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    Subjects

    All students at Notre Dame follow a core curriculum throughout the lower school. The school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which enables students to study core Mathematics, English and Science as well as a Modern Foreign Language and Religious Education. In addition, students will do PE, Technology and Computer Science as well as having the opportunity to study Music, Drama and Art. All students in lower school do PSHE.

    Students specify their GCSE preferences during Year 9 resulting in changes to which subjects they study from the start of Year 10. The blocking is designed in order to maximise the opportunity for students to take a range of options that will give them a rich and balanced learning experience.

    Year 9 Preferences Link: 

    https://goo.gl/forms/mUU9UN9Q0U7mRy8G3

    The link to this year’s Preferences booklet can be found at the bottom of this page. Please note this is the Preferences booklet for Year 10 2018 and that this will be updated each year to reflect student demand and staffing available to the school.

    The subject links on the left of this page lead to information on what is studied in each year, as well as subject-specific resources. In addition, please feel welcome to contact any of our Heads of Department who will be able to provide you with further information about subjects within the school. 

    Subjects given in each year group

    Year 7 Years 8 and 9   

    Years 10 and 11

    RE
    English
    Maths
    Science
    Spanish
    Geography
    History
    Computer Science
    PE
    Technology
    Art
    Drama
    Music
    As Year 7 +
    German or
    French

    Core subjects:
    RE
    English
    Maths
    Science
    1 MFL

    Preference subjects:
    Art

    Business
    Computer Science
    Drama
    2nd MFL
    Geography
    History
    Music
    PE
    Technology

      The Sixth Form Curriculum

    Sixth Form students at Notre Dame follow a programme of study which reflects their prior attainment which consists of a 3 or 4 A level package. In addition to the subjects they complete a study programme that includes form time with a tutor who will play a role in preparing each student for their next progression. Supporting this process are a wide range of additional activities such as UCAS days, work experience, visits to industry offered through subjects, enrichment and the Sixth Form Studies Programme; which is offered in addition to the core A level curriculum.

    Students are encouraged to work independently and additional study periods are identified on their timetable to support them in doing so. Sixth Form study is seen as a progression bridge from GCSE to Higher Education and therefore staff will often guide students as to how to make independent study work for them.

    Study Programme Principles

    The A level programme at Notre Dame has a substantial academic content and each subject has a programme of study which is designed to stretch students and prepare them for the next stage in life.
    In addition, students are provided with an opportunity to self-refer a work experience placement, for one week, with an employer towards the end of July which avoids disrupting teaching and learning. Prior to work experience students can seek careers advice which covers a range of areas including Higher Education and career pathways.
    Beyond the formal curriculum Notre Dame offers a number of opportunities for students to develop their skills for example, music and drama productions, sports teams, our sixth form magazine, debating society to name but a few.
    Please note GCSE Maths and English is not offered within our sixth form study programme as it is a requirement of entry.
     

    Browsing for Sixth Form subjects?

    Click on Sixth Form Subjects to find out more.

    Which exam boards does Notre Dame follow?

    Click here to be redirected to the Exams area of our website, where you will find this information.

    1. Preferences booklet 2018
    2. Preferences form 2018
    3. Presentation 2018