Curriculum & Subjects

At Beacon Academy we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables students to reach their potential. A differentiated curriculum allows students of all abilities to make good progress and to achieve excellence irrespective of their starting points. We provide many opportunities for the students in our care. The links below lead to information about our curriculum for each year group. These are always under review so we can adjust them to meet the needs of the cohort and any changes to qualifications.

Years 7 & 8 Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to suit the developing needs of our students and to enhance and develop each individual further to reach their potential. It is important to recognise that students will be assessed throughout the year and that their curriculum may be adapted based on individual needs.

Students are divided into two bands and have approximately 100 students in each.

All Students study English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Computing, Technology, Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Philosophy and PSCHE. Students also study either French or German. The most able students in each band study both French and German. Within English lessons the most able students study Latin once a fortnight.

All students also have regular PE lessons developing their skills in a number of sports.

Year 9 Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to suit the developing needs of our students and to enhance and develop each individual further to reach their potential. It is important to recognise that students will be assessed throughout the year and that their curriculum may be adapted based on individual needs.

Students are divided into two bands and have approximately 100 students in each.

All Students study English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Computing, Technology, Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Philosophy and PSCHE. Students also study either French or German. The most able students in each band study both French and German.

All students also have regular PE lessons developing their skills in a number of sports.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 Curriculum

During Year 9 students make their option choices. During Years 10 and 11 all students continue with a core set of subjects: English Literature and English Language, Maths, Science (the majority of students study a combined Science course leading to two GCSEs, the most able scientists will study a separate Science course leading to three GCSEs) and PE (students study either GCSE PE or a VCert in Health and Fitness or a VCert in Perfomance skills). Students also choose History or Geography GCSE and then two GCSEs from French, German, Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics), Dance, Drama, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Design & Technology, Computer Studies, Music, Art & Design, Art Graphics, Art Textiles or a VCert in Digital Technologies or Business or Engineering or a Cambridge National in Health and Social Care.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum: Year 12 & 13

The curriculum at key stage 5 is intended to give the opportunity to specialise in specific subjects, or to follow new subjects, to give students more responsibility for the direction of their own learning and to prepare students for success in Higher Education and beyond. For more information about the courses available at sixth form please click here.

For further information please see our Curriculum Policy.