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Curriculum & Assessment

Please read Curriculum and Assessment - National Updates

This page, and the links under Curriculum Maps on the left hand side, give information about the structure of the curriculum and details for each subject area within Key Stages 5.

If you require any further information regarding the curriculum provision in Key Stage 5 at North Chadderton, please contact Mrs A Greenwood, Director of Post-16 Education and Wider Partnerships on 0161 624 9939 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The post-16 curriculum is designed to provide all students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression.  

We offer programmes of study at levels 2 and 3 and provide a wide range of academic and applied general (vocational) qualifications that link clearly to training, employment or higher education.  Prior to choosing their options, all year 11 students undertake a specially designed Pathways to Success programme which includes Sixth Form Open Evening, career-based guidance lessons, taster sessions and an individual interview with staff before making their final choices.

Our Sixth Form prospectus provides information about the study programmes available to students (approximately 30), the entry requirements and pathways, and the support available to students to help them progress through the Sixth Form and onto their chosen destination.

Students who have not been successful in gaining a Grade 4 in Maths or English have the opportunity to retake one or both of these GCSE subjects alongside leadership courses and GCE A Level and/or Applied General courses. This allows students to develop their learning beyond Level 2 qualifications and provides progression either to further study at North Chadderton Sixth Form or employment/training or education elsewhere.

The courses offered to students are listed below:

A Levels Courses:

English Language English Literature Maths Product Design
Biology Chemistry Physics Fine Art
PE Film Studies Media Studies Graphic Communication
History Geography Government and Politics Spanish
Sociology Psychology RE and Philosophy
Business Studies Accounting Economics

Applied General (Vocational) Courses:

Performing Arts Applied Science Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Sports Studies Health and Social Care
Creative, Digital Media Applied Law
Applied Business Applied ICT


As part of the study programme, some students will embark upon the Extended Project Qualification which is a largely self-directed and self-motivated project which encourages creativity and curiosity. 

Work Experience

All study programmes also include a bespoke work placement in Year 12.  These placements help inform students with career choices, develop the relevant occupational skills and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected at work.

Other activities within the Study Programme

Students also take part in a wide variety of other non-qualification activity including a personalised Leadership Programme which includes developing study skills and careers advice and guidance, the Ambassador Programme which involves numerous leadership opportunities including peer mentoring, debating and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and all students take part in charity work at various times of the academic year and raise money for a chosen charity.

North Chadderton School is part of The Oak Trust.

Headteacher & Chief Executive:
Ms J Clark

Senior Director of Education

Mrs S. North


Mrs M. Meaden

North Chadderton School
Chadderton Hall Road, 
Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 OBN.
Tel: 0161 624 9939 


Mrs G Tonge
Mrs A Galgani

Chair of the Oak Trust Board - Mrs L Brierley, c/o North Chadderton School.
Chair of Local Advisory Committee - Mr G Crabtree, c/o North Chadderton School.


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