Ark Blake Academy Intended Qualifications

 

Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)

Our founding cohort will sit their GCSE examinations in summer 2025. Following Key Stage 3, pupils study fewer subjects in greater depth, in preparation for GCSE examinations, and study beyond. All pupils will study English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, MFL and either History or Geography. Pupils will also study Core PE, in accordance to our Health Curriculum Facet, and the promotion of holistic wellbeing.

For the additional subject choices, we discuss individual curriculum pathways with pupils and their parents at the end of Year 9, as pupils prepare for the transition to Key Stage 4. Each pupil will be interviewed with their parents by a senior member of staff to discuss their option choices. They will have the option to choose two further subjects, including:

  • History or Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Computing
  • Media Studies

In addition to this, some pupils will study Further Maths, Triple Science and Astrology, if the desire and attainment is there, and some pupils will work towards a heritage (home) language GCSE, supported by our Modern Foreign Languages department.

All of the options subjects offered at Ark Blake Academy will meet the qualification requirements for Best 8 subjects.

 

#

Subject

ABA Lessons per Week

School Hours per Week

1

English*

6

5.5

2

Maths

5

4.6

3

Science**

5

4.6

4

History or Geography

3

2.8

5

MFL

3

2.8

6

Option 1

3

2.8

7

Option 2

3

2.8

8

Core PE

2

1.8

*English Language and English Literature

**Double Science – worth two GCSEs. Some pupils will have the opportunity to study Triple Science – worth three GCSEs.

Key Stage Five (Years 12 and 13)

Ark Blake Academy will open its sixth form in 2025 after our 2020 founding pupils complete GCSEs. We will offer A-Level courses across a range of academic subjects. Our subject offer will encompass all Russell group ‘facilitating subjects’ as well as a range of other choices, and will include the following:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Music
  • Media Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Religious studies

We believe this offer will prepare Ark Blake Academy pupils to attend the best universities in the country or embark on a higher-level apprenticeship of their choice.

We also intend to offer a number of rigorous level 3 qualifications that have recently been introduced across the Ark network. They have been designed in close collaboration with partners from the commercial and public sectors and are complemented by a careers readiness programme, careers mentoring and business partnerships. Our offer is likely to include both:

  • Applied Science Professional Pathway
  • Business Professional Pathway

A-Level subjects in Key Stage 5 will have six lessons per week. Most pupils will study 3 A-Levels and some will study 4 (in particular, this will include those studying Maths and Further Maths).

Professional Pathways pupils will be taught for a minimum of 15 lessons per week.