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,
- 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:
- Art and Design: Fine Art
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Design Technology
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
Vocational qualifications (e.g. BTECs, or Cambridge Technical Awards) in:
- Child Development
- Creative and Digital Media
- 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