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Curriculum

OVERVIEW:

All students at the Academy follow a broad and balanced curriculum, giving them a rich variety of experiences in each Key Stage.

KEY STAGE 3: 

Students at the Academy follow a 2-year Key Stage 3 program in Y7 and Y8.

(a) Year 7:

English (4h), Maths (3h), Science (3h), DT (2h), PE (2h), French (3h), History (1h), Geography (1h), Art (1h), Drama (1h), Music (1h), Values (2h), ICT (1h). 

(b) Year 8:

English (4h), Maths (3h), Science (3h), DT (3h), PE (2h), French (3h), History (1h), Geography (1h), RS (1h), Art (1h), Drama (1h), Music (1h), Citizenship (1h), ICT (1h).

Some students in Year 7 and Year 8 that require extra support will have more flexible timetables and sessions in the Closing The Gap centre, allowing them to benefit from additional Literacy and Numeracy lessons.

KEY STAGE 4: 

Students in Year 9 begin to study or prepare for key GCSE subjects and choose their options after Christmas, as part of the Pathways process. There is an increased focus on subjects that form the English Baccalaureate. Most Year 9 students will also choose to focus on 1 Humanity subject (Geography or History) and 2 out of 3 Creative Arts subjects (Art/Music/Drama), allowing them to develop their subject knowledge and skills in greater depth.

(a) Year 9: 

Sets 1 to 4:

English (3h), Maths (4h), Triple Science (3h), DT (2h), PE (2h), French (3h), History OR Geography (3h), Values (2h), Art/Music/Drama - choose 2 out of 3 (2h), ICT (1h).

Sets 5 to 6:

English (3h), Maths (4h), Science (3h), DT (2h), PE (2h), History (3h), Geography (3h), Values & RS (2h), Art/Music/Drama - choose 2 out of 3 (2h), ICT (1h).

Set 7:

English (5h), Maths (5h), Science (3h), DT (2h), PE (2h), Humanities (3h), Values & RS (2h), Art/Music/Drama - choose 2 out of 3 (2h), ICT (1h).

(b) Years 10/11: 

All students currently follow a core of: English (4h), Maths (5h), Science (5h), PE (1h), Values (1h). Students will be able to achieve qualifications in GCSE RS. All students may study GCSE English Literature & GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics & Further Maths Certificate and Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics). Other students will study either GCSE Core + Additional Science.

Students also study some additional option subjects (3h each), depending upon their pathway. A wide variety of GCSE and vocational option choices are available:

GCSE History

GCSE Art & Design

GCSE Geography

BTEC Art & Design

GCSE Business Studies

GCSE Drama

GCSE PE

GCSE Music

GCSE Food

NCFE Music Technology

GCSE Catering

GCSE Child Development

GCSE Textiles

GCSE/BTEC Health & Social

GCSE Graphics

GCSE Economics

GCSE Product Design

GCSE/BTEC Media

GCSE Resistant Materials

GCSE French

GCSE ICT

BTEC ICT

Red pathway students will take an MFL subject and History or Geography as part of the English Baccalaureate.

Blue Pathway students do not have to choose an MFL option, but will choose History or Geography.

Green Pathway students will take less options and instead spend additional time on Work Related Learning, Vocational skills, etc.

SIXTH FORM: 

Students in the sixth form will choose 3 (occasionally 4) subjects from a wide list of traditional and applied A level courses, as well as vocational options:

  • A level English Language
  • A level English Literature
  • AS/A2 Mathematics (Statistics or Mechanics)
  • A2 Further Mathematics
  • A level Biology
  • A level Chemistry
  • A level Physics
  • BTEC Science (level 3)
  • AS/A2 French
  • AS/A2 DT (this will usually be 2/3 options from Food, Textiles or Product Design)
  • A level History
  • A Level Geography
  • A level Sociology
  • A level Psychology
  • AS/A2 PE
  • A level Art & Design
  • BTEC Art & Design (level 3 – double option)
  • AS/A2 Theatre Studies
  • AS/A2 Philosophy & Ethics
  • AS/A2 Government & Politics
  • A level Business Studies
  • AS/A2 ICT
  • AS/A2 Applied ICT
  • BTEC Creative Media (level 3)
  • BTEC Health & Social (level 3 - single or double option)

Please note – With A level curriculum changes starting in September 2015, not all subjects will offer AS levels anymore – the new A levels will run as full 2 year courses.

Each subject is timetabled for 5 hours per week, with additional time identified for enhancement (PE, mentoring, skill development). 

Some sixth form students will also take examinations in AS Critical Thinking or AS General Studies. Additionally, some students may choose to take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

If you require any additional information, please contact: curriculum@deferrers.com