KS4 Subject Information

Our KS4 curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individual students, allowing them to maximise their progress in core subjects and have flexibility in deciding their optional subjects.

The curriculum at Whitchurch High School is made up of the following core components delivered over a two-week timetable:

  • Mathematics x 2 GCSEs
  • English x 2 GCSEs
  • Science x 2 GCSEs
  • Welsh (1 GCSE over 3 years)
  • Philosophy and Ethics (Short Course – ½ GCSE)**
  • Physical Education (non-examination course)
  • PSE (non-examination course)

**Any student who opts to follow full course Philosophy and Ethics (previously Religious Studies) will study either short course ICT or the European Computer Drivers Licence (ECDL) course instead of short course Religious Studies. The remaining curriculum time will consist of 3 option subjects selected by each student.

The option grid will be made available to students and will appear on this section of the website when it becomes available in February, Click Here to view the Year 9 Option Grid.

All students at Whitchurch follow a programme of guidance and support to ensure that they are following an appropriate and individual leaning pathway which matches their aspirations:

Year 9 Option Programme

Students in year nine will be supported in making decisions on which option subjects to follow at key stage 4 throughout January and February. 
Details on the guidance and consultation process are summarised below:

  1. Options introduction to parents: 17th Oct 2018
  2. Options launch events for students - focus on careers and the future 13th & 14th November 2018.
  3. Option subject information available on the school website from January 2019
  4. Talks to form groups on the option process: January 2019
  5. New subject option talks: January 2019
  6. Parents evening: 9th & 10th January 2019
  7. Free choice survey: 21st January – 1st February 2019 – the decisions made by pupils at this stage are used to help formulate the Key Stage 4 option grid.
  8. Option forms available for pupils: 11th February 2019
  9. Individual pupil interviews: 12th – 14th February 2019
  10. Options open evening in upper school: 21st February 2019
  11. Final option forms submitted: 11th March 2019

Further details about this guidance and support programme and further information about the curriculum at key stage 4 can be seen by clicking on the image below:

Y9 Options


Careers and the World of Work

All students at Whitchurch High School receive a programme of careers education, advice, information and guidance, as well as relevant work related education opportunities, please Click Here for further information.

Wise Course for the Future

Even though a bewildering array of choices on offer in Years 10 and 11, it will be useful for students to discuss their option choices with their parents, please Click Here for some advice and guidance for both parents and students.

Who Should I See?

If you have any questions with regards to individual subjects, please speak with your subject teacher or the Departmental Leader who will willingly give you help and guidance on the subject content and your suitability. Please Click Here for a list of Departmental Leaders at Whitchurch High School. If you have any questions in relation to the option process the following members of staff can assist:
Mrs A Dando, Mr G Bowen, Mrs S Lloyd, Mrs L Sharpe, Mrs S Bagshaw, Mr N John

Make the Right Choice

  • Do not choose a subject because you like the teacher. That person will probably not be teaching you in Years 10 and 11.
  • Do not disregard a subject because you do not like the teacher. You could well have a different teacher in Years 10 and 11.
  • Do not choose a subject simply because you can get a high mark in it - it may not be an appropriate subject for a career you have in mind. A subject in which you can achieve a suitable grade even at a lower level, may be more beneficial.
  • Do not choose a subject because your friend has chosen it.

*We cannot guarantee that all students will be able to take the subjects they choose, as some courses may be over-subscribed. Other courses under-subscribed may have to be withdrawn.