English Baccalaureate

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The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure, not a qualification. It is not compulsory, but Ofsted will take it into account when inspecting a school.

The measure shows where pupils have secured a C grade or above across a core of academic subjects at key stage 4 and enables parents and pupils to see how their school is performing against this specific measure.

For pupils’ results to count towards EBacc performance schools should ensure that they are taking the correct subjects and qualifications.

EBacc subjects

The EBacc is made up of:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • history or geography
  • the sciences
  • a language

Qualifications that are regulated and approved by Ofqual for inclusion in the KS4 league tables will count towards the EBacc measure if they:

  • are in an accepted EBacc subject
  • enable progression to relevant A level subject(s)
  • are graded in the same way as GCSEs (A* to C for level 2, D to G for level 1)

To pass the English element of the EBacc pupils either need to:

  • get an A* to C pass in English GCSE
  • get an A* to C pass in English language GCSE and achieve a grade in English literature GCSE

To pass the science element of the EBacc pupils either need to:

  • get an A* to C pass in core and additional science
  • take 3 single sciences (from biology, chemistry, computer science and physics) and get an A* to C pass in 2 of them
  • get A* to C passes in science double award

Computer science GCSEs was included in the science element of the EBacc for the first time from 2014.