At Worksop College our curriculum is flexible enough to give your child, whatever their ability, a diverse and broad education.  When you first visit us, we take the time to discuss with you the best possible programme of study for your child.

However, providing a rich curriculum of choice for your child is only one piece of the jigsaw – having the right teaching staff and specialist facilities ensures that learning is an effective, fun and rewarding experience.


Years 7 and 8

  • A full curriculum of English, Geography, History, PE, RS, Drama, Maths, Science, ICT, Music, PSHE, French, Spanish, ‘Latin’* taught weekly by subject specialists. *A course that varies between Latin language and Classical Civilisation, that will support the development of written, read and spoken English, will be taught according to the ability of the pupils
  • 550 minutes (over 9 hours per week) dedicated to core subjects
  • Art, Design and Technology and Food and Nutrition taught on a carousel basis, giving every child access to all three, again taught by subject specialists
  • All three science disciplines covered within the course
  • Class sizes to stretch the most able and support the least
  • 325 minutes per week for all pupils, built into their schedule, for completion of homework in supervised conditions, with access to subject specialist teachers for extra help
  • Academic enrichment in the form of subject-specific visits, for example to Castleton (Y7 Geography), Sheffield University (Y8 Biology), and Malham Tarn (Y7 Biology – residential)

Year 9

All pupils study the core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

They also study: Food & Nutrition, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Personal & Social Health Education (PSHE). French, Spanish, Latin, ICT and Theatre Studies are in an option system where three subjects (including at least one modern foreign language) can be chosen.

Year 10 to 11

All pupils can study the three core subjects and a modern foreign language. In addition, three subjects are chosen from the following options:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Design Technology
  • English Literature
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Latin
  • Music
  • PE
  • Spanish or French
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre Studies

The majority of pupils will follow a science course that leads to two GCSEs. This course involves the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as co-ordinated science. Separate sciences are taken by pupils in the top sets. Biology, Chemistry and Physics will then be examined as three separate GCSEs.

Since September 2011, several subjects have been following the IGCSE course. This requires no coursework and permits no modular examination sessions to resit, placing the emphasis on the end of the two-year examinations. Mathematics also offer those in lower sets the option to sit a Foundation Tier examination.

All pupils continue with PSHE and Religious Studies.

The Year 10 and 11 curriculum is designed to keep options open for A Level, and to provide some choice to cater for individual strengths and interests. The aim is to ensure a broad based education for each boy and girl.

A reduced curriculum is available for some pupils. Usually in this course, pupils do not take a modern foreign language, but instead have a greater number of timetabled lessons in Mathematics and English or, if appropriate, an alternative GCSE from the list above.

Lower and Upper Sixth form (Years 12 and 13)

Pupils in the Lower Sixth year choose three, and in some cases, four A Level subjects from the following:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics: Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religious Ethics
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Studies

In addition, it is possible to follow an EPQ or to undertake further studies to add breadth to the courses being followed.

Want to know more? We’d love to meet you and show you everything that Worksop College has to offer you and your family. To organise a visit, email us or call us 01909 537100.