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Curriculum Information

At The Victory Academy, we operate a 3 year Key Stage 3 – we want the curriculum to ensure that all students have both the academic depth and breadth of knowledge required to be successful at GCSE, and also have developed the required study skills and metacognitive approaches to learning that we instil to ensure students can develop long term knowledge and skills.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students will be in one of three curriculum bands, Aspire, Endeavour and Achieve.

  • Aspire curriculum tier is our Grammar band following a programme of study similar to our Trust grammar schools. In this tier students study two modern foreign languages languages in year 7 & 8 and will specialise in year 9.
  • Endeavour curriculum tier is for the majority of our students where students study a full range of national range of curriculum subjects including one modern foreign language language.
  • Achieve curriculum tier is our support pathway where students study a reduced curriculum allocation of one modern foreign language language and have additional English/literacy support.

During the two week timetable, students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
  • French (Aspire band only)
  • Victory Citizenship
  • P.E
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Performing Arts and Computer Science

GCSE (Years 10 & 11)

All students will have access to the full range of option subjects regardless of Key Stage 3 curriculum tier.

All students are required to follow a core curriculum.  Students also choose 3 options to study from the start of GCSE in year 10. All students are required to choose either Geography or History in addition to their option choices.

Students in the Aspire tier are required to pick one language as one of their option choices.

During the two week timetable, students study the following core subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science (Combined science or Separate Science)
  • Victory Citizenship
  • P.E
  • History or Geography

Students also choose 3 options from the offer below. (Please note subjects running each year will depend on student uptake)

  • Music BTEC
  • Performing Arts
  • Art and Design
  • BTEC Sport
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business studies
  • Enterprise and marketing
  • French
  • Spanish
  • iMedia
  • Religious Studies
  • Media Studies

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

At Key Stage 5 students can study a wide range of subjects taking advantage of the collaborative 6th form offer between TSAT secondary’s. Students can choose options from The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar school and study options cross both school sites. This offer gives students a full breadth of subject choice and allows them access to combinations of subjects that will support them into university and employment.

Subjects on offer at The Victory Academy and Subject Entry Requirements 2020/2021

SUBJECT Entry Requirements (Essential) Entry Requirements (Desirable)
Art & Design Level 5 in Art/Level 4 in English
Biology Level 6 in Maths, Science and English
English Literature Level 6 in English Literature / Level 5 in English Language
Media Studies Level 5 in English/Level 4 in Maths
Music Technology Success in a KS4 Performing Arts Course and ICT knowledge
Product Design Level 5 or higher in GCSE DT

Level 4 or higher in English

Level 5 or higher in Maths

Level 6 or higher in GCSE Art

Level 4 or higher in Sciences

Beneficial to have studied Business/Finance or equivalent

Religious Studies Level 5 in English
Sociology Level 5 in English and Maths

 BTEC Extended Diploma Subjects:

Art & Design Level 4 in English and Maths
Health & Social Care Level 4 in English,  Maths and Science
Performing Arts BTEC P Arts – at Pass or above
Sport Level 4 in English, Science and Maths

 BTEC Single Subjects:

Applied Psychology Level 5 in English, Maths and Science
Applied Science Level 5 in Maths, Science and English
Business Studies Level 4 in English & Maths
WJEC L3 Applied Certificate & Diploma in Criminology Level 4 in English
BTEC Nationals in Information Technology Level 4 in English, Maths and IT or creative media

 Enrichment/Additional qualifications to be studied alongside A Levels/BTEC Qualifications:

Core Maths Level 5 in English and Maths
Football Academy Meeting entry criteria for 6th form
EPQ Meeting entry criteria for 6th form
Sports Coaching Meeting entry criteria for 6th form