Banbridge Area Learning Community (BALC)

Learning Communities exist to develop collaborative practice between member institutions.  This allows schools to increase the choice of the number of subjects which students can choose to study at Key Stage 4 and Post 16.  This is in line with the Department of Education’s initiative of the Entitlement Framework by which all post 14 students must have access to a minimum of subjects, one third of which must be academic and one third applied.

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Banbridge High School is involved in collaborative courses with Southern Regional College (SRC) and schools within BALC.

  • Banbridge Academy
  • Banbridge High School
  • Donard School
  • Dromore High School
  • New-Bridge Integrated College
  • Rathfriland High School
  • St Patrick’s College

Guidance Notes – Banbridge Area Learning Community (pdf)

SRC – Network Acceptable Use Policy

Programmes 

Year 11

(34 students)

SRC BTEC Level 2 courses

New-Bridge GCSE Drama

Thursdays Periods 1,2 & 3

Year 11 (LSC)

(13 students)

SRC SEP 2 programme

Thursdays

Year 12

(30 students)

SRC BTEC courses

New-Bridge GCSE Drama

Tuesdays Periods 1,2 & 3

Year 12 (LSC)

(9 students)

SRC SEP 2 programme

Tuesdays

Years 11& 12

(82 students)

SRC Newry

Occupational Studies

Wednesdays

Year 13

(8 students)

SRC BTEC Level 3 & AS courses

Tuesdays & Thursdays

12.45-3.00 p.m.

Year 13

(6 students)

Banbridge Academy, New-Bridge & Dromore HS

BTEC Level 3 & AS courses

Various times during the week.

Year 14

(10 students)

SRC BTEC Level 3 & A2 courses

Tuesdays & Thursdays

12.45-3.00 p.m.

Year 14

(8 students)

New-Bridge , Dromore & Banbridge Academy BTEC L3 & A2 courses

Various times during the week.

Key Stage 4

Banbridge High School

  • BTEC Level 2 Information Technology
  • GCSE Business & Communication Systems

Dromore High School

  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Technology
  • GCSE Geography

New-Bridge Integrated College

  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Music

Rathfriland High School

  • BTEC Level 2 Childcare
  • GCSE Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies
  • BTEC Level 2 Sport

 St Patrick’s College

  • BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts
  • BTEC Level 2 Sport

 Southern Regional College

  • BTEC Level 2 Childcare
  • BTEC Level 2 Construction
  • BTEC Level 2 Countryside and Environment
  • BTEC Level 2 Engineering
  • BTEC Level 2 Hospitality
  • BTEC Level 2 Information Technology
  • BTEC Level 2 Media
  • BTEC Level 2 Travel & Tourism
  • Occupational Studies

Post 16 

Banbridge Academy

  • AS/A2 Art
  • AS Home Economics
  • AS Moving Image Art
  • AS Music

Banbridge High School

  • AS/A2 Business (Single)
  • AS/A2 ICT

Dromore High School

  • BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts
  • AS/A2 Psychology
  • AS/A2 Technology

New-Bridge Integrated College

  • AS/A2 Drama
  • AS/A2 English Literature

Southern Regional College

  • BTEC Level 3 Engineering
  • BTEC Level3 Media
  • AS/A2 Sociology

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