Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Educational Provision – Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Commerce and Russell group universities demand the highest GCSE performance. We believe this can be achieved through offering an academic core partnered with a flexible personalised pathway approach to learning.
All students at our school will study our core offer consisting:
- GCSE English Language and English Literature, supported by functional skills
- GCSE Maths, supported by functional skills.
- GCSE Science as a single, double or triple option enabling understanding of Biology, Physics and Chemistry
- NCFE Business Studies Level 2 Certificate
- Employer-based projects designed by our business partners and delivered both at school and within commercial environments
- Enrichment activities to pursue interests outside the curriculum and learn new skills.
- Work Experience – The opportunity to engage in a “real job” for at least one day every week
We encourage personal pathways to be developed through offering a variety of subjects to study beyond the core.
- GCSE History
- GCSE Geography
- Conversational French, level 1 and 2
- Work skills programme, to build employability skills employers look for.
- Health and Social Care
GCSE English Language
This course explores a range of writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Studies will focus on the creative techniques the writers’ use and their viewpoints and perspectives in both fiction and non-fiction writing. Students will learn to analyse the language writers’ choose and create their own fiction and non-fiction writing to engage and impact their readers.
Exam board: AQA English Language 8700
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Specimen Question Paper
GCSE English Literature
Students study one Shakespearian play, 19th century novel, a modern novel, and a plethora of poetry.
Exam board: AQA English Literature 8702
Paper 1:Shakespeare and 19th Century Literature Specimen Question Paper
Paper 2:Modern texts and Poetry Specimen Question Paper
Wider reading: Students can support their studies through further reading.
Check out these British Library resources to support contextual understanding of the texts we study:
Year 11 Science
Year 11 science students are following OCR 21st Century Science. Double science students are studying Science A and Additional Science A. Separate Science students (triple) are studying Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics A. The content is as follows:
Year 10 Science A content (studied by all current year 11 students last year) : B1 (You and Your Genes) B2 (Keeping Healthy) B3 (Life on Earth) C1 (Air Quality C2 (Material Choices) C3 (Chemicals in Our Lives) P1 (The Earth in the Universe) P2 (Radiation and Life) P3 (Sustainable Energy). Examined in May 2017 with three 1 hour exams.
Year 11 Additional Science A content (currently being studied by all year 11 students) : B4 (The Processes of Life) B5 (Growth and Development) B6 (Brain and Mind) C4 (Chemical Patterns) C5 (Chemicals of the Natural Environment) C6 (Chemical Synthesis) P4 (Explaining Motion) P5 (Electric Circuits) P6 (Radioactive Materials). Examined in June 2017 with three 1 hour exams.
Year 11 Separate Science content (also currently being studied by year 11 triple students) : B7 (Further Biology) C7 (Chemistry for a Sustainable World) P7 (Studying the Universe). Examined in June 2017 with three 1 hour exams.
In addition students have carried out three pieces of controlled assessment making up 25% of each of the science GCSEs that they are taking.
Year 10 Science
Year 10 science students are following AQA courses. In their science lessons all are studying the Combined Science Trilogy content which will lead to 2 science GCSEs. Students who have chosen Triple Science as their option have three extra hours a week of science in order to convert their Trilogy content into the three separate science GCSEs Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Year 10 content : B1 (Cell Biology) B2 (Organisation) B3 (Infection and Response) B4 (Bioenergetics) C1 (Atomic Structure and Periodic Table) C2 (Bonding, Structure and the Properties of the Periodic Table) C3 (Quantitative Chemistry) C4 Chemical changes) C5 (Energy Changes) P1 (Energy) P2 (Electricity) P3 (Particle Model of Matter) P4 (Atomic Structure). Assessed in May 2018 with three 75 minute examinations for Trilogy students, or three 105 minute examinations for Separate Science students.
Year 11 content : B5 (Homeostasis and Response) B6 (Inheritance, Variation and Evolution) B7 (Ecology) C6 (The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change) C7 (Organic Chemistry) C8 (Chemical Analysis) C9 (Chemicals of the Atmosphere) C10 (Using Resources) P5 (Forces) P6 (Waves) P7 (Magnetism and Electromagnetism). Assessed in May 2018 with three 75 minute examinations, or three 105 minute examinations for Separate Science students.
Level 2 Business Studies
NCFE LEVEL 2 BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE
Exam board: NCFE
Unit 1 – introduction to business and enterprise
Unit 3 – finance for business and enterprise
Begin unit 2 (Exam)
Unit 2 – Marketing for business and enterprise
Unit 4 – Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise
Link to exam board and info: NCFE Business and Enterprise
Year 11 GCSE History
Paper 1: Written Paper 2 hours – 81 marks 45% of the qualification
Question Paper: 2hrs written paper in 2 parts: In Part 1, candidates answer questions depending on the core content they have studied. Part 2 is the Depth Study.
A017: Aspects of International Relations, and The USA, Land of Freedom? 1945−1975
A010: Historical Enquiry Controlled assessment – 50 marks 25% of the qualification 2000 words
Candidates will study a society over a period of approximately 25 years.
A021: How was British society changed, 1890−1918? 30% of the total GCSE 1 hour 30 mins written paper (53 marks)
Year 10 GCSE History
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (Paper codes: 1HI0/10–12)
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
30%* of the qualification Option 10: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/20–29)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40%* of the qualification Option B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
- 26/27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
Paper 3: Modern depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/30–33)
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
30%* of the qualification
Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Current Year 11 Students:
Edexcel B GCSE Geography Specification Code: 2GB01
Current Year 10 Students:
Edexcel B GCSE Geography
Specification Code: 1GB0
Level 1/2 French
Level 2 Engineering
Level 2 Engineering Technology
Awarding Body: EAL
Level 2 Health and Social Care
Level 2 Health and Social Care
Level 2 imedia
Level 2 Design
Students choose from a wide range of enrichment options:
- Mountain boarding
- Paddle boarding
- Cycling and bicycle maintenance
- Table tennis
- Keel boat sailing
- Horse riding
- Creative crafts
Students learn team building and problem solving skills through challenging and engaging projects.
Industry Trips and Visits