Introduction

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2020-22

At Kingsbury School, we are very proud to be able to offer students a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum.  The Key Stage 4 Curriculum consists of The Core Curriculum and The Optional Curriculum.  Through these, students will gain their entitlement to the National Curriculum and be able to make choices about the subjects they take.

Please watch the following video to find out more about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and the Year 9 GCSE options process:

The Core Curriculum

These are the subjects that every student at Kingsbury must study: English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Personal Development. English, Mathematics and Science will be studied to GCSE level:

  • English: Students will study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature over a two year period (Year 10 and Year 11)
  • Mathematics: Students will study GCSE Mathematics over a three year period (Year 9, 10 and 11)
  • Science: In Science, students study one of two following pathways:
    • Pathway 1: Study GCSE Combined Science over a two year period (Year 10 and Year 11). Students will be accredited with two GCSE qualifications. 
    • Pathway 2: Study GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics over a two year period (Year 10 and Year 11). Students will be accredited with three separate GCSE qualifications.

Please note: Mr Stubley (Head of Faculty) and the Science faculty staff will be able to advise you on the course that is most suitable for you to study.

Further information regarding these courses can be found within the Curriculum section of the school website.

The Optional Curriculum

All students are given the opportunity to select THREE subjects that they would like to study throughout Year 10 and 11. All option subjects are organised into three blocks. Students are required to select one ‘first choice’ subject and one ‘reserve choice’ subject from each of the following blocks:

Details of all the subjects, including course content and assessment overviews, can be found on the school website under the ‘Year 9 GCSE Options’ tab. Subject specialist staff have produced webpages with embedded videos for each of the courses available for students to study.

Details can also be found in the Year 9 GCSE Options information booklet by clicking the following link:

Booklet

All subjects will be studied to GCSE level, or GCSE equivalent. Students need to choose carefully and make sure that they research each course thoroughly.  Once your course has begun, you cannot change to another course.  You will study the course for two years and will have 3 hours per week per option subject. We hope that students will be able to study their most preferred subject, but ask that reserve subjects are also selected.  Students must think carefully about the reserve choice as courses with very low or poor interest may not be able to continue and therefore the reserve choice would be allocated. 

The final deadline for the online form to be submitted is Friday 12th June 2020.  All option choices must be completed via the online form. The online form can be accessed using the following link:

Year 9 GCSE Option Online Form

Decision Making Advice for Students

This is the first time many of you will be able to make choices about some of the subjects you study.  Choosing can be difficult, particularly if you do not have a particular career in mind yet.

The most important advice is to choose subjects that you enjoy and think you will do well at, to allow you to achieve the best qualifications of which you are capable.

It is very important that you research and discuss your options as fully as you can.  Read the information on the website and/or in the GCSE Information Booklet carefully and talk over your possible choices with your parents, form tutor and subject teachers.  Ensure that you get all the information you need by asking questions – your teachers will not mind you contacting them for a discussion (two or three times if necessary).  Remember, it is extremely difficult to change courses once they have started!

Questions to consider when making your choice:

  1. What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Which subjects do I like?
  3. Which subjects interest me?
  4. Which subjects am I good at?
  5. Which subjects do my teachers advise me to follow?
  6. What will I need for my intended career?  If I have no intended career yet, which subjects will keep my choices open and broad?
  7. Will I have a good balance of different subjects?
  8. Do I know everything I need to know about the course – content and assessment arrangements?

Some important Do’s and Don’ts

Mr Court has produced a short video with some words of wisdom for all Year 9 students

The following members of staff are available if you would like to ask any questions:

Further advice and support can be found on the following links: