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Key Stage 4 & Post 16

Learning at KS4 builds upon the work done in KS2/3 where learners usually follow the national curriculum but build upon learner strengths and interests. At KS4 we endeavour to create many more opportunities for independent learning.


GCSEs are the typical pathway for most young people in Key Stage 4 although some learners, where appropriate, will start their GCSE course in Year 9. GCSE courses are assessed at the end of the course but there are regular opportunities to assess progress throughout the year.

Most learners who study GCSEs with R.E.A.L will take Maths and English. They may take English Literature, Science and Computing or choose to take other subjects that interest them such as Citizenship, Geography, Art and Design and History. It is useful to take a range of subjects but whatever young people are planning to do in the future, it is now a requirement to retake maths and english until they achieve a Grade C, Grade 4 or equivalent.

98.3% pass rate in 2016

GCSE Offer







Art & Design


Vocational and technical GCSEs

Business Studies

Health & Social Care



In light of current reforms we are looking to offer AQA Technical Awards to complement GCSEs from 2017. It is likely that these subjects will retain an element of coursework which suits many of our learners.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are qualifications in English, Mathematics and ICT that equip young people with the practical skills needed to gain the most out of education, work and everyday life. There is a strong focus on explanation and problem-solving. Learners can achieve Functional Skills qualifications at Entry 1 to Level 2. Exams can be taken at any point in the year once learners are ready. These can be completed via a paper based exam at Entry 1 through to Level 2, as well as learners having the option to complete an on screen test at Level 1 and Level 2.

Over 75% pass rate across Mathematics, English & ICT in 2016


BTECs are career-based qualifications designed to give young people the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment. Young people can develop a range of practical knowledge and skills which help them to prepare for and progress into their chosen career.

These courses include project work and practical work-related activities alongside some classroom style learning. These will all help to develop a young person’s teamwork skills, creative thinking and presentation skills.

BTEC Offer

Entry Level Courses through to Level 2, dependent on ability and prior learning.

Art and Design

Home Cooking Skills




Health and Social Care



Award, Certificate, Diploma

Assessment Methods

Assignments / Portfolio work

External assessment





AIM Awards

Not all learners are able to access GCSE and equivalent level qualifications but still need the opportunity to be successful and prepare for the future.

So what is an AIM Award?

AIM Awards are a national awarding organisation, offering a large number of Ofqual regulated qualifications at different levels and in a wide range of subject areas. Each unit is flexible enough to be delivered in a variety of settings and at a pace to suit every individual learner. The units can be flexibly and imaginatively combined to create a range of progression pathways.

At R.E.A.L. we currently offer three pathways:


This pathway covers a broad range of subjects at Entry 3 level and Level 1 from Beauty Care and Career Planning to Cookery, Child Care and Garden Horticulture.


This pathway covers an ever expanding range of subjects at Entry 3 level including Budgeting, Employment Skills and Computer Studies.


This pathway covers an ever expanding range of subjects at Level 1 including Time Management, Job Seeking Skills, Health & Safety in a Workplace Environment and Using the Internet.


ASDAN PSD Level 1 Award or Certificate

PSD (Personal, Social Development) and Citizenship is at the heart of R.E.A.L’s curriculum.  PSD makes a significant contribution to the national outcomes for children:

  • being healthy
  • staying safe
  • making a positive contribution
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • economic well-being.  

We believe that PSD provides the necessary skills needed in life and work. Our aim is to help our learners develop a sense of identity and function and to encourage them to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

ASDAN celebrates the diversity of multi-talented young people. They aim to encourage, engage and motivate learners whilst enabling them to develop skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. The PSD programmes promote active and experiential learning which is relevant and transferable, and which offer qualifications through imaginative ways of supporting young people in:

  • Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
  • Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
  • Managing risk together with their own wellbeing as well as introducing them to new activities and personal changes.

ASDAN PSD Level 1 provides opportunities to include activities both inside and outside school and in non-formal situations to suit individual needs. ASDAN PSD Level 1 is used for students aged 14-19 who choose to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.    

ASDAN Accredited L1 Award/Certificate

The majority of ASDAN units comprise of 20 GLH (2 credits per unit). To achieve a Level 1 PSD Award, learners will need to complete 4 units (8 credits). To achieve a Certificate, learners will need to gain a total of 13 credits. The topics chosen to make up the award and/or certificate will form a bespoke learning package to support individual needs.

Units available are:

  • Identity and Cultural Diversity
  • Healthy Living
  • Preparation for Work
  • Managing Social Relationships
  • Parenting Awareness
  • Managing Own Money
  • Your Money in the Future
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Each ASDAN unit can be accredited as a ‘stand alone’ certification or become part of an Award or Certificate.

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