Curriculum Provision at HTC 2016-2017
In today’s constantly changing society, it is becoming increasingly important for students to develop a range of skills that are transferable and adaptable in the marketplace. HTC has become well known for the outstanding curriculum provision it offers and it is always a challenge to continue to provide this for our students in the ever evolving world of education in which we live and work. It is our intention to be able to offer a personalised curriculum for all our students so that it continues to be broad, balanced, progressive and relevant to students of all abilities. With this personalised programme it is our intention to provide an experience that stimulates, motivates and extends learners, with a curriculum responsive to their individual interests, needs and aspirations enabling access to more than one learning environment. This will be flexible, enabling learners to combine courses and different types of learning.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
Throughout Years 7 and 8 students follow a variety of subjects as specified by the National Curriculum. These should extend and challenge students as well as linking closely with what they have learnt at their respective schools in Key Stage 2. Students are set by ability in the Autumn term of Year 7 for English, Maths and Science and all other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. Students are taught using a variety of approaches with a variety of resources and it is our intention that this will stimulate and motivate students to achieve their very best.
Key Stage 4 – Years 9 to 11
As you may be aware the Government have recently announced a series of reforms that will affect students in Year 9. These govern, in particular, the subjects that students should take and also how the qualifications for these subjects will be assessed. It is our aim that students are able to take options that satisfy these new requirements but also retain the flexibility which has been so successful in our curriculum in recent years.
One key reform is that all GSCE subjects will be assessed by final exam. Therefore, potentially a student may have to sit over 20 exams (at least two papers per subject) in a period of 2 to 3 weeks in the Summer Term of Year 11.
To alleviate this concern, when students choose their options in Year 8 they will choose options in two groups.
Group 1 – Students will select two subjects that will be studied in Years 9 and 10. These subjects will complete their final assessments in Year 10 and will therefore not need to be studied in Year 11.
Art and Design (BTEC)
Design and Technology – V-Cert Level 2 Creative Studies (Graphic Design)
Design and Technology – V-Cert Level 2 Creative Studies (Craft)
Design and Technology – V-Cert Level 2 Food and Cookery
Hairdressing (City and Guilds)
Leisure and Tourism (GCSE)
Group 2 – Students will then select five subjects from the Group 2 list. These subjects will be studied in Year 9 and students will then undertake a further options process towards the end of Year 9. At this point students will select three of these choices which they will then go onto study in Years 10 and 11.
Art and Design (BTEC)
Business Studies (GCSE)
Computer Science (GCSE)
Hairdressing (City and Guilds)
Health and Social Care (BTEC)
All students will of course take the core curriculum, which is made up of:
English – Students will take GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature.
Science – Various pathways are possible, although all students will have the opportunity to gain at least two Science GCSEs, or equivalent.
Our Tutorial and Assembly Programme covers statutory requirements of PSHRCE (Personal, Social, Health, Religious and Careers Education), and Enterprise Education*. HTC promotes fundamental British values and principles which all those living in the UK should respect and support. These values are reflected in the responsibilities, rights and privileges of being British that are based on history and traditions and are protected by law, customs and expectations. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance.
The fundamental principles of British life that we promote at HTC include:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Participation in community life
* These are also embedded across the curriculum in a range of different subjects.
In addition students must study at least one subject from the English Baccalaureate family of subjects. These subjects include:
- Any Modern Foreign Language, we offer French, German and Spanish
- Computer Science
This can be taken from either Group 1 or 2 but if taken in Group 2 it must be taken through until the end of Year 11.
In the Spring term of Year 9, students will then go through a second options process. The purpose of this process will be for students to decide which of the Group 2 subjects they will take in Years 10 and 11. This process is very much a two way process. At HTC we believe it is vital that students are well matched to the subjects they take and staff hold a key role in ensuring that students select options in which they can be successful. Students will, therefore, only be offered subjects where they have shown good levels of motivation and effort when studying these during Year 9.