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Curriculum Y9 into 10

Curriculum Y9 into 10


Students in Year 9 are now at the stage of the year where they need to make guided choices about their curriculum for study in Years 10 and 11.

There are two types of qualification at Key Stage 4:

  • 9-1 GCSE
  • Vocational Courses


GCSE courses are typically assessed through a series of final examinations:

  • GCSE courses are completed over a two year course of study
  • These are linear courses, with exams taken at the end of Year 11
  • Some GCSE courses contain controlled assessment components which are completed in class


More information is provided in the Future Pathways course guide


GCSE 9-1 grades explained

GCSEs are now graded 9 to 1. This replaces the previous A* - G system. More information is provided in the Future Pathways course guide.


Vocational qualifications take a more practical approach and are assessed through coursework and or controlled assessments alongside the external exam component. Vocational qualifications equate to GCSE grades as follows:

  • Distinction*      8.5
  • Distinction        7
  • Merit                 5.5
  • Pass                 4

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students will study English, Maths, Science, Personal Development and core PE. The table below shows the Year 10 curriculum, with the number of hours per fortnight spent studying each subject:










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Students should spend time thinking and talking to their parents/carers about which subjects are the best choices for them.  Students can also talk to their teachers during lessons to find out more about the subjects available.


Students should choose subjects that they enjoy, believe they can succeed in, and should think about whether a subject is important for their future.

Making Your Choices

Students will receive a personalised form from which they can select their subject choices. There is a section on this form for students and parents/carers to include any further comments about career aspirations or any questions which will then be followed up by the curriculum team.

Comments or Questions

If you have any comments or questions, please direct these to the appropriate team:


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