Key Stage 4 programme

Students in Year 10 and 11 study core subjects alongside additional GCSE subjects and BTEC qualifications:

Core subjects GCSE Mathematics
GCSE English, English Literature
GCSE Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science
GCSE Computer Science
Physical education
Religious education
Personal, social and health education
Specialist option
(choose one)
BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering
BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Sciences
GCSE option 1
(choose one)
GCSE Product Design
GCSE History
GCSE French
GCSE German
GCSE Spanish
GCSE option 2
(choose one)
GCSE Product Design
GCSE History*
GCSE Geography
Creativity and enterprise
(pick n mix)
Non-examined enrichment options:

  • making the most of our facilities for music, art and performance and for sport
  • talks, special interest clubs and challenges that build further on our technical specialisms
  • student-led companies delivering innovation and value to our local industry partners and the community
*subject to availability

Exam boards

Subject Exam board
English GCSE OCR
Science GCSE Edexcel
Computer Science GCSE AQA
Spanish GCSE AQA
Geography GCSE AQA
Product Design GCSE Edexcel
Level 2 Applied Science (BTEC) Edexcel
Level 2 Engineering OCR

Specialist options

All students choose one of three specialisms:

  • life sciences (biotechnology and medical)
  • physical sciences (chemical, materials, cryogenics, nuclear)
  • advanced engineering (precision manufacture, control systems, high vacuum)


At Key Stage 4 students:

  • learn predominately through tutor-led seminars
  • develop effective individual learning techniques
  • experience working life with our employer sponsors
  • be encouraged to set ambitious career goals
  • practice what they have learnt on real-life projects