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GCSE Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to study nine GCSEs whilst continuing their vocational training.

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Core GCSE Subjects

English Language & Literature

Our engaging and challenging English curriculum promotes high standards of language and literacy. On the GCSE Language and Literature courses pupils explore Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Bennett’s The History Boys, as well as poetry anthologies and narrative writing. Book clubs and creative writing groups foster our students’ passion for reading and writing. 

Maths

The Mathematics Department aims to give every pupil an interesting, challenging and enjoyable experience in every lesson. We are proud of our ability to identify and address the individual needs of our students as they progress through their GCSE studies.

Science

The curriculum builds on the ethos of “Science today for scientists of tomorrow”, in which our pupils are able to explore the science that underpins day-to-day life. We aim to raise aspirations and stimulate students’ curiosity and enjoyment of Science through the study of biology, physics and chemistry on the GCSE curriculum.

Optional GCSE Subjects

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Art

At the beginning of the course a range of media, techniques and genres are taught, developing students’ technical ability. Pupils are encouraged to further explore and experiment through a range of projects, creating a personal portfolio. 

Dance

The dance course allows pupils to develop their technique and encourages versatility and individuality as a dancer. With Classical Ballet at its core, pupils also receive tuition in Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Choreography.

Drama

Drama boosts creativity, confidence and literacy skills. Our students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform at a very high level in our professional training environment and at external competitions and festivals.

French

French is taught very much as an arts subject, with frequent references to French stories as well as applications of music and drama in lessons, where appropriate. The GCSE course includes working towards the Cambridge IGCSE (international examination), developing written composition, improving spoken language and conducting performance work in French.

Geography

The aim of geography lessons is to enable pupils to understand the ever changing world in which we live through studies of human and physical geography. Fieldwork is as a key element of this subject, with many external trips and investigations enhancing the pupils’ learning through practical application of their studies.

History

The History department endeavours to inspire pupils’ interest and curiosity about the past. Students study the origins of The Cold War, the Changing Role and Status of Women since 1900 and Nazi Germany. A trip to Berlin deepens their knowledge and understanding of German history.

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Media Studies

Using professional filming and editing facilities, pupils create a portfolio of print and video work. Students enjoy 'The Eddies', our annual red carpet awards event celebrating films made by Year 11 and Sixth Form students. Alongside practical work, students analyse and evaluate a range of media genres. 

Music

Music at ArtsEd is a thriving department with a range of performance opportunities on offer throughout the year. Students experience different styles of music through exploring set works, composition and analysis, weekly performance workshops and masterclasses alongside ensemble performances. Pupils enjoy singing in the choir and can take additional instrument of singing lessons with our visiting peripatetic teachers.

 

For further details on each subject area please read our Year 7-11 Curriculum Overview.