For the majority of subjects, Key Stage 4 will run over three years, with students completing courses at the end of Year 11. The RE full course is the exception, with students sitting the exam at the end of Year 10. This will allow the students to focus intensely on their RE exam in Year 10, then in turn give them the maximum amount of time to focus on their remaining subjects in Year 11.

Curriculum Aims

A unique feature of the Chelsea Academy curriculum is that students have more teaching time than most other schools to complete their qualifications. To this end, Key Stage 4 will run from Year 9 to Year 11, so students will have two lessons per week per option in Year 9 rising to three lessons per week per option in Years 10 and 11.

Course Handbooks

At the start of every course students take, it is vitally important that they have a clear picture of the journey ahead. Our course handbooks are designed to give an overview of key learning, when it will happen, and how it will be assessed. They also provide students with links to key resources and outline clear expectations so that they know what to do to ensure their success. These handbooks are essential reading not only for students, but also for parents in terms of supporting their child's learning and understanding the challenges to come.


Choosing your KS4 options is one of the most important and exciting times in secondary school. This page assists you in the process of choosing the most suitable courses for you.

Exams Arrangements for Key Stage 4

Exams arrangements for Years 9, 10 and 11

Study Skills / Support for Parents

Advice on revision timetables and strategy on the lead up to exams.

Intervention Strategies

At Chelsea Academy, we are determined that no student is left behind, so when students do find it difficult to keep up with the demands of exam preparation, controlled assessment or on-going BTEC assignments, there are range of strategies in place to help them fulfil their potential.

For up-to-date information, tips and guidance about a wide range of both national and Chelsea Academy-specific themes relating to students’ curriculum, exams and general learning, you can access all of the past ‘Academic Update’ articles from our fortnightly newsletter.