BSSC - Learning at BSSC
There are 29 hours of lessons every week, and 7.5 hours of supervised homework in the evening.
All students have 12 hours per week of English, with a strong focus in these 18 lessons on the skills they will need for studying. English is taught by staff trained and experienced in teaching English as a Foreign Language. There is also a pronunciation lesson, where the students learn in groups of speakers of the same or similar languages, and a vocabulary lesson to focus on each week's new words.
All students have 8 lessons per week of Science, including aspects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These five and a half hours are taught in English by staff who are science specialists but who also know about teaching English as a Foreign Language.
All students have 6 lessons per week, 4 hours, of Mathematics. This is taught in English by staff who are mathematics specialists but who also know about in teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Information Technology (Computing)
All students have 4 lessons per week, almost three hours, of computer class. They use industry standard office packages on a variety of themes, such as time-lapse photography and video editing, and they write their own programs. Safe internet use is provided via a filtered network and Wi-Fi is available for students' own devices. Computing is taught by our subject specialist who also knows about teaching English.
All students have a swimming session and two sports lessons every week. We aim to introduce our students to the sports they will have to play in their next schools. Badminton, basketball, football, squash, tennis, cricket, hockey, rugby and athletics all feature in the programme. Sport and swimming are compulsory lessons for all students.
Bedford School Study Centre offers courses at three levels:
Pre-Key Stage 3 is for students who are 10-12 years old. The English element is at A2 level on the Common European Framework. Older students may need to pass the end-of term exams at this level as part of their progression.
Pre-GCSE is for students who are 13-14 and preparing to join a Year 9 or 10 in a mainstream school. The English element is at B1 on the CEF.
Pre-A level is usually a one-year programme, reaching level B2. Some students may join part way through the school year. In the summer term, pre-A level students have access to computing facilities but only have two computing lessons. The two other lessons are used for project work and research. English lessons include preparation for Economics and Business Studies, and science classes divide according to the subject preferences of the students.
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