Key Stage 4 Preferences (Year 9 Options)

Key Stage 4 Preferences: Understanding the Factors that Influence Student Choices

When students reach Key Stage 4 (KS4), they are faced with a range of options for their academic and vocational studies. At Thorpe these include GCSEs BTECs and Cambridge Nationals. With so many choices available, it can be challenging to determine the best course of action. We will explore some factors that influence KS4 preferences and provide some guidance for students and parents.

What is Key Stage 4?

Before delving into the factors that influence Key Stage 4 (KS4) preferences, let's first define what KS4 is. KS4 refers to year 10 and 11. During this period, students are required to study a core curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education, as well as additional subjects that they choose (options/preferences).

Making Informed Decisions

With so many factors at play, it can be challenging for students to make informed decisions about their KS4 preferences. However, there are several steps that they can take to ensure that they are making the best possible choices.

Research Career Paths

Students should research different career paths to gain an understanding of what qualifications and skills they will need to pursue their desired career. They can then choose KS4 subjects that will help them achieve their career goals.

Speak to Teachers

Students should speak to their teachers to gain a better understanding of the different subjects available and which ones would be best suited to their abilities and interests.

Discuss Options with Parents, Family and Friends

Students should also discuss their options with their parents or guardians or people they know, who can offer guidance and support.

Key Stage 4

The attached booklet provides an introduction and overview of the preference process for students starting Year 10 in September 2024

KS4 Preferences Booklet
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