Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Our KS4 curriculum is built on the aforementioned principles – of international mindedness and conceptual understanding – which, in accordance with the IBMYP, we have embedded at KS3. It is for this reason that, excepting those few cases where doing so would unfairly disadvantage students’ chances to achieve elsewhere, the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is studied by all in KS4 at LAB. This means that, in addition to the ‘core’ subjects (of Language and Literature, Maths and Science), students select an Individuals & Societies subject (Geography or History) and an additional language (Spanish). The EBacc offers our students access to greater opportunities in further education, and the full range of employment options when they leave secondary school. It also ensures students are not narrowing their options too early.

At KS4, in addition to the EBacc, our year 9 students presently have the option of choosing any two of the following subjects: Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Separate Science. This streamlined offering builds on the subjects students have studied at KS3, therefore encouraging greater depth of understanding; whilst also ensuring consistency of high-quality provision across both key stages (a broader options package is something we intend to explore in future years, as Covid-19 based restrictions lift and allow for more rigorous recruitment of KS4 subject specialists). 

Please note we are finalising the sequencing of our KS4 curriculum such that it contains the detail and specificity of our KS3 curriculum. This will be available on our website shortly.

*Please note that we have recently broadened our KS4 offer to include the following: Business, Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Sociology. You will find links to the full specifications for these above. We are in the process of finalising the sequencing of these curricular, and information pertaining to this will be available very shortly.

Key Stage 4 Subjects

Please click on each subject below for more information.