Curriculum

A personalised curriculum is offered at Plymouth Studio School, providing the mix of academic and professional qualifications, specialist sports programmes  and work placements which are right for each student.

We offer a traditional curriculum of GCSEs (including Ebacc), A levels and BTEC qualifications combined with the opportunity for students to take part in our specialist  Sports Talent, Sports Performance, and Sports Coaching and Development programmes  (see below for details) .

For non-sports students, students can study for their traditional academic qualifications in a motivating and stimulating environment

Our curriculum is designed to allow students to access a range of high quality employment, Apprenticeships/Advanced  Apprenticeships, Higher Education and career  opportunities, including those in the sports and lifestyle sectors such as sports coaching, sports therapy and physiotherapy, sport science and analysis.

Our broad curriculum is underpinned by a sound foundation in business and IT skills and specialist programmes in sport, giving students a chance to pursue careers at every level, from direct entry into the workplace to higher education, or running their own business.

At Key Stage 4: students have the option to study a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 GCSEs or equivalent, including BTECS  (Level 1/2 First Award in Sport and Business) and additional vocational qualifications.  They also have the option to gain the EBacc qualification and to take part in our specialist sports programmes.

At Key Stage 5: students can study at least 3 A levels or equivalent, including BTECS at Diploma and Extended Diploma Level.  Both routes can include on-going work placement opportunities and  participation in our specialist sports programmes.

Our Specialist Sports Programmes Include: 

Sports Talent:   Open to every PSS student to help them discover, develop and hone their sporting performance through working with a personal coach.  Includes strength and conditioning, assessment and  sports psychology designed to increase physiological and psychological ability.  (elements taken from Sports Performance programme).

Sports Development & Coaching : For students looking for careers in sport with a focus on progression into physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports coaching, sport psychology, video analysis and sports medicine and science. Students can work towards coaching qualifications and put these into practise through work experience, mentoring and exposure to sports science and expert workshops.

Sports Performance: For selected students already competing at National level,  including a personalised programme of coaching support integrated with existing training schedules and including individual sports psychology to help maximise performance.

  • Download the Prospectus  to see our Year 10 & 12 curriculums.    
  • Our Approach :
  • a flexible timetable designed to accommodate sports training and ensure a strong academic foundation for future career development .
  • some work placements with local employers and partner organisations as part of the curriculum, with an increased emphasis on this from Year 12
  • a focus on English, maths and science in all areas of the
  • applied learning using the latest technologies in a flexible working environment
  • rigorous tracking and regular review of student progress working in close partnership with parents and carers
  • a customised curriculum which recognises the full range of student abilities.