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Key Stage 4 Curriculum at Sandwell Academy

Our Key stage 4 curriculum is appropriately broad in coverage, includes all statutory areas and aims to have a significant proportion of students completing an EBACC programme of study. The longer lessons at Sandwell Academy and Session 3 opportunities ensure our Key Stage 4 curriculum gives students a richer and deeper subject experience, together with greater preparation and more exposure to assessment, allowing us to ensure they are better prepared for life beyond this phase of learning. The curriculum offer enables progression through to Post 16 studies in all areas.

Sandwell Academy offers a balanced curriculum of academic and vocational qualifications. All students study Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and either double award or triple Science. All students study either Geography or History, and the majority of students study Spanish. Students also study short courses in Religious Studies, Sex and Relationship Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.

Students can choose to study up to three qualifications in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies

At Key Stage 4, students will most commonly study for nine qualifications.

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Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Sandwell Academy has a dedicated team of Careers Advisors who work closely with students at Key Stage 4. Student engagement with the careers service is tracked to ensure all students benefit from professional independent advice and are able to make effective choices for their education and career pathway at post 16.

Wide curriculum features

As well as studying GCSE and BTEC course, at Key Stage 4 students will continue their education in:

  • Citizenship
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
  • Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies

From September 2023, students will sit a two year Key Stage 4 programme. 

Click here to read the Key Stage 4 Subject Overview.


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