Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum at Old Buckenham fully meets the new national GCSE framework and will ensure that your child experiences a broad and balanced curriculum experience. It will enable your child to secure the subject grades and relevant subject combinations that will maximise their opportunities for progression into further education, higher education as well as into employment and training.


Core Subjects

These are the subjects that everyone studies, but at levels appropriate to their ability:

• English

• Mathematics

• Science

• Cultural and Social Studies (which includes PSHEE, RE and Citizenship)

• Physical Education


Option Subjects

These are the subjects which we feel will play to the students’ strengths and talents and interests. There are two routes which are explained in detail in the following booklet:

Options Booklet 2017

Options Form 2017

(please be advised that options are subject to change each academic year depending on the curriculum)


Work Experience

Year 10 students have a week of work experience in July each year. More details will be added nearer the time.


Where can I get extra information?

• The “helpyouchoose” website –

• The government website –


Year Group Reading Lists

These have been put together to support our Reading Star Awards and are a good starting point in finding our most popular and captivating titles. 

KS4 Book Lists

GCSE Summer 2017 timetable

Year 10 Summer Exam 2017 timetable

Exam Boards for June 2017 GCSEs

Please find below the exam boards we are using for any students who are taking their GCSE exams in 2017:

Art and Design – EDEXCEL

Business Studies – OCR

Child Development – AQA

Design and Technology (Food Technology and ELC Food Tech, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials) – AQA


English Language and English Literature (and ELC English) – AQA

French – EDEXCEL

German – EDEXCEL

Geography (spec A) – EDEXCEL

History (spec B) – AQA

ICT (Single Award) – EDEXCEL

Mathematics (9-1 or ELC Mathematics) – EDEXCEL

Mathematics (Certificate in Further Mathematics) – AQA

Media Studies – WJEC


Physical Education – EDEXCEL

Science (including Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) – EDEXCEL

Sociology – AQA