We have high aspirations for our students and aim to ensure they have access to a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their time with us at The Bourne Community College. This is why we have designed the pathways, to give appropriate challenge and depth of study throughout Years 10 and 11.
Each student will be designated one of the following pathways:
Your curriculum subject choices
Watch our videos to learn more about the subjects you can study.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to do the core subjects?
Yes, these are part of the National Curriculum that all students study.
Do pathways limit free choice?
Pathways are the way in which we ensure that our students are not limited in their opportunities later in life. We have ensured that there is still an element of choice for all students but will always encourage them to ensure they maintain a broad range of subjects at this stage so that they have a wide range of future opportunities.
Can you guarantee that I will get my first choices?
Whilst we cannot guarantee this, we will do our best to give all students either their main choices or, if this is not possible, their reserves. On occasion, we will have to make the decision that a certain course will not run – this decision is never taken lightly and we will consult with you and work alongside you to find the best option if we are unable to offer you your main choice or reserve.
Do I have to do a Humanity and Language on the Green Pathway?
We advise that you take both a Humanity and a Language. The Green Pathway is suited towards the Department for Education’s English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which consists of the core subjects plus one language and one humanity. The breadth of knowledge gained by following this pathway makes students very employable. This pathway will also ensure students stand out when applying for their future courses at both college and university. More information on the EBacc can be found here.
I’m on the Blue Pathway: can I still do the EBacc?
Yes, absolutely. The EBacc is made up of your core subjects, plus a Humanity and a Language. You will need to choose your Humanity and Language in columns A and B on your option form. Please note you cannot choose two humanities or two languages.
How do I find out more information on what I’ll be studying?
We encourage students to keep an open mind and find out as much as they can before making their final choices. Before making your choices:
- Read the information on each subject in the Options Booklet.
- Watch the short films on our website in which each Curriculum Leader explains more about their subject.
- Talk to subject teachers and Curriculum Leaders and ask questions.
Who can I discuss my options with if I’m not sure what to choose?
Our advice would be that you pick subjects you enjoy but that you also make sure you have a good balance of different subjects to give you breadth of knowledge and a range of employability opportunities in the future. Many students do not know what they want to do when they leave school. Do not pick a subject because your friends are doing it or because you like the teacher you currently have! If you are still unsure and require further support, please speak to your tutor.