KS4 Options

These pages of the website provide a guide to the learning pathways offered at KS4 and the wide variety of subjects that can be studied.

There are 3 learning pathways:

a) The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

b) The Main Pathway

c) The Technical Pathway

The aim is to provide information and guidance that will enable students to choose the correct learning pathway from the wide selection of subject courses offered that will maximise their potential at Key Stage 4 and Post-16.

It is important that every student follows the most appropriate learning pathway that meets their needs and reflects their prior attainment and progress to date. The learning pathway should provide sufficient pace and challenge to learning and reflect the student’s individual interest, talents and academic ability. The final programme of study chosen needs to be broad, balanced, relevant and enjoyable, whilst also meeting the statutory requirements and school performance measures

 

Pathway A – The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.

To achieve the Ebacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Computer Science, Combined  Science (2 GCSEs))
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
  • 1 MFL (Spanish)

Students are also required to study English Literature GCSE

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose two additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from both academic and vocational options. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

 

Pathway B – The Main Pathway

This is the most diverse learning pathway offered with a full range of GCSE subjects and Technical Awards. This pathway provides students with a broad range of subjects upon which to build any future career options. The majority of students are expected to follow either the Ebacc Pathway or the Main Pathway.

Students on the Main Pathway will study the following six traditional GCSE’s that are all well respected and valued by future employers:-

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Combined Science (two GCSEs)
  • One subject from Geography or History

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose three additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from both academic and vocational options. Advice will be given to each student as to the number of technical subjects to study, with each student recommended to study at least one of these and many studying two or three. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

 

Pathway C – The Technical Pathway

This is the most technical pathway offered with a variety of Technical Awards to compliment the compulsory GCSE subjects. This pathway is only available to a small minority of students as identified by the School who will benefit from extra lessons in Mathematics and English.  This pathway provides students with a broad range of vocational subjects which provide clear progression on to Level 3 technical courses or work related vocational apprenticeships.

Students on the Technical Pathway will study the following five traditional GCSE’s that are all well respected and valued by future employers:-

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Combined Science (two GCSEs)

On this pathway students will receive extra lessons in Mathematics and English to provide maximum opportunity of gaining valuable standard passes (Grade 4) in these key subjects.

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose three additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from vocational options. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

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