Key Stage 4. Pathways to Success

A significant strength of Cross and Passion College is our extensive experience in providing opportunities for success for pupils of all abilities.  At Key Stage 4, pupils are given an opportunity to choose from one of three pathways to Post-16 Education or Training.  Each young person will be given guidance and support to enable them, along with their parents, to make a well-informed choice based on their strengths, interests, aptitudes and possible career paths. 


English Art & Design Performing Arts - Music/Drama
English Literature* Science - Single or Double Award* Home Economics
Religious Studies Child Development Mathematics
Agriculture GCSE or BTEC Media Production Additional Mathematics*
Learning for Life & Work ICT - GCSE or BTEC General Physical Education
Construction Studies Careers Education Occupational Studies
Business Studies GCSE Physical Education or BTEC Sport French/Irish/Spanish
BTEC Land & Environment History Hospitality
Geography Leisure & Tourism  
*Pupils will normally need to have achieved a level 6 or higher in these subjects if they wish to take them for GCSE.


Please note, in order to ensure accredited success for all pupils, we also offer iGCSE in English, Essential Skills Level 2 in Mathematics, and a short course in Religious Education and ICT.

Parents will be consulted about these decisions. 

In addition to the ‘Learning to Learn’ programme which enables pupils to build further on the skills acquired at Key Stage 3, pupils receive extra guidance on planning and preparing for public examinations, tailored to meet the requirements of the specific subjects being studied. 
  • Pupils in all Pathways consistently achieve A/A* or Distinction / Distinction* grades.
  • We have significantly narrowed the gap between the achievement of boys and girls. 
  • The school’s record of academic success is consistently well above the NI average for the percentage of students achieving      5 or more grades A* to C in a non-selective school.
  • On average, 80% of pupils achieve 7 or more GCSEs at A* - C.
  • Our top achievers at GCSE rank among the top achievers nationally.
  • In the last three years, over 90% of our GCSE students have returned to complete Post-16 courses.
  • Every year, almost all A Level students progress to University Courses.  
  • Quality learning experiences where expectations are high and every young person is encouraged to achieve their ‘personal best’;
  • A focused, one to one ‘Assertive Mentoring’ programme at strategic points in GCSE courses;
  • A comprehensive programme of examination preparation;
  • After-school revision classes in many subjects;
  • A planned programme of revision and examination support throughout the examination season;
  • On-going feedback to parents and pupils on the progress of each individual child towards the achievement of their personal targets.


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