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The Curriculum

Tavistock College aims to develop and inspire all students with their learning. We offer a wide range of learning experiences through a fully inclusive curriculum that strives to empower every student to reach their goals, achieve their full potential and enhance their life opportunities. During lessons we aim to deliver vibrant and supportive environments where students look forward to learning and take pride in their achievements.

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum policy 2022-23 can be found here Curriculum Policy 2022-23

Curriculum Content

For further information on our curriculum please contact the college.

Bare Essentials Launch January 2023

Bare Essentials promotional video can be found here Bare Essentials Launch Video

Year 7 Bare Essentials Spring 1 digital copy Year 7 Bare Essentials Spring 1

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Key Stage 3

Across KS3 students will study a broad and varied curriculum, with a greater emphasis (in terms of time) on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. In addition to this, our students will also study a wide range of humanities, modern foreign languages, design technology, computing, creative and performing arts based subjects. Physical education and PSHCEE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education) is also delivered throughout Key Stage 3. We are fully compliant with the new National Curriculum September 2014. Students are set within the core subjects and this continues throughout the College.

With excellent results in modern foreign languages we also ensure that in year 7 students have the opportunity to experience each of the three languages that we offer here – French, Spanish and Japanese. At the end of the year they will then make a choice in consultation with their teacher and parents as to which one they go on to study in more depth in Year 8 and beyond.

In addition to this we have alternative curriculum opportunities as part of our Gifted and Talented and Inclusion provision. Opportunities include; additional GCSE’s such as Astronomy, Animal Care, Horticulture, 1:1 Mathematics and English support and Forest Schools to name but a few. Parents are consulted with and informed if their child is participating in a personalised curriculum package.

We also carry out baseline tests with Year 7 in English and Mathematics as a diagnostic tool which then enables us to provide targeted intervention for students who need additional support in these areas. More information about this can be found by contacting Mrs Turner our SENCo.

Key Stage 4

This is a really exciting time for you as you are in a position to begin shaping the rest of your life. The curriculum offer for you this year has taken into consideration your views, aspirations and interests as well as the courses you will need to give you the best chances of achievement and progression to future opportunities.

Key Stage 5

See Tavistock College Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at Tavistock College offers a broad range of academic A levels and vocational courses. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of teaching and learning. Our aim is to provide clear advice and guidance, opportunities and learning experiences to enable all to progress to their chosen futures. We also provide an all-round education comprising of a wealth of opportunities for students to volunteer in the College and wider community, to lead younger students, to take part in sport and music and performances, where interests dictate, and to develop character. We aim to nurture, challenge and develop all students to enable their success.

As well as providing breadth, the College prides itself on excellence at Key Stage 5. The College runs an ‘Aspire’ programme for the most academically able, giving them an introduction to the wider world of competitive careers and universities. We consistently see a handful of students win places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and onto prestigious courses, such as to study medicine, each year. A raft of students gain places at Russell Group universities and many others graduate to higher learning, apprenticeships or into successful careers. We support all students in their next steps, wherever they are headed.

Our curriculum consists of the choice of twenty-seven different A levels, including all of the traditional subjects plus some less common subjects. We also offer seven level 3 BTECs (A Level equivalent, vocational qualifications). We run a level 2 (GCSE equivalent level) course, for students who need an extra year before they move on to do level 3 courses. All students who do not already possess a grade 4 or higher in English and/or Mathematics GCSEs are supported to take these courses again until they attain the 4 grade or higher.

Our course offer is listed below:

A LevelsLevel 3 BTECLevel 2 Course
English LiteratureScience BTECBusiness or Travel & Tourism Level 2 BTEC
English LanguageMusic BTECWork Experience Level 2 BTEC
Media StudiesSport BTEC (Single Option)English Language GCSE
MathsSport BTEC (Double Option)Maths GCSE
Further MathsPublic Services
BiologyHealth & Social Care (Double Option)
ChemistryCreative Media
Business Studies
Business Applied
RE: Philosophy & Ethics
Performance Studies
Product Design


The College pays for all faculty exam entries with the exception of re-sit entries for which the student is expected to cover the cost of the entry fee. If a student is in receipt of free school meals (FSM) there may be the possibility of re-sit entry costs being waivered by the College (Pre-16) or covered by a bursary payment (Post 16).