Key Stage 4

Core Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a broad and balanced education to allow them to have a wide choice of pathways at 16.  The Key Stage 4 curriculum is made up of subjects which students are required to study (this is called Core Curriculum) and subjects that they can select to study (this is called Options or Vocational Curriculum).  The table below shows that the Core Curriculum occupies 67% (40 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Core Curriculum
Subject GCSE/Equivalent Periods per Fortnight
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English Language & English Literature 2 12 12 12
Mathematics 1 12 12 11
Combined Science 2 8 8 9
Philosophy and Ethics (not examined) 2 2 2
Physical Education (inc Swimming) (not examined) 6 6 6
Total number of GCSE / Lessons 5 40 40 40

Vocational Curriculum (Options)

In addition to studying the Core Curriculum, your child will also be able to select 4 Option subjects.  Your child will be guided to which options will be most appropriate for them to enable them to achieve the best possible grades.  This is based on their prior attainment (Key Stage 2), Key Stage 3 progress and Key Stage 4 expected outcomes.  The Options occupy 33% (20 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Vocational Curriculum
Subject GCSE/Equivalent Periods per Fortnight
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Option A 1 5 5 5
Option B 1 5 5 5
Option C 1 5 5 5
Option D 1 5 5 5
Total number of GCSE / Lessons 4 20 20 20

This year, your child has 22 different option subjects to choose from.  It is imperative that your child select courses based on future career preferences within the curriculum structure offered at the Giles Academy, a Grammar curriculum and a Vocational curriculum is available to meet your child needs. A Preliminary option process will allow us the best chance to offer your child their preferred option of subjects taking into account restrictions on timetable structures and curriculum.

If your child follows a Grammar curriculum, we expect your child to choose at least two EBacc subjects.

If your child follows a Vocational curriculum, we expect your child to choose at least one EBacc subject.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc) Options

Modern Foreign Language (French, Italian and Spanish)

History

Geography

Computing

Vocational Options

Art (Fusion Booklet)

Business Studies

Computing

Engineering

Food Preparation & Nutrition

French

Graphic Design

Health & Social Care

Media

Music

Performing Arts

Photography

Product Design/Resistant Materials

Religious Studies

Sport Studies

Statistics

Textiles

 

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