Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to provide individuals with a focused pastoral, cultural and academic experience in a supportive, safe and caring environment. Our intent is to ensure that our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised. British culture, the 9 protected characteristics and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education are all embedded within our assemblies, weekly worship and prayer meetings, our taught curricular subjects and our co-curriculum study programmes.

Mathematics

Science

English

Applied Science

ICT

Environmental Studies

History

Art

EPQ Level 1

English Open Reading

*Subject to student choice

Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Economics

Art

BTEC Digital Information Technology

IGCSE English Language

Psychology

KS4-KS5 transition programme

EPQ Level 2

English Open Reading

*Subject to student choice

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Economics

Art

History

Psychology

EPQ Level 3

*Bespoke for each year group – Mastering the essential advanced skills

Managing Stress

Independent Research

Time Management and Organisation

1:1 Tutorials for both academic and pastoral support

Study Techniques and Exam Preparations

Developing skills for working as a group

British Culture and current affairs – local/global news

English Conversation, Pronunciation, effective presentations and public speaking

Prejudice and discriminations

Planning and structuring written work. Note-taking and summarising. Identifying and using tone and register.

Development of academic literacy through the taught skills of the EPQ qualification (compulsory)

Independence skills – Preparing to live at university. First aid, cooking, cleaning, washing

*Bespoke for each year group – Mastering the essential advanced skills

Personal Statement

UCAS

Curriculum Vitae

Preparing for university

Interview skills programme

Work experience programme – including a compulsory minimum of 2 relevant work experience placements

Promoting STEM careers

Holistic approach to career decisions

Skills, qualifications and qualities for a range of careers and how to achieve personal career goals

How to be a successful student at university

Choosing a university and attending open days

*All students

Mental Health and well-being programme

One-life programme

Training methods

FITT Principles

Nutrition for sport and activities

Features of a healthy diet and its links to a positive sport performance

Psychological influence that motivation, self-confidence and anxiety have on sport participation

Sports leadership skills

Sports target-setting and self-evaluation

Physical and psychological benefits of sport

Planning, completing and evaluating personalised fitness, multi-activity and sports programmes for future life-time use

*Subject to student choice

Adopt a teacher

Theology club

Art club

Maths club

Science club

Digital Information technology club

Debate club – critical thinking and philosophy

Church Youth club

Community work

Subject specific trips

Work experience placements from local english students and primary schools

Sunday worship and afternoon games

Co-curricular studies

Throughout their time at FIC, all pupils will complete our bespoke ‘Scholar programme’, ‘Careers programme’, electives programme and ‘Sport, health, nutrition and well-being programme’. Each programme is tailored to specifically meet our students’ academic and pastoral needs. 

Our scholar programme is designed to prepare all students for both current and future study success. All students will leave FIC fully prepared for employment and further education. They will all attend 1:1 tutorials for both academic and pastoral support. The intent of the scholar programme is to ensure that all individuals become masters at the essential advanced skills. These include the development of skills for independent research, team work, study techniques, time management, managing stress, public speaking, debating and living independently.

Our careers programme is bespoke to each year group and follows the GATSBY benchmarks. During their time at FIC, all students will follow our careers programme of study. This includes personal statements and curriculum vitae, preparing for university life, interview skills, work experience placements, STEM careers, a holistic approach to career decisions, achieving personal career goals, university open days and becoming a successful student at university.

The electives programme at FIC intends to provide our students with extensive opportunities to improve their English ability and develop their understanding of British culture. These include community work, church youth group, debating club, critical thinking and philosophy club, work placements at local primary schools and charity events.

All students at FIC will follow our ‘sport, health, nutrition and well-being programme’. This is specifically designed with our students in mind. It includes a series of ‘mental health and well-being’ workshops, training methods to improve fitness, nutrition advice, features of a healthy diet, improving self-confidence, motivation and reducing anxiety. It also involves the development of sports leadership skills, sports target setting and self-evaluation. All students will plan, complete and evaluate a personalised fitness, multi-activity and sports programme for future life-time use.

