The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools. It is organised on the basis of four key stages, two of which are applicable to secondary schools. There is a ‘Curriculum Policy’ under the Policy section of this website.

Key Stage 3
Age 11-12, Years 7 and 8

Key Stage 4
Age 13-16, Years 9, 10 and 11

We believe that we have a worthwhile and exciting curriculum for all students at Dawlish Community College. We encourage every student to reach their full potential in everything they do. This is best achieved by parents, students and the college working together. We very much hope that this information will play a part in informing parents and students.

Dawlish Community College Curriculum Offer

The College offers a two week timetable with 25 one hour lessons a week. The following demonstrates the number of hours of teaching per subject per fortnight.

Key Stage 3Year 7 Year 8
Language (French/Spanish)65
Beliefs and Values22

Students in Year 8 will select their options for a 3 year Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4Year 9Year 10Year 11
IT2Option Only2
PSE125 Impact Days
Option A445
Option B445
Option C445
Option D445

The time allocation in year 9 will roll over to 10 and 11 over the next two years as students will now have 3 years to complete their GCSE/Applied courses. Within this allocation will therefore be more opportunities for subjects to enrich their curriculum in a variety of ways which may include whole day events/trips.

Subjects within the option blocks include: Computing, ICT, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Applied Ethics (Yr. 11 only), Drama, Art, Music, Product Design, Engineering, Textiles, Catering, BTEC PE, Health & Social Care, Media Studies and Business Studies. Sport studies is also offered to some students previously studying the Vocational route.

Impact days currently deliver PSE lessons for 11. These are 5 whole days of curriculum time. As the model rolls through to next year, this will be delivered as PSE lessons within the curriculum.

Core and foundation subjects

Key Stage 3

We teach all the subjects required by the National Curriculum. The Government publishes details of what each subject must contain. These subjects are:

Core subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Citizenship

Citizenship is integrated across the curriculum and is not taught as a discrete subject.

ICT is also integrated across the curriculum.

The parental guide to reporting progress document can be found here…

Guide to KS3 Assessment ‘Life beyond Levels’ – download here

Key Stage 4

The National Curriculum includes a number of compulsory areas of study at Key Stage 4.

Core subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Citizenship

The core subjects are taught at GCSE level with opportunities for students to gain a double award in Science and entered for both English Language and English Literature where appropriate.

Citizenship is integrated across the curriculum and is not taught as a discrete subject.

ICT is also integrated across the curriculum.

All students are actively involved in PE for at least one lesson a week.

Compulsory subjects outside the National Curriculum

  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Sex education (taught through the Science National Curriculum)
  • Careers education

Religious Education (RE)

Arrangements are made for children to attend acts of worship and periods of Religious Education, in accordance with the requirements of government legislation. It is open to parents to request that their children should be wholly or partly excused from either, or both, of these activities. Any such request should be made to the Principal. Religious education in county schools is given in accordance with a syllabus agreed by the LA on the recommendation of a conference, which includes representatives of the various denominations of the Christian Church in Devon, as well as representatives of the Local Authority and the teaching profession SACRE (the Standing Advisory Conference on Religious Education).

During Key Stage 4, religious education and PSE are taught on alternate weeks and all students are entered for a short course GCSE in Religious Studies. Students who chose to follow the full course GCSE in Religious Studies use this time to complete tasks from their main course.

Health and sex education

Sex education is an integral part of the college’s health education programme. It is delivered in science and through the PSE programme. Under the Education Acts, the sex education policy of the college is determined by the Governors of the college. LA and government guidelines are respected throughout.

Careers education

Careers education is an important part of the Personal and Social Education programme for each child. Amongst other aspects students are helped to understand:

  • the requirements of the world of work
  • the opportunities available in employment, training, further and higher education
  • the importance of interview technique – how to write a good curriculum vitae
  • their particular strengths and interests and how these relate to further education
  • careers choices

We make use of a computer-assisted programme which gives personally tailored guidance and information on careers options. Our Careers Library is attached to the Learning Resource Centre and contains information on both careers and further education. The Co-ordinator for Careers and Careers Officers give personal advice to students.

Non-statutory subjects

Personal and social education (PSE)

The personal and social education programme aims to help students in all aspects of their life and work in college and to prepare them for further education and for adult life in general. It is taught by a specialist team. The course includes:

  • health and sex education
  • personal relationships
  • study skills
  • economic awareness
  • careers guidance
  • record of achievement
  • world studies
  • work experience
  • law and order
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • First Aid and the environment

Online resources