King James' School

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

As a large school, we are proud of the range of subjects we offer in Years 10 and 11. For full details of the courses, please refer to the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017-19 at the bottom of the page.

Below you can see an extract from the 2017-19 Options Booklet that summarises the range of options on offer and how students make up their 9 Key Stage 4 subjects:

CORE
Subject Time Allocation Outcomes
English 9 hours per fortnight 2 GCSEs graded 9-1 (9 being the best) in English language and English literature
Maths 8 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
Science 9 hours per fortnight 2 GCSEs graded 9-1. All 3 sciences are studied (biology, chemistry and physics)
Core PE 3 hours per fortnight This is a non-examined course focusing on students being active participants in sport although some students will complete sports leadership awards
PSHCEE 1 hour per fortnight This is a course in personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education that leads to a half GCSE in ‘Preparation for Working Life’.

 

CORE OPTIONS
In order to ensure our students study a broad and balanced curriculum, we ask them to choose one of their options from the following list of subjects. All of the subjects in this section are repeated in the extended options section below so students can take more than one of these subjects if they want to.
Subject Time Allocation Outcomes
Computer science 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
Triple science 5 hours per fortnight* 3 GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics graded 9-1
Geography 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
History 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
French 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
German 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1
Spanish 5 hours per fortnight 1 GCSE graded 9-1

*Triple science adds 5 hours to the 9 hours already allocated in ‘The Core’; these students therefore have a total of 14 hours of science per fortnight

 

EXTENDED OPTIONS
To complete their options, students then choose 3 more subjects from the list below; this list includes the subjects from the core options section above for those who wish to study more than one of these subjects. Subjects marked * are BTECs, +are Technical Awards graded from pass to distinction* and all of the others are full course GCSEs graded 9-1.
Art Economics Information technology+
Art and design* Ethics, religion and life Materials technology+
Astronomy Fashion and textiles+ Music
Business studies Food and catering+ Performing arts*
Computer science Food, preparation and nutrition Physical education
Design technology (product design specialism) French Spanish
Design technology (textiles specialism) Geography Sport*
Digital photography German Triple science
Drama History Visual communication+

 

For more information on the content of individual subjects, please refer to our Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017-19 (link below) or contact Mrs Millett, Deputy Head Curriculum and Standards.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum