Key Stage 3

The timetable is organised into a 50 period week and all pupils in Year 8 follow a common curriculum made up of the following subjects with the current period allocation.

NUMBER OF PERIODS PER WEEK
SUBJECT Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
English 6 6 6
Drama 2 2 2
Mathematics 6 5 5
Biology

5 1

2 2
Chemistry 2 2
Physics 2 2
Technology & Design 2 2 2
Home Economics 2 2 2
ICT 2 1 1
History 3 3 3
Geography 3 3 3
Religious Studies 2 2 2
Art & Design 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
French 3 4 4
German/Spanish 2 3 3 3
Physical Education 2 2 2
Games 2 2 2
Learning for Life and Work 3 3 3
TOTAL 50 50 50

1 = Science: a general, balanced course

2 = in Year 8, three classes study German and two classes study Spanish; this is then reversed in Year 9; in Year 10 pupils study each language for half the year.


NOTES:

  • In Key Stage 3, the classes are not streamed.
  • Pupils are taught in their form groups [of about 30] for English, Mathematics, French, Spanish, German, Geography, History and Religious Education. They separate into boys’ and girls’ groups for Physical Education and Games and into groups of about 20 for Science,  IT, Technology, Art and Design, Home Economics and Music.

 

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 study for GCSE examinations. The programme of subjects followed by each pupil attempts to combine a broad and balanced curriculum which enables pupils to keep their options for further study open with as much choice as possible.

COMMON CORE SUBJECTS
TAKEN BY ALL PUPILS

PERIODS PER WEEK
Year 11

PERIODS PER WEEK
Year 12

GCSE
SUBJECT

English Language & English Literature 7 7 2 x GCSE
Mathematics & Further Mathematics 1 6 or 7 1 6 or 7 1 1 or 2 x GCSE
Modern Languages - one of:
French or Spanish
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 languages select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Science - one of:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 sciences select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Environment & Society - one of:
Geography, History, Food & Nutrition
NB Pupils wishing to study 2 or 3 Environment & Society subjects, select the second/third from the option box below.
5 5 1 x GCSE
Religious Studies (Short Course) 2 2 0.5 X GCSE
Physical Education 1 1 or 2 1 1 or 2 1 non-exam
Games 2 2 non-exam
Learning for Life & Work
(incorporating Citizenship, PSHE and Employability)
1 1 non-exam
Careers 0 1 non-exam
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS
All pupils choose 3 subjects from the following list: 15 15 3 x GCSE

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Computer Science

Digital Technology
Drama
Food & Nutrition
French
Geography
German
History
Learning for Life & Work2
Moving Image Arts
Music
Physical Education
Physics

Religious Studies (Full Course) 2
Spanish
Technology & Design
TOTALS 50 50 9.5 or 10.5
x GCSE

1 Those doing Mathematics have 6 periods per week plus 2 Physical Education periods in Year 11 and one in Year 12.
Those doing Further Mathematics have 7 periods per week plus one Physical Education period in Year 11 and none in Year 12.

2 Depending on pupil numbers.

 


NOTE:

Further Mathematics is made available as an extra GCSE subject for those pupils who are considered strong enough mathematically to take it and who wish to do so. The total number of places will be limited and a decision about this subject will be made on the basis of the end of Year 10 examination results. Those who study Further Mathematics take Mathematics in Year 11.   Parents should be aware that this is a two-year course and all pupils who select Further Mathematicsw are expected to continue with it into Year 12.

Sixth Form

Pupils in Lower Sixth (Year 13) study for 3 or 4  AS Level examinations. 

We currently have a collaborative arrangement with our close neighbour Priory Integrated College and pupils may be able to avail of some subjects through this collaboration.

In addition to their AS Level programme, pupils study Careers, PE, Games and Personal Development.

In Upper Sixth (Year 14) pupils continue with 3 subjects and study for A Level examinations. A small number of pupils take 4 or 5 subjects to A Level.


GCE AS & A2 LEVELS SUBJECTS

Art & Design

English Literature

Moving Image Arts

Biology

French

Music

Business Studies

Further Mathematics

Nutrition & Food Science

Chemistry

Geography

Physical Education

Computer Science

German

Physics

Design & Technology

Government & Politics

Religious Studies

Drama & Theatre Studies

History

Spanish

Economics

Mathematics

 

 

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Sullivan Upper School
Belfast Road
HOLYWOOD
BT18 9EP