Courses - Years 9-11

As students approach the next stage in their academic and personal development at Hessle High School and Sixth Form College, we are able to offer them a bespoke curriculum that appeals to their interests. We have formed effective partnerships with locally based training providers and our consortium partners to provide access to a wide range of high quality vocational and academic courses.

However, it is essential that students continue to develop their skills in the basic area which are the building blocks for education and learning.

Whilst the Pathway Booklets provided in February of Year 8 will provide detailed descriptions of every available course and assessment strategy, this document aims to summarise the curriculum areas and considerations students and parents need to make when selecting a KS4 pathway (*Pathway Booklets are available as PDFs through the website - please be aware the relevant booklet for your child will only be uploaded from Easter of Year 8 and courses cannot be guaranteed each year.)

Though this document will give a brief summary, nothing replaces seeing learning in action. If you would like to visit us during the course of the taught day, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

In KS4, students will study courses that give them an opportunity to prepare for life and make future plans to gain the qualifications that will help them achieve their goals. In some subjects you will begin your GCSE/Vocational courses at the start of Year 9 for others they will begin in Year 10. Clear information about commencement dates will be provided to parents as it becomes relevant at Parents' Information Evenings.

All course available provide a unique learning experience. The learning provided will support learners in achieving the school aim of

'every child is capable of extraordinary achievement'

Compulsory Subjects - these are courses that ALL students follow to make sure you have a broad balanced curriculum ensuring you do not limit your future choices. This is usually referred to as the CORE.

Students also have Pathway selections to make. There are many sources of advice which they and you as parents can consult before committing to a curriculum.

  • Subject Leader
  • Year Leader
  • Your family
  • Older students in school
  • Youth and Family Support
  • Pathways Coordinator

We want students to make the best decision to ensure they achieve the success they deserve for their hard work. All pathways can lead to further and higher education, apprenticeships, vocational training or employment.

All curriculum areas are supported by a wealth of extracurricular learning which can be found in the Extended Learning Opportunities booklet. In addition a wide range of visitors, trips and visits and activity days are planned to enhance learning and enjoyment of school life.