Curriculum

Our curriculum at Digitech is intentionally specialised, allowing students to study subjects that lead into further study or employment in the creative, digital and high tech sectors.

Our curriculum is 14-19 with clear progression routes from KS4 to KS5. Course content is available on this website for all courses and for both key stages.

Key Stage 4 Programme of Study

In Key Stage 4, students study the Digitech core subjects for 50% of the time (English, maths and science) and then choose four Digitech options. We do not aim to be Progress 8 or EBacc compliant. We do not teach languages or humanities subjects and as such our curriculum is consciously not broad and balanced in a traditional EBacc sense.

Digitech Core Number of periods Digitech Options include: Each option is 3 periods a week
English language 3 Art and Design
English Literature 2 Business and Enterprise
Maths 5 Computer Science
Combined Science 5 Creative Digital Media
Games Design
Graphics
Digitech Plus 1 IT
Core PE 2 Photography
3D Design
Sport

 

Post 16 Programme of Study

In Key Stage 5, students study Joint Diploma Pathways choosing two areas from: Art and Design; Creative Digital Media, IT and Business. In Year 12 these are framed in two qualifications: Creative Media and Arts; Digital Entrepreneurship.

Art and Design Cambridge Technical  Diploma 2012 Work Experience
Business Cambridge Technical  Diploma 2016 & LIBF Academic Tutoring and CEIAG
IT  Cambridge Technical  Diploma 2016 Supported Study
Media Cambridge Technical  Diploma 2016 Resit English and maths

 

We supplement our Digitech curriculum offer with full immersive courses run by our partners Boomsatsuma in Media, Professional Acting and Games Design.

Curriculum Intent at Digitech:

  • To ensure that curriculum decisions support Digitech’s mission statement.
  • To ensure that all Digitech students will undergo a course of study that adequately prepares them to excel in their chosen area.
  • To implement a core of English, maths, and science with further choices in relevant creative, digital and high tech subject areas.
  • To respond appropriately to the wide diversity in prior attainment amongst students in entering the school, challenging all students to progress and improve their attainment and ensuring that new learning is available to all.
  • To have a curriculum that ensures that Digitech students have the opportunity to achieve a set of national qualifications that demonstrates their success and facilitates progression and positive destinations.
  • To offer a balance of curriculum with quality experiences of work, which ensures that students have the skills and qualifications to choose the correct next step for them.
  • To engage and motivate students by offering high-quality, relevant, and challenging project briefs and tasks where appropriate.
  • To engage motivate and challenge students through regular assessment and accurate feedback at regular and timely assessment processes.

Curriculum Implementation

  • A focus on creative, digital and high-tech subjects and pathways underpinned by core subjects.
  • High quality impressive outcomes
  • A curriculum and relentless focus on teaching and learning that meets student needs
  • The highest quality teaching in our subject areas
  • The opportunity to work closely with employers
  • A programme of careers education and PSHE in addition to tutoring.
  • KS4 subjects that allow students to progress into Post 16 at Digitech, other post 16 providers or apprenticeships.

Curriculum Impact

Students will progress from Digitech into further education employment or training with:

  • Good qualifications that allow students to progress;
  • Relevant sector specific learning and skills;
  • Confidence to apply their learning in a work place setting;
  • Ambition to be successful in their chosen career field;
  • Clear direction on how to fulfil their career ambition

Digitech Plus

Digitech Plus is a timetabled lesson in our curriculum that places employability and personal development and welfare at the heart of students’ learning. Within this lesson students also access our employability coach and work experience coordinator who support students on their journey to further education and employment.

Small tutor groups

A Tutor’s role is central in both caring for students and, crucially, monitoring their progress both academically and socially; encouraging involvement, commitment, and high standards of work and behaviour.

Sex and Relationship Education

Even though SRE is not compulsory at Secondary level we at Digitech feel that Children and young people have a right to good quality education that enables students to develop holistically and from numerous angles. As part of this development SRE plays a vital part in meeting the schools’ safeguarding obligations.

SRE is delivered through the tutor programme, Digitech Plus and assemblies.