Curriculum Support


Course Details

The course aims to develop pupils’ creativity and imagination through more sustained activities, helping pupils to build on and improve their practical and critical skills and to extend their knowledge and experience of materials, processes and practices.

They will learn about art, craft and design in the contemporary world and from different times and cultures. They will become more independent in using visual language to communicate their own ideas, feelings and meaning, and the appropriate use of ICT is encouraged in all programmes of study.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mrs G Wilson
Teaching Staff: Mrs H Phipps

Curriculum Maps

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 Key Stage 4: Long Term Plan

Useful Resources

Fine Art Revision Materials

Design Technology

This department encompasses Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Food, Textiles and Graphics.

Pupils undertake a balanced programme of design and technological activities working with a wide range of materials. Much of the work is skills-based, reinforced by a series of problem-solving challenges, in which pupils investigate a given brief, working through the design process, which is common to all disciplines. The aim is for pupils to combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, social, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr S Ogleby

Teaching Staff: Mrs L Chauhan | Mr T Clark | Miss S Leedham

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11

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The course plays an invaluable role in the personal, social and educational development of the pupils. During the three years, they are taught transferable life skills such as communication, co-operation, negotiation and self-confidence.

The pupils are actively encouraged to voice their opinions, participate in group work and respect the views of others whilst in turn developing an appreciation for the expressive arts and theatre in particular. This objective is achieved through an exploration of text, film and theatre stimulus and the use of subject specific techniques such as tableau, soundscape, thought tracking and forum theatre.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Miss S Styles
Teaching Staff: Ms H Broadfield (2nd in department) | Mrs E Hawthorne | Miss R Mason | Mrs A Gaskell

Curriculum Maps

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 Key Stage 4: GCSE Drama


From years 7 to 9, pupils follow a three year course that is designed to consolidate and develop the skills and knowledge they have acquired at primary school, and prepare pupils for the rigour of GCSE study.

In years 10 and 11, pupils study for two GCSEs in English. The first, GCSE English Language, assesses their ability to read and analyse unseen texts, as well as their writing skills. The second, GCSE English Literature, involved the study of three literary texts and an anthology of poetry, and assesses their ability to analyse and express their opinion on character, plot and theme.

Throughout their time at Brockington, we aim to ensure that pupils acquire the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively, both orally and in writing. We also encourage pupils to develop a love for reading by introducing them to a wide range of texts – both literary and non-literary.

Pupils are taught in mixed ability classes throughout their time at Brockington. Teachers and support staff are focused on ensuring that pupils from across the ability range get the support and challenge they need. Through the delivery of quality first teaching in lessons, we aim to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential in English.

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Useful Resources

@brockingtoneng Twitter | Department Youtube Channel | Topic Podcasts


Pupils develop their geographical skills by studying the interactions that take place between humans and our physical surroundings.

Year 7 covers: What is Geography?, My Place, Weather and Climate, Maps, Rivers, Flooding and Fishing. Year 8 covers: Development, Earthquakes, Space, Brazil, Rainforest, the European Union and France. Year 9 covers: Population, Japan, Global Issues, Coasts, Desertification and New York City.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr T Molloy
Teaching Staff: Miss H Atkinson | Mr O Tapscott | Miss M Shepherd

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | KS4

Useful Resources

@BCGeography1 Twitter


History is taught through a chronological approach whilst drawing out key historical themes throughout our programme of study. Local, national and international history is covered to include major historical events and a focus on major historical figures.

Pupils develop key historical skills alongside a knowledge and understanding of history that helps them to gain a better understanding of the world in which we live. Year 7 currently explores: An Introduction to key skills; Roman Britain; and Britain, 1066-1500, which focuses on the changing nature of power in our nation. Year 8 currently includes Tudor and Stuart Britain, with a strong focus on the foundation of modern parliament and the changing nature of kingship; the Industrial Revolution and the development of the British Empire. In our study of the British Empire, we explore the transatlantic slave trade and its wider impact on our society alongside key case studies for the Empire such as colonial America, India and Australia. Year 9 pupils learn about the causes, course and consequences of the First and Second World Wars alongside efforts to maintain peace in Europe between 1918 and 1939. We also explore the reconstruction of post-war Britain and the Cold War. Our entire Key Stage 3 programme of study is designed to build the necessary skills to succeed at GCSE. At present, we study the reformed 9-1 Edexcel History syllabus, covering the following units:

Year 10: Medicine through Time; and the rise of Nazi Germany, 1919-39
Year 11: Elizabethan England in the 16th and 17th centuries; the Cold War c. 1943-1991

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr I Wilson
Teaching Staff: Mr J Barton | Mr J Carr | Mr O Tapscott | Mrs R Thorpe

Useful Resources

Useful GCSE Revision Guide


Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson every week. The Computing Curriculum is split into three sub areas, which are Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.

