The curriculum offer at Bluecoat Aspley Academy reflects its learners: it is diverse, vibrant and driven by a desire for success. It equips our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed throughout their time at the Academy and excel in the next steps in their educational journey, be that at the Academy Sixth Form, university, college, apprenticeship or employment.
In Year 7 and 8 (KS3), students follow the national curriculum in a broad and balanced diet of experiences from the Arts, Design Technology, Humanities and PE to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. We believe that students should be fully prepared for KS4 experience so we ensure that Knowledge, Skills and Understanding taught during KS3 are closely aligned to requirements at KS4. Subjects plan using “Big Ideas and Statements of Learning” for each subject. Knowledge Organisers are produced for each subject for each half-term, enabling students to build a strong and secure base of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding for their KS4 experience.
At the start of Year 9, students personalise their curriculum by choosing options which include a wide range of GCSE and Vocational courses. Assessment in these courses takes place in a variety of forms including controlled assessments during the course and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4. All subjects and qualifications are carefully selected to provide the best possible range of opportunities for our students and provide a platform for continued study through to the Sixth Form.
Sixth Form students choose from over 40 courses at both level 2 and 3 including ‘A’ levels and vocational qualifications which are assessed through controlled assessments and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 5.
A Summary of Content:
KS3 (Years 7 & 8)
The following subjects are studied in years 7 & 8. The number of 1 hour lessons per week are shown in brackets:
Religious Education (1)
Physical Education (2)
Design & Technology (2)
Computer Science/ICT (1)
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
The KS4 courses offered will provide a firm foundation for future careers and further education. In particular, our courses are designed to be a natural stepping-stone to GCE AS/A2 Level qualifications and Vocational Subjects offered in our Post 16 Centre. This ensures continuity and progression in learning at Bluecoat. We are convinced that our success as an Academy is due in part to this careful linking of courses and the sustained support of staff for students from the ages of 11 to 18.
Students follow a core curriculum of:
English (Language and Literature,) Mathematics, Science, an EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) RE and core PE.
Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:
A second EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) Art & Design, Childcare, Creative & Media, Drama, Computer Science, Food Preparation and Nutrition, ICT, Music, Design & Technology, PE / Sport, Textiles Design, Sociology and Business Studies.