Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 (GCSE), the pupils are required to follow a broad and balanced curriculum and to undertake at least nine subjects for GCSE.  We strive to ensure that the pupils study those subjects which are best suited to their own particular interests, strengths and career aspirations. Final choices are made only after a rigorous and lengthy Careers Education and Guidance programme in Year 10, which features timetabled lessons in Careers and meetings with parents. In addition, we use academic progress indicators and assessment information to help inform pupils and parents about suitable subject choices for GCSE.

Each year pupils are offered the following subjects:


  • English
  • Learning for Life & Work and Careers
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • P.E.
  • R.E.
  • Science (Single or Double Award)


  • Art & Design
  • Business & Communication
  • Child Development
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • French
  • Gaeilge

Optional Cont..

  • Geography
  • History
  • I.C.T.
  • Irish
  • Learning Together Programme
  • Motor Vehicles & Road User Studies
  • Music

Optional Cont..

  • Occupational Studies
  • P.E. (GCSE)
  • Princes Trust XL Programme
  • Technology & Design

Pupil Support

Our ethos is that every pupil should be able to do and achieve his or her very best, in a caring and supportive environment. Pupils are actively encouraged to reflect upon how they learn and they are provided with the practical skills to do so. This emphasis on personal and informed learning is supported by our Personal Development programme, strong staff-pupil relationships and a number of additional programmes including:-

·       a Study Skills programme which includes strategies for revision and coping with examination pressure, geared to both pupils and parents;

·       a Year 12 Peer Mentoring programme;

·       a revision programme during Easter  Week & GCSE examination season; and 

·       lunch-time and after-school GCSE additional support lessons across the subject areas.

Mentoring and Target Setting

In Year 12, there is the opportunity for pupils to be allocated a staff mentor who is responsible for monitoring progress as well as listening to and advising the pupil on strategies for successful study.  Parents are encouraged to meet with the teacher mentor and be an integral part of the mentoring process.

GCSE Revision Programme

During the GCSE examination season, preparation at home is supported by a timetable of revision classes which take place in the school. Pupils are provided with this programme of additional sessions before and throughout the GCSE examination period.

Contact Info

St. Brigids College

Glengalliagh Rd,
BT48 8DU

Tel: (028) 7135 1002
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