Curriculum

November 7th, 2019

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and 8

We have adopted a two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum for our students. In Years 7 and 8 the school embraces the requirements of the National Curriculum. All students follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Food Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Art and Design, Drama, Geography, History, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Careers.

During year 8, to access the curriculum effectively, some subjects may place students in teaching groups on the basis of academic ability where appropriate. Students will be moved if their current placement is inappropriate.

Key Stage 4

Years 9-11

At Harrow Way Community School we have an exciting three-year Key Stage 4 curriculum where students can choose from different ‘Pathways’ of study for year 9 before finalising KS4 options for study in year 10 and 11. At the end of Year 8 students will be provided with advice and guidance, in consultation with their parents, to choose from a wide range of subjects, allowing them to continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. This is in order not to restrict later learning or future career choices. This menu of ‘Pathway’ choices includes the subjects the student has studied in Years 7 and 8 but in addition they can also choose from a new menu including Media Studies, Health and Social Care, Photography and Health and Fitness.

At the end of Year 9 students will make further choices to reduce the number of subjects to be studied at examination level. At this point they may also have the possibility of studying from a range of Andover 14-19 Consortium courses which are taught at our partner institutions. As part of Enrichment lessons, many students will also have the opportunity to study an additional subject to support our vision of a broad and balanced curriculum or may receive additional support during these times.

It is our aim to ensure that all students have appropriate advice and guidance to enable them to access an appropriate progression route through college, apprenticeship or employment with training.

Examination/Qualification Courses

Examination/Qualification Courses currently available for study during Pathways and Options programme:

Core Subjects (Studied by all)
English Language – WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
English Literature – WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature
Mathematics – Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics
Combined or Triple Science – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science
Triple Science – Biology – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Biology
Triple Science – Physics – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physics
Triple/Single Science – Chemistry – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry

Pathway and Option Choices
French – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French
Spanish – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Spanish
History – Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
Geography – GCSE (9-1)OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) (Geography for Enquiring Minds)
Computer Science – OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science
Art – OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design
Business Studies (Yr11 Only)
Religious Studies – WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies
Media Studies – WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies
Hospitality and Catering – WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A)
Design Technology – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Design and Technology
Performing Arts (Drama) – RSL Level 1&2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts
Performing Arts (Music) – RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners
Performing Arts (Dance) – RSL Level 1&2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts
Health & Social Care – Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care
Health & Fitness – NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness
Photography – OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design
Citizenship Studies (Yr10 Enrichment Only) – AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Citizenship Studies
Statistics (Yr10 Enrichment Only)
Computing and ICT (Yr11 Enrichment) – OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies

If appropriate, some students will have the opportunity to sit examinations in additional languages:
Arabic – Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Arabic
Polish – AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Polish
Portuguese – Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Portuguese
Russian – Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Russian

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