Curriculum Overview September 2015
The Denton Community College Curriculum is designed to offer each student the opportunity to fulfil their potential through a wide range of onsite non-vocational and vocational qualifications. Our curriculum structure works through a one-week timetable where every day has 5 lessons of 60minutes each plus a personal development coaching session at the start of the day to establish our routines. Within this schedule we aim to provide a broad, balanced, coherent and challenging curriculum for all, which enables each student to enjoy learning, achieve success and prepare them for their next steps in life.
Years 7, 8 & 9 – Key Stage 3
Students follow the national curriculum and develop their skills in preparation for their GCSE’s starting in Year 10. There is a heavy focus on core subjects where most students will have 4 lessons each of English, Maths and Science. Modern Foreign Languages is also taught for 2 hours per week.
Students will receive 2 hours of core PE (Physical Education).
Students will follow our Respect curriculum which encompasses the teaching of Religious Studies, PSCHE and Citizenship Education for 1 hour per week in Years 7 & 8 and 3 hours in Year 9.
Students will receive a selection of foundation subjects including; Humanities (History and Geography) for 1 hour per week, Creative Arts (Dance, Drama and Music; 1 hour each) and Technology subjects on a rotation for 2 hours (Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Art).
Some students who need extra support will have additional lessons or specific intervention to accelerate their progress in English and Maths.
Years 10 & 11 (Key Stage 4)
Students will begin GCSE courses at the start of Year 10. There is a heavy focus on core subjects where all students will have 4 lessons each of English, Maths and Science.
Students will continue to follow our Respect curriculum which encompasses the teaching of Religious Studies, PSCHE, and Citizenship Education for 2 hours. This will allow students to access a variety of qualifications Religious Studies and an integrated Humanities course.
Students can opt to study a full and wide range of GCSEs or combine their core GCSEs with other qualifications in more applied or technical subjects. Our curriculum at this key stage is aimed at securing the best possible opportunities for our students post-16 and we offer a comprehensive package of careers guidance and support to underpin this.
From September 2015 all Year 10’s have opted for a ‘core GCSE’ that includes all the subjects in the EBacc suite (History, Geography, French and Computer Science). The EBacc subjects are determined by the government to be of higher value and preferred if students want to enter further and higher education. This together with Science ensures all students have filled their full range of Progress 8 option, click here for further information on Progress 8
As a college we are embarking on a full curriculum review from September 2015 to plan ahead for the recent government announcement that all students entering secondary education from 2015 must complete a full EBacc
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More information on this review will be available throughout the year.