Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) at Manchester Health Academy provides all students with a rich and varied curriculum. In Key Stage 4 (Years 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 two 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 10 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 may also begin to study for a Level 2 BTEC Award in Sport which will give them an additional qualification in Year 11.

Options available for 2019-2020

  • Art – GCSE
  • Enterprise – Pearson BTEC L1/L2 Technical Award
  • Child Development and Care – CACHE Level 2  Technical Award
  • Computer Science – GCSE
  • ICT – Pearson BTEC L1/L2 Technical Award Digital Information Technology
  • WJEC L1/L2 Technical Award – Hospitality and Catering
  • NCFE Technical Award in Graphic Design
  • OCR Creative imedia
  • GCSE Design Technology
  • Geography – 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
  • Photography – GCSE
  • Religious Studies – GCSE
  • Sport – BTEC Level 2 First Award
  • Spanish GCSE


Additional Core Curriculum Subjects

We hold an annual Pathways  Evening for students in Year 9, where students and their parents/carers are invited into the Academy to talk through their option choices with teachers.