Art is not just about drawing and painting. It is about opening our minds to history and culture, and using all sorts of sources of inspiration such as poetry, stories, films and plays, maths and architecture. From the very first lessons students research exciting places in time and space for ideas. We do not expect students to be experts, so when we hear students say "I can't draw" there is no need to worry, lessons are about learning. Students will develop their own strengths and discover the things they are good at.

In Years 7 and 8 we study customs from different countries such as Mexico's 'Day of the Dead' and Pakistani Truck Art. In Year 9 students will discover exciting ways to create portraits using pattern and mark making. During these three years we develop different skills and are able to use a wide variety of materials and techniques.

In Years 10 and 11 students can choose to study either GCSE or BTEC Level 2 First Award and are expected to research a wide range of artists and crafts people as well as collecting ideas from the world around. We use research as inspiration and as a way of creating designs. Students work more independently so should be prepared for homework, or working after school in classrooms where there is access to equipment and resources.

Work from all year groups is exhibited at the Best of Bolton Schools exhibition annually, as well as in the school's own exhibition.

Enrichment opportunities: examples from 2017 to 2018

Residential at the Conway Centre Anglesey – January 2018

Year 10 and 11 students attended the Raising Attainment in GCSE Art weekend. Students were given a unique experience to work with professional art practitioners on projects that encompassed all of the GCSE assessment criteria.  They came away with valuable work that will contribute to their Component 1 portfolio (selection of further work).

World Museum

Year 10 visit to the world famous Terracotta Army at Liverpool's World Museum. This resource will form the basis of their Year 11, September to December, project prior to embarking on the externally set paper in January 2019.

Future opportunities:

Trips and workshops are organized to match and complement project themes.



Our mission is to deliver a strong curriculum whilst providing access for all students to engage in spoken, technical and design Drama. We read a wide range of scripts covering subjects relevant to young minds, whilst always encouraging discussion, self-assessment and sharing of ideas, improvisation, freeze-frames, narrator rates and flash backs. Students have the opportunity to experience a range of drama techniques relevant to the whole curriculum.

In today's world of influence of non-direct sources, such as the internet and social media we try to address issues of self-esteem and development. Considering the quote "If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything", we help students find their voice and direct them on the road to self-expression.

Enrichment opportunities:

Choir - all students, particularly singers, are encouraged to attend choir each week. This will enhance both their solo and group performance skills in preparation for Unit 1 and 2. A number of concerts take place each term so that students can gain performance experience in front of an audience.

Trips - GCSE students will attend at least one trip to a live concert or performance at a theatre or concert hall to aid their planning for Unit 3.

Future opportunities:

This course develops a wide range of skills that are attractive to many employers. A number of our students have gone on to study Performing Arts at university level, but there are also many who have gone on to be successful in other careers, helped by the skills gained from studying this course.

Below are some examples of careers/jobs that you can go into with this qualification:

  • Music
  • Teacher
  • Drama Teacher
  • Sound Engineer
  • Recording Artist
  • Costume Designer
  • Film Composer
  • Arts Journalist
  • Photographer



Music is one of the creative subjects that students study when Year 7 start in September. They develop a range of skills such as Rhythm and Pulse, Singing and Keyboard Skills. We expect students to work collaboratively and to perform work to peers.

Students who already play an instrument can carry on learning at BSCA with one of our peripatetic teachers. We would love you to join BSCA Voices choir which perform regularly in concerts in and around school.

Students are invited to perform throughout the academic year at concerts, celebratory evenings and at special events.



French is an exciting subject which develops the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, through a range of interactive activities. Students develop self-confidence in the language as well as gaining useful insights into French culture. At Key Stage 3, French provides valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

The GCSE French course offers opportunities for students to develop not only language skills but also valuable communication skills. They will study the language in a variety of contexts and will gain a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society.

Enrichment opportunities:

University days - whether it is for a Film Study Day or a GCSE revision day, going out to university is a fantastic way to see where languages can take you in terms of further and higher education opportunities and to realize how valuable they can be in the world of work.