Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum encompasses everything the pupils at Swanmore undertake and experience.

We aim to provide and further develop a curriculum which enables all our youngsters to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve;
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
  • Responsible citizens who are able to make a positive contribution to society.

We recognise that a well educated person is one that:

  • is an independent learning and decision maker;
  • is adaptable;
  • is literate and a good communicator;
  • uses numbers and ICT effectively;
  • is adventurous and willing to try new things;
  • co-operates as part of a team;
  • has good relationships with adults and peers;
  • is morally and spiritually aware;
  • has a sense of responsibility and self discipline;
  • is tolerant and challenges stereotypes;
  • is prepared for the challenges of society;
  • has a sense of well being and can lead a safe and fulfilling life.

Our curriculum is designed to continue the journey of learning which leads to the development of a well educated person.

At KS3/KS4 we continue to develop and progress the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and build upon progress already made at KS2.

Key Stage 3
Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9
English Mathematics Science
Art & Design Dance Drama Geography History Modern
Music Physical
Computing Technology Accelerated Reader
Key Stage 4
Year 10 & Year 11
English Mathematics Science Core RE & Core PE
Option 1* (EBacc) Option 2 Option 3


Yellow = Core
Green = Foundation

*Must take at least one of: History, Geography, Computing or MFL.

Option Subjects include: Art & Design, Child Development, Computer Science, Creative I-Media, Dance, Drama, Engineering, Food, Geography, History, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy & Ethics, Photography, Physical Education, Product Design, Sociology, Textiles

Options Subjects

In Key Stage 4, pupils begin their GCSE (or equivalent) examination courses. In addition to core subjects, pupils choose four further subjects in Year 9 from the list below. At the end of Year 9, all pupils drop one of their option choices and continue with three option subjects in Year 10 & Year 11. One of those three choices must be either History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language.

  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Art and Design: Photography
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Art & Design: Textile Design
  • GCSE Geography*
  • GCSE History*
  • GCSE Religious Studies
Design and Technology
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)/ AQA Level 2 Materials Technology Technical Award
Modern Foreign Languages
  • GCSE French*
  • GCSE Spanish*
Other optional subjects
  • Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development- Level 2
  • GCSE Computer Science*
  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Engineering/ Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Manufacturing/ NCFE Certificate in Engineering Studies (VCert)
  • GCSE Food /AQA Level 2 Food & Catering Technical Award/ NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery (VCert)
  • GCSE Physical Education/ Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies Level 1/2
  •  ICT qualification: either BCS European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT- Level 2

*English Baccalaureate subjects

Please note that options are restricted to one per pre-set option block. Option choices are communicated to Year 8 in the spring and are subject to change.