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Manchester Academy Curriculum 2016 – 2017

Key Stage 3 (KS3) Curriculum: September 2016

Across KS3, students experience an extensive range of subjects to facilitate engagement, future attainment and to support their decision for further progression/employment.

All students at KS3, receive 8 hours/fortnight of English and Mathematics. Literacy and numeracy skills are crucial in accessing the whole curriculum, enabling employability and as GCSEs, they make twice the contribution of other subjects. The third core subject, Science is also taught over 6 hours/fortnight as all students will undertake the equivalent of 2 or 3 GCSEs in science.

All students in KS3 receive 4 hours/fortnight of Physical Education (promoting health and well-being). With its increasing demands and significance, all students receive 4 hours/fortnight of computing. A Technology carousel (textiles, resistant materials and hospitality and catering) is ran across KS3. The prevalence of the EBAC means that all students will undertake GCSEs in humanities and a language. As such all students will receive 3 hours/fortnight of both History and Geography then 4 hours/fortnight of either French or Spanish.

Furthermore, all key stage 3 students will receive 2hours/fortnight in Art and CV (community and values, in which they develop an awareness of cultural, religious and ethical issues) and performing arts (Drama and Music). Please see below a summary of the KS3 provision.

Please see below a summary of the KS3 provision. 

Subject

Hours / Fortnight

English 8
Maths 8
Science 6
Computing 4
Physical Education 4
Technology (Textiles, Resistant Materials, Hospitality and Catering)  4
History
3
Geography
3
French / Spanish
4
Art 2
Community and Values 2
Drama 1
Music 1

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - Year 9)

All KS3 subjects deliver the new national curriculum. Schemes of work and mapping have been quality assured to ensure full national curriculum coverage within a relevant context for our students, which includes the promotion of British Values.

These schemes also outline assessment models and secure inclusion of skills development e.g. literacy, numeracy, SMSC and employability. Progress data is collected every half term, which enables flexibility and responsiveness in terms of setting and banding students. Our in-school monitoring and analysis has demonstrated that if the ability range within a teaching class is similar, all students make more progress as the teacher is able to deliver activities which enable stretch and challenge and also accessibility for all. At termly intervals (allows adequate time to consistently demonstrate attainment), the placement of students may be reviewed and sets changed when required.

The opportunity for movement across bands is particularly important for our transition classes (2 in year 7), for students with low levels of literacy and numeracy (less than a level 3). These students follow a project-based curriculum, which develops literacy, oracy and numeracy, as well as subject content.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - Year 11)

The consistently excellent progress of students at Manchester Academy may be attributed, at least in part, to Manchester Academy offering an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum.

In addition to meeting progress 8 accountability measures and statutory requirements, the curriculum provide students with both the skills and qualifications they need for future progression and this is carefully balanced to ensure it also meets their interests and aspirations.

Curriculum provision for international new arrivals

To ensure international new arrivals have the opportunity to acquire a level of English that enables them to access to academic qualifications, they begin in the KS3 or KS4 induction group, where they intensively develop English skills.

Students enter mainstream lessons using a gradual phased approach when they meet NASSEA step 5 and are at a stage of consolidating their language acquisition. Each student’s timetable in induction is bespoke and based on their level, prior education and interests.

Key Stage 4 (KS4) Curriculum: September 2016

As at KS3, the KS4 curriculum at Manchester Academy enables students to acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding across a wide range of subjects.

Furthermore, the learning experiences which students undertake equips them with the skills necessary for progression onto employment or further study. The KS4 provision builds upon these subjects as students work towards Level 2 (GCSE or BTEC) qualifications.

Please note that following entry into Year 10, the learning which students undertake contributes towards their final qualifications accredited at the end of Year 11. In GCSE subjects, all exams will be taken at the end of Year 11 with the exception of the 3 Core Science GCSE exams, taken at the end of Year 10. Both years 10 and 11 are divided into 4 bands and students are taught in mixed ability groups in their option subjects.

In Year 10 and 11, all students will follow a core curriculum consisting of the following subjects, with the time allowance also indicated:

  • • Mathematics GCSE: 8 hours/fortnight
  • • English Language GCSE, English Literature GCSE: 8 hours/fortnight
  • • Core Science GCSE, Additional Science GCSE: 8 hours/fortnight
  • • Computing or ICT GCSE or Level 2 certificate in IT application skills (depending on ability to access the course): 5 hours/fortnight


Two non-accredited, but compulsory programmes of study, which all learners undertake, are: physical education (4 hours/fortnight) and community and values (2 hours/fortnight). The latter encompasses the statutory requirement for religious, PSHE, citizenship and sex and relationship education, the delivery of which is also supported during form time.

Throughout Year 9, students receive high quality and detailed information and guidance to make informed decisions about their Key Stage 4 provision. The option block design and courses offered have been made in conjunction with both student and parental suggestions for the specific year group involved. They also ensure that all students can demonstrate a contribution towards progress 8 measures (encouraging the selection of a language or humanity subject in block A). This will ensure that students at Manchester Academy will be accredited qualifications which have been acknowledged by the Government as those which are of high quality and rigorous to demonstrate the students’ ability and skills, enabling progression.

Students may choose 1 subject from each of the following option blocks, they study each subject for 5 hours/fortnight.

Year 10 (all students must choose at least 1 EBAC subject: History, Geography or French).

Year 10

Option List A

Option List B

Option List C

GCSE History GCSE History GCSE History
GCSE Geography GCSE Geography GCSE Geography
GCSE French GCSE French GCSE French
GCSE Separate Science BTEC Hospitality GCSE Music
GCSE Resistant Materials GCSE Textiles GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Art
GCSE Health and Social Care BTEC Business Studies
GCSE Business Studies
BTEC Art GCSE Hospitality

GCSE Drama GCSE Sociology

GCSE Business Studies GCSE PE
  GCSE Psychology GCSE Engineering

Year 11

Option List A

Option List B

Option List C

GCSE Spanish GCSE Resistant Materials  GCSE Graphics
GCSE French BTEC Business  GCSE Business
GCSE History GCSE PE  GCSE PE
GCSE Geography BTEC Art  GCSE Art
  GCSE Drama  GCSE Hospitality and Catering

GCSE Sociology  GCSE Further Science

GCSE Media  GCSE Psychology

BTEC Health and Social Care  
  GCSE Philosophy  

GCSE Textiles  

Year 11

 

Option List A

Option List B

Option List C

GCSE Spanish  GCSE Resistant Materials  GCSE Business 
GCSE German  BTEC Business  BTEC Sport 
GCSE French  GCSE PE  GCSE Art 
GCSE History  BTEC Art  BTEC Hospitality and Catering 
GCSE Geography  GCSE Drama  GCSE Further Science 

GCSE Sociology  GCSE Psychology 

GCSE Media  GCSE Music 

BTEC Health and Social Care GCSE Graphics 

GCSE Philosophy  

 

Year 11

 

Option List A

Option List B

Option List C

GCSE Spanish  GCSE Resistant Materials  GCSE Business 
GCSE German  BTEC Business  BTEC Sport 
GCSE French  GCSE PE  GCSE Art 
GCSE History  BTEC Art  BTEC Hospitality and Catering 
GCSE Geography  GCSE Drama  GCSE Further Science 

GCSE Sociology  GCSE Psychology 

GCSE Media  GCSE Music 

BTEC Health and Social Care GCSE Graphics 

GCSE Philosophy  

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