Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The “Entitlement Framework” has resulted in the offering of both academic and vocational subjects at Key Stage 4 and to enable pupils to make informed choices for this Key Stage, the following procedures are followed in Year 10:
This has given way to pupils on entry to Year 11 being divided into 3 groups with all of them taking G.C.S.E. Mathematics, (some pupils may alternatively follow Essential Skills in Application of Number and Communication.) LLW (some pupils may alternatively follow The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme), English and Science (Single or Double Award) and following a common core of Physical Education, Religious Education and Careers Education.
Essential Skills are followed by pupils according to their curricular needs. Each of the GCSE subjects is allocated 2.5 – 3 hours on the timetable with Additional Science being time-tabled for 6 hours.
English Literature is timetabled as a ”twilight” course for 1 hour for both Year 11 and Year 12.
Irish and Music are timetabled as a ”twilight” course for 1 hour for Year 11.
The first group follows a complete academic programme (Pathway 1) which entails studying 8,9 or 10 G.C.S.E. subjects and as well as doing the core subjects.
They then take
Three subjects from:
Art, Applied Business Studies, Child Development, Drama, Geography, History,
Health &Social Care, Home Economics, ICT, Irish, French, Motor Vehicle Studies, Music, PE, Technology( Product Design )
English Literature is studied with English Language by our most able students of English.
The second group of pupils undertake 7 G.C.S.E. subjects:
Three core subjects, Religion, LLW and 2 optional subjects (Pathway2)
This group also attend South West College, Omagh one day per week to study towards a Level2 Occupational Studies qualification (Distinction-Pass) or a BTEC Level2 Extended.
The Occupational Studies courses on offer are grouped as follows
The qualification grading for the Occupational Studies and BTEC Level2 Extended course are aligned to G.C.S.E. grades.eg a Level2 Distinction*is aligned to a G.C.S.E. A*
BTEC courses on offer are
The third group of pupils spend 3 days per week and undertake the following:
They attend South West College, Omagh one day per week to study for one of the Level2 Occupational Studies qualifications as outlined for the pupils in Group 2
On the fifth day they complement their vocational training with a relevant work experience programme. (Pathway3)