City of Norwich School

Key Stage 4

At  KS4  all  students  study  a  core  curriculum  of  English  language,  English  literature,  maths, science, religious education (taught as philosophy and ethics) and physical education.

Students make GCSE choices in the spring term of Y9. The English Baccalaureate is available to all students though not enforced. In order to ensure breadth to their studies, each student must  choose  one  option  from  a  list  of  computer  science,  history,  geography,  triple  science, French  and  German.  They  then  make  2  further  open  choices  from  a  wide  selection  of subjects (below). 

Students  have  the  option  to  study  vocational  courses  alongside  GCSE’s. A  small number of students follow courses in partnership with high quality external providers. A  number  of  optional  enrichment  subjects  are  offered  at  KS4  in  order  to  add  challenge  and further  breadth  for  students.  These subjects  change  based  on  curriculum  availability  but currently include computer science, further mathematics, higher project qualification, sports leader award and young enterprise. 

Subject Level
Mathematics GCSE

English Language

English Literature GCSE
Philosophy & Ethics GCSE
Combined Science GCSE X 2
Triple Science GCSE X 3
BTEC STEM Technical Award
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
French GCSE
German GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Computer Science GCSE
Creative iMedia Cambridge National
Drama GCSE
Music GCSE
Music - Performance RSL Level 1/2
Health & Social Care Cambridge National
Child Development Cambridge National
PE & Sports Science GCSE
Health & Fitness NCFE Vcert
Sociology GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National
Product Design GCSE
Materials Technology GCSE
Fashion & Textiles GCSE
Food & Catering WJEC Level 1/2
Food & Nutrition GCSE

Core Examination Courses

English, Mathematics, Science, Additional Science, Philosophy and Ethics.

Core, non-examined subject

Physical Education

Time allocation for Key Stage 4 

Subject Periods per fortnight
English 9
Maths 8
PE 4
RE 4
Science (Double) 10
Option A 5
Option B 5
Option C 5

2019 Additional Resources

Revision Guides for GCSEs 2019-21

Year 10 Introduction to GCSEs Evening Presentation

Year 11 Parents Revision Evening Presentation 

Year 11 Revision and Exams Guidance Handout

GCSE Wider Reading