Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum full of opportunities.

Pupils enjoy learning.

Ofsted 2016

Curriculum outline

Year 7

In Year 7 students study a broad curriculum.

In a two week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 2 hours each of Art, Geography, History, Computing, Music and Religious Studies which are all taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

They have 4 hours each of Design Technology and Physical Education where they are in mixed, and in Design Technology, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design.

They have 7 hours of Mathematics, and 8 periods of French and English/Drama and 6 periods of Science.

The only subject they are set for is Mathematics, in 9 sets across 3 third year groups (3, 3 and 3).

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE.

Year 8

In Year 8 students study a broad curriculum.

In a two week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 2 hours of Computing, Art and Music which is taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

In addition they have 3 hours each of Geography, History and Religious Studies, also taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

They have 3 hours of Design Technology and 4 hours of Physical Education where they are in mixed ability, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design.

They have 6 hours each of Languages and Science, 7 hours of Mathematics and 8 hours of English/Drama.  Students either study French, French and Spanish or French and German (6, 3/3 or 3/3) ”“ based on a personal choice made at the end of Year 7. 

They are set for Mathematics in 9 sets across 2 half year groups (5 and 4) and in English in 9 groups across the year in 3 groups of 3 sets. Science is taught in mixed ability groups.  Language groups are dependent on language option choice.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE.

Year 9

In Year 9 students study a broad curriculum.

In a two week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 3 hours each of Geography, History and Religious Studies, and 2 hours each of Computing, Art and Music. All these subjects are taught in mixed ability tutor groups, except Art which is taught in 3 third year groups (3 sets per third of the year group).

They have 3 hours of Design Technology and 4 hours of Physical Education where they are in mixed, smaller groups. In Design Technology they follow a carousel programme across the disciplines of Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design.

They have 6 hours each of Languages and Science, 7 hours of Mathematics and 8 hours of English/Drama.

They are set for English, Mathematics and Languages, in 9 sets across 2 half year groups (5 and 4) and in Science in 9 groups across the year in 3 groups of 3 sets.

The two top sets for Languages study 3 hours of French and 3 hours of German, and the other sets study 5 hours of French and 1 hour of Spanish.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE.

Year 10

In Year 10 students study the core required plus four option subjects.

In a two week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 8 hours of Mathematics, 9 hours of Science (and are accredited for a double science option unless they study Triple Science by having this as one of their four option choices) and 7 hours of English.

All of these subjects are setted in 11 sets across 2 half year groups (6 and 5).

In addition they follow a core programme in ICT (2 hours), Physical Education (3 hours) and PSCHEE/Religious Education (1 hour).

Each student also studies 4 options subjects for 5 hours each ”“ a total of 20 hours across the 4 options.

These 25 options are: Fine Art, Art Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Sociology, Product Design, Food Technology, Catering and Hospitality, Graphic Products, DT Fashion and Textiles, Drama, Media Studies, Geography, History, Creative ICT, Computing, Music, French, Spanish, German, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Triple Science and Child Development.

Year 11

In Year 11 students study the core required plus four option subjects.

In a two week cycle of 50 one-hour periods per cycle (25 per week, 5 per day) they study 8 hours of Mathematics, 10 hours of Science (and are accredited for a double science option unless they study Triple Science by having this as one of their four option choices) and 6 hours of English.

All of these subjects are setted in 11 sets across 2 half year groups (6 and 5).

In addition they follow a core programme in ICT (2 hours), PSCHEE/Religious Education (1 hour) and Physical Education (3 hours).

Each student also studies 4 options subjects for 5 hours each ”“ a total of 20 hours across the 4 options.

These 25 options are: Fine Art, Art Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Sociology, Product Design, Food Technology, Catering, Graphic Products, DT Fashion & Textiles, Drama, Media Studies, Geography, History, Creative ICT, Computing, Music, French, Spanish, German, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Triple Science and Child Development.

Year 12

Students in Year 12 follow either a four AS programme, a 3 AS programme or a tailored Level 2 programme.

There are 29 AS subjects offered.

These are: Fine Art, Art Textiles, Art Photography, Business, Economics, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Product Design, English Language & Literature, English Literature, Drama & Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Geography, History, Government & Politics, ICT, Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, French, Spanish, Physical Education, Philosophy & Ethics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Others are offered if demanded, e.g. History of Art, Food Technology and DT Textiles.

In addition all students follow a comprehensive tutorial and enrichment timetable including a full range of enrichment options such as Young Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Bronze/Silver Arts Award, Community Service and Mentoring.

Also they all follow a comprehensive PSCHEE and independent study programme.

All students following Level 3 programmes (whether 3 or 4 AS Levels) in Year 12 are timetabled for a minimum of 43 hours (including 9 hours per AS subject) per cycle.

The Level 2 programme in Year 12 is a mix of Level 2 qualifications in Enterprise/Business and Travel & Tourism, alongside resit GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language, the Level 2 Project Qualification, independent study and work experience. They are also timetabled for 43 hours per cycle.

Students who speak additional languages are also encouraged to independently study for qualifications in these languages.

Year 13

Students in Year 13 mostly follow a 3 A level programme but can follow a 4 A Level, 3 A Level plus 1 AS Level or 2 A Level plus 2 AS Level programme.

There approximately 30 A Level subjects offered in a typical year. (See AS list above.)  

In addition all students follow a comprehensive tutorial, independent study and PSCHEE programme, including dedicated time with a Senior Tutor for Higher Education or a tutor for Careers.

All students following Level 3 programmes in Year 13 (regardless of subject/level combinations) are timetabled for a minimum of 40 hours (including 9 hours per A Level subject).

Upper Ability students also study for the EPQ (the Extended Project Qualification).

Students who speak additional languages are also encouraged to independently study for qualifications in these languages.

Careers and Work Related Learning

Careers Information Advice and Guidance enables our students to progress through learning and into work. All students have to make choices through their time in the school and we have therefore developed a varied careers and work related programme that will allow our students to understand and develop the qualities, attitudes and skills needed through life and work.

Find out more about our Careers and Work Related Learning provision

PSCHEE

Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic Education (PSCHEE) is a subject studied by all Bournside students across both Key Stages. It allows students to consider different aspects of society including what it means to be a good citizen, politics, the police and justice system. It also gives students to opportunity to discuss and assess potential risk taking behaviour, including healthy living, drug and alcohol abuse and discrimination. PSCHEE is taught through a variety of methods within the classroom as well as further enrichment from visits to Skillzone in Gloucester, the opportunity to complete Advanced Cycle Training and input from outside companies such as InfoBuzz.

Find out more about our PSCHEE curriculum