THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 4

The KS4 Curriculum consists of the Core, Guided Option and Free Choices.  The Core Curriculum comprises Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Science and courses in Personal Development [including Religious Education, RSE, Careers, Citizenship and Health Education].  The Core Curriculum is compulsory.  It is also compulsory to select a “Guided Option”, either History or Geography. 

Students selected to study Triple Science are guided to study a Modern Foreign Language in most cases.  Those students who choose Triple Science and a language will have two further free choices beyond the choices in the Core.  Whilst those students who study Double Science (Trilogy) have three further free options. 

Option Route A

Option Route B

 

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate is designed to increase the number of children taking a core curriculum comprising traditional academic subjects. A student gains the English Baccalaureate if they achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in all of the qualifications stated below:

  • English;
  • Mathematics;
  • Two or more Sciences;
  • Humanities: either Geography or History;
  • A Modern Foreign Language.

The subjects that make up The English Baccalaureate are highly regarded by universities and employers. Students who succeed in them go on to higher levels of attainment at A Level. However, while most students will be able to access and succeed in this curriculum – it will clearly not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, the guiding principles of our Options process are:

  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong academic core within the statutory guidelines;
  • To ensure that everyone has access to all the curriculum areas;
  • To meet the learning needs of individuals;
  • To provide suitable vocational choices.

In addition to the core curriculum, students can choose to study up to four subjects from across the curriculum including in Creative Arts & PE, Modern Foreign Languages, Technology, Business, Computing and Vocational courses. Typically, students will complete 9-11 GCSEs in total depending on their chosen options.

In Year 11 all students will be able to follow an enrichment curriculum on Wednesday afternoons where they can experience vocational, work experience, enterprise and outdoor activities designed to prepare them for life after school. Some of these courses lead to additional GCSE level qualifications.

Delivery

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English Language & Literature

3 hours

4 hours

Mathematics

4 hours

4 hours

Science

5 hours

7 hours

Humanities: Geography or History

3 hours

2 hours

PE

1 hour

1 hour

PDC

1 hour

1 hour

Option 1: MFL or Free Option

3 hours

2 hours

Option 2: Free Option

3 hours

2 hours

Option 3: Free Option

3 hours

2 hours

Enrichment

 

1 hour

Modern Foreign Languages:

French, German, Spanish

Free Options:

 Computer Science, Food & Nutrition, Design Technology, Religious Studies, History, Geography, BTEC Health & Social Care, Art & Design, Drama & Theatre Studies, Music, GCSE PE, BTEC PE, French, German, Spanish, Business, BTEC ICT