KS4 Curriculum

At Brighouse High School, our students are offered a broad range of courses ranging from traditional GCSE subjects to vocational qualifications.

Alongside a strong core of English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, IT, Physical Education, PHSCE and Geography or History, students can then choose two further options they are passionate about and which will lead to either GCSE or Vocational Level 2 qualifications. Instead of studying for a Vocational IT qualification, some students will opt to take GCSE Computer Science alongside a language and triple science as part of our STEM package. Please see the KS4 page for a description of the full range of subjects offered.

As part of our Guided Choices process, we provide lots of guidance and support for our students, so that we offer a curriculum that is ambitious, including our EBacc and STEM packages.


Core Curriculum: Key Stage 4
GCSE Vocational Non-Examined
English Language BTEC Creative Media (IT)** Core PE
English Literature   PHSE / Learning 4 Life
Combined Science*    
Religious Studies    

*Students who choose Triple Science as one of their options will take a GCSE in all three of the sciences instead of the Combined Science GCSE.

**Students who choose the STEM Package will study GCSE Computer Science instead of BTEC Creative Media (IT)


Option Choices: Students choose 3 from:
Fine Art French Performing Arts
Business Studies Geography Photography
Computer Science German Physical Education
Design & Technology Graphic Design Sports Science
Drama Health & Social Care Textiles Design
Enterprise & Marketing History Triple Science
Food Preparation & Nutrition Music (Biology, Physics & Chemistry)


Please see below to download our Options Booklet 2022

Key Stage 4 Timetable Allocations


Subject Year 10 & Year 11
English 4 hours
Mathematics 4 hours
Science 5 hours
History or Geography 3 hours
Religious Studies 1 hour
ICT 1 hour
Core PE 1 hour
PHSCE 45 minutes
Option 1 3 hours
Option 2 3 hours


We are also committed to providing our students with high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance in line with our CEIAG Policy.

Our curriculum is under constant review as new courses come onto the market as others are withdrawn. We continuously assess the needs of our students in order to match their needs with the best courses available at that time.                                                             


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