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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Subject Choices Post-16


Students in Year 13 take a minimum of the equivalent of three Post 16 subjects, but may choose four, depending on their GCSE results.  Post 16 students also take modules in a varied enrichment programme enhancing their personal development. 

A placement in sixth form is seen as an aspiration for all our GCSE pupils and we strive to maintain a high standard.  We view sixth form students as a special part of our school life.  As a young developing adult with your own beliefs, values, knowledge and skills, you will have made lifelong friendships, as well as having gained the skills, confidence and maturity to face the challenges in the years ahead.

Academic Requirements

All students must meet the criteria set for their chosen pathway.

Some subjects may be taken without having first studied them at GCSE, others will have a specific requirement. 


  1. If a class is oversubscribed, students will be chosen on the basis of their GCSE results in that subject
  2. If a class is undersubscribed it may not be offered.
  3. The preferred combination of subjects may not always be possible due to timetable constraints.



Criteria: 5 GCSE grades at C or above (including English grade C or above)

This is for students who would like to study 3 or 4 AS level courses from a wide range of subjects.

Students meeting this criteria will have access to both academic and vocational courses. GCSE results will determine choice of subjects.

Students who achieve 4 GCSE grades at C or above (including English grade D or above) will be offered an individual discussion to find a suite of subjects that will best suit their needs.

Subject specific criteria will be applied and all choices are subject to discussion with the subject teacher.

Please note criteria may be altered. 

All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.