Curriculum

Our curriculum has been shaped, over a number of years by students’ views, aspirations and interests to create: 

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

Our intention is to encourage an aspirational culture of achievement that enables all students to make a successful transition from KS3 to KS4, and from KS4 to further education, training or employment through: 

  • Accelerating student achievement to enable everyone to experience success in a wide range of academic, creative, sporting and vocational subject areas.
  • Creating and developing fantastic educational opportunities for all students in all subject areas.
  • Providing an appropriate learning experience for all students in all subject areas through effective personalisation of teaching, personal support and the curriculum.
  • Assisting in the development of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth.

Our intention is supported by the carefully designed implementation which has permitted the creation of a curriculum matched to meet the needs of the students and our community. This includes, alongside the traditional curriculum, a vocational centre of excellence that provides a wide range of vocational and creative choice for our students from Year 9. As a direct consequence of the inclusive nature of Bodmin College, alongside the wide range of subjects, are courses that offer students a variety of differing methods of assessment. In both KS3 and KS4 the curriculum is supported by dedicated timetable time for PSHE, RE and PE taught by subject experts. The three year KS4 permits our students to have the benefit of depth, whilst enabling breadth and balance to their curriculum choice.

At KS5 the academic, creative, sporting and vocational options are offered at a variety of levels to assist in maintaining our approach to inclusion. Further support is provided through courses in English and mathematics at both GCSE and Functional Skills levels as well as tutorials and individual support.    

The 100 minute lessons in all key stages permit us to maximise learning time throughout the school day, whilst also supporting pedagogical depth and challenge to student learning.

Daily tutorials provide specialist pastoral and academic support for students throughout all key stages.  

Enrichment is provided through a termly programme of activities published on our website and provided at break and lunchtime as well as before and after school.

Work experience is provided for all students in KS4 through Business Enterprise.

In KS5 all students undertake a range of bespoke work experience opportunities to prepare them for their post-18 choices. Additional specialist support is also provided.  The UCAS programme provides the opportunity to visit universities and meet university admissions tutors from a range of institutions. Frequent visits from speakers across a range of professions and backgrounds are also part of this programme.

We are proud of our curriculum and the fact that, through its design and implementation, we enable our students to be:

  • Successful and confident individuals who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Although the information provided here will give students and parents/carers some guidelines it is important to note that it forms part of our overall provision of information and guidance, and that we are, of course, always willing to offer any further support and assistance as appropriate. Should you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the College.

KS3

In KS3 students experience a broad range of core and foundation subjects.

Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation Subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Drama
  • Food
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious studies
  • PSHE (inc. sex education) and citizenship
  • Design and technology

Year 8 options choices provide students with their first opportunity to begin the process of personalising their learning to match their interests, aspirations and/or abilities. Whilst this is an exciting time, the information and guidance we provide will encourage students/parents/carers to ensure that consideration is given to which courses will provide the best opportunities for our young people to access further learning and develop a broad range of skills.

KS4

The curriculum throughout the next three years is divided into the ‘core’ subjects and the students’ personal choices (options).

All students will follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Physical Education and Personal Social and Health Education and Religious Education.

At Bodmin College, we are proud to be able to offer students a wide range of different courses and subjects as the four personal choices (options).

Option Subjects:
  • Animal Care
  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Creative Design: Fashion and Textiles
  • Creative Design: Graphic Design Specialism
  • Creative Design: Product Design Specialism
  • Food
  • Geography
  • Hair and Beauty Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • History

 

  • Languages: French / Spanish
  • Media Studies and Film Studies
  • Music
  • Performing Arts: Dance
  • Performing Arts: Drama
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Studies
  • Photography and the Digital Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Public Services (Uniformed)
  • Separate Science
  • Sports Performance
  • Sport (BTEC)

KS5

At KS5, Bodmin College Sixth Form provides a high-quality Sixth Form experience with a focus on personalised learning and individual staff support. We have a proven tradition of strong teaching, excellent guidance systems and significant extra-curricular activities.

16 – 19 Study Programmes

Bodmin College follows, as is appropriate to student’s requirements, the Department of Education’s (DfE) guidance (January 2016) on 16 to 19 study programmes on the planning and delivery of 16 to 19 study programmes.

At Bodmin College, 16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans. All study programmes for all students should:

  • include one or more academic, applied or vocational qualifications that stretch the student and link clearly to training, employment or higher education, or work preparation and an extended work placement for those students who are not ready for study at level 2, or who are on a traineeship
  • require students who do not have GCSE A*-C in maths or English to work towards the achievement of these qualifications
  • allow for meaningful work experience (related to the vocational area) and/or other non-qualification activity to develop students’ personal skills and/or prepare them for employment, training or higher/further education.

All study programmes focus on maximising progression to the next stage of education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Subject Information

Animal Care
Art and Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Construction
Dance
Drama
English
Fashion and Textile Design
Food
Geography
Graphic Design
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
Health and Social Care
History
ICT
ICT Practitioner
Languages
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music
Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Studies
Photography and the Digital Arts
Physical Education
Product Design
PSHE
Public Services (Uniformed)
Science