A Typical Student Programme

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For most students, your programme comprises:

  • four AS level courses*
  • an AS Extended Project Qualification (that extends into Year 13)
  • an Enrichment course from the Extended Curriculum plus additional citizenship activities and other extension opportunities
  • Tutorial programme
  • up to four independent learning periods
* Students taking AS levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics will usually take five AS level subjects in total. A few students may follow an A2 course in Year 12, if they have already achieved an AS qualification in that subject.

AS 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.

AS Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project offers the chance for you to gain real independence, resilience and maturity as an advanced level learner, while pursuing any topic of your choosing. From staging a fashion show to designing a carbon neutral house, from researching ground-breaking cancer therapies to beginning the novel you’ve always wanted to write, the Extended Project presents a fantastic opportunity both to pursue your interests and to spread your wings.

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 you and your tutor is a vital element in your experience at Hills Road.  You will meet with your tutor every week and additional time is set aside, either by appointment or on a ‘drop-in’ basis for individual support, careers guidance and other activities.

Independent Learning Periods

You will have a designated number of independent learning periods a week. In Year 12, this is up to four independent learning periods and in Year 13, up to six. These periods can be used at your discretion for study, research and homework.  You 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

Lessons last 65 minutes. The timetabled day runs from 9.00am – 4.00pm.
A typical Year 12 timetable for a student taking four subjects at AS level.

 Period  Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday  Friday 
 Period 1
9:00-10:05
Art AS
   Psychology AS    Physical
Education AS
10:05-10:10
Changeover
 Period 2
10:10-11:15
 Physical
Education AS
 Tutorial Time  Independent Learning Period  English
Language AS
 Psychology AS
11:15-11:35
Break
 Period 3
11:35-12:40
 Psychology AS  Art AS  English
Language AS
 Physical
Education AS
 Independent Learning Period
12:40-13:45
Lunch
 Period 4
13:45-14:50
 English
Language AS
 Psychology AS  Art AS  Extended
Project
 Independent Learning Period
14:50-14:55
Changeover
 Period 5
14:55-16:00
Independent Learning Period
Physical
Education AS
Enrichment
Phoenix Newspaper
Art AS
English
Language AS

A typical Year 13 timetable for a student taking three subjects at A2 level.

 Period Monday  Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
 Period 1
9:00-10:05
   Sociology A2    Biology A2  Geography A2
10:05-10:10
Changeover
  Period 2
10:10-11:15
 Sociology A2  Independent Learning Period  Extended
Project
 
 Geography A2  Independent Learning Period
11:15-11:35
Break
 Period 3
11:35-12:40
 Geography A2  Tutorial Time  Biology A2  Independent Learning Period  Sociology A2
12:40-13:45
Lunch
 Lunch  Lunch  Orchestra  Lunch  Lunch
 Period 4
13:45-14:50
 Independent Learning Period  Biology A2  Independent Learning Period  Sociology A2  Independent Learning Period
14:50-14:55
Changeover
 Period 5
14:55-16:00
 Biology A2  Geography A2