KS5 Curriculum overview

During the last few years, the Government has been conducting a major review of the secondary curriculum in order to ensure ‘more rigour and greater challenge’ as well as encouraging ‘deep learning’ in schools. At St Bede’s this has led to a number of changes that were introduced at the start of the academic year.

Years 12 and 13 (key stage 5)
Up until this year, the marks obtained in AS level exams, completed at the end of the lower sixth, counted for 50% of the final A level grade. This system is being phased out over the next few years with final A level grades (still awarded from A*-E) being awarded on exams taken at the end of a two year course.
The implementation of these ‘new’ A levels is being phased as follows: English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Art and Design, Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics and Sociology are being taught from September 2015. French, German, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, Drama, Music and PE from September 2016 and Maths, Further Maths and the Technology subjects from 2017.
All pupils will continue to take an AS exam at the end of Year 12 to allow us to assess progress and make accurate predictions in advance of university applications.

For more information about our Sixth Form (key stage 5 curriculum), please go to our Sixth Form pages.