online secondary school uk | Key stage 3 curriculum with InterHigh
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Online Secondary School
Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our curriculum has been designed specifically for online teaching and learning.

The programme for each subject is both engaging and promotes independent learning and further enquiry.

Pupils studying in our online secondary school at KS3 and KS4 level can enrol onto as many or as few of the subjects from the core list. The fee remains the same.

We offer a broad core programme of study linked to the English National Curriculum encompassing:
Computer Studies

In addition, pupils can choose additional subjects from the list below for an extra £200 per subject per year.

Fees for additional subjects have to be paid in full prior to the start of the course.

Film Studies (Years 8 and 9 only)

In addition, pupils can choose from a wide a range of short courses together with a variety of teacher-led clubs. Pupils also set up and run their own clubs and societies utilising the myInterHigh platform to share ideas and experiences.


Short Courses:

Beginner’s Mandarin 
Creative Writing
Advanced Creative Writing
Introduction to Childcare
Babysitting (Cache level 2 qualification – please note that completion of Introduction to Childcare is needed before you can do Babysitting)

All clubs and short courses run for one term, apart from Babysitting, that lasts for two terms. There is a £50 charge for doing a short course.

A brief overview of the programme of study for each subject is provided below:

The National Curriculum separates the teaching of English into three main areas: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  At InterHigh we recognise that these areas inform each other and should not be taught in isolation but as part of a coherent course to create an engaging curriculum and support learning, also incorporating the National Literacy Strategy for English.

Pupils follow units of work on a theme, which will develop all of their English skills.  These are then assessed in terms of the areas mentioned above.  Literature will be studied alongside and, where appropriate, as part of each unit of work.  Whenever possible the pupils’ work will be designed for a wider audience than simply the teacher; publication and display are seen as being crucial to developing good writers.


In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will undertake a course using the Plymouth University Mathematics Enhancement Programme.  This is a scheme that is teacher led.  Our curriculum covers the National Curriculum attainment targets up to level 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, depending on the ability of the pupil.  Our programme naturally lends itself to a high degree of differentiation, therefore whilst the range of topics covered by each individual will be roughly the same the level of work will vary according to the pupil’s ability. We also complement our studies with Functional Maths work that takes place throughout these three years.

Film Studies

Film studies is an established discipline drawing on analysis and response to whole films and clips which show the technical elements of cinematography; lighting, editing, mise en scene (what is in the shot) and sound. Pupils will be taught to ‘read’ a film very much in the same way as they might read a literary text.

As the course develops, pupils will be encouraged to view themselves as consumers of the moving image with their responses shaped by narrative and genre (style of film) expectations.  They will learn about the origins and development of film – primarily in Hollywood but also they will look at case studies of world cinema such as Iranian, Russian, Australian cinema and their characteristics.

The course is highly interactive and practical enabling pupils to carry out a variety of independent work connected to film production such as posters, scripts, story boards and short film production.

Ultimately the aim is for pupils to be able to express a point of view on film, supported by coherent evidence gathered from their studies.


Years 7 to 9 follow a course incorporating the subject matter of the National Curriculum.
The course involves work at local, regional, national, international and global scales and provides coverage of different parts of the world and different types of environments.  Particular emphasis is placed in the interaction between man and the physical environment.

Pupils will extend their knowledge and deepen their awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world focusing on environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. Pupils will understand the key processes in physical geography relating to timescale and plate tectonics, rocks and soils, weathering and the weather and climate, hydrology and coasts. Pupils will understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change environments and climate and how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems.


The Science course in Years 7 to 9 is fully integrated.  Whilst conforming to the National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 3, we also take several topics further to give greater breadth and relevance.

Starting in Year 7, pupils are given some detail of all human body systems, chemical processes/ techniques, movement, forces and heating. By the end of Year 9, pupils will have gained a good appreciation of the fundamental concepts behind cell biochemistry, the environment, chemical reactions, atomic structure, electricity, electronics, energy, materials, light and sound.  The course has been organised in a highly sequential form with one lesson leading from the other and topics revisited in later years to a greater depth.

Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)

The National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages is based on the fundamental belief that children should be able to communicate for a real purpose in the foreign language.  Our curriculum model and teaching methods incorporate a range of approaches used throughout the courses of study to achieve this.

The courses provides:

•    Practical skills in the target language.
•    A stimulating and enjoyable language experience.
•    Attainable targets for pupils of all levels of ability.
•    A range of learning styles to include collaborative group work and individual work
•    An understanding and appreciation of foreign cultures.
•    Skills and positive attitudes towards the further study of languages.


“History is written by winners”
Napoleon Bonaparte

All pupils will study History throughout their time at InterHigh.  The course follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.  In Year 7 pupils will learn about the medieval period.   In Year 8 pupils will study the Making of the United Kingdom 1500 – 1750.  In Year 9 pupils will learn about Napoleon, the French revolution, Trade and Industry 1750 – 1900 and the 20th Century world.  Studying the First World War in depth and its causes and consequences in preparation for Year 10 and 11.

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
Edmund Burke

*The fee for an Additional subject(s) is not eligible for a discount or refund if the student discontinues the additional tuition.