Curriculum Structure

The subjects we offer are spread across a two week timetable comprising 50 lessons. The allocation for each subject is shown in the table above.

Year 7

In Maths, students are taught in sets according to their current pace of learning. In all other subjects, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Research indicates that, with the exception of Maths, mixed ability teaching enables all students to maximise their learning and progress. In Modern Foreign Languages, students are taught French and German. In Technology, students follow a carousel of eight week units. The units include Food Technology, Electronics, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Computing in Year 7 introduces students to programming and also covers the essentials of digital literacy.

Year 8

Year 8 follows the same structure as Year 7. In Year 8, students who made rapid progress in languages are grouped together for their MFL lessons. Following an extensive programme of advice and guidance, students select their GCSE choices.

Post Option curriculum (Years 9-11)

 To enable students to reach this higher level of expertise, we have extended the traditional Key Stage 4 to three years. It must be emphasised that students will not necessarily begin their GCSE syllabus at the start of Year 9. The additional time enables students to develop a thorough foundation in their chosen subjects: it will enable teachers to supplement the courses with field trips, visits and other engaging activities. In short, it will enable us to bring each subject alive and develop in students a love of learning. It will also improve attainment.

Core subjects

All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and Double Science (unless they choose Triple Science as an option) and take a GCSE exam in each. This provides five GCSE qualifications. In addition, all students are taught PE, RE and Personal and Social Education (PSHE). Careers information and guidance is delivered through the PSHE curriculum and supplemented with additional specialist provision.

Option subjects

The Pathways process enables students to select a further four option subjects. The inclusion of a MFL in a student's GCSE portfolio provides considerable advantage in terms of future employment and acceptance to further and higher education. Approximately 70% of students in each year group are guided to select at least one modern foreign language.

We also strongly advise each pupil to take a Humanities subject such as Geography or History.

The subjects delivered in the post-option curriculum are detailed in the Pathways booklet issued in January each year.


A specialist language college

Pilton Community College, Chaddiford Lane, Barnstaple, Devon  EX31 1RB.  01271 374381  email: