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Key Stage 4 – Year 10

Options Booklet 2020 – 2022

We understand that choosing the right subjects to study at GCSE can prove challenging for some students; even students who have a clear view of their future career paths need careful guidance and support.

Our teaching staff and careers advisers are on hand to help guide students through the decision making process to ensure students choose subjects that offer them a broad spectrum of experience and keeps their future options open.

Our curriculum and the opportunities offered throughout Key Stage 3 are designed to provide students with a strong foundation for study at Key Stage 4.

The process of transition to Year 10 begins during Year 9, when students and parents/carers have the opportunity to attend information and consultation evenings, as well as meeting teaching and careers staff to discuss possible options.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to:

  • provide challenge, quality, choice and inclusivity
  • promote and recognise achievement
  • develop knowledge, skills and experience
  • offer clear choices and progression pathways to A levels, vocational courses, employment and/or Higher Education
  • cover a broad base of learning – including opportunities for creative, linguistic, physical, scientific, technological, mathematical, moral, spiritual and social development


There are some core subjects, which all students continue to study:

  • English Language and English Literature – GCSE
  • Maths – GCSE
  • Science – GCSE (Most students follow a two-GCSE course whilst others, for whom it is appropriate, have the opportunity to follow a triple science course.)
  • Philosophy & Ethics  (RE) – GCSE
  • Physical Education – (PE can also be taken as a separate GCSE)
  • Personal Social & Health Education

Four additional subjects are then chosen to compliment the compulsory curriculum. These are chosen from the following:

Art & Design, Business Studies Catering, Citizenship, Computing, Drama, Film Studies French, Geography, History, Physical Education, Product Design Technology, Music, Spanish, Textiles Technology.


Over the next few years, the GCSE and A level examination system will undergo significant reform.  Details regarding these changes, and how they will affect individual year groups, will be communicated to parents once they are confirmed.


Our programme for intervention, support and challenge continues through these important years. All students are set individual targets based on their ability and prior attainment. Our programme ensures regular monitoring and appropriate intervention at all levels.