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Havelock Academy

Our goal is to provide excellent opportunities in an open, positive and purposeful climate for all to achieve excellence, become lifelong learners and responsible, successful, well rounded citizens.


The academy offers an evolving, broad and balanced curriculum, with a wide-range of courses and options to best meet the needs and interests of every student.

This webpage outlines all of the subjects that we offer at Havelock Academy, including the list of courses at Key Stages 4 and 5 within each of these subject areas. For further information regarding our curriculum, please contact Dr J Hunter (Vice Principal) at 

In the documents panel, you can download and view each of our subject outlines for the current academic year. 


Art allows students to develop creative skills and imaginative thinking that are transferable to numerous subject and careers. Art allows students to develop key skills and build confidence at the same time as promoting group work and instilling students with the importance of personal study and practice. Work is often showcased through exhibitions. Extra-curricular opportunities and competitions offer students the chance to enrich their educational journey and offer positive experiences.

Key Stage 3
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3:

Year 7 Art: Mark Making, Art landscape timeline, Aboriginal printing and clay boomerangs, British Art old and new and Mixed Media

Year 8 Art: .Perspective Drawing, British Art old and new, The Human Figure, World Art and The Natural World

Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 GCSE Art and Photography are offered.

In Year 9 students are introduced to working towards the GCSE objectives. Themes include Collections, Art and Text and a Sense of Place.

In Year 10 students will work in a range of media and explore a variety of artists working towards the GCSE objectives. Themes include Identity, Contrasts and Structures.

In Year 11 students will work on presenting their portfolio and complete a Mock Exam. They will then prepare and complete their GCSE exam.

The coursework element is worth 60% and exam 40%

Key Stage 5
The Arts offer two courses in Key Stage 5:

A Level Art
A Level Photography

Work is varied and personal to allow students to develop their own unique style. The coursework element is worth 60% and exam 40%



Psychology is the study of the brain and behaviour. Studying psychology will give you an understanding of internal mental processes, why we behave the way we do, the biological components of the brain and body which alter our behaviour mental health and much more.


The study of criminology investigates the reasons why people commit crime, the reason why inequalities within society affect crime and the victims of crimes. Criminology will make you more politically aware of how the media shapes our views and behaviours and starts to break down our current understanding of what makes a criminal and how they should be treated.

Key Stage 5
The following Criminology/Psychology courses are offered  in Key Stage 5:

A level Psychology

A range of topics are covered including:
Human memory
Social Influence
Biological psychology
Approaches to Psychology
Cognition and development
Research methods

A range of topics are covered within the course including:
Types of crimes
Media influence on crime
Campaigns for change
Theories of criminality
Crime personnel, forensics and the courtroom



The English Faculty at Havelock Academy shares Benjamin Zephaniah's belief that 'English is the language of the future, the language of the computer. English is the most powerful tool you'll ever need, no matter what career you choose. You have the right to English; make it your right!'

We are a highly enthusiastic, committed team who strive for excellence to ensure that learning activities in English contribute to the achievement and overall development of all young people. We want them to become successful, independent learners who make outstanding progress and achieve their dreams.

Key Stage 3
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3:

Literary heritage units including the study of classic novels and plays by Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare;
Challenging and thought-provoking contemporary novels including Private Peaceful, Millions and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas;
A range of non-fiction texts, including travel-writing and biography;
Writing for a range of audiences and purposes.

Key Stage 4
The English Faculty offers two courses at Key Stage 4:

GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature

Key Stage 5
The English Faculty offers two courses in Key Stage 5:

A-Level English Language and Literature
A-Level Film Studies 


Food Technology

Food technology at Havelock is designed to give students the opportunity to gain confidence and develop skills in the preparation of a range of ingredients and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables students to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. 

Key Stage 3
Students will have the opportunity to study the following  topics in Key Stage 3. They will become familiar with relevant keywords and ingredients and develop confidence in preparing and cooking a range of recipes safely and correctly. 

Ready to Cook?
Where does Food come from?
Healthy Eating/The Eatwell Guide
Traditional British Food,
Food from around the world
Developing skills
Food Provenance

Key Stage 4
Food Technology offers GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition for years 10 and 11 - New AQA Specification

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
Food Nutrition and health
Food Science
Food Safety
Food Choice
Food Provenance

Assessment of this exam consists of:
A food investigation task - 15%
A food preparation task which includes a 3 hour practical exam - 35%
A written examination - 50% 


The French Faculty offer opportunities for all pupils to study French. Throughout all lessons, pupils are given a wide range of opportunities to learn about the cultures and customs of France. Pupils develop their language skills via listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks and learn to be proficient communicators in the language. There are also opportunities to develop and practise their language skills using Information Technology.

Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 & 9 students have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3 as well as developing a grammatical awareness and understanding of the language:

Basic communication in French
Life at school
Customs and Festivals
Holidays, Home and Local Area
Hobbies and Freetime
Healthy Lifestyle
Jobs and Future life
Art and Culture

Key Stage 4
From Year 10 students follow the AQA GCSE French (full course) and cover 3 broad themes:

  1. Identity and culture - self, family, friends, relationships, marriage, partnerships, free-time activities, leisure, sport, customs and festivals, technology
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest - home, town, neighbourhood and region, travel and tourism, holidays, the environment, charity/voluntary work, poverty and homelessness, healthy living and lifestyles
  3. Current and future study and employment - life at school and college, education post-16, career choices and ambitions

At the end of Year 11 students will complete 4 examinations for each skill and each are worth 25% of the final grade: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Key Stage 5
Students follow the AQA A Level French and cover the following themes and topics:

Media - television, advertising, communication technology
Popular culture - cinema, music, fashion and trends
Healthy Living & Lifestyle - sport and exercise, health and well-being, holidays
Family Relationships - relationships within the family, friendships, marriage, partnerships 

Environment - pollution, energy, protecting the planet
The multicultural society - immigration, integration, racism
Contemporary social issues - wealth and poverty, law and order, impacts of scientific and technological progress

Cultural topic - a choice of study from areas, regions, a period of 20th century history, author and their work, director and their films, musician and their music, artist and their art

At the end of Year 12 students complete a Listening, Reading & Writing Exam (worth 70% for AS and 35% for A Level) and a Speaking Exam (worth 30% for AS and 15% for A Level).

At the end of Year 13 students complete a Listening, Reading & Writing Exam (worth 35% for the A Level) and a Speaking exam (worth 15% for the A Level).


In Geography we have developed an exciting and engaging curriculum of study.  Students will immerse themselves into a range of thought provoking topics that will both challenge and stretch their understanding of the world around them.

Geography is a dynamic subject that deals with complex issues and covers the interaction of the Physical and Human world.  Students at Havelock Academy will investigate issues such as flood management, the growth of urban areas and controversial issues of environmental management, such as fracking. Across all key stages the curriculum enables students to reach their potential and beyond, it is a skills based subject and these skills will be developed to enhance student outcomes.

Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8 students will build solid foundations in the subject by studying a broad range of geographical issues, starting with learning cartographic and photographic analysis skills to enable them to identify and describe an environment.  Next, they will study the Earth and sustainability, followed by economies, both local and global. Students will then study weather. Finally year 7 will complete a fieldwork study.

Year 9 students will begin the year studying rivers, development and why some countries are rich, some are poor and what it is like to live in these places. Students will then study population pressure and economic growth, considering causes, effects and management of population growth. The next topic involves taking a closer look at coats. The year will complete with an investigation into Asia and Europe.

Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11 students follow AQA GCSE Geography. This fascinating course will go further than students have gone before, the detail and depth of study will excite students learning and their connection with the subject of Geography. Students study Natural Hazards, The Changing Economic World, Resource Management, The Physical Landscape of the UK, Urban Issues and Challenges and the Living World.

This mix of Physical, Human and Environmental geography offers students a chance to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the subject.


The History curriculum has been designed to provide students with a broad and balanced range of topics that will widen their understanding of the world.  By learning about historical events on an international and national scale, as well as through a strong local history focus, students will develop their own identities by analysing the interrelationships of different communities around the world.

The curriculum offer throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 has been designed to be knowledge rich as well as skill focused in order to successfully prepare students for examinations, further study and to enable the application of analytical skills within their own lives.

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study a range of topics from the Norman Conquest to the Industrial Revolution.

In Year 7 students will explore: The Norman Conquest, Religion in Medieval England, The Crusades, Medieval Monarchs, The Black Death and Migration.

In Year 8 and 9 students will explore: Challenge to the Catholic Church: The Reformation and the Gunpowder Plot, The English Civil War, 1660-1789: Kings and Paliament, The Slave Trade, The British Empire and The Industrial Revolution.

Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 students follow AQA GCSE History. The GCSE History content comprises the following elements: one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study, one British depth study including the historic environment. This fascinating course studies a range of historical topics including Germany 1890-1945, Conflict and Tension between 1918 and 1939, Health and the People and Elizabethan England.     

Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students study Edexcel A Level History with a focus on the Witchcraze; the transformation of Britain between 1918 and 1979; the impact of the governments of Margaret Thatcher as well as a study of the USA, c1920 - 55.  The course is complemented with an independent assignment into the New Deal.

