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Key Stage 4

We encourage every individual pupil to make the most of the learning opportunities available at Roedean, to acquire skills and knowledge that will be useful for life, as well as providing them with the examination results required for further or higher education.

To facilitate this, Roedean has highly-qualified, dynamic teachers, whose passion for their subject is obvious and infectious.  We encourage all staff to use teaching and learning techniques, which appeal to all kinds of learners and which move away from the traditional teaching styles.  We provide increased opportunities for those with particular talents or interests and support those who need extra help.

  • Key Stage Four, or the two GCSE years, are pivotal in any student’s life, and can present some difficult choices and decisions.  

GCSEs are an important milestone in the students’ journey through school.  Whilst still not allowing too much specialisation, they do allow students to choose a selection of courses which suit their particular preferences. 

  • Courses which lead to public examination mean careful selection is essential and the inevitable elimination of some subjects has to be made. 
  • The process of selection at Roedean is taken very seriously and girls are provided with extensive support and guidance to help them shape an individually designed programme of study and extra-curricular activity.

Students in History classGCSE Reform

The academic year beginning September 2015 sees the phasing in of new government GCSE reforms.Nationally, Year 10 pupils beginning GCSE courses in September 2015 will only be affected by the reforms in English and Mathematics.


All other subject changes will be implemented from September 2016 leaving this cohort unaffected. English and Mathematics will also remain unaffected for Roedean girls in this year group as we teach the GCSE which is not yet subject to the reforms. 


Unless the Government makes further changes, this year group will not be affected by the reforms to GCSE in 2015.


GCSE Curriculum

Our Year 10 and 11 curriculum extends beyond the core requirements of Key Stage 4 and offers many possible GCSE subject permutations.  To ensure that your daughter’s GCSE programme provides her with a broad, balanced education, consistent with the aims of the school, the National Curriculum and the requirements for university entrance, students must take:

  • An integrated English Language and Literature course (examined as two separate GCSE subjects)
  • Mathematics
  • Either the Double Certificate Combined Sciences (which counts as two GCSEs) or the Triple Certificate Separate Sciences (which counts as three GCSEs)
  • At least one from Geography and History
  • At least one modern foreign language from French, German, Russian and Spanish

To this core curriculum, students should add further subjects from the list below, carefully selected to reflect their interests and future ambitions.


We recommend that students choose to take nine GCSEs in total, and only in exceptional circumstances, ten.  Please note that selecting ten GCSEs limits study time, may restrict subject combinations and can compromise opportunity for extra-curricular experience.

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Additional features of the GCSE curriculum and timetable

 All Key Stage Four students follow the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification, which is a certified British Computer Society course. This course is taught and examined in one lesson per fortnight over the two years. 

  • The ECDL is an international qualification, classified at GCSE level in the UK and is widely recognised. More information can be found at the BCS website.
2015 GCSE Results GCSE Curriculum