Curriculum

At Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology we offer an exciting STEM Curriculum at both Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and Key Stage 5 (BTEC/A Level).

We offer our students a unique opportunity to achieve traditional qualifications while also getting a head start in developing the skills required for exciting and rewarding careers in the 21st century. Students can progress through these key stage 4 and 5 years, spending 4* years with us or joining at sixth form entry stage.

Our GCSE curriculum has a strong emphasis on Maths and English which compliments science and technical subjects. BTEC and A Level students are also offered a wide choice of STEM courses. Students will study either a BTEC or A Level portfolio of accredited qualifications including Core Maths, the Extended Project (EPQ) and Challenge Projects.

*From 2018 we will be recruiting students to begin courses in year 9, as well as in year 10. This is so that students who currently attend schools where GCSE courses start in year 9 will have the opportunity to transfer across at that point. Those starting with us in 2018 in year 9 will begin their GCSE study by following a foundation course. This will involve all the preparation required to give students a ‘head start’ in GCSE programmes so that when they start their GCSE specification courses in year 10 they are already confident and ahead in their studies.

GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications are being reformed. The new subjects are being introduced gradually, with the first wave being taught from September 2015. A brief overview taken from information provided by Ofqual can be found in the documents below:

GCSE and A Level Reforms

Grading new GCSEs from 2017

At Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology “learning” happens in a variety of ways, through traditional lessons, teacher-led seminars and practical activities, all supported by our employer-driven Challenge Projects.

Students work on ‘Challenge projects’;  industry based activities which provide opportunities to develop presentation, team and problem solving skills.

The week models the workplace more than a traditional school or college. The Learning Day is 8:30 to 16:30 daily. Whilst many students choose to undertake consolidation, further study or research outside of these hours there is no official “homework”. All students’ timetables include some “private study” time in which particular areas of interest can be explored and investigated in greater depth.

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