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Key Stage 4 Course Selection Process

Year 9 parents and carers have now received the first guidance booklet: ‘Year 9 preparation for Key Stage 4 course selection’, which enables students to start looking into the world of education, training and employment via the Kudos website. The second guidance booklet called ‘Key Stage 4 course selection for 2021: Course information booklet’ has also been issued, and explains the courses and qualifications offered for study in Key Stage 4.

There are two recorded presentations available, which are designed to help students and their families process the information provided in the booklets. We recommend watching the 2021 Year 9 Assembly about the KS4 course selection process, first. Click here or go to Year 9 Teams - Class Materials - the folder called Key Stage 4 course selection process. 

In addition to the Assembly presentation, there is the Subject Leader guide, a film lasting about 90 minutes. Mr Brown introduces the film and, thereafter, each qualification course is explained by the Subject Leader. At the end of the film, the compulsory courses taken by all students - GCSE English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science – are also explained.  You can navigate to different subjects in the film by using the time references provided. Hover over the red dots below the film screen to pick up the subject titles. Please click on the link below to watch the film.

Please skip through to the relevant subjects using the chapter time references

0:00:05 - Introduction

0:01:14 - Section 1: Core PE selection

0:01:27 - Duke of Edinburgh, Sports Leadership (Level 1) & Dance Leadership (Level 1)

0:08:41 - Section 2: Select GCSE Citizenship or GCSE Religious Studies

0:09:04 - GCSE Citizenship 

0:12:00 - GCSE Religious Studies

0:18:39 - Section 3 GCSE

0:18:39 - Start of Section 3: GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art

0:23:22 - GCSE Art & Design: Photography

0:26:11 - GCSE Art & Design: Textiles

0:29:09 - You can choose only ONE GCSE Art & Design

0:29:25 - BTEC Enterprise

0:32:16 - GCSE Business

0:34:49 - GCSE Computer Science (requires teacher approval)

0:38:18 - GCSE Dance

0:41:57 - GCSE Drama

0:45:23 - GCSE Economics

0:51:14 - You can choose only ONE from BTEC Enterprise, GCSE Business & GCSE Economics

0:51:31- GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

0:56:18 - GCSE French & Spanish

1:01:29 - GCSE Geography 

1:08:20 - BTEC - Health & Social Care

1:11:45 - Section 3 - Selection 1 EBac - Your 1st selection in Section 3 MUST BE either History, Geography, a Language (French or Spanish) or you can choose Triple Science if your teacher approves of your application

1:11:45 - GCSE History 

1:16:12 - ICT - Cambridge Nationals in Information Technology

1:19:20 - GCSE Music 

1:21:15 - GCSE Triple Science: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Biology

1:24:13 - Section 3 - Selections 2, 3, 4 and Selection 5 Back up or Spare option

1:25:03 - BTEC - Sport

1:27:47 - GCSE Statistics

1:30:24 - Core Subject Introduction

1:31:03 - GCSE English Language & Literature

1:34:11 - GCSE Mathematics

1:36:41 - GCSE Combined Science

1:39:30 - Conclusion with Mr Brown

Key dates for the Key Stage 4 course selection process

25th February 2021

Year 9 Parents Evening for Blue Community, Red Community and Green Community Form Groups 1 - 4.

1st - 17th March 2021

Click on the link below to complete the on-line subject selection form. Parents should refer to page 8 of the Key Stage 4 Course Selection booklet to check which subject combinations are not allowed. This information is also available in slides 16 - 23 in the Assembly presentation, which can be found in the Year 9 'Teams' page. 

Key Stage 4 Subject Selection Form

4th March 2021

Year 9 Parents Evening for Yellow Community, Purple Community and Green Community Form groups 5 – 9.

17th March 2021

Deadline for completion of Key Stage 4 on-line course selection form.

22nd & 23rd March 2021

Final check-in meeting with a member of the school Leadership Team (Details to follow).

Please do not hesitate to ask for help if you have queries during the next few weeks: send an email to and write ‘KS4 course selection’ in the subject line and we will contact you.