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 (unless studying for three science GCSEs);
- A choice of Physical Education qualification from GCSE PE, Sport, Dance. 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).
Options Process – September 2023 start
For further information please see our options page.
Guidance from the DfE/Ofqual:
If you need to discuss any aspects of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum then please get in contact with Mr P Wheatley, Senior Deputy Headteacher. 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.