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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, over a fortnightly period.

Subject

Course/Qualification

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
9 9 9
Mathematics GCSE Mathematics 9 9 9
Science GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics
10

10
10

15
10

15

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 Business Studies

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

GCSE RE

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

Modern Foreign Languages

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

GCSE German

 

5

 

5

 

5

Computing and ICT

GCSE Computing
GCSE ICT

5

5

5

Creative Arts and Media GCSE Art
GCSE Digital Art
GCSE Dance
GCSE Drama
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Music

 

5

 

5

 

5

Physical Education and Health

BTEC Sport

5

5​

5
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Technology and Engineering

GCSE Design and Technology

Level 2 Certificate Engineering

GCSE Food Technology

BTEC Food and Catering

 

5

 

5
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5

Hair and Beauty Level 1 Vocational Certificate: Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector 5 5 5

Literacy and Numeracy

Both literacy and numeracy are embedded within all subjects. Some students receive additional provision from the Learning Support department or through 1-2-1 intervention.

Alternative Provision

A very small number of students attend a college course in construction or motor-vehicle 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 of students in pathway 3 access the ‘SEN Support Group’ to support their progress in their GCSE subjects. This results in some students taking one less GCSE than their peers.

KS4 Timetable and Qualifications

Student timetables at KS4 equate to 30 lessons per day, totaling 25.6 learning hours.

Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education

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.