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Curriculum Overview 2019/2020

 

At Westlands we believe in the importance of both a traditional academic curriculum, that gives students the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens and our RADAR values (respect, achievement, diversity, aspiration and resilience).  By focusing on these principles, our students are fully prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences needed to gain qualifications and enrich their later lives. 

Our curriculum is designed to provide all pupils with a structured and clear path to success. In years 7 and 8 pupils study a wide range of subjects, including the core foundation of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, PE and Values. All of the subjects follow a flight path of learning that provides a foundation for the level 2 courses they will study at Key Stage 4 level.

Our pupils go through the options process at the end of Key Stage 3 in order to choose an individual set of subjects to focus on in year 9, 10 and 11.  All pupils specialise in either History or Geography and there is the opportunity for our academically able students to study French and Computer Science as well. All pupils are also given the option to select from a wide range of additional option subjects which include GCSE courses, new generation BTEC’s and some other level 2 vocational qualifications.

Although we offer a vast range of subjects we consider English, mathematics and science as the highest priority subjects in our curriculum.

 

Key Stage 4 Option Subjects
 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Geography* Geography* Geography*
History* History* History*
French French French
Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science
Media Studies Media Studies Media Studies
Construction Construction Construction
Engineering Engineering Engineering
Child Development Child Development Child Development
Food Catering Food Catering Food Catering
Animal Care Animal Care Animal Care
Design Technology Design Technology Design Technology
GCSE PE GCSE PE GCSE PE
Business Studies Business Studies Business Studies
Psychology Psychology Psychology
Art and Design Art and Design Art and Design
Photography Music Photography
Music Dance Music
Dance Drama Dance
Drama   Drama

 

* All pupils pick either Geography or History as one of their option choices.

 

For more information about our curriculum please contact the relevant Head of Department or Mrs Cox, Deputy Headteacher.