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Curriculum

We have worked hard to produce a balanced curriculum for all of our learners.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we’ve built a curriculum which meets government standards and allows students to experience a broad scope of qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), at the same time as ensuring breadth of study through other foundation subjects which include the arts, humanities and modern foreign languages. Sports provision (see separate statement) is offered through a weekly PE lesson and a variety of enrichment activities and PSHE and its supporting strands of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education are delivered via dedicated lessons as well as the tutorial system.

Options choices will always be discussed with the learner, parents/carers and a member of the senior team, to ensure the right fit for each individual and to endeavour to give the learner the widest choice of pathways available.

Current subjects on offer are:

 

Key Stage 5

Post-16 learners will further increase their portfolio of qualifications and through two distinct personalised pathways (reflecting outcomes in Year 11). These qualifications will include Level 3 Engineering qualifications, A-levels and other additional examined courses. Alongside this work there will also be opportunities to engage in enrichment activities to build skills and personal confidence.

Many students at this stage will be starting on a pathway to a career in engineering or science which may be through an apprenticeship route or via Further or Higher Education. As with all our qualifications, we are in constant dialogue with the University of Warwick, employers and examination boards to ensure we are offering the best, industry and university-recognised qualifications to our students.

Pathway 1 – For learners wishing to study engineering at university or pursue an advanced apprenticeship. Most learners will be expected to take at least 3 A-levels in addition to a recognised level 3 technical engineering qualification (Cambridge Technicals). Students may choose not to study engineering, but must ensure that a minimum of two STEM A-levels make up their portfolio. Entrance into Higher Level Apprenticeships at the age of 18 is also an option following this pathway.

Current qualifications in Pathway 1 include A-levels in:

PLUS: Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Engineering

Pathway 1 learners will need to secure 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and maths) as well as B grades in the subjects selected for A-level study (A in maths and physics).

Pathway 2 – For learners wishing to study engineering at selected universities, pursue a Higher Level Apprenticeship or go into employment. A level 3 vocational qualification in engineering or similar is our usual vehicle for this pathway.

BTEC Extended Diploma

There is a possibility to combine A-levels and the BTEC qualification on this pathway.

Pathway 2 learners will need to secure 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE (including English or maths).

 

Admissions

On being offered a place at the Academy in March, learners will have a guidance interview, with their intended destination in mind (university, apprenticeship, Further Education) where they can decide the most appropriate pathway for them and choose their subjects.

Each learner will be asked to confirm their pathway and subjects once they have received their GSCE results in August.

NB: Any learner who does not have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE English or Maths will have to retake this as part of their Sixth Form programme.

You can download a pdf version of the Year 12 Curriculum Brochure

The WMG Academy endeavours to offer a Post 16 student led curriculum based on student choices. However, on rare occasions it may not be possible to offer all advertised courses if insufficient numbers of students choosing a particular subject result in it being unviable to run.