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Curriculum Content and Courses

As a member of The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust (the Trust), Parkside Studio College is able to offer a broad curriculum package which responds to the diverse needs, interests and aspirations of all our learners.

The curriculum at Parkside Studio College is quite unique as it is designed to combine learning with work and focus on ensuring that students are fully prepared for what lies ahead.

Using the CREATE skills framework, learners develop a specific skills set, made up of communication, relating to others, enterprise, application, thinking and emotional intelligence.  In short, the offer provides the necessary skills and experience to ensure that Parkside students are highly employable individuals.

In Year 10, students study a core curriculum of EnglishMathematicsScienceInformation and Communication Technology and Business, gaining qualifications in these subjects. In addition, they will choose a specialist vocational course. These six areas make up the Applied Learning specialism of Parkside, each having its own learning environment where students can practice and develop their skills.  At Post 16, students choose from the six pathways outlined and supplement this with additional industry standard qualifications or AS levels.

Aside from the taught curriculum, the programme offered at Parkside includes regular, relevant and high quality work placements. Working with our partners and other local organisations, Key Stage 4 students spend a minimum of 8 hours per week on placement, rising to 16 hours per week in a work based environment for those studying, Post 16; with access to paid work placements.  Placements are planned for a minimum of a year, thereby allowing consistency and progression. 

As students progress through the levels of ‘apprentice’, ‘expert’ and ‘coach’, their CREATE skills develop, being regularly assessed by their Personal and Learning Coaches.
The College is committed to providing a comprehensive range of courses for Post 16 learners and has a vibrant and popular Post 16 Centre. The offer provides students with a wide range of academic and vocational courses, designed to meet the needs of all learners.   Good quality teaching, along with high expectations and strong leadership, means students thrive in Post 16. The College has a proven track record of adding value to all of the students' overall achievement, with many going on to undergraduate courses at university.

‘Regular learning walks and scrutiny of pupils’ books ensure that the associate principal has a good understanding of the strengths of her staff, linked to their performance management targets. This renewed focus on teaching and learning is beginning to have a positive impact on the progress pupils make.’ Ofsted, 2017

Core Subjects 

All students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, IT and Business Studies. You can find out about the course content for these subjects below.


Information Technology

Business Studies 

Career Option Courses

In addition to the core curriculum, students select a specialist option from the list below. Our specialist courses are designed to support progression into the workplace or further study, being truly career-focused subject choices.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 

Sport Science 

Creative Digital Media Production 


Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11

Travel and Tourism 

In order to select your choice, please submit your choice by clicking on: 


You can download our Prospectus and Create Framework below: