Curriculum


We offer a range of learning experiences for all our students. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for life beyond school, whether it is to provide them with the highest academic qualifications needed for further study or training, or to equip them for working life. For more information or clarification about our curriculum, please contact Mr D Chapman Assistant Headteacher via email: dchapman@lancasterhigh.lancs.sch.uk

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9

All pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum, which aims to produce confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners.

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Modern Languages (French)
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama)
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Life Skills (ICT, Catering)
  • Personal Development (Learning2Learn, PSHE)
  • Social Development (RE, Citizenship)

Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 Core

From September 2016 Year 10 students will be offered a revised Key Stage 4 curriculum. Please click here for a copy of the Options Booklet. The revised options model reflects a shift in emphasis: it will enable students to enter the EBacc while still providing elements of choice. Students will also be required to take one lesson of PE and one lesson of PSD a week. There may be a small number of students for whom this curriculum is not suitable. They may follow an alternative curriculum which better matches their needs.

  • GCSE English Language and Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Combined Science
  • GCSE Modern Language (currently French)
  • GCSE Geography or History
  • Physical Education
  • Personal Development (RE, Citizenship, PSHE, ICT, Careers)

Key Stage 4 Years 10 &11 Options from September 2016

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Health & Social Care
  • GCSE PE
  • GCSE Photography
  • GCSE RE
  • GCSE Sociology
  • GCSE Textiles
  • GCSE Triple Science*
  • BTEC Acting
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Dance
  • BTEC ICT
  • BTEC Music
  • BTEC PE
  • VCTC Hairdressing

* Triple Science can only be taken as an option you opt to choose all three Triple Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) instead of Combined Science in Core.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 & 11 Current Provision

From Year 10 students will begin GCSE work in core subjects: English, Maths, Science and Modern Languages. There are opportunities to specialise in Science as well as a wide variety of options for further specialisms, taken at the end of Year 9.

Key Stage 4 Pathways: Options for Years 10 & 11 Current Provision

All students study a common core of:

  • GCSE English Language and Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Modern Language
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • Personal Development (RE, Citizenship, PSHE, ICT, Careers)

The Key Stage 4 curriculum offers a wide range of options which aims to 'inspire success' and each student with the best platform for their chosen future path. These options give students the opportunity to succeed in subjects they particularly enjoy and in which they may have a talent. Options are presented in 7 'pathways' which lead onto post-16 study or employment. We review the curriculum annually to ensure that students are given every opportunity to succeed.

14-19 Pathway

Key Stage 4 Courses

E Bac

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSEs in two Sciences
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE in Geography or History

Science

  • GCSE Core & Additional Science
  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
  • GCSE Physics

Humanities & Guidance

  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE RE & Sociology

Visual & Performing Arts

  • BTEC Acting
  • BTEC Dance
  • BTEC Music
  • GCSE Art & Design
  • GCSE Textiles
  • GCSE Photography

Health Care & Fitness

  • GCSE Health & Social Care
  • GCSE Sport
  • GCSE Catering

Business

  • BTEC Business
  • Cambridge National ICT

Vocational

  • Work related learning
  • Motor vehicles
  • VCTC Hairdressing

Key Stage 5: Options for Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form offers students a fantastic opportunity to build on their achievements and ensures a smooth transition to post-16 study. They will be supported by staff they know in an environment they are comfortable with.

Students can choose academic A Levels and/or vocational Level 3 BTECs (A Level equivalent). These courses build on the pathways which students have followed in Key Stage 4. This year students have been offered a choice of:

A Level

  • English Language and Literature
  • Law
  • History
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Photography

BTEC

  • Sport
  • Art
  • Textiles
  • Dance
  • Business
  • Catering
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Drama

From September 2016 we are planning to offer a Level 3 course in BTEC sport as well as receiving daily football coaching. Students will form Lancaster City's new academy team and will play against similar semi-professional teams and participate in the FA Youth Cup. There is also an opportunity to study a second subject.

Students may also opt for a wide range of courses through our close partnership with 3 other schools in the district: Carnforth, Our Lady's and Heysham.

Students will take part in a range of enrichment activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and structured careers advice to support their move onto university or employment.