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KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students move into Key Stage 4 at the beginning of Year 10.  At this point they will have chosen the subjects they wish to specialise in, to supplement the compulsory or 'core' curriculum.

The core curriculum at KS4 consists of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science (which includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology), PSHE, Physical Education and Religious Studies. 
As we run a two timetable (Week 1 and Week 2), over the two weeks, every student will study:

  • 8 lessons of English
  • 7 lessons of Mathematics
  • 10 lessons of Science
  • 3 lessons of PE
  • 1 lesson of Religious Studies 

Students then select 4 'options' from the list of additional choices.  These currently include: Art and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, German, History, Music, Physical Education, Product Design, Photography and Spanish.  These are timetabled for five lessons per fortnight.

Our aim is that all students leave Key Stage 4 able to progress to a range of Vocational or Academic courses, or to further training linked to their chosen career.  In order to achieve this, all students and their families will receive expert advice, guidance and support.

Assessment at KS4

GCSE Examinations

Nationally we are in a period of transition with GCSE outcomes changing from the familiar A*-G grading to 9-1, with 9 being the highest. In summer 2017, outcomes for maths and English only will be measured using the new 9-1 grading, with Grade 4 being considered to be a ‘pass’ and Grade 5 a ‘strong pass’.

From summer 2018, the majority of subjects will award grades from 9 to 1, with the exception of Business Studies and Product Design which will still be graded A* to G. On some courses a proportion of the examination grade is dependent upon Controlled Assessment (CAT) - work done by the student during the two years of the course.

GCSE Options 

As students approach the end of Year 9 it is time to make some decisions about future studies. They should also begin to think about what they would like to do in Year 12 and 13. Changes in government policy mean that all students must now stay in education, or work-based training, until they are 18.

At Queen’s Park High School we are committed to the concept of ‘breadth and balance’ in Year 10 and 11, which can then become more specialised in Years 12 and 13. We have found it is unnecessary for future career ambitions to specialise in specific subject areas too early and that it is better to keep a broader choice of subjects at this stage.

When choosing a subject it is more important to think about what you enjoy and what you have shown an aptitude for.

Curriculum Choices

All students must study the core curriculum: English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). We also recommend that all students consider studying a language and a humanities option.

Students choose four (or more) additional subjects from the following list:

Art & Design History
Business Studies Music
Computer Science Photography
Drama Physical Education
French Product Design
Geography Spanish
German  
 When to Make Option Choices

Students will be asked to complete an Options Choices Application Form in March/April of Year 9. We ask that each student selects one option from each block, plus a reserve, which can be used if there is a problem with the combination of choices requested.

Whilst we make every effort to enable as many students as possible to study the subjects they have requested we cannot guarantee meeting the exact preferences of individual students. Clearly the running of courses is dependent upon whether they are sufficiently subscribed. If there are any difficulties students will be informed as soon as possible.