Curriculum

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.

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 and then may be able to opt for a further subject in Year 11.  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 Year 9

Subject

Qualification

Board

Certification Date

Counts as

Special

English

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC English

English Literature

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

*EBACC

Best grade counts

Mathematics

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Maths

Science Single

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Core and Additional Science

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Biology

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Chemistry

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Physics

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Geography

GCSE

OCR

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

History

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

Spanish

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Urdu

GCSE

Edexcel

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

French

GCSE

Edexcel

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Polish

GCSE

AQA

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Product Design

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Business

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

IT

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

 

1 x GCSE

 

Media

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Art (Textiles, Photo, Fine Art)

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

PE

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Citizenship

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Health and Social Care

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Religious Studies

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

 

Subjects Studied Year 10

Subject

Qualification

Board

Certification Date

Counts as

Special

English

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE(CIE)

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC English

English Literature

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE(AQA)

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

*EBACC

Best grade counts

Maths

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Maths

Single Science

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Core Additional Science

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Biology

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Chemistry

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Physics

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Geography

GCSE

OCR

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

History

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

Spanish

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Urdu

GCSE

Edexcel

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Bengali

GCSE

AQA

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Business

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Music

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Health and Social Care

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Drama

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

PE

GCSE

 

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Citizenship

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Art (Photo, Text, Art)

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10/11

1 x GCSE

 

Child Development

GCSE

OCR

End of  Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Product Design

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 10/11

1 x GCSE

 

ICT

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10/11

1 x GCSE

 

Religious Studies

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Psychology

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 10

1 x GCSE

 

Media

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Latin

GCSE

OCR/WJEC

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

 

Subject Studied Year 11

Subject

Qualification

Board

Certification Date

Counts as

Special

English

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE(CIE)

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC English

English Literature

GCSE

AQA

IGCSE(AQA)

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

*EBACC

Best grade counts

Mathematics

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Maths

Science Single

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Core and Additional Science

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Biology

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Chemistry

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Physics

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC (must have two Sciences to count)

Geography

GCSE

OCR

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

History

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC Humanities

Spanish

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Bengali

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Urdu

GCSE

Edexcel

As ready

1 x GCSE

EBACC MFL

Product Design

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Business

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Statistics

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

IT

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Media

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Art (Textiles, Photo, Fine Art)

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

PE

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Citizenship

GCSE

AQA

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Health and Social Care

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Child Development

GCSE

OCR

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

Religious Studies

GCSE

Edexcel

End of Year 11

1 x GCSE

 

 

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 taughts in Sixth Form

YEAR 12    
SUBJECT QUALIFICATION EXAM BOARD
Sociology  GCE AS AQA
Biology GCE AS OCR
English Lit GCE AS AQA
Photography GCE AS EDEXCEL
Chemistry GCE AS OCR
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 EDEXCEL
Psychology GCE AS AQA
Spanish GCE AS EDEXCEL
Physics GCE AS OCR
     
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
Physics GCE A2 OCR
Spanish GCE A2 EDEXCEL
Fine Art GCE A2 EDEXCEL
Applied H &SC GCE A2 EDEXCEL
Sociology GCE A2 AQA
Biology GCE A2 OCR

 

Homework

For further information see the homework page.

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