At Malton School our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all of our young people. This results in our students moving on to fulfil important roles in the local and wider community and for significant numbers to go on to study further at highly-rated universities. Our balanced curriculum aims to offer challenge, aspiration and inspiration ensuring that progress through and beyond school is of a high standard.

As a Science College we have a high commitment to development of our students in the broad and important area of science. Whilst being wholly committed to this we recognise that for many students their areas of passion for learning may be outside of this area and we offer a very full and varied curriculum designed to cater for all tastes and needs. Above all else, we want our students to be successful in their learning and we offer a broad range of courses at all levels and a wide variety of pathways preparing students for further education and future careers.

If you would like any more information about the curriculum Malton School is following in any particular subject, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Head of Department, a list of Heads of Department are available on our staff list and our Curriculum Policy is available here

Key Stage 3 – Lower School – Years 7 to 9

Lessons are taught in groups set by ability in almost all subjects at Key Stage 3. The courses at this Key Stage are English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Citizenship, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Information Technology, Music, Physical Education / Games and Religious Studies. Careers guidance takes place through Citizenship lessons and through special events. This leads to well-guided options choices.

A breakdown of learning themes is provided for each of the subjects delivered at Malton School below:

Design Technology
Food Technolgy
Physical Education and Games
Religious Education

Upper School Subjects – Years 10 to 11

During your first three years in Malton School the subjects taken are decided for you; in Upper school students are asked to help to choose courses for the next two years. Some subjects are compulsory. These are English, mathematics and science, together with a programme of religious education, citizenship and physical education/games. The school recommends students choose one modern foreign language and a humanity subject (History or Geography) so that students are able to gain the English Baccalaureate. Students will choose 4 optional subjects to compliment the compulsary subjects studied.

Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
Qualification Level:GCSE
What is studied?English Language:

  • Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • (Spoken Language – separate endorsement)

English Literature:

  • Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • Modern texts and poetry
How is this Course assessed?

English Language
  • Reading a literature fiction text and answering questions
  • Extended descriptive or narrative writing]#
  • Reading, answering questions and comparing one non-fiction and one literary non-fiction text
  • Extended writing to present a viewpoint (Presenting and responding to questions)

English Literature

  • Shakespeare – students will answer one question about an extract from a play and link it to the whole text
  • Novel – students will answer one question about an extract from the text and link it to the whole novel
  • Modern texts – students will answer one question from a choice of two
  • Poetry – students will ask a comparative question on one named poem and link it to another from their poetry cluster
  • Unseen poetry – students will answer one question on an unseen poem and then a second question comparing this poem with another unseen poem

What wider skills are obtained?

  • Accuracy and clarity in speaking and writing
  • Reading skills (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Presentations
  • Essay writing
  • Creative writing

What else do I need to know?English Language Exams:
Paper 1: 1hr 45mins
Paper 2: 1hr 45minsEnglish Literature Exams:
Unit 1: 1hr 45mins
Unit 2: 2hrs 15mins

Awarding Body:TBC
Qualification Title:GCSE Mathematics
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?

All courses build on the skills in number, algebra, ratio, proportion, rates of change, geometry, measures, probability and statistics developed in Key Stage 3. All students will follow a linear GCSE course, with three examinations in May/June of Year 11.

There are two tiers of entry to GCSE. Students in sets M and N will start work at the higher tier, where grades 4 to 9 are available. Students in the other sets will begin their GCSE studies on the foundation tier which is aimed at grades 1 to 5, although Higher tier entry will be available for any student for whom grades 6 to 9 are a realistic aim.

Internal assessments will be sat throughout Years 10 and 11 to ensure that students are comfortable with the work and are studying at the right level. Any student will be able to move from one tier to the other as necessary over the duration of the course to ensure the most appropriate entry is made in Year 11.

A brief outline of the topic areas covered in the main GCSE course are given below:

Working with numbers and the number system, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, equations and sequences.

Graphical methods, solving equations, manipulating expressions and problems with algebra and linear functions.

Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Use compound units and scale factors, direct and inverse proportion and problems involving ratio.

Geometry and measures
Properties of angles and shapes, geometrical reasoning and calculation, measures and construction and mensuration.

Probability and statistics
Record, describe and analyse date, construct and interpret appropriate tables, charts and diagrams and understand simple bivariate data.

