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Curriculum

At Uplands, we believe that all students should be equipped with the skills to lead happy and successful lives. All students are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, centred on a traditional academic core, which provides opportunities for intellectual and personal development. The curriculum offers appropriate challenge and support and enthuses students about their learning. It provides numerous and varied opportunities for enrichment and character development and prepares students for life as competent, confident and responsible citizens.

Key Stage 3 (11-14)

All students master the basics of literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 3.

  • We allocate a significant proportion of curriculum time to English and mathematics at Key Stage 3. These two subjects comprise over 30% of the total curriculum time.

All students are entitled to study an academic core of English, mathematics, science, humanities and a modern foreign language.

  • The academic core comprises almost 70% of students’ curriculum allocation.

Students are offered a broad range of subjects outside the academic core curriculum.

  • All students have discrete lessons in physical education, art, music, drama, product design, nutrition, and computing.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)is an important part of the curriculum at Uplands and students have a lesson every fortnight.  We cover the following:

  • Bullying and friendships;
  • Cannabis and alcohol;
  • Careers;
  • Careers;
  • Diversity, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination;
  • First Aid;
  • Healthy eating and exercise;
  • Internet safety;
  • LGBT+;
  • Road safety;
  • Rules, rights and responsibilities;
  • Self-esteem;
  • Sex and Relationships Education;
  • Smoking.

In addition to this, all students have a weekly assembly programme that covers spiritual, moral, and cultural development.

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

All students are successful in English, English Literature and mathematics.

  • We allocate a significant proportion of curriculum time to English and mathematics at Key Stage 4. Eight hours per fortnight are allocated to mathematics. Five hours to English and five hours to English Literature.

All students are entitled to study an academic core of English, mathematics, science, humanities and a modern foreign language.

  • Our options structure ensures that all students study English, English Literature, mathematics, and science (combined or triple). 

Students are offered a broad range of three or four ‘options’ subjects outside of the academic core curriculum, including both GCSEs and BTEC qualifications.

Our current options subjects for 2016 - 2017 include:

  • Art and Design;
  • BTEC ICT;
  • Business BTEC;
  • Business Studies GCSE;
  • Citizenship;
  • Computing;
  • Curriculum support;
  • Drama;
  • Food;
  • French;
  • Geography;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • History;
  • Music;
  • Philosophy and Ethics;
  • Photography;
  • Physical Education BTEC;
  • Physical Education GCSE;
  • Product Design – Graphics;
  • Spanish.

All students have a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson every fortnight and cover the following topics:

  • Body image;
  • Careers;
  • Drugs and alcohol;
  • Internet safety;
  • Mental health;
  • Personal finance;
  • Revision;
  • Sex and relationships education.

In addition to this, all students have a weekly assembly programme that covers spiritual, moral, and cultural development.

Mathematics

Click here for information on mathematics in each year group

Year 7

Click here for information on year 7 subjects

Year 8

Click here for information on year 8 subjects

Year 9

Click here for information on year 9 subjects

Key Stage 4

Click here for information on year 10 and 11 subjects

Key Stage 5

Click here for information on year 12 and 13 subjects

If you would like further information on the curriculum followed by Uplands Community College, please contact office@uplandscc.com in the first instance.