Curriculum

Science

Students have the opportunity to study a either a short or more in depth science course, which aims to encourage students to find out about the world around them and support and build practical and investigatory skills. Students in Year 11 have the opportunity to sit GCSE Biology.

Pupils will learn physics including electronics and space, chemistry where they will be able to conduct experiments and biology where they will study living things, learning through exciting, challenging, hands on lessons.

Specification:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Assessment is by exam and controlled assessment.

Art

Students in KS3 learn the basic elements of art. Students also learn many different practical skills in painting, sculpture, drawing, and graphic design. Students are encouraged to develop an individual response to the work. Critical studies are a very important part of the Key Stage Three Syllabus; students learn about artists, designers and craftspeople from a variety of cultures and historical periods. Students can choose art as an option in KS4 in which they will study for a GCSE with OCR. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop their own interests within a structured programme.

English

English taught to all students across both key stages
Year 10 and 11: AQA GCSE English qualification
Functional Skills English Level 1 qualification

History

  • Entry Level in Yr 10 (Option)
  • GCSE in Yr 11 (Option)

PE

In KS3 students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

In KS4 students will get the opportunity to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wider range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. Students will be expected to analyse the situation and make decisions. They will also have to reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.

There is also a GCSE equivalent PE option for those students who wish to further extend their knowledge with theory application as well as practical aspects of sports.

Sports provisions within the school include

  • Cambridge Nationals in Sports Science Level 1 & 2
  • Sports Leaders Award Level 1 & 2
  • Football Coaching by Kinja FC
  • Dallaglio Rugby Trust and Employability Scheme
  • Middlesex SEN League
  • Hit the top Heroes cricket scheme
  • Swimming lessons
  • Boxing Club

Construction

This Level 1/2 qualification gives students with an interest in construction the chance to:

  • gain an understanding of Health & Safety and security as they apply to working on site
  • gain knowledge of how to project manage a small construction project from planning stage to completion
  • gain practical skills in a varied assortment of trades.

In order to be awarded the WJEC Construction and the Built Environment qualification, students will complete two units for assessment and pass one exam.

Food Tech

KS3 students will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, health and safety, product design and other aspects of food technology, with practical tasks covering various cooking and baking techniques. In KS4 students can build on their knowledge and skills base by studying where food comes from, what choices we make around food, controlled diets, safe and hygienic food practices, and other key aspects of food technology, working towards the NCFE V Cert in Food and Cookery. This qualification is assessed through production of coursework and a written exam.

Design Tech

This GCSE qualification in resistant materials gives the students the opportunity to design and make products from different materials.

Students will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • designing and making products for a range of themes including: educational toys, sport, display cabinets, storage for teenagers, older people etc.
  • designing and making products for home, music, family e.g. entertainment cabinets etc.
  • looking at the skills involved in designing and manufacturing a product. Looking at what different types of materials can be used, looking at the environmental issues with manufacture of products and the health and safety with design technology

In order to be awarded the OCR GCSE qualification two of the units are practical course work based and the other will be an exam.

To find out more about our curriculum please contact Caroline Adamcyzk, School Business Manager on reception@ypacademy.org

Qualifications on offer for KS4

History GCSE Entry Level 1
Design Tech GCSE
Food Tech NCFE V Cert
English GCSE F/Skills level 1
Maths GCSE Entry Level 1
Science GCSE
PE Cambridge Nationals
Construction WJEC  Level 1/2

For GCSE results for the last three years, please click here.