The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers. This will be discussed further during the options guidance meeting that each pupil will receive before formalising his option choices.

The EBacc is made up of:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Maths
  • The Sciences
  • Geography or History
  • A Language

A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full-time education. 

Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and Maths.

The government’s ambition is to see 75% of pupils studying the EBacc subject combination at GCSE by 2022, and 90% by 2025.