Year 11 Curriculum (2016-18 Cohort)

Core Curriculum

All students study the following core curriculum; across Britain and when combined with other optional subjects, they are considered to be of the utmost importance in the education of young people.

Students will study the following courses in English language and English literature.

GCSE English Language

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8700
Course Specification
English Language

GCSE English Literature

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8702
Course Specification
English Literature

All students will study for the following GCSE Mathematics qualification.

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8300
Course Specification
Mathematics
Students study either GCSE Science Combined, or they will study separate sciences GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. A decision will be made in discussion with and guided by the teachers of the department. All students start by following the same programme of study with the courses diverging part-way through Year 10.

Science Combined

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8464
Course Specification
Science Combined

Separate Sciences – GCSE Biology

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8461
Course Specification
Biology

Separate Sciences – GCSE Chemistry

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8462
Course Specification
Chemistry

Separate Sciences – GCSE Physics

Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8463
Course Specification
Physics

Common Curriculum

All students follow a common curriculum of mandatory subjects. These are not examined, but form an integral part of a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to develop the whole student, including an understanding of and appreciation for values and beliefs within our country’s society.

The programme supports the aims of the school and in particular the creation of a social ethos which encourages students to feel secure, and to be tolerant and respectful towards each other, and to give students the maximum opportunity to develop all their abilities.

The teaching of discrete PSHE and Citizenship is through the ASPIRE programme, which is delivered to students across the school in tutor groups once every two weeks. Through ASPIRE we aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, to develop a healthy lifestyle, learning how to recognise and manage risks and how to make safe and healthy choices, to develop effective and fulfilling relationships and to respect the needs and rights of others, and to develop an understanding of our society and local community and learn how to play an active part in community life.

ASPIRE is also part of our hidden curriculum, where students are consistently encouraged to respect themselves and each other and to make the most of their abilities, thus allowing them to progress further in education and employment.


Optional Courses

Students are provided with extensive information, advice and guidance through the options process and choose further courses from the following selection. Guided by, and in discussion with teachers, students study an additional three or four courses; this may depend on the number of courses they take as part of their core curriculum. Students’ choice of language is also guided and a number study more than one.

The following examined courses were available as part of the options scheme and are currently being studied by Year 11 students.

Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J171
Course Specification
Art (Fine Art)
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2AB01
Course Specification
Applied Business
Exam Board
CACHE VRQ
Specification
Course Specification
CACHE Award in Child Development and Care
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2GR01
Course Specification
Design and Technology: Graphic Products
Exam Board
AQA
Specification
4242
Course Specification
Drama
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9810A1
Course Specification
Construction
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
9790A1
Course Specification
Engineering
Exam Board
WJEC Eduqas
Specification
C560
Course Specification
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1FR0
Course Specification
French
Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8035
Course Specification
Geography
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1GN0
Course Specification
German
Exam Board
VCERT
Course Specification
Health & Fitness
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1HI0
Course Specification
History
Exam Board
IFS
Specification
CeFE
Course Specification
Financial Education
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2IT01
Course Specification
ICT
Exam Board
WJEC
Specification
4390LA
Course Specification
Media
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J536
Course Specification
Music
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J173
Course Specification
Photography
Exam Board
AQA
Specification
8582
Course Specification
Physical Education
Exam Board
OCR
Specification
J625AA
Course Specification
Religious Studies
Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
2RU01
Course Specification
Russian

Twilight Course

Exam Board
EdExcel
Specification
1SP0
Course Specification
Spanish