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Key Stage 4 Programme

Attending Key Stage 4 at North East Futures means studying a range of core GCSEs and non-examined specialist subjects and activities, inlcuding taking part in business-led project days. Students will then pick one other optional GCSE.

Supported by Technical and Project-Based learning.

The UTC curriculum is enriched with regular access to Project-Based learning where students ‘drop down’ from their normal lessons to do industry-led real-world projects. Project-Based learning helps students understand the ‘real-world’ of work and develop the skills they need to get ahead. Students will end key stage 4 with a fantastic set of GCSE results, a unique CV and the professional skills to take them to the next stage of their career.

These might be such things as cyber security, biotechnology, games development, e-health or personalised medicine. There are, of course, many more like this which may spark their interest.

All students will be encouraged to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as part of their enrichment studies and will benefit from personalised careers advice, guidance and support from UTC staff and industry partners.

Religious Education and Citizenship is delivered as part of Personal Development and the Tutor programme.

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) fomrs part of the curriculum and is delivered through Personal Development, Tutor Time and Science.

Health and Fitness lessons are delivered through dedicated sessions and the enrichment programme and opportunities to take part in a variety of sporting and fitness activities are encouraged. The intent is to ensure studetns pick up good habits for life and find physical activities that they will continue to engage in beyond their time at the UTC. 

Students are expected to develop as Independent Learners throughout Key Stage 4 so they are able to cope with the demands of a post 16 education, apprenticeship and the workplace. To facilitate this, students will have periods every week where they will be in supervised, independent learning time and encouraged to use the time effectively to meet the targets set by their teachers.

Year 10/11 Course Information available below. Contact to request full Curriculum Plans

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Enterprise
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Physics
  • Sport
  • Technical Studies


Mathematics (1 GCSE)
English Language, English Literature (2 GCSEs)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics (3 GCSEs)
Computer Science (1 GCSE)



Technical Health Care Science
Technical Computer Science


GCSE OPTION (one of the following)

Business Enterprise (1 GCSE)
Art (1 GCSE)
Geography (1 GCSE)
History (1 GCSE)



Health and Fitness
Personal Development



Music, Languages, E-Sports
Coding, Sports Clubs, Board Games and many more.


* Students who wish to achieve the EBacc may be able to choose 2 options


GCSE Maths

The mathematics course will cover Numbers, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.

What’s assessed?

Paper 1 will assess students on all of the above topics without the use of a calculator. It will also assess their arithmetic more so than the other papers.

Paper 2 will assess students ability in all the above topics. It will also assess the students ability to utilise a calculator.

Paper 3 will again assess a students understanding of the above topics and assess their ability to use their calculator.

All papers will be assessed with a written exam and will last 1 hour 30 minutes. All papers are worth 80 marks and each constitute 33⅓% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment.

GCSE English Literature & Language

The English literature course will cover Shakespeare, a 19th-century novel, Modern texts and Poetry.

The English language course will cover Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar.

What’s assessed?

English Literature

Paper 1 will focus on older English texts. It will also assess students on reading comprehension and their writing ability. It will be an assessed written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 64 marks which constitutes 40% of English Literature GCSE.

Paper 2 looks at the second half of the topics, the newer English texts and poetry. It will also have an unseen poem for the students to analyse. It will be an assessed written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 96 marks which constitutes 60% of English Literature GCSE.

English Language

Paper 1 will assess students on their ability to read and answer comprehensive questions on a text . In addition they will be assessed on their ability to write a short narrative piece of writing.

Paper 2 will be assess students on their ability to read texts and give their own opinion and viewpoint. Both papers will be an assessed written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes consisting of two sections (A & B) and is worth 80 marks which constitutes 50% of English Language GCSE.

Non-exam assessment

Students will be assessed on their ability to speak in different circumstances including, Presenting and Responding to questions and feedback.

This is set and marked by teachers throughout the year but constitutes 0% of English Language GCSE.

The Key Stage 5 Programme

Students in 6th form will have the option to take 3 or 4 of our A-level courses. Our smaller selection of courses provides a focused entry into the health science and the digital technology, computer science industry.