A Typical Student Programme

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Year 12

For most students, the programme will comprise:
  • three* Advanced level+ courses
  • an additional AS Extended Project Qualification
  • an Enrichment course from the Extended Curriculum plus additional citizenship activities and other extension opportunities
  • tutorial programme
  • up to four independent learning periods
* The opportunity to consider four Advanced level subjects will be offered to some particularly well-qualified applicants.
+ Double maths will count as one of three choices.

Year 13

For most students, the programme will comprise:
  • three Advanced level courses (or four for some)
  • conclusion of the AS level Extended Project Qualification
  • tutorial programme
  • up to six independent learning periods.
In addition, some Year 13 students may choose to follow:
  • an Enrichment course.

A level subjects

Over a short period of time you will get to know your subject teachers well and this relationship will be further developed by the one to one interviews that form part of Progress Review, the regular, structured discussions with your teachers about your progress.

Extended Project Qualification

At the heart of our Extended Curriculum is the requirement for every student to develop and realise an advanced level project entirely of their own devising. Beginning in Year 12, the Extended Project offers the chance for students to gain real independence, resilience and maturity as an advanced level learner, while pursuing any topic of their choosing. It also offers all of our students an additional AS level qualification alongside their A level choices.

Enrichment and the Extended Curriculum

All students do at least one Enrichment course in Year 12.  Some courses, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, are year-long courses.  Others last for up to 12 weeks, and so there is an opportunity to do two courses in the year.

The Extended Curriculum is our term for all those elements of the Hills Road experience that happen alongside your core academic courses and that, together, combine to make your time here particularly memorable.

Tutorial Programme

The relationship between an individual student and her/his Tutor is a vital element in a student’s experience at Hills Road. Students meet with their Tutor every week and additional time is set aside for individual support, careers guidance and other activities.

Independent Learning Periods

Each student has a designated number of independent learning periods each week. For Year 12 students, this would be up to four independent learning periods and, for Year 13, up to six. These periods can be used at the student’s discretion for study, research and extension work. Students are able to use the College’s Silent Study Area, the Library and subject resource areas during these periods.

Clubs and Societies

These are entirely optional.  Many students choose to take part in societies ranging from Rock n’ Roll to Rock Climbing. We will encourage you to get involved in the rich variety of societies, clubs and teams at the College. In all of these, small communities develop with common goals or interests. The number of students here means that it is easy to find others with similar interests, from folk music to Japanese comics, from ultimate Frisbee to absurd comedy. There are also larger community events such as the incredibly popular Hills Road 4.5km fun run – an event in which many students take part to raise money for local charities.

All of this helps to explain why Hills Road is such a friendly, welcoming and supportive community.

The Hills Road Curriculum

The timetabled day runs from 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Below is a typical Year 12 timetable

 Period  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday  Friday 
 Period 1
9:00-10:05
 Music
A level
  Extended Project Mentor Session     Govt. & Politics
A level
10:05-10:10
Changeover
 Period 2
10:10-11:15
 Govt. & Politics A
level
 Tutorial Time  Independent Learning Period  English
Language A level
 
11:15-11:35
Break
 Period 3
11:35-12:40
   Music
A level
   Govt. & Politics 
A level
 Independent Learning Period
12:40-13:45
Lunch
 Period 4
13:45-14:50
 English
Language
A level
   Music
A level
   Independent Learning Period
14:50-14:55
Changeover
 Period 5
14:55-16:00
Independent Learning Period
Govt. & Politics 
A level
Enrichment
Phoenix Newspaper
 Music
A level
English
Language
A level

Below is a typical Year 13 timetable

 Period Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday 
 Period 1
9:00-10:05
   Sociology
A level
   Biology
A level
 Geography A level
10:05-10:10
Changeover
  Period 2
10:10-11:15
 Sociology
A level
 Independent Learning Period  Extended
Project
 
 Geography A level  Independent Learning Period
11:15-11:35
Break
 Period 3
11:35-12:40
 Geography A level  Tutorial Time  Biology
A level
 Independent Learning Period  Sociology
A level
12:40-13:45
Lunch
     Enrichment
College Choir
   
 Period 4
13:45-14:50
 Independent Learning Period  Biology
A level
 Independent Learning Period  Sociology
A level
 Independent Learning Period
14:50-14:55
Changeover
 Period 5
14:55-16:00
 Biology
A level
 Geography A level