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PLEASE NOTE: Details on these curriculum pages are correct for students currently in Year 11 or above (2017/18 academic year).


KS4 GCSE Handbook 2017 - PDF
GCSE Enrichment Booklet 2017 -18 - PDF
New GCSE Grading - PDF
Homework Timetable 2017-18 PDF
Y11 GCSE Mock Exams Timetable -


At Colyton, students have traditionally followed a two year KS4 programme, with all their GCSEs being examined at the end of Year 10. However, with the introduction of the more challenging GCSE specifications graded on the new 1-9 scale, students in the present Year 11 (2017-18) and all future GCSE students, will follow a three year Key Stage 4 programme. This means that they will sit their GCSEs in the summer of Year 11, in line with their national peers.

Regarding the new GCSE programme:

  • The courses offered at Colyton during Key Stage 4 are aimed at ensuring that all students follow a balanced curriculum, which will provide maximum flexibility in future education and career choices.

  • The majority of a student’s GCSE courses are compulsory at KS4, i.e. English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Religious Education and a modern foreign language (French or German). From September 2016, a humanities subject (History or Geography) will also form part of the compulsory core.
    Students starting Year 9 in September 2016 onwards, will select two additional GCSE courses as part of the options process.

  • Students also follow non-exam courses in Student Personal Development (SPD) and Physical Education.

  • With the exceptions of Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama and Music, the new GCSE courses for present Year 9 students will be assessed by terminal examination only.

  • GCSE is a preparation for future study.  The GCSE programme is arranged so that students will have a wide choice in the Sixth Form and beyond.  As part of the SPD programme, students will be supported in making future choices and will have access to individual guidance through teachers at school, and Careers South West (the Devon and Cornwall Careers Service).

  • Individual guidance is available from Mr Gregson - Deputy Head-Curriculum, and Mr Banks - Head of Careers, for those students who have difficulty in making their choice.