Harris Academies
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Year by Year

This page gives an overview of which subjects are taught in each year. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the academy, providing students with a wide range of subjects.

Our Key Stage 3 provision is largely covered during years 7 and 8 with many subjects commencing GCSE courses at the beginning of, or during, year 9.


English, Maths and Science curriculum overviews


Subjects covered in years 7 and 8 include:


  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • DT
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Spanish/Italian
  • Computer Science
  • PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) is taught through our coaching time programme in all year groups.

Curriculum choices

We offer our first set of options to students during Year 8 in readiness for them to commence their GCSE studies in Year 9. 

We offer a wide range of options to students and then commit to run the most heavily selected courses, aiming to give as many students as possible their first choices.  Sometimes this leads to double groups in some subjects. 

Most students will take one or two of their GCSEs at the end of Year 10.  We do this because we have found that students manage the pressure of exams more successfully when they can stagger the spread of subjects they are studying at any one time.  A small taste of examination processes in Year 10 also ensures that students fully understand what is needed in order to be successful and helps them to be mentally prepared to approach the coming Year 11 with a measure of understanding brought about by experience.

No student is entered early for an exam if their tracking data suggests that they will not hit their target grade.  This would suggest that they are not ready to achieve maximum success in that subject and needed further time to consolidate and refine their knowledge, skills and understanding.


Subjects Studied Years 9-11

Download a complete list of subjects offered in years 9-11, including the relevant exam board.


Core subjects at Key Stage 4

  • Maths
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Sciences – including separate Physics, Chemistry and Biology for more able groups
  • History or Geography
  • Spanish/Italian or another modern foreign language
  • Sport and Fitness
  • PHSE (taught through coaching time)
  • Religious Studies (taught through dropdown days)

The vast majority of our students pursue GCSE courses with a very small minority of vocational courses being offered as appropriate.


Courses taught in Sixth Form

Year 12

 

 

SUBJECT

QUALIFICATION

EXAM BOARD

Sociology 

GCE AS

AQA

Biology

GCE AS

OCR

English Lit

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Photography

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Chemistry

GCE AS

AQA

RS

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Geography

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Media

GCE AS

OCR

History

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Business

GCE AS

AQA

Maths

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Fine Art

GCE AS

OCR

Psychology

GCE AS

AQA

Spanish

GCE AS

EDEXCEL

Health & Social Care

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Health & Social Care

BTEC Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Health & Social Care

BTEC Extended Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Media

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

ICT

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

ICT

BTEC Diploma BTEC level 3

EDEXCEL

Sport & Exercise Sciences

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Sport & Exercise Sciences

BTEC Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Core Maths

Level 3

OCR

ICT

GCE AS

AQA

     

Year 13

 

 

SUBJECT

QUALIFICATION

EXAM BOARD

Photography

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Chemistry

GCE A2

OCR

Geography

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Media

GCE A2

OCR

History

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Business

GCE A2

AQA

Psychology

GCE A2

AQA

Spanish

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Fine Art

GCE A2

OCR

Sociology

GCE A2

AQA

Biology

GCE A2

OCR

Health & Social Care

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Health & Social Care

BTEC Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Health & Social Care

BTEC Extended Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

ICT

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

ICT

BTEC Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

Sport & Exercise Sciences

BTEC Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL

 Core Maths

Level 3

OCR

English Literature

GCE A2

AQA

Mathematics

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Religious Studies

GCE A2

EDEXCEL

Media

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma level 3

EDEXCEL



Homework

For further information see the homework page.