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 4 learning pathways:

  • Pathway A -  The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
  • Pathway B - The Single Sciences Pathway
  • Pathway C - The Main Pathway
  • Pathway D – Alternate 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.

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 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 Pathway, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

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

    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.

 

Pathway B – The Single Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

The Single Sciences Pathway is a prestigious academic pathway where students study 3 Science GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in addition to a wide range of courses. This provides students with a wide range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options.

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

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Single Sciences (three GCSEs of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • One subject from Computer Science, Spanish, Geography or History

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.

 

Pathway C – 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. This pathway is suitable for students who do not wish to study Spanish or three Science GCSEs.

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 Computer Science, 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 D – The Alternative Pathway

Pathway D is based upon prior attainment at KS2 and their progress to date at The Charles Dickens School. This is the most technical pathway offered with a variety of Technical Awards to compliment the compulsory GCSE subjects. 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 Pathway D 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

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