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Year 9 Options » Welcome from the Head of Key Stage 4

Welcome from the Head of Key Stage 4

In September 2021 you will be beginning an exciting new chapter in your education: you will be entering Key Stage 4 and studying towards your IGCSEs, your first set of external qualifications.

It is important that the subject choices you make now are made carefully.  Choosing the right options for you will open up many opportunities, here at ISS and in the wider world.  After your IGCSEs, you may want to go on to study at A Level and then at university, or you may want to begin the world of work.   Whichever path you choose, your IGCSEs will be a significant stepping stone.

At KS4, it is mandatory that you participate in PSD and PE, but you will not sit examinations in these subjects.  All students will take the three core subjects: English, Maths and Science.  However, you will also have a number of optional subjects in the arts, humanities and languages. These include the continued subjects of Art, Drama, History, Coordinated Sciences, French and Geography, along with the new subjects of Business, Computer Sciences, Travel and Tourism, Accounting, Psychology, and Economics.

Making these decisions won’t necessarily be easy.  You will need to consider which subjects you enjoy, and which may be useful to your future.  You will also need to consider what skills you already have, and which you would like to develop.  Some of the subjects available you might not have studied before and so you will need to research whether they are appealing to you.  Remember, there’s not necessarily any such thing as an ‘easy’ subject, all courses are designed to challenge you. You should be guided by your interests and passion for a subject. We’ve tried to give you a large range of choices to help you create an exciting and interesting curriculum.

You can seek guidance and support with these decisions from your parents or carers, as well as your subject teachers and form tutors. We hope that with the additional help of this website and the information delivered at the KS4 Options Evening, you can make the right choices for you and your future.

The next two years will be challenging, but also inspiring and there will be plenty of support.  We hope that you will graduate from Year 11 with a wide range of skills, experiences and qualifications to prepare you for a modern, global community.

I look forward to seeing you next year!

Mr David Booth

Head of Key Stage 4