Uplands Community College offers a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to meeting our core purpose: to create confident learners who thrive in a changing world. To do so, we need to fulfil the following key principles:

  • To ensure our students experience a curriculum that gives them the best opportunities in later life and is underpinned by our belief in the limitless potential of our students;
  • To provide a rigorous academic curriculum that is challenging, enriching and accessible to all, whilst offering a equally challenging vocational opportunities for students to whom these are best suited;
  • To differentiate our curriculum in appropriate pathways for specific cohorts of students e.g. our most vulnerable; our highest starters etc.;
  • To provide continuity and progression between the key stages, using assessment intelligently and to inform learning, and not solely as a tool for summative judgment;
  • To provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social and economic education (supported by M3 lessons and our GREAT framework) that ensures our students become confident citizens;
  • To recognise the importance of both formal and informal taught curriculum within the school’s timetabled programme and that which takes place out of normal lesson time or the school day;
  • To provide expert, up-to-date careers guidance that is presented impartially and gives our students access to the best information available to schools;
  • To promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (paying particular regard to the Equalities Act, 2010);
  • To ensure that students are best prepared for national examinations and the increasing academic demands of terminal examinations;
  • To maintain the highest standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum so that students have essential skills for life.

At Uplands we believe that learning takes place everywhere. School life is therefore enriched by a range of extracurricular activities. A broad spectrum of sporting, musical, scientific and other activities are offered at lunchtimes and after school. Students enjoy success in an impressive range of creative and sporting activities throughout their school life. Travel and residential trips are an integral part of broadening student experience. We offer trips to:

  • Year 7 Paris trip (Parc Asterix theme park);
  • Year 8 Outward Bounds Multi-Activity Course (Welsh Camp);
  • Year 9 Christmas Truce Tour to Ypres;
  • Geography field trips to Exmoor (Field Studies Council) and Brighton;
  • Recent trips to China, Iceland, Uganda and the Indian Himalayas;
  • Various theatre visits – drama to see The Woman in Black and Stomp (theatre and workshops) and English to see Macbeth;
  • Art and photography trips to Brighton, Hastings and Bexhill, as well as various London art galleries;
  • South of England Show - Big Bang STEM Fair;
  • Modern Foreign Languages visits to the British Film Institute for French and Spanish study days - Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4;
  • Riding club/events trip to Hickstead Showground;
  • Rosemary Shrager Cookery School – food technology students;
  • Science trips to Dungeness Nuclear Power Station and Herstmonceux Science Centre;
  • Sixth Form challenge ‘Away Day’ to Team Dynamics in Bells Yew Green;
  • Sixth Form UCAS/university visits;
  • English trips to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio and theatre – Matilda;
  • Citizenship and politics trips to the Houses of Parliament and Royal Courts of Justice;
  • Various PE events – Ouse Valley and A Level revision days in Lewes.

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)

Uplands Community College students receive a rich and varied curriculum within Years 7, 8 and 9, in accordance with the National Curriculum and enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and personal development. Whilst utilising the best teaching and learning strategies, we aim to develop the individual student to a high level of competence in all subject areas. The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims for students to enjoy learning and develop the attitudes, understanding, skills and confidence to thrive in a changing world. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught in subject areas.

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)

GCSE/BTEC/VCert subjects are selected to ensure that students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to their individual needs. We aspire for every student to complete Year 11 with the best set of GCSE/Level 2 qualifications to take them on to their next stage of learning whether this is Post-16 study, employment or training. We offer a wide range of GCSE/Level 2 courses.

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 September 2018 include:

  • Art and Design;
  • Business Studies (GCSE and BTEC);
  • Citizenship;
  • Computer Science;
  • English Language;
  • English Literature;
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition;
  • French;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Music;
  • Photography;
  • Physical Education (GCSE and BTEC);
  • Product Design;
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics;
  • Science (including Triple Science – biology, chemistry and physics);
  • Spanish;
  • Other Key Stage 4 pathways offered at Uplands Community College: Curriculum Support and VCert in Woodcraft.

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.

Key Stage 5

We offer a wide range of A Level and Level 3 qualifications in our sixth form.  In addition we offer a comprehensive package of extracurricular activities including sport, theatre, music, community activities, and support for younger students and charity work. We ask all our students to make a contribution to the school, local or international community and as a result they are looked on as leaders by younger students in school. Throughout their time in the sixth form, our students are given high quality, ongoing academic and personal support by a team of committed and dedicated staff.

  • Applied Business – Level 3 Certificate;
  • Applied Law – Level 3 Certificate;
  • Art and Design (Fine Art);
  • Art and Design (Photography);
  • Biology;
  • Chemistry;
  • D&T: Product Design;
  • English Literature;
  • French;
  • Geography;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • History;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physical Education;
  • Physics;
  • Politics;
  • Psychology;
  • Spanish.


Click here for information on mathematics in each year group

Year 7

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Year 8

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Year 9

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Key Stage 4

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Key Stage 5

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