Key Stage 4

At Whickham School students start their Key Stage 4 studies (generally GCSE and BTEC programmes) from Year 10 going through an options process during Year 9.

All students follow a common core curriculum which prepares them for life beyond Whickham School. This comprises the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language, and GCSE English Literature.
  • GCSE Mathematics.
  • GCSE Combined Science or GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • A choice from GCSE RS, GCSE Citizenship and BTEC Enterprise (with a focus
    on financial literacy).
  • A choice of Physical Education qualification from GCSE PE, BTEC Sport, Sports Leadership or Core PE.

Students also get to choose additional qualifications from a wide range of subjects however most choose to study an English Baccalaureate curriculum by including a Humanity subject (Geography or History) and a Modern Foreign Language (continuing with either French or German from GCSE).

If you need to discuss any aspects of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum then please get in contact with Mr P Wheatley, Deputy Head Teacher. Particular questions about the transition from Year 9 to Year 10 or Pastoral Support, may be best addressed to Mr M Phillipson, Assistant Head Teacher.

Year 9 Options Booklet (Applicable to students starting Year 9 in September 2019)

(NB – As we are moving to a three year KS3 there are no year groups starting KS4 in September 2020).

Guidance from the DfE/Ofqual:


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