Brixham College provides a broad and balanced curriculum, but we also offer extended opportunities for learning in areas that reflect the concerns and demands of the local community and which enrich the lives of our students. The curriculum includes the compulsory elements (English, Maths, Science, PSHE & RE, Values) and opportunity to follow GCSE examination subjects of particular interest. We believe 9 subjects is appropriate for our students and an amount which meets entry requirements for colleges, employers or Universities.
Learning at this stage is aimed at giving students the skills, competencies and knowledge that they need to progress into further education, training or employment. Subjects studied should be wide ranging and balanced.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all of our learners, but also offer the flexibility of practical courses in coursework based subjects leading to a range of qualifications. At Brixham College we value all that our students do; our aim is to ensure that we get the right students on the right courses at the right time in their lives.
To ensure a balanced selection, students should look carefully at the information about the courses on offer, taking particular notice of the demands of each course. Whilst there is flexibility within the Guided subject offer, the College will ensure students follow appropriate pathways which will enable them to have a good progression route for the next stage of their life at Brixham College and beyond.
The English Baccalaureate
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is an academic pathway that consist of English, Maths, Science, Geography or History, French or Spanish. Students can select this pathway and must achieve a grade 5 or above in all of the listed subjects to achieve the EBacc Award.
The EBacc pathway is available to all students. We recommend that all students consider this pathway and advise that those students with high prior attainment consider and follow this pathway. Evidence suggests that the EBacc pathway can lead to greater opportunities in further education and higher education.
Whilst it is not compulsory for students to follow this pathway, it is something to encourage and consider as many young people will achieve this set of qualifications nationwide. We want our students to be ambitious and compete at every level for University places and employment.