Key Stage 4 Subjects

Curriculum Subjects KS4


Our curriculum at Key Stage 4 is designed to provide students with a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum that inspires and challenges them to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that will prepare them for their post-16 studies and, ultimately, for a successful and fulfilling working life in 21st Century Britain. The curriculum is underpinned by the desire to maximise achievement whilst allowing students to enjoy learning. We pride ourselves on the breadth of opportunity available to our students, our excellent academic standards and our extremely supportive system of pastoral care. As a school we are committed to nurturing the talents of all, thus our curriculum has been designed to be flexible enough to allow us to provide additional support and extra challenge for those who need it.

The school week is organised into thirty 50-minute periods as shown in the table below.
In addition, students register in their tutor groups once a day.

The Core CurriculumQualificationPeriods Per Week
English Language and English Literature2 GCSEs5
Mathematics1 GCSE5
Science: Core and Additional2 GCSEs6
Core Physical Education-1
Core RS/PSHE/Career/Citizenship/ComputingCross-curricular

Guided Choices (most students choose 5, the first of which is usually an EBacc subject)

Guided ChoicesQualificationPeriods Per Week
Art and Design1 GCSE3
Business Studies1 GCSE3
Combined Science2 GCSEs3
Computer Science1 GCSE3
Creative Media1 GCSE3
Dance1 GCSE3
Design Technology1 GCSE3
Drama1 GCSE3
Enterprise and Marketing1 CNC3
Food Preparation and Nutrition1 GCSE3
French1 GCSE3
Geography1 GCSE3
History1 GCSE3
Information Technology1 CNC3
Music1 GCSE3
Physical Education1 GCSE3
Religious Studies1 GCSE3
Separate Sciences1 GCSE3
Spanish1 GCSE3
Statistics1 GCSE3
Sports Studies1 CNC3