Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3: Year 7 and 8

All students in year 7 and 8 follow a broad and balanced curriculum which covers the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, but which also includes a wide range of other subjects so that our students develop a diverse range of interests and passions, with a real thirst for knowledge. We offer the following subjects to our year 7 and 8 students:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology (Textiles, Food Science and Graphics)
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
  • Religious Education
  • Science

Our KS3 curriculum is tailored to ensure that students have the skills, knowledge and confidence to go on and be a success at KS4. In order to accelerate the progress of every child, our key stage 3 curriculum is condensed into two years. Our students have the opportunity to choose their options at the end of year 8, and their GCSE courses (KS4) start in year 9. This allows our students three years to cover the key GCSE content, allowing them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Every person at City Academy Birmingham regardless of age and position lives by our four key values: Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence. These four values underpin our curriculum and how it is delivered. Our continued mission is to break down all educational barriers to ensure that all students have the choice to go to university and therefore we are unashamedly academic but, also innovative and forward looking. Over the last year and a half we have led the way amongst our partner schools on a new mastery assessment system, an effective feedback policy and an exciting new curriculum model that prepares students for the challenges of the new 1-9 GCSEs.

Key Stage 4: Year 9, 10 and 11

Although we are a small school, we pride ourselves on providing a wide and varied KS4 curriculum to prepare students to go out into the world of further study or work and be a success. All students study GCSE English Literature, English Language, Mathematics and GCSE Double Award Science. All students must study either GCSE Geography or History and either GCSE French or Citizenship Studies. Alongside these, students have the opportunity to choose option subjects, these are:

  • GCSE Fine Art
  • GCSE Textiles
  • GCSE Food Science
  • WJEC Technical Award in Hospitality and Catering
  • OCR Cambridge National in Child Development
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • OCR Cambridge National in Sport Studies
  • OCR Cambridge National in Health and Social Care
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
  • GCSE Physics
  • GCSE Religious Education
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • OCR Cambridge National in iMedia

Through all year groups, our curriculum provides a moral, social and cultural education for our students, whilst also promoting British values through our core values of collaboration, opportunity, respect and excellence. This holistic approach to educating well-rounded, responsible citizens supports our personalised curriculum that allows students to be supported and challenged appropriately, and our brightest students will have the opportunity to take as many as 10 GCSEs.

A breakdown of new guided teaching hours per subject and key stage can be found in the documents below along with an overview of our school timetable. If you would like more information on the City Academy Birmingham curriculum please contact the school office.