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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

Following their transition from year 6 into year 7 we aim to offer a broad curriculum to our younger students by exposing them to the wide variety and range of subjects taught by subject specialists. Within this framework, we also offer a series of ‘curriculum enrichment days’ where we aim to complement the work of all subjects and develop the important skills of teamwork, reflection, self-management and critical thinking.

Following the changes to both the key stage 2 and key stage 3 curriculum subjects staff are currently reviewing our provision. The 2015 year 7 cohort will be the last group to come to Farlingaye with national curriculum levels. Throughout 2015/16 subject leaders at key stage 3 will be making sure that their curriculum offers the best possible learning experience for student following on from key stage 2 and leading into the new GCSE courses. Alongside this we will be considering how we can best develop our assessment system as we will no longer be required to use levels.

In addition to the important subject-based learning, the students’ curriculum is also enhanced by the provision of PSHE lessons, taught by the pastoral teams, and citizenship lessons.

By exposing our younger students to the full range of subjects within the curriculum, they can find their particular talents and, further, select subjects that reflect their interests, strengths and weaknesses as they move out of KS3 and into their GCSE studies at KS4.

Key Stage 4

This year’s options programme is designed to allow the student to choose their own personal learning route.

It is expected that all students will follow a broad and well balanced curriculum. They are encouraged to choose from a range of faculty areas. 

All students will study the following: English, Maths, Science, Core PE and Life Skills.

In English all students will take English Literature and English Language.  

In Maths all students will take Mathematics and Statistics.  

In Science students will follow either a core Double Science route or Triple Science, in which case they will study Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

In addition, students select 4 subjects from the following list which are arranged in option pools:

Core

(compulsory)

Additional Core

(directed)

Free Option

Pool A

Free Option

Pool B

Free Option

Pool C

Free Option

Pool D

English

Additional support

in English and/or

Maths

Art

Art

Business

Studies

Child

Development

and Care

Maths

 

Business

Studies

Drama

Dance

French

Double Science

 

Catering

Geography

Drama

Geography

PE

History

Geography

Health and

Social Care

BTec

German

Geography

Life Skills

 ICT

History 

History 

 Health and Social

Care BTec

German 

 

 GCSE PE

 Music

 ICT

History 

Computer

Science 

 

Triple Science 

RE 

GCES PE 

 ICT

Graphic

Products 

   

Resistant

Materials 

RE 

Music 

Psychology 

   

Systems and

Control 

 Sociology

 GCSE PE

Resistant

Materials 

   

Textiles 

 Spanish

 Psychology

Sociology 

   

 Travel and

Tourism BTec

 

 Sociology

 

The Government recommends an English Baccalaureate; this is not essential for all students but we would advise students to consider including the EBacc subjects in their choices. The EBacc is made up of English, Maths, Science (this can include Computer Science), a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography. Although this is not currently a certificated qualification in itself, the current government state that the English Baccalaureate is kept under review in the wider context of ongoing education reforms, and therefore its status may change.

Any student who is considering higher education at a high ranking university is strongly advised to take a Modern Foreign Language.

We are introducing rewritten GCSE specifications in English Language, English Literature and Maths for September 2015. These subjects will be the first of the new style GCSEs, designed to be challenging and more rigorous than previous GCSE assessment.  Students will be awarded grades  1-9 in the summer of 2017, with 9 being the highest grade possible and equating to the top 20% of students who would previously have been awarded an A grade on the old assessment framework.   A grade 4 equates to a low grade C, and a grade 5 is likely to be considered a ‘good pass’.

Planning is beginning for separate groups of GCSE subjects to be introduced in both 2016 and 2017.

By summer 2019 all GCSE subjects offered by the school will be awarded grades on the 1-9 scale.

New Developments

Key Stage 5

Students select 4 A level subjects. As well as these, all students take A Level General Studies, which provides a balanced overview to their studies. 

In Key Stage 5 (A Level) a range of subjects are being introduced with new specifications and linear assessment. This introduction of new specifications will continue for the full range of A level subjects in 2016 and 2017. All A levels will have linear assessment ( A level exams in Year 13) by 2019.

In 2016 Farlingaye will continue to ask students to sit Year 12 AS exams at the end of year 12, whether or not the subjects being taken are new linear exams or legacy modular exams. Our intention is to focus the efforts of students at this time and to consolidate their learning through revision of year 12 content. Whilst the outcome of the exam will not count towards their final A Level grade, the AS qualification will provide a ‘stand alone grade’ and will be a significant indicator of progress.

AS results will then be available for UCAS applications. The A2 examinations or linear A level examinations are taken in the June of Year 13. In order to prepare for the summer exams there will be a Mock Exam week in the Spring term.

Applied A levels are offered in Science, Travel & Tourism and Health & Social Care. These are composed of 6 units and may be combined with other AS and A level courses.

Students may need to retake English and/or Maths GCSE and these subjects are available as choices alongside A Level study. Science and IT level 2 courses are also on offer should there be enough demand.

 

Subject

AS Level

  A2 Level  

  One Year Courses 

 Applied Science (Modular)

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 Art & Design (Linear)

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 Art (Photography)

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 Art (Textiles) ( Linear)

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 Biology (Linear)

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 Business Studies

 2 Year Level 3 Cambridge

 Technical Qualification

   

 Chemistry (Linear)

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 (Computer Science (Linear)

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 Creative Writing (Modular)

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 Design & Technology (Modular)

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 Drama (Modular)

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 Economics (Linear)

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 English Language (Linear)

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 English Literature (Linear)

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 English Language GCSE

   

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 Film Studies (Modular)

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 French (Modular)

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 Further Mathematics (Modular)

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 General Studies (Modular)

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 Geography (Modular)

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 German (Modular)

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 Government and Politics

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 Health & Social Care (Modular)

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 History (Linear)

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 ICT (Modular)

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 Mathematics (Modular)

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 Mathematics GCSE

   

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 Music (Modular)

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 Music Technology (Modular)

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 Physical Education (Modular)

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 Physics (Linear)

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 Psychology (Linear)

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 Religious Education (Modular)

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 Science GCSE

   

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 Sociology (Modular)

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 Spanish (Modular)

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 Vocational Studies

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