IT and Computing

The use of ICT in the Academy is underpinned by the desire to equip our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding for a future in which ICT is already playing a vital role in teaching, learning, leisure and the workplace. More specifically, our vision is to raise the levels of student attainment and broaden access to the school curriculum. The impact of ICT should offer exciting teaching and learning opportunities across the range of subjects we offer. The Academy also seeks to develop practice that will reflect the benefits available to our pupils through efficient and innovative uses of ICT.

Key Stage 3
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to use the following software during Key Stage 3:

Understand the impact of computer control
Office Applications

Key Stage 4
The IT Faculty offers one course in Key Stage 4:

GCSE Computer Science, this course allows pupils to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. It allows them to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. They are encouraged to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically, when designing and making possible program solutions. They have to apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science. 

The course is assessed through two exam papers both worth 50% of the grade awarded. There is also a practical programming element which all pupils have to complete.

Key Stage 5
The IT Faculty offers one course in Key Stage 5:

Level 3 BTEC in IT Extended Certificate, The objective of this qualification is to give pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in IT systems, systems management and social media in business. This will enable pupils to progress to further study in the IT sector or other sectors. 

Pupils will study three mandatory units: 

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (synoptic)  
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information 
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. 
Unit 6: Website Development. 

This will allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.


The mathematics team, with the aid of a highly differentiated scheme of work and innovative teaching strategies, ensure all students realise their full potential. The team have a real focus on students taking ownership of their own learning, which not only enables students to make maximum progress but also develops their wider skills. To support this, the Mathematics team make full use of online resources and social media including Twitter, MathsWatch and our Havelock Maths website, to enable students to access resources outside of the academy. The team promotes the discussion of Mathematics in real life contexts both in lessons and in the tutorial programme so that our students gain a full appreciation of the applications of Mathematics outside of the classroom. These discussions also contribute to the development of students’ transferable skills, enabling them to achieve in other areas.

Key Stage 3
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3:

The Data Handling Cycle
Shape and Measure

Key Stage 4
The Mathematics Faculty offers two courses in Key Stage 4:

GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Statistics
Level 1 Functional Skills

Key Stage 5
The Mathematics Faculty offers three courses in Key Stage 5:

A Level Mathematics
A Level Further Mathematics
A Level Business

Performing Arts and Music

Performing Arts subjects play an important part in the life of the Academy, and we are proud of our strong tradition and the many opportunities that are provided for our students and the wider community.  Dance, Drama and Music all play a central role in the development of each and every student both academically and holistically. Performing Arts subjects allow students to develop key skills and build confidence at the same time as promoting group work and instilling students with the importance of personal study and practice. Work is often showcased through performances and exhibitions. Performing Arts subjects also provide opportunities for students to participate in a large range of extra-curricular activities which gives them the chance to achieve and experience things they may not otherwise be able to. Regular concerts, productions and exhibitions take place in and out of the Academy. Our enrichment offer includes clubs such as dance and drama, choir, brass band, orchestra, djembe workshops and the summer production.

Key Stage 3
Our main aim, through a project based curriculum, is to inspire and enthuse pupils to consider the career options within the performing arts sector. Pupils gain a broad knowledge and understanding of and develop skills in both dance and drama. We provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study that builds on interest and the potential opportunity to progress to employment.

Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3:

Year 7 Music: An Introduction to: Reading Music, Performing, Composing, Analysing Music, Music ICT and Asian Music and the Pentatonic Scale

Year 8 Music: Reading Music, Performing, Composing, Listening to and Analysing Music, Music ICT, Composition

Year 7 Performing Arts: An Introduction, Theatre History, An Introduction to Shakespeare, Devising and Improvisation, Roald Dahl’s The Twits,Greek Theatre

Year 8 Performing Arts: Creating Theatre, Melodrama, Mime and Pantomime, Exploring Text, Commedia and Mask Work, Drama in Society, Styles and Genres

Key Stage 4
The Performing Arts faculty offers two courses in Key Stage 4:

BTEC Performing Arts - Dance or Drama Specialisms
BTEC Music

Key Stage 5

The Performing Arts Faculty offers one course in Key Stage 5:
BTEC National in Performing Arts

Physical Education and Sport

At Havelock Physical Education and Sport plays an important part in the life of the Academy.  Collaboration, teamwork and building positive relationships are part of the Faculty's ethos. We aim to expose every student to a wide range of sports and to motivate them to lead healthy and active lives.  It is hoped that by the time our students leave us they will have a knowledge of many different sports and the opportunities that exist within sport, whether it be as a performer, official, coach or social player. Sports that are continually revisited throughout life at Havelock are Athletics, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Cricket and rounders.  These sports form the backbone of our representative teams which are now increasing in number and successful. All our teams are coached by academy staff and specialist sports coaches who have knowledge and experience appropriate to develop our students to excel in a competitive environment.

