Curriculum Statement 2020-2021


Our curriculum is built and underpinned by our core values of: 

A     Ambition: we have high expectations for all students and set our standards accordingly. 

S     Success: students leave with the skills and knowledge to be successful in adult life. 

P     Progress: students make good progress, take charge of their own learning and reach their potential.

I     Innovation: we develop new and creative ways of learning that embrace technological advancements, so that students are ready to take their place in the rapidly evolving world of work. 

R     Respect: students develop morals, respect themselves and others and are tolerant of other races, religions and ways of life. 

E     Engagement: learning is inspiring with students fully participating, taking an interest and developing a life-long love of learning. 

Main Principles

The curriculum should have breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and allow progression.

The curriculum should promote knowledge and understanding, and allow the development of skills and personal qualities.

The curriculum should allow equality of access for all students.

High expectations of all students.

All students will have an entitlement to work related learning.

A curriculum that offers both academic and vocational qualifications appropriate to individual student ability, interest and preferred learning style.

Pathway One: A Level

The A Level Pathway is a natural choice for you if you have enjoyed and been successful on your GCSE courses. A Levels offer you the chance to focus your attention on a smaller number of subjects, building your knowledge and understanding in the areas in which you have proven strengths and strong interest.

You will choose 3 subjects from a range of available courses to study over two years.

A wide range of courses are available and our advisors will help you choose the ideal combination.

To succeed on an A Level programme you will need to achieve 9 – 5 (or equivalent A*- C) grades in at least 5 subjects at GCSE. Most A level students have several grade 6s or higher, especially in the subjects they want to study at A Level.

Some students may take the opportunity to select 4 subjects if their academic profile supports this choice (8 or 9 grades at GCSE).

Some A Levels involve a combination of examinations and coursework and all exams will be held during the summer term at The Island VI Form.

Pathway Two: BTEC/Vocational

BTEC / Vocational courses are a natural choice for you if you have done well at GCSE but now wish to move on to a course related to your career plans.

Some Advanced Vocational courses, for instance BTEC level 3 Diplomas, can be combined with A level courses. Vocational courses are usually assessed through assignment work and exams.

These courses will really suit you if your coursework grades are always better than your examination marks. You will have an idea of your grades as you work through the course and may have an opportunity to resubmit any work that may require improvement.

Pathway Three: Combination

A combination of the above A Level and BTEC/Vocational courses. 

For more information about the curriculum we are following, please contact Nick Krista or David Mumford via our Contact Page.