Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Key Stage 4 the curriculum is governed by the specifications produced by the various examination bodies in the U.K. In our case the examining body is Edexcel.

The students follow a course that leads either to a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or an International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

The examinations are set and marked by the examining body, and are taken in school under strict regulations. The results are published in the August after the examinations are taken, and certificates are issued in October/November.

Some subjects have an element of internal assessment as well as external examination, and details of these can be found in the subject summaries in this booklet.

In 2019, the examinations will be graded on a scale from 1-9; where 9 is awarded for the highest achievement and 1 for the minimum passing level of attainment. This is the new system of grading adopted by the UK government.

Students in Key Stage 4 will study for a minimum of 9 subjects and a maximum of 11. The Secondary School currently operates on a 10 day timetable, which allows great flexibility in timetabling.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is split into two parts: compulsory and optional subjects.

Compulsory Subjects

The compulsory subjects at the BOS are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Optional Subjects

The optional pairings are:

  • Geography or Art
  • History or French
  • Economics or ICT
  • PE or Urdu

Students are required to choose one subject from each pairing.

Urdu and other Foreign Languages

If your child is a native/fluent speaker of another language, other than Urdu or French, then it may be possible to organise a GCSE examination in this language. If you are interested in this possibility then, again, please talk to the Form Tutor.