Key Stage 4 Options

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Key Stage 4 Options

Cansfield High School operates a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum that we believe exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum. We are committed to ensuring that every student studies the EBacc subjects throughout Key Stage 3 and that they have full access to these when choosing options in Key Stage 4. All subjects within the school are divided into seven Faculty groupings, more information about which can be found on the Faculty drop down menu:

  • Creative Faculty
    • Art
    • Creative IMedia
    • Design and Technology
    • Hospitality and Catering
    • Photography
  • English Faculty
    • English Language
    • English Literature
  • Humanities Faculty
    • Geography
    • History
    • Life Studies (Citizenship and PSHE)
    • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Languages Faculty
    • French
    • German
  • Mathematics Faculty
    • Mathematics
  • Performance Faculty
    • Music
    • Physical Education
  • Science Faculty
    • Science

Students start their GCSEs in Year 10, meaning that they make option decisions mid-way through Year 9. During Years 10 and 11 they will engage with the following subjects:

Compulsory Non-Exam Subjects

These are modules of work that we believe benefit all students. They contain statutory elements at Key Stage Four.

  • PE
  • Worldviews that cover aspects of RE, PSHE, Citizenship and Careers

Compulsory Exam Subjects

  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science Trilogy
  • GCSE Geography OR History

Options

Students then take a choice from a range of additional subjects. The options process is a free choice, subject to availability and fit based on the way option blocks are created. However, we encourage students to also take a Language, meaning that they would have the full range of qualifications that make the EBacc. Options may vary from year to year, but can include:

  • Art and Design
  • Creative iMedia
  • Digital Information Technology
  • French
  • Geography (if History has been selected in OPTION ONE)
  • Graphic Communication [NOTE: this cannot be taken in addition to Art and Design as they both hold the same qualification code]
  • Health and Social Care
  • History (if Geography has been selected in OPTION ONE)
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Religious Education and Philosophy
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Triple Science

Further information is available in our choices booklet or by clicking one of the subject links below

Options Information Booklet 2024

Art and Design

Creative iMedia

Digital Information Technology

French

Geography

Graphic Communication

Health and Social Care

History

Hospitality and Catering

Music

Performing Arts

Photography

Religious Education and Philosophy

Sport

Travel and Tourism

Triple Science