Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Options Policy

It is the aim of the school to make as many subjects as possible available to all our students. However, this is not always possible as we also wish to provide opportunities for all students to succeed. As our intake is fully comprehensive, not all courses are accessible to, or suitable for, all students. Consequently we are offering pathways through KS4 which take into account your prior attainment and motivation in subjects. These pathways should allow you to enjoy and be motivated in your studies, but most of all be successful!

Core Subjects

All students at Key Stage 4 study the core subjects of:

English (students sit 2 x GCSEs in English Language and English Literature)
Physical Education
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Religious Education

Students will be placed on the most appropriate ‘core’ course based on their ability and prior attainment.

Optional Subjects

Students have the opportunity to choose 4 subjects to sit alongside their core studies.

The range and level of subjects on offer to your child has been designed to allow them to have access to as wide a range of subjects as possible, and hopefully they will be able to choose subjects they are interested in studying. The level of course will maximise your son or daughter’s ability to also be successful and fully engaged with the subject.


GCSEs are widely available to all 14–19 students, although there is no lower or upper age limit. GCSEs are qualifications at Level 2 in the National Qualification Framework. From September 2012 there has been a change towards a ‘linear’ form of assessment in all GCSEs. This means that the majority of assessment will be at the end of the course. This will have the greatest implications for Science and Mathematics, both of whom have followed ‘modular; courses until this point.

GCSE optional subjects include:-

Business Studies
Computer Science
Electronic Products
Food Technology
Health and Social Care
Modern Foreign Languages
Product Design
Resistant Materials
Triple Award Science



BTEC National Certificates are practical, work-related courses that are Level 2 equivalent to GCSE courses. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area they have chosen, students develop the skills to start a career.

All BTEC courses are being re-written to bring them closer to GCSE. There will be 25% external assessment in each BTEC programme and the size of the qualification is changing. The BTEC Award will be equivalent to 1 GCSE.

BTEC optional subjects include:-

Applied Science

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