How is this Course assessed?All students will sit the linear exams in the May/June of Year 11.
What wider skills are obtained?Critical thinking. Working with others. Independent learning skills
Next steps:Successful students at the higher tier can continue their studies at AS and A level.
What else do I need to know?All students are expected to be equipped with basic mathematical instruments and a scientific calculator.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Level:2x GCSE
Entry Requirement guidance:

Science is a core subject and this course is compulsory.

Science is a subject that is relevant to us all and is taught at a level appropriate for each group to develop a good understanding of science in the world around us.

The work at Key Stage 3 provides the preparation for the course.

How and where is the course delivered?

Science is taught using every day contexts that students will be familiar with.

The subject is approached through a variety of different teaching approaches and activities that include practical work, ICT, case studies and research.

The course is taught in seven lessons per fortnight in Year 10 and eight lessons per fortnight in Year 11, by specialist science teachers.

What is studied?

Studying Combined Science: Trilogy students will cover the three science disciplines in the traditional fashion, much like the current Science GCSEs. For example in Biology they study cell biology, infection and response, homeostasis, inheritance and ecology. In chemistry, atomic structure, energy changes and organic chemistry and in physics forces, energy, waves, electricity.

Students will do 21 required practicals over the two year course that are specified by the exam board and are examined on in the written papers at the end of Year 11.

How is this Course assessed?

There are SIX papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics.

All the papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes

There are two tiers: Foundation and Higher.

Each paper is equally weighted and has 70 marks.

What wider skills are obtained?Students will develop a range of key skills including: communication, numeracy, use of ICT, team working, report writing, problem solving and self-evaluation and of course practical skills with at least 15% of the marks on the written papers coming from questions relating to practicals. There is a focus on mathematical skills with 10% of the marks on the written paper, 20% in chemistry and 30% in physics testing maths skills.
What else do I need to know?What has changed from previous Science GCSEs?

  • No controlled assessment
  • No assessment of quality of written communication
  • Minimum exam time will be 7 hours
  • 15% of GCSE marks will be for practical skills
  • The A*-G grades will be replaced by a 17 point grading scale from 9-9, 9-8 through to 2-1, 1-1.

The physical education programme will be a natural progression of the work in Years 7, 8 and 9. The time allocation will be two hours per week in Years 10 and 11 though if you opt for GCSE Physical Education you will have further timetabled lessons (see GCSE Physical Education).

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in PE and games activities in a range of sporting disciplines over the 2 years.

An extensive extra-curricular programme will provide you with the opportunity to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding in a more competitive environment.

Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:AQA GCSE Art and Design
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
Entry Requirement guidance:Students should be well motivated and have interest and drive in Art and Design. Our course is Fine Art based so will include painting and drawing as well as elements of Photography and Digital Art. This course is essential for students intending to study Art and Design (Architecture, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Photography and Film, Animation, Graphic Design, Fashion, Ceramic, Digital Arts etc.) at a higher level, as well as those intending a career in these fields.
How and where is the course delivered?Five separate lessons per fortnight.
What is studied?

A wide ranging course of different processes, media, materials and techniques studied over three projects. The course involves direct observation and image making from both natural and man-made forms and the exploration and use of line, shape and colour in an imaginative way

Later in the course you will be invited to specialise in the images and materials you feel most confident in using. Throughout the course you are expected to study the work of artists and designers and to identify the distinctive characteristics of images and artefacts from different periods and cultures, and where appropriate make connections with your own work. Evidence of this study will be kept in sketchbook.

Observational drawing homework is set on a two-weekly basis and you are expected to spend at least two hours on each drawing. This homework is brought to a designated art lesson each fortnight, where it is displayed and discussed with a view to improving the quality of drawing.

