Curriculum Overview 2018 – 2019

Curriculum Overview: 2018 – 2019

The Frances Bardsley Academy’s motto Gladly lerne, gladly teche and four key values: Tradition, Innovation, Community and Achievement together drive our vision for curriculum provision and delivery. We follow the curriculum guidance outlined in the National Curriculum to ensure that we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our students, incorporating English, Maths and Science qualifications along with the provision of religious education teaching for 11-16 year olds.

At FBA, students complete Key Stage 3 in two years (Year 7 and 8) and then move on to Key Stage 4 in Year 9. This enables preparation for examinations to be completed in greater depth and allows time for students to undertake plenty of non-examined activities and learning.

We believe in a set of key learner attributes which we aim to develop in each of our learners. Our curriculum, the delivery of Perspectives and our outstanding extra-curricular enrichment programme, are means to allow our students to become:

  • Creative
  • Articulate
  • Resilient
  • Empathetic
  • Reflective
  • Self aware

We believe that in order to access a broad and balanced curriculum, all students need to be confident and proficient in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics and these are given the highest priority at all times. We believe firmly that a student’s progress is what ultimately leads to them achieving and we strive to provide a curriculum model that enables this to be realised.

The Academy seeks to ensure that its curriculum is delivered via well planned and engaging lessons which challenge all students whatever their ability or starting point. We are flexible in our approach to grouping students by ability; some subjects are taught in sets whilst others are delivered in peer groups; a student’s group is never static and individual progress is reviewed every half term and if necessary, movement to a more appropriate group takes place.

The Academy considers it critical that equal opportunities are promoted and realised at all levels of the curriculum and that this is integral to outstanding practice. Whilst there is an extensive provision of individual and small group withdrawal support, our curriculum is one which celebrates inclusion at all times.

The Academy has its own Alternative Provision Base whereby students who we believe may benefit from a more personalised bespoke part time timetable will be accommodated. These timetables will involve GCSEs in core subjects and also incorporate other academic courses as appropriate. In addition some students take up part time courses on offer in conjunction with Havering College; the Academy also incorporates long term work placements where relevant and appropriate.

Key Stage 3 (2018/2019)

SubjectYear 7Hours per FortnightYear 8Hours per Fortnight
English77
Mathematics66
Science66
Computing22
Technology22
Geography43
History34
RS (with Perspectives)33
MFL (French)55
Art22
Drama22
Music22
PE44
Total Periods4848

Key Stage 4

We offer two main pathways of study: the Frances Pathway and the Bardsley Pathway. Which pathway is most applicable to any individual student depends upon their academic ability, motivation and personal interests and will be allocated by the school; both Pathways allow the students to continue on to Advanced level studies.

All students at Key Stage 4 follow a core curriculum which is combined with a range of options that provide a wide variety of courses with different qualifications to suit different students’ learning styles and needs; all of the students will study GCSE courses for all or most of their choices.

In designing the Key Stage 4 curriculum at FBA we have provided students with:

  • Progression routes from KS4 towards the Sixth Form and beyond
  • Flexibility in the choice of courses giving opportunities for specialisation and encouraging breadth of study
  • Opportunities for all students to achieve
  • Continued opportunity for guidance and support

Year 9 Key Stage 4 (2018 – 2021)

Core CurriculumEnglish Language and Literature; Mathematics; Statistics; Trilogy Science; RS; Core PE

Frances PathwayBardsley Pathway
Students study one of the following subjects:Geography or History or French or GermanStudents study one of the following subjects:Geography or History or French or German or ASDAN Certificate in Life Skills
Students study 2 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentComputer ScienceDramaFood and NutritionGeographyBTEC Health & Social CareHistoryCambridge National Information TechnologyMedia StudiesMusicPETechnology: Graphic ProductsTriple ScienceStudents study 2 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentComputer ScienceDramaFood and NutritionGeographyBTEC Health & Social CareHistoryCambridge National Information TechnologyMedia StudiesMusicPETechnology: Graphic Products 

