Key Stage 4

Curriculum

At KS4 the Academy will follow a more traditional curriculum with 14 of 25 hours dedicated to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.

Students will study a total of 9 GCSE equivalent subjects at Level 1 or 2.

The Core Subjects

Students will study:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Double Science though this can be Triple Science by giving up an option.
  • Core PE
  • PSHE, RSE, Careers and RS

Option Subjects

In Year 9 students will choose four subjects from the following list:

  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Triple Science
  • GCSE Religious Education
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Certificate in Digital Technologies
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • GCSE Music
  • RSL Performing Arts

Please note that as the government changes the curriculum these subjects may change.

Students must pick at least one ‘English Baccalaureate Subject’ from the above which are History, Geography, a Language, Triple Science or Computer Science.

Students who are following the English Baccalaureate Pathway will take qualifications in a language (German or a qualifying home language), and History OR Geography.

Focus Days

Focus Days collapse the timetable for all students once every two weeks.  During this period either a Department takes a year group or the year group concentrates on an area such as RE, Citizenship, Enterprise, Careers, research skills and a number of other areas. Alternatively this time can be used to go on trips or bring in inspirational speakers for the students. As well as the benefits of focussed time for the students, organising the curriculum this way ensures time is not ‘stolen’ when students go on trips and one department is left free to concentrate on CPD.