An Alternative Baccalaureate

30 Sep 2016

In an effort to re-balance the curriculum at Key Stage 4, Lord Kenneth Baker, Chair of the Edge Foundation, has produced a ‘New Baccalaureate‘ which includes at least one creative GCSE from a list including dance, drama, music and art & design.

The New Baccalaureate would include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Two science GCSEs – one of which could be computer science
  • A creative GCSE from a list which would include art and design, music, dance and drama
  • A humanities GCSE from a list which would include history, geography, religious education and foreign languages
  • A design and technology GCSE or an approved technical award. Examples include the Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering and the Pearson BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment.

The Edge Foundation hopes that this New Baccalaureate will better prepare young people for employment in the global digital economy.

For further comment on this proposal see this article in Arts Professional.

We’re interested to hear what you think of this proposal. Do email with your thoughts.