Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Curriculum Overview

At OSCA we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to students in each key stage, ensuring that the needs of each individual student are met through our subject offer, support systems for SEN and More Able/ G & T students and our pastoral systems.


Years 7 and 8:

In years 7 and 8 we offer a curriculum in line with the National Curriculum.  All students will study Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, RE, Design Technology, PE, Art, Music, Dance and Drama.  All students, except those with specific Literacy needs, also study French. 

PHSE and Citizenship are delivered through a variety of means including assemblies; our mixed aged L4S tutor led sessions and collapsed timetable days. In addition, many aspects of Citizenship will also be addressed throughout the curriculum.

Our L4S programme also enables the needs of the students to be met in respect of ‘sex and relationships’ and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) issues.


Years 9,10 and 11

At OSCA, we start our Key Stage 4 curriculum in year 9 to offer all students the maximum amount of time to achieve the full award in all courses studied.

Year 9 is a foundation year where students will develop the skills needed to be successful in their KS4 qualifications.

All students study Maths, English, Science and PE as discrete Subjects

We offer a very broad range of subjects including both GCSEs and vocational qualifications in our Options Pathways.  Students will be guided through these pathways based on prior attainment and progress. 

RE in KS4 is delivered in a similar manner to Citizenship/PSHE in KS3, through a range of activities.  The needs of the agreed local standards are met with this approach and again, those students wishing to work towards a qualification in RE have the opportunity to do so through our Options Programme. 

Our L4S programme, including the collapsed timetable days, also enables the delivery of sex and relationships education and other aspects of SMSC/IAG.

All Students, will however continue to access elements of ICT throughout the curriculum.

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
In KS4 Students have the opportunity to access the ECDL qualification. The ECDL is a high status Level 2 vocational qualification. Over 2 million students and adults in the UK have taken the ECDL since 1997. The ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge (guided learning hours completed during Key Stage 3) and motivating further learning.

This Microsoft based qualification develops computer skills at beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional levels. In the world of work, the ECDL qualification assists with employability as it provides excellent proof of digital literacy. This qualification is equivalent to a full GCSE and is graded from a Pass, Merit, Distinction, and Distinction*. The successful completion of the ECDL is dependent on passing 4 separate units:-

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Improving productivity

The course is delivered through taught inputs and on-line practice and exam 'papers'. The unit exams are graded immediately and therefore students have instant feedback on their performance.

Year 10 Options
Year 11 Options



At OSCA we currently have a relatively small but growing 6th Form.  However, we expect this to expand significantly over the next 2 to 3 years as students are now benefitting in KS3 and KS4 from the “Outstanding leadership of the Principal” (Academy Review February 2014) and the many recent improvements that are evident across the academy. Despite the fact that our 6th Form is relatively small, we are able to offer a very wide range of both A level and Vocational courses through our excellent partnership with George Salters Academy. Free transport is provided for students accessing courses on their site as well as for George Salters students accessing courses here at OSCA.

6th Form Options

The Academy also offers after-school tuition in the following languages:

Polish, Italian, Spanish and German.

Panjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), Turkish and Russian

If you wish to receive any further information please contact Mr Myk Wagstaff, Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Progress at Myk.Wagstaff@ormistonsandwell.org.uk