Question,
Explore,
Give &,
Succeed

Curriculum

Parents/Carers or members of the public can find out more about the curriculum our school is following by contacting the school and asking to speak to Mrs L Betty, Deputy Headteacher.

Our Curriculum

Parents/Carers or members of the public can find out more about the curriculum our school is following by contacting the school and asking to speak to Mrs L Betty, Deputy Headteacher.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum at QEGS

We pride ourselves on the range and variety of courses available for study in years 10 and 11. This booklet gives
detailed information for you and your parents to read in order to help you with your choices. We offer a full range
of GCSE courses, complimented by relevant and high value vocational qualifications. We also want you to develop
skills and interests beyond your studies at school.

You will need to make decisions about the courses you wish to study from September 2020. Your parents and
QEGS staff will help you to make these decisions.

You will continue to study Core subjects (English Language, English Literature, Science, Maths, PE and RS), but you will
have decisions to make about which other subjects and courses you wish to choose. You should consider what you
might like to do in the future and, to keep your options open, you should choose a balance of courses.

QEGS students will be able to discuss their choices in a short meeting with their form tutor. Further discussions
can take place at the Year 9 Form Tutor Evening on Tuesday 4th February 2020. Time will also be given to you
in Form Time and via individual appointments to help you investigate possible career pathways and to allow you to
consult with Careers advisors.

When you have made your choices, you will need to complete the Option Choices Form on the Intranet. Your
parents will then be sent a letter containing your choices which they must sign and return to reception by the
deadline stated on the letter.

If you are currently at another school and you are thinking of coming to QEGS, please contact our Admissions and
Transition Team, who will be able to organise a tour and a meeting to discuss your choices and the process for
securing a place (contact details below).

We want you to fulfil your potential and develop skills and talents which can be deployed In any walk of life.

Contact: Admissions and Transition Team | E-mail: admissions@qegs.email

Below is a list of courses available to students at Key Stage 4. More details can be found in the Key Stage 4 Prospectus.

CORE:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

OPTIONAL

  • Agriculture
  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Art Textiles
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Creative and Digital Media Production
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Sport
  • Construction Skills
  • Childcare & Education

Key Stage 5 (16 to 19) Curriculum at QEGS

QEGS Sixth Form Offer: Our students are entering an increasingly competitive world; competition for employment, apprenticeships, university, internships, or work experience is fierce. Exam results alone are not enough to guarantee success. Students need to develop the skills and attributes which will help them to stand out and secure their ambitions. We focus on students making progress in their chosen academic courses, and we also offer students a broader programme to help them develop the skills they need.

A-level Programme

All of the A-Level subjects we offer at QEGS are linear qualifications with the assessment at the end of two years. The majority of students do choose to study 3 A-Levels, but it is possible to study 4. This will form their core programme, but we believe it is important students support this by taking another level 3 qualification alongside. This enables students to broaden their knowledge and understanding, develop vital skills, as well as gaining valuable UCAS points to enhance their applications. This will also be a linear option, taken over the two years to offer balance to a student’s programme.

Vocational Programme

We now offer a number of BTEC Level 3 Nationals here at QEGS. These are equivalent in standard to A-Levels and provide specialist, work-related learning in a number of vocational sectors. They provide a more practical, real-world way of learning and their value is widely recognised by teaching professionals, employers, higher education and students. These require some external assessment. (See individual subjects for details). It is possible to combine these with A-Level(s).

Below is a list of courses available to students at Key Stage 5. More details can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Art & Design – BTEC National Diploma
  • Art & Design – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/Certificate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Economics
  • Engineering – QEGS Level 3 Engineering workshop programme
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Core Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science (Applied Science) – BTEC Level 3
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Exercise Science – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Sport and Physical Education
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools – BTEC Level 3 Award

Curriculum Intent

At QEGS we:

  • Ensure QEGS’ values underpin our teaching and curriculum (Question, Explore, Give, Succeed). See the Curriculum Intent Statements for each subject if you require more detail
  • Offer a broad and balanced curriculum with value and relevance both in and out of the classroom
  • Promote and value academic and vocational, traditional and modern courses
  • Prepare students for life beyond QEGS with an aim to be highly employable
  • Ensure our staff and students’ mental and physical wellbeing is at the heart of all that we do

Curriculum Intent Statements

In Art we QUESTION everything we see and seek to enrich our environment. We EXPLORE the parameters of creativity past, present and future. We GIVE students an ability to respond, react and re-invent the world they live in. We SUCCEED in encouraging students to develop the confidence to work independently and trust their creative contribution.

