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Curriculum

What makes us different is a focus on offering a curriculum that offers the opportunity to study technical subjects and delivering these qualifications in a different way.  We take learning out of a traditional classroom setting on many occasions; real-life themed project-based learning in the school and the surrounding community consolidates the relevance of what is taught.

Pre-16 Courses at Stoke Studio College 
Students at our college receive a first class, rounded education. Each student has a personal coach who works with them to plan their learning, review their progress and support them, ensuring they achieve their academic potential and are well prepared to progress onto further education or work. 

They follow the core curriculum in Key Stage 4 in the following subjects:

GCSE English
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Science
GCSE Language
GCSE Humanity
GCSE ICT

PE and PSHE are additional subjects taken by every student.  These elements of the curriculum are delivered primarily at the Discovery Academy and the Excel Academy with whom we work in partnership.  In addition, all students will study a BTEC Diploma in one of the following subjects, learning through a project-based approach:

Construction and The Built Environment
Engineering

BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Construction
This course is aimed at learners who are moving into entry-level roles in the construction sector, such as a Trainee Site Technician, a Trainee Surveyor, a Trainee Architectural Technician or a craft apprenticeship.  The course covers a wide range of construction subjects such as sustainability in the construction industry, use of science and mathematics in construction, construction drawing techniques, construction processes and operations, construction methods and techniques in joinery and brickwork.  This course is equivalent to 3 GCSEs and has a mixture of coursework and external examinations.

BTEC Level 2 Award in Engineering

This course is aimed at learners who are aiming to move into entry-level roles in the engineering sector, such as maintenance, manufacturing, electronic and general engineering.  The course covers a wide range of engineering subjects and activities, including workshop skills such as using hand tools and machines, making and testing electronic circuits, engineering materials , engineering mathematics and science.  This course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs and has a mixture of coursework and external examinations.

Post-16 Courses at Stoke Studio College

BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Engineering

This course is aimed at learners who are moving into entry-levels roles in the engineering sector, such as maintenance, manufacturing, electronic and general engineering.  The course covers a wide range of engineering subjects and activities including workshop skills such as using hand tools and machines, making and testing electronic circuits, engineering materials, engineering mathematics and science.  This course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs and has a mixture of coursework and external examinations.

BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Construction

This course is aimed at learners who are moving into entry-level roles in the construction sector, such as a trainee Site Technician, a Trainee Surveyor, a Trainee Architectural Technician or a craft apprenticeship.  The course covers a wide range of construction subjects such as sustainability in the construction industry, use of science an maths in construction, construction drawing techniques, construction processes and operations, construction methods and techniques in joinery and brickwork.  

CREATE

The curriculum at Stoke Studio College has been developed to follow the framework introduced by the Studio Schools Trust, called CREATE. The CREATE framework and what it provides to students is outlined below.


The Framework 
Key employability and life skills underpin all of the activities at a Studio School through the unique CREATE skills framework. CREATE is comprised of a wide range of skills and stands for Communication, Relating to people, Enterprise, Applied skills, Thinking skills and Emotional intelligence. Four years in the making, CREATE is grounded in a wide range of skill typologies and has been developed specifically for Studio Schools in order to equip young people with the key skills that they need to flourish.
The five principles that underpin CREATE are:
• Accessibility - a simple and easy to use structure
• Simplicity - no jargon, just clear and simple language
• Transparency - clear assessment criteria for students
• Transferability - skills exhibited in a range of settings
• Evolutionary - a skills framework that evolves over time

The Need
Evidence consistently shows that employers are concerned about key skills gaps in the British economy. Every new survey of unfilled vacancies confirms that employers are looking for – and not finding – key employability skills amongst schools leavers.
CREATE has been designed specifically for Studio Schools to equip young people with the employability and life skills that they need to succeed. For further information visit the Studio Schools Trust website at www.studioschoolstrust.org.