City of Norwich School

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, students at CNS follow a programme which ends in GCSE examinations, or alternatives. OpenOpportunity deliver a series of Btec and OCR National provision for students at KS4. All students have the opportunity to select subjects that would enable them to complete an English Baccalaureate.

The students take a core diet and 4 option choices that formulate blocks; the option choices are all mixed ability although Triple Science has a slightly narrower focus of target grades than the other subjects. The core is taught in half year groups (labelled East and West); core PE is mixed ability although there is room for some setting on occasion when staffing allows.

English, Double Award Science and Maths are taught in sets; RE and Citizenship is taught in sets inherited from the English groupings.

Subjects at Key Stage 4

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • DTE Catering
  • DTE Graphic Products
  • DTE Resistant Materials
  • DTE Textiles Technology
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and Social Care (single)
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • GCSE PE
  • PE
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • PSD
  • Science (core GCSE)
  • Science (Triple)
  • Sociology

Options at KS4

In Years 10 and 11, students at CNS follow a programme which ends in GCSE examinations, or alternative equivalent qualifications. 

Core Examination Courses

English, Mathematics, Science, Additional Science, Philosophy and Ethics.

Core, non-examined subject

Physical Education

Options

Students choose three subjects from the list above.

The time allocation for Key Stage 4 is set out below:

Subject Periods per fortnight
English 9
Maths 8
PE 4
RE 4
Science (Double) 10
Option A 5
Option B 5
Option C 5
Option D 5