What is the EBacc?
If you are looking at your GCSE choices and you are not sure what to choose, there is always the option of taking the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – but what is it?
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure, introduced by the government in 2010.
It allows schools to see how many of their pupils achieve a grade C/4 and above in the core academic subjects at GCSE.
What subjects are included in the EBacc?
The EBacc includes the following seven subjects:
- History or Geography
- The Sciences – Chemistry, Biology and Physics
- One Language – usually French, German or Spanish
What do you have to do to pass the EBacc?
To achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), you will need to achieve all of these seven subjects at a grade C/4 or above.
If you do not pass one of the subjects for example, then you would not achieve the EBacc but you will have achieved six other GCSE’s!
What are the good points of the EBacc?
The EBacc will allow you to be taught another language – this would look great on your CV when you are applying for jobs or on your UCAS application!
This is also a more structured program, so if you are stuck on what to choose at GCSE it may help to broaden your mind, encouraging you to consider subjects that you may have overlooked previously.
What are the bad points?
There are critics that think this will ‘push’ out the creative arts subjects. The Government introduced the EBacc in 2010 and have now announced that pupils who are currently in Year 7 will have to take the EBacc when they start their GCSE’s in 2020.
Is this fair? This may not give them the chances of taking a creative arts subject and reducing the opportunities for the next generation of designers, artists and actors to succeed at GCSE.