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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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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)