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Curriculum

Curriculum and Character Education

What Will You Learn At Scott College?

Watch our Year 9 Options film

Our brand new building, equipment and facilities support a high-quality curriculum which will enable students to meet the needs of the highest demand qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Scott Option Choice Booklet 2019

Students have direct access to mentors from Plymouth University and one-to-one support through our Personal Coaching framework.

We encourage our students to think creatively and deliver our curriculum in a range of different ways, using project-based learning and explicitly educating our students in leadership and communications skills using PiXL Edge.

Our learning projects ensure every student is grounded in a wide range of skills, including key employability and life skills.
Students have more choice about following a curriculum that is not limited by the Ebacc performance measure.

Key Stage 4
In Year 9
Students study Maths, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the core offering of 6 GCSEs taught over 15 hours each week.
Students can choose any two options from:
Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sport Science, Performing Arts, History, French and Spanish. Taught for three hours each, per week.
Students will also have creative and physical enrichment sessions, develop their character and PHSE knowledge through PiXL Edge, develop problem-solving skills through Project-Based Learning and take place in preparation for work session every Friday afternoon. Students in Year 9 study Philosophy and Ethics, looking in particular at the ethics of medicine through the religions of the world.

Students are arranged into tutor groups. It is our intention that tutors stay with tutees throughout KS4.
In tutor time and assembly we have a programme of Literacy, reading as a class and individually, SMSC, Religious Education and Careers.
Students have a range of out-of-school opportunities including trips and visits as well a programme of outside speakers.

In Year 10
Students study Maths, English Language, English Literature. Some students will be prepared for their GCSE English Literature in Year 10 and have a sixth hour of English teaching.
Students not sitting English Literature will study for a Statistics GCSE. Students study for Statistics in an additional hour per week on top of their five Maths lessons. We do this to prepare students for the mathematical requirements of post-16 learning where statistical and mathematical skills are essential in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care and Sport Science.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught by subject specialists for two hours each per week.
Students continue to study their options subjects for three hours each per week.
Students will also have creative and physical enrichment sessions, develop their character through PiXL Edge, develop problem-solving skills through Project-Based Learning and take place in preparation for work session every Friday afternoon.
In tutor time and assembly we have a programme of Literacy, reading as a class and individually, SMSC, Religious Education and applying and gaining a work placement.
Students have a range of out of school opportunities including trips and university visits as well a programme of outside speakers developing skills for work placement and future careers.

In Year 11
Students study Maths, English Language, English Literature. Students who have completed their GCSE English Literature GCSE focus exclusively on English Language.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught by subject specialists for two hours each per week with an hour of science lab time.
Students continue to study their options subjects for three hours each per week.
Students will also have creative and physical enrichment sessions, develop their character through PiXL Edge, develop problem-solving skills through Project-Based Learning and take place in preparation for work session every Friday afternoon.
In tutor time and assembly we have a programme of Literacy, reading as a class and individually, SMSC, religious education and preparation and application for post-16 education.
Students have a range of out of school opportunities including trips and visits as well a programme of outside speakers. Students are prepared through employability sessions for future careers, for instance looking at the path from GCSEs to Medicine, or from GCSEs to Midwifery.

All students can take part in our extracurricular sports programme. These are promoted to students through Google Classroom.
Students will have the opportunity to see professional arts events at Plymouth Theatre Royal and Pavilions, as well as watch the Plymouth Raiders Basketball team at one of their home matches.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, we have worked closely with our partners in industry, and at Plymouth University’s new Faculty of Health, Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences to deliver the best qualifications for students wishing to follow careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Healthcare, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Allied Health and many more.

Students wishing to gain places on the most competitive of university courses will gain the most rigorous of academic qualifications in Biology, Chemistry or health-related subjects and have regular work placements to boost their CVs and experience.

Students wishing to become medics/ dentists have an extensive mock interview programme, undergraduate medic mentors and guidance as to the application and UCAT entry exam process.

All students are enrolled on a study programme, which typically combines A level, Level 3 or Level 2 qualifications and other activities, and tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals.

All study programmes have a core aim. This will be tailored to the needs of the individual and typically include a substantial qualification, A level, BTEC or GCSE and preparation for employment.

All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities, which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education (HE) apprenticeship or employment.

A student enrolled on a study programme without prior attainment of GCSE Grade 4 in English and or Maths, but had prior attainment of a Grade 3, they had to study GCSE. Students with a GCSE Grade 2 or below can study towards Level 2 Functional Skills and they can still study towards a GCSE Grade 9 to 4.

For all students

Scott College students will also be able to study and qualify in healthcare industry standard courses and training. These include First Aid Resuscitation, Manual Handling, Data Protection, Safe Hygiene Practice, Good Nutrition, Infection Control, Dementia Awareness, the Care Act and many more.

Our staff have access to other schools in the Inspiring Schools Partnership Multi Academy Trust for professional training, moderation and making sure they are constantly up-to-date with curriculum developments.

Character Education 

We are proud of the amazing experiences we offer Scott College students in the classroom and more widely to develop them as young people.

This route map outlines the ‘amazing experiences’ that students will have during their time at Scott College. 

Activities on offer go beyond our medical and healthcare specialism and include music and singing, sport, fitness and well being, careers and a wide programme of visits. 

We have medical and healthcare guest speakers each month who contribute to our specialism and tell you all about their professions and how you can follow in their footsteps. These form an important part of your future personal statements or job applications.

Here is a taste of the amazing opportunities at Scott College.

In Year 9

  • You start KS4 courses
  • Visit the Eden Project to look at medicine and plants
  • Visit ‘We the Curious’, Science exploration centre
  • Practise a variety of revision techniques for GCSE
  • Prepare your first CV
  • Be interviewed by one of our careers advisers
  • Hear from a range of health care employers
  • Attend the annual Scott Lecture
  • Visit the Houses of Parliament
  • Start the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Join our singing or music lessons
  • Take part in the Scott College 5K or triathlon or other sports and activities
  • Take part in Operating Theatre Live
  • Apply to be a prefect
  • Host primary schools in widening horizons project

In Year 10

  • Attend regional careers’ event
  • Update your CV to apply for work experience
  • Complete a work experience placement
  • Embed excellent study habits for GCSE
  • Visit a professional arts and sports event
  • Hear from a range of health care employers
  • Attend the annual Scott Lecture
  • Start your silver Duke of Edinburgh award 
  • Apply to be The Head of House
  • Apply to join Plymouth Youth Council
  • Take part in music and singing lessons
  • Take part in a group speaking debate in another school
  • Prepare for work placement on a Friday afternoon

In Year 11

  • Run a lunch time club
  • Attend Higher Education event
  • Have personalised one to one careers’ advice
  • Sit mock GCSEs
  • Sit GCSE examinations
  • Attend a careers fair leading to application for Sixth Form education
  • Plan and design your prom
  • Attend your Prom
  • Attend Sixth Form transitional events

Here is a short video explaining Progress 8:

You can find  a description of the new GCSE grades 9-1 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/grade-descriptors-for-gcses-graded-9-to-1

To find out more about our Curriculum, please contact: Mr Tim Creswell, Deputy Headteacher

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