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key stage 4

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students study 10 subjects at GCSE, across Year 10 and 11, sitting examinations in the summer of Year 11.  They also study a number of non-examined subjects.

The following are compulsory non-examined subjects studied by all students:

  • PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)
  • PE (Physical Education)
  • Games.

The following are compulsory GCSE subjects studied by all students:

  • RE (Religious Education), Mathematics, English Language & English Literature.

Students then study the three separate GCSE Science subjects (Separate Science), Biology, Chemistry & Physics, and a further three Option subjects or combined GCSE Science subjects (Science Trilogy), and a further four Option subjects.

The Option subjects student choose from are:

  • Art, Drama, Music, DT (Design & Technology), PE (GCSE PE), French, Spanish, Latin, History, Geography.

Students taking Separate Science, must choose either a language subject (French, Spanish & Latin), and/or a humanities subject (Geography & History).

Students taking Science Trilogy, must chose both a language subject (French, Spanish & Latin), and a humanities subject (Geography & History).

Students follow a fortnightly time-table, with five one-hour lessons per day.  The number of lessons for each year group is set out in the table below:

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English

6

7

Mathematics

6

6

Religious Education

5

5

Science Trilogy

9

8

Separate Science

14

13

Option Subject 1

5

5

Option Subject 2

5

5

Option Subject 3

5

5

Option Subject 4 *

5

5

PSHE

1

1

PE

2

2

Games

1

1