Professional Pathways (Key Stage 4) 

Professional Pathways Booklet 2019

At Key Stage 4, IAG offers students a combination of GCSE and Btec qualifications which,

  1. continues the experiences learners have become accustomed to while studying the KS3 phase of the IAG Curriculum;
  2. supports all IAG students to have a choice, a voice and to provide them with the most appropriate pathway to academic success and access to the next phase of their education;
  3. prepares a large number of students for the rigour of the IB Diploma and the Career-based Programme;
  4. facilitates further study of the IB subject groupings;
  5. meets the established floor standards and expectations of Ebacc, Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures; and
  6. is done so in a manner which furthers IAG’s Vision for education.

In line with IAG’s vision it is not only important to ensure we meet and exceed the government’s’ identified floor standards, of the Ebacc, Progress 8 and Attainment 8, within the current national assessment framework but to also seek to develop, recognise and accredit that which traditional GCSE’s can not; namely the development of personal and global skills.

IAG’s approach to the delivery of examined qualifications will ensure that students are both exam ready and world ready, becoming the Globally minded citizens and ‘future-ready’ learners desired by IAoG. Our approach to KS4 seeks to make the experience more personalised and authentic rather than purely driven by terminal examinations.

Our Professional Pathways model, which covers 8 industry recognised and ‘future-ready’ pathways, draws together complementary and facilitating subjects while avoiding the narrow channeling of an individual into a single ‘career path’.

These Pathways include:

  • Research & Development
  • Business & Finance  
  • Communication & Media
  • Healthcare
  • Health, Fitness and Coaching
  • The Creative Arts
  • Information Technology
  • STEM

The Professional Pathway Curriculum structure comprises:

4 CORE + EPQ+ 1 Major +1 Electives +Internship +Community/ Individual Projects

The Pathway will enable students to choose a ‘Major’ elective  and at least three ‘Minor’ electives in addition to the mandatory CORE followed by all learners. The subjects are ‘packaged’ to facilitate the emergence of a professional persona. The CORE provision includes:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language & Literature
  • Combined Science (Trilogy)
  • Language

Content relating to the CORE will be delivered from the start of Year 9 however remains part of the MYP framework thus meeting the IB requirement for a three year programme of study.

In addition to the CORE we would expect the vast majority of students to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at either L1 or L2 as the means of receiving an additional qualification and in accordance with the MYP Project Study requirement.

In addition to offering a range of accredited courses IAG provides opportunities for students to experience the world of work through an extended Internship related to their Pathway. This is not only of huge value in itself but will also prepare students for the Careers and Diploma Programmes. A model akin to that in place at School21 is being developed for such authentic internships. More on learning through internships can be found here. Students will also apply their learning to community projects throughout Year 10 and 11 as part of Advisory thus reflecting the MYP requirement for such a project and furthermore bridging the MYP and Diploma Programme.

From Years 9 to 11 students will develop their own personalised pathways, first through Specialisation (Year 9) and then through Pathways (Year 10 and 11), this may mean that some students can complete terminal examinations for particular courses before the traditional end of Year 11. In addition some students may opt for more vocational pathways. Courses at this level will be rigorously designed and all materials including video explanations, texts and mastery tests will be built into our learning platform to enable learning anytime anywhere.

By the end of KS4 IAG expects all students to have achieved at least 9 GCSE or equivalent and the EPQ at Level 1 or Level 2.

The subject offer for 2019 will include:

  • Maths
  • English Language & Literature
  • Combined Science Trilogy
  • Triple Science
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Art, Craft and Design (Art route – Fine Art & Photography or Textiles)
  • Art, Craft and Design (Design route – Three Dimensional Design & Textiles or Photography)
  • Physical and Health Education
  • PE OCR Nationals
  • HSC OCR Nationals
  • Enterprise & Marketing OCR Nationals
  • Community Language
  • Literacy support
  • Numeracy support