Lincoln Castle Academy Curriculum

Curriculum Content

Although the old National Curriculum was disapplied from 1 September 2013, the Academy is continuing to deliver the vast majority of this content for the 2016/17 academic year having developed an ‘LCA curriculum’ which is designed to meet the needs of our pupils and enrich and enthuse them. Our curriculum offer is both broad and balanced and the curriculum entitlement is the same for all students.

Details about the subjects studied in each Key Stage can be found by following the links above.

KS3

In years 7 and 8 pupils are placed into one of two halves of the year group, A or B. This is an even split between the two halves of the year in terms of gender and ability. Within the core subjects of Maths, English and Science students are set in each half year group, normally three or four sets per half year group. In most other subjects students are taught within mixed ability classes.

KS4

We have a three year Key Stage 4 to allow our students to immerse themselves in their studies and achieve the highest possible successes. This model allows our students more time to cover the new GCSE syllabus content, and prepares them for exams and controlled assessments more rigorously.

Year 9 study a curriculum consisting of three core learning modules: Core 1 - The Basics; Core 2 - Enterprise; Core 3 - Character and then are able to pick from a range of additional GCSE and applied learning subjects up to a maximum of three choices. A great emphasis is placed on guiding students to making the correct option subject decisions including access to the EBAC range of subjects for all and careers advice enhances this guidance.

In Years 10 and 11 an extra choice is made available within the character module and students continue with the other modules from Year 9.

Sixth Form

In the sixth form there are two pathways a pupil could follow: the Sixth Form Foundation Pathway or the Advanced Pathway. Pupils that achieve grades B or above in GCSEs and meet all the other entry criteria are guided onto the Advanced Pathway which contains traditional A-Level courses and BTEC Level 3 courses. Clear guidance is given on a one-to-one basis during and after GCSE results day to ensure that the subjects chosen and assessment methods employed within that course are appropriate for the student.

Pupils who do not achieve grade C or above in their GCSEs or Merits in their vocational qualifications are guided onto the Sixth Form Foundation Pathway where they can take a year to improve their competencies in analytical and evaluative skills, complete a curriculum designed to gain qualifications as well as inspire students and study level 2 English and mathematics  if necessary. Successful completion of this year would enable these pupils to access the Level 3 courses in Year 13.

The curriculum for years 7 and 8  pupils is based on the framework of the National Curriculum with a view to preparing all pupils for the KS4 studies ahead of them. It is designed to challenge pupils to make rapid progress, improve their literacy skills, develop a love of learning and to develop a wide range of study, practical, academic, personal and performance skills, to ensure they are ready for Key Stage 4 examination courses.

Subject areas for study are as broad as possible to allow pupils to realise their strengths and develop an understanding of which courses they should study in at Key Stage 4 to support their aspirations for the future.

The timetable is split into 29 periods, each lasting between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

4

English

1

Art

4

Mathematics

2

Enterprise

4

Science

2

Physical Education

 

 

2

Design Technology

2

Geography

1

Drama

2

History

1

Music

2

Spanish

 

 

1

Religious Education

 

 

 

 

1

PHSE/Mentor

 

PHSE

The weekly lesson, in conjunction with targeted ‘project’ days throughout the year, delivers the following aspects of the curriculum:

  • Citizenship
  • Personal, social, health and economic education
  • Sex and relationship education
  • Careers education
  • British values
4

English

1

Art

4

Mathematics

2

Physical Education

4

Science

2

Design Technology

 

 

1

Drama

2

Geography

1

Music

2

History

2

ICT/Enterprise

2

Spanish (some also do French)

 

 

1

Religious Education

 

 

 

  1

PHSE/Mentor

 

PHSE

The weekly lesson, in conjunction with targeted ‘project’ days throughout the year, delivers the following aspects of the curriculum:

  • Citizenship
  • Personal, social, health and economic education
  • Sex and relationship education
  • Careers education
  • British values

Building on the aspirations and best practice identified in the Key Stage 3 curriculum our Key Stage 4 offer still provides a degree of breadth but also allows pupils to specialise more in areas they choose.

Everything we do in Key Stage 4  is focused on achieving outstanding Level 2 results for our pupils. We also focus on developing the skills needed for success in the work place, whatever the career or vocation chosen. We aspire to deliver a curriculum which achieves high post-16 staying on rates.

A workskills based courses is provided for the minority of pupils who still need additional support, especially in life skills.

