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Key Stage 4

Welcome to the Key Stage 4 section of the site.

Key Stage 4 is the legal term for the two years of school education which incorporate GCSEs, and other exams, in maintained schools in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland - normally known as Year 10 and 11 in England and Wales, and Year 11 and Year 12 in Northern Ireland, when pupils are aged between 14 and 16 years old.

The term is defined in the Education Act 2002 as "the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of fifteen and ending at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class cease to be of compulsory school age". Compulsory education beyond the age of 16 is not classed as part of Key Stage 4.

Please use the left navigation to access pages of information and resources for subjects and themes relevant to Stage 4.

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