Brighton College Curriculum

"Learning without thought is labour lost." Confucius

The academic curriculum in the College aims to inspire lifelong learning and combines the best of both a traditional and innovative education.

There is breadth, especially for younger pupils as they decide which intellectual and career paths to tread. As pupils get older they will experience subjects in more depth to establish habits of rigour and inspire intellectual passions. GCSE and A-level courses are the medium through which the education at Brighton College is delivered, but pupils are encouraged to delve far wider and deeper in their time at school.

A wide ranging co-curricular programme adds to a diverse educational experience. In addition to their two games sessions a week (three for Third Formers), all pupils participate in the co-curricular programme which has six weekly dedicated activity times allocated to it.

Creative and expressive arts are given ample time in the Third and Fourth Forms (Years 7, 8 and 9) to allow pupils to develop their appreciation of these subjects which can in turn improve and develop creativity, thinking skills and independence when transferred into the traditional academic subjects. Humanities are taught in the innovative 'Story of Our Land' course in the Third Form, which uses the framework of British History to explore geographical, philosophical and religious themes over the two years.

The Fourth Form (Year 9)

In the Fourth Form pupils are offered the traditional range of academic subjects, but with substantial enrichment. All pupils study English, mathematics, the three sciences, Mandarin and presentation skills alongside the humanities (in discrete subject areas of religious studies, geography and history). Pupils choose a further two languages from French, Spanish, Latin and Russian and two creative subjects from music, art, drama, design technology or computing (coding). IT skills, including touch typing, are delivered in half day blocks throughout the year. Greek is available to those who are experienced Latinists, or who have tried Greek before.

GCSE (Years 10 and 11)

The Middle School curriculum helps prepare pupils for the greater challenges of studying A-levels in the Sixth Form. Most pupils do nine GCSEs and all pupils do the core subjects of English literature and English language, maths and the three sciences. In addition pupils choose four further optional subjects from a wide range of humanities, languages, creative, practical and expressive subjects. There are no column blocks to restrict pupil choice and we seek, as far as possible, to provide each child with a unique timetable that suits their particular strengths.

A-level (Years 12 and 13)

In the Sixth Form most pupils will take three or four A-levels over the two years. The A-level ensures pupils develop a mastery of several complementary, or contrasting, subject areas, whilst allowing them also to pursue options in areas of strong personal interest. Its combination of rigour and specialism makes it an ideal preparation both for university and working life.