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The Marlborough Science Academy

Our Curriculum and Options

The curriculum at The Marlborough Science Academy is designed to be broad and balanced in line with the National Curriculum, legislation on the teaching of Philosophy and Ethics, Citizenship and non-statutory guidance on Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHCEE). Philosophy and Ethics is taught throughout the school using the Hertfordshire County agreed syllabus.

At Key Stage 3 our curriculum consists of four different curriculum pathways in order to provide a more personalised approach and meet the needs of our students. The four pathways are:

  • The main curriculum
  • Rapid progress curriculum
  • Enhanced learning curriculum
  • Fast track curriculum
Main Curriculum 

The Key Stage 3 curriculum structure that is currently in place is:

  2016-17
  Year 7 Year 8
  Periods % Periods %
English 7 14% 7 14%
Mathematics 7 14% 7 14%
Science 6 12% 6 12%
Art 3 6% 3 6%
Drama 2 4% 2 4%
Geography 3 6% 3 6%
History 3 6% 3 6%
Computer Science 2 4% 2 4%
Languages 5 10% 5 10%
Music 2 4% 2 4%
Physical Education 4 8% 4 8%
PSHCEE 1 2% 1 2%
Philosophy and Ethics 1 2% 1 2%
Technology 4 8% 4 8%
TOTAL 50 100% 50 100%

PSHCEE is taught through one discrete lesson each cycle at Key Stage 3 and mapped across the curriculum at Key Stage 4.

We examine each cohort of students in turn and adapt our curriculum accordingly to meet the needs of the individuals.

RAPID PROGRESS 

The Rapid Progress students’ curriculum is designed to enable students to catch up and make rapid progress in their literacy and numeracy skills and to enable them to fully access the Secondary curriculum. As a result students do not take a Modern Foreign Language and have a reduced Humanities provision over the Key Stage. 

Enhanced Learning 

The Enhanced Learning students have enhanced learning in English which is designed to boost literacy levels and further develop confidence and self -esteem. As a result students do not take a Modern Foreign Language.

FASt track 

Our Fast Track course is designed to stretch the more able. There is a Fast Track group in English, Mathematics and Science.

key STAGe 4 

At Key Stage 4 our curriculum consists of four different curriculum pathways. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study English, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy and Ethics, Games, Citizenship, PSHCEE and Careers (taught through the curriculum).

In addition students on the:

  • Atom Curriculum follow the English Baccalaureate and are able to choose four more subjects including Humanities, a language plus two other optional subjects.
  • Electron Curriculum are able to opt to follow the English Baccalaureate. They are able to choose three other subjects; either a humanities or language option, plus two other optional subjects.
  • Proton Curriculum are able to choose three more subjects including a Humanities subject, plus two other optional subjects.
  • Neutron Curriculum are able to choose three more optional subjects.

The key stage 4 curriculum structure that is currently in place is:

  2016-17
  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  Periods % Periods % Periods %
English 8 (10) 16% 8 (10) 16% 8 (10) 16%
Mathematics 7 (10) 14% 7 (10) 14% 7 (10) 14%
Science 10 20% 10 20% 10 20%
Physical Education 4 8% 4 8% 4 8%
PSHCE and Careers CC* 0% CC* 0% CC* 0%
Philosophy and Ethics 1 2% 1 2% 1 2%
Option 1 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 2 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 3 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 4 5 (*) 10% 5 (*) 10% 5 (*) 10%
TOTAL 50 100% 50 100% 50 100%

NB: CC* – Cross Curricular

(10) (*) Students on the Electron, Proton and Neutron curriculum have 10 lessons of English and Mathematics per cycle and as a result do not take a fourth option.

Optional Subjects include:

Art

Geography

Business Studies

Hair and Beauty
(VTCT Level 2 Certificate)

Child Development

History

Classical Civilization

ICT
(Cambridge National Certificate)

Computer Science

Media Studies

Dance

Music

Drama

Physical Education
(GCSE or Vcert)

Food and Nutrition

Resistant Materials

French

Textiles

Click here for the 2016-17 GCSE options booklet.

Key stage 5 

We organise our curriculum in conjunction with our learning partners; St Albans Girls School, Loreto, Townsend and Samuel Ryder.

Students can follow a programme of Level 3 study. Courses are offered both at Marlborough and at our learning partners’ schools.  All students study a core curriculum which includes Games, Careers, PSHCEE and a Leadership for Life programme.

Students can study up to four subjects which are a combination of advanced level or advanced vocational qualifications:

Art and Design

French

Performing Arts

Biology

Geography

Philosophy and Ethics

Business Studies

German

Photography

Chemistry

Government and Politics

Physical Education

Dance

History

Physics

Design and Technology -
Product Design

Information and
Communication

Psychology

Drama

Technology

Sociology

Economics

Law

Theatre Studies

English Literature

Mathematics

Textiles Technology

Film Studies

Media Studies

Further Mathematics

Food Technology

Music

 

These courses may vary from year to year.

Click here for the 2016-17 Post 16 options booklet.