BCA Curriculum Principles

Employers & Employability

The curriculum at the Academy has been designed in close partnership with high profile and cutting-edge employers. Our long-standing relationship with key employers from the creative industries will enable learners to develop relevant and essential skills.

Employers will give talks, set projects, host visits and provide work experience. All of our teaching staff are also active in their respective industries, providing relevant knowledge, contacts and networks.

Big Creative Academy already works with a range of high profile employers including ITN, Universal Music, Festival Republic, Barcroft Media, Global Radio, UK Music, Adidas and many more leading companies from the UK creative sector.

Wellbeing

The wellbeing curriculum at Big Creative Academy is designed to develop young people who are able to lead meaningful and respectable lives. Through our wellbeing classes, learners will be better equipped to develop their own potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community.

It includes areas of study in British values and citizenship, democracy, personal and social development, employability skills, independent learning and thinking, resilience and health and fitness.

The college has worked closely with the Educate and Celebrate charity in order to create a learning environment which is focused on equality and respect for all ages, genders, ethnicities, religious beliefs, disabilities and sexual orientations.

Enterprise

At Big Creative Academy we believe firmly that learners should be educated to be entrepreneurial. A National City & Guilds survey found that 49% of young people would one day like to run their own business. Additionally, 77% of the creative sector is made up of small companies and freelancers (Skillset, 2010). This means that young people need to develop business and enterprise skills in order to succeed in the creative sector. Budding young entrepreneurs in London have said that while start-up funds are crucial, having the ‘right people around you’ is equally important.

Big Creative Academy has partnered with the ground-breaking youth agency Industry In The Streets (IITS) in order to deliver an enterprise curriculum that will support:
– The learning of entrepreneurial skills through real-world projects
– Students designing and managing their own group enterprise projects, including fundraising initiatives.

Students will learn about different company structures, working practices in the UK creative sector and how to set up and register a new company. They will be taught by highly skilled staff with up to date knowledge, experience and contacts.

Core Skills Maths & English

GCSE Maths and English is taught at Big Creative Academy for those students who do not already have these qualifications. These skills are essential for progression into employment or higher education.

Where appropriate, GCSE qualifications will be taught within the context of the industry. For example, students will develop their skills through the writing of press releases and sponsorship proposals, designing promotional material and brochures and creating budgets for tours, events and record releases.

Work Experience

High-quality work experience can broaden a young person’s understanding of the wider skills they will need in life. Whether young people choose an academic or vocational route, they will be required to demonstrate a range of skills such as strong communication, problem-solving, adaptability, independence and team work. Young people need exposure to the world of work to identify their strengths and realise their career aspirations. Employer contacts also make a big difference to the employment prospects of young people.

The Academy will provide a work experience placement for a week for all students, in the creative sector to compliment their vocational course.

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