CVCC Curriculum

If, having read this document, you wish to find out more about our Curriculum please email , marked for the attention of Mrs Sara Jacobs, Deputy Principal.

Summary – our approach to the Curriculum

CVCC provides a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, closely aligned to the National Curriculum (NC) at KS3 and fulfilling our statutory responsibilities, whilst offering a good range of qualifications at KS4 and KS5. We have added in various elements, such as Deep Learning Days, to enhance depth of understanding. We cater for a wider range of abilities, detailed below. From Y10 onwards, our focus is on attempting to get students on the most appropriate courses that we can offer, thus making the best choices for each individual, and offering them the best chances of securing excellent results. We have always been restricted by our size, which does impose cost constraints. However, successive OFSTEDs have praised the comparative breadth of our offer.

KS3 (Y7-9)

This is delivered across Years 7 and 8, with Y9 being a transition year to KS4 (GCSE and equivalent qualifications). Subject areas have designed Modules that are challenging, interesting, accessible and relevant to our students whilst remaining broadly in line with NC. Subject areas ensure that these equip students with the specific skills required for KS4.

Subjects taught are as follows:-

Y7 Y8 Y9
English English English
Maths Maths Maths*
Science Science Science*
Humanities (History, Geography, Beliefs and Values) Geography Geography
French History History
Spanish Beliefs and Values Beliefs and Values*
PE French French or Spanish
Course 42 (see note below) Spanish PE
Read to Learn (see note  below) PE Course 42 (PSHE)
Art and Design Course 42 (PSHE) Art and Design
Drama Art and Design Drama
Food and Nutrition Drama Food and Nutrition
Technology Food and Nutrition Technology
Music Technology Music
Computing/ICT Music Computing/ICT



  1. *any Courses marked with an asterisk formally start teaching the GCSE Specification during Y9
  2. Course 42 comprises Personal, Social, Health, Sex and Relationships, and Work-Related Learning
  3. Read to Learn – a setted course designed to increase students’ reading skills and apply related Literacy skills across the curriculum.


KS4 (Y10 and Y11)

  1. Core provision

English – 3 pathways – all students currently study English Language and Literature, apart from one, smaller  group who work towards a GCSE in English Language only, and another group who complete the L1 Certificate.

Maths – 3 pathways – Most students are entered for GCSE Mathematics, except for one small group who complete a L1 certificate. Gifted and Talented students are also entered for GCSE Further Maths.

Science –  2 pathways – our top Scientists are encouraged to opt for Triple Science. All other students complete the Combined Science GCSE (worth 2 GCSEs). A small number of lower ability students may also be entered for ELC.

Beliefs and Values – most students complete a GCSE in Religious Education

  1. Level 2 Options – A comparatively wide range of GCSEs, plus a small range of more accessible qualifications, targeted at some students.

Students add to their Core provision with 4 other courses:-

  • All students will select either History or Geography, or both
  • The top 50% of linguists will be expected to complete the EBacc and thus will select either French or Spanish
  • The remainder are selected from Art, Photography, Drama, Music, PE, Computing, Food and Nutrition, Design and Technology, Triple Science, Child Development, Health and Social Care, BTEC Sports, ICT.


  1. Level 1 Options
  • Gateway – a CVCC course which completes Modules from L1 qualifications aimed at supporting our most vulnerable students through their time at school.
  • Some other subjects offer a L1 qualification for those students who cannot access the GCSE.


  1. Non-Core Provision – all students will continue with Core PE and Course 42 into KS4


Post 16 / Sixth Form Study Programme

Our 16 to 19 study programme is designed to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. These are individually tailored to suit each student but will typically combine the following elements:

i) A minimum of 3 A-Levels, or equivalent

ii) Tutorials, mentoring and enrichment sessions

iii) English and maths where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading)

iv) Work experience or volunteering opportunities to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions.


Alongside their study programme we also expect students to take part in at least two extra-curricular activities, in college or outside of college, so as to help develop key interpersonal skills.


Level 3 Courses

Students are required to study at least 3 subjects.

The vast majority of these are A Levels, but we also offer a small number of BTEC Level 3 Courses. These are vocational qualifications in which students develop deep, specialist, practical skills and understanding.

GCSE Opportunities for Full Time Post-16 Students:-  Students who do not have a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language and/or Mathematics GCSE must now re-take these qualifications. Classes are provided to support these re-takes.

Please see the P16 Prospectus on our website for further information about the exact courses offered.