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KS4 Options 2021
This webpage has been put together to give you a clear understanding of the range of courses available to you as part of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Our aim is to ensure that all students are put on pathways that will give them the greatest chance of success.
The Year 9 Virtual options event 3rd February 2021 is an incredibly important event where the options/ course selection process will be explained in detail. Both students and parents will be invited. Students should then take the time to review the information on the subject tabs of this page which, along with all the relevant course information, have videos from the subject leaders explaining what their subjects entail.
It is important that you read the information on this page carefully and discuss all options with your parent/carer prior to completing your Key Stage 4 Course Preference form. Think carefully about what is right for you and discuss the subjects with as many people as you possibly can. You should think about your future goals in life, what you are good at and what you enjoy. As well as your Key Stage 4 Course Preference subjects there are some subjects called ‘Core Subjects’ that all students MUST study to exam level. These are GCSE English, GCSE, Mathematics and GCSE Science. All students will also follow a non-examined course in Physical Education throughout their time in Key Stage 4.
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The EBacc is a ‘basket’ of subjects which the majority of students at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace have been following for the past three years. However, the EBacc courses are not always the most appropriate for everyone and there will be an opportunity to discuss different options with the Year 9 Leadership team if necessary. The EBacc recognises students who have gained a grade 4-9 in the subjects from the following 5 categories:
- GCSE English
- GCSE Mathematics
- GCSE Science
- GCSE French and/or Spanish and/or Mandarin
- GCSE History and/or Geography
This is now your chance to consider your own Key Stage 4 Course Preferences and identify those that you believe will give you the greatest chance of future success.
Ms Katherine Cumberbatch