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 and beyond. 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|
|Combined Science||5||Creative Digital Media|
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.
- 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.
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 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
At Digitech we feel strongly that SRE is a vital part of every student’s education and plays a critical role in enabling them to stay safe. Our RSE curriculum is delivered both within tutor sessions and developed beyond this too according to individual need and specific context. We take steps to ensure that our young people understand the dynamics of adult relationships and how to develop them in a healthy way. This includes developing understanding about peer on peer abuse, coercion and respectful and appropriate relationships.