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Year 10 Curriculum 2014 What is happening?. Key Stage 4 The Context. An increasing emphasis on English and Maths GCSE and the other subjects of the ‘English Baccalaureate’; Science, a Language and History or Geography A move to more assessment at the end of Year 11

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Year 10 curriculum 2014 what is happening
Year 10 Curriculum 2014What is happening?

Key stage 4 the context
Key Stage 4 The Context

  • An increasing emphasis on English and Maths GCSE and the other subjects of the ‘English Baccalaureate’; Science, a Language and History or Geography

  • A move to more assessment at the end of Year 11

  • A variety of routes including GCSEs or Vocational Courses

Key stage 4 the big picture
Key Stage 4 The Big Picture

This academic year we are moving to:

  • Two year Key Stage 4

  • Core subjects for 30 hours a fortnight

  • Meeting the requirements of the new KS4 National Curriculum


Each option will have an allocation of:


Key stage 4 the core
Key Stage 4The Core

For 30 hours a fortnight in Year 10, ALL students will still have to study these subjects

We would also expect the majority of students to study either History and/or Geography and/or a Language.

  • Religious Studies

  • PE

  • English Language and Literature

  • Maths

  • Science (Triple Science is in the core)

Why is the core important
Why is the core important?

  • Colleges, universities and employers expect students to have a good qualification in Maths, English and Science

  • An uncertain future – the better range of qualifications students have, the better future for them……..

English baccalaureate
English Baccalaureate

  • The EBACC includes a grade C and above in the following subjects:

  • Maths

  • English Language

  • Two Sciences

  • MFL – French/Spanish

  • Humanities – Geography/History

The routes
The Routes

All routes have the same core curriculum

The routes1
The Routes

  • The guided options curriculum is designed to help students gain the best possible KS4 qualifications

  • It does this by enabling students of varying skills and abilities to follow a personalised route.

  • The intention being, to raise attainment, allow maximum success and offer appropriate learning opportunities

The routes2
The Routes

  • Students are guided into a particular route based on their attainment/educational profile, strength and skills

  • No one route is ‘better’ than another. Each route serves our students with the best possible opportunities for success


Students can choose to study:

  • Child Development

  • Food Technology

  • French

  • Geography

  • Graphic Products

  • Health & Social Care

  • History

  • ICT

  • Media Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Sociology

  • Spanish

  • Textiles

Vocational courses
Vocational Courses

Students can choose to study Vocational Courses which:

  • Give them the knowledge and skills needed in an area of work

  • Have an external assessment – the new generation all have an external assessment element

  • Encourage continual feedback and improvement of work

  • Are graded Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) and Distinction*(A*)

  • In your booklet these are the courses called BTECs

Vocational courses1

You can choose:

  • Art and Design

  • Audio Production or Music

  • Business

  • Construction

  • Engineering

  • Performing Arts – Acting(Drama) or Musical Theatre

  • Sport Studies

Other courses
Other Courses

  • Study Plus - Additional Maths and English

  • Employability

  • Step Up

  • College courses

Careers service
Careers Service

  • Located in the LRC

  • Will provide information, advice and guidance about the courses

  • They will also provide specific information about which courses link to different progression routes and future careers

  • Debra Casson and Saima Parwana are our Careers Advisor

How to choose
How to choose

  • Read the Options booklet carefully

  • Talk to your child and the teachers about the courses they are interested in

  • Think about their interests and what they would like to do after Year 11, at college or University and as a career

  • Do not choose because they like a particular teacher or because their friends are choosing that subject

What next
What Next?

  • Option Choices forms collected this evening

  • Visit the subject areas

  • Helpdesk located in the LRC for other enquiries

  • Complete an evaluation form prior to leaving

  • Return the Choices Form by Friday 7th March to Form tutors or the main office

  • Some students will have a meeting about their option choices

  • Reserve choice: We cannot guarantee that every student will get their first choice; some courses may not run, for example if too few students pick the course.


Mr W Woodruff

Associate Assistant Head

[email protected]

Tel: 01274 851 152 (Ex. 273)