As a large school, we are proud of the range of subjects we offer in Years 10 and 11. For full details of the courses, please refer to the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2018-20 at the bottom of the page.
Below you can see an extract from the 2018-20 Options Booklet that summarises the range of options on offer and how students make up their 9 Key Stage 4 subjects:
|English||9 hours per fortnight||2 GCSEs graded 9-1 (9 being the best) in English language and English literature|
|Maths||8 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|Science||9 hours per fortnight||2 GCSEs graded 9-1. All 3 sciences are studied (biology, chemistry and physics)|
|Core PE||3 hours per fortnight||This is a non-examined course focusing on students being active participants in sport although some students will complete sports leadership awards|
|PSHCEE||1 hour per fortnight||This is a non-examined course in personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education|
Students will then follow one of the three guided pathways. All pathways are designed to facilitate a broad and balanced curriculum.
|Computer science||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|Triple science||5 hours per fortnight*||3 GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics graded 9-1|
|Geography||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|History||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|French||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|German||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
|Spanish||5 hours per fortnight||1 GCSE graded 9-1|
*Triple science adds 5 hours to the 9 hours already allocated in ‘The Core’; these students therefore have a total of 14 hours of science per fortnight
We have a range of subjects that students can study in KS4 at King James´s School to complete their options. Students who follow the Ebacc (green) pathway will choose two more subjects; students who choose the flexible (blue) pathway will choose three more subjects and students on the individual (orange) pathway will be guided towards one, two or three depending on need.
|Art||Ethics, religion and life||Materials technology+|
|Art and design*||Fashion and textiles+||Music|
|Astronomy||Food, preparation and nutrition||Performing arts*|
|Design technology (product design specialism)||German||Sport*|
|Digital photography||History||Textile design|
|Drama||Hospitality and catering+||Triple science|
For more information on the content of individual subjects, please refer to our Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2018-20 (link below) or contact Mrs Morgan, Deputy Head Teacher.