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Key Stage 4

“The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 meets the needs, aspirations and interests of students well.” (Ofsted 2007)
At Key Stage four students all follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, at least 2 Sciences ( a mix of Science, Additional Science, Further Additional Science and Level 2 BTEC Science), core ICT, core PE, Faith and Ethics (short or full course GCSE). In addition students select four option subjects from PE Studies, Computer Sciences, Performing Arts, Music, Art, Art Graphics, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Textiles, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Media Studies, Business Studies, Sociology and Dance GCSEs. We also offer Level 2 BTECs in Sport and Creative Media.

A free choice of options are offered to the students and many choose a humanities subjects, with languages and creative subjects. A small cohort attend college one day a week in years 10 and 11, completing a vocational qualification in this time. Some students also complete GCSEs in Astronomy and Music as part of extracurricular clubs.


In order to prepare thoroughly for each students' exams, we have consolidated a list of resources to help with planning and revision.

Subject Overviews

In Key Stage 4, your child will study a mix of compulsory and optional subjects. In addition, pupils have to take careers education and work-related learning.

For an overview of the KS4 curriculum, please download the presentation given to parents on the KS4 Curriculum Information Evening this year. In addition, The details of the exam board, specification title and contact information for each subject are given in this document

Below are our departmental curriculum maps so you can keep track of what your child will be studying.

You can find learning resources realted to each of these subjects on our VLE. Here, staff will add helpful material to enable continued learning outside the classroom.

Turton VLE

Sixth Form

In the sixth form we offer AS and A2 qualifications in around 30 subjects, those listed above plus General Studies, Government and Politics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths, plus level 3 BTECs in Applied Science and Business Studies. In addition students have Complementary Studies (covering a wide range of skills), tutor time (covering PSHE), can complete the EPQ and work experience. Over 70% of the sixth form move onto University each year. More details of the curricula provision for sixth form can be found on the Turton Sixth Form Website.