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English Baccalaureate: information for schools

The subjects and qualifications that contribute to the English Baccalaureate measure.

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

If you want your pupils’ results to count towards your EBacc performance you 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

A full list of the qualifications that count towards the EBacc is available. Qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual and approved by us for inclusion in key stage 4 performance 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 will be included in the science element of the EBacc for the first time from 2014. Only the following qualifications will be eligible in 2014:

  • AQA level 1/2 GCSE in computer science
  • OCR level 1/2 GCSE in computing

The Pearson level 1/2 GCSE in computer science will be eligible for the EBacc from 2015.

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