The curriculum at The English College reflects our philosophy and aims. It is broad and balanced, recognises UK guidelines and fulfils the requirements of the UK National Curriculum and beyond.
We provide education that is suited to all students and there is great emphasis on academic excellence. Students need to secure the best achievable qualifications. However, we firmly believe that the value of our curriculum goes beyond purely what is examinable. We believe every learner is entitled to a curriculum that is rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard. We promote the view that learning should be experienced as something which is enjoyable, engaging, rewarding and confidence building.
The curriculum should enable all young people to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
It is our intention to lay secure foundations for progression into Further and Higher Education and we consider preparation for Sixth Form study to be a key feature of our 11-16 education.
Our curriculum includes a wide variety of enrichment activities and we encourage students to take full advantage of these. Lessons are taught by highly qualified and motivated staff, all of whom are experts in their subject. All departments are well resourced.
Our curriculum is broken up into three Key Stages:
In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9, Ages 11 – 14) our students follow English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Art, Computing, Drama, Geography, History, French, Spanish, Personal Social Health Education, Music, Physical Education and Dance. At the end of Year 9 students are provided with advice to help guide them about their GCSE options.
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11, Ages 14 – 16) our students follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education ICT, Arabic (Arabic passport holders only), Islamic Studies (muslim students only). Students also choose 4 GCSEs from the following optional subjects. They are given a free choice and every effort is made to meet those choices.
Arabic B, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, Economics, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Travel & Tourism.
In Key Stage 5 (Years 12 – 13, Ages 16 – 18) we have created a vibrant, friendly and happy community, where every student is valued and given individual attention, so that they are able to flourish and leave the college as a confident, accomplished, well-rounded individual, fully prepared for the challenges of Higher Education and work in the 21st Century. Most of our students proceed to higher education; the college has an excellent record of success in university entrance.
Our students can choose A level or BTEC qualifications depending on their interests and aptitude. It is expected most students will choose between 3 – 5 subjects in KS5 from the following optional subjects.
Arabic, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, BTEC Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, BTEC Creative Media Production, Drama & Theatre Studies, English Language & Literature, English Literature, Economics, French, Geography, Government & Politics, History, BTEC Information Technology, Mathematics, Mathematics Level 3, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, BTEC Applied Science, Sociology, Spanish, BTEC Travel & Tourism.