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Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

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Curriculum Overview and Structure

Curriculum Overview 2015-2016

Should you wish to find out any further information on any of the Curriculum areas below, please contact your child’s teacher in School. If this is not possible, please use the Contact form here.

KS3 = Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9   
KS4 = Year 10 and Year 11 
KS5 = Year 12 and Year 13

 

RE – KS3 | KS4 | KS5

Maths – Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11 | Year 12 | Year 12 (Further Maths) | Year 13 | Year 13 (Further Maths)

English – KS3 | Year 10

Science – KS3 | KS4 | Year 12 | Year 13

Art – KS3 & KS4

Business Studies – KS4 | KS5

Citizenship, PSHE, Careers, Education, Information and Guidance  – KS3 | KS4

Construction – KS4

Creative Studies – KS4 | KS5

Design Technology – KS3

Economics – KS5

Geography – KS3 | KS4 | KS5

History – KS3 | KS4 | KS5

Home Technology – KS3 | KS4 | KS5

ICT – KS3 | KS4 | KS5

Latin – Year 7 & 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 & 11 | Year 12 | Year 13

Law  – KS5

MFL – KS3 | Year 10 | Year 11

Music – KS3 & KS4 | Year 12 | Year 13

PE – Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11

Product Design – Year 10 | Year 11 | Year 12 | Year 12 (Unit 1) | Year 13 | Year 13 (Unit 1)

Psychology – KS5

Sociology – KS5

 

Course Structure

Year 7 students study courses in:

Subject Teaching Groups Periods / Week
RE 8 mixed-ability Forms 3
English In each half-year band: 5 sets 5
Literacy / Latin In each half-year band: 5 sets – same as English Top set do Latin 1
Maths In each half-year band: 6 sets 5
Science In each half-year band: 5 sets 4
Spanish 8 mixed-ability Forms 2
Geography 8 mixed-ability Forms 2
History 8 mixed-ability Forms 2
Music 8 mixed-ability Forms 1
Art 8 mixed-ability Forms 1
Design Technology / Home Technology In each half-year band: 6 mixed-ability groups Half year per subject 1
Computing In each half-year band: 6 sets – same as Maths 1
Physical Education In each half-year band: 5 sets 2

 

Year 8 students study courses in:

Subject Teaching Groups Periods / Week
RE In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 3
English In each half-year band: 5 sets 5
Literacy / Latin In each half-year band: 5 sets – same as English Top set do Latin 1
Maths In each half-year band: 6 sets 5
Science In each half-year band: 5 sets 4
Spanish In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
Geography In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
History In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
Music In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 1
Design Technology / Home Technology / Art In each half-year band: 6 sets Two thirds of year per subject 2
Computing In each half-year band: 6 sets – same as Maths 1
Physical Education In each half-year band: 5 sets 2

 

Year 9 students study courses in:

Subject Teaching Groups Periods / Week
RE In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 3
English In each half-year band: 5 sets 5
Literacy / Latin / French In each half-year band: 5 sets Top set do Latin. Second set do French 1
Maths In each half-year band: 6 sets 5
Science In each half-year band: 5 sets 4
Spanish In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
Geography In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
History In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 2
Music In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 1
Art In each half-year band: 5 Combination sets 1
Design Technology / Home Technology In each half-year band: 6 sets Half year per subject 1
Computing In each half-year band: 6 sets – same as Maths 1
Physical Education In each half-year band: 5 sets 2

 

Year 10 students study courses in:

Subject Teaching Groups Periods / Week
RE In each half-year band: 5 sets 3
English In each half-year band: 6 sets 5
Maths In each half-year band: 7 sets 5
Science In each half-year band: 6 sets all doing Core and Additional Science (1 set / band may also do Further Science) 6
Physical Education In each half-year band: 5 groups 2
Option A GCSE Geography (2 groups)
GCSE History (2 groups)
GCSE Latin
GCSE French
Spanish (2 groups)
GCSE Graphics
BTEC 1st Certificate Construction
Wider Key Skills
3
Option B GCSE Geography (2 groups)
GCSE History
BTEC 1st Certificate Health & Social Care
GCSE PE
BTEC 1st Certificate Sport
GCSE Food
GCSE Business Studies
GCSE ICT
GCSE Photography
BTEC 1st Certificate Dance
GCSE Music
3
Option C GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Child Studies
GCSE Product Design
GCSE PE
GCSE Art (2 groups)
GCSE Business Studies
GCSE Computing
GCSE Spanish
GCSE ICT
3

 

Year 11 students study courses in:

Subject Teaching Groups Periods / Week
RE In each half-year band: 5 sets 3
English In each half-year band: 6 sets 5
Maths In each half-year band: 7 sets 5
Science In each half-year band: 6 sets all doing Core & Additional Science (1 set / band may also do Further Science in Y11) 6
Physical Education In each half-year band: 5 groups 2
Option A GCSE Geography (2 groups)
GCSE History
GCSE Spanish
GCSE Art
GCSE Graphics
BTEC 1st Certificate Health & Social Care
GCSE ICT
GCSE Latin
BTEC 1st Certificate Construction
3
Option B GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Spanish (2 groups)
GCSE Art
GCSE Business Studies
BTEC 1st Certificate Dance
GCSE Food
GCSE Graphics
GCSE Product Design
Wider Key Skills
3
Option C GCSE Geography
GCSE History
GCSE Spanish
GCSE Business Studies
GCSE Child Studies
GCSE Food
GCSE ICT
GCSE Music
GCSE PE
BTEC 1st Certificate Construction
Land Based Studies
3

 

Year 12 students study courses in:

Students study one subject from each option block. All option blocks are taught for 6 periods / week:

Option A Option B Option C Option D
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Technology
Forensic Science
Further Maths
ICT
Media Studies
Music
Sociology
GCSE English
Dance
Greek & Roman Studies
History
English Lan/Lit
Maths (2 groups)
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Photography
GCSE Maths
Biology
Child Care
Economics
English Literature
Geography
Graphics
ICT
Maths
Psychology
Law
Drama
GCSE Maths
Art
Business Studies
English Language
Health & Social Care
History
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Chemistry
Travel
Sociology
GCSE English

All subjects (apart from the GCSEs) are AS courses except those in italics which are BTEC Level 3 courses.

In addition all students follow an Enrichment Programme consisting of Citizenship.

We also run a Year 12  Level 1 course. It consists of the following components:

  • BTEC First Certificate Level 1/2 in Retail Knowledge
  • ASDAN Personal & Social Development
  • ASDAN Level 2 Employability Certificate
  • Young Sports Leaders qualification
  • Home Cooking Skills
  • One day/week (Monday) on work placements.
  • One day/week (Friday) at Bolton College on vocational taster courses

 

Year 13 students study courses in:

All option blocks are taught for 6 periods / week:

All subjects are A2 courses except those in italics which are BTEC Level 3 courses. In addition students follow an Enrichment Programme consisting of completing the Extended Project Qualification.

Option A Option B Option C Option D
Business Studies
Greek & Roman Studies
History
Health & Social Care
English Lan./Lit.
Public Services
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Graphics
Art
Biology
Chemistry
Child Care
Economics
English Literature
ICT
Music
Sociology
Law
Further Maths
Chemistry
Technology
English Language
Travel
History
Physical Education
Psychology
Photography
Maths
Biology
Business Studies
Maths
Media Studies
Religious Studies
Sociology
Geography
French
Forensic Science
Psychology

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