During Year 10 and 11 the majority of students are working at Key Stage 4 (KS4). Some students may be invited to consider the Vocational Pathway.
Students’ classroom learning is complemented by other enrichment activities such as Work Experience, Extra Curricular trips and clubs, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a range of Student Leadership opportunities such as Junior Leadership Team, Prefects and House Captains/Deputies.
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TRADITIONAL OR OPEN PATHWAY
All students are required to take courses in the three 'core’ subjects:
PLUS the following subjects are compulsory for all students:
Traditional Pathway = 3 options
1. Either History or Geography
2. Either French, German or Spanish
3. Any one option from other choices
Open Pathway = 3 Options
1. Either History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Computer Science or Triple Award Science
2. Two additonal options from other choices
GCSE Religious Studies
Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics)
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE PE/BTEC Sport
GCSE Music/BTEC Music
Cert Digital Applications (CIDA)
Art and Design – choose a maximum of one course from this list:
Design and Technology – choose a maximum of one course from this list:
Students are required to take courses in the three 'core’ subjects:
PLUS A work-related skills-based course that is recognised by employers
PLUS the following subjects are compulsory:
In addition students choose TWO options from the choices available (excluding GCSE French which is not available on the Vocational Pathway).
Students can apply for our new Option Plus course in GCSE History which begins in April 2018. This course will be the same as optional GCSE History, but be taught each week after school (1 hr 15 mins per week) from Year 9 onwards plus Option Plus study days in Year 10 and Year 11. This course is aimed at students with a keen interest in history who are able to committ to and manage the addtional school hours and homework required. Click here for more about Option Plus.
Please note: all optional subject choices are subject to demand and timetabling.
To help decide which subject is right for you, an Options Booklet will be produced and provided to all Year 9 students in January.
English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc)
This is a grading that is awarded to students who have achieved a GCSE grade C/Level 5 or above in all of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, at least Double Award Science (Computer Science is counted as a Science subject of E-Bacc), History OR Geography, a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish or German).
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