Curriculum

As of September 2016, Year 9 students will begin to study the courses they wish to pursue until the end of Year 11, so they will be required to make their Option choices at the end of Year 8. This means that for this year only, students currently in Year 8 and 9 will choose the subjects they wish to study until the end of Year 11.

The Course Information Booklet contains very important information about the curriculum that your child will study.

It lists the core subjects and choices available within the optional element of the curriculum.

Course Information Booklet September 2017

January 2017 – Year 8

Course Information Booklet 2016

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If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sames, Vice Principal, at the Academy.

The Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students. Certain subjects are known as CORE subjects—these are compulsory and will be studied by all students. The remaining subjects are called OPTIONS and students, in consultation with their parents/ carers and teachers, can choose two subjects from a range of academic and vocational subjects.

The table below shows the number of hours allocated to each subject from September 2016:

 

Year 9,10 & 11  Hrs/week
Core Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4 4
Maths 4 5 4
Science 6 6 6
Religious Studies* 1 1 0
Physical Education 1 1 1
Geography/History 3 3 3
Modern Foreign Language 3 3 4
Citizenship**
Options
Option A 3 3 3
Option B 3 3 3
Total 28 29 28

*Religious Studies is a GCSE Short course, started in Year 8 or 9 and examined in Year 10.

**Citizenship is delivered through three discrete days during the academic year.

 

 

 

Options

The students will be introduced to new subjects via a presentation from the course leader. Information about the subjects that the students currently study will be given during regular lesson time.  A brief synopsis of this information is contained in the Course Information Booklet.

It is extremely important you are aware of the choices your son/daughter has made. The decisions made at this time will affect the future of every student. Students will not normally be able to change option choices after this date. Students will be asked to indicate their two subjects of choice and a reserve subject, as some may become over-subscribed.

 Year 8 students will also have to choose whether to continue with History or Geography.

 

Suggested Option Combinations

Few students at 13 and 14 years old have a clear idea of which Higher Education course or career path they are going to follow. It is, therefore, sensible to study a broad range of subjects so that future pathways are not jeopardised. Some students may have already expressed an interest in certain vocational careers and need to know which subjects might be essential.

Factors influencing student choice will include academic ability, subject interest, course content, talent (often linguistic, artistic, sporting, creative) and career implications.  It is important that your child is not tempted to choose a subject because their friend has chosen that subject, or to choose a subject solely because the student likes the teacher. Students should seek guidance from you as well as teachers and, having listened to and thought seriously about the advice, choose subjects that complement their strengths, interests, and provide a sound basis for future aspirations. Different optional subjects will help students acquire various skills. For example, practical and creative communication skills, as well as talent, are central to success in Art, Music, Drama, and Physical Education.

University places are reliant on outstanding GCSE and A Level results. To study a subject at A Level at Mossbourne Community Academy, you will need a minimum Grade 5 in that subject at GCSE (please note, some subjects have higher grade requirements). If your ambition does not include applying for a place at university, good results in key areas like English and Maths and the gold standard of five good grades at GCSE is still essential for your entrance to college or employment.

 

GCSE and BTEC Qualifications

GCSEs are the main qualification taken by 14 to 16 year olds. They are highly valued by schools, colleges and employers and, as you know, are currently under reform. The qualification mainly involves studying the theory of a subject and, for some subjects, combined with controlled assessment, coursework or practical work. Under the reform, grades are awarded from 9-1, as detailed in a letter I sent earlier in the academic year- a copy can be found on our website.

If a student wishes to learn more about a particular job or area of work, there are vocational qualifications to choose from called BTECs. BTECs are particular types of work-related qualifications, designed in collaboration with industry and intended to equip students with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.  The qualifications offer a mix of theory and practice, and can also include an element of work experience. BTECs are equivalent to one GCSE at 9-1 and are graded a fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Options blocks

Below are the option blocks from which students will make their choices. If a course becomes over-subscribed, students may be allocated their reserve choice. In the case of an oversubscribed course, the academy will make the decision regarding who studies the course. Unfortunately, if a course is under-subscribed, budget restrictions may mean that the course will not run, and students’ reserve choice will then be considered.

Block A Block B
Business Art
Computer Science Business
Drama Computer Science
Economics Drama
French Economics
Geography Food Technology
German French
History Geography
Latin German
Music History
Psychology Latin
Religious Studies Life Sciences
Sociology Music
Turkish PE
PE Psychology
Health & Social Care Religious Studies
Resistant Materials
Sociology
Textiles
Turkish
Health & Social Care

 

 


To view the options pathway letter please click here

Learning Pathways

 Learning pathways are identified and should be used as a guide when choosing subject combinations:

 

Green Route

For students who wish to pursue the more academic route, the following subjects should be considered. Choosing some of these would provide a solid foundation for progression to study A Levels and continued education at university.

 

Block A Block B
Business
Art
Computer Science Business
Drama Computer Science
Economics Drama
French Economics
Geography Food Technology
German French
History Geography
Latin German
Music History
Psychology Latin
Religious Studies Life Sciences
Sociology Music
Turkish PE
 Health & Social Care Psychology
Religious Studies
Resistant Materials
Sociology
  Textiles
  Turkish
   Health & Social Care

 

 

Blue Route

The following choices would allow for a mixture of academic and vocational courses and allow flexibility on future career paths.  The blue route is ideal for those students who wish to undertake studies that provide a good preparation for the world of work, and/or future post-16 vocational study.

 

Block A Block B
Business Art
Computer Science Business
Drama Computer Science
Economics Drama
French Economics
Geography Food Technology
German French
History Geography
Latin German
Music History
Psychology Latin
Religious Studies Life Sciences
Sociology Music
Turkish PE
 Health & Social Care Psychology
PE Religious Studies
  Resistant Materials
Sociology
  Textiles
  Turkish
  Health & Social Care

 

Please note the any student who does not achieve a Grade 4 or higher in English and Mathematics will be required to continue them in post-16 learning.