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Curriculum: Key Stage 4 Courses

For students starting Key Stage 4 in September 2019, 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:


BTEC First Award in Business

GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel)

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

GCSE Computing (OCR)

GCSE Dance (AQA)

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)

GCSE Drama (AQA)

VCert Level 2 in Food and Cookery (a vocational qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE) (NCFE)

GCSE Geography (AQA)

GCSE History (Edexcel)

CiDA/DiDA course in Digital Applications - Level 2 (Edexcel / Pearson Edexcel)

GCSE French (Edexcel)

GCSE Spanish (Edexcel)

GCSE Music (Edexcel)

BTEC Music (Focus on Technology)

BTEC Music (Focus on Performing and Composing)

GCSE Photography (AQA)

Level 2 OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies

GCSE Religious Studies (AQA)

GCSE Statistics (Edexcel)


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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