Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) at Manchester Health Academy has provided all students with a rich and varied curriculum. In Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) an element of choice is introduced in order to allow more time for subjects to be studied in depth.

It is essential that your child selects subjects that for the next three years of their academic life will enable them to fully develop and enhance their skills and to support their future choices in study, employment and ultimately lifelong learning.

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 4 curriculum model which includes the following compulsory areas;

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or Separate Science route
  • A Modern Foreign Language, and/or History or Geography

Additional Core Curriculum Subjects


Resilience equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in life. Students are coached to develop the key competencies to be successful. Essential time is spent helping students with time management, commitment, motivation and study habits. Students will also learn about their rights, responsibilities and duties, and about laws, justice and democracy.


Students in Year 9 will continue to be offered 3 hours of core Physical Education per fortnight. The aim is to promote a life-long love of participating in physical activity. Students will participate in a wide and varied curriculum in sports and activities such as Handball, Trampolining, Fitness and Gymnastics as well as the more traditional sports of Football and Netball. Students in Year 9 may also begin to study for a Level 2 BTEC Award in Sport which will give them an additional qualification in Year 11, if chosen in the options process.

Options available for 2017-2018

  • Art – GCSE
  • ASDAN CoPE – Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
  • Business Studies – BTEC Level 2 First Award
  • Child Development and Care – CACHE Level 2 Award
  • Computer Science – GCSE
  • CiDA (ICT qualification)
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition – NCFE Level 2 Certificate
  • Geography – GCSE
  • Graphics – GCSE
  • Health and Social Care – Pearson Level 2 Technical Award
  • History – GCSE
  • Media Studies – GCSE
  • Performing Arts: Drama – Pearson Level 2 Technical Award
  • Music – BTEC Level 2 First Award
  • Product Design – GCSE
  • Photography – GCSE
  • Religious Studies – GCSE
  • French – GCSE
  • Sport – BTEC Level 2 First Award

Pathways Evening

We hold an annual Pathways Evening for students in Year 8, where students and their parents/carers are invited into the Academy to talk through their option choices with teachers.