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Key Stage 4
In years 9 to 11 all students follow a course comprising compulsory Core subjects together with a balanced range of option subjects which meet the National Curriculum Key Stage 4 requirements.
The Core consists of English, English Literature, Mathematics (and, for some students, Statistics), Science (either the Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Core and Additional or Core and Applied Science), Physical Education, Information Communications Technology and Religious Education. Each of these courses leads to GCSE, or, where appropriate, to Entry Level qualifications. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship continue to be taught as in KS3; accreditation for these is through the AQA GCSE Certificate ‘Preparation in Working Life’ and GCSE Economics (Personal Finance).
Guided option choices may include: Art and Design, Computing, Drama, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Geography, History, Sociology, Music, Media Studies, Graphic Products, Food and Nutrition, Food and Catering, Textiles Technology, Drama, Business, Leisure and Tourism, Sport, Health and Social Care, and separate Sciences.
Pupils are encouraged to study at least one Foreign Language.
Work Experience is an integral part of the PSHEE programme and is completed in year 10.
Examination courses lead to GCSE, Foundation Level or vocational qualifications including BTEC Firsts and OCR Nationals.
Support is provided for pupils who may experience learning difficulties or have English as an Additional Language.