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.

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