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, BTEC Health and Social Care and CNAT Enterprise and Marketing (unless studying for three science GCSEs);
  • A choice of Physical Education qualification from GCSE PE, Vocational 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).

Options Process – September 2024 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.

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