Overview & Options

Delivering the National Curriculum is extremely important. However, at Huxlow we are committed to far more. We all know from our own families that young people learn best in a secure, purposeful and stimulating environment. That is why a caring curriculum is so important to us.

"Caring" means many things at Huxlow. It means having the resources to meet as many individual needs and learning styles as possible, week in and week out. It means giving our students as rich and as varied an experience of life as possible, inside and outside College. In 2011, Ofsted stated that our students are known as individuals.

Good teachers care by not only listening and inspiring but also by setting standards and, when appropriate, being strict. Even the most fascinating lessons need a framework of orderly politeness. Huxlow’s curriculum is organised so that students can be helped to learn and achieve success. All subjects use a mixture of whole class teaching and group work. For Year 7 students are divided into parallel classes of equal ability for most subjects, but in subsequent years students are usually placed in "sets". Small group tuition and/or in-class support are provided for those who need extra help or more demanding work. Please click here to find out more about Inclusion at Huxlow.

Curriculum Policy

Huxlow’s Curriculum Policy is regularly reviewed and approved by the Governing Body.

Huxlow Science College Curriculum Policy


Academically, the College is organised into nine areas of learning and teaching. Please click on each of the areas to find out more:

We believe all students are entitled to a rich and balanced curriculum appropriate to their individual needs. To help achieve this, cognitive ability tests are administered routinely to all students early in Year 7. In addition, all subjects set challenging targets for each student, which are then systematically reviewed.

Core Curriculum and Options: Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

All students study the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Humanities (incorporating History, Geography, Religious Studies and Citizenship), French, Physical Education, Expressive Arts (including Music and Drama), Design and Technology and Computing.

All Year 7, 8 and 9 students also follow a course of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

Further details about study at Key Stage 3 can be found below, in the KS3 Tutor Evening Information Booklet

KS3 Tutor Evening Information Booklet

During the Spring Term, Year 9 students will be invited to attend our 'Options Evening', to discuss their choices for study at Key Stage 4. Further details about all the Key Stage 4 courses on offer (including those that lead to a GCSE qualification and those that lead to other qualifications) can be found in the Year 9 Options Information Booklet, which will be distributed on 'Options Evening'.

Core Curriculum and Options: Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

A wide range of courses are provided and each student has an individual programme of study which is decided after the fullest consultation between staff, parent and student. All students follow a course in Maths, Science, English, Modern Foreign Languages, Technology and Physical Education. In addition, students have a choice of Applied Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, Sport or Computing.

Some modifications to the subjects offered at external examination level are made from year to year, usually as a result of changes in demand and the addition of new courses. A small number of students have the opportunity to study alternative vocational experiences as part of our New Start programme. Within the Technology option, some can study Motor Vehicle, Beauty, Construction or Catering courses through the East Northamptonshire Partnership (TENP). Religious Education and Citizenship are taught through a range of experiences delivered during our Applied Learning Days and all Year 10 students follow a compulsory Computing programme.

All Key Stage 4 students also follow a course of core Computing, core PE and PSHE lessons.

Further details about study at Key Stage 4 can be found below, in the KS4 Tutor Evening Information Booklet

KS4 Tutor Evening Information Booklet

Core Curriculum and Options: Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)

Level 3 : AS and A2 Levels

Most students embarking on A Level courses will choose four subjects in their first year (Year 12). They will take these courses to Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level with examinations in June of Year 12. Students then choose the subjects they wish to continue with to Advanced (A2) Level in Year 13. Students will be advised as to how many they should take but generally this will be three.

The AS Level is a ‘stand alone’ qualification; students will be awarded certificates at this level and will be expected to pass at AS Level in order to progress to A2 Level.

A Level subjects generally consist of four modules and students would generally expect to take two AS Level modules at the end of Year 12 and the remaining two A2 Level modules during or at the end of Year 13. The AS counts as half of the A Level.

Level 3: BTEC Nationals

These two-year courses are equivalent to one or two A Levels depending on whether a single or full award is taken. Successful students achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Level 2: BTEC and OCR Nationals

Level 2 courses are nationally recognised to be equivalent to four GCSE grades A-C, if a Merit or above is achieved. These courses are more vocational in content.

Further details about Key Stage 5 courses and the full list of subjects on offer can be found in the TENC Prospectus.

TENC Prospectus

All Year 12 and 13 students follow a wide-ranging PSHCE, Careers, Citizenship and Enrichment programme and we are proud of our national recognition for post-16 Citizenship, enabling all our Year 12 students to play an active role in the community.

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