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KS4 Pathways

At addey and Stanhope students follow a two-year KS4 Curriculum. Student option choices are made during year 9.

The KS4 pathways are as follows:

Compulsary subjects

  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Combined Science or Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Core PE (Non-examination)

Optional subjects

Students then have a free of choice of three additional subjects to study form the following list:

  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Religious Education
  • GCSE Citizenship
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Business Education
  • GCSE Design Technology
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Food
  • BTEC Music Practice
  • GCSE Physical Education

Making curriculum options choices in Year 9 is a very important part of the journey at Addey and Stanhope for students. It is an opportunity for them to take control of their education and shape their future.

At the start of Year 10 students will begin the courses that will result in them gaining their first set of qualifications. The choices they make will also influence what courses, apprenticeships, or careers they decide to follow when they leave Addey and Stanhope to take the next steps in life.

The first stage in the process is helping students to choose the right subjects. To do this students are asked to consider the following questions:

• How can I make sure I get as many Level 2 (the equivalent of GCSE grade 5-9) qualifications as possible?

• What subjects are on offer?

• What subjects do I enjoy?

• Can I cope with the demands of the course?

• How well do I cope with examinations?

• How well would I cope with coursework or assessments?

• Are there vital subjects for certain post-16 courses, apprenticeships or careers?

• Have I chosen a suitable and balanced group of subjects?