English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure for schools, awarded when students secure a grade C or above at GCSE level across a core of five academic subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language. It is not a qualification in itself.

English

To pass the English element of the EBacc, pupils need to do 1 of the following:

  • get an A* to C in English GCSE
  • take both English literature and English language at GCSE, and get an A* to C in at least 1 of them

Science

To pass the science element of the EBacc, pupils need to do 1 of the following:

  • get an A* to C in core and additional science GCSE (in core and additional science, pupils take 2 modules in each of the 3 main sciences: biology, chemistry and physics)
  • take 3 single sciences at GCSE and get an A* to C in at least 2 of them (the single sciences are biology, chemistry, computer science and physics)
  • get A* to C in GCSE science double award (in science double award, pupils take 2 GCSE exams that cover the 3 main sciences: biology, chemistry and physics)

EBacc qualifications

To count towards the EBacc measure, qualifications must:

  • be in 1 of the EBacc subjects
  • be regulated by Ofqual
  • be included in the key stage 4 performance tables
  • prepare pupils to go on to take the relevant A level subject or subjects
  • be graded in the same way as GCSEs (ie, A* to C for level 2, and D to G for level 1

It is recommended that up to 80% of students in the future will take the English Baccalaureate

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