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Years 7-8

All pupils will study the same subjects for the first two years at Ashfield.

  • Mathematics (7 periods a fortnight)
  • English - Language and Literature (7 periods)
  • Science - Biology, Chemistry and Physics (6 periods)
  • Humanities - Geography, History and Religious Studies (6 periods)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (4 periods in Year 7, 5 periods in Year 8)
  • Physical Education (5 periods in Year 7, 4 periods in Year 8)
  • Music (2 periods)
  • Drama (2 periods)
  • Art (2 periods)
  • Design and Technology (5 periods)
  • ICT (2 periods)
  • PDE - including Personal, Social and Health Education and Careers (2 periods)
  • Tutor time (5 x 20 minutes)

Additional support across the curriculum is provided by Faculty Learning and Progress Assistants for pupils on the SEN register. Additional resources are allocated to pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium and to those below national expectations in Literacy and Numeracy to ensure that they make the progress required in KS3 to access a full range of pathways in KS4. In Year 7, pupils with 100 or below in their reported KS2 standardised English score follow the Lit programme in Languages curriculum time.

Life After Levels

With the introduction of a new national curriculum, levels of attainment are no longer mandatory and we will have developed a school based system of tracking to replace levelling and support outstanding progress.

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Key Stage 4

Year 9
  • All pupils will study the following subjects during Year 9
  • GCSE Mathematics (8 periods a fortnight)
  • GCSE English - Language and Literature (8 periods)
  • GCSE Science - Combined (8 Periods)
  • Physical Education (4 periods)
  • PDE (2 periods)
  • Tutor time (delivering SMSC and IAG)

Pupils will then opt for 2 subjects from the following group (6 periods each a fortnight). All pupils must select at least 1 which is an EBacc subject. Pupils are given guidance in their selection with a view to maximising their progress across a suite of 8 subjects.

  • GCSE Computing
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Spanish

For some students an alternative non-EBacc subject may be offered instead of the students second option from the list above.

Pupils will then opt for 2 further subjects (4 periods each a fortnight) from the following group. A pupil's pathway for a particular subject will be determined by academic potential and progress, with a view to maximising achievement across 8 subjects.

  • GCSE Art / BTEC Art
  • IMI Automotive Engineering
  • BTEC Business Studies
  • GCSE Child Development
  • BTEC Construction
  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Drama
  • BTEC Engineering
  • BTEC Fashion
  • GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • VTCT Hair & Beauty Therapy
  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Hospitality & Catering
  • Cambridge Technical ICT
  • GCSE Media Studies
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Philosophy and Ethics
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • GCSE Triple Science
Years 10-11
  • All pupils will study the following subjects during Year 10 and 11.
  • GCSE Mathematics (8 periods a fortnight)
  • GCSE English - Language and Literature (8 periods)
  • GCSE Science - Combined (10 Periods)
  • Physical Education (2 periods)
  • Tutor time (delivering SMSC and IAG)

Students will continue with the four options studied during Year 9.


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Key Stage 5

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Post 16

A range of academic and vocational courses are offered at both Level 3 and Level 2. The pathway that the students follow is determined by both their prior attainment in KS4 and by their intended destination at the end of KS5. Students have the flexibility to choose to a pathway that combines both academic and vocational courses. A student timetable will normally be composed of between 30 and 40 periods a fortnight, although it may be greater in cases where work placements are involved. All students follow a tutor programme which delivers SMSC and IAG.

Level 3 (Alevel)

A2/AS Levels (each delivered for 10 periods a fortnight)
Accounts, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Dance, Drama & Theatre Studies, English Language & Literature, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, History, Law, Maths, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Performing Arst: Musical Theatre, Photography, PE, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish.

Level 3 (Applied General)

Subsidiary Diplomas/Cambridge Technicals (each delivered for 10 periods a fortnight)
Business, Criminology, Design, Engineering, Health and Social Care, ICT, Performance Studies, Science, Sport, Travel and Tourism.

Level 2 Vocational (unless stated these are delivered for between 30-40 periods a fortnight)

Beauty Therapy*, Childcare & Early Years Education*, Construction*, Functional Skills, Hairdressing*, Motor Vehicle Engineering, Professional Cookery, Pub Chef Operations,  Uniform Services* (20 periods a fortnight), Work Skills.

*Progress on to Level 3 in Year 13.

All students in Post 16 who have not met the Level 4 threshold in English or Maths will study GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths or a stepping stone qualification (5 periods a fortnight). The stepping stone qualification will only be available to those who have a Level 1 or 2 in English or Maths.

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