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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

3

Science

3

PE

2

Construction/ Hair and Beauty

3

Life Coach

1

Art

2

Humanities

2

Music

2

Park Life

2

Food

2

PSHCE

1

Open Minds

1

Urban Skills

2

Citizenship

1

Some students will also have access to Forest School , our outdoor education program. This is for selected students and as such their curriculum will have reduced Science, Humanities and Urban Skills to incorporate Forest School into their timetable.

KS4

 The KS4 core curriculum is comprised of: English, Maths, PE, CoPE and PSHE.  In addition, students have 2 in-house options choices and one offsite options choice. The curriculum is currently organised as follows:

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

English

4/3/2

4/3/2

Mathematics

4/3/2

4/3/2

Science (selected students only)

4

4

CoPE

1/4

1/4

PE

2

2

Option subjects x 2

4

4

PSHCE

1

1

Vocational Option

6/9/12

6/9/12

Key Stage 4 Optional Subjects

GCSE Art

BTEC Sport

BTEC Health and Social Care

GCSE Business Studies

NCFE Food

BTEC Construction

VTCT Hair and Beauty

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
  • Subject options will only run if there is sufficient student interest to make the groups viable.
  • 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 Double or Triple science is made in consultation with staff based on a student’s achievement in that subject area
  • The KS4 curriculum is designed so school performance measures as stipulated by the DofE are fulfilled