Melbourne Avenue, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2EG
Learning to believe, learning to succeed.
Curriculum Overview:

Curriculum introduction:

At Dover Christ Church Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced. Our explicit curriculum is based closely on the principles, structure and content of the national curriculum. Our implicit curriculum lives in our clear learning culture and in the positive climate of mutual respect we model with our students.

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Our curriculum in its entirety promotes the spiritual, social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school while also seeking to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life – learning to believe, learning to succeed.

The organisation of teaching groups

To ensure that we are best meeting the needs of all learners or curriculum model is structured to enable setting across most Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 groups. Setting is based on both external examination data (KS2 National Curriculum results), internal assessments and NFER CATs (externally marked and validated). Setting is reviewed for all year groups on an on-going basis using internal progress data, teacher assessments and external examination papers to ensure that all students are in the correct groups for their ability and pathway. Teaching groups are blocked in such a way as to enable fine tuning of setting and students can expect to be in different sets for different subjects.

Curriculum Design across Key Stages

Key Stage 3

At Dover Christ Church Academy we have in the past followed a combined Humanities programme with a strong literacy focus at Key Stage 3. With a renewed emphasis on Humanities subjects and the EBAC at GCSE we have remodelled our curriculum to retain a strong focus on English, Mathematics and Science whilst also strengthening our focus on discrete delivery of History, Geography, Modern Foreign Language, Computer Science and Religious Education. As part of this remodelling we have moved from a two year to a three year Key Stage 3 in order to ensure a strong embedding of core knowledge and skills in these key subjects, to retain a broad and balanced curriculum which includes continued access to the arts and technology and as a foundation for strong progress and outcomes at GCSE.

At Key Stage 3 students follow the following curriculum subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language (French, with Spanish for some students)
  • Computer Science and/or Information Technology
  • Religious Education
  • Citizenship and PSHE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Design Technology (including RM, Graphics, Textiles, Catering, and Hair & Beauty)
  • Physical Education
  • Literacy and Accelerated Reader

PSHE and Citizenship are embedded across all curriculum subjects, within our implicit curriculum and explicitly in daily Tutor sessions.
ICT is embedded across all curriculum subjects

Key Stage 4

At Dover Christ Church Academy we seek to offer a broad and balanced mix of traditional and vocational subjects built around a strong compulsory core of English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Our Key Stage 4 has in the past been delivered over three years but has recently been remodelled to a predominantly (but not exclusively) two year model.

At Key Stage 4 students follow the following curriculum subjects:

Compulsory Core:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Trilogy for most, with Triple Science as an option
  • English Literature

EBAC Options:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language (French)
  • Computer Science

  • Triple Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health and Social Care
  • Child Development
  • Engineering
  • Catering
  • Textiles
  • Film Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education

PSHE and Citizenship are embedded across all curriculum subjects, within our implicit curriculum and explicitly in daily Tutor sessions.
ICT is embedded across all curriculum subjects

Key Stage 5 (post-16)

At Dover Christ Church Academy we seek to offer a broad and balanced post-16 curriculum of traditional and Applied ‘A’ levels or International Baccalaureate subjects, alongside a mix of level 3 and level 2 Vocational qualifications with opportunities to retake GCSE English and Mathematics. Students can choose to follow the full International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) In Our state of the art new build facilities help to support the successful delivery of this strong sixth form offer.

Key Stage 5 Pathways

Our KS5 Option blocks are designed to allow students to follow one of a number of clearly defined pathways with some additional flexibility to blend options:
  • Traditional Academic – Humanities and the Arts
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business and IT
  • Film and Media
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Football Academy
  • Level 2 Vocational with English and Mathematics

Football Academy

We are proud of the rapid growth of our Football Academy which combines robust coaching with the excellent teaching skills of our own Physical Education department. The balance achieved means that our students enjoy a vibrant footballing culture whilst also achieving good academic progress and outcomes in triple BTEC Sport and Fitness.

What is the CP?

The International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment and carries comparable UCAS points to other level 3 courses such as A level and BTEC.

We have worked closely with our Sponsor Canterbury Christ Church University in identifying clear progression routes from our proposed IBCP course into degree level study at CCCU.

Dover Christ Church Academy received authorization as an IB World School in July 2017. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Dover Christ Church Academy believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP).

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The CP curriculum

IBCP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study (eg a BTEC).

For IBCP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.


At DCCA this academic and career-related study comprises of a single or double award BTEC course, Cambridge Technical and/or Applied ‘A’ level. Cohorts of students have been following the IBCP Programme at DCCA since September 2017.

Our full KS5 curriculum offering includes:

Traditional and Applied A levels

  • Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Religious Education (Philosophy and Ethics)
  • 3D Product Design
  • Creative Media

IB Diploma Subjects

  • English Literature and Language
  • Maths Studies
  • History
  • Biology
  • Film Studies
  • IT in a Global Society


  • Applied Science (single or double award)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Sport and Exercise Science (single, double or triple)
  • Health and Social Care (single or double award)

Cambridge Technical

  • Business (single and double award)

Level 2 Vocational

  • Catering (VTCT)
  • Hairdressing (NVQ)
  • Construction (City and Guilds)

Levels 2 Retakes

  • English
  • Mathematics
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