English Conversation

At Felixstowe International College all our students attend weekly conversation lessons as part of the scholar programme. Our ESL students find public Speaking challenging. It is considered a core life skill, and our aim is for all our pupils to enjoy speaking and sharing views and opinions, and to have the skills to express themselves, and their voices heard, whilst hearing and responding to others, in a multitude of ways.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ Level 1, 2 and 3)

The taught skills associated with the Extended Project Qualification is compulsory to all year groups as it offers academic extension for students and opportunities to produce a single piece of work of their own showing evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent working. The students can then choose to submit their project as it is recognised and highly valued by universities. The EPQ is considered as significant evidence of a student’s readiness for university. The interesting EPQ subject matter chosen by students is useful and additional information, not only for a university statement, but also for a CV and job interview.

Pre-GCSE and GCSE years

Our curriculum accentuates personal enquiry and independent study, as well as appealing to the unique strengths and ambitions of each student.

All pupils study Maths, English language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at GCSE. In addition, pupils study Art and design, BTEC Digital technology and Economics. Further opportunity is given for the personalisation of the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy.

We are careful to listen to pupil demand and where possible we will find creative ways to facilitate courses where pupil numbers are small, for example physical education is taught to the whole school through our bespoke ‘Health, fitness, sport and nutrition programme’.

A-levels

It is important that students are enthused by their chosen subjects. It is also vital that their choices will allow them to fulfil their ambitions in gaining a place at their chosen University in a degree course they want to study. Offered subjects are based on student choice and include Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, History, Economics, Art and design. Our A Level choices are reviewed every year in light of our cohort’s strengths and ambitions, with new A Levels added when the demand arises.

“Pure Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas” Albert Einstein

Life, the universe and everything can be expressed through the beauty of mathematics. There is no debate in its truths; it is fact. We believe that mathematics is key to unlocking an understanding of the world around us. Through all the key stages the students are challenged to broaden their mathematical horizons. With these challenges, the students will develop the skills necessary to create beautiful solution, well-structured arguments and apply their knowledge to the world around them.

What can be more exciting than learning about how your own body works and how all of the organisms in the environment depend on each other? Students will extract DNA from a kiwi fruit, chemically analyse fruit juices and learn about forensic crime scenes as part of the curriculum. Biology is constantly in the news; microbeads poisoning our seas, genetically modified organisms in our supermarkets, the potential to recreate the wooly mammoth. We look at these topics and weave them into our enquiring curriculum by holding debates, doing group work and peer assessment. Students finish the course not just with the knowledge of the subject, but equipped with the skills necessary to carry them on to the next step of their lives.

Do you want to understand the world around you? Studying Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. Chemistry is in every day’s life, the food you eat, medicines, drinks, air, perfumes, soaps etc. Chemistry helps you to understand current events, including news about global warming, discovery of new medicines and new type of metal–organic compound discovered in meteorites recently.

Students will get opportunity to complete practical work as well as research projects; these help to reinforce key principles, and allow students to develop practical skills required. Chemistry goes well with biology, physics or mathematics, especially if you are looking for a career in science. If you wish to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, then you must take chemistry.

Demand for people with qualifications in chemistry is high, Chemistry graduates work in a range of different fields such as law, accountancy, politics, management and many more.

Physicists are problem solvers and the skills they acquire make them versatile and adaptable. Physics enables you to understand how things work, from the universe through to the smallest particles.

Physics is taught by a Physics specialist with a PHD. Students have the opportunity to use modern equipment to enhance their learning. This equips them with the skills to join an ever developing jobs market and for study in a variety of courses at university. We discuss topics such as Space – Is space travel possible? Materials – how will our knowledge of materials change? Energy and Radioactivity – Can we eventually be alternative energy self-sustaining or will we need to be reliant on nuclear power?

Ever wondered why we behave as we do, or what motivates us to make the choices we do? or perhaps you have felt intrigued to know why sometimes things go wrong – leaving us not quite feeling our usual selves? Psychology A-Level focuses upon the ‘why, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the human psyche.

