Melksham Oak Learning & Education

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Key Stage 4 Courses

From September 2021, our students have followed a two-year Key Stage 4 curriculum, which commenced in Year 10 and culminated in the completion of exams at the end of Year 11.

Our students are provided with considerable individual support to choose the Key Stage 4 exam courses which best suit their skills, interests and ambitions. This includes a live Pathways Event, tutor-time activities and support from our Career Co-ordinator.

At Key Stage 4, all students follow core, compulsory GCSE courses in:

  • English Language;
  • English Literature,
  • Mathematics;
  • Religious Studies
  • At least two Sciences.

All Key Stage 4 students also participate in non-examined Physical Education lessons.

In line with our high ambitions for our students, we are increasingly encouraging more students to study the subjects which will enable them to achieve the academically challenging and well-respected suite of qualifications known collectively as the English Baccalaureate (or EBacc for short).

The subjects which count towards the EBacc are English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish) and a Humanity subject (History or Geography) – six specific GCSE qualifications in total.

In addition, students are guided towards an appropriate mix of other optional courses from a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications. These optional courses include:

GCSEs in:

  • Art and Design: Fine Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish

Vocational qualifications (e.g. BTECs, or Cambridge Technical Awards) in:

  • Child Development
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport Studies

A small number of students who especially benefit from further support with key facilitating skills in literacy, take additional English lessons in place of one exam course.

Should you have any questions or queries regarding the curriculum, please direct them to Mrs Mel Peeling, Vice Principal, via [email protected]

A summary of the subjects taught and topics covered in each subject during Year 10 and Year 11 can be found by following the links, below

Year 10 Curriculum Content 2022 Download
Year 11 Curriculum Content 2022 Download

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Pathways

From September 2020, our Year 9 students commencing their Key Stage 4 courses have followed one of three different curriculum pathways. These are designed to guide students towards the most appropriate and aspirational routes. Each student is designated a pathway based on a combination of their prior achievement and input from teachers/ tutors.

Details of the choice of courses recommended for students following each of these three pathways can be found within the document entitled ‘Pathways 2022’

From September 2021 onwards, Melksham Oak School has moved to a two-year Key Stage 4 curriculum model. This means that students opt for Key Stage 4 courses when they are in Year 9 and commence them when they begin Year 10.


Please click on the subject name below to view presentations by Heads of Department relating to a range of the Key Stage 4 courses on offer from September 2022. These presentations include both visual slides and audio recordings.

Students will have the opportunity to view these with their tutor during registration periods at school.

We hope you find them useful in discussing which courses may be the best choices for your child. gaining a greater understanding of each course.

SubjectQualification type:
Art and Design – Fine ArtGCSE
Business StudiesGCSE
Child DevelopmentCambridge National Certificate
Computer ScienceGCSE
Creative and Digital MediaBTEC
Design and TechnologyGCSE
Food Preparation and NutritionGCSE
Design and TechnologyGCSE
Food Preparation and NutritionGCSE
Performing ArtsBTEC
Religious StudiesGCSE
Sports StudiesCambridge National Certificate

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