory subjects and three options.

We currently offer the following compulsory CORE subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish must be taken)
  • Religious Studies (short course)
  • Science (2 or 3 GCSEs)

Girls then choose between three ‘OPTIONAL’ subjects: 

  • Art & Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Computing
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics (Food and Nutrition)
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies (full course)
  • Spanish
  • Study Lesson

Plus ICT, PSHCEE and Physical Education lessons which are compulsory. (This is separate to the Physical Education full course offered as a GCSE option).

Pupils can also choose to take the Level 2 Sports Award in Sports Leadership.

In Year 10 ICT lessons, pupils start the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) which is a vocational qualification in basic personal computing skills. It is highly popular and respected worldwide. There are specific tests to be passed to attain the ECDL and these are sat over two years (Year 10 and 11). The theories and practical uses of computers and latest office software are included in these tests.

The curriculum at Abbot’s Hill paves the way for further Sixth Form study at one of a number of schools and colleges including St Albans School, Berkhamsted, North London Collegiate, St George’s School, Uppingham and Rugby.

A Sixth Form Forum, attended by a variety of schools is held every September. Along with consultation with the Head of Careers and staff, girls are given the necessary support and advice to make sensible choices for their future education and entry into the world of work. This includes Year 10 pupils sitting the Morrisby Profile.