Curriculum

The Curriculum at Lancaster

Welcome to the curriculum section of the Lancaster website. You will find information here about the different subject areas at the school and the courses that pupils follow at Key Stage 3 (age11 – 14) and Key Stage 4 (age 14 – 16).

At Key Stage 3, pupils study the whole range of National Curriculum subjects in a broad and balanced curriculum. The subjects studied are shown below:

English
Maths
Science
History
Geography
Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies)
Design Technology
Expressive Arts (Art, Music, Drama)
Modern Foreign Language (French or German)
Computer Science
PE
Personal, Social and Health Education

At Key Stage 4, there is an emphasis upon gaining qualifications in the core subjects of English, maths and science. However, we are extremely proud of the range of optional subjects that pupils can choose to study. All pupils choose three optional subjects and can take subjects from one, two or three different areas. The areas are divided between Design and Technology, Expressive Arts, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Other subjects (Sport, Work-Related Learning, Computer Science).

The full range of KS4 subjects are shown below:

English Language
GCSE
Compulsory
English Literature
GCSE
Compulsory
Mathematics
GCSE
Compulsory
Science (core)
GCSE
Compulsory
Science (additional)
GCSE
Compulsory
Triple science
· Physics
· Chemistry
· Biology
 
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
Option (instead of core and additional science)
Modern Foreign Languages
· French
· German
 
GCSE
GCSE
 
 
Option
Option
 
Humanities
· History
· Geography
· Philosophy and Ethics
· Sociology
· Citizenship

GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
 

Option
Option
Compulsory
Option
Compulsory
 
Design Technology
· Resistant Materials
· Electronics
· Product Design
· Catering

GCSE
GCSE
GCSE
GCSE

Option
Option
Option
Option
Expressive Arts
· Art
· Music
· Performing Arts
 
GCSE
GCSE
BTEC
 
Option
Option
Option
Sport
GCSE
Option
Computer Science
GCSE
Option

Options

Pupils in Year 9 select their options around Easter. They receive advice and guidance on this process through assemblies and via a dedicated ‘Options Evening’. Further information can be found by clicking the links below:

Click Here for a copy of the current Options Booklet.

Some pupils study courses that involve them working away from the school site. Pupils that opt to study Work-Related Learning may follow several different courses at various colleges or training providers across the City.

The whole curriculum is supported by a vast range of extra-curricular opportunities in Sport or the Arts, as well as the chance to take part in a wide range of school trips and visits. We see these opportunities as essential to the education of our pupils.

If you want to know more about the curriculum at Lancaster, please contact Mr Moore at the school.