Year 10 Key Stage 4 (2017 – 2020)

Core CurriculumEnglish Language and Literature; Mathematics; Trilogy Science; RS; Core PE 

Frances PathwayBardsley Pathway
Students study one of the following subjects:Geography or History or French or GermanStudents study one of the following subjects:Geography or History or French or German or ASDAN Certificate in Life Skills
Students study 3 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentDramaFood and NutritionFrenchGeographyGermanBTEC Health & Social CareHistoryCambridge National Information TechnologyHospitality & CateringICTMedia StudiesSecond languageMusicPETechnology: Graphic ProductsTriple ScienceStudents study 2 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentDramaFood and NutritionFrenchGeographyGermanBTEC Health & Social CareHistoryCambridge National Information TechnologyHospitality & CateringICTMedia StudiesSecond languageMusicPETechnology: Graphic Products 

Year 11 Key Stage 4 (2016 – 2019)

Core CurriculumEnglish Language and Literature; Mathematics; Double Science; RS; Core PE; Perspectives 

Frances PathwayBardsley Pathway
MFL (French or German or sociology)andGeography or HistoryStudents study one of the following subjects:Geography or History or French or German or Sociology or ASDAN Certificate in Life Skills
Students study 2 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentDramaFood and NutritionGeographyHistoryMedia StudiesMusicPETechnology: Graphic ProductsTriple ScienceStudents study 2 options:Fine ArtArt PhotographyBusiness StudiesChild DevelopmentDramaFood and NutritionGeographyHistoryMedia StudiesMusicPETechnology: Graphic Products 

(Dance GCSE is taught after school)

The Sixth Form

Pathway

Entry

Requirements

Core

Options

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

Eight+ 9-6 grades at GCSE with at least a 6 in subjects you want to study including a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature and Mathematics 

 

 

Six+ 9-4 grades at GCSE with at least a 6 in subjects you want to study, including a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature and Mathematics

4 x A Levels

 

 

 

 

 

3 x A-levels

9 hours per fortnight

 

AS levels:

 

Art

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

English Language  

English Literature

French

Geography

BTEC Health & Social Care (single award)

History 

 

BTEC Information Technology (single Award)

Law

Mathematics

Media Studies

Photography

Physics

Physical Education Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

Theatre Studies

 

3 Five 9-4 grades at GCSE Including a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature and a 4 in Science core/additional or Biology BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 (equivalent to 3 A Levels)  

Enrichment Activities

  • Core PE – 1 hour per fortnight
  • CARERS – 1 hour per fortnight. Enrichment activities including health and wellbeing; the opportunity to complete the AQA Extended Project; work experience and volunteering.

Health and Social Care

Aims

This subject offers students the opportunity to learn about those around us – the growth and development of the different life stages of humans and the many factors that affect these. It is particularly suited to those that wish to enter into the caring professions e.g.; education, social work, nursing, midwifery, counselling etc. It aims to give students the necessary life skills to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Teaching and Learning

A wide variety of teaching strategies are used in Health and Social care to make the lessons fun, challenging and informative. Individual theory, group work, role-playing and practical sessions, using ICT, research and application to real-life case studies all help make the subject more real for the students. Current health and social care issues in the news are discussed in class to encourage an opinion and provide background knowledge for course work.

Assessment for learning

Students are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and given both verbal and written feedback according to the task. Pupils are encouraged to self-assess and peer mark work where appropriate, setting individual targets. Chances are given for reflection and improvements to be made to work.    

Home Learning

  • A variety of homework is set on a regular basis to reinforce classroom learning.
  • This may include research, interviews or applying your knowledge to case studies.
  • Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

Equipment

All students are expected to have the usual equipment for learning with them.

