Curriculum Provision Map

Personalised Key Stage 4 Education

We believe students achieve higher outcomes if their education is personalised to them. Like many other schools, we have a three-year Key Stage 4 that offers students the opportunity to study their chosen options subjects in depth from Year 9. 

In addition to Core subjects, students will study FOUR options subjects. They will be able to choose from a very broad range of subjects that meet their needs and that interest them.

This is an exciting time of year for students about to enter Key Stage 4 at Barnhill. We know students are eager and ready to make choices about what they would like to study, and with the right information, advice and guidance, they will choose subjects that fit with their goals and needs.

Many of you will study the English Baccalaureate which means that some of your options are more guided, but that will not mean you will not be able to study a broad range of options subjects. Having a spread of different subjects across KS4 will help you to keep your options open for the Sixth Form. The choice is yours, but you must think carefully about what you choose.

Options Interview Meeting

Each student will have a personal options mentor. You will be notified of this by letter. In the meeting, your mentor will discuss which subjects are most suited to your abilities and career aspirations.

When all students have had their interviews, we will be able to confirm which subjects will be running and will discuss with you any that you have chosen that are no longer available.

New courses will begin at the start of Year 9.

     

Core Subjects

There are core subjects that all students must study at Barnhill.

GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Sciences (Combined or Separate) Core Physical Education
PSHE (taught during tutor time)

 

 

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

The English Baccalaureate recognises that students have successfully studied a specific collection of subjects: English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities. ‘Successfully studied’means that students have achieved grade 5 or higher in every subject.

At Barnhill, many students will take the option subjects required for the EBacc. However, you do not need to complete the EBacc to go to university or to get into Sixth Form, although it may help with more academic university and Sixth Form courses.

You also need to be aware that you can study a Modern Foreign Language or History or Geography without trying to do the EBacc.

 

 

Year 8 Key Stage 4 Options

   
Core PE PSHE

English Language

English Literature

All students take both qualifications

Mathematics

Mathematics GCSE is weighted

   
   

Combined Science

Students may convert this to the seperate sciences

Core Physical

This is for general health wellbeing and is not a qualification

Personal and Social Health

This is  part of the tutorial programme and is not a qualifiction

 

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Students may take on option from this column but must select at least one EBacc from 1 or 2. Students may take on option from this column but must select at least one EBacc from 1 or 2. Students must take one option from this column. Students must take one option from this column.
EBacc EBacc Specialist Professional

French
Spanish
Geography
History

French
Spanish
Geography
History

Art & Design
Business Studies
Dance
Drama
Food Science
Health and Social Care
Leisure and Tourism
Music
Photography
Religious Studies
Sociology 
Psychology
 

Child Care
Digital Media Studies
Dance
Drama
Financial Studies
Food & Catering
Health and Social Care
ICT
Sport
 

Specialist Specialist

Applied Business
Business Studies
Food Science
Music
Photography

Art & Design
Business Studies
Religious Studies
Sociology
Sports Leaders

 

 

Understanding Subjects and Qualifications

A key requirement for a good secondary education is a broad and balanced curriculum. College, Universities and employers always look for a combination of skills and expertise. 

At Barnhill we ensure that every student's curriculum gives them the best chance for success in their chosen education and career. With this in mind we offer subject choices in families. A student with a good collection of subjects should have at least one from each family: 

 

Core subjects are the mainstay of a high quality education. These include English, mathematics and science GCSEs. The skills and knowledge learned in these subjects is fundamental to all other subjects and to all skills for a successful education and career. All students must take these qualifications. 100% of the assessment for these subjects is conducted in formal written examinations. 

 

English Baccalaureate are similar to core subjects in that they are academic in nature. Most students should take one of these courses, but some may take more. With the exception of Languages speaking assessments—which are 25% of the GCSE—100% of the assessment for these subjects is conducted in formal written examinations. 

 

Specialist qualifications are 100% examined and are usually GCSE courses. These subjects add richness to students' learning and allow them to direct their studies in an area of interest that may also be of relevance to their chosen career. 

 

Professional qualifications are those that employers value because they teach a different range of skills to purely examined subjects. Although each of these has a formal examination, each also includes controlled assessment which asks students to develop skills of organisation, meeting deadlines and teamwork. With a range of GCSEs already taken as Core, EBacc and specialist, Professional qualifications make students more employable and complete a valuable broad curriculum.