Learning & Curriculum

Learning & Curriculum

Here you will find details of the Academy's curriculum, content and approach, by academic year and by subject including details of GCSE options and other qualifications offered during Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

The curriculum at The Blyth Academy is an extended curriculum which is personalised to meet the needs of all learners. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our Academy.

Our aims are:

All students have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning. A strong core curriculum ensures that basic skills are embedded so that students are able to access the wider curriculum. An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment activities. Our curriculum is personalised and inclusive and meets the needs of individual students at every Key Stage.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 students study English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Computing, Humanities (History, Geography, RE), Performance (Music, Art, Dance, Drama and Media, Physical Education).Design & Technology. Students also complete a tutorial programme with their tutor.

With a focus on personalisation within our curriculum, students will undertake differing amounts of each subject in order to meet their ever changing needs and help them to maximise their progress whilst in the Academy.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10 and 11 all students study English, Mathematics, Science, RE and Physical Education plus a combination of other subjects dependent upon the pathway which they have taken.

The following courses are available to KS4 Students.


Art and Design
Child Development
Food
Health & Social Care
Motor Vehicles
English Language
English Literature
French
German
Geography
History
Science Core
Religious Studies
Business
Computing
European Computer Driving Licence
ICT
Mathematics
Sport
Dance
Physical Education
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Science Additional Science Core Media Studies
Hospitality
Product Design
Photography

KS4 students complete a tutorial programme with their tutor

Key Stage 5

Students who remain within the academy into years 12 and 13 follow a programme of study at Advanced Level (Level 3). In Year 12 the programme of study consists of 4 core subjects plus the Extended Project, Enrichment and for those who did not secure a GCSE Grade C in English or Mathematics a Level 2 course in these subjects. On successful completion of year 12 students may opt to carry their full programme of study forward into year 13 or they may reduce the core to three subjects.

The Key Stage 5 curriculum allows students to select pathways suitable for their future needs; it offers the ability to follow a pure academic GCE Advanced Level subjects; BTEC Level 3 vocational subjects or a mixture of the two.

Year 12 Subjects

Art and Design
Health & Social Care
English Language
English Literature
Media Studies
Geography
History
Psychology Sociology
Business Studies
Computing
ICT
Mathematics
Sport Photography
Applied Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

Year 13 Subjects

Health & Social Care
English Language
English Literature
Media Studies Geography
Psychology
Travel & Tourism Business Studies
Computing
ICT
Mathematics
Sport
Art & Design Biology
Chemistry
Physics