Ernest Bevin College offers a broad and balanced curriculum to students at every stage in their education. A summary of the curriculum offered in each Key Stage can be found below.
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KEY STAGE 3 – Years 7 – 9
|Subject||Year 7Periods per week||Year 8Periods per week||Year 9Periods per week|
|English||4||4 taught in sets based on ability||4 taught in sets based on ability|
|Maths||4||4 taught in sets based on ability||4 taught in sets based on ability|
|Science||3||3 taught in sets based on ability||3 taught in sets based on ability|
|Modern Foreign Language||3 either Spanish or French is studied||3 either Spanish or French is studied||3 either Spanish or French is studied|
|PE||2 taught in sets based on ability||3 taught in sets based on ability||3 taught in sets based on ability|
Notes: * – students have one period of art plus 2 periods of DT per week; DT is taught in small sets which carousel in 8 week blocks around three DT disciplines plus one Art and Design block.
KEY STAGE 4 – Years 10 & 11
|Subject||Year 10Periods per week||Year 11Periods per week|
|English Language & Literature||5 or 6 (depending on A side or B side; these classes are set based on ability)||5 or 6 (depending on A side or B side; these classes are set based on ability)|
|Maths||5 or 6 (depending on A side or B side; these classes are set based on ability)||5 or 6 (depending on A side or B side; these classes are set based on ability)|
|Science||6 (either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Trilogy science)||6 (either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Trilogy science)|
|History or Geography||4||4|
|Modern Foreign Language||4 (A side only)||4 (A side only)|
|Optional Subjects||4 or 3 (depending on whether course is GCSE or BTEC/VCERT)||4 or 3 (depending on whether course is GCSE or BTEC/VCERT)|
GCSEs: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Economics, PE, RE
BTECs/VCERTs: Art, Engineering*, Drama*, Hospitality & Catering*, ICT*, Sport Studies*, DT: Craft*, Business Studies*,
Students on the A side have a choice of one GCSE, students on the B side have a choice of two BTECs/VCERTs
|All subjects are GCSE apart from those noted with an *||The subjects marked with an * are BTEC First qualifications equivalent to 1 or 2 GCSEs.|
KEY STAGE 5 – Years 12 & 13
Students opt for one of four tiers depending on their previous results and choose subjects to make up 3 or 4 A Levels or equivalent:
In addition any student who does not have at least GCSE Grade 4 in English or Maths must also study these subjects until they reach a 4 Grade.
A LevelsMaths, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Further Maths, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, History, Government & Politics, Product Design, Art, PE, RE, Media Studies, Computing, French, Spanish
BTEC Nationals Level 3 Extended Diplomas (3 A level equivalent)Applied Science, Engineering, Sport, Travel & Tourism, ICT, Business Studies.
BTEC Nationals Level 2 Diplomas (2 A Level equivalent)Uniformed Services, Fitness Instruction, Retail, ICT, Engineering, Science
Include one day a week extended work experience.
Vocational LearningStudents who are not yet ready for A Levels or BTEC Nationals will study a suite of foundation and vocational subjects including a BTEC Level 2 in Sport, numeracy and literacy. They will normally also have one day of vocational study off site.
There is regular homework set according to a timetable and students in all years are expected to hand in homework on time. Homework is closely monitored by tutors and parents should check their son’s planner to find out what homework has been assigned each day.