How is this Course assessed?Portfolio: 2 assignments 60%
Externally Assessed Assignment: 1 assignment completed in 10hrs of supervised time 40%
What wider skills are obtained?Developing all art and design skills as well as skills in Photography and Digital Art. ICT skills. Time management and organisation as well as presentation skills.
Next steps:Successful students could study A-Level Art and Design. Fine Art or Photography as well as a range of Vocational Courses. Many of our students go on to study a diverse range of creative courses at university.
What else do I need to know?Good organisation is important throughout the course. You should be prepared to spend an hour each week on homework as well as collecting images and materials. You will need to ensure that you bring the correct equipment to each lesson.
Awarding Body:Eduqas
Qualification Title:Computer Science
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
Entry Requirement guidance:This course relies heavily on computational thinking and includes a large amount of programming.  It is advised that only students who did Computing during Key Stage 3 (Level 7+) and have a good level of mathematical ability should choose this course as an option.  If you are unsure then see Mr Scott.
How and where is the course delivered?There will be four lessons per fortnight.  The course will be delivered mainly through the Moodle VLE system allowing pupils to access the work 24 hours a day from home or school.  Pupils will also have access to a dedicated room at lunchtimes and after school meaning pupils who do not have access to IT equipment at home not to be disadvantaged
What is studied?The aims of the GCSE in Computer Science are to enable learners to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
  • Develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts
  • Gain practical experience of designing, writing and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals
  • Develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions
  • Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
  • Develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues

Communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology

How is this Course assessed?

This course is assessed via three different components.  Firstly, a written exam taken at the end of Year 11 (Understanding Computer Science – 50% of the qualification).  This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

The second component is an on screen examination (Computational thinking and programming – 30% of the qualification).  This investigates problem solving, algorithms and programming constructs, programming languages, data structures and data types and security and authentication

Finally, there is a 20 hour non exam assessment (Software development – 20% of the qualification).  This component requires learners to produce a programmed, solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design

a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. Throughout the production of the solution learners are required to produce a refinement log that evidences the development of the solution

What wider skills are obtained?Development of a high level of computational thinking and programming skills.  These are skills that can be transferred into the workplace or further education and are currently in high demand nationally.
Next steps:Students can continue in Year 12 with A-Level Computer Science.
What else do I need to know?An IT club is now operating at Malton School and this would be an ideal opportunity to enhance your knowledge further and try to further develop the Computer Science concepts you will learn during lessons.
Awarding Body:OCR
Qualification Title:Cambridge National in Creative iMedia
Qualification Level:Levels 1 & 2
Equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades A* to F (depending on performance)
What is studied?The course has been developed through collaboration between OCR and the creative media industry and gives the opportunity to develop skills that are highly regarded in this sector. The course will cover four different units of study:

  • Digital photography
  • Digital image editing
  • Creating comic strips
  • Pre-production skills

Students will gain advanced skills in industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Fireworks as well as other software such as Comic Life whilst using advanced IT equipment to a high standard such as digital SLR cameras and HD video recorders and green screen technology.

How is this Course assessed?This course is assessed via a one hour exam and three coursework units. Work is submitted online to OCR for moderation on a regular basis over the two years.
What wider skills are obtained?Skills that can be transferred to the workplace such as advanced skills in Industry standard software and the use of advanced ICT equipment. The course aims to develop candidates’ knowledge of the sector in which they may be looking to progress as well as developing a student’s ability to manage information and data in a variety of applications. The course will also develop the ability to plan and prioritise tasks effectively and students will learn to accurately test and evaluate their own work.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:AQA GCSE in Product Design
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?

This is an exciting new course run by the Design Technology department to target and develop the creative minds of the future.

Year 10 consists of two projects that equip students with a variety of design and practical skills in a variety of materials. Students will learn technical drawing, prototyping and 3D modelling. Understanding of specific CAD (computer aided design) programmes is taught as well as traditional practical techniques. There is also a strong input to the understanding of industrial practice and materials.

During the final term of Year 10, students will be given a selection of project titles for their final major project. This is a controlled assessment exercise that runs throughout the majority of Year 11. It consists of a 20 page design folder with a 3D practical outcome. This project is valued at 60% of the final GCSE and requires the ability to work independently and be self motivated.

The remaining 40% is allocated to a final exam. The exam board provides a topic theme for the examination to help structure revision. Questions are a combination of design tasks and theory based topics.

How is this Course assessed?Coursework is initially moderated in school and then assessed externally. There is a two hour examination which is externally marked.
What wider skills are obtained?Planning and organising
Time management
Critical thinking, analysing, evaluating
Creative manipulation of media, materials and ICT
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:GCSE Drama
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?In GCSE Drama there are four main areas of study during the qualification:

  1. Studying and exploring set play texts
  2. Analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers
  3. Creating and performing devised drama
  4. Performing scripted drama
How is this Course assessed?

