Curriculum

If you enjoy STEM subjects, NUAST can offer you a chance to spend lots of time each week doing the things you like. You will have the chance to study your favourite subject using some of the best facilities in the East Midlands and work with local and national companies gaining loads of experience. You will also still cover all the subjects you need to get a good job, such as English, Maths and a language.

At the end of Year 11, you will have a selection of qualifications and experience that mean you have lots of options including A Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships.

You will study all of the following subjects within Year 7:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Computing/IT
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Food
  • Physical Education

Our aim is for you to develop a passion for all learning and a motivation for the STEM subjects. The curriculum is designed to give a wide and varied educational experience whilst preparing and focusing students towards STEM-based subjects which form a major part of NUAST’s Key Stage 4 and 5 curriculum.

For the majority of subjects, students are taught in ability groups. This ensures that every child is taught at a level that matches their ability.

Students will be able to access music and voice lessons. These will be provided by the peripatetic music service.

GCSE Core Curriculum

At NUAST, all our students have the opportunity to study the group of subjects designated by the government as EBacc.

EBacc stands for ‘English Baccalaureate’ and is described by the government as “the core academic subjects at Key Stage 4”. The EBacc is made up of English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences and a language.

NUAST offers the following subjects at GCSE. We are unique in our commitment to science and all of our students study a third science in addition to the EBacc requirement:

Compulsory

  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE English Language and Literature
  • GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)
  • Core Physical Education

Optional

  • History
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Business Studies
  • Product Design
  • Computer Science
  • Photography
  • Media Studies

For details of specific examination boards, please contact us.

Science

Whether at GCSE or A Level, NUAST offers each science as a discrete subject, providing students with the qualifications to gain access to leading universities nationally and internationally.

GCSE (Level 2 Qualifications)

At GCSE level, NUAST offers each of the science disciplines as a discrete subject. This provides you with an in-depth understanding of the sciences and allows you to focus on a particular scientific specialism at A Level.

In addition to physics, chemistry and biology, computer science is also offered as an option subject. Combined with English, maths and a modern foreign language, this suite of subjects delivers a rounded education for any student seeking a career in science, engineering or computing.

To complete the curriculum, GCSE level students will select a specialist pathway. There are two pathway choices, each providing an additional four GCSEs.

You can choose between engineering and computing/IT. Each course will deliver an OCR Cambridge National qualification with the computing pathway also delivering GCSE computing.

Engineering

The opportunity to study engineering at GCSE level is just another provision that sets NUAST aside from other local providers.

You will study the OCR Cambridge National qualification in Engineering. This course is worth three GCSE grades and will give you the chance to work closely with our industry partners.

You will study:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Manufacture
  • System Control in Engineering

In addition you will study GCSEs in Science, English, Maths, History and a Modern Foreign Language.

IT/Computing

With chronic skills shortages in computing and IT there has never been a better time to study these subjects. At NUAST you can study computing and IT as a specialist subject at GCSE and Post 16 level.

GCSE (Level 2 Qualifications)

At GCSE level, NUAST offers the OCR Cambridge National qualification in IT/Computer Science. This course covers three subject areas and is the equivalent to three GCSEs. You will study:

  • GCSE Computing
  • Cambridge National iMedia
  • Cambridge National ICT

And be able to choose as an option:

  • Cambridge National Systems Control

This will provide you with a set of qualifications widely recognised by employers and universities as the best vocational training at this level.

You will also be working with industry partners throughout the course gaining invaluable experience of workplace practices.