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Curriculum overview

Westminster City School's broad, rich and flexible curriculum meets the needs of individual learners and allows every opportunity for success. 

At each key stage, our curriculum provides our pupils and students with a firm grasp of the fundamentals, whilst allowing an appropriate degree of specialisation and depth. We prepare our young people for future study and employment.


Each Key Stage

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Led by our Head of Year and our dedicated Pastoral Support Officer, our School supports all our new Year 7 pupils through their transition to Westminster City School. We ensure pupils settle in, make friends, and enjoy coming to school.

We find our Year 7 pupils relish the challenge and variety of different subjects on offer at Westminster City School. From their very first day in Year 7, all our pupils are taught lessons by subject specialist teachers, as we believe this is the most effective method for pupils (of all abilities) to make progress.

For the majority of their Key Stage 3 lessons, pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups. In subjects like mathematics and the sciences, pupils are taught in ability groups. There are many opportunities, during the academic year, to move groups in order to make the best progress.

All Key Stage 3 pupils also study a comprehensive personal, social and health education programme which includes citizenship, economic and political awareness, and careers education. This programme provides an opportunity for pupils to discuss relevant, topical issues which, it is hoped, will improve their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, allowing them to participate positively to life in modern Britain.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced to provide a strong foundation for further study. Pupils who need extra help with numeracy, reading or writing, or for whom English is an additional language, are helped in lessons by a support assistant. They may also be withdrawn from some lessons to meet individual requirements. Additionally, some pupils may be offered alternative programmes of study in our nurture group.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

We offer a dynamic and innovative Key Stage 4 curriculum at Westminster City School. We believe traditional and academic qualifications provide the best opportunity for future success.

Towards the end of Year 8, all our pupils choose their options and are placed on a learning route. This learning route is personalised and appropriate to each pupil’s needs and aspirations, with support and guidance provided by the staff who know each pupil best.

All our Key Stage 4 pupils study a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Games, PSHE, Citizenship, Work-Related Learning and Enterprise. This provides a broad and balanced foundation appropriate for almost any 16-19 pathway.

Almost all our pupils study a curriculum of academic GCSE subjects, including History and/or Geography.

Our compulsory subjects are:
GCSE Combined Science (double qualification) or GCSE Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE History and/or GCSE Geography
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Religious Studies

Other available subjects are:
GCSE Art
GCSE Astronomy (Westminster School)
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Design and Technology
GCSE Economics
GCSE Music
GCSE Spanish
BTEC First Award Enterprise or GCSE Business Studies
BTEC First Award Sport or GCSE PE
Home Languages (Arabic, Turkish, Russian, French, Spanish, German)

At Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Westminster City School’s Sixth Form results are amongst the best in Westminster and Greater London. Our students progress to top universities, like Oxford, Cambridge and leading Russell Group institutions.

Our A Level courses are challenging and exciting, and can lead onto fantastic university courses and careers. They are expertly crafted by our passionate teachers to allow students to flourish and develop their own interests. Our teachers inspire through varied and engaging lessons and will go the extra mile in guiding students to reach their full potential.

The majority of our sixth formers choose three A Level subjects to study at the beginning of Year 12. This allows access to the maximum teaching time available. Students with a strong academic record may choose to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is highly valued by universities. All students also study PSHE.

We follow a rigorous internal assessment process, culminating in the formal external A Level examinations at the end of Year 13. Some subjects also have a coursework elements.

The minimum entry requirement for A Level courses is five full GCSE grades at 5 and above including English and Mathematics. Students are also expected to meet the entrance requirements for each subject. Accordingly, we do not run classes in GCSE English or Mathematics for sixth formers.

We offer the following courses at A Level, as well as the Extended Project Qualification:

  Exam Board Specification code
Biology AQA 7402
Business AQA 9BSO
Chemistry AQA 7405
Computer Science AQA 7517
Economics Edexcel 9ECO
English Literature Edexcel 9ET0
Geography AQA 7037
History OCR H505
Mathematics Edexcel 9MAO
Further Mathematics Edexcel 9FM0E0
Music Technology Edexcel 9MT0
Philosophy and Ethics AQA 7062
Physics AQA 7408
Politics Edexcel 9PL0/01 9Pl0/02
Psychology AQA 7182
Sociology AQA 7192

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