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Options and Pathways

Organisation of the curriculum

At KS3 the curriculum complies as closely as possible with the requirements of the National Curriculum and is currently organised as follows:

Subject

Key Stage 3

English

3

Mathematics

2

Science

2

PE

3

Construction/ Hair and Beauty

2

Art

2

Park Life

1

Food

2

PSHCE

1

Open Minds

1

Urban Skills

2

Citizenship

1

 Forest School

2

 COPE

1

KS4

The KS4 core curriculum is comprised of: English, Maths, PE, CoPE and PSHE.  In addition, students have 4 in-house options choices and one offsite options choice. The curriculum is currently organised as follows:

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English

2

2

Mathematics

2

2

CoPE

2

2

PE

2

2

Option subjects x 4

2(8)

2(8)

PSHCE

1

1

Vocational Option

5

5

 Mentoring

         1 1

 Enrichment

         1 1

Key Stage 4 Optional Subjects

GCSE Art

BTEC Sport

BTEC Childcare

GCSE Business Studies

NCFE Food

BTEC Construction

VTCT Hair and Beauty

BTEC Science

Princes Trust

Practical learning opportunities (PLO ) at Oaklands College – Level 1/Entry Level Qualification

  • Option courses are reviewed every year to ensure that the courses offered continue to meet the needs of each particular year group
  • The options system is currently organised on a free choice basis with blocks constructed to enable the maximum number of students to be placed on their preferred courses
  • Selection by ability forms no part of the options placement process at KS4. However, guidance around which pathway is most suitable for students (including, for example, the decision about whether to study Science is made in consultation with staff based on a student’s achievement in that subject area)