Key Stage 4 Options

Please click on the link below to see details of our Key Stage 4 curriculum pathways that are being offered for Key Stage 4 Options Booklet.


How it works

A message to our students

At the beginning of Key Stage 4 you will begin studying GCSE and Vocational subjects that you will be examined on at the end of Year 11, some of these subjects are compulsory for all students, for others you will be given the opportunity to choose.

The information in this booklet is intended to help you make the right choices.

What subjects do we all study?

All students in Key Stage 4 will study six compulsory subjects which are set by the government.  They are: 


English Language

English Literature

Science (2 GCSEs)

RE or Travel and Tourism



No qualification


What can I choose? How should I choose?

You will study three other subjects which you may choose.  The subjects are shown on your option form.   

When you are making your choices it is important to consider two things:

  • Will I be successful?
  • Will I enjoy the subjects I have chosen?

You must discuss which subjects are suitable for you before you decide. Be sure to listen to the advice you are given.

To help you make your choice there will be a full programme of events to help you, these will include:

Teachers advising you in lesson time, form time and assemblies

  • With your parents you will have the opportunity to attend Options Evening where you will be given advice and guidance to help you make the right decisions.
  • A market place where you can find out more information about subjects from older pupils.
  • If needed interviews in school with a senior member of staff

How many subjects will I study and how many qualifications will I achieve?

This means throughout the course of Key Stage 4 you will study 10 subjects and achieve 9 qualifications.  You will sit all of your exams at the end of Year 11. 

What kinds of Courses are available to me?

You will have the opportunity to study two types of qualification: 

  • GCSE's which focus on traditional subjects. They will be assessed at the end of the course through formal examinations which are set externally by the exam boards.
  • Vocational Courses that have a work/career based focus, the learning will be assessed throughout the course with one external assessment.

All the qualifications are nationally recognised in education and industry.

GCSE Subjects

Vocational Subjects


English Language

English Literature


Religious Studies



Computer Science





Art and Design

Business Studies


Child Development



Hair & Beauty

Health & Social Care

ICT in Digital Applications

Performance Skills

Sports Studies



How will my progress be graded?

Your progress and the grade you will receive at the end of the course will be judged using the national system or grading.  Please note a “good pass” is a Grade 5 or a Merit.

New GCSE Grade

Vocational Grade

Old GCSE Grade





Distinction *


















L1 Pass 1.75






You will be given targets for each year.  If progress is maintained through each year your Year 11 target should be achieved. But remember that whatever choices you make your progress on that ‘flight path’ and ultimately the grades you achieve depend on your attitude throughout your time at BSCA:

  • The commitment and effort you make to produce your best work both inside and outside the classroom will make a significant difference to your achievements. You must always work hard to do your best: in lessons, in homework and in revising for exams.
  •  100% attendance is a key to success. Anything less than 100% attendance will hinder your progress.  It is worth noting that 95% attendance means that you could miss over 5 weeks of school across the course making it difficult to achieve the high grades you are capable of achieving.
  • Look ahead and consider what you want to achieve in your life. If you take the time to think about your future and establish some goals it will help motivate you, if you change your mind it does not matter, looking forward will help you succeed.


Finally, please remember:

We are here to help you – so please make sure you use all the information, support and opportunities to assist you in making the best choice you can.

The hard work starts now!