Pupils cover wide variety theoretical topics. These are coupled with practical lessons, which give them valuable skills in office and specialist software. There is a great deal of focus on making students creative problem solvers by using computational thinking techniques.

At KS4 students are able to progress in either or all of the following pathways.

1. GCSE Computer Science
2. GCSE ICT (2016-18) or Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (2017+)

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr R Patel
Teaching Staff: Mr M Newsome | Mrs C Park | Mr C Turner | Mr M Jones

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Computer Science KS4 | ICT KS4 | Business Studies KS4

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Useful resources


All our pupils follow the National Curriculum. This includes work on Number, Algebra, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry & Measure, and Probability & Statistics. There is an emphasis on problem solving and understanding mathematics. The pupils use a variety of resources, which are matched to their ability. ICT resources are used widely by teachers in lessons.

At GCSE pupils follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics (specification 8300) at either Foundation or Higher tier. Those pupils at Higher tier follow either the Higher strand, focussed at grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 or the Higher+ strand focussed at grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. Pupils have access to supporting material through the college’s Moodle site and the MyMaths and Kerboodle websites.

Department Contact

Director of Mathematics & Numeracy: Mr P Mattock
Teaching Staff: Mr M Higham (2nd in charge) | Mr M Downer | Mr S Elkins | | Mr M Gardner | Mr J Howell | Mr A Price | Mr G Van Der Waal

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11

The Maths department at Brockington College is keen to support as many pupils as possible continuing to study maths after they leave us. We are providing two documents to help pupils wishing to continue on to study A-Level maths to with the transition.

The first document is a recommended revision focus list. The list is all the skills that are needed and built upon at A-Level and therefore those skills that pupils should work to make sure they are secure in. The second document comes from, and is their suggestions for transition focus. This list includes the video numbers that accompany each topic on HegartyMaths so that pupils can revise and practice using the site. All pupils will continue to have access to Hegarty Maths over the summer and so could use this list both as a revision aid before the GCSE exams, and to revisit topics over the summer in preparation for starting A-Level.

Useful resources

GCSE Maths Support Classes (Timetable – Term 1) | GCSE Support Booklet for Parents | Homework Support Booklet for Parents | Hegarty Maths | Maths E-Book of Notes & Examples | MyMaths | Society of Young Mathematicians |


Music is taught as a practical subject throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. Throughout all topics, pupils will have the opportunity to use their voices, keyboards, guitars, numerous percussion instruments and electronic equipment.

Pupils will work as individuals and in small groups in both practising performances and devising and developing their own music. They will learn about music from around the world and from different periods of time, as well as the structure and elements of music.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Miss S Styles
Teaching Staff: Miss R Pilgrim

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9

Key Stage 4: Year 10 | Year 11 | BTEC Music

Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages department at Brockington is a dynamic and forward-looking faculty which successfully combines enthusiasm with experience in teaching our pupils. We believe in teaching the knowledge of how to learn language combined with the linguistic and cultural aspects of the language itself.
The course is taught and assessed on the four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. We cover 4 topics a year which mirror the topics that need to be covered for GCSE of Home and Environment, Home and Education, Lifestyle (Healthy living and Relationships) and Leisure.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr D Pickering | Teaching Staff: Mrs K Chamberlain | Miss R Kershaw | Mrs S Morjaria | Miss E Smales

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 Key Stage 4: French GCSE

Useful Resources

How to Help | Kerboodle

Physical Education

The PE curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and officials. Modules ensure that pupils will experience athletics, dance, gymnastics and health related fitness, games (rugby, football, netball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, hand ball, hockey, cricket and rounders).
Pupils are taught new skills and are encouraged to apply them effectively in a variety of different situations. Pupils are encouraged to develop positive personal qualities such as tolerance, fun, play, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, confidence and an awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses and a positive attitude towards and active and healthy lifestyle.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mr S Platts
Teaching Staff: Miss D Frazer | Mr M Gardner | Mr J Marsden | Miss S Heggs | Ms J Wyeth

Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 Key Stage 4: Long Term Plan (Practical) | Long Term Plan (Theory) | Long Term Plan (Overview)


In the Year 7 programme All about Me, pupils complete six modules all delivered by their form tutor. The modules cover several topics, including who they are, what inspires them, the relationships they have and issues such as bullying. Conflict is discussed as a theme including national and global conflicts. Healthy lifestyles, fair and ethical trading, local democracy and how they can be an active citizen, life skills including budgeting and environmental awareness are all covered throughout the year.

