Curriculum Overview

The core aim of the curriculum at Hunterhouse is to enable all students to achieve their academic potential. The organisation and delivery of the curriculum is designed to encourage individual progress through the provision of different pathways, to provide choice and flexibility where appropriate and to ensure smooth progression between the Key Stages.


Throughout Key Stage 3, the curriculum is broad and balanced. Students are taught mainly in Form Groups but are subdivided into smaller groups for Science and practical subjects.

Students in Key Stage 3 study the following subjects:

Core Curriculum:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately in Y10
  • Learning for Life and Work – delivered through off-timetable days in Y10
  • Religious Studies


  • Art
  • Drama – delivered through the English curriculum in Years 9 & 10
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • ICT – delivered through off-timetable days in Y9
  • Languages – three languages are studied in Y8, two in Years 9 &10
  • Music
  • Physical Education & Games
  • Technology and Design


In Key Stage 4, students follow a curriculum consisting of a combination of Core and Optional courses. Most students will study 9.5 courses, although a small number may study either 8.5, 9 or 10.5.

At GCSE level, we aim to provide a range of courses which suit the needs and interests of our students. We review our curriculum annually. The College exceeds the requirements of the Entitlement Framework at Key Stage 4 level with an appropriate blend of courses, including STEM courses.

Core Curriculum (5.5 GCSEs and/or equivalent):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Double Award Science or Single Award Science plus CCEA Occupational Studies (Horticulture)
  • Learning for Life and Work
  • Short Course Religious Studies (half a GCSE)
  • Physical Education and Games (non-GCSE)

Additional Courses: 

Students choose four from this list through individual consultation with specialist staff. Students wishing to choose three may choose Supported Study as their fourth choice in consultation with the appropriate Senior Manager:

  • Art and Design

  • Business Studies

  • Child Development

  • Digital Technology

  • Drama

  • English Literature

  • Food and Nutrition

  • French

  • Further Mathematics

  • Geography

  • German

  • History

  • Leisure, Travel & Tourism

  • Music

  • Physical Education (GCSE)

  • Religious Studies (Full Course)

  • Spanish

  • Technology & Design

Sixth Form

Students in Sixth Form follow an appropriate blend of General and Applied courses, chosen through individual meetings with specialist staff. All students will study either three or four courses depending on the number of GCSE points they have. As with GCSE, the College exceeds the requirements of the Entitlement Framework in Sixth Form and the curriculum offer is reviewed annually. Over the last few years, a number of new courses have been added, reflecting the changing needs and interests of our students.


  • Applied Health & Social Care (Single and Double Award)
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Travel & Tourism
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • Design & Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama and Theatre
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government & Politics
  • History
  • Life & Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish


Applied Health & Social Care

Art & Design




Business Studies




Child Development




Digital Technology & ICT



Film Studies




Government & Politics




Home Economics




Learning for Life & Work

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Life & Health Sciences





Occupational Studies


PE & Games


Performing Arts




Religious Studies




Technology & Design