KS4 & GCSE

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During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualifications – usually GCSEs.

The compulsory national curriculum subjects are the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects.

Core subjects are:

English
maths
science
Foundation subjects are:

computing
physical education
citizenship
Schools must also offer at least one subject from each of these areas:

arts
design and technology
humanities
modern foreign languages
They must also provide religious education (RE) and sex education at key stage 4.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The EBacc is a way to measure how many pupils in a school choose to take a GCSE in these core subjects:

English language and literature
maths
the sciences
history or geography
a language