Curriculum

Ash Hill Academy provides education for students aged from 11-19 years and is firmly committed to the principle of providing a broad and balanced curriculum for all students. The academy aims to provide the highest quality of learning and teaching.

Students at Ash Hill Academy follow a two year Key Stage 3 programme (Years 7 & 8) and a three year Key Stage 4 programme (Years 9, 10 & 11).  Students opt and specialise at the end of Year 8 and will choose another option as they go into Year 11.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students follow a broad and balanced curriculum including a wide range of subjects: English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, French, Religious Studies/Life, Design & Technology, Performing Arts, Art, ICT and Physical Education.  The number of hours studied is detailed in the table below.  Students who require further support with literacy will receive specialist assistance instead of studying French.  Students may be re-integrated into French if it is felt that they have made sufficient progress with their literacy skills.

SubjectNumber of Hours Year 7Number of Hours - Year 8
English44
Mathematics44
Science33
History12
Geography21
RE/Life11
French22
ICT11
Physical Education22
Art11
Design & Technology22
Performing Arts22
Total number of hours2525

During Year 8, students will choose to study from History, Geography and French and will study this subject until the end of Year 11.  They will also choose two option subjects which they will study in Years 9 and 10.  Where appropriate, students are also given the opportunity to study Triple Science.  Students are able to choose subjects from a wide range of academic, technical and creative qualifications.

In order to ensure that students study a curriculum which is bespoke to the individual, we ask students to select their subjects from a list rather than from fixed option blocks.  This is enables us to provide a Key Stage 4 curriculum which is a “best fit” for each student.

Year 9

Due to the demands of studying both English Language and English Literature, Year 9 sees an increase in time given to English lessons.  Students also receive an extra hour of science teaching. 

Subject AreaQANQualificationHours
English60152461WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature5
60145055WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
Maths60147003Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics4
Science60008866AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Biology4
60008891AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Chemistry
6000891XAQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Physics
60008921AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Science A
60008854AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Additional Science
PEN/ACore PE2
REN/AReligious Studies/Life1
Option Subjects (students choose 3)
Art60180882AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design [Art and Design (Art, craft and design)]3
DT60086452WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Engineering
DT60177032WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A)
Humanities60184103AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography
Humanities60180924Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
ICT & Media60070432OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia
MFL60181576AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French
Performing Arts60304066Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Performing Arts or Dance)
PE60051218OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science
Total number of hours25

Year 10

In Year 10, all students will begin a further option which they will continue to study in Year 11.  All option subjects that were started in Year 9, and are non-Ebacc qualifications, will be completed at the end of Year 10. Religious Studies/Life is delivered via immersion days and our tutor programme. 

Subject AreaQANQualificationHours
English60152461WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature5
60145055WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
Maths60147003Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics4
Science60008866AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Biology4
60008891AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Chemistry
6000891XAQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Physics
60008921AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Science A
60008854AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Additional Science
PEN/ACore PE1
Option Subjects (students choose 3)
Art60180882AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design [Art and Design (Art, craft and design)]3
DT6014533XNCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery (VRQ)
DT60146618NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery (VRQ)
DT60086452WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Engineering
Humanities60184103AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography
Humanities60180924Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
ICT60070432OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia
MFL60181576AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French
Performing Arts60304066Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts
PE60051218OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science
Additional Option Subjects
PE60051218OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science2
DT6004780XOCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care
Maths60310844Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Statistics
Total number of hours25

Year 11

As two options qualifications are completed at the end of Year 10, this provides the opportunity for students to have a tighter focus on core subjects and enables us to provide a high level of support and intervention, based upon individual students’ needs.  We recognise the importance of English and maths in providing students excellent opportunities in the Post-16 landscape, so a whole package of support, including support from Subject Directors, one-to-one subject tutors and intervention lessons in English and maths, is employed in order to help each student to achieve the highest possible outcomes in those subjects. Student will also complete their chosen E-Bacc subject(s) and the option course that they began in Year 10. 

Subject AreaQANQualificationHours
English60152461WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature6
60145055WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
Maths60147003Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics5
Science60008866AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Biology7
60008891AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Chemistry
6000891XAQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Physics
 60008921AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Science A6
60008854AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Additional Science
  Intervention English or maths3
PEN/ACore PE1
E-Bacc Subjects
Humanities60184103AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography3
Humanities60180924Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
MFL60181576AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French
Additional Option Subjects
PE60051218OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science1
DT6004780XOCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care
ICT & Media60066271Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications
Maths60310844Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Statistics
Total number of hours25