The Academic Curriculum

Our curriculum sits at the very heart of the College’s ethos and offers our students the opportunities, knowledge and confidence to ensure that they are fully equipped to be highly successful and effective independent thinkers, with a genuine passion for learning.


We offer a completely inclusive programme of qualifications, from entry level and vocational subjects to more traditional GCSE subjects, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP). In September 2021 we launched the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) as our exciting new KS3 curriculum. This wide choice of subjects allows for a tailored curriculum, which ensures all of our students succeed and are prepared for the next stage of their studies.


Our curriculum combines academic excellence with enrichment and personal development. It prepares our students for a world beyond the classroom, and through their learning, they become well-rounded, caring and highly motivated individuals, set for success. Our staff pledge to deliver inspiring and engaging lessons, leading to outstanding achievement for all.


As an IB World School, the IB’s philosophy is at the centre of our academic curriculum. This, alongside the ‘IVC Core’, develops learners who are inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and motivated to succeed. As part of our commitment to being a truly international College, we are also one of few colleges to offer five different languages at GCSE, including: Modern European, Japanese and Latin.

The Curriculum

Years 7 to 9: the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

This globally delivered course gives our students a broad and varied experience at Key Stage 3, which provides an excellent base from which to progress with their GCSE studies. It also prepares our students to study the DP and the CP at our sixth form, Impington International College.

Years 10 and 11: exploring GCSEs in-depth

At the College, students are given careful guidance to choose their GCSE options in Year 9. We offer a wide range of subject choices, and have carefully mapped the MYP course through to GCSE content to allow students to be well-equipped for the demands of the qualifications, while not having been taught to test. This preparation also involves the students in the ‘IVC Core’, which sits at the heart of our curriculum, and ensures that students have access to the Arts, Sport, Languages and Humanities throughout their GCSE courses.

Years 12 and 13: the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the Careers Programme (CP)

We offer two main pathways for Years 12 and 13 students at Impington International College: the DP and the CP. These two pathways are academically rigorous, encourage both personal and academic achievement and incorporate best practice from research and a global community of IB World Schools.
The programmes encourage students to think critically and become global citizens, and equips them with the skills and knowledge that they need for the next stages of their life journey.

How to we measure the impact of the curriculum at the College?

Across all key stages, progress data is very important in monitoring the knowledge and understanding of our students. Formative and summative assessments are used and students complete all assessed work in their bespoke assessment books across Years 7 to 13. We have very clear systems in place for tracking students’ progress, and intervening where they fall short of their aspirational targets.

Students track their own progress against the IB learner profile in their iCAS portfolios. These are monitored by tutors and form part of the progress conversations that happen in tutor time during academic mentoring sessions. They are also reviewed in approaches to learning lessons, where students are given the chance to reflect on how they are developing the attributes of the IB learner profile. Students also track their own academic progress both in lessons and in tutor time, where they keep a log of their progress and set targets for improvement.

In Practice

At Impington Village College, we publish termly overviews for all subject areas, which include topics and content, skills covered and assessed tasks, as well as links to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG), personal, social and health education (PSHE) and spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning (SMSC). These can be found on our subject curriculum overview page and on our sixth form website.

Years 7 and 8: The MYP Programme

The MYP provides an excellent foundation for GCSEs and post-16 IB qualifications. It consists of eight subject areas and emphasises interdisciplinary learning, along with an international perspective and service to others. It offers numerous opportunities for students to engage actively and independently with their learning. It is rigorously assessed while also focusing on the holistic education of the whole child through its exemplary ‘approaches to learning’ content.

The MYP is organised into eight subject groups, listed below. Throughout all three years of the MYP, students will engage with subjects across all the subject groups, ensuring that their experience of Key Stage 3 has breadth, balance and rigour.

Language and LiteratureEnglish Language and English Literature
Language AcquisitionFrench, German, Spanish, Japanese and Latin
Individuals and SocietiesHistory, Geography and Philosophy and Ethics
SciencesChemistry, Biology and Physics
ArtsVisual Art, Music, Drama and Dance
DesignDesign Technology and Information Design
Physical and Health EducationPE

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Years 9 to 11: GCSEs and technical awards

For GCSEs, students are able to make two free choices, alongside a humanities and languages option. A typical curriculum for a KS4 student looks like:

Booster programme and foundation learning

Throughout Years 7 to 11, we run a booster programme with additional English and Maths support for students who are not on track to achieve at least a grade 4 in English and Maths at GCSE. This is taught at KS3 in place of one of the languages and, if students continue in the booster programme throughout their GCSEs, they do not study a language.
The College also offers a fully bespoke curriculum for our foundation learning students, including students with more complex Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) who access enhanced resource placements. This can include Award Scheme Development and Accreditation (ASDAN) qualifications, Arts Award, entry level courses and other vocational qualifications alongside a reduced programme of GCSE and technical awards.


At Impington Village College, we offer subjects in the key areas outlined below:

  • Art
  • Child Development
  • Community Access
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Society
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Maths
  • Media
  • Music
  • PE
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Sport
  • Work Skills

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