Component 1: Understanding drama (Written exam, 40%)

Component 2: Devising drama (Devising log, 30%/Devised performance, 10%)

Component 3: Texts in practice (Practical, 20%)

What wider skills are obtained?
  • Working in a group
  • Expressing yourself in an active and exciting way
  • Contributing your own ideas and respecting those of others
  • Exploring ideas by putting yourself in other peoples shoes
  • Exploring plays written by other people
  • Creating your own drama work
  • Playing many parts in different creative situations
  • Watching and evaluating other peoples performances

The ability to work successfully as an individual and part of a group using your practical, creative and critical skills is vital to your drama work. Many of the skills you learn and develop will be highly valued in your future even if you do not continue to study drama. If you do continue with drama, you will have an excellent foundation for GCE Drama and Theatre Studies, GCE Performing Arts, BTEC Performing Arts or a Diploma in Creative and Media.

Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:Food Preparation and Nutrition
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?Support and guidance is provided for careers in the food industry as well as teaching students how to prepare and cook food from scratch. The course allows students to build strong practical cookery skills and develop a good understanding of nutrition.
How is this Course assessed?Your GCSE grade will be determined by completion of controlled assessment and a written examination.
What wider skills are obtained?The study of Food and Nutrition will help you:

  • become informed citizens
  • develop skills of enquiry and communication
  • improve and apply skills using ICT
  • develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking
  • manage time and resources effectively
Awarding Body:Edexcel Specification B
Qualification Title:Geography GCSE
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?The three themes:

  1. Global Geographical Issues – Hazardous Earth, Development dynamics and Challenges of an urbanising world
  2. UK Geographical Issues – The UK’s evolving physical landscape, the UK’s evolving human landscape and fieldwork questions
  3. People and Environment Issues – Making Geographical Decisions. This will be based on People and the biosphere, forests under threat and consuming energy resources
How is this Course assessed?

There is no controlled assessment for this course. There will be three exams one of which is a decision making paper. The work completed on the two compulsory fieldwork days will be assessed by questions in an exam.

The exams include multiple-choice questions, short written responses and some 8 mark questions so are accessible for all students.

What wider skills are obtained?

The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future. As well as being a study of where places are and what they are like the subject studies how and why they are changing.

Geographers have a unique viewpoint combining political and economic aspects with an understanding of the physical processes. Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation and tolerance of peoples’ attitudes and values.

Geography gives a balanced viewpoint which is a good preparation for the world of work.  The subject enables young people to become globally and environmentally informed and thoughtful, enquiring citizens.

Awarding Body:Edexcel
Qualification Title:History
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?The specification covers:
Paper 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 to the present (this includes a case study on Whitechapel c.1870-c.1900)
Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England (1558-1588) & The American West c.1835-c.1895
Paper 3: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1941
How is this Course assessed?

Unit 1: 30% of total mark

Unit 2: 40% of total mark

Unit 3: 30% of total mark

What wider skills are obtained?
  • Literacy.
  • The ability to evaluate evidence.
  • Analysis of sources and events.
Awarding Body:AQA – French or AQA – German
Qualification Title:AQA GCSE in French
AQA GCSE in German
Qualification Level:1x GCSE per Languages
What is studied?

This course offers you the opportunity to extend the skills which you have been developing during the first few years at Malton School, and you will concentrate on (a) understanding the spoken foreign language; (b) speaking the foreign language; (c) reading and (d) writing.

Developing your competence in these four skills will enable you to cope confidently with the kind of situation which you may meet in a French or German speaking country, or when dealing with a visitor to this country.  With practice you will be able to converse with young people abroad in their language.

Homework will be set and marked regularly, and may consist of learning, a written exercise, reading or even listening and preparation of oral tasks.  You should expect to take responsibility, with guidance, for learning the material covered.  Undoubtedly, regular use of magazines, newspapers, the internet, TV & radio programmes and YouTube can substantially enhance reading and listening skills.

In class, you will take part in role-plays, group-work, carry out listening tasks using taped material, watch television programmes, be involved in reading both as a group and on an individual basis, and sometimes undertake task which are a combination of these activities such as making video documentaries.  You will be given a variety of tasks to reinforce accuracy in the written language so that you can correspond with French or German speaking people or write accounts of visits and other experiences.

