Years Seven and Eight

We deliver a broad curriculum in the first three years at King's, giving the pupils a grounding in all of the key areas. The subjects studied are Mathematics, English, Modern Languages, separate Sciences, History, Geography, DT, ICT, Drama, Dance, Latin, Music, Art, Religion and Philosophy, PSHE, PE and Games.

GCSE

Pupils in Year Nine study seventeen academic subjects, together with PE and Games, and during the course of the year come to understand the content and approach of each subject. This helps them to make an informed, guided choice of GCSE subjects. Work towards the GCSE examinations starts in some subjects in Year Nine.

All pupils are entered for the GCSE or IGCSE examinations, most of which are taken at the end of the Year Eleven. Pupils usually choose to study ten subjects for the two years in Year Ten and Year Eleven. The subjects that all pupils take are:

  • English: both Language and Literature, leading to two IGCSEs
  • Mathematics
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology: leading either to three separate science grades or to a dual award examination
  • A Modern Foreign Language: at least one of French, German or Spanish
  • Physical Education and Games (non-examined)
  • PSHE and Religion and Philosophy (non-examined)

Choosing GCSE Options

In addition to the subjects studied by all students, pupils choose three subjects, taken from the single list below. Pupils are asked to provide their choice of optional subjects in early March, though changes are usually possible all the way through to September.

  • Art
  • German
  • Drama
  • History
  • Design and Technology
  • Latin
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Music
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • French

Sixth Form

Sixth Form pupils at King's are expected to study four subjects in the Lower Sixth and to continue with three or four of these subjects to A Level in the Upper Sixth.

Choosing A Level Options

The formal process of choosing A Level options starts in the autumn term with the Sixth Form Open Morning. King's pupils are encouraged to go to the half dozen or so departments that they may be considering, where they can talk to staff and gather information. External applicants will also, of course, want to visit some of the departments as well as have a wider tour of the school on the Open Morning. The Sixth Form prospectus and this website supports the Open Morning, and provides links to enable further research. In the second half of the term King's pupils will be given the first of two forms to complete; this asks them to list the four A Level subjects that they are most likely to do, selected from a single list of subjects, as seen below. External applicants are given the form as they are invited to attend the school for the entrance testing day. The deadline for handing the form in is early in the spring term for King's pupils, and external applicants need to bring the completed form in on the entrance examination day.

Once all of the requests from the King's students and external applicants have been collected, four columns (lists of the teaching sets) are built, making up the framework for the September timetable. A second form is then given out asking pupils and applicants either to confirm their choice of four subjects, or to request a change; however, the four subjects now have to be selected one from each of the four columns, as listed in the form. The deadline for the second form is often near the end of the spring term.

Pupils are permitted to request a change in their choice of subjects all the way up to the first few days of the autumn term. These requests are usually easy to satisfy, but it can't be guaranteed that there will remain space in the relevant set or sets; we offer a waiting list, as other pupils make changes that may free up room.

The list of A Level subjects on offer is:

  • Art Pre-U*
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Spanish

*Pre-U is an A level equivalent qualification from CIE. For more details on the Art Pre-U course please see http://www.ksw.org.uk/Art