Curriculum

 

We aim to provide, for all students in all Key Stages, a broad and balanced curriculum which not only encompasses those elements required by law, but which broadens, enriches and stimulates individual learning.

Additionally at all Key Stages there is an extra-curricular programme that provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills and interests further. There is also the opportunity to undertake a wide range of leadership roles.

Timetable Structure

We operate a 34 period week. There are 33 subject lessons of 45 minutes duration in the case of single lessons or a double lesson of 1 hour 30 minutes in the case of practical subjects. There is a one hour 30 minute lesson of Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE) with Citizenship on a Wednesday afternoon for each year group complemented by a 15 minute tutor or assembly session at the beginning of each day.

Setting

In most subjects in Years 7 to 11 students are placed in one of seven groups:

 A, C and E   3 equal groups of mostly average ability
 M and O   2 equal groups of mostly above average ability
 S and T   2 equal groups of mostly high ability

 

Additionally

In Mathematics the students are placed in one of seven ability sets during Key Stage 3. 

In Design & Technology at KS3 students are placed in similar ability sets, but divided into smaller classes; Food, Product Design and Textiles are the subjects followed. 

The setting for Years 10 and 11 is similar but may vary between subjects. 

Mathematics, Science and Modern Languages are taught in sets. 

Either Triple or Double Science is studied at Key Stage 4. 

English and Religious Education are taught in a linear grouping set by English. 

Usually optional GCSE subjects in Years 10 & 11 are taught in mixed ability sets. 

All Key Stage 5 subjects are opted for with the exception of GCSE English Language and Maths.

If a student has not achieved at least a “C” grade at Key Stage 4 then they need to continue studying either GCE English or Maths until they achieve a minimum “C” grade.

 

Key Stage 3 - 5 Curriculum Summary 2014 - 2015
  

Taught: (no of periods per week) KS3: Year 7 KS3: Year 8 KS3: Year 9 KS4 KS5
Art √ (2) √ (2) √ (2) √ (3) Option √ (6)
Art BTEC         √ (6)
Business       √ (3) Option √ (6)
Business BTEC       √ (3) Option √ (18)
Computing Core (2014 - ) √ (1) √ (1) √ (1 & 6 days) √ (6 days) Core  
Computing Option (2014-)       √ (3) Option  
Design & Technology – Food √ (2) √ (2) √ (2) √ (3) Option √ (6)
Design & Technology – Product   Design √ (3) Option √ (6)
Design & Technology – Textiles √ (3) Option √ (6)
Drama √ (1) √ (1) √ (1) √ (3) Option √ (6)
Economics         √ (6)
English √ (4) √ (4) √ (4)    
English Language       √ (4) Core √ (6) & GCSE (2)
English Literature       √ (6)
Extended Project Qualification         √ (2)
Geography √ (2) √ (2) √ (2) √ (3) Option √ (6)
Government and Politics         √ (6)
Health and Social Care BTEC       √ (3) Option √ (18)
History √ (2) √ (2) √ (2) √ (3) Option √ (6)
IT √ (1) √ (1) √ (1) 2014 √ (3) Option √ (6)
Latin         √ (1.5)
Maths √ (4) √ (4) √ (4) √ (4/5) Core √ (3) GCSE
Maths: Additional       √ (4 from Jan) √ (2)
Maths: Further         √ (2)
Maths: Statistics and Calculus         √ (6)
Media       √ (3) Option √ (6)
MFL: French √ (4) √ (4) √ (4) √ (4) Core Option √ (6)
MFL: German       √ (3) Option √ (6)
MFL: Spanish √ (4) √ (4) √ (4) √ (4) Core Option √ (6)
Music √ (1) √ (2) √ (2) √ (3) Option √ (6)
PE: Core √ (3) √ (2) √ (2) √ (2) Core  
PE: Optional       √ (3) Option √ (6)
PE: Sport BTEC       √ (3) Option  
Photography         √ (6)
PSCHE & Citizenship √ (1.5) √ (1.5) √ (1.5) √ (1.5) Core √ (1.5)
Psychology         √ (6)
Religions Education: Core √ (3) √ (3) √ (3) √ (3) √ (1)
Religions Education: Optional         √ (6)
Science √ (4) √ (4) √ (4)    
Science: Applied         √ (6)
Science: BTEC       √ (6) Core  
Science: Biology       √ (7) Core Option √ (6)
Science: Chemistry       √ (6)
Science: Physics        √ (6)
Science: Double       √ (6) Core Option √ (6)
Sociology         √ (6)


Key Stage 5 Curriculum 2014 - 2015

In Year 12 Sixth Form students study a personalised programme of courses, which has been determined after interviews with senior leaders. Usually this programme includes three or four Level 3 subjects of study (either AS levels, BTEC Diplomas or a combination of the two). Students may also undertake enrichment courses (see below).

In Year 13, most students opt to concentrate on three subjects. Some students continue with four.

AS, A2 and BTEC National Award courses are taught for six periods per week. BTEC National Diploma courses have eighteen periods per week.

Students have the opportunity to review their Level 3 programme after the AS exam results, to consider which course they might “drop”. Within this curriculum structure, there is the flexibility to follow a combination of AS and A2 courses in the second year of Sixth Form.

2015 Onwards

The Government has reformed A levels to ensure that they prepare students better for future choices in either Further Education or Higher Education or employment. The new A levels will  be linear qualifications that ensure students develop the skills and knowledge needed for progression to undergraduate study. As a result, St Philomena’s Sixth Form will be offering A levels that reflect the changes made by the Government to the following subjects:

These new A levels are to be fully linear with more synoptic assessment. They will be taken over two years, with students sitting their exams at the end of the course.
AS levels will be stand-alone qualifications and will no longer contribute to an A level grade. 

2 Year A Levels AS and A2
Art & Design Applied Science (Single Award)
Biology D&T: Product Design
Business Studies D&T: Food Technology
Chemistry French
Computer Science Geography
Economics German
English Language Government & politics
English Literature Mathematics
History Religious Studies
Photography Spanish
Physics Physical Education
Psychology  
Sociology  
Textiles  
AS Mathematics or Core Mathematics or GCSE resit Mathematics

 

Note: BTEC Diploma courses are two years in duration. The Art BTEC award course is the equivalent of one A level. BTEC H&SC and BTEC Business Studies National Diplomas are the equivalent of 3 A levels

As part of the compulsory curriculum all Sixth Form students take part in one lesson of General R.E. In 2014-15, Year 12 students will participate in a single period of General RE per week, covering five 6-hour units of work: 1. What makes us human? 2. Personal & Social Ethics 3. Faith Development 4. Religion in Contemporary Society 5. Experiments in Spirituality and Prayer. The work the students complete will be awarded a certificate from the National Open College Network. Year 13 students will also take part in one lesson of RE per week working towards level 2 of the NOCN certificate. The spiritual development and religious education of the students remain an essential focus of our post-16 curriculum and the 6th formers have the opportunity to become Eucharistic Ministers, lead Eucharistic Services and contribute to the school Liturgy programme.

Most Year 12 students take an Enrichment Course in addition to their core options. The certificated enrichment courses currently available include: Extended Project Qualification (Level 3; equivalent to half an A Level);, CSLA – Community Sports Leadership Award Art Life Drawing classes or student leadership positions. All 6th Form students participate in our “Future Pathways Programme” on Wednesday afternoons. This programme covers Higher Education & Careers, PSHE, and Citizenship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025


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