Key Stage 4

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What is Key Stage 4?

Key Stage 4 comprises of two year groups, Years 10 and 11. Students follow a two-year externally examined curriculum. The courses followed provide a strong foundation for the IB Diploma programme in Key Stage 5.

Our Year 10 and 11 students complete a two-year programme of study, consisting of a range of (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) subjects. These are externally examined and are a direct stepping stone to pre-university courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or A Levels. Our Welfare team supports students throughout their (I)GCSE studies, ensuring that they are fully equipped with the skills required to be successful with their examinations and the information needed to make informed decisions about careers, pre-university and university courses. (I)GCSE’s are globally recognised qualifications and we are extremely proud of how our students perform, their results are comparable to with the best schools within the United Kingdom and Internationally.

Core subjects studied are Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Co-ordinated Science) and a Modern Foreign Language (Mandarin, French or Spanish). In addition, students have a choice of option subjects from the following: Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Art, Drama, ICT, Music and PE. (I)GCSE studies are enriched with core PE (for health and fitness). In addition students undertake work experience, participate in a range of day trips and residential trips, and when appropriate, listen to guest speakers. Students also complete a Project and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) studies. The Project and TOK studies help students develop critical thinking and independent life-long study skills, supporting their learning across all other subject areas and developing skills that will be required in KS5.