Curriculum Offer

A curriculum to engage and motivate

Our curriculum offers a balanced combination of challenge and choice. Students have regular on-going and structured access to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science which are delivered creatively and in varied contexts.

The paramount aim of the curriculum at our School is to ensure a non-compromising focus on core learning (English, Maths, Science & ICT) and to support students make positive additional curriculum choices to nurture a love for learning.

Through its affiliation with Sunderland Association Football Club, the School places a strong emphasis on Sport and PE. Additionally, we work with our partners to promote other curriculum areas such as motor vehicle, hair and beauty and construction.

Schemes of Work are designed to differentiate for a range of abilities allowing students the ability to move faster or slower according to individual profiles. We measure progress regularly and allow students a weekly opportunity to assess this with their tutor.

At KS4, our students have the opportunity to work towards at least 5 GCSE qualifications or equivalent.

The Beacon of Light School encourages students to achieve Level 1 & 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.


All students will study:

  • GCSE AQA English Language & English Literature
  • GCSE AQA Mathematics
  • GCSE AQA Science A
  • OCR Cambridge National Award in ICT
  • All students will work towards a L1/2 vocational qualification of their choice in either Motor Vehicle, Hair and Beauty, Construction or Sport
  • ASDAN Award in Employability
  • OCR L1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Business and Enterprise
  • ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development/Award of Personal Effectiveness
  • NOCN 3-credit Award in Understanding Healthy Living


Subject to availability, the Beacon of Light School can also offer certificates in:

  • FA Leadership through Football Award
  • Sport Leadership, Coaching and Management


Although not offered as a separate subject, Religious Education is delivered as part of the Culture & Community programme in all year groups.

In order to allow students to access qualifications in subjects previously studied in their mainstream school (but not offered at the Beacon of Light School), some students may be disapplied from some subjects in order to undertake supervised independent study.

All subjects will identify barriers established whilst in mainstream education; using experiences from our core body of staff, we will draw on knowledge to identify strategies to support students in accessing all areas of the curriculum. Individual learning styles are addressed, further assisting in overcoming barriers once faced in a mainstream setting.


Our Principal Partners