Curriculum - KS4

South Quay College's Key Stage 4 programme is specially designed to support young people in Year 10 or 11 who are not thriving in mainstream education.

Curriculum – Core subjects (KS4): All students will follow a core curriculum

  • English Language (GCSE and/or Functional Skills)
  • English Literature (GCSE)
  • Maths (GCSE and/or Functional Skills)
  • Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) - this is an integrated pastoral curriculum that encompasses PSHE, SMSC, Careers, British Values, Prevent & SEAL

Curriculum – Vocational subjects: Students can choose 2 vocational options

We offer students four vocational pathways to choose from:

  • Sports (Level 1/2)

As an introduction to the world of sport, this course will help you develop practical and technical skills, and deepen your knowledge. You will also gain a better understanding of how sport and exercise contributes to health and fitness.

  • Construction (Level 1/2)

Gain basic knowledge and skills to prepare for further training and employment in the construction industry. Students learn about health and safety issues relevant to the construction industry. They are also introduced to some practical skills such as:
• painting & decorating
• woodwork
• plumbing

  • Art (Level 1/2)

Creativity is an important skill in today’s world. Many industries still look for creative people to bring new ideas and to express them in original ways. Art at South Quay College is an adaptable subject that lets you explore creative ideas that interest you. Students use a huge range of materials to create their own work. You can draw and paint, make models, take photos or try graffiti. Previous student projects have included:
• fashion and customising clothes and shoes
• graffiti art
• jewellery making
• animation
• portrait painting

  • Hospitality & Catering (Level 1/2)

This course introduces students to a rewarding and fast-paced industry that provides a huge number of varied careers opportunities. Learn about ingredients and different ways of preparing healthy and delicious food in a newly fitted catering space. We also explore important health and safety issues, as well as business tips for budding food entrepreneurs.

Our Key Stage 4 programme is suitable for learners with complex needs and takes a holistic approach to learner progression; focusing equally on social, educational and behavioural development. Every learner is assigned a Pastoral Lead who will support them throughout their time here.

For additional curriculum information please see the subject overview or email


During the summer term we run a transition programme open to all new students from year 9 and year 10. It provides an opportunity to settle in, experience the different qualifications on offer and attend fun and enriching trips. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

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