The Curriculum at Cornelius Vermuyden School

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

Students in Years 7-9 study the national curriculum, with elements of GCSE in Year 9. They are split into two equal ability bands, which enable classes to be set appropriately, meeting the needs of individual students.

The school runs a two-week timetable, consisting of 50 one-hour lessons. Subject allocations are as follows:

Years 7 and 8

English 6 hours
Maths 6 hours
Science 6 hours
History 5 hours
Geography 5 hours
French/Spanish 5 hours
Physical Education 4 hours
Design & Technology 3 hours
Art 2 hours
Music 2 hours
Drama 2 hours
ICT 2 hours
Wellbeing 2 hours

Year 9

English 8 hours
Maths 8 hours
Science 8 hours
History 4 hours
Geography 4 hours
French/Spanish 4 hours
Physical Education 4 hours
Enrichment Carousel* 4 hours
Design & Technology 2 hours
Art 2 hours
Wellbeing 2 hours

*The Enrichment Carousel is comprised of Classical Civilisation, Media, Performing Arts and Psychology. All students experience 18 hours of teaching in each of these subjects on a rotation through the academic year.

Year 9 students begin GCSE Literature in Year 9; they take the examination at the end of Year 10. They will also experience GCSE modules in Maths, Science and Languages as part of their transition from Key Stage 3 to 4.

Students choose their GCSE options in April, ready for study in September.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

Year 10

Students begin examination courses at the start of Year 10 in all subjects but English Literature. All students will study the following subjects:

GCSE English 7 hours
GCSE English Literature Taught within the time allocation for English
GCSE Maths 7 hours
GCSE Science 8 hours
GCSE History or Geography* 6 hours
Core PE 2 hours
Wellbeing 2 hours

* Some students will study BTEC Travel & Tourism as an alternative to History or Geography.

In addition, students study one of the following:

GCSE French
Cambridge National in Health & Social Care
WJCE Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality & Catering
NCFE Health & Fitness
BTEC Media

There is flexibility for students to study more than one of these subjects if they wish.

Students choose two options from the following list:

GCSE Art
Cambridge National in Child Development
GCSE Classical Civilisation
BTEC Dance
GCSE Design & Technology
GCSE Drama
NCFE Health & Fitness
Cambridge National in Health & Social Care
WJCE Level 1/2 in Hospitality & Catering
BTEC Information Technology
BTEC Media
BTEC Music
GCSE Photography
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Psychology

All options have a teaching allocation of 6 hours.

Year 11

GCSE English 8 hours
GCSE English Literature For 2020/21, this will be taught within the time allocationfor English
GCSE Maths 8 hours
GCSE Science 8 hours
GCSE History or Geography* 5 hours
Core PE 4 hours
Wellbeing 2 hours

* Some students will study BTEC Travel & Tourism as an alternative to History or Geography.

In addition, students study one of the following:

GCSE French 5 hours
GCSE Citizenship 5 hours
BTEC Health & Fitness 5 hours

There is flexibility for students to study more than one of these subjects if they wish.

Students choose two options from the following list:

GCSE Art
GCSE Classical Civilisation
GCSE Dance
GCSE Design & Technology
WJCE Level 1/2 Hospitality & Catering
BTEC Information Communications
GCSE Media
GCSE PE
GCSE Photography
GCSE Psychology

All options have a teaching allocation of 5 hours.

"Please contact Mrs Halpin (Deputy Headteacher, on admin@corver.rmplc.co.uk or 01268 685011 extension 124 with any curriculum queries"

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