Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At the end of year 9 pupils finalise their option subjects to focus on 9 of the 10 subjects they have covered in year 9.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. 

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.

KS4 Option Subjects

GCSE

BTEC/Vocational

  • Art (Ar)
  • French (Fr)
  • Food Technology (Fo)
  • Geography (Gg)
  • Graphic Design (Gd)
  • History (Hi)
  • Media Studies (Ms)
  • Photography (Pg)
  • Triple Science (Ts)
  • Statistics (Ss)
  • Computer Science (Cs)
  • Sociology (So)
  • Textiles (Tx)
  • Religious Education (Re)

BTEC/Vocational

  • Enterprise and Marketing (Bu)
  • Health and Social Care (Hs)
  • Creative iMedia (It)
  • Performing Arts (Pa)
  • Health and Fitness (St)
  • Travel and Tourism (Tt)

KS4 options booklet 2020

KS4 Qualification Types

GCSE

This stands for the 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).