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. Design Technology is taught across 3 bands with 4 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is taught across 2 bands with 6 classes in one band and 5 in the other. All these are grouped by ability in PE as the year progresses.

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 2 half year groups (5 classes in one band and 4 in the other).

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE which is also taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

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. Design Technology is taught across 3 bands with 4 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is taught in 2 bands with 6 classes in one band and 5 in the other. All these are grouped by ability in PE.

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). Science and English is taught in mixed ability groups.  Language groups are dependent on language option choice.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE which is taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

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. Design Tecnology is taught across 3 bands with 4 classes per band. All are mixed ability. PE is also taught across 3 bands with 4 classes per band.. All these are grouped by ability in PE as the year progresses.

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

They are set for 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.

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. 

English is taught in mixed ability groups.

In addition they have 1 hour of PSCHEE which is taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

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 GCSEs in Fine Art, Art Photography, 3D Art, Business Studies, 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. We also offer BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care. Some students are also studying GCSE Mandarin as part of our extra-curricular offer.

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.

Sixth Form study

Students in our successful and growing sixth form study one of our Post-16 Pathways. The vast majority of students follow a Level 3 qualification pathway made up of A levels and/or Level 3 National BTECs. All students following Level 3 pathways are timetabled for a minimum of 43 hours (9 hours per subject including EPQ) per cycle.

As we are a sixth form that offers ‘something for everyone’, we also offer a one year, tailored Level 2 pathway to allow students to access necessary GCSE resits; the hope is that they will then join one of our Level 3 pathways in their second year. The Level 2 pathway in Year 12 is a mix of Level 2 qualifications in Business and Travel & Tourism, alongside resit GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language, combined with a Level 2 Project Qualification, independent study and work experience. Student following this are also timetabled for 43 hours per cycle.

All A level students in Year 12 also have the opportunity to study for the AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of their curriculum enrichment. Some students also opt to study Level 3 Core Maths as a further way to enhance their academic portfolio. Any student who has not yet achieved a Grade 4 in their English Language or Literature, or in Mathematics will be supported in re-sitting these subjects until a minimum Grade 4 is achieved.

Currently there are 29 A level subjects offered at our Centre:

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

Other subjects may be offered if there is demand – Food Technology, Mandarin (2018) and German.

We also offer BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificates in Information Technology and Health & Social Care.

In addition to their academic studies all students are offered a comprehensive ‘Education for Life’ programme (E4L) which is designed to support students in understanding their role within society and adult life beyond our gates. A big part of E4L is exploring and supporting our students with their aspiration and application to their desired destination beyond our sixth form; for many this is University or a Higher Apprenticeship.

A student 16-19 study programme is further supported through our extensive personal enrichment programme where students can choose from a list of enrichment activities to help them enjoy their time with us and leave as a more rounded individual, with skills and experiences that will benefit them in later life. These include: Business Enterprise, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Arts Award, school sport & fitness, work based placements, community volunteering, Peer Mentoring, Anti-bullying Ambassadors and many more student led initiatives. Students who speak additional languages are also encouraged to independently study for qualifications in these languages during this time.

In order to support the demands of Post 16 study, all students are allocated directed private study lessons to help them effectively manage their study and time.

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.

Find out more about our PSCHEE curriculum