Key Stage 4

Health and Social Care

Programme of Study
Students follow the Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 1/2 syllabus. Specification number: ZLX28 Link to the specification website: HTTPS://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/BTEC-TECH-AWARDS/HEALTH-AND-SOCIAL-CARE.COURSEMATERIALS.HTML#FILTERQUERY=CATEGORY:PEARSON-UK:CATEGORY%2FSPECIFICATION-AND-SAMPLE-ASSESSMENTS 
Accreditation StructureComponentAssessmentLengthWeighting1 Human Lifespan DevelopmentInternal36 GLH33%2 Health and Social Care Services and ValuesInternal36 GLH33%3 Health and WellbeingExternal48 GLH – 2hrs exam44% 
Additional Information
There are two assignments attached to each internally assessed component (four in total for the course); as well as an externally assessed exam during year 11.Students are encouraged to base their investigative course work on a real life service user and are expected to carry out interviews and research in their own time to support this.Students research different careers in the Health and Social Care sector as part of the course. If more specific careers support is needed then students can contact the careers office for guidance. 
How Parents/ Carers can help
Students are encouraged to stay up to date with current affairs, as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector; watching the news and reading newspapers are particularly beneficial. Television programmes such as 24 hours in A&E, Ambulance, One Born Every Minute, The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, 999: ‘What’s your emergency?’ allow students to apply content learnt in lessons, as well as giving them an insight into how the health and social sectors work.Parental support and guidance during coursework and examination periods is also advantageous.
 
If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?
Miss C Harris – Head of Health and Social Care

Key Stage 5

Health and Social Care

Programme of Study
Students follow the BLANK syllabus. Specification number:BTEC National Extended Diploma – ZFD13BTEC National Extended Certificate – ZLX15 Link to the specification website: HTTPS://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/BTEC-NATIONALS/HEALTH-AND-SOCIAL-CARE-2016.HTML
Accreditation StructureYear 12UnitAssessmentWeightingUnit 1 Human Lifespan DevelopmentExternal90 GLHUnit 3 Anatomy and Physiology for HSCExternal120 GLHUnit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support NeedsInternal90 GLHUnit 6 Work Experience in HSCInternal60 GLHUnit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in HSCInternal90 GLHUnit 8 Promoting Public HealthInternal90 GLHUnit 10 Sociological PerspectivesInternal60 GLH Year 13UnitAssessmentWeightingUnit 2 Working in HSCExternal120 GLHUnit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in HSCExternal120 GLHUnit 12 Supporting Individuals With Additional NeedsInternal60 GLHUnit 14 Physiological Disorders and Their CareInternal60 GLHUnit 17 Caring For Individuals With DementiaInternal60 GLHUnit 19 Nutritional HealthInternal60 GLH 
Additional Information
BTEC National Extended Certificate – equivalent to 1 A-Level (students will complete the units highlighted in bold above).BTEC National Extended Diploma – equivalent to 3 A-Levels (students will complete all units listed above; and are expected to undertake a 100 hour work experience placement, which is independently organised).Students are expected to complete research and coursework independently.Revision sessions are held throughout the course of the year for external assessments.If students have aspirations to follow a career in the health and social care sector, careers interviews can be arranged. As the students progress into Year 13, they are encouraged to visit universities for open days relevant to their chosen pathway.
 
How Parents/ Carers can help
Students are encouraged to stay up to date with current affairs, as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector; watching the news and reading newspapers and articles are particularly beneficial. Television programmes such as 24 hours in A&E, Ambulance, One Born Every Minute, The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, 999: ‘What’s your emergency?’ allow students to apply content learnt in lessons, as well as giving them an insight into how the health sector works.Parental support and guidance during coursework and examination periods is also advantageous.
 
If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?
Miss C Harris – Head of Health and Social Care

Well done to our 2019 students for FBA's best A Level results ever!

A*-B - 55%
A*-C - 85%
A*-D - 97%
100% Pass Rate

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