Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The students gain experience of a variety of subject areas in a broad and balanced programme of study that covers all the statutory subjects at KS3. All Year 7 pupils will start with either French or Spanish and the most able linguists will commence a second foreign language in Year 9.
In Key Stage 3, students attend 24 curriculum based lessons and 1 PSHE lesson per week.
In order to consolidate maximum progress in English and Mathematics, Year 7 students will receive 4 hours of English and Mathematics per week and Year 8 students will also receive 4 hours of English.
All students study a broad range of subjects which include:
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Key Stage 4 Curriculum
All students at Key Stage 4 study the core subjects of:
PSHE – Weekly Overview – 2016/17
PSHE – Yearly Overview – 2016/17
Science Double Award or separate Sciences i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Click here for single award PowerPoint presentation.
Key Stage 4 Options Policy
It is the aim of the school to make as many subjects as possible available to as many as our students as possible, whilst providing them with the greatest opportunities for success. Consequently we offer pathways through KS4 which take into account both prior attainment and motivation in subjects. These pathways should allow you to enjoy and be motivated in your studies, but most of all be successful!
Students have the opportunity to choose 4 subjects to sit alongside their core studies.
The range and level of subjects on offer to your child has been designed to allow them to have access to as wide a range of subjects as possible. Hopefully they will be able to choose subjects they are interested in studying. The level of course will maximise your son or daughter’s ability to also be successful and fully engaged with the subject.
GCSEs are qualifications at Level 2 in the National Qualification Framework. From September 2012 there has been a change towards a ‘linear’ form of assessment in all GCSEs. This means that the majority of assessment will be at the end of the course. This will have the greatest implications for Science and Mathematics, both of whom have followed ‘modular; courses until this point.
GCSE optional subjects include:
BTEC National Certificates are practical, work-related courses that are Level 2 equivalent to GCSE courses. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area they have chosen, students develop the skills to start a career.
All BTEC courses are being re-written to bring them closer to GCSE. There will be 25% external assessment in each BTEC programme and the size of the qualification is changing. The BTEC Award will be equivalent to 1 GCSE.
BTEC optional subjects include:
For a guide on the new GCSE grading system please click here.
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