Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

We aim to provide a curriculum, which is relevant to the individual needs and aspirations of all our students and which engages students’ interests and commitment.

The curriculum is enriched by an excellent careers education and guidance programme, which contributes considerably to the development of the students’ economic well-being and includes a personalised and focused Work Experience placement. Students benefit from a good variety of extracurricular opportunities and students attend sports, music and drama activities in large numbers. There are many educational visits for students, for example, foreign exchange visits and Geography and History field trips, coupled with Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. These visits are taken up by a significant number of students.

The Spiritual development of students is always an important factor of the Academy. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) is a focus for all students and is developed throughout the curriculum. Within the courses followed by students at all the key stages there are elements that focus on SMSC. Religious Studies is compulsory for all students at key stages 3 and 4. Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Drugs Education is addressed through Religious Studies and in other subjects, mainly Science. The SRE curriculum is designed to provide the students with high quality and accurate advice and there is a strong focus on ‘relationships’ and the skills and values that young people need as they progress through adolescence into adulthood.

The student population of S. Peter’s Collegiate School is just over 1000. Each year group on average is 165 students and is divided into at least seven form groups. The curriculum is organised around the statutory requirements and becomes increasingly personalised as students move through the school from Year 7 to 13. At Key Stage 3 [Years 7 & 8] all students follow the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum. In Year 9 students begin Key Stage 4 and follow a statutory core together with a number of optional subjects.

The school is organised for teaching and learning purposes into four Learning Schools. Within each Learning School discrete subjects are taught, as outlined below. Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is also taught within each of the Learning Schools.

More subject information

Click below to see an overview of the curriculum for each Learning School

Innovation and Enterprise Learning School

At Key Stage 3, students study Art & Design, ICT and Technology. At Key Stage 4, students have the option of studying GCSEs in Art and Design, Business Studies, Business & Communication Systems, Computing, Graphic Communication, Money & Finance Skills (Half a single GCSE), Product Design and Textiles. BTEC First Award in Hospitality and BTEC First Award in Engineering are also offered.

Communication and Creativity Learning School

At Key Stage 3, students study English, Music, Drama and Dance. At Key Stage 4, students have to study GCSE English Language and English Literature along with a GCSE in a modern foreign language (Spanish, French or German) with the option of an additional language, GCSE Drama or Music. BTEC First Award in Performing Arts is also offered.

Investigation and Enquiry Learning School

At Key Stage 3, students study Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. At Key Stage 4, Students have to study GCSE Mathematics along with triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or double Science (Core and Additional), with the option of GCSE Physical Education. BTEC First Award in Sport is also offered.

Culture and Society Learning School

At Key Stage 3, students study Geography, Religious Education and History. At Key Stage 4, students have to study GCSE Religious Studies, with the option to study GCSE Geography and/or History. BTEC First Award in Health & Social Care is also offered.

Post 16

The consortium arrangements with St Edmund’s Catholic Academy and Wolverhampton Girls’ High School enable students to study a full range of AS and A-level courses. Across Learning Schools, these include:

Learning School


Innovation and Enterprise Art & Design – Fine Art
Art & Design – Graphic Communication
Art & Design – Textiles
Business BTEC
Business Studies
Hospitality BTEC
Product Design – Graphic Products
Product Design – 3D
Computer Science
Investigation and Enquiry Biology
Mathematics Further
Physical Education
Science BTEC
Sport BTEC
Communication and Creativity Dance
English Language & Literature
English Literature
Film Studies
Music Performing BTEC
Performing Arts BTEC
Culture and Society Classical Civilisation
General Studies
Government & Politics
Health & Social Care BTEC
Religious Studies