Key Stage 4 Courses

GCSE grades are changing GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google “ofqual 9 to 1 postcard”. More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.

GCSE KS4 Courses
Subject Course Title Exam Board Qualification
Art Art, Craft & Design section 3.4 AQA GCSE
Graphic Communication section 3.6 AQA GCSE
DT Design Technology: Product Design AQA GCSE
Design Technology from 2017 onwards AQA GCSE
Design Technology: Technical Award Materials Technology AQA GCSE
English English Language  WJEC EDUQAS GCSE
English Literature WJEC EDUQAS GCSE
Food Preparation & Nutrition Food Preparation & Nutrition WJEC EDUQAS GCSE
Geography Geography OCR GCSE
History History AQA GCSE
Maths Mathematics Linear A EDEXCEL GCSE
Media Studies Media Studies AQA GCSE
Science Combined Science: Trilogy AQA GCSE
Triple Science: Biology AQA GCSE
Triple Science: Chemistry AQA GCSE
Triple Science: Physics AQA GCSE
Non-GCSE KS4 Courses
Subject Course Title Exam Board Qualification
English Step up to English AQA Entry Level – Silver
PE Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport Course Specification EDEXCEL BTEC
Science Entry Level Science AQA Entry Level