A place to grow

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

 Our core aims for the Key Stage 4 Curriculum are that it:

  • Is broad and balanced across a range of vocational and academic subjects and qualifications
  • Allows students to pursue individual learning pathways in areas of particular talent or interest such as the expressive arts or humanities
  • Provides clear links to further study and future employment

At Bacon’s, our GCSE curriculum requires that ALL students study 

  • English Language 
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics 
  • Science (either Triple or Combined)
  • Religious Education

Core PE and PSHE will also be delivered to all students but these do not count as GCSEs. 

Depending on the Pathway that a student is allocated to, students may choose to study options from the following subjects:

  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Product Design
  • Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Studies
  • Drama
  • BTEC Dance
  • Music
  • GCSE Business 
  • BTEC Business
  • Computer Science
  • BTEC IT/ Creative iMedia

There is also provision for students to access extra support in literacy or numeracy, and a suite of Functional Skills qualifications, if these are deemed appropriate. 

Students can also request to be entered for qualifications in their ‘home’ languages.  

More detail regarding each qualification can be found in the Subject Information Sheets below and more information regarding Pathway allocations and common queries can be found in the Year 9 Options Booklet which can be found here.

GCSE Subject Exam Boards


Maths - Edexcel


English Language and Literature - AQA


Science - AQA


History - Edexcel


Drama - Edexcel




Geography -AQA


Spanish and French -AQA




CTECH Sport - OCR (Cambridge Nationals)


Computer Science - OCR


BTEC Business - Edexcel


BTEC Dance - Edexcel


Music - WJEC/Eduqas


Media - WJEC/Eduqas


Art, Graphics, Textiles, Product Design - WJEC/Eduqas