The curriculum on offer at Bluecoat Beechdale 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 (Key Stage 3), students follow 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 the Key Stage 4 experience so we ensure that the knowledge, skills and understanding taught during Key Stage 3 are closely aligned to the requirements at Key Stage 4 to facilitate a smooth transition.
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 assignments 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 assignments and/or 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:
Physical Education (2)
Design & Technology (2)
Computer Science/ICT (1)
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
At Key Stage 4 students follow a core curriculum of:
English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, an EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language), ICT 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, Drama, Computer Science, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Music, Design & Technology, Sport, Hairdressing and Business Studies.