Year 10 & 11 Curriculum

Learners at The JCB Academy work in teams tackling engineering and business problems. Each unit of work lasts ten weeks and covers the key content of the engineering qualifications. Learners also develop key attitudes and skills needed to succeed in the modern world.

The curriculum consists of ten, level 2 qualifications (eleven for the more able learners). During these two years, learners will study:

Core Block

  • English Language (GCSE)
  • English Literature (GCSE)
  • Mathematics (GCSE)
  • Physical Education (non-examined)
  • Science – Combined (two GCSEs)
    • More able learners undertake the following instead of core and additional science:
      • Biology (GCSE)
      • Chemistry (GCSE)
      • Physics (GCSE)

Technical Block

  • Business (BTEC Level 2)
  • Engineering Design (OCR Level 2)
  • Engineering Manufacture (OCR Level 2)
  • Financial Education (LIBF Level 2)
  • Practical Skills (non-examined)

Options – learners will then choose one option from:

  • English (Functional Skills Level 2)
  • French (GCSE)
  • German (GCSE)
  • ICT – Creative iMedia (OCR Level 2)
  • Practical Skills (non-examined)
  • Design and Technology (Product Design) (GCSE)
  • Spanish (GCSE)
  • Sport (BTEC Level 2)

In addition, all year 10 and 11 learners will undertake:

  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Enterprise Education
  • Careers Education and Guidance
  • Religious Education
  • Personal, Health and Social Education
  • Work Experience

For further details on the KS4 curriculum please contact the admissions team at