All students at Brecon High School enjoy a full and varied curriculum in line with national requirements. To maximise student achievement (help students do their best) we use a mix of setting and mixed ability groupings. A variety of teaching strategies, both traditional and modern, are employed, including whole class teaching, individual, paired and group work. ICT is used extensively in lessons to aid learning which is why all classrooms are networked.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) The following subjects are offered to all students in English:

English Mathematics Science DT ICT
PE RE History Geography MFL
Art Music Drama Welsh


Welsh Medium Education

Brecon High School promotes bilingualism. Indeed, Estyn have noted that “Bilingualism is a strength and is actively promoted throughout the school.” All students study Welsh until the end of Year 11. In addition students are offered the opportunity to study the majority of subjects through the medium of Welsh. Students follow the same curriculum as pupils in the English stream except that they study the following subjects through the Welsh Medium:

Cymraeg Science History Geography Music Religious Education


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Compulsory subjects. All students study the following subjects:

English Mathematics Science Religious Education
Physical Education Welsh 2nd language The Welsh Baccalaureate at Intermediate Level


Option subjects. Students make a selection from the following GCSE Subjects:

Art and Design GCSE Motor Vehicle Maintenance Triple Science Business Studies Construction Design and Technology
Drama Music French Geography ICT German
History PE (GCSE)


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Compulsory subjects. All students study:

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma


Optional subjects. Brecon High School is part of a Post-16 South Powys Consortium of schools offering students access to a range of over 30 Level 3 subjects. Students can study the AS/A Level subjects below at Brecon:

English Business Studies Design and Technology Religious Studies
Mathematics Geography History Music Technology
Physics Biology Chemistry Drama
KS3 Options Form 2016-2018
KS4 Options Booklet 2016-2017
KS5 Options Booklet 2016-2017