Key Stage 4 overview

At Stewards Academy we offer a three year Key Stage 4 programme that students follow in Years 9, 10 and 11.  All students study a combination of core (compulsory) and option subjects.  The number of option choices that individuals are able to make is dependent on the pathway that they follow.

For more information on the Curriculum Pathways offered at Stewards Academy please click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Core subjects:

  • English Language and Literature (GCSE)
  • Mathematics (GCSE)
  • Science (Triple GCSE)
  • Physical Education
  • ICT

Typical option subjects studied at GCSE:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design Technology (Resistant Materials, Product Design, Hospitality and Catering)
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History or Modern World History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish, depending on which language students have previously studied)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Photography

Other subjects:

  • Business and Enterprise (BTEC)
  • Health and Social Care (BTEC)
  • Physical Education (BTEC Sport)
  • City & Guilds Basic Construction Skills
  • ASDAN Bronze/Silver Award

All students study all of the core subjects and these courses all lead to GCSE examinations.  Students are taught in ability sets for English, Maths and Science.  The pathway that individual students follow is based upon their individual interests and the one that is most suited to their ability.

All of our option subjects lead to GCSE or BTEC qualifications.  We aim to ensure that each individual student's Key Stage 4 programme is tailored to his/her interests, at the same time as providing appropriate challenge and the right basis for future study and careers.  At the point when students make their option choices in the Spring of Year 8, each student has an individual options interview providing advice and guidance.  In addition, any student who wishes to have individual careers advice from the Academys' independent Careers Advisor is able to do so.

Dependent on academic ability, some students will be advised to follow the English Baccalaureate Options Pathway.  This will mean that one of their options subjects will be either Geography, History or Modern World History.  They will also study a Modern Foreign Language.  The remaining two options will be free choices.  We believe that for the students placed on this pathway the range of subjects they will study will best equip them for further education and careers.