Key Stage 4 programme

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

Core subjects GCSE Mathematics, Further Mathematics
GCSE English, English Literature
GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Health and fitness
Personal, social and health education
Specialist option
(choose one)
Cambridge Nationals in Engineering (Design and Manufacturing)
BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Sciences
GCSE option 1
(choose up to two)
GCSE Business Studies
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Modern Foreign Language
GCSE Product Design
GCSE History
GCSE Geography
Creativity and enterprise
(pick and mix)
Non-examined enrichment options:

  • making the most of our facilities for music, art and performance and for sports
  • 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
  • employability skills delivered through employer-led projects

Exam boards

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

Specialist options

Science and engineering is at the heart of UTC Oxfordshire, so our GCSEs and specialist studies link closely together. They both benefit from the practical expertise and real work projects that our industry and university partners bring.

At Key Stage 4, the specialist qualification is a BTEC First Extended Certificate or Cambridge National Qualification.These qualifications are the initial step on the ladder of modular courses that are based on learning by doing and which lead on to both apprenticeships and higher education. They have recently been updated to match the latest government requirements on rigorous standards.

Students learn through a combination of units, some of which are internally assessed while others are externally examined. The qualification title and modules will depend on which specialism you choose.

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