Curriculum Overview

'Floreat Sapientia' - Let Wisdom Flourish

The College is commited to providing a rich, broad and balanced curriculum.  Our core values of Pride, Passion and Positivity infuses all learning as they are at the heart of our day to day life.  Teachers provide lessons that both support and challenge as well as allowing our students to enjoy the process of learning.

Years 7 and 8

All students study a comprehensive range of subjects throughout these two years.  The subjects covered are: English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computing, Drama, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education and Technology. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in most subjects.  Ability setting occurs in Year 7 within English and Mathematics  and in Year 8 within English, Mathematics and Science.

Year 9

Our Curriculum allows students to study the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).  We believe that this offer supports a breadth of study and prepares students for their future steps post 16.  Students have a guided choice for their GCSE options which will lead them to studying either 9 or 10 subjects from Year 9 onwards.  The compulsory GCSE subjects are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, French or Spanish, History or Geography and RE (short course).  Students then have two ‘free subject’ choices.  In addition to these GCSE subjects all students follow courses in PSHE, Physical Education, Food and Computing.

Year 10 and 11

In these two years, students will continue to study their GCSE subjects.  Students will also follow courses in PSHE and Pysical Education.  End of year examinations are taken in Year 10 and mock exams at the end of the Autumn term in Year 11. 

In recent years the GCSE option choices have been:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Business Studies
  • Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)
  • Computer Science
  • Product Design
  • Drama
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport Studies
  • Curriculum Plus (only for those students with Higher Level SEND requirements)

Whilst every effort is made to accommodate students’ options choices, it is not possible to guarantee that individuals will be allocated places on their first choices. This is for two reasons; some courses may not run if there is not sufficient demand and it is impossible to timetable for every possible combination of subjects. Therefore, we ask every student to also select a reserve choice.

About the GCSE options choices

The College has recently carried out a review of its curriculum offer for Year 9 students and their GCSE subject choices.  Consideration has been taken of the needs and aspirations of students as well as the requirements of recently introduced government performance measures. 

One of the performance measures is called the English Baccalaureate, Ebacc.  It is not a qualification but instead recognises where students have achieved a grade C or better across a core of traditional subjects.  These must include: English Language, Mathematics, two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language, and either History or Geography.   

At Advanced level, the same list of subjects is included in a list of ‘facilitating subjects’ preferred by the Russell Group of universities for entry on to competitive degree courses.

Routes of study are offered which allow students to follow a course of study that will enable them to undertake a suitable number and range of subjects, opening the widest range of opportunities post GCSE.  The routes are guided learning pathways encompassing a core curriculum and a number of student selected options.

The decision on whether a student follows a Double or Triple Science course will be made towards the end of Year 9 and will reflect both their performance and interests.

Core Curriculum:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science - Students study either Combined Science or Triple Award   
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Modern Foreign Language - French or Spanish
  • Humanities subject - Geography or History
  • Religious Education - All students will study a short course, worth half a GCSE. The full GCSE may be chosen as one of the option subjects
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • Food and Nutrition (Year 9 only)
  • Core ICT (Year 9 only)

In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to choose two option choices. They should think carefully about which subjects they enjoy as well as those that will assist them in further study or employment.

Option choices:

  • Art (Fine art)
  • Art (Photography)
  • Art (Textiles)
  • Business Studies
  • Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Studies

In addition to the two option choices students should choose a reserve choice.  Whilst every effort is made to accommodate students’ first options choice, it is not always possible to guarantee that individuals will be allocated places in their first two subjects.

This is because:

It is impossible to timetable every possible combination of subjects.
Some courses may not run if there is not sufficient demand.

Once students have embarked on their programme of study in Year 9, it is not normally possible for changes to be made to the chosen subjects. Brief details about each of the subjects available are outlined on this website.

All students are encouraged to discuss their choice of subjects with the subject teachers and Tutor.

Documents

Curriculum Overview Date  
GCSE Options Booklet 2018.pdf 31st May 2018 Download
GCSE Options Form 2018.pdf 31st May 2018 Download
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