Thomas Estley Community College


Key Stage Four Options

During Year 9, you will fully develop and use skills and knowledge acquired from your first two years of secondary schooling, be assessed in all curriculum areas, and make final choices about Key Stage Four study which will influence your future career pathways as well as opportunities in further and higher education. You will also begin GCSE work in some subject areas.

Key Stage Four curriculum

Students study a core curriculum and four options from a wide range customised to suit a range of interests and abilities. Almost all students will study nine full GCSE subjects as well as an additional short course GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics.

Core curriculum

English Language, GCSE

English Literature, GCSE

Mathematics, GCSE

Double Science, GCSE

Religious Studies, GCSE (Short course)

Physical Education, Core (no examination)


Art and Design: Fine Art, GCSE

ASDAN Cope, Award

Business Studies, GCSE

Computer Science, GCSE

D&T Resistant Materials, GCSE

D&T Textiles, GCSE

Dance, GCSE

Drama, GCSE

Food Technology, GCSE

French, GCSE

Geography, GCSE

Health and Social Care, Technical Award

History, GCSE

Information Technology, Technical Award

Music, GCSE

Physical Education, GCSE

Religious Studies, GCSE

Spanish, GCSE

Triple Science, GCSE

Download our KS4 Prospectus 2017 for more options and subject information.

Choosing my options

Support you will receive in making your options: 

Options tasters in lessons

Options booklet

Options evening

Careers advice and guidance

Tutor advice and guidance

Ongoing assessment and subject reports

Individual meetings as needed

Useful sources of information:

Your parents

Your teachers and tutor

Teachers of option subjects

National Careers Service (careers advice)

UCAS (post-16 and careers advice)

Which? (how important are GCSE choices?)


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