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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Students begin Key Stage 4 in Year 10, where they study core subjects and those they have chosen to take for GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications, in preparation for their examinations in the summer of Year 11. All students continue with the study of Mathematics, English Literature and English Language, separate or combined Science and Religious Education. Students also participate in the non exam subjects of core Physical Education and P.S.H.E.

Students make 3 additional options choices during Year 9 to study alongside the core curriculum in Key Stage 4. All students are expected to pick a Humanity subject and the majority are expected to continue studying a Modern Foreign Language.

The options are designed to stretch and challenge pupils and prepare them for the next stage in their education or training. Students can study a mixture of practical and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum.  This gives every pupil a broad and balanced curriculum, but still offers a flexibility to maximise the widest possible choice of progression on to courses post 16.

Key Stage 4 - hours per fortnight

Subject Number of Hours
Maths 7
English 8
Science 12
RE 5
PE 2
Choice of 3 additional subjects chose from:

Humanities (5 Hours) - History, Geography*

Languages (5 Hours) - French, Spanish*

  Other Options (5 Hours) - Including Art, Business, Computing, Drama, Design & Technology, Food Nutrition, Music, PE
  Students requiring additional support in English or Maths may receive this support instead of a third option choice by taking Key Skills.

* Students who have studied double languages in Year 9 are expected to take one language and one humanities subject. All other students should take at least one of the EBacc subjects.

Option A Option B Option C
Art Computer Science Design & Technology (2 classes)
Business Design & Technology Geography
Drama French History
French History Music
Geography Business Studies Art
Spanish Geography Key Skills
History Food Nutrition PE