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Curriculum: Key Stage 4 Courses

For students starting Key Stage 4 in September 2020, the following courses were 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 (AQA)

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

PE (non-examination course)

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


GCSE Geography (AQA)

GCSE History (Edexcel)

GCSE Religious Studies (AQA)


GCSE French (Edexcel)

GCSE Spanish (Edexcel)


GCSE Computing (OCR)

OCR Business - Enterprise and Marketing

Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia



GCSE Photography 

GCSE Dance (AQA)

GCSE Drama (AQA)

GCSE Music (Edexcel)

BTEC Music First Award (Focus on Technology)

BTEC Music First Award (Focus on Performing and Composing)


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

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care


GCSE Design and Technology (AQA)

GCSE Textiles - Art and Design (AQA)

BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering (Edexcel)

VCERT Level 1 & 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design (NCFE)


Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering


Level 2 OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies


GCSE Statistics (Edexcel) - Twilight 


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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