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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Curriculum

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All students in Year 7 to Year 11 receive a broad, balanced, relevant and coherent curriculum. We strive to equip each student with the necessary intellectual, physical, cultural, emotional and moral skills and attitudes to enable them to face the adult world with confidence and honesty.

The school day is divided into 5 one hour lessons.  We operate a two week timetable providing 50 periods in a two-week cycle.

Each year the school and Governors review the curriculum offered at Key Stages.  The outcome of each review is to ensure that the range of courses reflects the needs of students and follows National Curriculum requirements. A recent review has resulted in a new course being developed for Y8 students to support the needs of the kinaesthetic learner.

Key Stage 3

In addition to English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHCE all students study at least one Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Drama, Art & Design, Information Technology, Music and Design & Technology. 

Please click here to view the Year 9 Pathways prospectus.

Please click here to view Key Stage 3 subject overviews

Key Stage 4

Students are able to follow up to ten subjects at GCSE or the equivalent level.  A range of vocational courses are available to all students.  During Year 9 a consultation exercise between student, parents, teaching staff and the tutor ensures that a more individualised curriculum is chosen which best reflects the student’s ability, aptitude and interests. 

Please click here to view Key Stage 4 subject overviews

All students follow English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, and an Arts based course.  A wide range of options courses can be followed including:

GCSE

Art & Design (Y10/Y11)

Food Preparation and Nutrition (Y10/Y11)

Art Photography (Y10/Y11)

Geography (Y10/Y11)

Biology (Y10/Y11)

History (Y10/Y11)

Chemistry (Y10/Y11)

Mathematics (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology (Resistant) (Y10/Y11)

Physics (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology Textile Design (Y10)

Religious Studies (Y10/Y11)

Design & Technology (Textiles) (Y11)

Science Combined Trilogy (Y10/Y11)

English Language (Y10/Y11)

Spanish (Y10/Y11)

English Literature (Y10/Y11)

 

 

Vocational

Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing Certificate (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 VRQ

Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Business First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Creative Media Production Tech Award (Y10)

Level 2 BTEC

Creative Digital Media Production First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Engineering Design Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Engineering First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Health & Social Care Tech Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Information Technologies Cambridge National Certificate (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 National

Music First Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Performing Arts (Acting) Tech Award (Y10/Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Personal and Social Development Award (Y11)

Level 1 BTEC

Sport Science Cambridge National Certificate (Y10)

Level 2 National

Sport First Award (Y11)

Level 2 BTEC

Key Stage 5

Vocational

Beauty Therapy Extended Diploma (Y12)

Level 2 TECH

Beauty Therapy Extended Diploma in Massage Therapies (Y13)

Level 3 TECH

Business National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Extended Project (Y12)

Level 3 Project

Food, Science & Nutrition Diploma (HGSS) (Y13)

Level 3 Diploma

Health & Social Care National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Information Technology National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Music Performing Subsidiary Diploma (Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Public Services Subsidiary Diploma (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

Sport National Extended Certificate (Y12/Y13)

Level 3 BTEC

 

A-LEVEL

Art & Design (HGSS) (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Biology (Y12/Y13)

AQA

English Literature A (Y12/Y13)

AQA

Geography (Y12/Y13)

AQA

History (Y12/Y13)

AQA

Maths (Y13)

EDEXCEL

Philosophy & Ethics (Y12/Y13)

OCR

Photography (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Physics A (Y12/Y13)

OCR

Politics (HGSS) (Y12/Y13)

EDEXCEL

Product Design (HGGS) (Y13)

AQA

Psychology (Y12/Y13)

AQA

Please click here to see Key stage 5 subject overview