Years 7 and 8
As pupils move from the Prep School into the Senior School at age 11, they continue their broad general education in Years 7 and 8 and are exposed to increasing depth studies and focus within subject disciplines.
The academic curriculum in the Senior School aims to inspire lifelong learning and combines the best of both a traditional and innovative education. Many lessons will be delivered in the College’s Creative Learning Centre, where teachers and pupils will engage in innovative ways of teaching and learning.
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 extra-curricular programme adds to a diverse educational experience.
Creative and expressive arts are given ample time in Years 7 to 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 through Brighton’s innovative 'Story of Our Land' course in Years 7 and 8, which uses the framework of UAE history to explore historical, geographical and philosophical themes over the two years. Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies form an integral part of the curriculum in the Senior School.
In Year 9, pupils are offered the traditional range of academic subjects, but with substantial enrichment. All pupils study English, Arabic, Mathematics, the three Sciences, Mandarin and presentation skills alongside History and Geography. Pupils may choose French or Spanish and two creative subjects from Music, Art, Drama, Design technology or Computing (coding). IT skills, including touch-typing, are taught.
Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)
The Year 10 and 11 curriculum helps prepare pupils for the greater challenges of studying A-levels in the Sixth Form. Most pupils do nine GCSEs and most will study the core subjects of English literature and English language, Mathematics and the three Sciences. In addition, pupils choose four further optional subjects from a wide range of humanities, languages, creative, practical and expressive subjects.
Years 12 and 13 (A-level)
In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13), 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. The A-levels' combination of rigour and specialism makes it an ideal preparation both for university and working life.
In the Sixth Form, pupils will follow an A-level curriculum, generally beginning with four subjects and narrowing down to three during the Lower Sixth year. Pupils will have a free choice of subjects from those on offer, though tutors, Housemasters and Housemistresses, and the Head of Sixth Form will provide advice regarding suitable subject combinations in preparation for university applications, which are submitted in the early part of the Upper Sixth year (Year 13).
There will be further academic opportunities available to Sixth Form pupils to supplement their core A-level courses. All departments will run extension sessions for pupils considering study of a particular subject at university; every June, all members of the Lower Sixth will go on a three-day subject-based trip (either within the UAE or to a worldwide destination) to explore an aspect of a chosen subject beyond the A-level specification. Pupils will have the opportunity to enter academic competitions, such as the Maths Challenge, the science Olympiads, or the various essay competitions run by the Oxford and Cambridge colleges; the school will run an Enterprise Competition, which will introduce all Lower Sixth pupils to the notion of running a business as part of the curriculum; and pupils will be able to undertake an 'Extended Project Qualification' in order to explore a topic of personal interest in greater depth.