Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Welcome to the Key Stage 4  (KS4) Curriculum area.  Here you will find information about the courses on offer at Stamford Welland Academy.

The Stamford Welland KS4 Curriculum

The KS4 Curriculum is designed to challenge and develop our students in order to achieve the best they can with their qualifications. It is specifically designed to create a genuine interest in the topics they are studying and to engage the students in their learning to ensure they are inspired to achieve their best.

A learning process designed for achievement in KS4

Our students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9, which provides time to develop breadth and depth before taking examinations in Year 11.

We operate a guided choices programme that allows students to explore creative and technical subject areas whilst developing a strong basis in the core subjects. More details of the course choices available:

You can have a look at the curriculum information for each subject by clicking on the links below.


English  –  Our pupils are introduced to the skills required for English prior to year 10 and then taught the literary texts for the exam from year 10 onwards ensuring they have developed the relevant basic skills and are then ready to apply them. 

Maths – Our pupils start their GCSEs in year 9 and so follow a 3 year programme to ensue they have sufficient time to absorb and master the content before then applying the skills.  


Science – All pupils are following the Combined Science courses in Years 9 and 10, with the most able then being selected and stretched to separate sciences in year 11.  

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) – Our pupils follow a  3 year GCSE course starting in year 9. 


Humanities – for each of the humanities subjects our students follow a 3 year GCSE course starting in year 9.

History – Please click below for an outline of the KS4 curriculum.

Geography – Please click below for an outline of the KS4 curriculum.


PE – Our pupils follow a core programme of PE over the course of their time at Stamford Welland Academy.  


Art – Our students start by focusing their work on previously uncovered areas before starting work that caters to their own personal interests. 

Technology – Our students are able to study a number of subjects within the topic of technology.  


Performing Arts – Students will study the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts over a three-year course. This course is designed to give learners an opportunity to develop their skills in acting or dancing and build their confidence through regular performances. Learners will be guided through three components which all involve written and practical assignments.

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts 

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts 

Component 3: Performing to a Brief (externally assessed) 

All three components must be complete in order to pass the course.

Music  – In the Music Department we offer OCR GCSE Music, students study this course over 3 years. In order to be successful at GCSE, students need to perform an instrument or sing proficiently (30% of the course), both solo and ensemble. Composition is another important skill that students will develop over the 3 year course (30%). Students are encouraged to further develop their love of listening to music, by expanding their knowledge and understanding of key features present within each style of music. Students will sit an exam during the Summer Term of year 11, this exam is assessed externally (40%).

For any further information about the curriculum in any subject area, please contact reception and ask to speak to the subject leader or email them via the links here.

For a full list of the courses we offer this year, please click on the link below.

Examination Specifications for KS4 Courses