Skip Navigation LinksCurriculum


"Teaching a​nd Learning is at the heart of what we do."

At Handsworth Grange Community Sports College we want all pupils to enjoy their learning and achieve highly. Our curriculum consists of a broad and balanced provision and subject areas are encouraged to further enhance this provision through off-site learning opportunities, including theatre visits, field work and sports activities and local area research.

A wide range of enrichment opportunities are available through subject areas and year groups, and an extensive and varied extra-curricular programme runs both during lunchtime and after school.20140605_HGCSC_56.jpg

There is a key emphasis on developing literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in all lessons as well as developing the skills and values of our sport specialism across the curriculum in order to further enhance our provision.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education is an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Our students are supported in their development of an understanding of cultural influences and acceptance of cultural difference, values of outstanding citizenship, tolerance, resilience and moral purpose through discrete SMSC drop down days and core concepts that are delivered curriculum-wide.

Recent curriculum changes incorporate a significant focus on the inclusion of Personal, Learning and Thinking skills (PLTs) in curriculum planning and delivery, to further enhance the skills of our students.

KS3 Curriculum​

At Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum that is varied, engaging and differentiated and designed to meet the needs of individual and groups of students. The Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Design and Technology (including Textiles, Food and Resistant Materials)Design and Technology (including Textiles, Food and Resistant Materials)Design and Technology (including Textiles, Food and Resistant Materials)
Physical EducationPhysical EducationPhysical Education
French or SpanishFrench or SpanishFrench or Spanish


If you require further information on curriculum plans for each year group or subject please contact Kate Grapes, Assistant Headteacher via our reception on 0114 269 4801.


During Year 8 students will be guided and supported in order to select the options subjects that they will follow at Key Stage 4. A parents' information evening, options interviews along with an intensive programme of advice and support are a significant and valued part of the options selection process.  The options process is the opportunity for students to further personalise their curriculum and learning pathway and includes choices from a range of traditional GCSE subjects such as Triple Science and Modern Foreign Languages as well as vocationa​​​​​​l subjects such as Hospitality and ​​Catering, Engineering and Business. ​


20140605_HGCSC_283.jpgKS4 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum allows students to personalise their educational pathway, selecting from a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications.


All students at Key Stage 4 follow a core curriculum including:

Year 10 Year 11
English Language and LiteratureEnglish Language and Literature
Science (Dual Award)
Science (Dual Award)
Physical EducationPhysical Education


In addition to these subjects students undertake study from a range of GCSE and alternative qualifications. 

GCSE subjects available include:

Year 10 Year 11
Dual Award
Dual Award
Triple Science (individual GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)Triple Science (individual GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Resistant MaterialsResistant Materials
Physical EducationPhysical Education
Computer ScienceComputer Science
Media StudiesMedia Studies


Alternative qualifications (BTEC Level 1/2  Awards) equivalent to 1 GCSE include:

Year 10 Year 11
Hospitality and CateringHospitality and Catering
Health and Social CareChildren's Play, Learning and Development


In addition to these options there is the opportunity for some students to study an offsite vocational subject. These subjects offer experience and learning opportunities in a work-based environment and may include Construction, Beauty Consultancy, Childcare and Vehicle Maintenance. These offsite options are updated annually.  This additional offsite enrichment is a significant strength of our Key Stage 4 curriculum and allows us to provide dedicated work-based learning with a real commitment to a particular industry sector.  Our Pupil Progression and Work Related Learning team maintain a number of key industry-based placements with well known and established local and regional organisations as part of this off site provision.

A key part of the core curriculum is the preparation for an effective transition into Further Education. Year 11 students are guided and supported through an intense programme of learning activities and opportunities including applications, personal statements and interview preparation, all culminating in the annual Business Day in the spring term.

​ If you require further information on curriculum plans for each year group or subject please contact Kate Grapes, Assistant Headteacher via our reception on 0114 269 4801.

Post 16 Curriculum

The provision of Post-16 learning is rapidly developing at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College.

The Post-16 Curriculum is provided in partnership with The Sheffield College, Peaks Centre.  Provision currently consists of the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care  (3 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care  (2 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business  (3 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business  (2 A level equivalent)

Students studying on the partnership undertake 2/3 of their post16 1.jpglearning onsite at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and the remaining 1/3 of their study at Peaks College.

In addition to formal study students are encouraged to take part in the in-house mentoring scheme 'Transition Buddies'. The programme is designed to allow Post-16 students to develop and demonstrate a range of key interpersonal skills through a detailed mentoring programme. Post-16 students will work closely with identified Year 7 students to support them in their academic and social progress and to ease the transition process for these students.  Post-16 students will take the role of mentor and support the younger students during tutor time and social times if required. They will work closely with their mentees and link with the relevant staff to support the wellbeing of these students. The programme will be accredited and championed by local industry providers and is an excellent addition to CVs and UCAS applications.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 

The Health and Social Care course is a varied course that covers a wide range of Health and Social issues and topics. Units of delivery currently include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Development through Life Stages
  • Health Safety and Security
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Mobility and Exercise
  • Equality Rights and Diversity
  • Nutrition
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Technology in Health and Social Care
  • Complimentary Therapies

More details on the programme structure, timetabling, assessment and course content can be found by accessing the links below:


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business 

The Business studies course covers a wide range of Business studies issues, topics and skills. The units of study include:

  • The Business Environment
  • Business Resources
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Business Communication
  • Creative product promotion
  • Market Research in Business
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Internet Marketing in Business
  • Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Development Planning for a career in Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Managing a business event
  • Developing teams in business
  • Starting a small business
  • International business

Offsite learning opportunities are widely encouraged to support the experience for the Post-16 students. Each cohort is actively supporting in taking part in team building days as well as in-house and college based enrichment opportunities, work experience and work shadowing and trips and events to further enhance their knowledge and understanding.

For more information regarding the Post-16 Curriculum and opportunities available please contact Miss K Grapes; kgrapes@hgcsc.co.uk​

nav bar here