Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Learning Pathways 2021

Phase 1 - Our Offer and Resources

When our students begin Year 10, they embark on an especially important phase of their education, namely the two years to GCSE (Key Stage 4). The pathway resources below will give you an overview of the Key Stage 4 curriculum and details about the individual subjects that students can study. 

This page will hopefully give you more information as a replacement to the pathways evening, we would have held in the academy to see you face to face. With the videos below hopefully, you will get the best experience we can offer you as we are unable to see you 1:1.  

Most of the time for a Key Stage 4 student is spent on the Core Curriculum. It includes English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Humanities. Many of the subjects continue from Key Stage 3, but some new subjects such as Creative Media, Health & Social Care, Engineering, Sport Science and Citizenship also become available. 

Phase 2 - Subject Preferences

Phase 2 will involve students ticking the preferences page on the back page of the booklet and handing this to either their tutor or head of year.  We will be asking students to put subjects in rank order for their preferences as it is not always possible to award the 1st choice due to class sizes becoming too large or if we are unable to run a subject due to small numbers. We always try our best to balance and distribute everyone fairly whilst always considering educational needs and prior performance to support the process.

Phase 3 - Interview & Student selections

Unfortunately, as some subjects are limited in size due to health and safety constraints and due to popularity, we may need to have students complete a statement of intent for the subject or hold interviews to speak directly to each student. This will ensure students are in the right groups based on their passion, commitment, and interest in the subject and specific topics/units that we would deliver. 

Weekly Structure

Core Subjects Hours per week
English Language/Literature
5 periods p/wk.
4 periods p/wk.
5 periods p/wk.
Physical Education (non-certificated)
1 period p/wk.
Religious Education 1 period p/wk.

Subject to change.

Pathways Hours per week
Pathway A
3 periods p/wk.
Pathway B 
3 periods p/wk.
Humanities Pathway
3 periods p/wk.

Subject to change.

Pathway Videos

Health and Social
Sports Science
Creative Media
WJEC Music
Engineering Options Video
Art and Design
Hospitality & Catering
Religious Studies
Performing Arts

Q&A from Parents (updated as we get questions through email)