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The Curriculum at CVC

Aims and purpose

Learning is the core purpose and function of Cottenham Village College and at the heart of the college’s ability to deliver educational excellence is a rigorous and well-structured curriculum. Our curriculum at both Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9) and Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) is structured by subjects, taught by specialists, and sequenced in a way that ensures systematic and thorough teaching.

We believe this is a right of all pupils and one which is liberating and empowering. Through the curriculum we aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and raise their aspirations, as well as ensure that pupils achieve high levels of attainment that will open doors for their future. A stimulating and broad curriculum also places pupils in a strong position to question and debate the world around them, making them intellectually resilient and preparing them for citizenship in a democratic society.

All pupils will study a broad curriculum from Year 7, which includes English; mathematics; the sciences; modern foreign languages; geography; history; art; design technology; food technology; music; dance; drama; computer science; religion, philosophy and ethics; personal, social and health education; and PE. In Year 9 pupils are given the opportunity to make preferences in optional subjects that will make up part of their GCSE curriculum at Key Stage 4.

Structure and timetabling

CVC runs a 50-hour, two-week timetable, with five one-hour lessons per day. The following table shows the time allocated to each subject per fortnight on pupils’ timetables:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art & Design 2 2 2
Computer Science 2 2 2
Design Technology 2 3 2
Drama 2 2 2*
English 8 7 7
Geography 3 3 4
History 3 3 4
Mathematics 7 7 7
MFL (French/Spanish) 5 6 6
Music 2 2 2*
PE 4 4 4
Religious Studies 2 2 2
Science 7 7 7
Wider Curriculum (PSHE) 1 1

*In Year 9, pupils can choose between music, drama or dance


Overview of curriculum

Please find below the overviews of our curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum can be viewed via this link.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum can be viewed via this link.

For further details of what students will study in each subject in year group please refer to the student tab on the home page.