The Academy provides GCSE, BTEC and other vocational courses which meet the government guidance on having 'high value status'.

The timetable is split into 29 periods, each lasting between 50 minutes and 1 hour.  The table below lists the number of periods per week allocated to each subject:

  Core 1 - The Basics

4

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science  - Combined

2

Physical Education

1

PSME

   
  Core 2 - Enterprise

1

ICT

2

Enterprise (inc. Business)

   
 

Core 3 - Character

1

Drama

1

Religious Studies

1

Music

   
 

Option 1- Culture

2

Modern Foreign Language

   
 

Option 2 - Humanities

3

History or Geography

   
  Option 3 - Creative

2

Technology / Arts subjects

PSME - Personal, Social and Moral Education

The weekly lesson, in conjunction with targeted ‘project’ days throughout the year, delivers the following aspects of the curriculum:

  • Citizenship
  • Personal, social, health and economic education
  • Sex and relationship education
  • Careers education
  • Ethical and moral understanding
  • British values

Science

Students are set in Science and all begin by following the 2 GCSE course in combined Science. Those students who are gifted in Science are identified throughout Year 9 and the offer of studying the three single sciences for these students becomes available in Year 10.

Option Blocks

The following lists of subjects are available within the additional Year 10 option block and  are provided for illustrative purposes only. The exact constitution of the option block is reviewed annually to ensure that they meet the needs and aspirations of our pupils. Whilst we always endeavour to cater for all pupils' first preferences for Key Stage 4 study, we hope parents appreciate that the Academy has a finite set of resources and that subjects that are undersubscribed may not run.

 

GCSE / BTEC / L2 Subjects Offered in addition in Year 10

Drama

Health & Social Care

Media Studies

Dance

Music

Travel and Tourism

Religious Studies

Public Services

Media Studies

Hairdressing

 

To allow progression from KS4 our KS5 curriculum offers a degree of breadth but also allows pupils to specialise more in areas they choose.

Everything we do in years 12 and 13 is focused on achieving outstanding Level 3 results for our pupils. We also focus on developing the skills needed for success in the work place, whatever the career or vocation chosen. We aspire to deliver a curriculum which achieves post-16 FE/HE/Work based Employment or training rates. A guidance and careers/UCAS programme is provided for the all pupils.

The Academy provides GCSE/L2 study and mandatory English and Maths GCSE/L2 lessons where appropriate, A Levels / AS Levels BTEC and other vocational courses (NVQ working with a local training provider).  The timetable is split into 29 periods, each lasting between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

  • Each Option subject chosen has 4 contact lessons
  • Each GCSE Resit has at least 2 contact periods per week and independent study slots.

There are slots for community service and also private supervised study. In addition the Academy offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. This is open to students in their final year of study in the 6th form and is recognised as an AS in terms of UCAS points.

Proposed Year 12 Option Blocks 2016 - 2017

Students can select a maximum of one subject from each option block. We advise that a maximum four level 3 courses are chosen. If they opt for the 120 credit BTEC course in Business (2 A Level equivalent) then they will need to take it across both option blocks B and D.

(A) - indicates this is an AS/A Level course (some are "de-coupled" and this will be explained by the subject staff)

(B) - indicates this is a BTEC course at Level 3 with A Level equivalence for University applications. These also include a proportion of external exams and coursework as explained by the individual subject staff.

  Option A Option B Option C Option D Option E
Level 3 Courses English Literature
A
AQA 7717
Mr C Davison
Art & Design
A
AQA
Mrs C Grant
Drama & Theatre Studies
B
Edexcel
Miss C Feely
Chemistry
A
OCR (H434)
Miss R Wright
Biology
A
OCR H021 H42
Miss R Wright
  Geography
A
AQA AS 1031 A2 203
Mrs V Snee
Business Studies
A
AQA 1131 (AS) 2131 (A2)
Mrs K Ramsay
Mathematics
A
OCR
Mr M Snee
Creative Writing
A
AQA A level
Mr C Davison
History
A
AQA 1041/ 2041
Mr P Roe
  Spanish
A
WJEC AS and A Level
Miss H Sevilla or
Mrs C Palazzo
Physics (4)
A
OCR H156/H556
Miss R Wright
Sociology
A
AQA 1191/ 2191
Mr P Roe
Religious Studies
A
OCR AS H172/H572 &
A2 G582/G588
Mrs V Snee
Resistant Materials
A
Edexcel 9080 / AS- 8RM01/A2- 9RM01
Mr R Smith
  Further Mathematics #
AOCR
Mr M Snee

