Curriculum & Academic Overview

Curriculum & Academic Overview

Our broad and challenging curriculum motivates and engages students, preparing them for future success. Please click this link to see our full curriculum map for Years 7-11 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) for Year 7 and Year 8 students

All students follow the KS3 national curriculum where they study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical education
  • Sport
  • French or Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • Art and design
  • Drama
  • Food technology
  • Personal, social, health and economic education (PHSEE) and religious studies
  • Music
  • Design technology

Key Stage 4 (KS4) curriculum:

At BACA we begin GCSE subjects at the start of Year 9.  Students will be supported through the options process during Year 8 to ensure that they make the best possible choices for the next three years.

Beginning in Year 9 until Year 11 KS4 students study:

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (double science)
  • Core physical education

Students then select:

  • History or geography
  • Spanish or French (continuing on with the same language)

Students also select two subjects from the following:

  • Art and design
  • Creative media
  • Business studies
  • Catering
  • Child development
  • Music and performing arts
  • Design technology
  • Drama
  • Triple science
  • Computing

Class sizes and setting

The average class size in Years 7 to 10 is 27 and in Year 11 class sizes are an average of 22.

Class sizes in art, food technology, drama, music and design technology are 22 on average in Years 7 and 8.

Classes are set by ability in mathematics and science in all years.  All other subjects are mixed ability.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

The EBacc ensures that students have a comprehensive and broad education.  It is comprised of English literature, English language, mathematics, science, history, or geography and French or Spanish.  During Years 7 and 8, students complete a range of other subjects: art, design technology, food technology, music, drama, physical education, PHSEE, religious studies, and computing.

If you would like more information about BACA's curriculum please contact us.


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