English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

OCR's GCSE Computing fulfils the Computer Science element of the EBacc

In January 2013, the government announced that GCSE Computing will count as a science option in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) for secondary school league tables from 2014 (published in January 2015) – alongside Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Any student who sits any three of the four separate sciences and achieves at least a C in two of them will meet the science requirement of the EBacc.

Science plus Additional Science will still count towards the EBacc as an alternative combination. Computing cannot be substituted for Science or Additional Science in this combination.

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What is the EBacc?

The English Baccalaureate (known as the EBacc) is a performance measure which recognises the attainment of GCSEs in selected academic subjects. It is not a qualification.

The new measure, announced by the government in November 2010, recognises the achievement of GCSEs at Grades A* to C in five subject areas, or components.

Subject components

The five components of the EBacc are:



OCR's English qualifications that count towards the EBacc are:

Rule for English

English: a C grade or higher in GCSE English or enter both GCSE English Language and Literature and achieve a C or better in GCSE English Language.



OCR's Humanities qualifications that count towards the EBacc are as below.

Rule for Humanities

Humanities: a C or better at GCSE in History, Ancient History or Geography.


OCR offers GCSEs that count towards the EBacc within all the component areas.

AS Levels and IGCSEs

In addition to GCSE, a pass in the relevant AS Level taken before the end of KS4 also counts towards the new measure.

The EBacc also recognises passes at Grade A* to C in Cambridge IGCSEs offered by OCR's sister awarding body, University of Cambridge International Examinations.

The EBacc was first applied to 2010 KS4 performance tables in January 2011. Look on the DfE website for the list of qualifications that count towards the EBacc.