In Business we QUESTION the reasons behind real life business decisions and EXPLORE the impact that they will have on the success of the business and on society as a whole. We GIVE balanced viewpoints to enable us to see the uncertain nature of business decisions & subsequently SUCCEED in helping students’ become prepared for the real world.

In Dance and Drama we QUESTION how to create and develop performance, and improve our work. We EXPLORE our own and others ideas to create performances to help improve our ideas and understand techniques. We GIVE performances to demonstrate our knowledge of skills and our opinions to refine our own, and others work. As a result, we SUCCEED as confident independent learners who are creative and expressive.

In Digital Media we QUESTION what we see in the media. We EXPLORE the motives of producers. We GIVE our opinions and theories and, as a result, we SUCCEED in becoming educated and critical consumers of media

In Design & Innovation we QUESTION how products are made, the materials they are made  from and the techniques used to make them. We EXPLORE the design process to produce products that have a purpose and understand there needs of a user. We GIVE back by making products to improve our lives and, as a result, we SUCCEED by producing creative products that fulfill a purpose. These are designed and made to the best of our ability and that we are proud of.

In English Language, we QUESTION the texts we read to gain an understanding of their content and intent. We EXPLORE the meaning created by writers through their word, form and structural choices. We GIVE our own opinions and ideas within a variety of written forms and discussion. As a result, we SUCCEED in becoming wellrounded readers who can scrutinise texts for meaning and skillful writers who can communicate effectively for a variety of purposes.

In English Language, we QUESTION the texts we read to gain an understanding of their content and intent. We EXPLORE the meaning created by writers through their word, form and structural choices. We GIVE our own opinions and ideas within a variety of written forms and discussion. As a result, we SUCCEED in becoming wellrounded readers who can scrutinise texts for meaning and skillful writers who can communicate effectively for a variety of purposes.

In Geography we QUESTION the differences in the world and why they exist. We EXPLORE regions of the world and the people who live there. We GIVE balanced views to global issues and, as a result we SUCCEED in opening our eyes and understanding of the world in which we live.

In History we QUESTION the causes, consequences and significance of events throughout history. We EXPLORE contemporary sources and historians interpretations to develop our understanding of event. We GIVE our opinions, judgments and conclusions on the impacts of events in history, we SUCCEED in becoming learners who can consider a balanced argument based on evidence.

In Languages we QUESTION by comparing own values, culture and interpretation of the work against different ones in other countries, we make students think outside the box. We EXPLORE other cultures and ways of interpreting the outside world and ways of becoming creative in another language. We GIVE students the chance to become a more rounded person, a more tolerant person, a better informed person and, as a result, we SUCCEED by providing our students with the skills to be better communicators and better qualified candidates to any job or career.

In mathematics we QUESTION the way that we interact with the world around us in terms of information and data we EXPLORE by creating mathematical models which help to decipher and predict a range of natural phenomena. We GIVE students the transferable skills such as  problem solving, analytical and investigative expertise that they can use in other subjects to help. We SUCCEED by giving students the opportunities to both make mistakes and learn from them, developing their resilience and their ability to ask why things work and what they mean.

In Music we QUESTION the very nature of human experience, striving to understand the connection between structure, language and emotional response. We EXPLORE the myriad possibilities inherent within musical language and strive to apply our knowledge across different genres. We GIVE students the opportunity to think creatively, respond to new ideas and help others to fulfil their potential. As a result we SUCCEED in creating the best foundation for creative minds to explore the world of the Arts, providing satisfaction, fulfilment, and a deep respect for human achievement in all its forms.

In PE we QUESTION the physical, social and emotional benefits regular physical exercise and a healthy active lifestyle can bring. We EXPLORE the use of a variety of different physical and interpersonal skills alongside strategies and tactics. We GIVE opportunity and experience in a wide range of physical activities. We SUCCEED by our learners choosing to make physical activity habitual by the time they leave.

In RS we QUESTION how beliefs, both religious and secular, can affect the behaviour of  ourselves and others, we EXPLORE why a range of beliefs are held within our society by different communities, we GIVE our own views whilst being able to understand and tolerate  those of others, and we SUCCEED by becoming literate in not only British Values but also the variety of values and virtues held by those in British Society, celebrating this diversity..

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