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Key Stage 4

Derby Pride Academy encourages pupils to achieve Level 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.

Pupils will study:

  • GCSE English Language

  • GCSE English Literature

  • GCSE Mathematics

  • GCSE Science

  • GCSE History

  • GCSE Media
  • GCSE Art & Design

  • GCSE Citizenship
  • CACHE Level 2 Childcare

  • BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Social Care
  • NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Fitness

  • RSL Level 1 Certificate in Technology and Composition for Music Practitioners
  • Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Religious Education

  • Personal Development

Pupils aiming to achieve the English Baccalaureate can choose to study a language through negotiation with the Vice Principal – Curriculum.

Although not offered as a separate subject, Religious Education is delivered as part of the Personal Development programme in all year groups.

In order to allow pupils to access qualifications in subjects previously studied in their mainstream school (but not offered at Derby Pride Academy), some pupils may be disapplied from some subjects in order to undertake supervised independent study.

There is a strong focus on Functional Skills in English and Maths as we know our local providers either require this for post-16 destinations or will offer this as part of the course for those who do not achieve the required GCSE grades. Early entry for these exams has a positive impact on self-esteem and builds confidence that extends to GCSEs.

All subjects will identify barriers established whilst in mainstream education; using experiences from our core body of staff, we will draw on knowledge to identify strategies to support pupils in accessing all areas of the curriculum. Individual learning styles are addressed, further assisting in over-coming barriers once faced in a mainstream setting.

Changes to GCSE Assessment grades

In September 2015, the Government made changes to the way in which GCSEs are to be graded.  These changes affect most courses for pupils beginning Year 10.

GCSEs used to be awarded grades A*-G; from September 2015, specifications started to change to award grades 9-1, with grade 9 being the highest grade. All GCSE subjects have implemented revised specifications and are now graded in this way.

Many schools have amended the way in which pupils’ work is graded in order to make this transition more straightforward. You will, therefore, note some changes to the levels and grades that all pupils in Years 7-10 are awarded.

Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum Derby Pride Academy is following, please contact Mrs C Smith (Vice Principal – Curriculum) who will be able to provide you with the relevant information.