Psychology
AOCR (AS/A2) H168 / H568
Mr M Snee

Textiles
AAQA 2560
Mr R Smith

Media: Communication & Production
A
Edexcel
Miss D Corlett
French
AWJEC AS and A Level
Mrs A Thomson

  Computing
BEdexcel BTEC L3 National
Mrs K Ramsay

Hospitality
BEdexcel
Mr D Evans

Media: Communication & Production (1)
A
Edexcel
Miss D Corlett
Sport
BEdexcel
Mr C Wilson

AS Accounting
AAQA
Mrs K Ramsay

  Travel & Tourism
B
Edexcel
Mrs K Ramsay
Business Studies
B
Edexcel BTEC National Business
Mrs K Ramsay
Applied Science

Edexcel
Miss R Wright

Health and Social Care
B
EDXECEL 601/7193/5 Cert (Yr 12)
601/7197/2 Ext Cert (Yr 13)
Mrs S Turner
IT
B
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF) 500/9147/5
Mrs K Ramsay
  Public Services
B
Edexcel
Mr A Thomas
  Hairdressing (3)
C&G
C & G 3002-93
Mrs M Keeling
Business Studies
- 120 credits
Edexcel BTEC National Business
Mrs K Ramsay
Music
B
Edexcel
Mrs G Lane
        Photography
A
AQA
Mrs C Grant
 
 
Level 2 Courses Children & Young People's Workforce (2)
NVQ
C & G Level 2 Award
Mrs S Turner
  Hairdressing (3)
C&GC & G 3002-23/3002-20
Mrs M Keeling

   
  Business Retail (2)
NVQ
Edexcel
Mrs T Wiles
       
Outside of the option blocks
Core Mathematics We are offering a new mathematics qualification for Year 12 in 2016. This id designed for students who achieve A* to C in GCSE Mathematics, but who choose not to continue with AS or A Level Mathematics. It supports student progression by:

  • preparing them for the mathematics requirements of a number of higher education courses
  • developing their understanding and ability to apply mathematics
  • equipping them to apply for employment or higher apprenticeships in a wider range of industry sectors, professional training or university.

 

 

Subject Information Sheets

Please note

The option blocks outlined are subject to change based on interest from students and on the availability of staffing

Final option blocks will be confirmed in the summer of 2016

The option blocks have been designed to allow students to access the more frequently chosen combinations of course that students have chosen over recent years at LCA. However it is not possible to offer every combination of subject

In addition to the options above, Level 2 English/Maths is mandatory for all students who still need to attain these qualifications and will be timetabled accordingly outside of these blocks

1. Media is in Option Block C only if there are sufficient students who pick it in this block

2. These are practical courses with work experience 2 days a week (normally Thursday/Friday). LCA is working in partnership with LAGAT, a training provider

3. Level 2 and 3 courses are taught together in the hair dressing salon

4. Students picking A Level Physics must also chose A Level Maths in Option C

# Students can only pick this if they also pick A Level Maths and are expected to achieve an A*/A GCSE grade in Maths. This is an AS qualification in the first instance and NOT a full A Level.

Sixth Form Guidance Programme

  Year 12 Year 13
Term 1 Induction
Target Setting
Bridging the Gap
Responsibility
Target Setting
Responsibility
UCAS Applications
Personal Statements
Term 2 Next Steps for Study
Work Experience Planning, Research & Application
Personal & Political Awareness
UCAS continued
Next Steps For Study
Personal & Political Awareness
Review of ARC1
Term 3 Mock Exams (Week 2)
Next Steps for Study II
Progress Review
Mock Exams (Week 3)
Money Matters
Review of ARC 2
Term 4 Personal & Political Awareness II
Money Matters & Budgeting
Money Matters II
The University Survival Guide
Review of ARC3
Term 5 AS EXAMS (Weeks 5&6)
Next Steps for Study II
AS EXAMS (Weeks 5 & 6)
Final Destination Plans
Review of ARC4
Term 6 AS EXAMS (Weeks 1 & 2)
Work Experience (Week 5)
UCAS, Apprenticeships, Jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY LEAVE
AS & A2 EXAMS (Weeks 1-3)

 

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SSAT Guide to GCSE Grades
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Guide to 2017 GCSE Grades
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Curriculum Guide: Year 8
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Curriculum Guide: Year 9
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Curriculum Guide: Year 11

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition