The Key Stage 4 Study Programme is made up of three parts:

25 HOURS PER WEEK

1. Strand

This is the specialist creative area you have chosen to study at The BRIT School. Five hours a week is dedicated to the Strand time and there are additional activities, rehearsals, workshops, events and performances that make up the unique BRIT educational experience.

Strand Subjects at KS4, equivalent to one GCSE.

  • Film & Media  Production
  • Dance
  • Interactive Digital Design
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts & Design

2. Core Curriculum

Core

Curriculum

English Language (1 GCSE)  

English Literature (1 GCSE)

Mathematics

(1 GCSE)

Combined Science
(2 GCSEs)

Personal Professional Development - PPD

(not examined)

English Language

GCSE English language provides the following range of experiences:

  • Speaking and listening opportunities, including group work and drama-focused activities

  • Reading, covering prose, poetry and drama texts, including a Shakespeare play and works from the English literary heritage

  • Writing, in which students engage with a variety of forms and genres, including analysis, reviews and commentaries

Read our  English Curriculum Map here.

English Literature

This course encourages students to:

  • Explore their literary interests and reading skills

  • Understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts

  • Appreciate the ways, in which authors achieve their effects

  • Develop the skills necessary for literary study

In addition, students develop their awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences in the study of literature, as well as their ability to construct and convey meaning in speech and writing, matching style to audience and purpose.

Read our  English Curriculum Map here.

Mathematics

The GCSE Mathematics course encourages students to develop their skills and knowledge in mathematics and their enjoyment of the subject. Throughout the course students are encouraged to think for themselves, become independent learners and develop their own problem-solving abilities.  A range of teaching strategies are employed, including teacher-led work, group work, practical activities, games and the use of computer software.  All students have access to three GCSE Maths software packages both during and outside of lesson time.  Students study number and algebra; shape, space and measures and handling data.

Read our  Maths Curriculum Map here.

My Maths

Use My Maths to help you with your maths. There are a range of games, lessons and tests to help you with your revision.

Get the login and password from your teacher.

GCSE Maths Revision

An excellent site from the BBC. Revise and practise topics online. Get help. Post messages. Find links to other maths websites.

GCSE Maths Past Papers

Contains past papers and model solutions for all tiers of entry. Past papers can be printed.

S-cool

Go to GCSE revision, maths and then select a topic. Includes a list of useful formulae. Also covers other aspects of school life and helpful hints such as how to write a C.V.

Learn Things

Click box ‘enter learn.co.uk here’. Go to Key Stage 4 maths, foundation/higher. Unfortunately, there is no section aimed specifically at the intermediate tier. The ability to compose your own test on topics of your choice and complete them online is a notable benefit.

GCSE Guide

Not the best site for practising your maths, but contains some useful explanations of key concepts. Basically an online revision guide.

Maths Homework (Channel 4HYPERLINK "http://www.channel4.com/homework/maths")

‘Homework High’ enables you to get help with your homework online by posting a question to a teacher. The channel 4 site also contains some interesting games!

Science

Combined Science

Course description

This qualification is linear, meaning that students sit all their exams at the end of the 2 year course.

All students will study GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy which is a double award, equivalent to two GCSE’s.

The GCSE in Combined Science should enable students to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them; 
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments;
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Separate Sciences

Course description

This qualification is linear, meaning that students sit all their exams at the end of the two year course.
Students selecting to study Separate Sciences as an option will achieve a triple award (3 GCSEs). Triple Science students are taught in classes alongside the combined science students, but have 2.5 hours each week exclusively with fellow triple scientists covering the Separate Sciences content.

The three GCSE Science qualifications enable students to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them; 
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments;
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis.

Read our  Science Curriculum Map here.

The BRIT School is committed to providing a broad and balanced education that values the essential knowledge, skills and understanding within National Curriculum subjects.

3. Options

You select one preference in each of the three GCSE Option Blocks to complete your study programme at The BRIT School. 

Please click here for the a full  reading list for all options. 

We currently offer the following:

Block A

Block B

Block C

Subject

Subject

Subject

Drama

Art & Design

Dance

Film

Film

Drama

Dance

French

Graphic Design

History

History

History

Graphic  Design

Photography

Music

Music

Textiles

Sociology

Sociology

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish

 

Separate Science

 

Upskiller

The BRIT School is committed to enabling all students to succeed. The purpose of the Upskiller courses is to ensure students needing further provision and support are able to achieve the very best outcomes in GCSE English Literature, GCSE English Language and/or GCSE Maths. The Upskiller courses are instead of the Options courses in those Blocks and places are allocated based on our induction testing and prior attainment data.

Maths Up-Skiller

Course Description

The Maths Upskiller course is aimed at students who have previously struggled to reach the required levels in mathematics. Any student who thinks they are unlikely to achieve at least a level 4 in their GCSE would be advised to apply for a place on this course. The course will supplement students’ normal maths lessons and will provide an opportunity to revisit topics, to practise and to gain a deeper understanding of the work covered in the core curriculum.

Assessment  - This course supports the Mathematics GCSE

English Up-Skiller

Course Description

It is recognised that GCSE English requires students to possess skills which will enable them to read fluently and write effectively with confidence and control in the use of Standard English. Some students require further intervention so that they will achieve good grades in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature, thereby closing the gap. To this end, specific student will undertake studies in spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as studies in how to write for chosen audiences using the correct register. Students will also engage in reading and writing activities related to media texts, e.g. advertisements, newspapers and magazines, websites, television and film. In this course students will also experience prose, drama and a selection of poems with an emphasis on enjoyment and the intention of fostering pleasure in reading. In this way students will recognise the impact which reading makes on her/his ability to make use of a widening vocabulary bank in writing or speaking.

Assessment  - This course supports the English Language and Literature GCSEs

 


French / Spanish

Year 10 students can opt to study a full GCSE course in either French or Spanish. Topics covered across the 2 years are related to the areas of personal information, leisure, home and town, holidays, future plans, education and work. Students are assessed on their listening and reading skills in examination sessions and these amount to 40% of the GCSE.  Students are also assessed in speaking in 3 controlled assessment tasks during the course (30% of the GCSE) and they are required to produce at least 3 pieces of writing, as part of their controlled assessment (again, 30% of the GCSE).

Read our  Modern Foreign Languages Map here

 

 

Information & Creative Technology

Students may choose, as an option, to study for a BTEC L2 in I&CT.  Students studying this course will learn how the online world functions, from communication to exchanging and storing information, to issues with operating online.  You will also learn to create a digital portfolio and one or two of the following:

  • digital animation;

  • digital graphics;

  • mobile app development;

  • website development.

In essence, studying this course will free students from depending on other people, creating applications for them to use.  They will have developed the skills and understanding, which underpin the creation of their own applications.

 

 

Textiles

We offer GCSE Textiles as an option subject.  Students have the opportunity to design and make their own textile products. Assessment is 60% practical coursework, consisting of a series of projects and a final practical examination worth 40%.  Students should have some previous experience of textile work and study when choosing this option.

History

We offer two History specifications at GCSE - AQA History A and History B. 

History A has 3 elements.  In Year 10 students study ‘The History of Medicine over Time’ which covers developments in medicine from prehistoric times to date. They will follow this with a local history study, which includes a visit to a local site, followed by a Controlled Assessment. In Year 11 they will do an in-depth study of the American Struggle for the Plains 1840-1895. 

History B covers Depth studies, USA 1919-29, Race Relations in USA 1950-68, Vietnam 1964-75, International Relations, the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations 1919-39 Cold War and 1945-70.  There are also two controlled assessments, which cover British History in the 20th Century.

Read our  History Curriculum Map here

Sociology

Students follow a two-year course in Sociology, the study of British society.  The main aim of the course is to increase students' knowledge and understanding of the social world, in which they live.  They study, among others, the following modules:

'What is Sociology?', in which they learn about the central concepts of the subject and how to conduct ethical research;

'The Family', which includes learning about the diverse forms of family life in Britain; Education, where they learn about why we need schools, barriers to achievement and how Government policies have sought to raise achievement;

'Power and Politics', which includes learning about decision making and power in Britain;

'Social Control and Deviance', where they learn about criminal and deviant behaviour and the justice system; Social Class and Inequality, which includes gaining an understanding of the social class system , poverty and life chances; and Mass Media, including what they are, their effect on society and media stereotyping.

Design for Set

When considering their options, theatre, musical theatre and dance students might want to think about the production, set design and construction course. This will give them a practical introduction to the world behind the scenes of the performing arts, which is essential to any actor, singer or dancer’s understanding of putting on a show.  The students design sets and create scale models of their design, as well as work on the making of full scale sets for real productions, being performed in the school.  The course would equally suit visual art and design and BDC (media) students. It provides a mix of both artistic skills such as model making and set painting with hands-on practical tasks like set construction.

This option course is a BTEC level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Production).  Equivalent to 1 GCSE.  The three units are: preparation for production, production skills for performance and an externally assessed unit requiring the students to write an application as if for a production role.

 

 


 

Personal Professional Development (PPD)

Course Description

All KS4 students will follow a weekly, 30 minutes, timetabled rolling programme of PPD; this is where students have the opportunity to consider and reflect upon their personal values, beliefs and attitudes; they are challenged to explore their morality, to develop their political ideas and to grow into responsible citizens. Throughout the two years, students will engage in relationships education, sexuality and gender identity education, drugs and alcohol education, safety education, mental health awareness, citizenship education, finance education and healthy life-styles education.  The will also experience a wide variety of assemblies including a Black History assembly and a LGBT assembly which celebrate our school ethos of tolerance and inclusion.  Student achievement is affirmed; work is celebrated in assemblies; we hold termly certificate assemblies noting excellence and progress including attendance and punctuality.

The PPD Programme also supports professional development; tutors facilitate regular self-appraisal meetings where the onus is on students to take responsibility for their progress. Tutors also work closely with the Progressions Department to ensure students have successful work placements and support students in producing their portfolios.

Assessment - Non-Examined