Key Stage 4

As students enter Key Stage 4, there are some significant differences in the types of courses which are followed. Briefly, these are as follows:

  • All the courses you will follow, except for Guidance and PE, lead to GCSE qualifications ( or equivalents)
  • All GCSE courses are linear with examinations at the end of Year 11.
  • GCSE is a preparation for future study.  The GCSE programme is arranged so that you will have a wide choice in the Sixth Form and beyond.  During Years 9, 10 and 11 we have a programme which will support students in making future choices and give students access to independent careers guidance.
  • The courses offered at Burnside during Key Stage 4 are aimed at ensuring that all students follow a balanced curriculum, which will provide maximum flexibility in future education and career choices.

The following GCSE subjects are part of the CORE followed by ALL students: English (Language & Literature), Mathematics, Science and PE

Everyone is expected to choose up to four OPTION subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology – Resistant Materials
  • Design Technology – Textiles
  • Food (Nutrition and Preperation)
  • French
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Health and Social Care with Child Care
  • History
  • ICT & Creative Technology
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Religious Studies
  • Sport Science


Subject Overview