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Key Stage 4

In line with the national curriculum, Archer Academy students follow the formal Key Stage 3 curriculum until the end of Year 8. From Year 9, more personalised opportunities become available, helping students make informed choices about the subjects they wish to pursue to a higher level, as well as providing them with greater academic breadth.

Some students also have the opportunity to begin their GCSE courses in Year 9, according to their individual ability and aptitude. These students subsequently study for additional GCSEs in Year 11 and may have the opportunity to begin AS courses.

All Archer Academy students study English, Mathematics and Science at GCSE, and we also expect a large number of them to study one or more foreign languages. Combined, applied and separate Science options are available. We encourage and support our students in achieving good GCSE grades in the key subjects that will allow them to qualify for the English Baccalaureate.

Although the majority of our students study a range of GCSE subjects, we also offer a select number of BTEC courses, National Vocational Courses or Entry Level Certificates to supplement our GCSE options for students for whom this is appropriate. We also offer some courses with more advanced material than GCSE.

Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Physical Education
  • ICT
  • PSHE/Citizenship

Students can then choose to follow further courses that match their interests, skills and aspirations. Courses may be drawn from the following:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Classics
  • Computer Programming
  • Dance
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
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