Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Soar Valley we currently operate a two-week timetable, with 50 lessons of one hour each.

In years 10 and 11 some subjects are compulsory. These are shown in the table below. In addition, there are three options subjects.



Students will study towards two English GCSEs, one in English Language and one in English Literature



Students will spend extra time studying for their Mathematics GCSE compared to many subjects, due to the importance of this qualification for future work and study.



Most students will gain two GCSEs in Core and Additional Science. Triple science is available through the options for more able students

English Baccalaureate Subject


All students are required to study at least one English Baccalaureate GCSE in addition to their Double Science qualification.  We offer French, German, Triple Science, History, Geography and Computer Science.

Religious Studies


All students at Soar Valley will study GCSE Religious Studies over three years, beginning in Year 9.

Physical Education


A non-GCSE course to meet the needs and interests of students and encourage future participation in sporting activities.

Personal Development


A non-GCSE course in Personal, Health, Social, Citizenship and Economic education, which covers many key ideas and skills.


Options 2021 - Relevant dates 

Please see below supporting materials to guide students with making their option choices for Key Stage 4 study.

Wednesday January 20th

Introductory assembly available on Satchel One

Monday January 25th

‘Which Way Now’ booklet will be on Satchel One, and a series of activities will be set over this week.

Wednesday January 27th

Assembly on curriculum structure and options process available on Satchel One

Wednesday January 27th

Curriculum booklet available on website, and on Satchel One

Thursday January 28th

Friday February 12th

Thinking and planning time.

Opportunity to ask questions of staff.

Week beginning February 22nd

Individual interviews with  member of the Senior Leadership Team (this will only happen if school reopens)

Friday March 5th

Deadline for submission of options forms

Click here to view the 1st Options Presentation video

Click here to view the 2nd Options Presentation video

Click here to view Options Booklet

Options Process and Curriculum Information 2021

Click here to view Which Way Now booklet