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The most employable students in Corby

We offer our students an ambitious curriculum that enables them to leave our school as young adults equipped with key employability skills so that they can thrive in the modern workplace. This supports our learners to develop transferable skills and knowledge along with the ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment. Our technical ethos and links with industry ensure that students have regular contact with the working world and are adaptable in new situations using their initiative to solve unfamiliar problems.

We believe that excellent teaching and a rich curriculum, accessible to all, can close the gap between the disadvantaged and advantaged. Our curriculum places resilience, aspiration and building of knowledge at its heart.

Our curriculum extends beyond the classroom and encompasses a broad range of co-curricular activities, trips and visits and competitive sport to help our students become disciplined and resilient learners. Students learn to organise themselves and others, developing the skills they need to be effective team members in a variety of contexts.

Our curriculum is focused on the acquisition of core knowledge as the foundation to enable students to make excellent progress within all subjects.  Additionally, across the school students are supported to become effective readers, writers and evaluators, as well as having the analytical skills to apply their knowledge and solve problems. 

Throughout the curriculum the British values are embedded to ensure students develop their character, becoming moral and active contributors to society, taking pride in the global community they belong to. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Key Stage 3 encompasses National Curriculum subjects, with students approaching topics within each subject from the perspective of how it is relevant to industrial innovation.

The curriculum covers English, maths, science, humanities, design and technology, RSCS, modern foreign languages, PE, art and computing. In all lessons students will be encouraged to develop their employability skills so that they have the personal qualities that enable them to be successful.

There are 25 lessons in a week and the time is allocated as below.

To view the Year 7 Curriculum please click here

To view the Year 8 Curriculum please click here

To view the Year 9 Curriculum please click here

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In Years 10 and 11, students follow a challenging curriculum and their studies will be supplemented by a programme of entrepreneurial challenges linked to work experience in Corby and the surrounding area. We expect that the majority of our students will follow a curriculum in line with the English Baccalaureate (EBACC) which includes either History or Geography as well as a language at to ensure a broad and balanced set of qualifications. Students have a broad range of options to choose from at the end of year 9, more detail can be found in our subject information booklet here.

Employer engagement at this level will increase and students will be encouraged to take part in a work place experience, this will enable students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to the workplace that are more in-line with what industry expect.

To view the Year 10 Curriculum please click here

To view the Year 11 Curriculum please click here


Key stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Students are offered a range of studies.  It is anticipated that students at this stage are more certain of the career opportunities available to them due to the clear knowledge and skills experienced in the previous key stages however students are offered guidance and support when choosing the relevant route to lead them on to higher education or a technical career. 

A range of A-levels and vocational level three qualifications will be offered at CTS that are geared towards students who have chosen to follow a technical career.  These courses will follow on from GCSEs studied, details below

Students are expected to take three A level subjects, with exceptional students able to select four A level subjects. 

Employer engagement at this level will be further targeted to the individual and specific needs and wants of the student.  This will take the form of possible bursaries and sponsorship.  Students will again be encouraged to take part in externally set challenges such as the EES, Young Enterprise, CREST Gold and Smallpiece challenges.

Current GCE A Level options offered:

 A level courses delivered at Corby Technical School are Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and Engineering, we also offer three vocational course at level 3 in Applied Science, Creative Digital Media Production and Sports and Physical Activity.   For information on our courses at KS5 please click here.

For more information regarding the National Curriculum please click on this link.

To view the Year 12 Curriculum please click here

To view the Year 13 Curriculum please click here


If you require any further information regarding the Corby Technical School curriculum please contact John Foreman, Associate Assistant Principal on 01536 213100.