What is the English Baccalaureate?
The English Baccalaureate was introduced as a performance measure in the 2010 performance tables. It is not a qualification in itself. The measure recognises where pupils have secured a C grade or better across a core of academic subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language.
There are no plans to change the subjects used for the measure at present. The make-up of the English Baccalaureate is kept under review in the wider context of ongoing education reforms.
What subjects are in the English Baccalaureate?
The English Baccalaureate is made up of English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language. A full list of the qualifications that count towards the English Baccalaureate in 2012 is available to download from the performance tables website.
On 30 January 2012 the Secretary of State for Education announced that from 2014 Computer Science (CS) GCSEs will be included in the science element of the EBacc. Only achievements in the following computer science qualifications will be eligible:
•AQA level 1/2 GCSE in computer science
•OCR level 1/2 GCSE in computing