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KS4 Information

The Academy runs a three year key stage 4 curriculum with approximately 670 year 9, 10 and 11 pupils following a range of academic pathways, along with the opportunity to access a wealth of co-curricular activities. Pupils access a fortnightly timetable with 50 periods across the fortnight.

As with key stage 3, pupils are allocated to year group specific form groups, with extensive opportunity to challenge their moral code, cultural understanding and personal awareness through the Theme of the Fortnight programme. 

Whilst the Academy supports the English Baccalaureate, our Key Stage 4 curriculum has been specifically designed to ensure breadth and variety to provide pupils with the knowledge they need to be successful throughout their lives. Through our carefully considered offer, we prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The curriculum links to the Academy’s assessment setting out clearly what pupils are expected to know, understand and do, and when. Departments continuously change and adapt schemes of learning to promote ‘mastery’ of skills and development of knowledge. (Please refer to Assessment Handbook for information on key assessment procedures.)

Clear pathways ensure that pupils are guided to make appropriate choices and access exceptional provision across a range of subjects and activities. Pupil achievement, career aspirations, social development and personal enjoyment are all taken into account when selecting the appropriate pathway for that child to follow.
 

2016/17 Pathways

Outlined below is the pathway model for pupils undertaking GCSE pathways from 2016/17 with some of the benefits of the process.

• Pathways are not selected solely based upon ability, but are selected based upon the correct provision for individuals and their progress through their academic careers and future aspirations. 

• It provides breadth and balance that enables them to follow the appropriate pathway into key stage 5 education and beyond.  

• Although past, current and future progress were taken into account, personal interests, career paths and social abilities have been a large contributing factor when selecting pupils for pathways. 

• All pupils have access to individual independent advice and guidance to ensure that they have a clear vision for their future and how to be successful in reaching their educational and career related goals.    

 

 

Year 11

Pathway

Band

Qualifications

1

X

Triple Science, 1x Language, 1x Humanity, 1x GCSE/BTEC

2

Y

Double Science, 1x Language, 1x Humanity, 1x GCSE/BTEC

3

Z

Double Science 1x Humanity, 1x BTEC, 1 x BTEC/GCSE

4

W

Entry Science, 2 x BTEC, 1 GCSE/BTEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

Band

Qualifications

X

Bands contain pupils that have access to the following dependent on their pathway:

Triple Science, 1xhums, 1xlang, 1x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xhums, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xlang, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 3x GCSE/BTEC, CoPE

Y

 

 

Year 9

Band

Qualifications

X

Bands contain pupils that have access to the following dependent on their pathway:

Triple Science, 1xhums, 1xlang, 1x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xhums, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 1xlang, 3x GCSE/BTEC

Combined Science, 3x GCSE/BTEC, CoPE

Y

 

 

Option Choices available

Curriculum Year Awarding Body Specification Code Full Qualification Title Level  Unit Code Assessment type Weighting %
Art              
9, 10, 11 AQA 8201/C ART AND DESIGN (ART CRAFT AND DESIGN) 2 8201 COURSEWORK 60%
  8201/X ART AND DESIGN (ART CRAFT AND DESIGN) 2 8201 EXAM 40%
Business              
9, 10 J819 Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in  Enterprise and Marketing  1 & 2 RO64, RO65, RO66  RO64 - Written Exam RO65 & RO66 Coursework  RO64- 50%,                    R065 - 25%                   R066 - 25% 603/0646/4
11 J814 Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Business and Enterprise  1 & 2 RO61 , RO62 , RO63 B postal RO62 & RO63 Coursework            RO61 - Written exam RO61 - 25%,                    R062 - 25%                   R063 - 50% 600/5080/9
French              
10 EDEXCEL 1FRO French (2FR01) GCSE  5FR01 Listening Exam 20%
        5FR02 Speaking Exam 30%
        5FR03 Reading Exam 20%
        5FR04 Writing Exam 30%
Geography              
9,10,11 Edexcel 1GA0 GCSE 9-1 Geography A  GCSE      
    Paper 1: The Physical Envrionment   1GA0/01 Exam 38%
    Paper 2: The Human Environment    1GA0/02 Exam 38%
    Paper 3: Geographical Investigations: Fieldwork and UK Challenges   1GA0/03 Exam 25%
Health and Social Care              
9, 10, 11 Pearsons YPF51 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 1  Internal
Assessment 
30%
Pearsons YPF51 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 2 Internal
Assessment 
30%
Pearsons YPF51 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 3 Synoptic
External
40%
11 Pearsons BRY90 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 1  External Exam
(resits only)
25%
Pearsons BRY90 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 2 Internal
Assessment 
25%
Pearsons BRY90 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 3 Internal
Assessment 
25%
Pearsons BRY90 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 5 Internal
Assessment 
25%
History              
11 Edexcel 1H10 GCSE History 9-1  GCSE 1H10/11 Exam 30%
        1H10/26 Exam 40%
        1H10/31 Exam 30%
Creative iMedia              
9, 10, 11 OCR J817 – 600/7043/2 Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Creative imedia 2 R081 Preproduction Skills Exam Exam 25%
OCR J817 – 600/7043/2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative imedia 2 R082 Digital Graphics C/A 25%
OCR J817 – 600/7043/2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative imedia 2 R092 Developing Digital Games C/A 25%
OCR J817 – 600/7043/2 Cambridge Nationals in Creative imedia 2 R087 Multimedia C/A 25%
Performing Arts              
9, 10 Edexcel 603/0406/6 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts YPV16 1and 2 Component 1 Internal 30%
Edexcel 603/0406/6 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts YPV16 1and 2 Component 2 Internal 30%
Edexcel 603/0406/6 BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts YPV16 1and 2 Component 3 Symoptic External 40%
11 Edexcel 600/4785/9 BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) BRY91 1and 2 Unit 3 Internal 50%
Edexcel 600/4785/9 BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) BRY91 1and 2 Unit 2 Internal 25%
Edexcel 600/4785/9 BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting) BRY91 1and 2 Unit 1 - 20512Q External 25%
Photography              
9, 10, 11 AQA 8206/C ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY) 2 8206 COURSEWORK 60%
    8206/X ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY) 2 8206 EXAM 40%
Religious Studies              
9 WJEC EDUQAS   WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies Route A1 2 C120P1 Exam 100%
11 AQA 8062 GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES A 2 8062A Exam 100%
Spanish              
9, 10, 11 EDEXCEL 1SP0 Spanish (2SP01) GCSE 5SP01 Listening Exam 50%
        5SP01 Speaking Exam 50%
        5SP03 Reading Exam 50%
        5SP04 Writing Exam 50%
Sport              
9, 10, 11 Edexcel BRY96 BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award Sport BTEC Level 1/2   Coursework/Exam  75/25%
Textiles              
9, 10, 11 AQA 8204/C ART AND DESIGN (TEXTILE DESIGN) 2 8204 COURSEWORK 60%
  8204/X ART AND DESIGN (TEXTILE DESIGN) 2 8204 EXAM 40%
               

English Baccalaureate 

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a school performance measure. It allows people to see how many pupils get a grade 4 (grade C) or above in the core academic subjects at key stage 4 in any government-funded school.

 

Ebacc subjects

The EBacc is made up of:

• English

• Mathematics

• History or Geography

• the Sciences

• a Language

 

Current Ebacc figures:

• In year 11, 92/174 (52%) have access to the English Baccalaureate

• In year 10, 153/256 (60%)  are undertaking the English Baccalaureate

 

Attainment & Results

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