GCSE Pathway programme offers younger students from 13 years upwards an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education. Learning with other international students from all over the world, it helps children to become confident global citizens, backed by the best education taught in a truly multicultural environment.

After successful completion of the Pathway GCSE Programme , international students can continue progression towards university by studying their A Levels with Bellerbys.

Students aged 15 and over should  refer to our 1-Year GCSE programme, which is designed to provide a grounding in core subjects to enable progression to A Level.


Each GCSE Pathway Programme is made up of core subjects and options. The pathway is then further enhanced with specific pathway enrichment programmes, which inspire students to gain a broader and deeper understanding of their chosen subjects and prepares them for the challenges of A Level and university studies.

Students entering in Year 9 in addition to studying core subjects are given the opportunity to explore all subjects through a series of 4 week module courses.

Year 9: Pathway Discovery

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Information Technology
  • Module subjects (4 week): Economics, Business Studies, Psychology, Art, History, Geography, Drama, Global Perspectives
  • Plus: PSHE, Tutorials, Assembly

Year 10 and 11: Academic Pathway

Core Subjects


Options are then chosen from the list below:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • History
  • French
  • Business Studies
  • Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Global Perspectives
  • Geography
  • Photography
  • Plus: PSHE, Tutorials, Assembly
  • 3 options are chosen for each Pathway except Young Oxbridge where 2 options are selected. The option to substitute with English+ and / or Study Periods will be discussed with students on arrival.
  • An essential element to the course is the wide variety of pathway enrichment programmes, which form an integral part of the programme.

Academic Entry Requirements

  • Year 9: Completed Year 7 and Year 8 (in own country). Strong grades and excellent academic reference. IELTS 4.5 level or equivalent
  • Year 10: Completed Year 8 or Year 9 (in own country). Strong grades and excellent academic reference. IELTS 5.0 level or equivalent
  • Year 11: This is only for students already studying for GCSE in a British International School. Strong grades and excellent academic reference