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Curriculum: Key Stage 4 Courses

 For students starting Key Stage 4 in September 2018, the following courses are available. 

The majority of students will follow courses which will lead to nine or ten GCSE examinations, or their equivalent. It is up to your child to select subjects which are of interest to them and in which they feel they can succeed. We will guide students where necessary, and if your child makes a selection that we feel is unwise, based on their previous performance, we will let them and you know, perhaps asking them to think again.

All students will study a course in the following core subjects:

GCSE English Language (AQA)

GCSE English Literature (AQA)

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Combined Science (AQA Double Award) unless studying 3 separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

PE (non-examination course)

In addition to the above, all students will study 4/5 further subjects from the following:


GCSE Textile Art (AQA)

BTEC First Award in Business

GCSE Business Studies

Cambridge National in Child Development (a level 1/2 vocational qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE)

GCSE Computing

GCSE Dance

GCSE Design and Technology

BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering

VCERT Level 1 & 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design

GCSE Drama

VCert Level 2 in Food and Cookery (a vocational qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE)

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

CiDA/DiDA course in Digital Applications - Level 2 (Edexcel / Pearson Edexcel)

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

GCSE Music

BTEC Music (Focus on Technology)

BTEC Music (Focus on Performing and Composing)

GCSE Photography

Level 2 OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies

GCSE Religious Studies (AQA)

GCSE Statistics


For further information on Key Stage 4 courses currently being studied at Richard Lander School please see the relevant options booklet below.



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