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The King's School

The King's School Founded 1545

Achievement for All

Student Choices

In Years 10 and 11 students are able to study subjects of their choice for part of the KS4 Curriculum. The students are prepared for these choices during PSHE lessons, tutorial time, specific subject lessons, options assemblies in January of every year and finally through the Year 9 Parents Evening (January of every year)

At Key Stage 4, the following subjects are compulsory:

  • English Language & Literature  (AQA 8700 & 8712)
  • Mathematics (Edexcel 1MA1)
  • PSHE & Citizenship [non examined subject
  • Physical Education [non examined subject]
  • Religious Education (AQA 8061)
  • Science (AQA Biology 8461, AQA Chemistry 8462, Physics AQA 8463 or 8464)

Open options subjects

  • Additional studies [invitation only]
  • Art (AQA 8202)
  • D&T Art Textiles (AQA 8552)
  • Business Studies 
  • Computer Science (OCR J277)
  • Dance (AQA 8236)
  • D&T Materials (AQA 8552)
  • D&T Electronics & Mechanisms (AQA 8552)
  • Drama (OCR J316)
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition (Educas C560P)
  • French (AQA 8658)
  • Geography (Educas C112QS)
  • History (Edexcel 1HIA)
  • IT Technical Award in Digital Applications (Edexcel BHTK5A)
  • Music (Educas C660QS)
  • Physical Education (AQA 8582)
  • Religious Studies (AQA 8062A)
  • Spanish (AQA 8698)

Options Process

All Year 9 students are provided with a GCSE options booklet in January to guide them through this process. In addition, there are several options assemblies in which students will be informed of various Key Stage 4 subjects, particularly those that students have not studied at Years 7-9, that are available. Finally, the Year 9 parents evening also forms an options evening where there will be talks to all parents/carers on the option process.

Option Route A: Separate Sciences [Triple Science]

This route allows students to gain 3 GCSEs in the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Students who take this route will then choose 4 additional open choices of which ONE must be Separate Science. We would also strongly advise Separate Science students to choose either Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language as part of their open subject choices to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum offer.

The total number of GCSEs that Separate Science students will gain is 9.5.

Options Route B: Combined Science: Trilogy

This route allows students to gain 2 GCSEs in the sciences (Combined Science). Combined Science students will have 8 hours a fortnight in Year 10 and 10 hours a fortnight in Year 11 to study this science route. Students who take this route will then choose 4 additional open choices. We would also strongly advise Combined Science students to choose either Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language as part of their open subject choices to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum offer.

The total number of GCSEs that Combined Science students will gain is 9.5.