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KS4

Key Stage Four: Years 9, 10 and 11

Students follow GCSE or Vocational qualifications at Key Stage Four. We use a pathway model to help students’ select their GCSE options - helping to ensure that each student is afforded the opportunity for success and progression into post-16 education.

Core Subjects

All students study a common core set of subjects with some variation in the specific qualifications studied. The following table lists the specific courses and allocated teaching periods for each one. 

Subject

Course/Qualification

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
4* 4* 5*
Mathematics GCSE Mathematics 4* 4* 5*
Science GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
GCSE Biology*
GCSE Chemistry*
GCSE Physics*
6

9
6

9
6

9
* Students in pathway 1 study Triple Science, working towards a GCSE qualification in each Science discipline.

Physical Education

Similarly, all students are required to take two lessons of PE each week, to meet our statutory requirements in promoting health and wellbeing.

Option Subjects

Regardless of the pathway that students are recommended, they will be able to select from a range of option subjects, including Ebacc subjects. Students in Pathways 1 are encouraged to take both a language and a humanity based subject. Students in Pathways 2-3 are encouraged to take a humanity.

Subject

Course/Qualification

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Humanities

GCSE Geography
GCSE History

GCSE RE

3
3

3

3
3

3

3
3

3

Modern Foreign Languages

GCSE French
GCSE Spanish

GCSE German

3
3

3

3
3

3

3
3

3

Business Studies GCSE Business Studies 3 3 3
Computing and ICT GCSE Computing
GCSE ICT
3
3
3
3
3
3
Creative Arts and Media GCSE Art
GCSE Digital Art
GCSE Dance
GCSE Drama
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Music
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
​​​​​​​3
Physical Education and Health GCSE Health & Social Care
GCSE Physical Education
3
​​​​​​​3
3
​​​​​​​3
3
​​​​​​​3
Technology and Engineering Level 2 Certificate Engineering
Level 2 Diploma Engineering
GCSE Food Technology
GCSE Resistant Materials
​​​​​​​GCSE Textiles
3
​​​​​​​6
3
​​​​​​​3
3
3
​​​​​​​6
3
​​​​​​​3
​​​​​​​3
3
​​​​​​​6
3
​​​​​​​3
​​​​​​​3

Literacy and Numeracy

Both literacy and numeracy are embedded within all subjects. Additional lessons in English and Maths are provided to students in pathways 3 and 4. In addition to this some students in pathway 4 will also receive 1-2-1 provision from the Learning Support department.

Alternative Provision

A very small number of students in pathway 4 will attend a college course in construction, motor-vehicle or horticulture at The Chiltern Skills and Education Centre. This is part of a bespoke, highly personalised curriculum for students who are struggling to access the traditional curriculum.

Similarly, a small group os students in pathway 4 access the ‘SEN Support Group’ to support their progress in their GCSE subjects. This results in some students taking 2 less GCSEs than their peers.

KS4 Timetable and Qualifications

Student timetables at KS4 equate to 30 lessons per day, totalling 25.6 learning hours. The number of actual qualifications studied varies by pathway:

Pathway 1: 10 Qualifications (GCSEs)

Pathway 2: 9 Qualifications (GCSEs and VCerts)

Pathway 3: 8 Qualifications (GCSEs and VCerts)

PSHCE

Throughout KS3 and KS4 the PSHCE curriculum is delivered during tutor time and through drop down mornings to ensure that key aspects are delivered effectively. These include: Sex and Relationships Education, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education, Employability/Careers and Citizenship Education.

For more detailed information about each subject, including units of work and assessments, click on the year group links below.