Pathways for 2018

Pathways Information

The government has announced that all learners taking GCSE exams in 2020 must have studied the EBacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects – these include Mathematics, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and either Geography or History.

In response to this from September 2017 Bradford Academy moved to a curriculum model that included a three year Key Stage 4. This enables learners at the Academy to study all the Ebacc subjects in addition to maintaining a number of option subjects.

This means that learners in Year 8 will have the opportunity to choose their pathways in spring 2018 , and start their three year key stage 4 programme of study in September 2018

Alongside the EBacc subjects listed above learners in Year 8 will be asked to make two “free” option choices which they will study in years 9, 10 and 11.

The qualifications will include a broad selection of subjects covering both academic and vocational courses. This is an opportunity for learners to specialise in fields of study that will help them with their intended future destinations.

At Bradford Academy we review our curriculum offer every year in order to ensure that learners have access to a broad range of relevant and highly regarded national qualifications. We carefully put together a suite of qualifications that both match the aspirations and interests of our learners whilst ensuring progression routes into higher education and employment.

Learners will receive an email on Thursday 22 February directing them to register for  SIMS Options online. They should follow the instructions on screen and in the Pathways booklet (see below) to complete the form and make their options selection. The form will be open from 2pm on Friday 23 February 2018 and the closing date for submitting forms is 2pm on Friday 9 March 2018.

 

Option Block A

GCSE Art & Design – Fashion & Textiles
BTEC Level 2 Business (Also available in Option B)
OCR GCSE Computer Science (Only available to selected learners)
NCFE Level 2 Craft
AQA Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Social Care (Also available in Option B)
BTEC Level 2 Information & Creative Technology (ICT) (Also available in Option B)
BTEC Level 2 Music
BTEC Level 2 Sport (Also available in Option B)
GCSE Triple Science (Only available to selected learners) (Also available in Option B)

 

 

Option Block B

GCSE Art & Design – Fine Art
BTEC Level 2 Business (Also available in Option A)
BTEC/GCSE Dance
BTEC/GCSE Drama
AQA Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Social Care (Also available in Option A)
BTEC Level 2 Hospitality
BTEC Level 2 Information & Creative Technology (ICT) (Also available in Option A)
BTEC Level 2 Sport (Also available in Option A)
GCSE Triple Science (Only available to selected learners) (Also available in Option A)

 

2018 Pathways Booklet PDF

For further information email: Options@bradfordacademy.co.uk

Please see the attached for a summary for parents/carers regarding the changes to the grades for GCSEs.

GCSE_Factsheet