Our Curriculum

Welcome to our curriculum page, where you can find out information about the subjects we teach. Here you can read an overview of our curriculum aims and further information on each of our subjects.

Academy

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum includes (and goes far beyond) the National Curriculum, which allows students to gain the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. We offer our students a…

Curriculum Overview

Art and Design

Art and Design not only allows pupils to produce a fantastic portfolio of work, but it also broadens the mind. It also enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. No matter what career you choose, those who can arrange, present and display material in an aesthetically pleasing way have an advantage.

Art and Design

Business Studies

Studying Business at GCSE provides students with a broad range of knowledge and skills required for adult life. The subject develops an understanding of finance, marketing, recruitment, technology and legislation. It is for students who wish to own a business, but also for students who want knowledge about employment.

Business Studies

Construction

Students will develop a background knowledge of the construction industry by studying this subject. Students learn real skills for employment. They are allowed to develop skills in work-related contexts. This gives relevance to their practical skills in the classroom and beyond.

Construction

Computer Science

Technology is a growing industry. It is shaping our future lives. Computing students will be working on solving problems that may only exist in the future. Therefore, students must develop essential skills in analysing, problem-solving and creating digital solutions. They must be aware of the risks, ethical considerations and issues that the ever-expanding digital world will present.

Computer Science

Drama

Drama helps to promote communication, cooperation and commitment. It stimulates a student’s imagination and creativity, whilst helping them to gain a better understanding of human behaviour and empathy.

Drama

Design Technology

Design technology prepares students to take part in the development of future products that can change the world. Creative thinking encourages students to make positive changes to their lives and the lives of others while keeping pace with accelerating change.

Design Technology

Engineering

Engineering is an increasingly innovative and exciting area to work in. It affects every aspect of modern life – from skyscrapers to smart phones, cars to carrier bags. There are fantastic opportunities for apprenticeships and for graduate schemes all across the world.

Engineering

English

English Language is an essential part of everyday life. It is used to communicate, understand and develop insight into the world around us. It provides an appreciation of the intricacies of our daily talk.

English Literature provides insight into a variety of cultures. Exploring texts from as early as the 16th Century to the present day, students get to learn about the history of society and culture.

English

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Through studying Food Preparation and Nutrition, students’ develop an understanding of the working characteristics, functionality and chemical properties of ingredients.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Geography

Geography has never been so important and it is our young people who are leading the change for the better.
Geography impacts on how we live our lives every day, from how we travel to school, what clothes we wear or what foods are available on our dining tables. It dictates where we can live, the ethics surrounding our fuel, how populations change, and if the planet will survive to the next generation.

Geography

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care explores issues needed by people at various stages in their lives from childhood to old age. Students build up an extensive knowledge of the health care sector. They will have ongoing contact with professionals through workshops, visits and work experience.

Health and Social Care

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and catering is a vocational course. It is practical and allows students to develop not only specific industrial knowledge but also life skills for the workplace. It supports developing positive attitudes.

Hospitality and Catering

History

History is an academic subject. It develops a students understanding the past. Students are able to understand themselves within a much larger tapestry of time. They will be able to see the changes, continuities, patterns, diversity and interpretations of the past. With one eye metaphorically on the past and one eye literally on the present, we want to have informed students who can look towards the future.

History

ICT

Understanding and using ICT applications is now an essential element of modern life, impacting on home, education and work environments.
It is therefore important that students develop an understanding of the potential uses and opportunities presented by ICT. They must also be aware of the risks and issues that the ever expanding digital world will present. Studying ICT allows students the opportunity to develop their skills for the real world.

ICT

Maths

Maths is such an important subject, not only in the classroom but as a life skill. Students will need to know how to calculate interest rates or discounts in shops. We want our students to be confident in using maths, both in the classroom and beyond. Many jobs will ask for key maths skills and use mathematical concepts also. Employers look for good maths skills for all jobs.

Maths

Media Studies

Media Studies is an incredibly diverse subject. It broadens the minds of a generation who are always in touch with a range of media. By studying a range of media texts, students will be equipped to decode meanings and messages and express themselves. The creative industries are one of the largest growth sectors for employment and Media Studies offers a fantastic gateway to this.

Media Studies

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning another language helps with communication skills, memory skills, better understanding of your own language as well as offering better career prospects. The MFL department at Co-op Academy Walkden aims to promote a love of language learning through engaging, challenging and skills based lessons.

Modern Foreign Languages

Music

Music is fun! it gives students an outlet to express themselves, raise self-esteem and develop valuables skills. Studies actually show evidence that training in music can help mental development. Learning music therefore, is not only interesting, it’s good for you.

Music

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

This subject allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in and debate the ultimate questions in life.

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Physical Education

By taking part in physical education your child will develop a wide range of skills including; physical ability in team and individual sports, leadership, communication, independence and acceptance of responsibility. Physical Education is good for the body but also for the mind. Getting active and exercising helps students to concentrate and learn better.

Physical Education

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is an important part of your personal development. Personal development happens throughout our lives; in school, when we are with our friends, at work, out shopping and socialising.

PSHE will help you to make sensible decisions in life. It also helps you to be thoughtful towards your peers, be successful and develop your own career aspirations and ambitions and be respectful to other peoples views.

PSHE

Science

Without knowing it we have been learning science since the day we were born. The way we go about our lives often involve scientific processes that we’ve mastered without realising. By learning science we can explore and explain the reasons why phenomena happen, whether it be the everyday like turning on a light bulb or the complex perfection of a photon of light from the Sun creating food on Earth!

Science

Sociology

Sociology will give you a better understanding of humankind. It will help you develop a broad set of skills applicable to many different areas of work and it teaches you about all kinds of different world cultures and how these people interact with each other within their societies.

Sociology