TWGSB is a specialist Humanities school with a focus on History, English and Geography. That focus is reflected in the curriculum. Humanities status provides a mechanism for the development of new ideas to improve teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
During Key Stage 3 all pupils study: English, Mathematics, Science, RE, PE, PSHE, Geography, History, French, Spanish, Art, Music, ICT, Design & Technology (Resistant materials, Graphics, Electronics and Food and Nutrition)
In Year 7 pupils study French but from the start of Year 8 they also study Spanish. Throughout the key stage Drama is taught by specialist staff within a carousel arrangement for English. The subjects taught within Design and Technology are different in each year group.
At Key Stage 4 all students follow a core curriculum of: English, Mathematics, one Modern Foreign Language, RE, PE, and PSHE. With regards to science, pupils can choose the Dual Science Award which is the combined study of GCSE biology, chemistry and physics that results in two GCSEs or opt for the Triple Science Award which delivers three separate GCSEs.
In addition students choose three option subjects from the list below:
Art, Business Studies, Drama, Media Studies, Electronics, Geography, Geology, Graphics, Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials, History, ICT, Music, PE, Statistics and a second Modern Foreign Language.
Year 11 Information Evening Presentation Oct 2013 (inc. Sixth Form Application information)
In Year 12 students study four AS levels. They also study PSHE and Games/Enrichment.
In Year 13 most students drop one of their AS level subjects but some continue with all four.
In addition the school offers the opportunity for sixth form students to complete the AQA Baccalaureate programme of study. One of the elements of the AQA Bacc is the Extended Project (EPQ) and this can also be a standalone qualification.
A levels offered vary from year to year depending on demand. The following subjects are usually offered:
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English (Literature or Language and Literature), Economics, Economics and Business, Electronics, French, Geography, Government and Politics, Graphics, History, ICT, Mathematics (Decision, Mechanics, Statistics and Further), Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Physics, Product Design, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Theatre Studies.
Additional options are available for students to choose via collaborative arrangements with Skinners and Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School.