Curriculum Intent and Organisation

Brook 6th Form and Academy is excited to add Digital Media to its Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Curriculum. Elutec Academy aims to provide students with an engaging STEM and Digital Media Curriculum that leads to University or an Apprenticeship.

At Brook 6th Form and Academy we recognise that increasingly students also wish to study an arts based subject alongside their STEM subjects. At KS4 this is offered through the inclusion of GCSE Media, and at KS5 through the inclusion of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

At each key stage, the curriculum is enhanced by working closely with the Elutec Academy sponsors, Ford and UCL, as well as other local and national employers. Students are provided with an employer engagement experience through the completion of projects related to their Engineering subject specification. The opening of UCL PEARL in 2021, based in Dagenham, has provided Brook 6th Form and Academy students with additional opportunities to work with a University employer again, gaining a valuable insight into the world of work, preparing them for their next steps.

The Brook 6th Form and Academy Curriculum is designed for students who are passionate, and have a desire to excel in Engineering, Maths and Science subjects, and who wish to progress onto a STEM degree and or apprenticeship. From September 2022 this will also include Digital Media in preparation for the development of the Eastbrook Studios directly opposite the school site.

Curriculum Intent
Our focus is on educating and preparing young people for the next stage of their educational career, whether that is Apprenticeships, University or the world of work. Our KS4 and KS5 curriculum is designed in collaboration with industrial partners and sponsors and this enables us to deliver the skills and qualifications that are required by industry and top universities.

Students are provided with regular opportunities to engage in the practical elements through timetabled engineering workshop and science practical lessons.

Whilst the focus on a STEM curriculum is paramount to our values, a broad and balanced STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) curriculum is a vital component of lifelong learning. Our aim is to facilitate academic success as well as creativity and ingenuity throughout the extended school curriculum to support and ensure excellent destinations for all of our students.

Curriculum Organisation
Key Stage 4 (KS4)
Students will study a STEM focused curriculum that has been designed in partnership with the sponsors and is geared towards ensuring that students are able to progress on to the sixth form and then move into an apprenticeship or university. Students will study the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering and Media, alongside non-examined subjects PSHE, Accelerated Reading and PE.

Key Stage 5 (KS5)
There are a number of pathways at KS5. Please refer to the tab "Outline of Sixth Form Curriculum".