In the Year 8 programme Society and Me, pupils complete six modules delivered on a rotational basis by Year 8 form tutors. The modules cover several topics, including healthy living and the importance of activity, self-esteem and the opportunity to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses Pupils will also examine elections and voting within in the UK, which allows them to identify how they can participate in national politics. Political systems around the world and the fairness of these, will also be studied.

In the Year 9 programme Me and the World, pupils complete sixmodules delivered on a rotational basis by Year 9 form tutors. These modules cover several topics including sex education, Youth Justice System in the UK. Human rights are discussed as a theme including the topic of child carers, child worker s and the trafficking of children. Careers advice and guidance is provided through the examination of future pathways and Key Stage 4 option choices.

In the Year 10 Programme – The Next Step, pupils complete six modules delivered on a rotational basis by Year 10 form tutors. These modules cover several topics, including the Bank of Mum and Dad which allows pupils to develop an awareness of budgeting skills and use of bank accounts. Relationship and Sex Education is also addressed looking at the implications of teenage pregnancy, gender identity and the issue of homophobic bullying. Pupils also examine the role of the media on body confidence. Careers advice and guidance is provided 1:1 interview with our Careers Advisor and the opportunity to participate in mock interviews.

In the Year 11 Programme – Where to Now? Pupils work with their form tutors to identify their post 16 options and complete their UCAS applications for their chosen courses. Pupils also revisit the issues of healthy relationships and the issue of domestic violence within teenage relationships. Pupils also work with their form tutors to look at ways to manage risk by discussing alcohol (including drink driving), drugs and sexually transmitted infections. Careers advice and guidance is provided with additional 1:1 interviews.

The PSHCE curriculums allow pupils the opportunity to work independently, and as part of teams. It encourages them gain an awareness of current political and social events and helps them to develop the skills to actively and positively participate locally, nationally and globally in society.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Miss H Broadfield | Mrs R Thorpe
Teaching Staff: All form tutors deliver PSHCE programme of study

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11

Religious Studies

Religious Education is taught as part of the entitlement curriculum of all pupils in England and Wales. The Scheme of Work has been developed around the QCA/DfES National Framework and the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and have been amended to include some AQA GCSE study ready for transition to KS4. It is approved by the board of Governors and local Diocese. It includes changes and updates in accordance with the new National Curriculum with a focus on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS). Pupils have 1 lesson a week and all years are taught in mixed ability groups.

Department Contact

Head of Department: Mrs A McKenzie
Teaching Staff: Mrs V Lee | Mrs S Shaikh

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Overview | KS4 (2017 Exam) | KS4 (2018 Exam)

Useful resources

@BrockingtonRS Twitter


Science is made up of three distinct disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. After a brief introduction in year 7, pupils in all years will attempt 4 seasonal modules that contain concepts from all three disciplines. Pupils learn about the world around them, from the microscopic cell to the macroscopic solar system. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding, whilst also increasing their ability in the practical nature of investigative Science.

Pupils will be assessed through their classwork, both paper-based and online homework, APP (Assessing Pupils Progress) coursework-style tasks, week-long practical investigations called POAEs and short answer exam papers for each module.

Curriculum Map

Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 & 11

Useful Resources

Kerboodle | Moodle | Recommended Info

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Brockington College provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all its pupils, including those with Special Education Needs & Disabilities. The school maintains an additional needs record that is regularly reviewed to evaluate and monitor pupil progress.

We are committed to inclusion, parent partnership, pupil participation and equal access to all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is to help to improve basic literacy and numeracy skills and to develop pupils’ independent work and life skills.

Special needs staff work with subject staff to provide in-class support; to help to adapt materials for pupil use; to team teach in some subject areas; to directly teach basic skills and to deliver intervention programmes.

Department Contact

Special Needs Coordinator: Mrs S Lawrence

Teaching Staff: Mrs C Coleman | Mrs K Craddock | Mrs K Gray | Mrs T Jones | Mrs M Lemmon | Miss L Reynolds | Miss L Sharman | Miss C Smith | Mrs L Tailby | Mrs A Whetton | Miss E Willson

Useful Documents

SEND Policy

Brockington College SEND School Offer

Leics SEND Local Offer