How is this Course assessed?In French and German, all four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing), will be assessed at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 is the Listening exam, which includes various different recordings from different contexts. Paper 2 is the Speaking exam, which has three parts. Part 1 is a photo description, part 2 a role play and part 3 a general conversation on various contexts. Paper 3 is the reading exam, which has various different texts from different contexts. Finally, paper 4 is a writing exam, which includes translation.
What wider skills are obtained?Communication, cultural awareness, working with others, improving own learning, listening and following instructions, managing own time, critical thinking, text analysis, conversation and role-play skills.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:AQA GCSE in Music
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?

Three aspects of musical knowledge – performing, composing and listening.


Component 1:  Understanding Music

What is assessed  –  listening and contextual understanding

How is it assessed  –  exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music


Section A:  Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

Section B:  Study pieces (28 marks)

The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.  This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks)


Component 2:  Performing Music

What is assessed  –  music performance

How is it assessed  –  as an instrumentalist and / or vocalist and / or via technology.

Performance 1 – solo performance (36 marks)

Performance 2  –  ensemble performance (36 marks)

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.  This component is 30% of GCSE mark (72 marks).  Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA.  Performances must be completed in the year of certification.


Component 3:  Composing Music

What is assessed  –  composing music

How is it assessed  Composition 1: composition to a brief (36 marks) &  Composition 2: free composition (36 marks)

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.  This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).  Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA.

What wider skills are obtained?You will improve your music skills in performing and composing different types of music. You will listen to a wide variety of music and learn more about how and why it was written and/or performed.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:GCSE Physical Education
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of data 1

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport: T

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio – cultural Influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Non-exam assessment Practical performance in physical activity and sport b

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity
How is this Course assessed?

Paper 1  –  Written Exam  (1hr 15 Minutes – 78 marks) 30% of GCSE

Paper 2  –  Written Exam  (1hr 15 Minutes – 78 marks) 30% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment  –  assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA (100 marks) 40% of GCSE

What wider skills are obtained?This course will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable them to stand out and effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:AQA GCSE in Religious Studies
Qualification Level:1x GCSE
What is studied?

The course you will study is composed of two sections :


Component 1: The study of religions, beliefs, teachings and practices

You will study 2 religions:-

  1. Christianity
  2. Buddhism

You will examine their key beliefs, practices and ethics.

Component 2: Thematic studies

You will study 4 themes, 2 per year. The themes are:-

  1. Religion and life: The use and abuse of the environment, Euthanasia, Abortion, Death and the afterlife
  1. The existence of God: The Design argument, The First Cause argument, Different ideas about the divine
  1. Peace and conflict: Violent protest and terrorism, Holy war and religion as a cause of violence, Pacifism and peace-making
  1. Human rights and social justice: Prejudice and discrimination, Poverty and its causes, Exploitation of the poor

These are just a few of the issues you will study in each theme.

How is this Course assessed?

Two exam papers at the end of Year 11

Both written and lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes each


What wider skills are obtained?Empathy, communication, critical thinking, listening, observation, discussion, interpretation, enquiring, evaluation skills.
Awarding Body:AQA
Qualification Title:TRIPLE Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Qualification Level:3x GCSE
What is studied?Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE combined Science. The separate sciences will provide great preparation for AS and A-level sciences without over-lapping content. An example of some topics are:

– Cell biology
– Infection and response
– Bioenergetics
– Homeostasis
– Inheritance
– Ecology
– Atomic structure
– Quantitative chemistry
– Chemical changes
– Organic chemistry
– Chemical analysis
– Using resources
– Forces
– Energy
– Waves
– Electricity
– Particle Model of Matter
– Space Physics


How is this Course assessed?There are SIX papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics.
All the papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes
There are two tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Each paper is equally weighted and has 100 marks.
What wider skills are obtained?Students will develop a range of key skills including: communication, numeracy, use of ICT, team working, report writing, problem solving and self-evaluation and of course practical skills with at least 15% of the marks on the written papers coming from questions relating to practicals. There is a focus on mathematical skills with 10% of the marks on the written paper, 20% in chemistry and 30% in physics testing maths skills.