Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition.

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware pupils
  • Mould pupils into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Encourage civic and social participation within the community
  • Promote the development of young leaders
  • Allow pupils to develop their individuality
  • Empower pupils with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
  • Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
  • Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all pupils of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate including English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Humanities.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects following the national curriculum. Pupils are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Courses Available at Key Stage 3
Subject Exam Information
English Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Mathematics Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Science Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
History Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Geography Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Religious Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Arabic Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
French Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Computing and ICT Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Design and Technology Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Performing and Creative Arts Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
P.E. Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 4 where pupils sit GCSEs across both Year 10 and 11. Pupils make their GCSE choices towards the end of Year 8. Across Years 9, 10 and 11, most pupils will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate, where they are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every pupil makes above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

A very small number of pupils will undertake an alternative vocational pathway. This will be a targeted pathway which will ensure SEN pupils, including those supported with an educational health care plan (EHCP) and those newly arrived to the country, are supported in their learning to ensure they make rapid progress. Pupils will complete nationally and industry recognised awards and qualifications, developing a personalised portfolio to include GCSEs and vocational achievements.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4 – 2019/20 Year 9 Cohort
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start Finish
English GCSE English Language Core AQA 8700 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE English Literature Core AQA 8702 Year 9 Year 11
Maths GCSE Mathematics Core EdExcel 1MA1 Year 9 Year 11
Sciences GCSE Science (Combined) Core – pupils study either Combined or Separate Sciences EdExcel  1SC0 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE Science (Separate Sciences) – Biology, Chemistry, Physics EdExcel 1BI0, 1CH0 & 1PH0 Year 9 Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core – pupils study one of the Humanities courses AQA 8145 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE Geography AQA 8035 Year 9 Year 11
Languages GCSE Arabic Core EdExcel 1AA0 Year 9 Year 11
Computing GCSE Computer Science Core – pupils study one of the computing courses OCR J276 Year 9 Year 10
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia OCR J817 Year 9 Year 10
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Core AQA 8062 Year 9 Year 10
Physical Education Physical Education Core N/A N/A Year 9 Year 11
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies Option – pupils can select either a GCSE or vocational PE course OCR J813 Year 9 Year 10
GCSE PE OCR J587 Year 9 Year 10
Art GCSE Art and Design Option – pupils can select either a GCSE or vocational Art course AQA 8201-8206 Year 9 Year 10
BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Art and Design Pearson 600/4781/1 Year 9 Year 10
Courses Available at Key Stage 4 – 2019/20 Year 10 Cohort
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start Finish
English GCSE English Language Core AQA 8700 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE English Literature Core AQA 8702 Year 10 Year 11
Maths GCSE Mathematics Core EdExcel 1MA1 Year 10 Year 11
Sciences GCSE Science (Combined) Core – pupils study either Combined or Separate Sciences EdExcel  1SC0 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Science (Separate Sciences) – Biology, Chemistry, Physics EdExcel  1BI0, 1CH0 & 1PH0 Year 10 Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core  AQA 8145 Year 10 Year 11
Languages GCSE Arabic Core  EdExcel 1AA0 Year 10 Year 11
Computing GCSE Computer Science Core – pupils study one of the computing courses OCR J276 Year 10 Year 11
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia OCR J817 Year 10 Year 11
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Core AQA 8062 Year 10 Year 11
Physical Education Physical Education Core  N/A N/A Year 10 Year 11
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies Option – pupils can select either a GCSE or vocational PE qualification OCR J813 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE PE OCR J587 Year 10 Year 11
Art GCSE Art and Design  Option – pupils can select either a GCSE or vocational Art qualification AQA 8201-8206 Year 10 Year 11
BTEC First Award in Art and Design Pearson 600/4781/1 Year 10 Year 11
Courses Available at Key Stage 4 – 2019/20 Year 11 Cohort
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start Finish
English GCSE English Language Core AQA 8700 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
GCSE English Literature Core AQA 8702 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Maths GCSE Mathematics Core EdExcel 1MA1 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Sciences GCSE Science (Combined) Core – pupils study either Combined or Separate Sciences AQA  8464 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
GCSE Science (Separate Sciences) – Biology, Chemistry, Physics AQA 8461, 8462, 8463 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core AQA 8145 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Languages GCSE Arabic Core EdExcel 1AA0 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Core AQA 8062 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Physical Education Physical Education Core N/A N/A Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
GCSE PE Option OCR J587 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
Art GCSE Art and Design Option AQA 8202 Began studying qualification in Year 10 at predecessor school Year 11
  • For further information about our curriculum offer, please see our subject pages or contact the school directly at info@egbham.staracademies.org