Key Stage 4

Our students follow the Key Stage 4 curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11. Our KS4 curriculum is ambitious and all students follow a programme that will lead to them gaining the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). 

All students in Year 9 to 11 study at least 11 GCSE subjects based on the following structure:

Compulsory Examination Subjects

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Mathematics (Further Mathematics is also studied by the top mathematicans. Further Mathematicians study at least 12 GCSE subjects)
  • Triple Science (Separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics) or Combined Science (2 GCSEs)
  • A Humanity Subject (History or Geography)
  • A Modern Foreign Language (Every student must study a modern foreign language from the two that they have studied at Key Stage 3).
  • Religious Studies


Non-EBacc Subjects

All students also study at least one subject from the list of Non-EBacc subjects below:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Sociology


Additional Subjects

In addition, students that choose Triple Science study two additional subjects and students that choose Combined Science study three additional subjects. Additional subjects are selected from:

  • a second Modern Foreign Language.
  • Geography or History
  • One or two more Non-EBacc subjects


Non-Examined Subjects

All students undertake non-examined programmes of study in Core PE, Games, and Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE) including Careers Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Assemblies and tutor time also form part of a KS4 student’s wider education.

Our MGS Extra programme embeds enrichment in school life for every Maidstonian and activities, clubs and societies run by teachers and students are enjoyed by all Year 9, 10 and 11 students.

Click here for our latest GCSE Options Booklet, which includes details of all subjects studied at Key Stage 4.

The table below summarises the subjects studied in Year 9, 10 and 11 and the number of lessons per fortnight.

    Triple Science Band Combined Science Band

Core Subjects


Mathematics 7 lessons 7 lessons
English Lit & Lang 6 lessons 6 lessons
Triple Science 13 lessons (Y9 & Y11); 12 lessons (Y10) N/A
Combined Science N/A 9 lessons (Y9 & Y11); 8 lessons (Y10)
Religious Studies 3 lessons 3 lessons


Core PE 2 lessons 2 lessons
Games 2 lessons 2 lessons
PSCHE 1 lesson 1 lesson

Humanity Option

4 lessons 4 lessons

Language Option

4 lessons 4 lessons

Non-EBacc Option

4 lessons 4 lessons

Option 1

4 lessons 4 lessons

Option 2

N/A 4 lessons