The subjects and qualifications offered at Ark St Alban’s Academy form the basis our university preparatory curriculum.

Featured in every key stage are the facilitating subjects which form the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).

 

Key Stage Three

During their first three years of secondary school education, all of our pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, study a broad and balanced curriculum.

Key Stage Three

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Subject

Number of lessons each week

English

5

5

5

Maths

5

5

5

Science

4

4

4

History

2

2

2

Geography

2

2

2

RE

2

2

2

French

3

3

3

Art

1

1

1

DT

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

1

PE

2

2

2

Character

1

1

1

Total

30

30

30

 

 

Key Stage Four

When pupils begin Key Stage Four, at the start of Year 10, they start to specialise by learning fewer subjects as they begin to study two-year GCSE courses.

Key Stage Four

Year 10

Year 11

Subject

Number of lessons each week

English

6

6

Maths

5

5

Science

6

6

RE

2

2

French

3

3

PE

1

1

Option A

3

3

Option B

3

3

Character

1

1

Total

30

30

For a summary of the subjects available within each of the option blocks, please refer to the Key Stage Four column of the table summarising the exam boards followed further below.

 

Key Stage Five

Pupils in our sixth form are able to pursue A-Level or Level 3 BTEC qualifications, both of which provide them with the opportunity to secure a place at a selective university or top-100 apprenticeship when they leave us at eighteen.

Most pupils study three options, and therefore in a twenty-six period week, they have ten hours of independent study.

Key Stage Four

Year 10

Year 11

Subject

Number of lessons each week

Option A

5

5

Option B

5

5

Option C

5

5

Option D

5

5

Option E

5

5

Character

1

1

Total

26

26

 

Exam Boards

The table below outlines the exam boards studied in each of our subjects in Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five.

Decisions around exam boards are informed by our work with schools across the Ark network, where opportunities for teachers and pupils to collaborate are frequently identified.

SubjectBottom of Form

Key Stage Four

Key Stage Five

English

AQA

Edexcel

Maths

Edexcel

Edexcel

Science

AQA

Biology

AQA

Chemistry

AQA

Physics

AQA

Art

OCR

OCR

Business Studies

Edexcel

Computer Science

OCR

AQA

Design & Technology

AQA

Geography

AQA

AQA

History

Edexcel

Edexcel

  MFL   Edexcel   Edexcel

iMedia

OCR

Music

AQA

Photography

OCR

RE

Edexcel

WJEC

Psychology

AQA

Sociology

AQA

Level 3 Business BTEC

Edexcel Bottom of Form

Level 3 Applied Science BTEC

EdexcelBottom of Form

 

Enrichment Offer

Within an increasing number of the activities included within our Enrichment Offer, pupils work towards a qualification accredited by an exam board or awarding body.

 

Course

   Awarding Body

Triple Science

AQA

Level 2 Dance Leaders

SLQ

Level 2 Dance Leaders

SLQ

Extend Project Qualification

AQA