The options information below was relevant to students during the 2020/21 academic year. Information about the options process for students in Year 9 during 2021/22 will be published in January 2022.


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;
  • 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).

Options Process – September 2022 start

For students in Year 9 (2021-22) information will be published in February/March 2022.

Options Process – September 2021 start

For further information please see our options page. This information refers to students who will be in Year 10 during 2021-22.

 

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, 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.

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