Key Stage 4

Our KS4 provision catering for young people who have presented with behavioural difficulties within their mainstream settings.  Around 45 students can be accessing the centre at any one time and the majority have access to a traditional curriculum with the expectation that they will follow GCSE examinations and /or Level 1 and Level 2 accredited qualifications.

We aim to provide a personalised curriculum that responds to the needs of all of our students and provides an appropriate pathway towards post-16 employment or further education. We offer a suite of vocational and academic qualifications/accreditations available through a variety of awarding bodies. Students follow a curriculum based around core and other subject’s dependant on their allocated provision.


Core Subjects

Functional Skills - Functional Skills qualifications support the development of practical skills in English, maths and ICT, and are designed to help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. The skills standards contained within each qualification provide candidates with knowledge, skills and a problem-solving approach that can be used in work, life and further learning.

(GCSE English and Maths – Students will also be entered and have the opportunity to sit their English and Maths GCSE examinations)


Functional Skills English (Entry Level – Level 2)

This qualification assesses speaking, listening, communication, reading and writing. It encourages learners to develop their English skills and transfer them in ways that are appropriate to their situation.

Functional Skills English aims to:

  • Provide accreditation of achievement of a range of English skills in real-life settings so learners can use subject skills in a functional way throughout life
  • Provide a flexible assessment structure that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners
  • Provide a progression route through to higher achievement.


Functional Skills Maths (Entry Level – Level 2)

This qualification is designed to develop the learner’s ability to represent situations using mathematics, analyse calculations, solve problems and interpret mathematics to explain situations.

Functional Skills Maths aims to:

  • Provide accreditation of achievement of a range of mathematics skills in real-life settings so learners can use subject skills in a functional way throughout life
  • Provide a flexible assessment structure at Entry Level that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners
  • Provide a progression route through to higher achievement
  • Focus assessment on the three interrelated process skills identified in the skills standards:
    • Representing
    • Analysing
    • Interpreting.


Other Subjects

Science (AQA Entry Level Certificate)

This course is designed to enable students to engage, explore, enjoy and succeed in science. The ELC provides flexibility, but on a clear progression pathway. It equips students with skills and knowledge transferable to both educational and career settings, and provides a worthwhile course for students of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.

This course will encourage students to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science
  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
  • acquire and apply social skills, knowledge and understanding of working scientifically and its essential role
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning
  • apply literacy, numeracy and information technology skills

The specification comprises six components. Each component has two assessments: one externally set and one internally set.


1. Component 1 – Biology: The human body

2. Component 2 – Biology: Environment, evolution and inheritance


3. Component 3 – Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds

4. Component 4 – Chemistry: Chemistry in our world


5. Component 5 – Physics: Energy, forces and the structure of matter


Functional Skills ICT (Entry Level – Level 2)

This qualification gives young learners a practical grounding in how to apply ICT skills to everyday situations, with a strong focus on explanation and problem solving, using real-life contexts that allow learners to apply their ICT skills in a variety of situations.

Functional Skills ICT aims to:

• Provide accreditation of achievements in a range of ICT skills in real-life settings so individuals can use subject skills in a functional way throughout life

• Provide a progression route through to higher achievement

• Provide a flexible assessment structure that can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners.


Art (GCSE Short Course)

This course provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in art and design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature. This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. The requirements of the specification allow for the study of art and design in both breadth and depth. It provides progression from Key Stage 3, a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to art and design related courses such as GCE, BTEC and enhanced vocational and career pathways.


AQA Unit Awards

The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed.

The AQA Unit Award Scheme is invaluable as it allows for students to receive accreditation for their achievements. It provides a wide range of units which are differentiated, making accreditation accessible to all pupils regardless of their ability. We offer UAS in;

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Outdoor Education


Health and Fitness (NCFE L1/2 Certificate)

The NCFE Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Health and Fitness are complementary Technical Awards and the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. Both are aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum and interested in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet. Each qualification focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector, learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector.

This qualification shows learners how:

  • fitness is beneficial to health
  • to use progressive overload to develop an exercise
  • to plan for the delivery of an exercise session
  • to produce and review a personal fitness programme for a specific session
  • diet affects health and fitness


Preparation for Working Life

This is an inter-disciplinary course which covers aspects of careers, health, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Preparation for Working Life is a practical course in which students learn skills such as how and where to find employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs and courses, and how to prepare for an interview.

The Subject Content is divided into nine main compulsory sections:

  • Personal Awareness
  • Healthy Lifestyles for work-life balance
  • Relationships and the Differences Between People
  • The Changing World of Work
  • Applying for Jobs and Courses
  • Economic and Financial Aspects of Life
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Enterprise Activities
  • Hazard Identification at Home, on the Roads and at Work



Personal and Social Education helps students lead confident, healthy and responsible lives.

The course is structured through a combination of units which best meet the needs of our students. The units collectively reflect the programmes of study for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE): personal well-being and economic well-being and financial capability at Key Stage 4. Through the completion of the units all students will gain practical knowledge and skills to help them to live safely and healthily and to prosper.


Young Enterprise Award

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.

The Young Enterprise Secondary Programmes make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:



•Financial Capability







This Key Stage is more flexible to meet needs. Each student will be entitled to at least the following: Arrive 8:45 depart 2:30 – 5 3/4 hours learning per day All break and lunch periods fully staffed and aimed at building relationships, correcting behaviour and encouraging positive interaction between peers. There will also be targeted interventions for individuals at this time based on need.


KS4 students will have either have 5 fulldays on site, or a package tailored to meet their needs- for example 3 full days on site. 1 full day at a local college and one full day work experience.

Work experience is generally for a 6 hour period as a minimum and helps prepare students for their future careers.

A typical week would equate;

28.75 learning hours at the Centre


A package, for example - 15 ¾ learning hours on site

4 hours college provision

1 hour numeracy and literacy on college day

6 hours’ work experience Minimum 25 hours

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