In year 11 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:

Number of lessons per subject

Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.

Year 11 students study English, maths, science, physical education and either history or geography, they also opt to pursue three further subjects.

For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link for the subject page.

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of our curriculum, or to request a printed version of our topic map, please get in touch.

Core subjects

Students study all of the below, with the exception of history and geography where they must choose to pursue one or the other.


English Language

  • Paper 1: Creative reading and writing: unseen fiction reading text and describe/narrate writing
  • Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: unseen non-fiction reading texts and viewpoints writing

English Literature 

  • Paper 1: 19th century novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas carol)
  • Paper 1: An inspector calls
  • Paper 2: Unseen poetry
  • Paper 2: Macbeth

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  • Urban issues and challenges
  • Urban populations
  • NEE case study: Rio, Brazil
  • Opportunities and challenges of urban growth
  • UK population
  • Urban change in the UK: HIC city Nottingham
  • Urban sustainability
  • Revision
  • Issue evaluation preparation

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  • Russia 1917-41
    • The revolutions of 1917
    • The Bolsheviks in power 1917-24
    • Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship 1924-41
    • Stalin’s changes to Russia
  • Revision

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  • Integrate knowledge into larger concepts
  • Year 10 topics will be extended in a sequence determined by group learning


  • Integrate knowledge into larger concepts
  • Year 10 topics will be extended in a sequence determined by group learning

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Physical education

• Preparing for exercise
• Movement
• Developing technique
• Teamwork
• The benefits of physical activity
• Scoring systems
• Competition
• Officiating
• Tactics and strategies
• Methods of training
• Achieving a personal best
• Valuing physical activity
• Analyse a performance
• Fitness testing
• Leadership
• Making informed choices

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  • Inheritance variation and evolution
  • Core practicals
  • Revision


  • Chemical calculations
  • Core practicals
  • Revision


  • Chemical calculations
  • Fuel cells
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Water
  • Revision
  • Physics

Visit our science page for more information

Optional subjects

Additionally students choose to study three of the subjects listed below.


  • Personal portfolio; self-selected theme exploring the title ‘Distortion’.
  • Externally set task (art exam unit)

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Business Studies

  • Growing the business
  • Marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

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Computer science

  • Programming fundamentals
  • Algorithms
  • Producing robust programs
  • Searching and sorting algorithms
  • Boolean logic
  • Programming languages and IDEs
  • System software

Visit our computing page for more information

Creative i-Media (Cambridge National)

Units R086 and R087

  • Understanding the uses and properties of interactive multimedia products
  • Planning an interactive multimedia product
  • Creating and interactive product
  • Reviewing interactive digital products
  • Understanding the purpose of digital animation
  • Planning digital animation
  • Creating digital animation
  • Reviewing digital animation

Visit our computing page for more information


  • Set phrase and choreographic development
  • Performance: duo/ trio
  • Choreography
  • Performance: set phrases
  • Dance appreciation

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Digital information technology (BTEC)

  • Data security
  • Cloud computing
  • Communication and stakeholders
  • Security policies
  • Impact of technology on the environment
  • Spider diagrams

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  • Blood brothers: context
  • Blood brothers: production
  • Texts in practice: communicating layers of meaning
  • Texts in practice: research
  • Live theatre: analysis

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Engineering (Cambridge National)

  • Product analysis coursework
  • Production and manufacturing
  • Revision theory lessons

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Food and nutrition

  • Milk processing, grain processing
  • Food science coursework
  • Brief based coursework
  • Revision

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Health and social care (Cambridge National)

    • Rights of service users
    • Care values in health and social care
    • Legislation in health and social care
    • Safety measures in health and social settings
    • Scenes of accident risks and continuing dangers
    • First aid
    • Practical demonstrations of first aid procedures
    • Review and reflect

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Marketing and enterprise (Cambridge National)

Unit RO64: Enterprise and Marketing concepts

  • LO1: Learning how to target a market
  • LO2: Understand what makes a product or service financially viable
  • LO3: Understand product development
  • LO4: Understand how to attract and retain customers
  • LO5: Understand factors for consideration when starting up a business
  • LO6: Understand different functional activities needed to support a business start-up

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Modern foreign languages

French or German or Spanish

  • Current/future study and employment
  • Current study
  • Future study
  • Career ambition and choices


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Music (BTEC)

  • Music skills development
  • Responding to a commercial music brief

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  • Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • The structure and function of the cardio-respiratory system
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data


  • Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Commercialisation of physical activity & sport
  • Ethical issues
  • Health & fitness
  • Use of data
  • Non examined assessment – analysis and evaluation of one practical sport

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Philosophy and ethics

  • Relationships
  • Peace and conflict
  • Dialogue and religions

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Product design

    • Designing and making principles
    • Investigation of data
    • Environmental, social and economic challenge
    • The work of others
    • Design strategies
    • Communication of design ideas
    • Prototype development
    • Selection of materials and component
    • Tolerances
    • Materials management
    • Specialist tools and equipment
    • Specialist techniques and processes

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  • Research methods
  • Sleep and dreaming
  • Development

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  • Social stratification
  • Crime and deviance

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Sport (BTEC)

  • Unit 2 – practical performance in sport
  • Understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports
  • Practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected Sports
  • Be able to review sports performance


  • Unit 3 – applying the principles of personal training
  • Design a personal fitness training programme
  • Know about the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and the effect on the body during training
  • Implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme
  • Review a personal fitness training programme

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