Curriculum Overview


More detail about each subject can be found through the menus on the left.

At the Roseland Academy students are taught a Core Curriculum which follows the updated National Curriculum Programmes of study. These are in place across Key Stage 3.

New Key Stage 4 Programmes of Study in place for Y10 and Y11 to follow the new GCSE/BTEC Specifications.

Subjects are taught in both mixed ability or set groups. In Year 7 teaching groups are normally mixed ability but subsequently students may be placed in groups according to ability in each specific subject. The organisation of these teaching groups is decided by each team of subject specialists.


Year 7 Mixed ability teaching groups in Humanities, Music, Art, Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, and PE. English and Maths and Science are set according to ability.
Years 8 & 9 Setting is re-considered for English, Maths and Science. Small groups are created for the most able and those requiring additional support. Modern Foreign Languages is set for the first time.
Years 10 & 11 Setting continues in English, Maths and Science. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability option groups.



Students identified as requiring extra support irrespective of ability are provided with additional help either in the form of support in the classroom or by being placed in a smaller group for some subjects. This ensures all students make rapid and sustained progress well above national averages.




In Years 7, 8 & 9 all students study:

  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Science
  • Art
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French/Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • PSHE*
  • Physical Education

Roseland Trial Exam_4976In Year 8 and 9 all students are offered the opportunity to study a second additional Modern Foreign Language. In Year 9 students begin covering GCSE content in all subjects. In Years 10 and 11 all students are prepared for GCSE examinations. Our success in these examinations has been outstanding. Results at The Roseland are well above the Cornish and national averages.



In Years 10 and 11 all students study the following core courses:

  • English Language GCSE
  • English Literature GCSE
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Physical Education
  • Ethics and Philosophy GCSE
  • Science (Double Award unless taking Triple Science option) GCSE

Personal, Social and Health Education with Citizenship is also taught throughout Year 10 and 11. There is a diverse and relevant range of topics including Online Safety, Careers Information and Guidance, and British Values and Democracy.

In addition, all students as part of their option process choose to study 4 additional GCSE/BTEC subjects that will include:

  • Art & Design GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Catering GCSE
  • Drama GCSE
  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Media GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Separate Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) x3 GCSEs
  • Spanish GCSE

As an alternative to GCSEs we also offer level 2 BTECs in:

  • Business Studies,
  • Engineering,
  • Animal Care,
  • Hospitality and Catering.
  • ICT (Cambridge National Level 2)

A range of practical and leadership opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh and Junior Sports Leader Award are also available.

More details on the courses on offer can be found using the curriculum links on the side of this page.

We are very proud of our achievements as a school. Our aim is to help every child achieve their full potential. In 2016 75% of students achieved 5 A*-C in GCSEs or equivalents including English and maths with over 30% achieving the English Baccalaureate. Our Progress 8 of 0.52 was the highest achieved in Cornwall.

The school performance tables can be found on the Dfe Website.

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum and the information is not listed on the website, please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mr Richard Clarke, via the contact information on our home page.