Petrified of spiders?: How did this fear come about? What were the conditions that led to it? How can we help such a phobia go away? Vivid memories of something that never actually happened? What causes ‘false memories’? What consequences might such memories have on criminal justice, and wider society?

How do biological, environmental and evolutionary factors collide to make us who we are? Psychology is the perfect subject for multi-sensory learning; how much easier is it to understand how memory works than when trying to recall a list of objects or numbers yourself? Yet memory isn’t just about remembering lists, or recalling information for an exam. Memory can have far-reaching consequences in criminal justice, and the wider social economy at large. Our programme of interactive lessons mean you will get to see psychological theory come to life by applying it to your own experiences, reactions and the formation of your own values and beliefs.

Our curriculum covers a wide range of psychological theory and phenomena from memory and phobias, and psychopathology (the study of mental illnesses), to social psychology, and the laws of attraction. Knowledge and skills combine to bring this subject alive through debate, exploration and analysis. After all, Psychology truly is all around us.

Take a glimpse at any news headline across the world and it is filled with fascinating economic terminology and theory; inflation, deflation, globalisation, Trumpenomics, Abenomics, Brexit and of course, the ‘Great Recession’. An education in economics is an understanding of the financial intricacies of the modern world and it is argued that its importance has never been greater.

Economics challenges humanities greatest problem, how scarce resources are allocated to satisfy infinite wants. The decisions individuals make about what and how much to consume are among the most important factors that shape the evolution of the overall economy, and as economists, decisions are analysed in terms of underlying preferences. Economics demonstrates how to model consumer preferences in a utility function, and use this utility function to make predictions about what consumers will do with their income. For example, why do thousands of people across the world put such a high price on diamonds, but an illogically low price on fresh drinking water? This question is theorised under the central theme of supply and demand, human rationality and broadly theorised under the microeconomic banner.

However, economics looks beyond just the individual. Governments in their bid to win elections dominate the members of their constituencies’ conversation for months. ‘Money should be spent on healthcare’, ‘education’, ‘defence’. National borders are also being methodically reassembled and leading economies are openly rejecting globalisation. Again, macroeconomics attempts to weigh up the benefits and costs of these important global issues and provide a consistent framework to make informed decisions.

Economics is dynamic, contemporary and applicable in our everyday lives. It provides a fluid link between other faculties including mathematics, psychology, history and geography. It allows you to have an arsenal of knowledge to participate in a global debate of important economic decision-making and challenges your intellect to support various perspectives with credible evaluation.

History is all the more interesting because it is true; far from being stories in some melodramatic work of fiction, these events all actually happened! At Felixstowe International College our curriculum is rich in a vast chronology of British and World history, which includes a fascinating journey into the lives of remarkable individuals, as well as a study of dramatic events which shaped the world as we know it today. Throughout, attention is paid to chronology in order to give the pupils a broad based understanding of what happened when.

As advocates of enquiry based learning we consider some of the crucial questions from the past in the context of the present day: How does an economic meltdown lead to a catastrophic war? What does it take for a leader to be sacked or even executed? What can religious or racial persecution lead to? How likely is it that humans will be responsible for their own extinction?

Art surrounds our daily lives; we use Art as a channel to express our passions and opinions through a diverse range of media. By studying Art, craft and design it offers you the opportunity to draw upon your imagination and learn to think outside the box; it empowers you to develop your observational skills, it permits you to investigate your own and that of others’ work. It enables you to think and act as artists, makers and designers of art and gain a greater more confident view of the historical content and compare the old masters with contemporary more controversial artists. You will deepen your understanding of the creative processes, learn to resolve problems and demonstrate this in an intellectual and aesthetically pleasing form. It will allow you to work independently and to make your own discoveries by exploring several materials and techniques.

The Art department is a wonderful place to express oneself; it is a stimulating environment adorned with work produced by enthusiastic art students who are passionate learners and possess a desire for all that is creative. The curriculum across all three key stages is skills-based where we embrace new technology and you have ownership on the direction, subject matter and final outcomes.

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