Lower School Curriculum

Bradfield’s curriculum in the Lower School is designed to expose pupils to a wide range of subjects and develop the skills necessary for success in future years.

Faulkner’s (Year 9) curriculum

The Faulkner’s (Year 9) curriculum is extremely broad and introduces our pupils to a wide range of subjects. All pupils study English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Art, Design and Technology, Physical Education, ICT, Wellbeing (our PSHE course), and the Performing Arts. Classic Languages are optional.

The Humanities are taught through a course called Divisions, which looks at topics holistically (instead of studying Geography, History etc. separately), and examines the links between these subject areas. The course focuses on developing research, analysis, evaluation, essay writing and presentational skills, preparing our pupils for the demands of GCSEs and well beyond. 

GCSE (Years 10 & 11)

At GCSE most pupils take between eight and ten subjects. All pupils follow a core curriculum, which includes Mathematics, Science, English Literature, English Language, and a Modern Language. Physical Education and Wellbeing are non-examined courses.

Pupils take either the three separate sciences or Combined Science. Those opting for the three separate sciences can make a further three choices, while those taking the Combined Science course can make a further four.

Additional GCSE options

On top of the core curriculum, there are a wide range of options that our pupils can pursue at GCSE:

Aesthetics Languages* Humanities & Others
Design Spanish History
Music German Geography
Art Latin Religious Studies
Photography Greek Computer Science
Drama French Physical Education
 

*A pupil may only study a language if they have taken this option in their first year at Bradfield, or if they have studied the subject to a similar standard at a previous school.

We make every effort to accommodate the first choice of every pupil but, occasionally, it is not possible to timetable a particular combination of subjects and in this situation, an alternative will need to be chosen.

More detailed information about the various subject options on offer can be found in our GCSE course guide:

2017 GCSE Booklet
 

GCSE grades requried to enter the Sixth Form

To enter the Sixth Form, a pupil needs six GCSE passes at a minimum of Grade B with many A Level/IB subjects requiring at least a Grade A.