Key Stage 3
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities within Key Stage 3:

Cross Country
Health-Related Fitness (circuit training, weight training, jogging)
Indoor Rowing
Table Tennis
Team Skills
Water Polo

Key Stage 4
Physical Education Faculty offers Level 2 BTEC Sport at KS4, which includes units on fitness, leadership and sports performance.

Alongside the qualification, students are required to partake in Core PE for one hour a week. This includes all the sports covered within Key Stage 3 but cover more in depth tactical awareness and advanced skills.

Key Stage 5
The Physical Education Faculty offers Level 3 BTEC Sport at KS5, which includes anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming for health sport and wellbeing, sports leadership and careers within the sports industry.

PSHE/ Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship are covered in many different ways throughout the academy. Our main delivery of these is through academy drop down days where students look at many different topics such as safety, sex education, drugs and alcohol, enterprise and preparing for the world of work after life at Havelock. PSHE, Citizenship and Careers are also delivered through our rolling tutorial programme once a week for years 7 -10. Year 7 students will also be involved in the launch of the Ross Diploma. It incorporates academic focus and excellence alongside a commitment to extra-curricular activities and local community citizenship, reflecting our Trust ethos. We include important holidays, traditions and remembrance events ensuring diversity within the timetable and during assembles. We also ensure students watch Newsround every day to improve their understanding of current affairs.

Religious Education

The religious Education curriculum has been created to ensure tolerance and respect for students own and other people’s religious communities.  The curriculum is brave in its offer of opportunities to share, explain and debate beliefs and opinions in a supportive space.

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students study a range of topics from being a religious teenager in Britain today to the celebration of religious festivals.

In Year 7 students will explore: life as a religious teenager, atheism, poverty, Jesus and religion in Art.

In Year 8 students will explore: faith in action, rites of passage, the environment, religious founders and festivals.

Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, Religious Education is delivered through the tutorial programme.


At Havelock we encourage our scientists to develop an inquisitive mind and equip them with the skills to apply this within both the lab environment and the outside world. In the Science Faculty we ensure that our scientists are able to make informed decisions, work safely, tackle challenging scientific content and develop a strong understanding of the scientific world. 

Our staff have the highest expectations and are all experts in their specific areas of science. Through our knowledge based curriculum and “I do”, “we do”, “you do” approach, students experience high quality, engaging lessons. Many of the skills we work to develop are highly transferable and enable students to find success in other areas of their education and outwith the school environment.

Key Stage 3 
Students at Havelock will have the opportunity to study the following topics in Key Stage 3:

Biology - with units such as Digestion & Enzymes, Cells and Disease & Immunity
Chemistry - with units such as Elements & Compounds and Acids & Alkalis
Physics - with units such as Magnetism, Forces and Waves

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to give a broad understanding of all three sciences and develop practical skills. This will give students the best start to the GCSE science course.

Key Stage 4
The Science Faculty offer in Key Stage 4:

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)

Key Stage 5

The Science Faculty currently offers the following Key Stage 5 courses:

A level Biology
A level Chemistry

Vocational Studies

The Vocational Studies faculty within Havelock Academy, offers courses which help equip our students for life outside of the Academy whether they leave us at 16 years of age or carry on into the sixth form through various and different vocational courses at different levels, some of which have been specifically chosen to suit our students.

Key Stage 4
The Vocational Studies faculty offers 5 courses in Key Stage 4:

One of the courses come under the Myskills suite of BTEC courses:

BTEC E3 / L1 Certificate in Workskills

Also offered are:

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care
WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
VTCT Level 2 Hairdressing and Beauty

Key Stage 5
The Vocational Access Faculty offers two courses in Key Stage 5:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
BTEC Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

Modern British Values

At Havelock Academy we are dedicated to promoting values that ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.

We prepare the students for life in Modern Britain because values such as individual liberty, democracy, the law, mutual respect and tolerance are embedded within the curriculum and the Academy ethos. In addition these values are promoted at various times throughout the school year, and regularly in assemblies. Our Academy embodies a democratic model in the way we work, the way we are structured and our general ethos and culture in the Academy. Additionally our rules and regulations are there for the benefit of everyone, and our Academy takes a holistic approach to teaching British Values rather than concentrating on individual subjects.

Click here to find out more about British Values at our academy

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