Overview of KS4

Key Stage 4 Option Subjects

To view all of the courses available at Key Stage 4, please click to read our Key Stage 4 Options information booklet 2017/2018

For the presentation shown at the Options Evening click here

Options form 2017 - Core - can be downloaded here

Options form 2017 - Extension - can be downloaded  here

Each student studies a core set of subjects (English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Personal Development and Physical Education).  

In order to get a balanced curriculum, students are advised to consider the merits of choosing subjects from a range of categories.  Students will be asked to pick three or four optional courses depending on pathway.   The majority of students will also gain two or three GCSE qualifications in Science, depending on option choices. 

A structured programme of advice and guidance ensures that students choose subjects that:

  • Provide appropriate routes for their needs.
  • Increase the opportunities available to them post-16.
  • Increase their chances of achieving the best possible examination grades.

The following list is typical of the courses on offer, but is subject to change to meet the requirements of our individual students. All are GCSE unless otherwise stated.

Design & Technology

Level 2 Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles

Level 2 Technical Award in Catering

Level 2 Technical Award in Materials Technology (Resistant Materials)




Expressive Arts

Art & Design








Philosophy & Ethics



Modern Languages





Other GCSE options

Business Studies



Media Studies

Separate Science*


Sports Studies



Health & Social Care BTEC


ICT (Cambridge Nationals)


Business BTEC



Please contact Mr Adams, Deputy Head if you want more information about any aspect of the school’s curriculum including specific documents listed here.

Click here for a summary of the school’s curriculum vision.

Aspects of sex education continue to be taught throughout KS4 as part of the Science and Personal Development programmes. Students are encouraged to have a regard for moral considerations and the value of family life. Material is presented in a non-threatening way. Students are not asked questions of a personal and private nature. Discussion of moral issues, however, is encouraged. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the sex education programme and should do so in writing to Mr Adams, Deputy Head.

Assemblies are non-denominational in character and it is hoped that parents will not withdraw their children on religious grounds. If parents wish to do so they must contact the Headteacher, Mr G M Watson.