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 double award
  • 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
  • Triple Science (Year 11 only)
  • imedia
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Health and Social Care
GCSE English
Studying 1 (Small)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

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives Specimen Question Paper  Insert

Further reading:



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:


Victorian Literature

Origins of A Christmas Carol

Ghosts in A Christmas Carol

A range of videos

A Christmas Carol Study guide

Study guide Macbeth

Study Guide Romeo and Juliet

A Christmas Carol Text

Lord of the Flies Full text


Other useful Resources

English Curriculum Map

Glossary of Key Vocabulary for GSCE English Language and Literature




GCSE Science
STEM (Small)Science

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.

Renewed Curriculum

Science Revision Booklet

Level 2 Business Studies

Exam board: NCFE

Year 1

Unit 1 – introduction to business and enterprise

Unit 3 – finance for business and enterprise

Begin unit 2 (Exam)

Year 2

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


GCSE History
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


GCSE Geography
Current Year 11 Students: 

Edexcel B GCSE Geography  Specification Code: 2GB01

Geography Unit 1 Revision Summary



Current Year 10 Students:

Edexcel B GCSE Geography

Specification Code: 1GB0

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

photography (Small)Students choose from a wide range of enrichment options:

  • Coasteering
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain boarding
  • Gym
  • Paddle boarding
  • Cycling and bicycle maintenance
  • MusicUKSA (Small)Coasteering (Small)
  • Table tennis
  • Keel boat sailing
  • Art
  • Horse riding
  • Archery
  • Cookery
  • Photography
  • Football
  • Bakery
  • Creative crafts
  • Squash
  • Golf
  • Rugby
Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

Students learn team building and problem solving skills through challenging and engaging projects. PBL 2 (Small)

Industry Trips and Visits

Vikoma (Small)Vestas (Small)Wind turbine (Small)Women in Engineering (Small)

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