Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students move into Key Stage 4 at the beginning of Year 10.  At this point they will have chosen the subjects they wish to specialise in, to supplement the compulsory or 'core' curriculum.

The core curriculum at KS4 consists of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science (which includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology), PSHCE, Physical Education and Religious Studies.  Every student will have 4 or 5 lessons of English, 4 or 5 of Mathematics, 5 or 6 of science, 2 of PE and 2 of RS. 

Students then select 4 'options' from the list of additional choices.  These currently include: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Business and Enterprise, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, Food and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, Graphic Communication, History, ICT, Media Studies, Music (GCSE or BTEC), Physical Education (GCSE or BTEC), Physics, Photography, Product Design, Spanish and Textile Design.  These are timetabled for three lessons a week each. Additional Maths and Latin are offered at GCSE as extra curricular choices.

There also a range of flexible learning non-examined courses, which can be taken instead of one of the choices above, after discussion with the Head of Year or the Head of Learning Support. 

Our aim is that all students leave Key Stage 4 able to progress to a range of Vocational or Academic courses, or to further training linked to their chosen career.  In order to achieve this, every student and their families will receive expert advice, guidance and support.


GCCEs, BTEC or Flexible Programmes?

GCSE Examinations

These examinations provide a common examination at 16+ with the majority awarding grades from 9 to 1. A small number (Business Studies, Product Design, ICT, Media Studies) will still be graded A* to G in 2018. On some courses a proportion of the examination grade is dependent upon Controlled Assessment (CA) - work done by the student during the two years of the course.


Edexcel BTEC Courses

These are more practical qualifications that can be studied at different levels. All students opting for a BTEC course would study it at either Level 1 or Level 2. Students achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. We currently offer BTEC First Award in Sport and Music.


Flexible Programmes

For some students a course of ten GCSE subjects can be inappropriate. We have, therefore, developed courses that are designed to support and develop students’ learning.

Latin and Additional Mathematics are available for students who meet the entry criteria. For Latin, students will have completed two years of introductory study. For Additional Mathematics students will be in Set 1 or 2 for Mathematics.

Foundation Learning

This is a non-examination course that is offered to students who might benefit from consolidating their learning and working in a small, supportive group. These will be tailored to meet the needs of individual students.

Course aims:

·         To provide additional support in core subjects and skills.

·         To develop the skills necessary for GCSEs, including forward planning, organising work, meeting deadlines and revision skills.

·         To offer opportunities outside the classroom that will support students’ social, emotional and behavioural development by focusing on teamwork and communication skills.

·         To provide small group tuition to reinforce essential skills in English and Mathematics.

For further information please contact Ms A Berka-Coleman.

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