Course 42

What is Course 42?

According to the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams the number 42 is the “Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything” so this seemed to be a very appropriate name for a course that aims to equip students with ways of dealing with the demands, pressures and opportunities they will face during their time in education and their future roles in the 21st century world. This will include issues related to health, careers, life skills, internet safety, citizenship and society and personal skills.

Course 42 also includes sex and relationships education which is delivered in Key Stages 3 and 4 by trained teachers and nurses. The majority of teaching groups are of mixed gender. All parents have the right to withdraw their children from all, or part of, the sex education programme offered, where it is not part of the national curriculum.

In Years 7 and 10 the students have one lesson per fortnight, in Years 8 and 9 there are two lessons per fortnight. In Year 11 the content is delivered on Deep Learning Days. All students will be taught by a range of teachers during the year as the groups rotate.


Year 7 Mrs J Colin

Mrs N Bennett

Mrs M Higginson

Mr A Green

Year 8 Mrs J Colin

Mrs N Bennett

Year 9 Mrs J Colin

Mrs N Bennett

Year 10 Mrs J Colin

Mrs N Bennett

Mrs M Higginson

Mr P Colin

Course 42 – year by year

Year 7

Friendships, Group and team working, Global awareness and citizenship, careers, study skills, puberty, safety, making sensible choices

Year 8

Self-esteem and body confidence, social media and relationships, be safe- be assertive, choices and consequences, race, nationality, equality and identity, study skills, careers, sex and embarrassment

Year 9

First aid, reality v pornography, relationships, making choices in relationships, legal highs, the law, crime and punishment, the government, elections and voting, sustainable development and food security, censorship and privacy, finance, careers, KS4 option choices, mini enterprise and business.

Year 10

Healthy v abusive relationships, respect, trust and goodwill, exploitation, intimidation and violence

Addiction, legal highs, contraception and teen pregnancy, sexual health, body checks, self-esteem, rejection , resilience

Year 11

Grooming, trafficking, internet safety, mental health and well-being


Please note these topics are subject to change according the needs of the students and external influences