The Curriculum

THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum at Luckley ensures continuity and progression in the important years leading to GCSE and A level.

Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

Pupils follow a broad, balanced programme of study including: English, Drama, Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish), Engineering, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Computer Science, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Textiles Technology, Food and Nutrition and 4U, our Personal and Social Education programme. Latin is available as an optional subject as part of our extended day programme.

In Year 9, pupils receive guidance in their choice of GCSE options.

Years 10 – 11 (GCSE)

The school aims to provide a Key Stage 4 (GCSE) curriculum that includes a core of essential (compulsory) subjects and a range of choices, to enable each pupil to develop their individual abilities, interests and skills.

All pupils follow GCSE courses in the Luckley House School core subjects:

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • MATHEMATICS
  • SCIENCE (flexibility is built into Science so that pupils achieve either one, two or three GCSE grades according to their aptitude in the subject)
  • A MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Most pupils select three additional GCSE courses. There is a range of subjects from which to make these choices.

Art, Business, Computer Science, Drama, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Geography, History, Music, Photography, Physical Education and Religious Studies.

Since the humanities (History and Geography) are seen as facilitating subjects, we advise all pupils to consider taking at least one of these.

Please note that the school may withdraw a subject if numbers are too few to make a course educationally effective.

 

Years 12 & 13 (A level)

We offer over 20 subject choices at A level.

Art (Fine Art), Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics B, English Literature,  Geography, Graphics, History, Mathematics, Further Maths, Modern Languages (French, German & Spanish), Music, Philosophy & Ethics, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology.

Students can choose from a variety of options, following a detailed discussion with the Head of Sixth Form to assist in their decision. Below are some examples of the most popular options:

1. Study 3 full A levels plus an EPQ
2. Study 4 full A levels plus an EPQ
3. Study 2 full A levels plus an EPQ
4. Study 3 full A levels plus an AS level if the subject allows.

In Year 12 we recommend that students choose option 1 or 2, however all options are available and will be allocated according to the student’s best interests. In all subjects the AS grade is a stand-alone qualification and will have no bearing on the final A level grade.

THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)

The EPQ allows students to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. They will choose a topic, then plan, research and develop their idea. Creativity and curiosity is encouraged. A project topic can be directly related to their main study programme, looking further from the set specification, or it can be something totally unrelated to  A level choices. The finished product may take the form of:
• a research-based written report
• a production (e.g. a charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
• an artefact (e.g. a piece of art, computer game, realised design etc).