Key Stage 4
Choosing your options is the first step to your future and as such is a very exciting time.
You get to shape your learning for the next three years, but also start to shape your career – these subjects will determine what you do in Post 16, maybe what you do at university, and what job you will go into. That makes this very exciting but also very important.
All students study GCSE English Language and English Literature over three years of Key Stage 4. GCSE English Language will result in two external examinations at the end of the linear course. It will include the study of Reading and Creative Prose Writing and 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction. In addition there will be a Spoken Language assessment.
Across the two GCSE English Literature Components, students will study:
- A Shakespeare play
- Poetry Anthology
- Post 1914 prose or drama
- A 19th Century novel and Unseen Poetry
All students will study GCSE Maths in Key Stage 4, building on their knowledge from Key Stage 3. The GCSE focuses on the development of mathematical knowledge, skills and methods to allow students to:
- Solve problems
- Use reasoning to draw conclusions
- Interpret information in a range of forms.
Assessment is through examinations at the end of the course and there are two tiers of entry depending on a student’s abilities.
Students will work towards either Combined Science over the three years, or may opt to take the three single Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The choice of Science course will determine the pathways in the optional subjects.
Both course options provide students with a wide range of subject content covering fundamental Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The separate science option stretches students’ learning further to allow for a smooth transition into A Levels.
Neither courses have a controlled assessment element, this allows for richer practical experiences within the classroom and students will be assessed on their knowledge of experiments within the exams.
The exams in both courses include a range of question types, including: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Across the three years of Key Stage 4, students will develop a range of theoretical and practical skills. The course covers a range of units including sport leadership, sport science and sport psychology.
Optional subjects on offer at Heath Park are:
- Art and Design
- Computer Science
- Food and Cookery
- Health and Social Care
- Resistant Materials
- Travel and Tourism
Download our Options Booklet below to read detailed information about what each subject covers, the skills you will develop, the next steps and information on career pathways.
You can find more detailed information about courses and options and information on making the right choice in our Options Booklet.