The KS4 offer has been designed
to prepare students to make the successful transition into Sixth Form, College
or “work with education or
training”. It is essential that together, we ensure that the subjects chosen
are appropriate for your son or daughter’s ability or talent and that the
outcome is of the highest quality. As such, Pathways have been designed that
have specific numbers of GCSEs or BTECs attached to them. Guidance will be
given to your son or daughter as to which Pathway may suit them best and this
is particularly relevant to the Science Option.
For students who are
considering going on to University or other Higher Education Institutes, the
Government’s suggestion is that EBacc subjects form part of the Pathway. EBacc
subjects are the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science (combined or
triple), Computer Science plus a language and a Humanities subject (History or
Geography). Whilst this Pathway is not compulsory for our current students, it
should be a consideration since many of the Higher Education Institutes will
look at which GCSE subjects have been studied when making an offer. However, we
are also committed at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy to ensuring that the
curriculum offer has breadth and depth and nurtures learning and skills beyond
the identified EBacc and so there are up to 2 choices for most Pathways from
‘Open’ subjects also.
The attached documents contain the Key Stage 4 subjects that are taken at GCSE.
GCSE Options Booklet for students entering Year 10 in September 2017