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Options - KS4

Options - KS4

Welcome to Key Stage 4 Options information for the academic year 2022/23.  This page will help you to understand the options process, ahead of Year 9 students making their options choices.

Options Introductory Video

 

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As mentioned in the video above and further outlined in the booklet below, at KS4 students study a core curriculum and then select 4 options subjects based on their own personal progress. 

Year 9 Options Booklet 

Core Curriculum Subjects 

All KS4 students will study the following subjects:

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Science 

  • Religious Studies

  • Physical Education

  • PSHE

  Core Curriculum Videos

/i/video/QES_Core_Science.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Core_Religious_Studies.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Core_PE.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Core_PSHE.mp4

Options Subjects

The range of subjects offered at Key Stage 4 includes options in GCSE or GCSE equivalent (shown in brackets):

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Construction (WJEC) 
  • Creative Media Production
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Information Technology (BTEC)
  • Drama
  • French*
  • Geography
  • Health & Fitness (NCFE)
  • Health & Social Care (NCFE)
  • History
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Music (RSL)
  • Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
  • Spanish*
  • Triple Science

*Students must have studied this subject at KS3 to select as an option. 

Where possible, we also support students in completing a GCSE in a range of additional languages that they may already be fluent in.

Please click below to view the video presentations for more information on each option subject.

Options Subject videos

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/i/video/QES_Options_Business.mp4

/i/video/QES_Options_Child_Development.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Computer_Science.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Construction.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Creative_Media_Production.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Dance.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Design_Technology.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_BTEC_DIT.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Drama.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Geography.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Health_and_Fitness.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Health_and_Social_Care.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_History.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Hospitality_and_Catering.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_MFL.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Music_RSL.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Options_Philosphy__Religion_and_Ethics.mp4

 

/i/video/QES_Core_Science.mp4

 

Each subject lesson is 50 minutes long, with the number of lessons per week below:

 

Year 10

Year 11

English

5

5

Maths

5

5

Science

5

5

RS

1

1

PE

1

1

PSHE

1

1

Option A

3

3

Option B

3

3

Option C

3

3

Option D

3

 3

Total

30

30

Careers

The options process is supported further by a Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) system across the school. This includes students having careers interviews during KS3/KS4, work experience opportunities, guest speakers from local further education providers and careers fairs. The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard Award. Further information on the school's Careers Programme can be found here.