Key Stage 4 Options

At Key Stage 4 all our learners study Maths, English, Science, History, PE, PHSE and Beliefs and Values either to Entry Level, BTEC or GCSE Level (click to find out more about our accreditation routes).
Our core driver in all subjects is the strong desire to build confidence in communicating both via the written and spoken word and to develop young people who are able to learn and think independently.
In addition our young people also have the opportunity to take part in swimming or fitness during the week and to choose from a list of Accredited Option Courses. At the end of Year 9, students can select three Option Courses for Year 10 that best fit their interests or desired vocational path.
Option Courses on offer for 2016-2017 

Applied STM (Science Technology and Mathematics)

Students will choose from a menu of courses and qualifications appropriate to level and interest:

  • BTEC Level1/2 Mathematical Applications
  • BTEC Level1/2 Applied Science
  • BTEC Level 1/2 IT and Creative Technology
  • BTEC Creative Digital Media Production
  • Entry Level Functional Skills IT/Maths/English

Each student will follow an individual programme based on attainment level, interest and aspiration, and will work alongside our post 16 learners at our sixth from site for one whole day.

Teacher: M Flowers

DT GP (Design Technology Graphics Products)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the process of evaluating existing products. The course will introduce the student to Graphic Products in 2D and 3D. The student will learn to use a range of drawing techniques, including computer aided design, to produce 2D and 3D constructions to be used for graphical communication.

Students will be entered for either Entry Level Certificate or GCSE (AQA) Graphic Products as appropriate to their level of attainment.

Teacher: A Finn

FT (Food Technology)

Students will continue to strengthen their knowledge of basic skills in food preparation acquired in former years. The syllabus aims to increase the pupil’s knowledge and understanding and develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making. The course includes investigative work and practical tasks summarised under designing and making skills.

The course consists of 100% assessed coursework, with a minimum requirement of completion of six units. There is no external examination.

Students will be entered for Entry Level Certificate (AQA).

Teachers: N Shippey 

Creative Media

This programme is designed for students interested in pursuing an interest or career in the creative arts industry, including media, photography, animation and theatre (drama).  This course will provide a range of opportunities to explore a range of vocational applications of the creative arts, including web design, animation, marketing, fashion design, interior design, theatre studies, drama and advertising. Students will be entered for formal accreditation via Arts Award.

Teacher: A Finn 

COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)

COPE helps students to develop and record, a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. Students select a number of challenges from the 13 modules that make up the Personal Development Programmes and then compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done. The module titles include Communication, The Environment, Health and Survival, Home Management, Personal Finance, Enterprise and Home Maintenance (painting, decorating and woodworking).

Teacher: N Shippey 

Art & Design

Students will produce work in a variety of media, both 2D and 3D. They will also look at the work of other artists, designers, photographers and crafts people in relation to their own work. The students will also be given the opportunity to visit exhibitions during the two years of the course, depending on what is available locally.

Students will be entered for Entry Level Certificate or GCSE (AQA).

Teacher: A Finn 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DoE)

Students will work on a programme designed to meet the requirements the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The different aspects covered include Community Service (as Young Leaders), Development of a Skill, Physical Recreation and will culminate in a two, three or four day residential expedition during the Summer Term 2017.

Teacher: P Dent

Animal Care

The Animal Care ASDAN Short Course can accredit learners for activities and involvement in caring for all types of animals. This could range from looking after domestic pets at home, to working with farm animals and wildlife in the community, to finding out about more exotic species at zoos and wildlife centres. The focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability.

Teacher: A Conn