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Subjects Available at Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The time allocation at Key Stage 4 is 27 hours per week. The curriculum combines core subjects, a specialist course and one option subject, meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Students are required to study English, mathematics, science, a modern foreign language, history or sociology (including religious studies) and physical education (PE) over two years. Students also study their chosen course in either a performing arts subject, broadcast and digital communication, visual arts & design or creative design and technology. Technology and ICT are taught within this course. Finally all students choose one additional subject from a list of options to broaden their learning.
|English Language / Literature||2 GCSEs|
History or Sociology
(including Religious Studies)
|Modern Foreign Languages||1 GCSE|
|Physical Education||Short course GCSE available|
(specialism applied for)
|1 BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (3 A* - C GCSE equivalent)|
Choose one from: Art & Design, Dance, Music, Drama, Media, Information and Creative Technology, Physical Education, Textiles, Production, Set Design & Technology (PSDT).
|1 GCSE (ICT - Certificate in Digital Applications)|
BTEC Subject Information
The BTEC is a specialist vocational qualification highly valued in industry and higher education alike. It encourages and stimulates student achievement through practical learning and forms of assessment, based on applied knowledge and understanding of the relevant subject areas.
All BTEC qualifications are made up of a common core of units and a range of chosen specialist units to allow teachers to develop defined pathways to match student needs and future destinations. There are four types of qualification (Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma), which may be studied at different levels within the Quality and Credit Framework (QCF). Each unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
At Key Stage 4 students follow a BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in their chosen arts area. This Level 2 qualification is currently equivalent to three GCSEs at A* - C, with the Distinction representing A*/A, Merit a B and Pass a C.
These Key Stage 4 qualifications are being reviewed by Edexcel, in the light of Government changes, so the details contained in this prospectus are for guidance and may be subject to change.