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Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

While the KS3 curriculum spans two years the options choices in year 8 still ensures pupils are accessing an ambitious and wide range of subjects across the different disciplines. These disciplines are Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical and Health Education, Arts, Design, Individuals and Society and Language Acquisition. 

Key Stage 4 is three years (Year 9, 10 and 11) and all pupils will access 10 subjects.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum has been specifically designed to ensure breadth and variety to provide pupils with the knowledge they need to be successful throughout their lives.  Through our carefully considered offer, we prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. 

The curriculum links to the Academy’s assessment setting out clearly what pupils are expected to know, understand and do, and when.  Departments continuously change and adapt schemes of learning to promote ‘mastery’ of skills and development of depth of knowledge. 

Clear pathways ensure that pupils are guided to make appropriate choices and access exceptional provision across a range of subjects and activities.  Pupil achievement, career aspirations, social development and personal enjoyment are all taken into account when selecting the appropriate pathway for that child to follow. 

All pupils study English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Science and PE. Most pupils are guided to choose one of Geography, History and MFL with the majority of students opting for at least one of these courses as part of their 4 options.

 

2.3.1 Year 9, 10 and 11

Subject

Number of lessons per fortnight

English (Literature and Language)

9

Mathematics

9

Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)*

10

Physical Education

2

Option 1

5

Option 2

5

Option 3

5

Option 4

5

Total

50

*If triple science is studies this will count as one of the options. This means therefore 15 hours of science but only 3 options.

KS4 Qualification Types

Qualification type

Description

GCSE

This stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs generally have a mixture of controlled assessment and examination. Controlled assessments have to be completed during lesson time in school under conditions which are controlled by the teacher. Awards will be granted as 1-9 or ungraded.

BTEC

This stands for Business and Technology  Council qualification. These can be studied at different levels, but the only level we deliver is a Level 2 programme. Awards are granted as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Pass is equivalent to 4-5 grade at GCSE, Merit is equivalent to 6-7 grade at GCSE and Distinction is equivalent to grade at GCSE.

Cambridge

Nationals

These are equivalent to a GCSE and are mainly made up of three pieces of coursework and one examination at the end of Year 11. It is graded from Distinction* to Pass (5-9) equivalent at GCSE).

 

KS4 Option Subjects

GCSE

BTEC/Vocational

Art

Business Studies

French

Childcare (Y9 Only)

Food Technology

Health and Social Care

Geography

ICT

History

Performing Arts

Media Studies

Sports Studies

Photography

 

Religious Education

 

Sociology (Y9 and 10)

 

Spanish

 

Textiles

 

Triple Science